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Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

It doesn’t seem like a year since my 50th birthday, yet here I am 51 years and a day! I had a quiet but enjoyable day yesterday. I skived off church and spent the morning crafting, in preparation for my Christmas Market stall in 3 weeks time. I made a couple of “Joyeux Noel” boxes, with great vintage-looking stamps on them, from medical supply boxes that my friend C gets for free, and I tidied up a couple of other boxes previously decorated. I hope I sell lotsof stuff – I’ll take a photo of the stall before the Mad Rush starts on 14th November…

I had some lovely presents. Mr D gave me a Simon’s Cat diary plus “permission” to buy myself something lovely when I see it, my MiL sent me a mini hotwater bottle plus some dosh, my Mum didn’t send anything, but the Dear Lady bought us our wood burning stove – it’s our birthday & Christmas presents for the next couple of years! We are very grateful. Sister in Law sent a cuddly scarf and a couple of delightful cat prints, and my brother gave me a St Just Mystery book – it’s not a series I know, so I look forward to reading it. A friend sent me an Alan Titchmarsh book as well, so there’s plenty to read.

Then up to A&J’s for lunch – goats cheese salad, roast pork & potatoes with a cauliflower gratin, and then meringues and icecream & white chocolate. Yummy! And a birthday cake too! They gave me a bell with a cat on it…we plan on hanging it at the bottom of the stairs. Then people who come in (which is quite regular here!) without us hearing, can ring to let us know they’ve arrived! Unless they’re burglars, in which case they’ll just steal everything…!

Then in the evening we relaxed in front of the TV with spicy carrot soup and chocolate with bitsa Dime bars inside. Delicious! I allow myself 4 squares a night.

Today we’re going up to J&C’s for a pies-from-England + snooker night with lots of friends, including Daniele & Paul. Paul is suffering from widespread cancer, and I’m sure he would appreciate any prayers you might be inclined to pray for him. It’s good to spend time with him & as he enjoys snooker, and as J&C have a snooker table it seems like a good combination. S&C arrived over from England last night (as long as they could get petrol) bearing pies (and other produce) so it will be good to see them too. There will be 20 of us!!! I’ve made a slightly-late-birthday-cake to take (cream & jam to be added when I get home from work) and a peach crumble. Photos may be taken, if I remember the camera.

I’ve just made the crumble, cake and some delicious looking coconut-and-raisin oatmeal cookies. Like flapjacks, only with no golden syrup and with eggs as well. Djeananne at work made some, (she’s American and they’re from an American site) and they were yummy. I hope mine are as good – she used choc chips, but I used coconut, raisins and the tail-end of a packet of pumpkin seeds etc. They look good. I’ll have one after lunch. Which I’d better go and have as I’m due to leave for work in an hour. Gruyere & leek tart, home made coleslaw and maybe some soup too. Or would that just be piggy?

Is it a good plum chutney?

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Ferijen asked me this question and yes, I think it is. I adapted it from a Rose Elliot recipe (Sweet Spiced Apricot chutney in “Vegetarian Cookery”) I use this as a basis for all my chutneys, using what I have and adapting what I don’t have. So for the plum chutney I used:

  • 1.8 kg stewed plums (no sugar)      – instead of apricots
  • 2 small onions, chopped                  – instead of apples
  • 100g raisins
  • 1 pint red wine vinegar                     – instead of distilled vinegar (altho’ maybe it is distilled?)
  • 350g granulated sugar
  • 1 big splat of Lazy ginger (ginger purée) -instead of ground ginger
  • 1 big teaspoon of Lazy garlic         – instead of 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp (about) of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp (about) cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp (about) of salt

Put all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil then cook gently for about 1.5 hours, until thick. Stir occasionally. Then put into sterilised jars. Keep for 4-5 weeks before using.

We’ve already tried this, without waiting, as I had a half jar filled, so I thought we should use it up. Maybe it’s a little sharp, but better that than too sweet, I think. If you try it, I hope you like it.

Making things

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

I really love surfing blogs – I follow links from one person’s blog to another to another: clicking on names that take my fancy, or finding people who love thrifting, or re-making and reusing things. I wish I was like that, but somehow it never quite works for me…Of course, I also love looking at recipe blogs and finding new ways of serving old favourites, or just drooling over the delicious looking cakes and cookies that have been photographed.

