A series of Unfortunate Occurrences

I have had so many misadventures in the past four weeks that I could almost write a book about them. The  reasons for my disasters may be as follows (disasters is  a big word when the following events are compared with falling off a cliff or drowning in a lake): 1, My dreaming, creative mind […]

Luddites and Banking

Do you ever think about how long you have known some of your friends? Whizz and I have been married for 19 years, and my friendship with the couple we visited  the weekend before last, Cop and Tax, predates this by about 20 years.  In other words I have known them twice as long as […]

Mum’s Chilli Con Carne

This is my recipe, for my girls. Nothing out of the ordinary. Serves 4 – 6 people – I think. I never worry about left overs, so I’m not good at portion control – and there are only 3 of us left at home. Ingredients Spray oil 1 large onion 1 green pepper Fresh chillies […]

Tripping (not the kind that takes you up, but the one that plummets you down)

Recently, through chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, I determined to change my eating karma and lose weight. This declaration of intent was partly because of a second pulmonary embolism and the subsequent need to take anti-coagulants for the rest of my life – I am now on Warfarin. For the uninitiated, Warfarin, as well as being rat […]

What I’d like to know is…

If I’m honest I’m looking for an excuse to be fat. My issue is that there is so much information in the media about what is and is not good for us, but there are many exceptions to the rules. My grandfather for example, ate all the wrong things, took no exercise, was almost spherical and […]

Lemon Flan

This must be one of the easiest and most enjoyable puds in the world. Ingredients 1/3 packet of digestive biscuits (dark chocolate ones are also good) Third of a block of butter 1 tin condensed milk Equal quantity of double cream. Use the tin to measure it out. 2 lemons   Directions Put the biscuits […]

Christmas Recipes

I’ve been asked to give recipes for the food I’m cooking this Christmas. There’s a lot of cream and butter here, but it is Christmas so here goes: Caramel Panettone Pudding (Thanks to Waitrose Good Food Magazine). Serves 8 For the caramel 300g icing sugar 200ml hot water For the pudding 175g pannetone 50g unsalted […]

Tuna and Pasta Bake

Serves 6, allegedly This was so good that I made the recipe for 6 and three of us ate three quarters of it i.e. 50% more than we should have done. I cooked it in a large, straight-sided frying pan of about 14? diameter that could also be put in the oven. If you don’t […]

Recipe. Spicy, creamy prawns with rice

Hopefully you’ve read my previous post about rice. This recipe served one person. I was all alone with a bottle of this. A remarkably good bottle of rose from Aldi. It cost £5.99. It needed something fishy and luxurious and this is what I cooked. Ingredients A knob of butter or a tbsp of oil […]

Rice – a working woman’s staple

Apparently rice can be dangerous if cooked and frozen, then re-heated. There’s a bacterium that can be found in rice. I’ve never met it but here’s a quote from www.nhs.uk: Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive. If […]