I discovered a while ago, if you type “Chorizo and Roasted Vegetables” into Google, my recipe from this blog is in the top results! I’m amazed, people obviously like it.
I do cook it regularly, its perfect with a bit of sourdough bread to mop up the juices, and if there should be any left over, (another one of my things is cooking an extra couple of portions while you have the oven on) it freezes well.
Ideas for Christmas food, this year I will be making a lot of my gifts for family and friends, ideas include spiced mixed nuts, sweet garlic pickle, shortbread, and maybe even some mozzarella cheese (if I feel really adventurous). With the exception of the cheese, I have done all those things before so don’t feel daunted by the prospect. And I would rather show my appreciation of people by giving a home-made gift, than by handing them a load of packaging that they then have to dispose of.
I went to the tip with two loads of garden waste on Thursday, the bags were all full of water as well as the waste because I didn’t take them straight away, that’s another lesson learnt, as my mum used to say. About the only good thing I can recall from our last house was the fortnightly green waste collection, it’s one thing I do miss here.
When I got back from the tip the wind was rising and rain was on the way, I’m amazed that there is any more water up there, it all seems to be down here at the moment. I managed to pick what will probably be the last of the raspberries from the madly dancing canes; there weren’t a great number so I added some of the blackberries that I have stored in the freezer.
These made compote which we can have on muesli, or yogurt, and will remind us of summer, but not this one.
Although it’s fair to say that we did alright for berries and veg, the rest of the normal summer‘s activities were severely restricted by the weather.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, well I’ve just watched Nigel Slater advocating the use of vegetable peelings in cooking, he made crisps with his squash peelings, but I’ve been using potato peelings, blanched and frozen, like that for years. They go well in hash or as oven chips as well. Having said that, I’m a big fan of his approach to food, and his al fresco methods strike a chord.
Yvonne’s made some felt bunting, with bead trims and cross-stitch motifs.
As it was tipping down on Saturday afternoon, and I was going to buy food, I had the crazy idea of making cheese. Nothing to taxing; maybe a bit of Mozzarella, just to see how hard it could be. I had a recipe from Hugh F-W that seemed straightforward, so I assembled my gear. Two Litres of Jersey Whole Milk, Citric Acid and Rennet (That’s it, apart from a little salt)
Well I can tell you now, it’s a doddle, maybe it was beginners luck but it all worked out as the easiest thing I have done cooking wise for a long time. You have to use a thermometer to check the milk temperature for the correct times to add or do things, but within an hour I had three balls of cheese, which seemed like a result.
|Starting to separate|
|Draining the Curds|
Ours is nicer, and what was left, I covered with slices of part boiled potato and reheated.