faustus: (Culture)
( Sep. 23rd, 2011 08:53 pm)
I have a celeriac and I suspect a variant of chard (green leaf and stalks). I do have a celeriac and spinach soup recipe but any other suggestions welcome. Celeriac scares me, I confess.

Also, I suspect I'm dropping in iron intake - and statements such as "Good plant sources of iron include dried fruits, whole grains (including wholemeal bread), nuts, green leafy vegetables, seeds and pulses. [...] Iron absorption can also be reduced by tannins (e.g. in tea) and phytates (found in nuts, grain and seeds)" confuse matters.

I'm happy to eat meat but I'm trying to cut down (in fact I'm currently on 1550kC a day regime which works for certain value of works) so any recommendations for intaking iron welcome. Maybe I just need lots of Guinness.
faustus: (Culture)
( Oct. 26th, 2010 11:26 am)
Forgot to listen yesterday - The Seven Car Parks of Croydon - but it's on Listen, No, No, No, listen, Lissen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vk2fx/The_Seven_Car_Parks_of_Croydon/

Includes quote about how Croydon looks glorious from a distance.

Sue Perkins is challenging Mark Gatiss for ubiquity; I'm hearing/seeing more of her stuff, and didn't do any of her historical diet programmes.

On Women's Hour the astonishing revelation that all women have a relationship with food. Well, duh. And men do, too. Someone explained how she carefully didn't talk about diets, hid magazine on weight loss and lied about why she went to the gym, but still had a child with eating problems. No shit. I'd bet she tensed up each time she saw something. I recently discovered that both my mother and her mother went through periods of something akin to anorexia; it feels like my mother passed on her anxieties to her sons by trying not to pass them on. And pardon me for not realising that all the times I was offered a second helping I should have said no. Still, my responsibility.

There was another thing on R4 with Mariela Frostup, that only seemed to talk about obesity as a problem. I think I need a Susan Sontag of food, a la Illness as Metaphor. It's not clear to me who has the problem, and seems very localised rather than universal.

Article on Doonesbury: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/26/garry-trudeau-doonesbury-40
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( Sep. 26th, 2010 12:09 am)
I thought this weekend would be busy - the Euro Food Fair, the Brogdale Cider Festival and the Broadstairs Food fair - but I figured I could one a day, although it was likely making going to see Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Tamara Drewe awkward. Then I realised the Broadstairs thing was later, and we had a natural Euro Fair Friday, Cider Festival Saturday (complete with bookshop raid) and movie Sunday, possibly both.

But then there's B. It would be good to go with someone else - sample more cider, compare and contrast, guard seats, conversation. And Sunday suits B. Not much of a problem, although it's a shame to miss the bookshop. But there's history.

In 2008 I'd planned to go on Saturday with B, but Sunday ended up more convenient, then not at all convenient as he had too much on. I forget now precisely why I didn't go on the Saturday in the end, but it seems to be that Wye market was on the Saturday, and that would be a prelude to a walk when I damaged my knee.

In 2009 I'd planned to go on Saturday with B, but Sunday suited him, and then he was busy ... but he could meet me in the pub afterwards.

So, he wouldn't me mess me around a third time, would he?

Friday, I went to the Euro Fair after finally writing a report, had a coffee, finished Gateway, weighed out dried fruit and left it to soak before heading for the pub.

Saturday I can make the cake, do some writing and see Scott Pilgrim.

Sunday, cider festival.

Simples. )
faustus: (Culture)
( Dec. 19th, 2009 02:30 pm)
Can anyone direct me to the purchase of Scotch [Black] Bun - a heavily fruited cake topped and tailed with pastry somewhat akin to garibaldi biscuit. I'm fairly sure it used to be among the Walker's of Scotland range, but Edinburgh woollen mill cannot help, nor can the Walker's Shortbread website. Alex Dalgetty claim to do it, but their website is broke and no one's reading their email.

I suspect the answer is to find a Taste of Scotland shop (and suddenly remembers he's run out of American Chip Spice but that's a different branpick). I have found recipes - but I anted to purchase.
I rewarded myself for getting to the end of term with half a day in Medway --

("That's a reward?" FaceBooks Buffy Squirrel.
"It might have been a whole day," I respond.)

-- and I narrowly catch the train after the one I'd anticipated; curiously this train was running fifteen minutes late until thirty seconds before it arrived, on time or early. I noted how the new minimum charge for Railcards meant that I could have travelled before ten as as the card isn't valid. Grr for the money.

