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Post by polgara on 10th May 2010, 4:49 pm

Cottage Pie with peas & very nice it was, improves after a week in the freezer.

Also had homemade fish cakes for brekkie, again first time my homemade efforts stayed in one piece, so improving.

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Post by Green Rosie on 10th May 2010, 7:47 pm

Not sure what to have here - OH is away and I'm not feeling inspired

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Post by polgara on 11th May 2010, 11:51 am

Beef curry, found in freezer with a few bits added.

Tea will be salad with whatever I can find.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 11th May 2010, 11:58 am

Struggled through with a tiger prawn, pea-puree and fresh rocket risotto last night as I just wasn't feeling up to proper cooking.

Feel this is a bad solution however. Feed a cold, starve a fever. I can feel myself beginning to waste away already. Am going to roast a duck or perhaps two to see if that aids recovery.

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Post by Dandelion on 11th May 2010, 9:49 pm

Well it seemed like a good idea at the time - puff pastry, spread with apricot jam, with a thin layer of rolled-out marzipan on the top. Problem was that it was an idea rather than a recipe, and I left it in the oven for too long, resulting in something which is blackened and looks like bad news for anyone's fillings! May have to see if the local birds feel tempted....

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Post by polgara on 11th May 2010, 10:07 pm

You`ll know not to cook it so long next time. :bigsmile:

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 11th May 2010, 11:23 pm

The ducks in orange sauce was a good call. had to open a bottle of Cointreau for the sauce which was conveniently to hand during the PMs resignation and is rather diminished now.
Did orange and cumin honey glazed carrots as well and new pots.

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Post by Compostwoman on 11th May 2010, 11:30 pm

I suspect it, and other pleasures, will be abolished for the hoi polloi...

but not if you went to Eton.

Eton Mess, anyone?

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Post by polgara on 12th May 2010, 3:47 pm

Love Eton Mess.

Liver, bacon & onions today with potato & carrot mash seasoned with horseradish & fresh frozen runner beans. Delish they may be but I still have at least 2 large boxes left.

Beetroot & cheese sandwhiches for tea, must remember & not shock myself in the morning.

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th May 2010, 3:48 pm

I really do not like Beetroot.....!

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Post by Snoopka on 12th May 2010, 4:19 pm

Good idea, the Cointreau with duck Billy (did you really say "ducks" and not "duck"?

Cointreau lasts rather longer here, as it is so expensive (even duty-free!). You are giving me an idea, make pancakes, flambées, Crepes Suzette, yum yum!!!

Compostwoman, have you ever tried beetroot (sorry if you have) with something bitter like chicory, in salad? Or on its own, but with an incredibly garlicky salad dressing like skordalia?
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 12th May 2010, 4:30 pm

I have greatly rediscovered beetroot after associating it for years with the limp pickled stuff you get. In fact it can be delicious.
Beetroot, apple and red cabbage warm salad with cumin... mmmm....

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Post by Snoopka on 12th May 2010, 4:39 pm

Sounds good, Billy.
Here is a simple recipe for skordalia (there are some out there that are unnecessarily fancy and complicated. In fact skordalia is a Greek peasant sauce/dip, and uses basic ingredients)
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Post by Compostwoman on 12th May 2010, 5:08 pm

Yes have tried to all suggestions of Beetroot.

To some people Beetroot smells like poo (poo smells like it does because of a compound called Indole, found in poo, beetroot and also found in jasmine as well, so if you are sensitive you may think jasmine flowers smell a bit off....)

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Post by Compostwoman on 12th May 2010, 5:14 pm

Oh, I am sensitive to the smell..which is why I don't like beetroot...and am not fond of jasmine...!

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Post by Dandelion on 12th May 2010, 10:10 pm

Jasmine and poo notwithstanding, have you tried beetroot cubed then baked in the oven with lots of garlic, oil, rosemary and a bit of balsamic?

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Post by Chilli-head on 13th May 2010, 9:48 am

As we have had mention of beetroot and skordalia close together, I feel I need to mention that you can make a rather good Greek dip - Pantzarosalata - with beetroot. It involves blending together (cooked but not pickled) beetroot, walnuts, stale bread, garlic, a little red wine vinegar and olive oil. I found it in Madhur Jaffery's world vegetarian book, if you want to look up the recipe.


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Post by Snoopka on 13th May 2010, 9:57 am

Ouh that sounds good, Chilli-head!
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Post by polgara on 13th May 2010, 2:15 pm

Just plain sausage, beans & mash today, with a thick gravy

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Post by Dandelion on 13th May 2010, 6:33 pm

Oooohhhh, us too, only with spring cabbage instead of the beans (we've got to get through the cabbage so that I can plant out tomatoes in its place!!)

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Post by polgara on 14th May 2010, 3:35 pm

How I wish I liked fish & veg.

Today we had fish with a shwartz sauce, stir fried veg & crunchy potatos. In theory delish in fact just about OK.

Going to try salmon next week.

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Post by Dandelion on 14th May 2010, 7:44 pm

Is fish something you need to eat for your diet?
I can give you a good recipe for salmon risotto which is more risotto than fish if you want.....

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Post by polgara on 14th May 2010, 10:07 pm

Not really part of the diet, but would be good for us, I have lots of recipies thank you , so will have a look as the week goes on. Was put off fish when I was growing up but I am trying.

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Post by polgara on 15th May 2010, 6:12 pm

Today was ham & tomato pasta. A Colmans mix that we like, very tomatoey & not too stromg.

Tea homemade burgers.

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Post by polgara on 18th May 2010, 5:46 pm

Chicken wings in a chinese seasoning with sweetcorn & garlic bread.

Tea was jacket potato with a bit of cheese & a garlic & onion dip, very nice & lettuce & tomato garnish.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 18th May 2010, 6:17 pm

Errrm. Roast duck.

Not v. imaginative but I have been rushing about like a blue arsed fly and have to go out again in an hour to rehome the mega bee swarm I spent half the day coaxing into a brood box.

Duck is good for the soul. Bugger the arteries.

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