Someone who shall remain nameless (but is not me) neglected to check behind the shutters before closing them against the afternoon sun.
Bats like to hang out behind the shutters.
Bats don’t like sunlight.
We now have a bat in the house.
I’m pretty sure that when we open the windows at sunset he’ll be happy to leave. In the … Continue reading.....
As I’m sitting here, in front of the fire, with the wind howling and the rain lashing the windows, I find myself wondering if we’ll ever see spring.
Then I remember it’s still February.
There are some signs of spring, though, despite the weather….
My crocuses are starting to bloom, some of the spring herbs are starting to come to … Continue reading.....
A lot of people have a love / hate relationship with the humble potato.
People avoid them because ‘they’re fattening’.
People eat them with every meal because a meal isn’t complete without potatoes.
More on that later….
For now – are you familiar with ‘new potatoes’?
They’re tiny, very thin-skinned, immature potatoes with a short shelf life, usually only a … Continue reading.....
New potatoes are very thin-skinned, immature potatoes.
They have a short shelf life, usually only a few days before they start turning green and need to be added to the compost pile.
It's likely that you'll only find them at the farmer's market – but try, if you can.
They're worth it: incredibly sweet and creamy.
I've made them several … Continue reading.....
Have you noticed that most people don't consider the humble potato to be a vegetable?
Have you noticed that most people don't consider the humble potato to be healthy?
Have you noticed that most people are so very often wrong?
Potatoes are loaded with nutrients and low in calories.
They have vitamins C and B6, potassium, copper, manganese and dietary… Continue reading.....
New Potatoes with Butter and Chives
What the hell just happened??!?
The recurring supermarket nightmare:
You stop at the end of the checkout lane, you and your half empty trolley, while you frantically go over the cashiers receipt looking for some gross mistake.
I mean, you want to find it right then and there – so the stupid cashier can … Continue reading.....
New Potatoes with Rosemary and Olives
Remember all of those money-raising schemes we endured as children?
Selling magazines that nobody wanted?
Peddling chocolate bars and 'white almond bark' during the already sugar-bloated holidays?
Passing off 'genuine bees-wax candles' that burned for 50 seconds and left puddles of wax everywhere?
Somehow, at least here in the back of beyond, the French … Continue reading.....
Fried Asparagus; New Potatoes
This is not a food blog.
I am not a food blogger.
I thought I was. Really, I did.
I was pretty sure, actually – what with all the recipes and food photos…..
Apparently I was wrong.
It all started innocently enough. I read a statement, somewhere, that there were 48,000 food blogs in the U.S.… Continue reading.....