A small culinary brainwave

My food blog is now long gone, but I still cook. Last night’s ‘What the heck’s in the fridge?’ Invention Test, led to Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Mushrooms with Soured Cream. The recipe goes something like this: Half a bag of PSB, trimmed and steamed until tender Half a bag of mushrooms, fried over a high heat in olive oil and butter until starting to go a little golden Pop the cooked veggies into a bowl, squeeze a little lemon juice over them and season with salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir to coat and taste. Adjust lemon juice...

Slow Roast Pork slathered with Fajita Marinade

A couple of weeks ago I Tweeted that this was going into the oven, and Mark Ford (@fordie) asked for the recipe. It’s a bit of a long story for such a simple recipe. In fact the dish I Tweeted about was my storecupboard, work-day version of Spalle di maiale arrostita lentemente (Slow-roasted shoulder of pork) from River Cafe Cook Book Two, Aromatic Shoulder of Pork ‘Donnie Brasco’ from The River Cottage Meat Book and an awareness that in Mexican cooking slow roast pork is served rolled in tortillas. Both recipes call for a whole shoulder of pork, weighing 5-8...

I’ve been bingeing today and my blood sugar level is just 4.2!

The Four-hour Body diet Sam and I have been following insists on a binge day. That’s everything you want to eat, and lots of it! Today, looking at the sugary/carby stuff, I’ve been pigging out on a bacon, sausage, eggy bread and maple syrup breakfast, chips at lunchtime, a slice of cake mid-afternoon and some M&Ms along the way. I thought I’d check my blood sugar level to see how far off track I’d gone. Not even a little. The figure is a low 4.2. Fantastic!

Christmas Rum Cake

Once again this year, I’ve had requests for my Christmas Rum Cake recipe, so here goes. I thought I’d publish it online, as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year. 1 cup Sugar 1 tsp. Baking Powder 1 cup Water 1 tsp. Salt 1 cup Brown Sugar Lemon Juice 4 Large Eggs Nuts 1 Bottle decent quality dark Rum 2 cups Dried Fruit Sample the Rum to check quality. Take a large bowl; check the Rum again to be sure it is of the highest quality. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup...