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What are you cooking today?
Tue 13-Apr-10
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brightspark
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I would say - getting there - not his usual busy self.

Not hungry either.

Our planned shopping trip today was off - but don't mind that really - we still have tomorrow, then home on Thursday.

I think early bedtime tonight.

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Tue 13-Apr-10
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Without Pineau, I'm guessing?  How can you bear to leave France?  I hate leaving there...

I'll try that again!

Tue 13-Apr-10
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We're not without Pineau, TA, the neighbours know that is something that I drink (though rarely), and they seem intent on giving us bottles of the stuff - mostly in unlabelled bottles if you know what I mean Whistle .

We have a supply!

(Some of them are 'bubbly' too)

I can bear to leave France because I know that in 6 weeks we'll be back here - and the weather will be warmer, our friends will be arriving and the pool will be open again.

That's enough to sustain.

For now.

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Wed 14-Apr-10
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Well - the weathers turned grey again here so this time I'm going for the swede mash.  (Made the root soup last time.)  Also still have parsnips and carrrots though so perhaps roast those with swede mash.  And yes Toffeeapple - lashings of gravy!  i_am_hungry")" src="http://suzannemcminn.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/hungry.gif" alt="i_am_hungry" /> YUM!!

Wed 14-Apr-10
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Our weather has just turned sunny after a miserable start.  I saw your root soup on your blog, it looked very yummy.  I could just manage your dinner right now.  What kind of gravy do you make?

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Apr-10
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brightspark said:

 mostly in unlabelled bottles if you know what I mean Whistle .


I think I know the sort of thing - Poteen comes to mind or in North Carolina - Moonshine.

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Apr-10
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Busy day in the garden, only me here so scrambled eggs with loads of chopped chives straight from the soil and beans. Bread pudding with blueberries  and bananas for afters.I like using up left-overs!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 14-Apr-10
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Sounds good Kate.

Tomorrow I intend to turn a duck carcass into soup so will need to go to the Asian market to get cheap vegetables.  Most of my spices have been used up so a fresh batch will be good.

I'll try that again!

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Today, I had two large turkey slices (like escalopes), and so I cooked it as if it were chicken, and made lemon chicken (turkey):

http://www.greedygourmet.com/2008/05/09/chicken-wi.....mon-sauce/

Very nice, too.

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Thu 15-Apr-10
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Oo, that does look good, but lime cordial??  You are a very bad girl BS, I now have another blog to read on a daily basis! Whistle

Duck stock simmering as I type, soup tomorrow.  Yum.

I'll try that again!

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Toffeeapple said:

What kind of gravy do you make?


I'm afraid being veggie (or a pescatarian to be precise) it's granules.  Bisto veg ones are best although what a lot of people don't realise is that the bisto red ones are actually vegetarian, just have a deeper flavour so it depends what you're eating.  I've tried the Aldi veg ones but they're not very nice.  Fatty and if you add extra granules to make it thicker like me then it has a pretty horrible taste.

Not sure what I'm having tonight but I've leeks that need using up.  I want to go foraging for some ransoms (wild garlic) but it depends if I have time.

Thu 15-Apr-10
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Nothing wrong with Bisto in my estimation, after all, who wants to make a vegetable gravy from scratch when you just need enough for one meal?  As you say the red carton contains no meat or meat extract so quite safe for vegetarians.  I was Pescatarian for several years in my teens.  I had a holiday job in an hotel in Minehead and the chef cooked lunch and dinner of fish for me every day for three months and never repeated a recipe.  It was wonderful.

I have ransoms in my garden, some leaves of which will be going in my duck soup tomorrow.  I hope you manage to do something with your leeks.

BTW, my free seeds from Dig In arrived today, thanks for letting me know about it. Big_Hug

I'll try that again!

Thu 15-Apr-10
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The wild garlic in my garden is up too - fantastic.  I don't have too much of it as it was only planted last year.

 I have bookmarked that site from BS too Toffeeapple  and think it looks really interesting - as you said one more to read daily.  Glad you got your free seeds too.  Mouth watering soup!!!!  Let us know how it tastes TA.  I made ham broth last night.  Had it for lunch today and it was very tasty. 

I bought chicken and lots of salad items yesterday, so chicken salad again tonight - I love it. 

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I've just found some vanilla ice cream lurking in the freezer from Christmas. How did I miss that? Needs eating, been in there long enough.

Strictly in the interests of freezer Spring Cleaning you understand.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 15-Apr-10
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Mmm, chicken salad, lovely!  I'll let you know how the soup goes, I shall julienne the carrot and courgette.

Ham broth sounds good, I love ham in any shape or form.

Kate, I'm pleased to hear that you are keeping up your hygiene standards - with rewards too! Big_Laugh

I'll try that again!

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