Tuesday – Ich denke. Wiederkäuen ist die Antwort.

German: I am thinking. Rumination is the answer. Time on Tuesday seems to move more sedately and deliberately – not so much of the whooshing sound made by Monday as it dashes by, more the steady hum of industry as we try to progress our work, whatever it may be.  Tuesday is get serious day:…

Suddenly, alchemy!

There is a whole part of cooking that is not far from alchemy, not least when you suddenly go from whipping cream to butter, or from stirring, stirring a mix over the heat to “eek, that’s a lot of cleaning up now all over the stove”. Those transitions that come up almost between breaths are…

Monday – Subito presto!

Italian: literally, immediately soon! In other words, get your skates on, right now! These brekkie items are for those days with no time to waste, mountains to be climbed, boxes to be ticked – or just a Monday after a terrific weekend, where the temptation to linger asleep was a little too strong.  However much…

Restart, reboot, …

If you have read more than two of my posts, you will know already that I am not much given to poetry (literally or metaphorically) nor flowery-sweet expression (except perhaps when discussing the culinary merits of maple syrup vs golden syrup, treacle vs molasses).  When I do occasionally wax lyrical – about particularly luscious basil,…

Cook’s day off

As the temperature climbed past 35°C again today, with humidity in the 90s, we went with having a day off, binge-watching our favourite genre shows and having lazy meals – so brunch started to look a lot like linner (when breakfast has gone past lunch, heading towards dinner!). Pancakes are quick to prepare and so perfect…

‘Quiche’ muffins

Quiche has a bad rep for being heavy from the pastry and hard to do for those not skilled in pastry making.  So this recipe solves several ‘issues’ at once by not having pastry. Sometimes known as a ‘shake & bake’ quiche, this works on the same principle as an ‘impossible pie’.*  A modest amount…

Honey toasted muesli

In one of those stories that can really only come from sisters, my younger sister Kathryn has a friend, known to us as ‘Other Catherine’, who is the source of this recipe for honey toasted muesli – she got it from her sister’s mother-in-law! We are forever grateful to all the ladies in that chain,…

Eggie muffins, the how to guide

When our younger son, Andrew, was aged 4-ish, a Saturday morning TV show included a segment on showing kids how to make simple nutritious food. From memory, Andy later described how to make something he dubbed “eggie muffins” using a slice of bread as the “muffin cup”.  A household favourite, in more recent years we…

Brack

Our mum might have called this ‘no frills’ fruitcake but now it is probably ‘minimalist’ in hipster-speak. Known traditionally as barm brack, or just brack, it’s the everyman food of the Irish – the cut down version was only three ingredients, and one came out of the tap! The stark original has no added sugar…

Fridge porridge

Another taste sensation that really doesn’t need a recipe, this is so easy it almost gets a zero spoon rating!  Full credit for this one goes to my sister Kathryn, legend finder of new ideas. Just take equal amounts of milk, yoghurt, rolled oats* and frozen berries, and mix in a large bowl. Put in a…