Sunday, 31 May 2015

And she would know!

Welsh Mushrooms Reprised

Carole's Chatter: Welsh Mushrooms

OK, these mushrooms do not come from Wales.  I called them Welsh Mushrooms because they are like Welsh Rarebit but on a mushroom base rather than on bread.

Pre-heat your oven or grill.

Put 50ml of cream (or milk), 125g of grated cheese (I used tasty), 15g of plain flour, 1 teaspoon of mustard powder, a few drops of hot chilli sauce and salt and pepper into a small pot and heat gently while stirring until the cheese has melted.  Set aside to cool.

Take your mushrooms – mine were enormous ones as you can see.  Take out the stalk and peel them – I think you could probably skip the peeling if you wanted.  Melt some butter and oil in a pan and cook the mushrooms for 5 minutes or so until they start to soften just a bit.

Put them into something you can use in the oven.  Then add 1 egg yolk to the cheese mixture (this is why you need to cool it down a bit so that you can stir the egg through without it going funny).

Carole's Chatter: Welsh Mushrooms

Pour your cheese mixture into the mushrooms and cook in the oven until the top is golden brown.  Mushrooms are quite sturdy so you'll find the bottom still a bit meaty while the top is all molten.

Let it sit for 5 minutes or so, so you don't burn your tongue, like I did!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

I hope so!

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

I don't know much about gardening but, even so, Sissinghurst Castle Garden was a sheer delight.  It also has some interesting history and people associated with it.

The garden was created in the 1930's by poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson – he was a historian, diarist and diplomat.  They were quite a pair!

Sissinghurst can be found in Kent in England.  It is about a one and a half hour drive from London (according to Mr Google).

The first house on the site goes back to the Middle Ages.  It became a bit of a ruin and was operated as a poor house for a time.  But the destiny of the house changed for the better when in 1030 Vita Sackville-West bought it along with 400 acres of surrounding farm land.

It took 5 years even to get to the stage of the house having mains water and electricity.

The largest room in the house is not surprisingly the library which was created out of the old stables.  The couple were not really party animals and it seems that only one party was ever thrown – to celebrated the end of the war in 1945 – a pretty good reason for a party!

There are 6 acres of garden. The only place you can see the whole garden from is the top of the tower.  Harold divided the garden into classical geometric shapes and Vita filled them with a wild romantic profusion of plants.

The Rose Garden is spectacular but the White Garden which is the earliest one is the most well known.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Those were the days, my friend! Baby doll dresses!

Food on Friday: Picnic Food


This Food on Friday is all about food that would be great at a Picnic!

To add your dishes, just put the name of the dish together with your blog name/name into the first Mr Linky box you will find below.  Then paste the url for your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning the dishes to this Pinboard which will make it easy for you to check them out at a glance.  The more than 100 links from the earlier collection in November 2013 are also on that board.

Have loads of fun!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Let's meet in a restaurant by Marge Piercy

Is food the enemy?
Giving a dinner party has become
an ordeal. I lie awake the night
before figuring how to produce

a feast that is vegan, gluten free,
macrobiotic, avoiding all acidic
fruit and tomatoes, wine, all nuts,
low carb and still edible.

Are beetles okay for vegans?
Probably not. Forget chocolate
ants or fried grasshoppers.
Now my brains are cooked.

Finally seven o’clock arrives
and I produce the perfect meal.
At each plate for supper, a bowl
of cleanly washed pebbles. Enjoy!

Thanks to A Bookish Way of Life for bringing this poem to my attention!