the depths of the cupboard

I have a narrow cupboard on the wall next to the cooker, in which I keep various oils, vinegars, ketchups and so forth. In a mad fit I decided to go through it today, to make some space. The record for something past its sell by date in this house is now held by a…

Bristol Slow Food market – 5 march 06

As I’ve said before, we only get a decent food market here in Bristol on the first Sunday of the month, so we tend to make the most of it. Here’s this month’s haul: 4 packs of organic mutton (mutton! rar!) 1 organic leg of lamb for today’s lunch um .. 6 packs of sausages….

and they call this cooking?

Spotted on a food blog I read, was this “recipe” for Lemon Pound Cake. 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix 5 tablespoons instant lemon pudding mix 2 eggs 1/4 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup water 1/8 cup applesauce Truly, American cooking is a wondrous thing.

clearing up the fridge

For one reason and another, I haven’t done much cooking this week just past – probably because I’ve been coding this site for hours on end! So I looked in the fridge last night, and decided to clear up all the bitsa that was in there. What did I do? there was a jug of…

home made burgers

Finely chop a shallot, some fresh coriander and a red chili. Combine this with 1lb of Dexter mince, together with some sel gris. Shape into vaguely hamburger-shaped shapes In a bowl, combine a can of chick peas, some chopped fresh mint, diced cucumber, finely chopped spring onions, some cold cooked potatoes from the fridge, and…

good grief …

Ladies and gentlemen I give you The cheese wedding cake.

dining on duck

Well, we dined on duck a couple of weeks ago, and then I threw the carcass in the freezer to deal with later. Pulled it out again at the weekend, and boiled it up for a couple of hours; we were driven demented by the aroma! And last night I stripped the meat off it…

some things are just plain *wrong*

Looking at Le Creuset‘s web site today, as you do, I am horrified to find that they now do their cookware in lavender. What is the world coming to?

christmas cake eggstravanza

Originally posted in my LiveJournal 19 dec 2005 So … I weighed out the ground almonds, the whole nuts (whizzed briefly in the food processor), the mixed tropical fruit, the sultanas, the blueberries and cranberries, the dried apricots. I rummaged in the back of the cupboard for Cointreau and Amaretto. I beat 225g of butter…

chilli and orange jelly

I live near Bristol, which is, for some reason, a bit of a wasteland when it comes to food shops. There’s a farmers’ market in the city on a Wednesday – hopeless for those who don’t work anywhere near it, and a couple of markets at the weekend, but they lean more towards the car…