Grief control. Knitting, cakes and chicken tray bakes

Grief. It’s a strange thing. Different very time. Why did I think I’d feel the same after my dad died as I would after my mum did? I guess it is (blessed) inexperience. But it has been so much harder. Anyway. I’m out the other side of (most of) it now. And I have aContinue reading “Grief control. Knitting, cakes and chicken tray bakes”

What I’ve been cooking this summer

This summer I’ve discovered a fabulous new salad, two great cakes and a new gluten free cookie recipe. Carrot and edamame salad with soy ginger dressing Salad: 1  x 450g packet of frozen shelled edamame beans 2 medium carrots, shredded or grated 2 spring onions or half a red onion, finely sliced a generous fewContinue reading “What I’ve been cooking this summer”

He Cooks [pork pies]… She Sews [a BurdaStyle shirt 04/2013 #138]

For all the cooking He Who Cooks does and She who Sews eats, you’d think she’d return the favour and does some sewing for him, wouldn’t you? The odd pair of boxers and an apron now and then just doesn’t cut it. This is another way of saying I finally made Chris a shirt. IContinue reading “He Cooks [pork pies]… She Sews [a BurdaStyle shirt 04/2013 #138]”

Dude food and Jungle January tussles

He who Cooks doesn’t seem to have trouble with his ingredients having strong opinions. Not enough minced meat for burgers? Some of those spicy sausages in the fridge will lose their skins for the cause. My fabrics, however, can’t seem to behave. This Silk Chiffon is horrified that a Cotton Twill from Ikea might evenContinue reading “Dude food and Jungle January tussles”

Winter comfort food

Let’s start with dessert Chocolate cake I think you know what my priorities are. Yes. Chocolate is one of them. It’s a vegetable with lots of antioxidants. What’s that you say? Something about fat and sugar? Surely not! This is the second time I’ve made this cake. First time was for craft night and exactlyContinue reading “Winter comfort food”

Nothing is not what He Cooks

He who Cooks has been asked a lot what he’s been cooking lately. He says “nothing”. This means only everyday cooking. Otherwise we would have starved, or eaten junk food, or .. even worse… She who Sews might have been cooking. Seeing as I’m the lucky recipient of “nothing”, I thought I’d let you seeContinue reading “Nothing is not what He Cooks”

Oh lard won’t you bake me a Cornish pasty

Hello and welcome to our hundredth blog post! Now isn’t that a milestone! My apologies to Janice Joplin for the title and I couldn’t help slipping in the pun, I thought seeing as I haven’t had a food related blog post here for ages and ages you would forgive me! Now I hate winter…absolutely can’tContinue reading “Oh lard won’t you bake me a Cornish pasty”

Cooking at the Vanderbilts Estate

One of the surprise activities of the scientific meeting I attended was a cook-some-of-your-own dinner at Lioncrest, one of the restaurants on Biltmore Estate. And what a lot of fun  we had! The appetizer: Butter poached shrimp, dill spaetzle, bacon capers, wilted arugula. IMO, the highlight of the meal ( and not just because IContinue reading “Cooking at the Vanderbilts Estate”

Beef Daube / Beef Bourguignon / Fancy Schmancy Stew

So what is Daube? and is Beef Bourguignon a Daube or are they both just stews with a fancy name? My mum never cooked Bourguignon didn’t know what Daube was but she cooked many a stew. A stew you see is a simple combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in liquid andContinue reading “Beef Daube / Beef Bourguignon / Fancy Schmancy Stew”