Mediterranean cuisine uses a lot of garlic.
The Spanish like it raw, rubbed on bread.
The French like it left whole as in Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic where the cloves cook to a beautiful, smooth creamy purée – just pinch the cooked garlic … Continue reading.....
Remember the Two Fat Ladies?
Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson were gregarious, joyful cooks that rode around the the UK on a motorcycle (with a sidecar), taking over kitchens and cooking feasts. They only used fresh, local ingredients but, with a liberal use of … Continue reading.....
Today we had sunshine, rain, sleet, hail and high winds…. all repeated several times.
I know spring is coming. The calendar assures me it will be here soon.
And I found snow peas.
Stir Fried Chicken with Mushrooms and Snow Peas
Total time: 25… Continue reading.....
The tomatoes are still producing but not as prettily as in the height of summer.
With the cool weather they are ripening more slowly and unevenly, with splits on the shoulders.
Some have stopped completely… The Ananas never got started; it only produced one tomato.… 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.....
The smell of garlic slowly cooking in butter is only improved by the addition of shrimp, lemon and parsley.
You could substitute 1 tbs of olive oil for 1 tbs of the butter if you wish – or use all olive oil. But we don't … Continue reading.....
My local supermarket had cranberries yesterday.
They looked a little long in the tooth – as if they’d been shipped from store to store, frantically looking for some one to buy them before they went totally toes-up.
On principle, really.
I mean, if … Continue reading.....
Exciting times, chez nous.
Mon mari is cleaning the barn / his shop.
The first wall is done, built and even plastered! The inside of the room is for cool storage, wine, winter vegetables, and such. But on the outside he put up lots of … Continue reading.....