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We took a stroll after lunch today, as I’m trying to do *something* exercise-ish each day, and I slept this morning until the unspeakable Anne Atkins burst forth on Radio 4.

Killing two birds, etc., we wander through Pearson Park, stopping to see the ducks, and then encountered a chap in an electric wheelchair, looking as though he wanted to cross the road, and a rather confused looking woman behind the wheel of a Disco trying to work out what to do. It was clear that the wheelchair man was in trouble, so I asked if he needed any help – he did, his battery was flat.  So I pushed him over the road, his chair carried him along the pavement, and then Pete pushed him up the ramp to his (thankfully) nearby retirement home.  The chap could hardly breathe, nor speak, but reeked of cigarette smoke; I guess some people just never learn.

We were en route to Beverley Street swimming pool; it’s the nearest one to home, and I wanted to know how long it took to walk there (about 15 minutes, it turns out). Lovely place, built in 1903 – a real municipal baths, with dark green tiled walls, stained glass, etc. The pool looks nice too, so I must get off my arse and go swimming again – the walk there and back, together with a half hour swim, will be great exercise.

I’m writing this while waiting for roast veg to cook – aubergine, sweet potato, yellow pepper, butternut squash and garlic, with some middle eastern spice and sesame seeds.  And next – Glee.  Love it.

Mirrored from kestrel.org.

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cranberries for chutneyWith a tip of the hat to [livejournal.com profile] brisingamen, who inspired me to try it.

Recipe at Reactive Cooking.
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chicken and cabbage risottousing up: cabbage, the very last of last week’s roast chicken.

Now, I really didn’t expect this to work at all, but it was really nice, and will be added to my repertoire of cabbage recipes; we get a lot of cabbages in the veg box, so a new dish is quite exciting! ...

read more at Reactive Cooking

cracked ...

Oct. 2nd, 2008 11:10 am
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ye olde lasagne dish

Last night was lentil lasagne - I suppose, in fact, I was using up half of a huge bag of spinach. I had the lentils, I had the bechamel sauce made, I had the spinach, the grated cheese, the lasagne … I got the dish out of the cupboard, and WOE! ...
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jam tarts
… of the oven. I’m trying to cook in a different style - more on the hob, and less lighting of the big oven unless I can use it for more than one thing. I have a decent oven in the microwave, so I use that more now as well.

We were supposed to be going out last night, but one of the cats is unwell, and we didn’t want to leave her. Of course, we had nothing planned for supper, so we pulled the last tub of chilli from the freezer (must make some more!), and as it was frozen solid, I set it in a small cast iron casserole in a low oven to thaw ...
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Now, this really was quite barking, and I wasn’t at all sure it would work, but nothing ventured, etc.

As I said, there was more duck left on the carcass than we thought, so risotto seemed appropriate. Basic rule of risotto in this house is 5 oz risotto rice to 1 pint liquid; the liquid can be anything you like, or a permutation there of - stock, wine, lemon juice, water. So, I thought, in a mad, end-of-the-week sort of way, why not use up the bit of coconut milk left from the spring greens the other night ...

read more at Reactive Cooking
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ye olde lasagne dish

Last night was lentil lasagne - I suppose, in fact, I was using up half of a huge bag of spinach. I had the lentils, I had the bechamel sauce made, I had the spinach, the grated cheese, the lasagne … I got the dish out of the cupboard, and WOE! ...
read more at Reactive Cooking
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spring greens in coconut milk

using up: spring greens

This is a really simple and easy dish, and vegan to boot, which is always useful to have in your arsenal of recipes.

Originally published at Reactive Cooking.

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We are having roast duck tonight. With spiced red cabbage and roast potatoes.

Oh yes.
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[livejournal.com profile] perlmonger is very fond of kabanos sossidge for his luncheon, which we buy in bulk from Costco. However, the trip before last, they had no kabanos (and no Beurre Isigny either, which was a bit of a blow), so he bought a few packs of sausage from one of the Polish shops. They weren't nearly as nice, and some of them have languished in the fridge and need using up.

Read more by following the link below

Originally published at Reactive Cooking.

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We fancied sossidges last night; we usually have these either with mash and onion gravy, or with fried spuds and baked beans. But as there was half a cabbage that needed eating ...

Originally published at Reactive Cooking.

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Project Pig 2008
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For those attending Summer Camp, here is this year's gammon.

visitation

Apr. 25th, 2008 09:04 am
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Very nice to receive a visitation from [livejournal.com profile] gmul last night. He was fed with pork with pears and apricots, and we had a good natter, before he left on his motorised bicycle.

I'll take this opportunity to remind him that we need BIGGER LOGOS :)
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Never set foot out of the house. Made a batch of bananananana muffins on Friday night, and then we ate far too many of them, and both had a nasty sugar hit overnight. Serves us right.

Saturday, made soda bread for lunch, which we had with the previously mentioned chickie! soup. Supper was pork and pineapple - I went into autopilot while I was making it, and did a load of ginger, which isn't actually in the recipe. Was still delicious.

Sunday was toasted soda bread for breakfast, and a moussaka for supper, followed - foolishly - by a plum crumble with ice cream. Belch.

The rest of the weekend involved doing all the little changes on the map site, doing the front office and some (but not all) back office changes on a journo site, doing the start of the support structure on the Huge Intranet Project, and various other work bits and pieces. Things are manic right now.

And more West Wing - we're about half way through series 3 now.

a quandary

Apr. 18th, 2008 01:16 pm
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We have a big chicken breast in the fridge which is left from last Sunday's roast chickie!, and so we *must* eat it tonight.

And so, a poll.
[Poll #1173146]
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Ever since I (literally) went bankrupt, and didn't know quite know where the next meals were coming from for a while, I've been almost obsessive about keeping cupboards and freezers full. We could live for at least two months, probably longer, with what I have stocked away.

Which meant that this morning, when it is so bloody cold in here, I could decant some crumpets from the freezer for breakfast; we have just consumed them, and they were most excellent.

And I had a rummage in the veg drawer - 10 minutes with the veg brush and the Magimix, and a pan of chicken and barley is on the stove for lunch. The chicken stock was in a pan already, waiting to go away for soup for *next* week. The carrots, leek and courgette were swiftly pulverised, saute'd down for 10 minutes in some oil, then lobbed in the soup vat with the stock and some barley from the pulse cupboard. A bit of shredded chicken from the breast left from last Sunday's dinner was bunged in too. There will be soooop for lunch.

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