One thing I do wonder though is do these people take photographs of every dish that they make?! “Here’s the delicious pot roast I made for dinner.” Photo of said delicious pot roast,nestling, untouched, in a very beautiful (or attractively rustic) dish. But how do you know it’s delicious enough to take a photo of BEFORE you eat it?!

I made a pasta bake that turned out to be much yummier than I’d thought it was going to be last night. But I didn’t take a photo of it…And if I had, it would have been in the old, slightly crusty pyrex dish that I got free at the local supermarket. Not a gorgeous shabby-chic French brocante dish, picked up at the local vide grenier…

Still – what I have been doing is making jams and chutneys. I’m not very good at taking delightfully sharp photos (and nor are my jams in prettily-covered-in-gingham-hats jars. ) But here is my effort at a photo:

I picked the blackberries yesterday, and plan to freeze them until I have enough to make a good batch of blackberry jam. I didn’t get as many as I might have done, as I was wearing the wrong trousers (no, not these Wrong Trousers: but cropped trousers that didn’t protect me from nettles.) and so I gave up after about 45 minutes.

The jams on show are plum jam, (thanks to Daniele and Paul’s generosity) plum chutney (ditto), greengage and lemon jam (it should have been just greengage, but it wasn’t setting. I added too much lemon juice in an attempt to make it set, but it failed. I ended up with very lemony, runny greengage jam) and rhubarb and raspberry jam (also thank you to D&P for the fruits of their garden!)

And the recipe for the pasta bake, in case anyone wants to try it. For two greedy people, or three normal people:

  • Soften 1 onion, two large mushrooms, half a red pepper and a courgette (all diced) in olive oil.
  • Add about 100g of skinned, diced chorizo (strength  to taste. We used extra fort)
  • Add 1/2 a jar of vegetable pasta sauce (or home made tomato sauce if you have some)
  • Add two large handfuls of frozen spinach. Mix until it’s melted.
  • Add several splashes of tabasco sauce, if you like it spicy.
  • Add as much cooked (al dente) pasta as you think you’ll want
  • Mix together and put in an ovenproof bowl. Think about aesthetics, should you wish to photograph it.
  • Sprinkle grated cheese on top (and breadcrumbs too, should you feel so inclined)
  • Cook at about 180° for about half an hour.

Walks, fun, cheese and cats. Second Attempt

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

So, here we go with a second attempt:

We had an enjoyable time last Sunday afternoon. Some time ago, G (French friend, lived in UK for many years, married to A, a Scouser -like me-, lives in our village) derided the fact that there are, apparently, more English cheeses than French, and said “Yeah, and they all taste the same…” So S&C who have a second home here brought a selection of cheeses, pickle, English pâté and crackers when they came over. So we had a convivial port-and-cheese evening, French and Anglais mixed. And G did admit that the English cheeses weren’t too bad by half.

L'Entente Cordiale - English & French (cheese) side by side!

Yes...I think we've finished...

On Monday I went for a shortish walk – only an hour – which was very pleasant – but I’d forgotten to charge the camera battery. It was really nice, and not too strenuous. I will do it again, but extend it a little more. There were plenty of marked trails on a plateau above Blanzat, so it will be easy to add another kilometre or so to the walk. On Thursday I had a chance to do another walk before my French lesson. This was also really lovely – the weather has warmed up, and I was in my shirt sleeves and cropped trousers. I bought a sandwich and sat, half way round, basking in sunshine and scoffing the most delicious tuna baguette. It was fab.

This is where I had lunch, lying on the grass

And here is the obligatory view of Puy-de-Dome

I met a charming old gentleman, who looked about 65, but who assured me he was 82. He joined me on the walk and spoke about all number of things. He was evacuated from Lille to Clermont Ferrand during the war, and stayed here. He married an Algerian woman, he loves travelling, philosophy, walking, golf, literature, history… He was very interesting. While I like walking by myself, it was a pleasant change to have such an interesting companion. I thought about asking if I could take his ophoto, but didn’t. Instead here is a view of the path:

I really enjoy my walks, and as I’m starting a new student on a different day in June, I may be able to do one on Tuesdays too! I hardly recognise myself!!

