The Old Coffee Pot

The coffee pot is old and lost its sparkle, but makes amazingly good coffee like a wise old sage.

Is it just the novelty, the way gas heats water or just expensive coffee?  The storage jar give us no way of knowing.

The whistling kettle decided to work on our last day like a message of don’t go, its been nice having you and as I finish this post for the weekend coffee share I’m brought back to that moment of quiet in a foreign kitchen.

Going to bed early, we seemed to wake early allowing me to watch something magical.   Watching a different town come to life even before the bells start….which they did at 7:30 without fail.  Then the school kids a few mins after that like a swarm of bees as I looked down into the alley way below and then quiet again.

I’m sat at the kitchen table typing on my iPad reflecting, drinking coffee and dreaming about my blog, me and the inevitable trip home and the changes I wanted to make.  I breathe and try to soak in as much as I can.  We have the morning here before we need to head to the airport.

We’ve been back a week now, I’m dis-appointed with myself.  Foolish I know as I need to give myself a break…getting up at the crack of dawn in the cold and pitch black isn’t conducive to heading straight to the gym.   There are a bunch of organisation things going on at work that means the hours seem to be busier than ever which adds to the tiredness.

A highlight of the week is the announcement that Coldplay have made around a new album release.  I’m loving Arabesque which was released as a taster.

 

And my cooking, and even though the last thing I wanted to do on a Monday evening was go out again, I made it to  week 4 of a Persian cookery corse.  A really simple but tasty one pot dish….  Chicken, bulgur with pomegranate molasses

The plan for this weekend, is to revolutionise my study corner.  Turn into a little haven that I keep, tidy and organised.  I’ve carted things around from home to home….the stuff piles up and it’s time to just make it right.  I feel some mind tormenting games as I wrestle with the will I ever read that or use that games the mind plays!

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Chicken, bulgur with pomegranate molasses

 

Credit: Persian Cookery Course, EdinburghCook

 

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 aubergine, diced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g Bulgar wheat
  • Grated zest of an orange
  • A large bunch of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 250ml hot chicken stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 8 Chicken thighs,  preferably skin-on and bone-in
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • Pomegranate seeds, optional to garnish 

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Put the onion and aubergine in a bowl with the olive oil and toss to coat.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the bulgur wheat, orange zest and half the chopped parsley.
  5. Tip into a roasting dish/large le creuset, which is big enough to hold the chicken pieces in a single layer.
  6. Pour over the hot stock, then lay the chicken pieces over the top, skin-side up.
  7. Drizzle the pomegranate molasses all over the top, use the back of a spoon to spread over the chicken skin
  8. Put the lid on or cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes
  9. take the foil off and cook for a further 30 minutes
  10. Chicken should have a nice colour after this point and the bulgur will be tender
  11. Garnish with pomegranate seeds if using and the remaining parsley
  12. Serve directly to the table and enjoy

 

Weekend Coffee Share – Como

If we were having coffee we’d be looking at the departure board, a tinge of excitement and a modicum of apprehension in case we miss the gate.

I really struggle with the airport scene.  I’ve done it enough to know the drill but not enough that it’s become 2nd nature.  The leaving enough time to get through security, the lure of duty free as your forced to walk through it to get to the lounge.  The spotting of an empty seat not too far away from the board, but close enough to keep a nervous eye and away from anyone who might invade the reading space.

Today we are straight through security, a minor blip as one of the boys pencil cases needs to be searched…..but aside from that I’d almost say it was pleasurable.  We headed straight for coffee, we’d brought some homemade Banana and Chocolate loaf to accompany (a great recipe from Nigel Slaters Kitchen Diaries II)

Destination Lake Como flying via Milan……

The flight came in a little early enabling us to catch an earlier train from T2.  Unfortunately the connection we needed in order to claim a score  at the change over station didn’t run on Saturday….so were we’d gained time, we lost waiting for our original connection.  Hitting Como at 6pm local time.

We are in an small apartment in the centre of the town and can’t believe our luck.  Bakery and ice cream shop on our doorstep.  The lake 5-10 mins away…this is going to be a lovely break from the norm.

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Weekend Coffee Share – Printworks

If we were having coffee I’d tell you we were in the same place last weekend except this weekend the boy is here for a 13-18 year old print workshop rather than the Edinburgh Open doors weekend where we came to look at the repurposed North British Rubber Company building at Castle Mills

Now thanks to a bunch of funding initiatives (The Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and a number of trusts and foundations) the building has been re-purposed and a new lease of life given by the Edinburgh Printmakers. An organisation dedicated to the practice of fine art printmaking, high quality, low cost printmaking facilities for artists.

Last weekend we were early and the Lemon Polenta cake with an americano hit the spot and reminds me that I need to find a recipe.

Today, late afternoon not so lucky, I’ve opted for a date slice and a pot of tea. I‘ve carved out a couple of hours by being a chaperone, in case he needs me was the excuse. I know he’ll be fine and so to sit somewhere without interruption is a long overdue decadence.

I’m listening to the playlist that goes alongside the release of the new autobiography by Jean Michelle Jarre. An eclectic mix of music and genres.

Since my last post my Monday night Persian cookery course has kicked off. Forcing me to stick with recipes, think up front about the weekly shop. A simple chicken thigh dish with red opnions was a definite family hit for tea the night after.

Theres been no sign of the boy so far and we are 30 mins in, the clock is ticking and I’m torn by time….I’ve brought in several journals to pick up and move on. I like to keep the professional side of my life separate to the creative hobbyist side. As consequence the reflective side takes a back burner time and time again.

I’m going to leave you there an pick up one of those books. Thankyou for joining me on another of my sporadic coffee stops!

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Weekend Coffeeshare

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