I've been through Gillingham, but not to it, and on the whole I didn't move off the high street. I'm not entirely sure I missed anything. It's a place that is clearly suffering - the charity shops are saver centres, presumably selling off stuff not sold in ordinary charity shops. For those who cannot afford a Poundshop, here's a 99p Shop. And, a few shops down, a 97p Shop. I call in a fried chicken shop for lunch, and overhear a conversation between a couple who are arguing over Facebook - he's denying blind that he has a page, and that's he's made his choice, he's fucking her.

I've had an hour or two there - if the weather was better I'd have wandered down to the shore - and part of the time was spent queueing in the CashConvertors to get some DVDs. Then I'm off to Rainham, for the bookshops. There's no barrier of the east platform, so I could break the journey without complications, although it's meant to be legal anyway.

The first port of call is the hospice charity shop: and there's a few seventies items I pick up, and another Shakespeare - All's Well's That Ends Well - to tick off the list. I stick my head in the new bookshop, but nothing is tempting, even a fifty pence copy of The Information, a book I've seen in dozens of Waterstone's sales. And then to the secondhand shop - much that was tempting, but I limit myself to a couple of hardbacks and a paperback.

The ulterior motive was to visit the butcher - supplied by the Brogdale butcher from Faversham. I pick up a pile of lamb chops for the freezer, some bacon and a pork shoulder joint.

I roasted the pork today - it took nearly four hours - and I don't think I've ever had sweeter or tenderer pork cooked at home. I need to work out what's left and what can be stored or frozen. Maybe make some into a pie. My roast potatoes were fine, but what made it were the mashed parsnips; I've mashed swede before, but I guess I've tended to roast or stew parsnips in the past. A useful discovery. Now to find some interesting ways of using carrots.

In the mean time, I fed the sourdough starter and made a loaf. It made a fair sized loaf, but I suspect it was a little too wet, and end up lower and flatter than I'd have preferred. Bread for spreading, on, not sandwiching, obviously. It'll be interesting to toast and add home made jam.
Re: recycling )
Recipes )
Reading )
Ringing )

* Pointless (and frankly not thought through) geographical reference.
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( Aug. 23rd, 2009 10:49 pm)
It turns out that it's harder to get pureed cherries into a bottle of brandy than whole ones - who knew? Perhaps I should have dug out the liquidizer. Anyway, that needs to macerate for another month before being strained and becoming drinkable.

The rain was a blessing - the wearing of a leather jacket in August protected me from the worst of the bramble thorns and nettles, and I came away unscathed. Poor timing of buses meant I walked about two miles to my secret spot, where about half of the crop was ripe. There were also various haws or hips, and what looked like blackcurrants. I managed to pick 800 grams before it looked like I was running short of time and energy, then plodded back via Morrisons, where I bought double cream.

To jump ahead of myself, I tried to turn half of this into jam, but it looks like I boiled for too long and it has gone very thick. Need jam thermometer.

I turned a goodly part of the elderberry syrup into ice cream - basically syrup, sugar and double cream, whizzed and frozen. It is a pleasing purple. I have yet to taste. I will defrost the rest of the elderberries - and will find a pair of scissors in the process - to make more syrup, to add to vodka. It turns out that mashing the lemon and berries makes a thicker syrup.

This morning I made cheese and bacon scones, which seemed to go down well with their intended audience.

I have 4 lb of elderberries promised. This needs more thought.
I note the elderberries dangling over someone's fence, and ponder whether a midnight raid or early morning bagging is more appropriate. I also suspect the brambles are about ready, so a trip to a patch above North Holmes Road may be in order. Some jam, some crumble, some vodka, some ... um?

Having bought, on the recommendation of Pete the Fish, some pouting, I wonder about fish pie, and of course lamentable's (red) thai curry, which I have the recipe for somewhere.

In the fridge there is black cherry jam and I have been macerating the other cherries for three Edit: four weeks.
faustus: (Culture)
( Aug. 17th, 2009 10:38 am)
Turns out the maceration should end today, and I need to decant a litre of brandy and cherries into the blender. Of course, the cherries were squeezed into the bottle, so the neck is going to be somewhat of a, ahem, bottleneck.

Slice the top of the bottle off, I'm guessing.

This is why it's being done in plastic.

Elderberries to be picked latter.
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( Aug. 17th, 2009 12:38 am)
I note the elderberries dangling over someone's fence, and ponder whether a midnight raid or early morning bagging is more appropriate. I also suspect the brambles are about ready, so a trip to a patch above North Holmes Road may be in order. Some jam, some crumble, some vodka, some ... um?

Having bought, on the recommendation of Pete the Fish, some pouting, I wonder about fish pie, and of course lamentable's (red) thai curry, which I have the recipe for somewhere.