And now, the pictures that I know several people have been waiting for: GEORGE-THE-KITTEN is growing. We went to see him & his siblings on Friday. They are growing and becoming more and more adorable! Look!!!

"Are you my daddy?"

Three Kittens...aaah!

Mum taking on nourishment.

I had a phone call from a very excited M today – the kittens have drunk milk from a bowl all by themselves. I’m a little unsure, as I know many cats can’t tolerate cow’s milk, being lactose intolerant – Pumpkin always had an upset tummy after drinking milk – but at the moment M is in charge of the wee ones, so I don’t like to complain.

Are you sure this is a good idea, maman?

George makes a bid for freedom!

Are you going to get bored of pictures of George, I wonder…?!

Wagamamas. But in France

Friday, April 16th, 2010

I don’t know if you know Wagamamas but it’s a restaurant that is a “Must-Go-To” when we’re in the UK. My sister-in-law bought me the Wagamamas cookbook for Christmas a couple of years back. I don’t use it very often, as it’s tricky getting some of the ingredients, but every now and then we invite people for dinner and try a couple of recipes from the book.

A&G are coming tonight. I’m making Ebi Katsu, described as “deep-fried prawns in panko breadcrumbs. served with a spicy chilli and garlic sauce. garnished with lime”. However I’ve not got Panko breadcrumbs: I’m using Chapelure Dore, which are bog standard breadcrumbs. Also I’m cooking Tori Kara Age, which is “deep-fried chicken pieces. served with a chilli, garlic, sesame and soy sauce” and Schmi Spiced Duck Ramen (although it’s actually Thai 7-Spiced Duck Ramen, as I couldn’t get Schmi spices) A Ramen is a noodle based brothy dish – this one has (bien sur) duck, pak choi (but I couldn’t get that, so I’m using Chard) , spring onions and Ramen noodles (which I can get) Plus a salad with a spicy salad dressing. Pudding is sliced pineapple and Lemon Meringue Chocolate (served separately, or together as desired).

It’s impossible to find saké round here, but I’ve gone for Gurwurtztraminer as a substitute, as I know that it goes with spicy/oriental food (thanks to a BBC Good Food programme many many years ago). So we can drink what’s left after I’ve cooked with it!

I hope it will all be very tasty.

Ooh, ooh, the kittens are due to be born tomorrow. 🙂 We have two names planned, to see which fits Chosen Kitten best: Biskit or Pugsley. We shall see. I’m now erring towards Pugsley, having thought of it as Biskit for several months! 🙂

Vegetable Patch and other Stories

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

We don’t have a garden here in St Just. We have a small courtyard, which doesn’t get a huge amount of sun, and a balcony. The courtyard has a border with a lot of trees (elderberry/climbing rose/ some bushy-shrubby-evergreeny thing/ another tree that I don’t know the name of) and a very rocky little raised bed which is used by the neighbourhood cats, and has really poor soil. And when you water it everything runs off into the courtyard anyway. This little patch really just survives. I throw a couple of plants at it every year and they sometimes take and they sometimes don’t. There is a Bleeding Heart plant which was absolutely stunning last year, but I don’t know if it will have survived the winter, and a self seeded buddleia – which may well take over – as well as some bits of cuttings that I’ve shoved in the stony soil. And an ivy which, bien sûr, climbs up and over everything. This weekend (if it’s warm) I may try to sort this patch out a little – stake up the buddleia (at the moment it’s lying prone!) and clear up the cat shit. But for all that, it’s not a very inspiring little patch…

As well as this, for the last couple of years we’ve shared a vegetable patch with our friends A & G – the chickens are next door to this. The problem for us is that it’s about 10 minutes walk away, which can be a bit of a turn-off for going to “do a bit of weeding”. Mr D worked really hard last year, as did A, but I’m afraid I didn’t do very much – partly (but not completely) because of the amount of work I had. It was splendid to harvest our own courgettes, and pumpkins and strawberries – but even that was a bit of an effort. (Yes, as you may have gathered by now I am monumentally lazy!)

However, I do like pottering on the balcony. Last year I grew (reasonably succesfully) tomatoes and herbs, although some tomatoes got what is cheerily known as “Blossom End Rot”, which is apparently caused by “water stress”. I can only assume that means “You didn’t water the poor tomatoes enough and now you’re getting what you deserve!”

