Tuesday, May 31, 2005


I just fancied this, Well, we didn't have much food in, but I always have rice and a few bits of veg and olive oil. That's basically it: fry up a couple of onions in loads of olive oil, add a few chopped up veg, eg mushrooms, broccoli, courgette, and 3 cloves of garlic. Add 6-8 portions of rice and water/stock. Simmer and add more water as needed, stirring occasionally. I always add peas- this time I used frozen mixed veg, which was nice- peas, sweetcorn, baby carrots, green beans. add some fresh herbs, eg marjoram, thyme, and some pine kernels or cashews, and sultanas. when the rice is cooked and creamy it is ready. I served it with sosmix sausages for a quick al fresco supper.

(oo, hark at her... sounds a bit posh). I dont know if this is proper risotto, whatever that is, but I've just rescued a few old recipe books from the garage that might shed some light on that if I get round to looking at them.

Anniversary starter.

Red Lentil Pate with Tarragon. Posted by Hello

Still eating here, just not much blogging going on!

This was very yummy, made by Sim.

  • Bring to the boil 4 cups of water and add 1 cup of lentils, 1 onion and 2 bay leaves.
  • Reduce heat to medium high and cook for about 10 mins unitl tender.
  • Mince 5 cloves of garlic.
  • Drain the lentils, discard the bay leaf and place in a blender with the minced garlic.
  • Add 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp dried tarragon, 1/2 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Blend well,
  • Transfer to ramekins or serving dish and refrigerate for about an hour.

For such simple ingredients this was lush- especially if you like homous.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Raw food

We've been eating a lot of salad lately. I remembered I used to eat a lot of raw food before I had kids and M's favorite meal used to be salad. We even had it for Christmas dinner once. She was about 5 or 6 and I asked her what she really wanted to eat. I used to make it look really appetising with all different colours of raw salad laid out on a plate, with dips. Today it was still sunny in the garden at tea time and we ate outside. We had 2 plates of salad: one with rocket, avocado, boiled eggs (hen's and duck's); one with lettuce, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, spring onions, all in strips, with orange segments. Also olives and boiled jersey royal potatoes. I did have some really nice vine-ripened tomatoes but I gave them all to Jill yeasterday, as she was cooking an amazing meal of Genovese Easter pie with artichokes and 'poor man's potatoes'. I did try some and it was absolutely delicious. Must get that recipe.
I know the 'raw food' I just described just sounds like a pretty traditional salad. Its all in the presentation, and I usually try to have something more interesting on offer. I forgot to mention the dips: home-made hummous, guacomole (which was, apparently better than Mooch's, but had nothing but avocado with a little bit of garlic and mayo), and the strangely popular 'thousand island dressing' which is really egg mayonnaise with a bit of ketchup in it.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

My new sprouting jars made from gherkin jars. I made holes in the lids for draining with some pointy scissors. I drain them on the dish drainer- it is supposed to be at an angle of 45 degrees for a few minutes, after rinsing. This is alfalfa and mung bean. Posted by Hello

Monday, May 02, 2005

May Day Muffins Posted by Hello