Wednesday: Но я не согласен друг мой!

Russian: But I do not agree my friend! It’s make or break day. The day for debating every little thing, whether a contract, a project or year 3 homework.  Wednesday seems destined to be the day when we emulate the great dissenter, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – it just will not do to be identical to all…

“It’s nothing special”

I recently fell into a project where the work skills that I take for granted were rather more highly prized by those colleagues than I have come to expect – they were particularly appreciative, and made me blush which is no mean feat at my age!  On the same theme, I see my cooking as something…

My kind of wrinkles

When it comes to oven-roasted tomatoes, the wrinkles are where the flavour is!  In anticipation of a future post about slow cooked breakfasts, I thought I would share this pearler of a dish that will be welcome anytime you might eat brekkie.  (If the two-legged locusts are away, leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the…

When a recipe is noise

Sometimes, a recipe just gets in the way of progress – like earlier in the week, after a couple of rainy days and no walks to the green grocer, plus it was still coming down in stair rods every hour or so.  That left me looking at a cupboard cooking effort – but we had…

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,…

The weight of tradition

Something guaranteed to make me a nervous cook is when I have the temerity to attempt something from another culinary tradition – I can feel the astral plane opening up and all the mothers of preceding generations start to watch me to see if I am doing it right, lol!!  Of course, for some things…

Where to start?

Since I am re-starting my writing here (after a seriously mad couple of weeks richocheting from one project to another work-wise) I though I’d take a moment to remark about becoming conversant with the basics of cooking. From where I sit (admittedly, as someone who loves cooking) it is something that can never come too…