A walk on the wild side

“Here,turn right here,this has got to be it”.

  

We swerve round the corner and bounce along the driveway. “Nice pond,but where’s the big house?” There’s plenty of rolling parkland and a cluster of outbuildings but no grand house to be seen. There’s also a tall affable looking chap wearing wellies and a big chunky jumper so we slow up and roll down the window. “Here for the food foraging?” he says,“follow the track round between these buildings and you’ll see a group of parked cars and over to the right people on the lawn,that’s [...]

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Almost the end of the chicken

After cooking up a good batch of stock on Friday afternoon it was then time to use up most of the rest of the roast chicken leftovers.

Subconsciously I must have known it was ‘British Pie Week’ (as created by Jus-Rol the makers of ready to roll pastry!) as I’d been thinking creamy chicken pie with mushrooms or leeks for a few days. And to do credit to Jus-Rol it was their pastry I used – there was a half packet near the top of the freezer leftover from a previous pie-making moment that was begging to be put to [...]

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Roast chicken leftovers parts 2 and 3 –get ready

Today its time to use the rest of the roast chicken. Its going to be a chicken and mushroom pie for dinner and a big batch of stock.  So off to get any missing ingredients and prepare for a lovely afternoon of cooking (and delicious aromas filling the house). 

Come back later to check on how things are progressing.

A good bacon butty

For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘butty’ the OED defines it as follows:

butty (also buttie) noun (pl. butties) informal,chiefly N. English a filled or open sandwich:a bacon butty. – ORIGIN mid 19th cent.:from BUTTER+-Y.

Or perhaps think about Ken Dodd for a moment and the jam butty mines – or maybe don’t. Also,of course,there are chip butties and cheese butties. In essence any kind of sandwich can be called a butty although I’m not sure you’d apply the term to something filled with chicken and avocado or crayfish and rocket or cucumber…..now [...]

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Mmmmm mushrooms

I’ve been thinking about my favourite foods recently,listing,considering,adding,subtracting,juggling,testing…….although I’ve not quite got to my top 5 just yet I’m getting close.

But one thing that has just got to be on there is MUSHROOMS. I love them in all their different guises. From elegant looking oysters to hearty portobellos and every stop in between,they are a (very) regular feature of my cooking.  Stews,stir fries,omelette,risotto,pasta and fry ups. But I’d stake a lot on the two best ways being:1. Sauteed in butter and eaten on toast (rye or sourdough [...]

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The dangers of dreaming of burgers

Sometimes you just NEED to have a burger in a bun for your supper. Well yesterday that was me.

A quick search in the freezer revealed some organic beef burgers that seemed to fit the bill –each quite small so it wouldn’t count as sheer greed but only mild gluttony to have two.  So out they came to be defrosted during the day and sit winking at me from the counter each time I passed. I thought carefully about what condiments and sides should accompany them to add to the experience.  I spooled through ideas in my head [...]

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Baby its cold outside

Its been pretty cold the last day or so with a snow fall of about 6 inches today –something we haven’t seen for a long time (18 years according to the records). So its mostly all about curling up near the heater/fire/radiator with a warm drink and a small snack whilst contemplating which warming dish to have for lunch or dinner.

 

Soups and stews are the order of the day and better still if there are a few things to hand to cook one up relatively quickly. Who wants to have to scrape the snow off the car [...]

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