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Archive for April, 2008

Impromtu Cannelloni

  Turn on the Scottish news at the moment and the main story is all about the impending fuel shortage in the country.  Workers at our main refinery have been striking recently over pension plans and as a result petrol, diesel, heating oil, etc are not being shipped to outlets as per usual.  What the [...]

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Weekend Bird Blogging

                           

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Onion Bhaji

  I’m experimenting with gram flour at the moment.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this ingredient, gram flour is made from ground chickpeas, it’s a beautiful pale yellow, fine in texture and is predominantly used in Indian dishes.  That said, my first experiment involved a Sicilian dish: panelle.  Won’t be blogging about that though.  It tasted [...]

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Micro-leaves

  For the last few weeks I have been growing peas and rocket on the window sill of my spare room.  My intention has never been to let these lovely plants reach full maturity, though.  I’ve been growing them to eat as seedlings or microleaves, as they are known in foodie circles. D doesn’t approve.  He thinks it’s [...]

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The Chickpea Answer

  There were an astounding 1901 chickpeas in the jar! Congratulations to Claire of Claire’s Cake Bake who guessed 1881.  And watch out for future competitions.  This was great fun. 

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  Until this evening I had never made nor tasted a nut roast before.  Not terribly sure why.  I love nuts and I love roasts.  It has taken Johanna’s event to spur me into veggie action and, oh my, am I glad it did.  My first attempt was (if you excuse my immodesty) absolutely delicious.  I can [...]

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A Rosie Moment

Exams are looming and I’m swamped.  Short and sweet posts will be the norm over the next few weeks but bear with me: it’ll pass.   For now though, have a giggle at these photos of Rosie.  She’s such a character!           

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Competition

  Three days on from my cake success and I’m still on a bit of a high.  I’ll be sharing the recipe and techniques later in the week (when I have more time) but for the moment let’s celebrate with a silly competition. On my visit to Skye last month I picked up the above [...]

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At last.  I made a cake.  It didn’t fall apart.  It looked respectable.  I fed it to my colleagues and they thought it tasted fab.  I’m more than a wee bit happy.       

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Spawn

  This is the first time I’ve seen frog spawn in aaaaagggggeeeeess.  Used to see it all the time when I was a kid.  Do you reckon this is because there’s less of it about?  Or because I spend less time prodding ponds with sticks these days?  

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