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A New Year Inventory

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We got to chatting about store cupboards on Twitter today, that’s me, Wendy, Linda, Helen and Jules, as Jules had blogged a suggested store cupboard essential list.

I thought what would my own staples be?

And actually, what do I have in my dry goods cupboards? Time for an inventory.

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For the love of lentils

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It is a Monday in October, it is cold and damp outside, but inside my house it is warm and cosy. I don’t feel in the mood for wintry, lovely sticktoyourribs food today. I want something light, herby, easy on the tongue and the stomach.

I want lentils.

What? I hear you say. But [… More …]

More autumn soup… cabbages and pumpkins

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More soup for you to relish the autumnal colours and warming textures, for as well as the deep savouriness of a bowl of clear broth full of vegetables and pasta I also enjoy soups that have more of a velvety texture. Usually that involved blending them and using some root vegetables. Pumpkin and autumn [… More …]

Soup time….Minestrone

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It is getting chillier, don’t you think? Time for soup…

I was really lucky recently, and won a set of dehydrated stocks from Essential Cuisine – a fab product I had heard of, but I had never used them before.

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A Jack to catch a Mackerel

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There is an excellent fish stall at the Walthamstow Farmers Market, Sea Fayre, fish very fresh, up from Dungeness. Not very cheap, but then fresh fish never is.

So I was astonished to find a fish I had never seen before at an astonishing price of £1 per fish. Horse Mackerel. Or Jack. Or [… More …]

Pies for British Pie Week – Homity Pie

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It is nearly the end of British Pie week, and I feel it [… More …]

Fish & Rice #2 – Prawn, Pea and Leek Risotto

Risotto with Prawns, Leeks and Peas

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I am rather partial to a nice risotto, especially one with something fishy in it. It can be as luxurious as you wish (lobster, crab, fresh clams, scallops, exotic fish all come to mind…) or relatively simple, using whatever you have to hand in the fridge or freezer. This is a good standard [… More …]

Fish and Rice #1 – Kedgeree

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Did I tell you that apparently I have gallstones? That would explain the nasty pain running in a straight line from my breastbone to between my shoulderblades then… 🙁

Lots of things are making my innards play up, mainly red meat and anything fatty. But Fish and Rice seem pretty safe. And there really [… More …]

How I learnt all about #understandingblackberries …..

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It is the end of home grown summer fruit now… so sad, but it has lasted longer than usual this year with the mild autumn weather we have been having. And among the last to leave the supermarkets were the blackberries.

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Eco Marmalade – an update

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We had grapefruit for breakfast the other day, and I felt the need to make more marmalade. Now today I am also making Apple Crumble Pie and some lovely Apple Compote from the fabulous first book by Signe Johansen, Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking …: Scandilicious… More …]