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Shrinking Violet

Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

What's for tea?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 21:47

Rainbow trout with chestnut mushrooms, broccoli, carrots and peas.  Yummy!

Trying to think for a non-dried-fruit Christmas pudding - is it just the vine fruits that are the problem?  If so, other fruits could be substituted eg apricots, prunes, dates (which I put in my pudding with vine fruits anyway) and lots of glace fruits - pineapple, peaches, cherries, ginger, angelica.  You used to be able to get the mixed glace fruits from Julian Graves, but I don't know of a reliable source now.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 21:37

Thunder, lightning and rainbows at dawn!  Lots of heavy showers.  Lots of rainbows all day.  At least they're pretty!  For the rest - it's pretty dire!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 13:07

Bright sunshine occasionally.  Lots of very sharp showers - sleety and hail!

I was lucky yesterday visiting Wells - managed to avoid the showers, and thoroughly enjoyed the market etc.  Bought some superb garlic, since my own crop this year was a dismal failure.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/10/2012 at 08:51

Dull and damp with more rain predicted.  Off to Wells today - no doubt the market will be a bit soggy!

What's for tea?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 20:05

Cold sliced chicken from yesterday's roast with baked potatoes and  lots of veggies, all served with hot, spicy tomato chutney.  There's still a lot of chicken to finish up, so veg and chicken curry tomorrow, with carcass boiled for stock.  (Final pickings from the boiled carcass get given to the cats - so no waste!)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 19:59

A better day than predicted - sunny all morning, with some showers in the afternoon. 

We may moan about our weather from time to time - but I reckon I can put up with in in comparison to what they are experiencing on the eastern side of America right now!

What's for tea?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 20:56

Chocolate tart:  OH and son loved it.  I thought it over-sweet and a bit sickly.  But then it was never likely to be much favoured by my less-than-sweet tooth.  Worth the effort, though, when entertaining, methinks.

What's for tea?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 16:14

That soup sounds fantastic.  I'm a great fan of soup - perfect on a miserable winter's day, so I'll definitely give that one a go. 

Tonight it's roast chicken with sausagemeat, onion and parsley stuffing, with lots of veg.  (For me, the plus side of winter is the arrival of Brussels sprouts!  I know - sad or what?  but I really do love them!)

Dessert is Millionaire's Chocolate Tart - recipe in the supplement from the latest Good Food magazine, so don't know what it will be like.  We had expected visitors - but they were unable to come at the last minute.  I had planned to make this - so I've done it anyway, and will slice and freeze it after we've tested it!  (We only have desserts on a Sunday - not actually a great pudding lover.  And I suspect this will be far too sweet for me, especially since I'm not that keen on chocolate to begin with -  I'd rather have cheese and biscuits)


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 16:05

Raining again.  What a difference a day makes.  Grey and miserable.  And we've had to put the clocks back, so it seems like winter really has arrived. 

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.


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