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Feb. 10th, 2011

Big bad wolf


Chicken, leek and mushroom pie...

... from erastes, here.

To try soon!

Jan. 29th, 2011



Recipe pimp

I made metallumai's fish chowder today for my parents, as we were kids-free and could have fish. So, for inspiration, I trawled this comm and found that.

Oh. My. God!!! Was that ever delicious.

Even my dad, who can be grumpy and critical about food, totally loved it.

My mum, who's of the 'printing out the internet' school of thought, now wants to print out the post and keep it in a sacred place where she can't lose it and then make it often, for the family and her colleagues and whoever might like it.

And I am totally making that for brickling and me the next regular Sunday, too.

My, was that good! Thank you for originally posting that.

Everybody try that now! Is the best thing evah1!1111!

Jan. 1st, 2011

Jack Sparrow makes nuns happy!


Happy New Year!

brickling found these wonderful slightly Scottish-inspired recipes for New Year's Eve online, and we tried them yesterday.

They were of towering excellence.

Appleberry mulled wine, which we had with roasted chestnuts

Braised venison, which we did with ostrich instead of actual venison (= deer meat), because the venison was out where the Nazgul went shopping. It wasn't a bad exchange, though, as ostrich is quite dark and a bit game-y; also, using ostrich means it's suitable for people who eat no red meat, as 'no red meat' usually translates into 'no mammalian meat', and and ostrich is a bird. Whoever eats chicken or turkey but not pork, beef or mutton will eat ostrich. Anyway, it was delightful and not birdy at all, and we had mashed potatoes and red cabbage with it.

And here is the list of suitable recipes for New Years that the Nazgul picked them from. Other things might be worth trying as well. **eyes 'Baked figs and goat cheese'**

Nov. 24th, 2010

not the coffee


(no subject)

A friend sent this to me and I made them for the first time today and OM NOM NOM! Great for the holiday season.


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups (12-ounce bag) milk chocolate chips, not semisweet
Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the white and brown sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. For my oven they were perfect at 13 minutes.

Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

Oct. 13th, 2010


Zuppa di Farro

I found this extremely tasty, simple, and inexpensive dish while trying to find something to do with some a bunch of pearl barley I had. I highly encourage it now that the weather is cooling down. The recipe has been translated from an old Italian recipe, so please forgive the somewhat unusual measurements. And, as it always the case with such recipes, don't worry about being too exact.


4 fistfuls of farro (pearled or plain barley)
1 medium white onion - the recipe says a "bello" onion, so make sure it's a quality one ;-)
1 stick of celery
2 medium sized potatoes cut into large chunks (4 to 6 pieces per potato)
1/2 cup of canned/fresh chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce
2 spoons of extra virgin olive oil
100 ml white wine
1 liter boiling water
hot pepper flakes or fruits to taste
  • Finely mince the onion and celery, then saute it in a pot with the oil at medium heat until golden brown (4-6 minutes).
  • Add the wine and let evaporate, stirring every so often (2-3 minutes total time, in my experience)
  • Add tomatoes and stir.
  • After a few minutes, add 1 L boiling water, the well washed farro, the potatoes, and a small handful of salt (1 tsp or so).
  • Bring to a boil, raising heat, if necessary (which shouldn't take too long, as the water was already boiling).
  • Lower heat to simmer, cover, and stir often for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Add hot pepper, to your taste.
It sounds easy, by the result is truly divine, especially if you cook it really, really slowly at the end and let the potatoes get all nice and soft :)

Buon appetito.

Sep. 26th, 2010



Dessert from the desert

The Nazgul is in Dubai and just texted me about this amazing dessert called Umm Ali, which she wanted me to google and bookmark.


Dear Nazgul, I can do better -- I have a food blog!

Sep. 11th, 2010



Chocolate and Guiness cupcakes!

Delightful-sounding recipe that came by on my flist and must be tried!

I am known for dangerous chocolatey things among my fellow slaves; I must try this one on them as well in a ruthless human experiment...

Aug. 14th, 2010

strawberry tux


Marrow and Ginger Jam

A picture heavy post so I will cut, but first meet the marrow:

This is what happens if you don't pick courgettes for a few days. I put the mug in for scale.

This is my kitchen table, btw. It IS clean, it's just done hard service over the years. There are chisel gouges and marks where a soldering iron rolled on it and cast iron skillets got put on it. This week it has been painted on and had papeier mache made on it. I can't describe how comforting it is to be able to really USE a piece of furniture without having to worry about scratching the gloss!

Check for dog hair at various points in the recipe. This may not be necessary if you've been sensible enough not to get a huge hairy hound whose undercoat is floaty.

So on to the recipe: Read more...Collapse )

Aug. 1st, 2010

Big bad wolf


Banana chili

It was remarked upon that I had never posted the recipe for my often-mentioned banana chili. I made it today for nazgulwears and my Little Lady, so I got the Nazgul to take pictures and will do a full pictorial recipe.

This is how you get from here to there...Collapse )

May. 1st, 2010

Green man



Oatcakes are expensive here, and I like them a lot, so I think I'll try making them.-

Recipe here.

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