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Empty The Fridge

English: Tomato soup served hot or cold.

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I had no idea what to cook  tonight.  I’ve had a horrible cold for two days and just couldn’t be bothered to go shopping so it was a fridge raid – not that there was a lot to go on.  Anyway, spring onions, half a yellow and a red pepper, cherry tomatoes, passata;  the remains of a bag of rice and a teaspoon of smoked paprika and I had , with the addition of vegetable stock, a very nice tomato soup.  And  it was ready in time for me to watch ‘Masterchef:The Professionals’. *mutters rude word*.

Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire. Tourism is one o...

At the moment it’s the semifinals so there are two of the contestants in an incredibly upmarket restaurant, first cooking service and then for the head chef of the restaurant.  Tonight they’re at Gleneagles in Scotland, ( 2 Michelin stars and a swankygolf course. ), and they’re both getting their timings completely out.    Obviously, I’m so talented that I regularly serve an eight course dégustation menu whilst looking after hyperactive 2 year old octuplets and selling my Picasso collection to Sothebys over the phone.  God, I’m a legend.

Anyway, back to reality – (I think I need to cut back on the Lemsip) – tomorrow is bread baking  day, and I might just have to indulge in jam tarts and biscuits as well.  If I’m going to feel sorry for myself then I need to do it with plenty of sugar.  Roll on the weekend – Christmas shopping, via Waitrose…

Bye for now. *sniff*

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Lazy Weekend

berlin, gin and tonic

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Hmmm,  So much for my virtuous plans to cook this weekend.  Thursday night found me awake till 4a.m, for no conceivable reason, then I had to get up after three hours sleep and go to two long meetings.  So Friday night was a readymade pizza from Sainsbury’s and a few welcome gin and tonics;  Saturday was a ready made Brie, Caramelized red onion and maple bacon cheesecake with a salad, all from Waitrose.  Even though it’s Sunday and I’ve now had plenty of sleep, I still feel tired.  Anyway, there’s a poussin in the fridge, so I’m going to rouse myself to cook it later on, if I don’t fall asleep.

Other news –  our mouse has  returned for its annual Christmas break – it shares its time unselfishly between the four flats in our block.  It was my turn for a visit at midnight, and today it’s gone next door to Sarah’s.  Might have something to do with the unrelenting stench of bleach that now pervades my kitchen.  If all else fails then I’m going up the road to borrow the neighbour’s cat.  She’s an unrelenting hunter and,  if nothing else , the smell of kittycat might just teach unwelcome visitors to stay away.  I did try a trap, (humane), in the kitchen last year and it made no difference whatsoever, despite serving a gourmet buffet every single day.  I did hear squeaking, and thought it might have worked, but on reflection it was probably hysterical mouse laughter.

So, all being well, there may be a recipe up here in the next couple of days, alongside a large advert, extolling the virtues of Rentokil.  And a nice photo of a bottle of Gordons…..



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Name Change!

No longer life enquiries, just so you know. Have a fabulous weekend!

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Detail of an ice cube

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It’s such a beautiful sunny day here in Yorkshire, it would be difficult to be in a bad mood.  So here is a sunny recipe for one of those days.

Ice Daiquiri

50mls white rum (a good one)

25mls lime juice

1tsp caster sugar

crushed ice

Put the first 3 ingredients into a blender, add the ice, whizz till thickened. Serve.

Don’t drink too many!!


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