Friday, 31 October 2014

End of the month,and it seems I have done very little

Maybe it's because I have been giving all my energies to getting back as I was on 24 th September, when I fell and broke my foot. 
 This  has been a nightmare,as I have  had to employ carers again ,and move around the house 
in  the wheelchair.  However, after 5 weeks of bashing into the walls  ( newly decorated) and taking off  layers of paint, I am now walking very carefully with a stick again. The foot hurts a lot, but I am assured it will be less painful as time  goes  by.  I feel I am living on a snakes and ladders board!
When I manage something worth putting on the blog, I assure you all I will do it.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Wonderful vegetarian dish.

Of potato, brown mushrooms, spinach.
First I cut the potatoes to roughly the same size as the cut mushrooms, and boiled them for 10 minutes, then I drained them,added a little butter,and put in the mushrooms. After 5 minutes, I added the spinach, stirred it round till the spinach had wilted,and poured over a small bowlful of very creamy leek and potato soup.added some ground black pepper, and turned the whole mix until it was thoroughly coated in the sauce. It is out of focus ,sorry about that!
Absolutely delicious none the less.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Absolute disaster!

Last Tuesday I fell at a friend's home, walking up the drive to the car,  my foot felt painful, but since I could stand, I felt there was just soft tissue damage. 
However the following day, it was so painful to walk on that  I went to A & E, where they discovered I have hairline cracks on 2 metatarsals.  The upshot is that I must be non weight bearing  for the next month, am back in the wheelchair,back  with the Carers, and won't be doing much cooking as I can't stand!
Just when it seemed I was getting my life back again....... Full of ups and big downs. 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Today's salad , tomato,chilli, red onion chickpeas and Feta., with masses of basil and mint.Plus some blackberry liquor made last night.

Apologies for the out of focus photo.
 The salad has chopped red and orange tomatoes , marinated with olive oil and lemon juice, the red onion and chill are chopped finely. Then the herbs (lots of basil and mont ) are added when you want to eat, and the Feta cheese scattered on the top. With the remaining chickpeas, I made some hummus, but everyone knows what that looks like  the only difference was that I put lime juice instead of lemon juice. It is just so Moreish......
The Creme de Mûres,  I took some  very overripe blackberries , slowly simmered them, and added sugar to taste, then about a wine glass full of red wine,plus a small shot of Brandy ,I simmered it till it had
reduced and thickened slightly ,then bottled it. 
It has made 250mls, not much,but a little will go a long way.  Now of course, the bottle is  the  first picture instead of the salad.. Must remember to ask my grandchildren how to rectify this!


Friday, 15 August 2014

Today's experiments.

Is Jamie Oliver's Olive oil biscuits, made with a bread dough quite a lot of Olive oiland fennel seeds
I don't think they are quite right, as they are still a bit bready,and not very crisp,perhaps I didn't roll them out thinly  enough? The picture will show what I mean,but they taste interesting.  
I subsequently  put them back into the oven for a few minutes longer,and they do seem to be crisper now they are cold. More like biscuits than bread anyway.
Regret to say I have eaten three already!

As well as these biscuits,I have made a CEASAR Salad Dressing.  
Here's the recipe.
1egg boiled for 2minutes only, peeled..try doing that one hsnded,!
1traspoon of Capers rinsed
4 Anchovy fillets    Or more if you want a stronger taste.
1 teaspoon  of Dijon Mustard
1teaspoon of Worcester Sauce
The juice of 1/2 a lemon
1teaspoon of red wine vinegar
1/2teadpoon of black pepper
sunflower oil.
A little grated Parmesan 

Put all the ingerdients except for the egg and oil into a food processor and pulse. Add the egg, pulse again,and the add the oil a very little at a time until it thickens.  If it tastes too acidic,add a tiny bit of sugar and that will neutralise it.
It has made a whole medium sized pot, which hopefully will last in the fridge for a bit. 
It looks so ordinary that I haven't taken a picture.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Lucious chocolate ice cream.

Here ith is! Smooth and unctuous ,don't think it will last very long. 
Have made a raspberry ice cream and some Apricot as well. 
As there is a meringue mix with the chocolate and cream, there is no need to beat it at all,and it freezes smoothly.      I have used the same mix to make both the raspberry and apricot ices too.