The slow cooker has returned to regular service this week, with braised beef, a piece of gammon cooked in ginger and apple juice, and an Anna Jones vegetarian chili in right now. The air has been getting cool enough for thicker coats, and even gloves in the early morning. So we had a warming week of pasta bake, beef stew, apple pudding and custard.
E and I made scones together on Friday afternoon. Scones are a fairly ideal toddler baking project: they come together quickly with simple actions *and* you get to use cutters. She stirred the raising agents into the flour, helped to rub in the butter and dump in the (pre-measured) milk, and chose cutters to us, giving a rather eclectic range of shapes. She also painted the tops with egg wash, and then happily consumed one without either butter or jam (which was a shock: she has been known to put jam on toast and then lick it off, leaving the toast behind).
- Braised beef stew/carbonnade from Slow Cooked – served with roast sweet potatoes
- Ottolenghi’s curried fish with leeks and peas – a standout recipe, easy enough for a weeknight, the flavours of fish pie, crossed with kedgeree, but lighter than both. From the Easy Ottolenghi supplement.
- Pasta bake – loosely adapted from this Serious Eats Baked Ziti recipe.
- Eve’s pudding from Pride and Pudding by Regula Ysewijn
- Scones from How to be a Domestic Goddess
- Christmas cake – from the family recipe
Without a recipe:
- Pie and chips
- Bought pizza
- There’s something rather magical and wholly British about the story of the 11 hour cup of tea and the wifi kettle.
- Two covetable books from the States: A New Way to Dinner from Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs at Food52 and How to Celebrate Everything from Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story
- Autumn baking: homemade twix bars and twix tart from Not Without Salt; Apple Crumb Cake from Cup of Jo; Pumpkin rolls with rosemary and honey butter from Drizzle and Dip; Apple Eccles cakes (with bought puff pastry) from Thomasina Miers in the Guardyan; Perfect dorset apple cake from Felicity Cloake in the same.
- An evocative piece about lunch from Thom Eagle: What We Talk About When We Talk About Lunch. Standout line: “with a shower of rain, starting just after you ducked into the restaurant, the ideal accompaniment”
- A moving essay on what it meant to be ‘A good cook’ as a farmer’s wife, written for the author’s mother on what would have been her 100th birthday.