So, having seen something on a TV programme in the UK, which I vaguely took notice of, I’m planning on a trellis/container vegetable garden on the balcony. I’m going to get a piece of strong metal trellis and persuade Mr D to drill holes into the wall to hold it. I can then either hook containers onto this, and grow trailing vegetables, or plant stuff in a trough below which can climb up the trellis. I’m also thinking of what we have lying around (or what can be bought cheaply) to use as interesting containers. Last year I grew the tomatoes in old pedal bin buckets, which worked quite well – although I have since learned that the fact that one was black probably contributed to the Blossom End Rot as they dry out quickly, black soaking up the warmth of the sun.

If anyone has any hints/suggestions/warnings about what vegetables grow well in containers do please let me know. I’ve looked on various websites but I find it all a bit daunting. I’m not very green fingered at all (although I do have an asparagus fern that is almost 30 years old – I had it at college. It goes on the balcony every summer and has a wonderful time. Every autumn it comes back inside, goes brown because I forget to water it, loses a lot of its leaves but just about hangs on long enough to go outside again in the summer! I’m sure it would have the world’s worst case of Blossom End Rot if such a thing existed for asparagus ferns! It does get its own back by viciously attacking me with its barbs/thorns whenever I touch it. They can be nasty things!)

Other than garden-y musings not much else is happening.

I’ve planned a James Bond themed couple of lessons for my Collège students as we have Italian exchange students here. I didn’t think it was sensible just carrying on with the boring crap we’re doing (You can tell I’m so inspired by my work at Collège!) so for two days I hope we’ll do something more fun. Whether I’ll be able to control them is another matter… I am getting very dispirited with this work. Sigh. Never mind – it’s nearly July. 😉

Mr D has spent today helping said friends A&G build the foundations for a garden wall. This is for their new gite, which they hope will be open for business in July. You can see their current gite in the blog roll to the left. A provided lunch, and as I wasn’t working I went up for lunch too. It was very pleasant – but hard to get back to lesson planning afterwards. We had roast pork, roast potatoes & green beans, cheeses and then yoghurt, fruit and bun-round (brioche with creme patissiere, chocolate chips and icing. Bun-round is not its real name. It’s really Brioche Suisse and looks something like this. But we call it Bun-round ) I love bun-round, but don’t buy it very often, as we’d only eat it (!) So it was good to have an excuse to buy one, and have some of it, but not very much.

Prayer meeting tonight. I can’t get very excited about it, but I think I’d better go. I wish I was more enthusiastic about these things. Still, I have to simply trust that this is a Gloomy Sunday Afternoon of the Soul (it’s hardly a “dark night of the soul”, but a gloomy Sunday afternoon… well, maybe that!) and that things will get better.

playing with sequins…

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

I’ve just had a splendid day…

A good lesson first thing with a student. I get home and start to prepare for my Collège lessons this week: happily I discover that we didn’t finish all the work I’d prepared for last week. So, with a bit of tweaking I am ready for the Hoardes in double quick time. Then friends phoned up to see if we wanted to meet them in the café across the road for lunch. Is the Pope Catholic?! Do bears sh*t in the woods?! So a very nice lunch of charcuterie & salad, steak & chips, cheese and pudding, washed down with a glass of Leffe Bière de Noel (Nobody mention the NYResolutions, okay?!)

And then I spent all afternoon making cards for an order of 12 that someone at Chorale wants. Bizarrely she wants two sets of 6 different designs. I pointed out that my cards are unique so I can’t make them exactly the same, but I’ll use the same materials/themes. Playing with bits of card, shiny paper, sequins and beads is my idea of heaven! I’ve made 8 of the 12, but ran out of inspiration. I’m very pleased with them. 🙂

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Yes, together with the rest of Europe we have a lot of snow. More than we’ve seen outside of a ski resort. Yes, it’s cold. Luckily we aren’t being terribly inconvenienced by it. Living in a village we have well stocked shops, and the roads are regularly cleared – because, unlike in the UK, this is a regular event. Possibly not quite as much snow as this, but certainly it is expected to snow for three/four weeks throughout the winter, andso the councils are more prepared for it.

