I’ll let you in on my dirty little secret: my normal, conservative, ‘waste not; want not’ self takes a hike this time of year.
When I have more zucchini (courgette – both green and yellow), tomatoes and basil than I know what to do with … Continue reading.....
Summer means pickling and canning.
Or it used to for me.
When I lived in the US I made 3 or 4 different kinds of pickles, tomato juice, brandied peaches and cherries and canned lots and lots of tomatoes.
When I lived in the Vendée, … Continue reading.....
I was checking my recipes for a simple Asparagus Risotto the other day….
And couldn't find it.
With all of the risotto recipes I've posted on this blog, I've never posted one for Asparagus Risotto.
I've posted other risottos with asparagus but never the basic.… Continue reading.....
When I lived in the US I used to plant snow peas, or edible pea pods.
Much as I love them, I haven’t bothered planting them here for two reasons: I limit my potager space and they would interfere with the sweet corn.
I can … Continue reading.....
I like soup.
I like soups and stews and gravy and foods with lots of sauce.
Mon mari likes grilled meat, potatoes or rice with butter and steamed vegetables.
I’m changing him, slowly…..
In the meantime I take advantage of being on my own … Continue reading.....
My search for butternut squash recipes continues.
A few weeks ago an email came across my screen that caught my interest.
To be honest, I get so many, and most are not worth the effort to hit the delete button…
I tucked it away, without … Continue reading.....
Last week I gave a brief primer on ‘styles‘ in food.
This week it’s sauces.
Sauces are a bit more simple.
Note I did not say sauces were simple.
Like anything in the kitchen, there are the basic sauces and the modifications made … Continue reading.....
I've been searching for new and interesting butternut squash recipes – my garden was very productive this year.
I found a likely candidate in the September issue of Cooking Light…. Which I got in December.
First, let me tell you about my relationship with Cooking … Continue reading.....
I'm getting braver with my pressure cooker.
Admittedly, I didn't use it for months.
It was summer, after all, and in summer we cook outdoors not indoors. Somehow I couldn't see the pressure cooker being particularly useful on the barbecue.
But now it's winter.
It's … Continue reading.....
There are times when I wonder if I'm missing something regarding certain techniques and / or recipes.
I started making risotto before the craze hit the US and it was officially declared difficult / tricky / complicated / doomed to failure.
It's easy – at … Continue reading.....