I don't know whether you like to run down the contents of your fridge until nothing is left save a bit of milk, crème fraîche, eggs and a drawer of sprouting potatoes? And then think what to make? But I find it stimulating. The following two or three recipes all feature these ingredients to some …
Baked cabbage and bresaola pancakes
It's Pancake Day! Way back in June I was eating pancakes all the time because I had plenty of flour and no bread. You could just skip this post and go back to Operatic pancakes or Almost blinis if you prefer. But I thought I would make something a little different, something for a cold evening, something which does not require any finesse:
Hittin’ the note – pastry ideas
What do Elizabeth David and the Allman Brothers Band have in common? Apart from the ramblin', they used to hit the note more often than most people.
This is a pie because it has pastry on the bottom and on the top. The pastry may be shortcrust, flaky or rough puff - just use your favourite.
Oaty fruit crumble
Winding down supplies this week and running low on almost everything, I used up the last of the butter on this welcome bowl of fruitiness. There is a definite chill in the air and plenty of seasonal fruit around, so a perfect time for crumble. Measurements are approximate.
Dodging the showers while maintaining social distancing is not easy, but I managed to turn out a desert for my guests, a pear frangipane tart. Ingredients: For the pastry: 115g plain flour, 60g butter, an egg yolk, a dessertspoonful of muscovado sugar, lemon juice. For the pears: 3 or four good sized pears, any variety …
The trial by strawberry, Melissa
Well it started beautifully . . . 800g of home grown Strawberries500g of Preserving Sugar (with pectin) This is much less than the recipe but it still tastes tooth-achingly sweet to me. Stir over gentle heat until the sugar has melted. Magic! Glorious strawberries swimming in juice. But then you have to turn up the …
Strawberry Harvest, Judith and Melissa
Judith and Melissa have kindly sent photos of their strawberries:
Porridge with blueberries
No, it isn't a pun, although sometimes I feel as if I have been doing time these past months. At least I have been allowed out to work in the garden. Ingredients: One cup of oats, I have used jumbo oats but any oats are good. water, a pinch of salt, single cream, blueberries Method: …
In this post I return to pancakes, this time English ones. Traditionally served with lemon and sugar, always good, they are a very adaptable backing for savoury and sweet fillings and can be eaten at any time, all day long. The 70's (Hippy) version would have been stuffed with leeks and baked in a cheese sauce. Here I have made one savoury and one sweet version