Collège was cancelled on Friday (YAY!HAPPY DANCE! – as my text to Mr D read when he texted me to let me know!) as the school buses were also cancelled. There was only one student from the troisième(that’s the year group I teach) who arrived for school. Which rather begs the question What happened to the (at least) other two pupils who I know live within 2 minutes walk of the school!?

Mr D is driving a friend to Lyon airport today. I’m not very happy about it, but am assured that the motorways will be cleared (we hope) and the airport is running. Whether Heathrow is open, which is where Miles is going, we don’t yet know.

Mr D’s also going ski-ing on Tuesday with some of our friends. I’m rather jealous. Not of the fact that they’re going ski-ing (Yeuch, nasty exercise!!!) but of the fact they can all just decide to go ski-ing, midweek. Mr D and J are self employed, G is unemployed and A works nights so it’s easy for them. Me, I’m buzzing up and down the motorway and going to collège. I don’t want to go ski-ing; I just want to be able to go ski-ing if I wanted to!!!!

News on the NYResolutions:

*I have managed the no alcohol rule easily. That will stay.

* The more fruit and veg is going well too. I am managing at least two portions with every meal and am conciously adding extra portions to the evening meal. Only one treat a day – usually a chocklit biskit, but sometimes a chocklit or a cereal bar.

* Exercise? Well… Bike on Thursday, tennis on Friday, nothing yesterday…Maybe a walk today to see how our poor chickens are getting on. Certinly, since the bike trainer on Thursday my back hasn’t been so happy. And I only did 15 minutes!!! I’m not a very fit person.

And my weight is too high to tell you without having to go and shoot myself afterwards. It’s still in double figures (just!!) – talking about kg here – but it’s way, way too high. So I shall just tell you what I’ve lost, when I remember to weigh myself.

Thank you for New Year’s Greetings. I recommend you go on over to Smudgie’s site (http://smudgie.wibsite.com/) and read the last paragraph of her Jan 1st entry. It sums up beautifully what I wish all my friends. Thanks Smudgie! (more…)

Bits ‘n’ Bobs

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I’m starting a new ESL class tomorrow. In a bid to find some interesting ice breakers I searched t’internet and have found a couple I look forward to trying out. One of them might well be fun – put the students into pairs. Give one 2 minutes to communicate as much information about themselves as possible to their partner – without speaking. Then the partner must introduce the other to the class. I wonder what misconceptions we might end up with….

“This is Pierre. He eats cats.”                                                                                                                                          “Non, non, I said I like cats!”

The other I often play is “Truth or Lie”. I give them three facts about myself, two are lies and one is the truth. They have to ask me questions to guess which is the true fact. Then they do the same with the group (or a partner). I wonder if you can guess which is my truth from these three (I always use the same three. I’ve made quite a good little “back story” for my lies!)

  • I have met Johnny Depp.
  • I have ridden on an elephant.
  • I have paraglided from the top of Puy de Dome.

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The weather here is grey and dull and November-y. Which is hardly surprising, it being November.

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We had a feline visitor in church today. We were worshipping in the little Methodist chapel that we use once a month, in a village some 20 km from Thiers, where the main Temple is. As we arrived there was already much hilarity over the young cat who wanted to come in.The yoof were trying to chase it away. We started the service, and as latecomers arrived so too did the cat. It slunk in as the door opened, and then started trotting brazenly around. When it jumped on the communion table Matthias, our Pastor, took it by the scruff and ejected it, but within seconds its loud plaintive meeowing and scratching on the door forced him to allow it back in (with the proviso that if it jumped on the table again it would go out.) We gather it was hungry as its meeows became louder as it trotted around. I cuddled it for a while, but it wanted to explore. Finally the yoof were given the task of finding its owner, while I plotted how to smuggle it home if it was still around at the end of the service. Which it wasn’t, as the yoof had fulfilled their task. Dammit!

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Honey and peanut chicken tonight. I wonder how that will turn out. I cooked an amazingly brilliant Spicy carrot soup. It was similar to my Spicy Coconut-and-Butternut-Squash soup, but (huzzah!) with ingredients that are more easily found in France than Butternut squash.

