Doctors and what-have-you do tell us not to eat too much before bedtime, and experience has taught me to avoid coffee and (too much) chocolate at night, but now I'm adding something else to the list ... rum raisins & prunes over ice cream! I made and bottled this 2 or 3weeks ago, after seeing … Continue reading Insomnia and ice cream
So, my cousin asked me for this, my mother's recipe. Funny how certain dishes become embedded in the family DNA. First up, you have to make a thick cheese sauce, and let it cool. Then, using a firm fleshed fish, layer fillets in the bottom of a baking dish. Cover the fish with sliced mushrooms, … Continue reading Famous fish pie
Over many months the extension to the house has crept up the hill. It's on the other side of the valley, so we've been watching progress. And wondering what the neighbours, slowly encroached upon, have been thinking. Am not sure if any of the encroached-upon were there the other night, when she had her wing-warming. … Continue reading Onions for a wing-warming
What on earth could you substitute for pomegranate juice? I have a duck recipe that calls for it. Orange, perhaps? Or is that too 1970s??
Packing up a holiday house after a few days’ stay, especially at this time of the year when you know no-one else is likely to be in residence for some time, there’s always the question of what to do with the left-over food. After all, no-one can plan so well that there are no leftovers. … Continue reading Baked custard
Has been ages since we entertained, but now that I’m back in the country it’s time to be a bit more hospitable. So, friends for dinner on the weekend and as usual going for an Italian-themed meal. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about Italian food that I like. Actually, I do … Continue reading Tiramisu
Not quite sure what to call this dish … I think I copied it into a notebook from a newspaper supplement that was talking about food that blokes could cook, or perhaps it was food that blokes would like to eat. Whatever. It meets all my prerequisites – simple to make, limited ingredients, and good … Continue reading Blokes’ chicken