Month: July 2007


I’m going away for a few days, and need to use up some bits and pieces. These sorts of suppers are ones that are never repeatable, and I’m looking forward to this one.

The rest of the seven year old butter beans are currently boiling. And I have eight chorizo sausages, two cooked chicken breasts, and four slices of bacon. And half a head of fennel, some carrots, some parsley and some coriander to use. And half a bottle of red wine that is too far gone to drink, but will be fine for cooking.

A bottle of passata and some seasoning, and I think this is going to make something very nice. If you don’t hear from me again, it didn’t …


I was lucky enough to be given 2lbs of gooseberries by a friend, who grows them in her garden.

I made a ginormous crumble with them, and very nice it was too. Shame it’s a) such a short season, and b) you rarely see them in shops.

If you’re cooking gooseberries, don’t forget to put a slug of elderflower cordial in with the fruit … it really is a marriage made in heaven.