Monthly Archives: March 2014

Red & Green

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Sorry about the radio silence – work is manic. It’s 2014’s first financial quarter end, UK financial year end, and quite possibly the End of the World’s Financial End as well. Plus the Financial End of the World. But I spotted these two, which put together look rather pretty don’t you think? Of course I forgot to buy any white wine for the risotto. And forgot to add the butter to the chicken dish. And the risotto rice isn’t uncooked arborio but some left-over cooked white long-grain*. And I didn’t have any white onion so had to use a couple of shallots. And I nearly forgot to buy the savoy cabbage, necessitating a mad dash back across the supermarket (thank you, patient Supermarket Cashier Person).

The rice dish is courtesy of http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/26/jack-monroes-risotto-primavera-recipe, whilst the “chicken” curry comes from a Reader’s Recipe Swap – Curry in the same newspaper, which had disappeared from the online edition by the time I got home and was therefore created, from scratch, from memory. Valiant Curry Recipe Provider, I salute you, and apologise for any omissions. (Apart from the omission of actual chicken of course).

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*you have no idea how much fuss The Right Rice was causing over at the Comments section on the Jack Monroe recipe….

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Hummus in the Roomus: the Return of the Revenge of the Son of the Zombie Garbanzo Bride

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Note to self: buy a red onion. Tonight we shall feast on home-made hummus, salad and crispbreads. As such I need something light as the main course, some sort of stew with maybe a bit of dipping bread, to leave enough room for the Chickpeastravagnza? Oh hello Good Food, how convenient of you to drop by with this bean and tomato stew…..

Original can be found here:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/845644/butter-bean-and-tomato-stew

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What did the Romans ever do for us…?

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Spring is here. The birdsong has that extra urgent edge. Every hedgerow rings with it. Crocuses, daffodils, snowdrops and blossom are bursting out all over, carefully sculptured by Mother Nature to provide a flare of florescent and pastel colours after months of grey twigs and brown floodwater. Slow, fat bumblebees rumble past on invisible air-borne rails, direct to the nearest pollen explosion. And of course, in the midst of all this rapidly expanding fecundity an Anxiouscook’s thoughts turn naturally to BLOODY HELL I CAN GO OUT HIKING AGAIN NOW.

Hey, I never claimed to be the romantic type.

An old Roman road cuts through one side of Tangleton. Some of it is now incorporated into the modern road network; other parts shrink down to bridle-path and track….

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Look! A Ri/Ce!

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One of my work colleagues dug up a screen saver of something he thought would specifically make me laugh, which was the AC/DC band logo reworked as:

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Highway to Look, a Squirrel!

Not sure what he means by this, I’m sure I’m a paragon of calm serenity and Buddhist focus at work. Okay there was that discussion of the effect of large collections of kitsch garden gnomes on the male libido. But it was all done….mindfully I assure you.

I decided I didn’t have enough washing-up to do, so decided to make two rice dishes simultaneously tonight in order to add that authentic precariously-heaped-mountain-of-crockery-and-now-I’ve-run-out-of-bloody-spoons vibe to the kitchen. One a soothing but spicy pilaf main dish, the other a “brunch” according to the original recipe, although to be fair I think it’s a brunch for someone who’s much more awake mid-morning at the weekend than I am…..

Originals can be found here:
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/nov/07/rice-cakes-leeks-egg-vegetarian-ottolenghi
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/11/brown-rice-carrow-cashew-vegetarian-pilau-recipe-nigel-slater

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Cracking Gromits, Cheese

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Last night my sister and I made a change to our usual Hummus Night extravaganza, and went for Cheese Board Night instead. There was unsalted butter, oatcakes, three kinds of crispbread, garlic Roule, Applewood, Wensleydale with Cranberries, Cheddar with caramelised red onion, smoked German cheese, and a rather stonking Cheddar with lime juice and chilli (complete with pleasingly chilli-esque afterburn to the tastebuds). We then watched The Sapphires (top movie, ladies), which reminded me to upload my Best of Marvin Gaye CD to my new computer (‘cos everyone needs a little Soul in their life sometimes).

I still had the other half of the savoy cabbage to use up, so redid the dish from the Peasant-Hunting Season post with the left-over Applewood and smoked German cheese. The result was pleasant enough, but I think really it’s a dish that stands on its own merits with a plain cheese/parmesan.

Peasant-Hunting Season

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Sorry about the quiet period – been very busy at work and not had chance to try out any new recipes. But I managed to squeeze a new one in today, just for you! Consider it a late Valentine’s gift, with extra cabbage, if you will.

Ahh, sundried tomatoes in olive oil, how I adore you. Got a jar for Xmas and finally caved in and opened it. I always swear I’ll save the tomato-infused oil and use it on something special; what actually happens is that I end up pouring it into a bowl, scooping it up with bread and salt and scarfing it down in a very unladylike oil-dribbling-down-your-chin kind of way. And they were perfect for the below recipe, as a strong-tasting, oily, chewy vegetarian substitute for anchovies….

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/02/baked-cabbage-and-bread-soup

(excitingly-blurry photo of said dish will be up when my new computer stops firkin’ about – Bloody Windows 8).

EDIT: Got it! (bloody Windows 8).

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