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Archive for November, 2009

Sunday

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Tea Poached Pears

Pretty. Tea Poached Pears A pear per person Enough scented tea (I used this blend kindly sent to me by Pia) to half cover the pears in a pan Sugar to taste – tea should be fairly sweet Peel the pears carefully. Bring the tea to a simmer.  Add sugar to taste. Poach the pears, [...]

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Indulgence

Rich Onion Gravy (Serves 2 generously) 2 medium onions, sliced 25g butter 1 tblspn olive oil 1 glass red wine 200ml well flavoured stock 1 tspn cornflour mixed into a paste with a little stock Heat the butter and oil over a medium heat.  Add the onions and cook for 20-30 minutes until the onions [...]

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Picked some for my windowsill.  What are they called though?

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Leek and Potato Soup

I remember reading somewhere that leeks are really expensive in North America.  Is that true?  I mean, are they much more expensive than your average red onion, for example? Hope not.  But even if they are, leek and potato soup is well worth a splurge.  I’ve not been very well over the last few days and I’m putting [...]

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A Wintery Pasta

Cheating a little tonight as I’ve posted this recipe before but using purple sprouting broccoli rather savoy cabbage.  It’s one of my favourite winter recipes though as, aside from being really tasty, the greens and herbs and brown pasta give this dish a really wholesome feeling.  Just what one needs when flus and colds and [...]

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Last Night

Yesterday evening I stopped cooking for a moment and looked out the kitchen window to see this… I grabbed Marco and ran out to the bottom of the garden with my camera.  We spent the next ten minutes watching this… Turn into this… By the time darkness had fallen the sub-zero temperatures had me frozen [...]

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November Day

Blue skies, snow on the hills, frost in the garden…  Great weekend!  

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Squash – Part 2

My first souffle.  And it worked!  And it was divine! So proud I could pop.  Squash Souffle (serves 5/6 as a starter) 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks Olive oil Seasoning Pinch of mace 150ml thick bechamel sauce made using SR flour rather than plain – I use this method.  Half [...]

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Squash – Part 1

It’s a rare autumn day that a butternut squash is not found in my kitchen.  I haven’t tried growing them (yet) but I love them.  Their smooth skins and big bums always look so appealing and they keep so very well that, even on the weeks I have no plans of using squash, I tend to surreptitiously sneak [...]

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