Anja went out and picked a couple of pounds of red grapes from the garden
AND MADE THREE BIG POTS OF JAM WITH THEM!
Went really well with the Sweetcorn pancakes, the Sweetcorn icecream was
And the pasta dish went down well too.
16th Aug 2009, 19:04
(let's see if this can attract a couple of hungry teenagers over this way)
Check in the shed if your mushrooms have "produced"
Fry up some onions in olive oil, chop a Courgette, some red (bell) peppers
(some are from our garden, the others from a massive greenhouse-factory, can
you tell which is which?) a pot of that pasta-sauce, some (re-hydrated)
soya-mince and a pack of (short) cannelloni pasta.
Add the chopped Courgette to the onions and fry-on.
Add the chopped red peppers, mushrooms & mince and fry-on.
Pour in the pot of Nonna's tomato sauce (well, Homepride actually).
Stir in and then fill the sauce-jar full of water, shake with the lid on and
add to the mix (this will be absorbed by the (dry) pasta during cooking).
Fiddle all the Cannelloni tubes upright in the (oiled) oven dish.
Pour in the sauce-mix, filling all the little tubes, until just covered.
Make a béchamel-cheese sauce (I'll not insult your culinary intelligence by
going through it)
(fry some flour in butter for a couple of mins, off the heat add enough milk
to stir-up a thick, white sauce. Add great handful's of cheese, plenty of
(there, I just insulted your culinary intelligence, sorry)
Sprinkle over some herby-breadcrumbs and shove it in the oven till it's
(Nick & Mike, dinner's at six if you're around)
16th Aug 2009, 13:14
Here you go then Wendle, Sweetcorn heaven!
180ml (whipped) cream and a splash of milk
Packet of vanilla sugar (about a teaspoon)
100gr "White Basterd Sugar" ('s wot it says on the pack)
Cup of sweetcorn (tinned, rinsed off)
Whisk up the egg yolks, vanilla sugar & "White Basterd Sugar" into a frothy,
light yellow mix.
Add the whipped cream & milk, stir in.
Add the cup of Sweetcorn.
Pour into the ice-cream mixer-maker and let it run for about half an hour or
until it looks thick enough.
Transfer into a container, bung on the lid and shove it in the freezer.
Yes I did taste it & yes it was delish! Vanilla ice-cream with a hint of
sweetcorn and a hundred little surprises when you bite into a bit of corn.
Thoroughly recommend it.
16th Aug 2009, 12:27
This is the oldest windmill of its kind in Holland. It's just around the corner from my house, and it's turning today!
15th Aug 2009, 15:12
Just home, off the boat, back out on the train to Armhem.
This "tiger lilly" has just come out next to our front door, i'll get the Nikononit tomorrow.
My other "tiger-lilly" is just pleased to see me, which is nice.
15th Aug 2009, 11:41
That's the last time I'll order anything from the States.
Took an age for them to actually get round to sending it, then Dutch customs kept hold of it for almost two weeks and charged me an arm and a leg in import duties.
So what looks like a good deal at first turns into an expensive logistical dog's-dinner.
It's safely at home now (Anja went round and picked it up from the post office) will have some fun with it next week.
15th Aug 2009, 07:36
The Lowry center, in Salford, is a facincting building.
The gallery was closed by the time we got there but you can still wander round the building, inside and out, something I actually find more interesting than Lowry's pictures themselves.
The colours, textures, curves, angles are just brilliant.
12th Aug 2009, 13:10
9th Aug 2009, 07:19