This week I returned to three days a week at work after a temporary period at four days. This would have returned a bit of sanity and order to the house, were it not for the fact that I used my first free Tuesday in months to get E a vaccine booster, and then spent the next two days at home with her with a temperature…
Still, I did manage to finally put up my post about baking and substituting yoghurt and other dairy products – I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. And I (rather embarrasingly) found a hidden corner of my WordPress dashboard with a stack of messages in, including my first offer of a cookbook for review! So I’m working some book posts to include this – watch this space.
It was a fairly frugal week in meals. The roast chicken with new potatoes and broccoli from Saturday night reappeared several times, with the leftover chicken made into Monday night curry, and the vegetables recycled in pasta and a tortilla. The sausages cooked with beans in the slow cooker on Wednesday covered most of the rest of the week. Pizza on Friday is always a good way to use up little odds and ends of things: in this case, half a courgette and a wrinkled box of mushrooms were part of the toppings. The counterbalance to this frugality was fillets of beautiful lemon sole I bought at a the South Kensington fishmongers, Moxon’s, on Tuesday when we were visiting the Natural History Museum. Oh, and those eclairs…
- Tartine sourdough pizza from Tartine Bread – with courgette, mushrooms, mozzarella and Serrano ham
- Slow Cooker cassoulet (really just sausage and beans) – from Slow Cooked
- Chicken and sweet potato curry – from Diana Henry’s A Bird in the Hand
Without A Recipe:
- Pasta with tomatoes, broccoli and sausage
- Spanish tortilla with potatoes, broccoli and spring onions.
- Baked lemon sole in parcels with courgettes and herb butter – inspired by this Nigel Slater sole with butter and artichokes; and this Serious Eats recipe for grilled fish parcels.
- Behind the Scenes at Violet Bakery – a look at some professional bakery practices with lots of useful tips and reminders for home cooks
- If the wet and windy weather has got you in the mood for autumn, take a look at this interview with Signe Johansen for her new book How to Hygge, out in October.
- Making your own butter isn’t something I’ve tried, but these two pieces might make me change my mind: Food from I Capture the Castle: bread, butter and honey and Sky Meadow Bakery on making butter.
- If you still need ideas for plums, this spiced frosted plum cake from Nigel Slater feels like a good segue from Summer to Autumn.
- I tried some (fantastically expensive) eclairs from Maitre Choux this week (see photo), after goggling at them on Instagram for several weeks now. While beautiful, I suspect that Claire Ptak’s chocolate cream eclairs would be at least as delicious.