Monthly Archives: December 2015

Spinach and Red Onion Side Dish

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Spinach and Red Onion Side Dish

Another palate-cleanser, with the additional option of using up any leftover bacon or blue cheese from the festivities.  Original recipe below:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/saut_ed_spinach_with_red_onion_bacon_blue_cheese.html

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Tapas

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Dropped round a friend’s house last Wednesday, to pass on some gifts and cards, and also to get a second opinion on a bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe* I’d been gifted by someone else.  Found that the lady of the house had very sweetly laid on a veritable tapas feast in my honour; stuffed chilli peppers, 5 kinds of cheese (baked camembert!) and chunks of toasted bruschetta with a fresh-tasting tomato and spinach topping.  Rolled out of there past midnight, slightly trollied (and accidentally sans the remains of the Baileys**).

Managed to extract the secret of the topped bruschetta from Mein Hostess, which I think makes quite a nice post-Xmas Excess palate cleanser…..

*one has to ensure the quality of these things, you know.

** they were kind enough to yell at me from the fourth floor balcony that I’d forgotten it, and would I like it back?  There is no greater mark of friendship.

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Sans Shrimp

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Sans Shrimp

I’ve found travelling difficult since the panic attacks restarted at the beginning of 2015.  Nothing like a spot of claustrophobia, in a moving vehicle!  But it’s gradually got better over the past few months and I managed a two hour car journey at the weekend to see some old friends and admire their shiny new townhouse (complete with MAHOOSIVE balcony and scenic view of a canal).  We’ve already arranged to go back next summer (if 2016 manages a proper summer) for a night of fine dining (BBQ), fine wines (vodka) and the irresistible opportunity to fire water bombs at passing canoeists.*

We ate pizza, and a fabulous Chinese takeout (it took 5 attempts at phoning them to get past the “engaged” tone – sign of a good ‘un).  Yummy tofu in satay sauce, vegetable spring rolls, and a vegetarian Singapore fried rice.  Except they got a bit confused and sent us a normal Singapore fried rice instead, so I was exposed to Sudden Shrimp.  After carefully hoicking all the pink bits out, (and being physically restrained from returning them to the canal so they could be FREE! FREE!!!), I enjoyed the rest of the dish so much that I recreated it today.

*We’ve never claimed to be a sensible grown-ups.

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