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Chopping veg

We’ve found we can save a lot of time during the week by chopping all the vegetables at once, at the weekend just after we’ve bought them. They keep fine in plastic pots (and we have no shortage of those!) in the fridge for the week. Not only does it …

Aubergine pizza

Robin has shared the secret of his awesome aubergine pizzas with me. I suspect it was mainly because he was tired and didn’t want to cook them himself. Nevertheless, I now have the hidden knowledge, and I’m going to pass it on. This is currently one of my favourite meals. …

Jar of home-made yoghurt

  I tried making yoghurt again, with some milk that had been previously frozen and rethawed. I heated it as the instructions said, cooled it a little before adding the culture (a big spoonful of Yeo Valley yoghurt) and kept it warm by standing it in a bowl of warm water and …

What we eat, and why

I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts now that we’ve changed the way we eat. I think it’s time I gave a bit more information. A couple of months ago, I was recommended some bargains at our local butcher, and we ended up with a big pile of sausages and …

Jar of salad

I’ve discovered this fantastic way of transporting salads. You put the dressing at the bottom of a jar and then layer all the other ingredients on top. All the ingredients stay fresh, and you can include an oily dressing without either turning the leafy bits soggy or leaking runny goop …

Vegetables, and where to get them

We typically spend about £25 a week on vegetables. We’re trying to work out if this lot could cost-effectively be replaced partially or wholly by a veg box scheme. The trouble is that we eat a lot of vegetables, and I suspect that the box scheme will work out more …

Good food? Costs less? No.

Dad had dropped a strong hint that he would like some Stilton for his birthday, so we went looking for a good cheesemonger. We learnt of one in Dundee that stocked Colston Bassett Stilton –  a very good Stilton indeed – so decided to pay The Cheesery a visit. We …

Rose tea

Robin made me rose tea with rose petals from the garden. It smelt of roses and tasted… well… like hot water, mostly, but with a hint of rose. It was quite nice. But I don’t think I’ll make a habit of it, because we don’t have a lot of roses …

Puff pastry!

Robin has learnt how to make puff pastry. It involves two packets of butter for an amount that makes this: and this: and a pie, and some cheesy puffs, and some cream slices (not shown). Not all at once – it freezes! Apparently it’s really easy to make. I wouldn’t …