I had the lovely privilege of having dinner at a friend’s home the other day. She is such a great cook, and she seems to be embracing the vegetarian diet. She made an incredibly delicious carrot risotto, so packed with flavour.
This is not her risotto of course, I was too polite to start taking photos of the meal she served us. But I just loved that dish. I will be dreaming about it all weekend.
She said it was from a Waitrose recipe….so I can try to make it myself. Although I don’t know if I will be able to do it justice like she did.
Over the past few weeks, I have been given or I should say gifted, lots of things that I didn’t want. For most of them, I have found someone or somewhere to pass them on to.
However, somebody decided to gift me with a very impressive looking panettone – which came with a little spreader and a jar of pistachio cream. It will keep until April 2022, and I can tell that Jack thinks I should keep it.
I am trying to avoid sweet things (because of the wedding) but some treats are just so absurdly hard to resist.
I try to check into WordPress a couple of times a day. Fifteen minutes whilst drinking my morning coffee. Occasionally ten minutes at lunch time. Half an hour or so before I go to bed. I don’t have much more time than that. I prioritize on reading posts from other bloggers. But I do like to keep my own blog site alive and kicking, so I try to write a little post and schedule it to be published.
I have found though that when I think about what to write – all I can think of is food!!! I am blaming the bloggers in my WP Reader. Post after post of delicious foodie blogs – tantalizing photos of scrumptious offerings.
I admire Jack – no really – he is determined to learn how to make pancakes that are edible.
It does not matter how many burnt or disintegrated pancakes may have discouraged him, he pressed on with zeal. My own personal favourites are what I have affectionally labelled “lace pancakes”. That cannot be easy to make such pretty pancakes.
For now, he seems to have given up on thin pancakes, and has been concentrating on the thicker American style pancakes. It is always an adventure. Thank goodness for maple syrup.
I have been following Bethany’s Vegan Kitchen for quite a long time. I love her blog because she shows budget friendly vegan versions of very popular family food. I have tried her ideas and have always been super pleased.
Jack has also become a fan of Bethany’s ideas and says she knows what families in the UK eat and what vegans want to eat.
But this weekend, Bethany featured something that really temped me in her post below:
Yes, that’s right, once I saw Bethany’s photos of vegan cheeses from Foods By Sumear, I was tempted. Giving into temptation, I went straight to Sumear’s website:
It is all very exciting for me!! I love cheese – but cheese does not love me. I have been vegetarian since I was six years old, and then in my late twenties, I developed a sensitivity to dairy. I had to cut out all milk, cream, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese for several years. Eventually I was able to reintroduce a little bit of cheese, which is the only form of dairy that I really missed, and I can “get away with” a little cheese every now and then.
But dairy free alternatives to cheese are better for me. I am so looking forward to trying Sumear’s products. I will report back when we have tried them!
I made galaktoboureko – yes, it is a real thing – it’s Greek and it’s fabulous! I was hoping to make it before the BAKE OFF, but time escaped me, so I made it afterwards.
Now today has been a long day. Work was tough. So I don’t have the energy to prepare a proper post sharing the recipe etc. But here is a photo of the results. Along with the galaktoboureko I made an orange syrup, which was extremely yummy!
Yes…yes…it is very exciting – and I am doubly, no maybe triply excited – because Jack is coming over tonight (I have not seen him for around six weeks!!) and I am going to make some scones following a recipe that I am going to adapt into a vegetarian version.
Sorry…I cannot tell you any more than that right now…I don’t want any of you to pinch my idea. I don’t have many ideas you know! But I am sure you will have plenty of ideas of your own. Whether you love the classic scones, or prefer a spicy or fruit twist, or maybe even a boozy version of the incredibly popular scone – I am sure that Tandy would love to have you join in the fun!
So pull out the flour and butter. Pre-heat your ovens. Put on your pinny and roll up your sleeves – it is time to drum up some sensational scones for INTERNATIOAL SCONE WEEK 2021!!
I suppose I picked this song because it is highly emotional and deeply dramatic – and this is exactly the kind of music I want to listen to at the moment – it helps me to diffuse the turbulence within!
There was a time when a song like this would be sheer torture to hear…but now that Jack and I have made peace…this just seems like a beautiful song. Yet…in saying that I acknowledge that some people will hear this song and be in floods of tears. Today…I am going to let myself shed a few tears with you.
Tissues at the ready…this is the incredible “Nothing Compares To You” recorded by Sinéad O’Connor.
It’s been seven hours and fifteen days Since you took your love away I go out every night and sleep all day Since you took your love away
Since you’ve been gone I can do whatever I want I can see whomever I choose I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant But nothing I said nothing can take away these blues
‘Cause nothing compares Nothing compares to you
It’s been so lonely without you here Like a bird without a song Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling Tell me, baby, where did I go wrong
I could put my arms around every boy I see But they’d only remind me of you I went to the doctor and guess what he told me? Guess what he told me? He said, “Girl, you better try to have fun no matter what you do,” But he’s a fool
‘Cause nothing compares Nothing compares to you
All the flowers that you planted, mama, in the back yard All died when you went away I know that living with you, baby, was sometimes hard But I’m willing to give it another try
Nothing compares Nothing compares to you Nothing compares Nothing compares to you Nothing compares Nothing compares to you