Sunday Afternoon, and I’ve managed to get away with my cup of coffee and an old School CD. I don’t buy many now, and this one a Christmas present from my Mum….an easy gift for her…..but mental torture for me as I pleasure delay by not steaming the material pre-gift giving. I still don’t think you can beat listening to new music from your favourite artist for the first time on a physical medium.
I’ve been searching and these have got to be the bravest flowers as the pop their heads out not knowing what weather they are going to face, I have no idea if it’s the earth’s axis, the moon or a change in temperature that drives them to appear in January. My favourite flower that I think stems back to my childhood, possibly something I had to illustrate at primary school.
They appear in clumps, and easy to split down, spread out and over the years the clumps grow and spread further. The farm that I used to visit as a child had a blanket of them at the entrance. A sight to been seen as you entered the gates.
The weekend has been filled with a few chores, carpet measuring and ordering…surely a sign of this home build coming to an end. The sockets that were fitted a couple of years finally getting the much need plaster repaired round the edges ready for final coat of paint
Kitchen wise and tales from the table…. A mixed bag of activity
Started Fridaymorning kicked off a leaven so that when I came home would be in good fettle tokick off a sour dough for an overnight rise. Eventually got it in the oven Saturday afternoon….. Really struggling with the whole shapingthing. The one thing that has saved meis the dutch oven approach. If anyoneis thinking of attempting sour dough then this technique is a no brainer.
Got the smoked Haddock out the freezer from pre-Christmas and intended to put it too good use in a Risotto, to be presented with the job of dealing with the veg box left over potatoes and kale…..Dauphinoise sprung to mind with the Haddock being given a short sharp pan fry. One of my sons not happy with the potatoes, he has some kind of aversion to creamy things unless Mac and Cheese or…..it’s chocolate.
For after’s followedwith individual prune sponge puddings….the boy managed the cream as a caramelcustard amazingly! The only issue withindividual pots….there’s no 2nd’s. Probablya good thing given the unofficial diet that I’m trying to be on……I kid myself.
Whilst all that’sgoing on I throw together a soup for tomorrows Sunday lunch, we’ll have it withthe bread. A mildly spiced SweetPotatoe and lentil concoction
Sunday tea going for a Moroccan style butterflied leg of lamb, it’s been marinating in what I always seem to remember as called the ra’s al ghul spice (too many hours watching Batman) when really it’s the ras el hanout, a mixture of the shops best spices on offer. Taken this recipe from the Borough Market book I got for Christmas. First trip out. As ever happened to pick something that wasn’t your usual fair. A butterflied leg of lamb and a small one at 800g.…..Butcher was a bit thrown….and I didn’t realise why. It was the small size not the cut. Helped me out by taking few steaks to put back in the window….fully committed it wasn’t cheap at half the price and although the butcher said it should serve 4 at that size….my thinking it will serve 4 over 2 meals. We’ll see!
Having now done my research the butterfly method is popular with BBQ’s, A way of folding the meat out and getting an equal cook across the joint.
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