I’m using my Wagamama cookbook to cook for friends on Friday evening. Some of the ingredients are beyond finding, but I’ve got some reasonable substitutes in mind (e.g. Gewurtztraminer in place of sake). Others (Ramen noodles, lemongrass and Wasabi paste) are usually findable in the enormous Géant hypermarket or La Grande Fraise Marché (Does that translate as “The Enormous Strawberry”? Or maybe I’ve got its name wrong.)

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And finally, some photos from the Cider making on 24th October. I look forward to trying the product at a later date.

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Domestic Goddess Talks Food. So what’s new?!

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I was paddling in t’internet and came across a site called “Dine without Whine” which encourages you  to fork out a “small” monthly fee  to receive, each week, a week’s menus plus shopping list and recipes. I suppose it is a vaguely good idea, as, according to the site, “An average home manager” spends one and a half hours a week planning their food/shopping list. Really?! I do mine in about half an hour on a slow day. So, for those of you out there who feel in need of such a service, I have decided to offer you my weekly menus. Mouse Without Grouse, perhaps?! If you fancy the dishes, you can ask me for the recipes. You can sort out your own shopping lists!

Mind you, I am so bad at remembering things, this may be the only time you get Mouse Without Grouse…. Note, I go shopping on a Wednesday afternoon, so my menus run Wednesday to Tuesday.

Wednesday: Lunch: It’s getting near shopping, so this is a “Bit Lunch” – see what bits are in the fridge and use them up.                                                                                                                                         Dinner: Mozzarella Pesto Pasta with left over chicken from Sunday. (also used in Monday’s Leek & Chicken Pilaf and Tuesday’s Chicken and vegetable soup.) Because I teach until 6.00 and don’t get home much before 6.45 this is Mr D’s cooking night. It doesn’t need to be an easy recipe, but I think he prefes it if it is!                                                                                                            

Thursday: Lunch: I’m teaching some distance away, until 1.00, so I’m taking sandwiches and having a picnic. So: Tuna sandwiches with cherry tomatoes on the side, banana, dried apricots and a caramel wafer.                                                                                                                                            Dinner: Sweet chilli burgers, Slimming World oven chips and salad.

Friday: Lunch: Pizza. More precisely Flammenkuchen, bought from Aldi. Served with salad.                                                                                                                                                                             Dinner: Aubergine Parmigiano. And mushrooms, because I’ve bought quite a lot and they’re going shrivelled.

Saturday:Lunch:Jacket potato, beans and cheese. Saturday’s Mr D’s cycling day so he needs a good carbo lunch                                                                                                                                                         Dinner:Devilled sausages, sweet potato mash and roast vegetables

Sunday:Lunch: felafels and cucumber & yoghurt dip plus chilli jam. And tomato salad.         Dinner: Boozy beef casserole, gratin dauphinoise and more roast vegetables (I’m hoping there’ll be some left over from yesterday, so I don’t have to cook any more!)

Monday:Lunch: Carrot soup (I overestimated when I bought carrots last week. They really do need using up pronto.) and pork rillette sarnies. I’m working till 12.30 so won’t get home till 1.45 ish. So sarnies are the easiest.                                                                                                                           Dinner: Spanish chicken – a one-pot dish includng rice, tomatoes and peppers. Maybe I’ll include some carrots as a side, but it probably includes 2 vegetable portions, so it mightn’t need it.

Tuesday:Lunch: Probably the same as yesterday. Imagination deserts me occasionally!        Dinner: Pasta and chickpeas. And maybe a salad.

And then we start again! Usually I enjoy thinking of menus, but sometimes inspiration does seem to be sadly lacking, but I have a couple of books where I’ve stuck in fairly quick to make recipes, so I can dip in there when I need to. Because we live some distance from supermarkets I do a big weekly shop. The local shops are okay, but they are expensive, and we’re trying to be more frugal. I won’t compromise on meat, and will buy free range chicken and sourced pork/beef wherever I can. So I’m trying to have a few more vegetable based meals and make the meat stretch a tad further. I was pleased with my €7.77 chicken which gave us warm chicken,bacon and avocado sandwiches on Sunday (it was planned to be roast chicken dinner but we were unexpectedly out for lunch and didn’t want a roast meal in the evening – but the chicken needed cooking!), the aforementioned chicken-and-leek pilaff, two pots of soup from the stock plus a tasty addition to the pasta.

So, there you are. Domestic Goddess Talks Food!