(No) rush

On the way to Easter (in both traditions), we’ve had the fun of working our way through various breakfast possibilities in no rush at all, so I thought I’d keep going in that vein by posting the ‘how to guide’ for a few favourites. First up – slow cooked baked beans and rice. The recipe is simple…

Sunday: Cuando una puerta se cierra, ciento se abren.

Spanish: When one door closes, a hundred open. To wind up my look at how we revive each day, so we might try again with the being a good person and making a happy life, I thought I’d share my three part take on slow cooking.  There is something for all moods, whether it’s to…

Saturday: Dywedwch wrthyf unwaith eto y chwedl …

Welsh: Tell me again the tale of … What is it about Saturday that seems to make us morph into hobbits – you know, needing first breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper … ? Well it probably starts with my family’s habit of getting together over a meal – our mum’s side…

Smile (even if just to make others wonder why)

Several years ago I succeeded in making this wedding cake that was a) gluten free because it was made with almond meal and b) able to hold traditional white royal icing and so look like a regular wedding cake.  It absolutely made my day to see the happy couple smile at something all could share when…

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…

December 22 – cranberries

Cranberries in many forms are an indispensable part of Christmas now – but when I was young, back around the time of the last ice age, the token bowl of cranberry sauce was the limit – and then only if turkey was on the menu.   Dried cranberries now seem to be in everything but…

December 20 – fudge

It has been seriously stinking hot here today, breathtakingly humid, then an armageddon quality storm this afternoon and instantly 10 degrees cooler.  Cooking really rather lacked appeal until then, and having the oven on for long still looked more than a bit dodgy. What’s a girl to do?  Go with something that only needs a…

December 16 & 17 – orange or coal?

Yesteryear’s traditional anxiety for children at Christmas was (among Anglophones at least) – would they find the reward of an orange or the remonstrance of a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking?  Well, I’ve gone with both in this little bevy of treats, after facing the anxiety-producing presence of possibly the longest-legged huntsman spider I…

December 12 – something red, and coconut ice is cool!!

James, the junior cook here, is in charge today!  He made the command decision that we needed to do coconut ice for afternoon tea, and it should be red to be cheery for Christmas – and I am a voice-activated cooking tutor today, so here you have it – red coconut ice that is waaaaaaay…

December 6 – fruit mince

For the 2017 Advent-ure, this is me taking my own advice, to follow these maxims –  plucked from amongst those by which I have worked for decades: Cook’s rule #127 – don’t be afraid to try new things for fear of failure – everyone has to eat every day, and cooking the same couple of…

December 3 – rosewater

After a first foray today into the Christmas shopping scrum, feeling a bit too worn out for real cooking, so thinking snack dinner (looks a lot like brunch items such as eggie muffins or bread pizza).  Years of assessing appetites by the look in the eyes of the men of the house, though, made me…

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…

Fruit compote

This is an excellent tactical use of the microwave oven, and doesn’t need a recipe per se. Put your berries in a microwave proof casserole.  No water is needed, just sprinkle very lightly with caster sugar. Just as a guide: for about 300g of frozen berries, I use a maximum of a tablespoon of caster…

Risotto cakes

These risotto cakes are a surprisingly easy, and very tasty, lunch or lunch box item that can also make a pleasant light dinner with salad or veggies on the side.  When I first tried them, however, I was a bit apprehensive.  Risotto itself can be tricky if you are not careful – sticks to the…

Chocolate bites

Is it possible to have afternoon tea without chocolate?  Yes, but I think it is probably a chargeable offence in most jurisdictions.  So of course I did the right thing for our Craftapalooza afternoon tea by banking a chocolate item ahead of time – this keeps very well in the fridge, but leave it out…