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What's for tea?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 22:59

Chilli with garlic bread here, too, Zoomer - also from the freezer having used up some of the tomato glut, the peppers in GH and some of my eye-waterlingly hot chillies!  A real comfort meal on a cold evening.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 22:49

Lovely crisp day - bright sunshine, with a devilishly cold breeze, though.  Visited Hestercombe Gardens (just outside Taunton) which were lovely.  Even better at the height of summer, but some of the autumn colours were great. 

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Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:17

Rain is easing up - but still drizzly and wretched.  On the plus side, the sky is lighter and the moor isn't clothed in low cloud, so perhaps it really is going to clear in time for the weekend. 

What's for tea?

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 10:03

Hi Lazy Gardener.  I'm sorry if you find some aspects of this thread difficult.  As Frank has said, I do find it interesting to learn from others, regional variations etc.  Just a simple thing about toad-in-the-hole has inspired one contributor to consider doing what I do - ie put bacon lardons in the dish before adding the batter.  Now - that's a very simple thing, but because of a short discussion about the dish, someone has a slightly different idea that they can, perhaps, adopt (or adapt) for their own cooking.  I don't see that as a problem.

Re the odd names for supermarkets - it actually makes me smile, and, as one who has patronised Tesco for years, who finds their quality reasonable and consistent, and who retains an open mind about it all, I think it's perhaps not helpful if I am mde to feel that I'm patronising anyone else.  I certainly don't mean to.

(For the record:  ballotine of pork about which I spoke yesterday:  Tesco's Finest pork fillet picked up from the cheap fridge section where things are sold at a discount because they are nearly out of date.  Pancetta - was on special offer the other week - two packs for £3 I think it was, with a long shelf life and sitting in the fridge awaiting use.  And very tasty it all was, too).

For all I know, that may just inspire someone to try something similar.  Or not.  But it is no more than a record of the food I cook, and enjoy cooking, more to the point.  I was brought up in the fifties - rationing was still in place at the beginning of the decade, and thrift (how long is it since you heard that word?) was commonplace.  Waste was unheard of - and still is in this house.  I buy wisely, use food carefully and balance the cost over the week.  I budget, and am smugly pleased with myself when I save on costs but not at the expense of taste.  And all this on a fixed income - and a local butcher whose prices are often cheaper than the supermarket, and the quality vastly superior. 

I won't even begin to talk about my calling the meal "dinner" rather than "tea" incase I am castigated for some perceived insult .  But I, for one, enjoy reading about others' meals, the range, the diversity and the cooking methods.

(Frank - braised steak - I've never got it as good as my mum - slow cooked, all day, in the cool section of the Rayburn oven.  It just melted.)

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 16:34

Lookes like that cooler, clearer weather is gradually moving down the country then Bjay.  Hooray - perhaps it'll reach W. somerset before too long.  My faith in the breeze was misplaced - all that has happened is that the low cloud is now being blown down off the moor - drizzly grey.  Hmmph!

(Love the pic of the dog btw.  And, when you can  see it, what a lovely view from your garden).

What's for tea?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 16:30

I'm with you all the way on that one, Frank.  Stuffed baked lambs' hearts are delicious, and liver and bacon is a real treat.  It's years since I made brawn which had the most superb flavour, like pressed pork.  I wonder what happens to all those pigs heads nowadays?  Probably scraped clean and used in supermarket "value"pies, I guess.

My freezers (one upright in the kitchen, one chest in an outhouse) work very hard for me, and various dishes are frozen down for future use.  Why make one when you can make two, is my motto - which means there are always ready meals, home-made, that can be re-heated when required. 

Tonight it's ballotine of pork wrapped in pancetta.  Redcurrant and red wine sauce will make it extra yummy.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 12:05

Low cloud continues to hug the hills, but at least there's a bit of a breeze, so with any luck, it will gradually get blown away.  Looking forward to the crisp cold they're promising for the weekend.  We have visitors, so perhaps we'll drop into Hestercombe Gardens or similar to enjoy the colours of autumn which are looking spectacular at the moment (when the cloud lifts a bit, that is).

What's for tea?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 12:01

Jennie:  offal does't bother me, so it wasn't the ingredients that I was less keen on - it was the overall taste.  Spicy/peppery which was good, but not much else to recommend it, I'm afraid.  Perhaps it would have been better after a dram or three of a single malt as recommended by Frank   Not sure about the wild dancing though!

The toad-in-the-hole had onions and bacon lardons sizzling in the dish before the sausage and batter were added, Frank - and you're right that it makes all the difference.  Because of the starch of the Yorkshire, I didn't serve potatoes, creamed or otherwise, but extra large helpings of carrots, broccoli and leeks.  Very tasty.  Who says the British can't cook? 

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Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:57

Frosty autumn morning with sunshine is wonderful.  When son was little, he loved to go "runch" - which was his way of saying "crunch" as we jumped into piles of crisp leaves.  Not much chance at the moment, though - all rather soggy

And it is good weather for the garden in many respects - it helps to kill of some of the nasties, and also helps to break up heavy soil.  So - extra reasons to be cheerful when it happens!

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Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:23

It's been dank, damp, dark and miserable all week.  Monday - the top of Exmoor disappeared in fog, and the combe was full of the wet blanketing stuff.  Tuesday the mist was low cloud at tree-top height.  Today was a repeat of Monday.  It may be mild, but it's depressing, without the merest hint of a ray of sunshine.  Doom and gloom all around.  It may turn cold at the weekend, but if it brightens up, I'll be happy.

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