Saturday, 21 May 2016

Cooking once more.

However the news is that  since I came home from Hospital, now 2& 1/2 weeks ago, I have decided to give meat a miss, so I suppose you could say that I've gone vegetarian !
It was so easy to Bung a couple of pieces  of bacon under the grill  , now I am thinking  beautiful Mediterranean vegetables, pulses, grains...  I haven't cut  out  fish, in the time  I've been home, I have eaten it twice, the same  with eggs. 
So I have complete chickpea head on right now, and in the past 2 days I  have made,  Hummous,  falafel, Fatinata, ( an Italian sort of pancake with rosemary chopped into it.) plus Channa Massala, some of which has gone  into the freezer. 
HAVE  also made some watercress & spinach soup, but the stalks were so stringy on the watercress, they messed up my stick blender so much that I think I shall have to replace it!  And I have done some pesto as there was some basil that needed using up quickly, AND I don't like to throw good food away EVER. 
I wa given A Modern way to Cook, by Anna Jones, which is inspirinational, she also has a slot in the Guardian Cook recipe supplement on Saturdays at the moment. So I'm going to follow  some of her recipes . 
I shall post anything that looks remotely interesting?

Saturday, 30 April 2016

2months have gone by!

The reason I have posted nothing, is because on 8th of March I fell and broke my  ankle AGAIN.  The same one I broke almost 3 years ago, it's really weak because of the stroke now nearly 12& 1/2 years ago.m 
Ever since  that day  I have been incarcerated in Hospital for over  5 weeks, and now I am in a rehab home, getting used to walking with an enorous heavy boot on the broken foot. 
I have to say, I can walk far better than the first time, as by 8 weeks then I was still using a hoist to be moved around,and definitely couldn't walk .
Now, with  an elbow crutch I can walk short distances.
The best news is that is I'll  be going home on 4 th May!
So it will be back at the stove very shortly. 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

No posting for some time

As I am in Hospital, having broken the same ankle I broke in 2013,
Life throws such rubbish at me it's hard to keep positive.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Salmon cured my way.

I have been given some sea salt flavoured with smoked Apple wood, and brought back from South Africa by friends. 
What to do with it? Quite strong tasting,  so I was inspired to try a type of gravad lax ,using the salt,and some other flavourings. 
Grated orange rind,and  Rosemary sprigs. And of course, some sugar.
I bought a tail piece, which on reflection,was not the right cut, since it doesn't give much area to slice. 
Scattered the orange zest over plus a couple of rosemary sprigs, then salt and sugar mixed together, and the salt /sugar mix over both sides. 
Then I wrapped it as tightly as I could in cling film, and then in foil. Put it in the fridge on a plate with a weight on the top. ( I used a 1kg bag of sugar wrapped in a plastic bag) I then turned the fish daily for 3 days, and was amazed at the liquid that came out. 
Today I have taken it out, rinsed off the excess salt ,and tried to slice it, but it had shrunk somewhat, and being onehanded, it was quite difficult to slice. So I haven't posted a picture ,as there is so  little! 
Only enough for canapés , but I will do it again, it's promising. 

Sunday, 13 December 2015


This is what I have made for my family over the past couple of days.

Cheese biscuits...Around 5 dozen,as they always disappear fast. 
one lot quite hot, with chilli, and the other I put chopped black olives in the basic cheese mix. They are really delicious. Made with the left over scraps of cheese, and equal amounts of flour and butter,and various seasonings, depending on how I feel, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, chopped nuts, chilli flakes,
or whatever.           Somehow the photo of the apple and pineapple cake has come here, so sorry!

3 & a half dozen  mini tartlets 
filled with goats cheese, pecans and spring onions . The pastry is made by melting butter stirring that into the flour ,and then adding the white of an egg, which makes the pastry very soft and malleable, so pressing the pastryinto the tiny tins one handed takes quite a while. 

A dozen mince pies , home made mincemeat, and a short pastry with orange zest and juice for flavour. 

Sticky toffee pudding...need I say more? 

Caramelised Apple Pudding. 
Make the caramel, exactly as if one was doing a tarte Tatin, but cover the apples with a batter,rather than pastry. It's still in the oven, so I can't see if it has worked.
Oh rats! The Apple has stuck to the pan, so now it's an apple and pineapple upside down cake,as I have caramelised some  slices of fresh pineapple, put them on the top ,and it now looks even better. 

A fruit cake,
 made with apricots, dried mango, sultanas and marzipan. I used spelt flour rather than the wholemeal stated, so it's quite gooey! The marzipan( which I bought) exploded inside the cake, so there are lots of little eruptions in unexpected places.

And I made some chocolate discs, quite thin with ginger, or dried fruit on the tops. 

Later on, I shall do a main course for both families ... But not yet
And anyway, I need to do some replacement shopping! I'm right out of so much !   
Now for a cup of tea, and at last, a well deserved sit down. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Damson gin.

Today I have bottled up the Damson  Gin that  I set to seep back in late August. 
Only made 4 bottles of 125 mls  though.
 However , I had the damsons ,and made some damson chutney with them. One red onion, finely chopped, a good pinch of salt, the same of mixed spice, pepper,and a shake of Turkish Chilli peppers., they are not too hot,and add a  warmth to the mix. Let it all soften in the pan with the fruit, add cider vinegar to just cover the mixture, and enough sugar to taste. I never like an over sweet chutney, and as usual, the picture is somewhat lopsided. It has made 2 jars. 
plus a little Olive oil, then added vinegar  and sugar to taste. I don't want it too sweet. 
Will keep till Christmas easily.  

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Chocolate brownie tart with Saffron poached pears

From last week's" Cook " in The Guardian ,a really lovely recipe from Ruby Tandoh.
Not a good pic,as I still find it so hard to get the thing in focus ,try and hold the iPad steady, and then take the picture with only the left hand ( the camera button is ,of course, on the right,) 
Pears ,chocolate, what more can anyone want? It's all on a slant, but I'm sure you get the picture. I have got a friend to take a better one, so am trying to put it here as well.   Without success far!