Rural People & Issues
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23rd January 2002
Mr Pig came home, and this time it was me tripping the light fantastic from left to right.
27th February 2002
The kitchen is such a lovely place to be in at the moment with its wide range of smells and tastes and generally homely sights.
13th March 2002
When you live in a little piece of Paradise on Earth, especially an almost self-sufficient one like Middelmost, you tend to dig yourself a bit of a hole.
27th March 2002
Albert has done well this week with his little mate captured and now living inside, and his little mate has turned out to be a six-month-old female!
Kothokethia me Patates kai Lathi
Note: like all village recipes, this simple dish relies on the freshest ingredients to give it its characteristic flavours.
Family Friendly Herbed Aoli
Our fridge was never without a large jar of this family-friendly mayonnaise when our son was living at home.
This pie just has to be the Albanian equivalent of bubble and squeak because it uses up all the leftovers in the fridge and turns them into a dish fit for a king.
Gozleme (Turkish pizza)
Gozleme, the Turkish version of pizza. I think of it at this time each year because our winter vegetables lend themselves so well as fillings for this simple-to-make meal.
What to do with Lemons
If you have the good fortune to own a well-established lemon tree - treasure it.
What to do with Horseradish
One of the most wonderful things about Horseradish is the way it looks after itself.
What to do with Cream
This is the time of the year when there is no longer the demand being placed on every drop of milk being wrung out of every willing, and sometimes not so willing, udder.
What to do with Tamarillo
Okay - so you have eaten them fresh with spoonfuls of sugar, you have mushed them up with brown sugar and poured them over cornflakes for breakfast
What to do with all those empty champagne bottles
Whether it is from Christmas, New Year, a Harvest Dinner, or a massive Family Gathering,
Sweet Potato, Custard and Sultana Cake
My mother-in-law sent this to me from across the ditch and it is all good !!
First Catch Your Hare
It was a food writer, Hannah Glasse, who began a recipe with the words "First, catch your hare."
Belly-warming beef bourguignon feast ends well
Here's the thing - invite friends for dinner and when they arrive, surprise them with the fact they have to provide it.
Japanese pancakes makes dinner guests eat their words
One of the best things about travelling abroad is trying out new experiences, especially if those experiences involve food.
Bunnies in the Paddock
This is plain, no-nonsense country-style tucker: easy to make, sustaining, delicious, but Baked Alaska it is not.