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Archive for November, 2007

Tablet: A Scottish Sweetie

Tablet is a very rich, very sugar traditional Scottish sweet.  Made from butter, condensed milk and sugar, this crumbly fudge-like candy does not win any awards for it’s health inducing properties; it does, however, sweep the board when it comes to ecstatic groan inducing. Before I go any further I must tell you that it should be D writing this.  [...]

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The answer is 115.  Really.      

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Short post.  Busy night. Yesterday The Guardian published a recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Tofu.  I made the dish for dinner this evening and it was so exceptionally good I feel compelled to share it with you.    You can find the recipe here.  I halved the amounts specified (it served four) and ate it without rice.  Also [...]

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 My parents are visiting this weekend.  After a week of marking marathons and cooking mishaps I wanted tonight’s dinner to be stress-free and undoubtably delicious.  Though the following shepherd’s pie requires two nights preparation, neither part takes much effort and the results are amazing.  If you don’t believe me ask Gen and Keith.  Two years ago I [...]

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Recent Disasters

 All has not been well in Wendy’s kitchen these last few weeks.  An unprecedented amount of culinary disasters have resulted in a cooking confidence crisis.  The major lows are as follows: 1.)     Venison Stew with Chilli and Chocolate – Ah, this one hurt.  D and I watched The Wild Gourmets a couple of weeks ago and [...]

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Cinnamon and Aubergine Curry

 It’s not easy to take nice pictures in winter, is it?  That said, I doubt very much that this dish would photograph terribly well in any light.  Perhaps I should have followed Sophie’s lead and just took a picture of the aubergine itself, though I’d be very aware of failing to live up to her [...]

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Famous Four – Take Two

 When Deb left me a message on my last post saying I had been tagged for a meme I was rather pleased.  Not only because Deb had very kindly selected me to be tagged but also because this is a busy (and rather crap) week and I don’t have much time to cook or blog.  The tag [...]

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 It feels a little cheeky to suggest a recipe for garlic butter.  In my defence, I would like to say: In the same way that Yogi is smarter than the average bear, this garlic butter is tastier than the average garlic butter. It’s fabulous stuff to have in the fridge.  Garlic bread, chicken kiev, sauteed greens [...]

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Rosemary, Lentil and Tomato Soup

Can winter have crept up on me already?  Suddenly I need to put on a bobble hat to pop round to the local shop.  Suddenly it’s dark enough to light candles at 4pm.  And this afternoon I was sleepy enough to have a wee nap on the sofa under an orange woolly blanket.  Sounds like winter to me. [...]

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Grains – Part 2

  After an experiment with familiar and homely barley I wanted my next grain experience to be rather more exotic.  I had heard of neither farro nor amaranth nor wheatberries until this year and thus all three were tempting me with their mysterious allure.  Which would be next?  I considered researching each and making an informed choice but [...]

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