Ahhhhhh its barbecue time of year and barbecue kind of weather:smell the grilling food,hear the chink of glasses,the laughter,the fun,the delicate aroma of firelighters,the burnt food,the lobster tinged neighbours. England,the summer.
But it’s be a shame not to join in with at least some of this,right? Correct. Here’s the easy chicken (well poussin actually) we did last night:2 poussin butterflied (dead simple this,lie it breast bone down,hold the parsons nose,cut along either side of the backbone and remove,flip it over,press down firmly on the breast [...]
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I love it when things just seem to come together in the right way and its one of the things that I’m starting to love about blogging and tweeting. You swirl around the blogosphere,you play about on Twitter and suddenly a whole bunch of influences collide to make you spot a new dish that resonates for you or triggers fond memories of something you haven’t had in simply too long.
And so it was earlier this week that the influences of Browners’National British Sandwich fun,Fran39′s watercress post and the #livelocal challenge came together to make me think [...]
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A few weeks back Julia at ‘A Slice of Cherry Pie‘was offering 5 Mayan Magic Chocolate kits to food bloggers who promised to blog the experience. Sounded like fun and as I love chocolate I rushed in and bagged one. It arrived a few days later but it sat untouched for a while –I was busy and wanted to do it justice and also blog as much of each step as I could…..so here is what you get and do:
1. The kit:2. What’s inside:
3. The butters:4. The powders:5. My chosen flavours (lavender,cardamom,[...]
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Reading several other blogs recently (particularly ‘Domestic Goddess in Training’ talking about Bara Brith) made me think it was about time I did a little bit of baking. And visitors scheduled for later this week clinched the deal. What better to offer with tea or coffee than homemade biscuits or perhaps a fruitcake?
First up the biscuits – I fancied cooking something that would have a hint of summer to come and so I hit on one of my favourite tried and tested recipes (and,I know,well liked by these particular guests). The recipe is from Sybil Kapoor’s Simply [...]
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Last week I mentioned lemon curd in my Labour of love post and one comment poster asked for a good recipe.
I’ve tried a few versions in the past – some come out fairly runny,some very thick. They all taste good but the texture and richness varies quite widely depending on the amount of butter and also egg yolks (some recipes use whole eggs some use a mix and some use only yolks). So there’s quite a lot of choices in picking a recipe.
I’m going to give you two recipes here – one for a good staple curd – [...]
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After the gardening bug bit me on Saturday I decided it was time to see how my lovely little lemon tree was doing.
It lives in the lean-to that we use as a utility room and often gets forgotten amongst the never-ending piles of washing (how exactly do 2 people create so much to be washed,its not like we wear three different outfits each day – well not normally any way!).
So off I pottered to check it out.
It had been hit by another bout of scale insect (ugh ugh ugh). These evil creatures don’t look much – rather [...]
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Roast chicken for dinner tonight. Oh yes bring it on!
As you can guess I LOVE roast chicken. It’s got to be in the Top 5 and its probably right on up there at the number one slot. Soooooo delicious whatever you pair it with. And the all time favourite choice of birthday treat dish for me as a kid.
Of course my grandma cooked a really top-notch roast chicken and trimmings – but who’s Gran didn’t (and no way would you admit to it if they didn’t hey)? And,even though I say so myself,I think she passed [...]
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