To get to work, I have to travel from Brixham to
There are places on the journey that have acquired a special significance, half way, the place I stop for coffee or a leg stretch, 100 miles to go (coming home) and the sign that says “Welcome to Devon” (also coming home). Funnily enough most of these “milestones” are on the way home.
I think it’s a bit strange too, that in other countries the scenery can remain the same for hundreds of miles, yet on my relatively short journey, I go through the wooded hills of Devon, the Blackdown Hills of Somerset, Salisbury Plain and the North Downs, all very distinctive areas and all in such a short distance. And every time nature puts on a show of different colour, from the frosted starkness of a January Morning to the dappled sunlight of a summers evening or the Gold and Red of Autumn. It has become a joy to drive to work, despite the distance, because every time it’s different, and there is always something to catch the eye.
And so to food!
Yvonne and I were feeling a little bored last Sunday, and after the Black Cat Viennese Whirl (or should I say Wheel) experience I had brought a piping bag to make an attempt at my own. So the logical thing to do was to have a go.
And here they are.
|Just out of the Oven|
|A flock of Whirls|
Not only that, I also made a crumble, using another bottle of scrumped apples and some Blackberry Jam.
I have a new toy! I wanted an apple press but was amazed at the cost, then I found one second hand - £4! Now all I need are the apples.
We have a good crop of Dandelions at the moment so I am starting to save them in the freezer, when I have enough it will be wine time.
I made a corned beef hash with a twist, partly to use up a few odds and ends, and partly to see what it would taste like, first frying chopped onions, pepper and garlic,
Meanwhile I cut potato into cubes and deep fried for about 5 minutes to soften.
When the veg were soft I added chopped Chorizo and Corned Beef,
then the potato and just kept stirring until the potato started to brown, adding halved Cherry Tomatoes at the end.
Next time: the garden explodes into life; I make wine and try to make vinegar, and much more.