Saturday, 19 April 2014


Well, here it is, a disaster as far as I am concerned as I broke the cake cutting it in half,and the put the ganache on when it was not quite set enough,so some of the decorations have slid at an alarming angle.
I am also making a rhubarb and strawberry fool. Have glazed a ham for tomorrow, using a glaze of marmalade,grainy mustard and Demerara sugar. Can't lift it as my wrist is now too weak, so thank goodness for family who dropped by !
Then I am doing sauces for a friend who is having a party tonight to celebrate her birthday, 70 people, and I will make a herb sauce ,using parsley, dill,watercress,  tarragon and a little mint with a mayonnaise base , and an avocado and spring onion sauce with crême fraiche and Greek yoghurt, both to have with the salmon steaks that she is cooking. 
Next treatment at Oncology is on Tuesday,

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

I have been so lazy, not keeping up with the blog.

Not because I have stopped cooking, but I am finding that holding my iPad and trying to simultaneously take a picture is becoming more difficult,as my right hand is not behaving as it has done in the past.
I have cooked Yotam Ottolenghi's Spicy  Venison Casserole, with butter beans from the Saturday Guardian about 3 weeks  ago. 
A tremendous amount of chillies,went into the making ,and I really thought it would be overwhelming, but I froze it,and of course, the flavour detiorarates over the freezing process.  He said serve to it with a Guacamole ,made again with a lot of chilli, plus sour cream ,which I thought somewhat over the top but did it exactly( a change for me!) as he said.  Overall, a bit of a disappointment,as I thought it would be more tasty.
Also I have made a leek, chickpea ,feta ,lemon and dill recipe ,again from the Guardian but this tine only 2 weeks ago,in their Cook Section.  
You simmer three leeks in vegetable stock for about 5 minutes, having cut the leeks into pieces.then add a tin of chickpeas, warm them,and pour over a dressing made from runny honey, juice of a lemon, olive oil and 2 large  cloves of garlic,which have been crushed ,plus salt and black pepper. Chop a bunch of fresh dill and mix in.  
It is SO DELICIOUS that I have made it twice already

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Tarte Tatin,made with butternut Squash and red onions ,and rosemary,plus Feta .

Well, I have made it exactly as it was written in the Guardian Cook section from last Saturday's paper.
Even got a friend to take a photo, but now I can't find it! Seems to have completely disappeared . We had it for lunch ,three of us demolished it completely,with a green salad.
I am so frustrated that there isn't the picture to show  how good it looked. You have to believe me, the taste was divine.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Parsnip, sage and Parmesan bread

    Here it is at last, straight from the oven. I have made it a bit too wet,so it has spread more than I wanted it to. Really is delicious,and so EASY!  And eventually, I have managed to take a picture,I think it shows the bread well enough.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Tortilla Espagnole

  Made with shallots, spinach and potatoes, so not quite authentic ! Now I can't get the camera to work why do they have to keep on changing the whole thing? Most frustrating.and now I have olive oil on the lens... It's hard enough bring onehanded, but this is ridiculous.  I just can't hold it ,or take a photo. Totally defeated.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Worn myself out

By thinking ( as usual) that I can do everything as I used to before all this happened. 
Sunday lunch was rump steaks with a mushroom and garlic red wine sauce,plus braised red cabbage made with chopped leeks, a touch of Allspice, sone brown sugar, salt and enlighten orange juice to moisten it while cooking.
We also had French beans and Mangetout Peas, and wedge potatoes done with a tiny bit of oil in the oven. 
Then I made some Apple Strudels, trying to unroll the Filo pastry was very difficult,so I was glad that I still have a carer to help me! Chopped three Bramley apples into small cubes, mixed them together with a handful of breadcrumbs, caster sugar, some candied peel ,flaked almonds and some Cinnamon.
Brushed three  sheets of filo with melted unsalted butter,placed the filling on one side,and then rolled it up ,tucking in the sides so it made a parcel. Brushed the top with more melted butter.
Baked in a hot oven for around 3/4 of an hour, but check to see that it isn't burning! 
After that I made a cake , no wonder I was exhausted.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Chicken, ham ,leek and mushroom pie. What to do with some left over roast chicken and a bit of ham!,so I have made this pie, with I' m afraid not home made pastry.

Please note, I got the pie out of the case by placing it rather precariously on a tin of fruit ! Tasted good, but I made too much sauce which then spilled out over the work top. Will probably eat ithe rest cold tomorrow.