In the fridge there is black cherry jam and I have been macerating the other cherries for three Edit: four weeks.
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( Jul. 20th, 2009 10:03 am)
David Haslam, author of Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine, on Start the Week - making good points about the demonization of fat children in literature. I wonder whether his point is that these children are actually evil - if only because we have failed to counteract our genes.

When asked about the carbon footprint of the obese, Haslam not only effectively blames us for global warming, but suggests that we eat food that other people could have eaten. Given the person who asked the question was a guy who eats out of wastebins (Tristram Stuart) surely he should have said, no, actually they eat up food that would have added to the existing waste.

People used to be told to eat up and think of the starving Koreans. Yes, you're eating their food, you bastard...

Meanwhile Frank McCourt has had a "punishing cancer". Revenge on him for bringing Ireland into disrepute, and if so by whom or what?
faustus: (cookery)
( Apr. 26th, 2009 01:15 pm)
AKICOLJ - tapioca starch/tapioca flour - the same thing, right?

I learnt last year that to ignore this is bad, because it's only going to get chewier. Serving suggestions welcome - it may be helpful to know I also have:

calabrese (broccoli)
1/2 red cabbage
1/2 swede
little gem lettuce
endless carrots
red pepper

By tomorrow I'm likely to have some bacon and cheese, and imagine the Ready Steady Cook store cupboard of stock, spices, herbs, dried fruit, flours, sugar, red lentils, yellow split peas, mung beans... There are (defrostable) turkey bits and white fish if it's an accompaniment.

Edit: Nibb'lous suggests:
curly kale and chickpea balti
cavolo nero with rosemary and chilli
dijon chicken stew with potatoes and kale

curly kale stir fry with lentils
curly kale and potato risotto

kale pesto

I think maybe the balti, but I'm sure there's more kale to come.
faustus: (culture)
( Mar. 2nd, 2008 03:02 pm)
The recipes for lamb noisette - such as http://www.bigoven.com/138029-Lamb-Noisette-recipe.html - have you sear for 3 minutes and then roast for 10. I've done that and it still looks raw inside. I'm all for rare, but the meat didn't even feel warm. Gas 8 is surely "very hot"?

I'm missing something, clearly.
faustus: (culture)
( Dec. 20th, 2007 03:45 pm)
Albatross HouseWalking down T Road and a woman in her forties said to me, "I had no idea any of this existed" and laughed manically.

Tested camera on wall - picture of the site of Albatross House.

Dropped cards into work - took an hour.

Went to farmers' market and spent £45 on cheese (this is the real shit) with and £8 on chorizo with Patrick. 

Bought bacon bap from van - delayed by (homeless?) woman who was failing to pay, then failing to find her purse (she'd got it out already).

Charity shopping. Nada.

Boots for prescription. Tesco for remains of food shop. Need crackers, though. And something else. I forget. I couple more cards.

Listening in to discussion on Pratchett book: Mr Discworld Monthly remains unconvinced. C'est le vie. http://www.discworldstamps.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10560&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0&sid=6edbaefd7475f22bf5239f1dc6ef9a8f
This week I can look forward to:

Red potatoes
White onion
1lb new potatoes
1/2 bunch carrots
1/2 savoy cabbage
bunch rosemary
1/2 swede
sprout top
little gem lettuce
baking potato

"Sprout tops" are curiously resistent to Google (top recipes for sprouts rather than recipes for sprout tops come up, despite quotation marks) but it seems to be treatable like spinach, not that I've cooked that often. A quick rinse, roll up and slice, stir fry in ginger, soya and sesame seeds for two minutes.

I bought a romanesco from Borough Market once and wasn't impressed, so will try again.

I may bake the beetroot, but it might be nice pickled.

I bought a pile of shallots today, for pickling, and some reduce to clear rhubarb. Yum.
It was 10.05 when the doobell went, and I assumed it was my order of Ecrits:The Director's Cut rather than the veg box as quote we deliver some time after lunch unquote. The little gem provided lunch, and I think the thyme will go with a potato salad. I believe I can treat sprout tops like cabbage or spinach - a ginger stir fry tomorrow. It's a bugger to google - you end up with searches for sprouts and top chefs even with quotation marks.

I have my eye on the cauli for piccalilli. Yum.

Still the savoy to use from last week - being out so many evening straight from work hasn't helped using up stuff.

Copy of Ecrits came when I was in the bathroom.
faustus: (culture)
( Oct. 25th, 2007 02:17 am)
I've cheated and looked up this week's box:

1/2 cauliflower
red potatoes
red onion
1lb salad potatoes
srpout stalk
bunch thyme
little gem lettuce
1/2 celeriac
sprout top

Celeriac is the unknown quantity. I will have cabbage and potatoes left, but I'm out so many nights this week it's not been conducive to home cooking. Actual contents may vary.


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