Monday, June 25, 2018

Atmospheric sunset

Such an atmospheric sunset through our little cottage bathroom window. Gosh, I'll miss this place once we have moved.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Golden paste for dogs (and humans!)

I have heard a lot about the benefits of golden paste to help dogs with arthritis and, with Jeaves’ elbow dysplasia causing him to limp a little after exercise, I thought it worth trying.

I also read that the active ingredient, curcumin, is good against many problems in humans, in particular cancers such as my mother’s: multiple myeloma. She hates taking drugs of any kind and yet of course has to with her condition, but I am working on her taking this paste to see if it may help.

This batch is double the size of the one I made a fortnight ago, so should last a month, theoretically! The ingrdients are in cups, which is easy to deal with:

1 cup turmeric
4 cups water

Bring to boil then simmer for 7-10 minutes until thick. Take off the heat, allow to cool slightly.

Add 4-6 tspns ground black pepper (I used just over 5 tspns, just because that is what I had) and 2x 1/3 cup coconut oil. Mix thoroughly and spoon into sterilised jars. I usually keep these in the fridge, but the instructions also say you can freeze this paste, which I may try at a later date.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Gosh, where did the time go?

I cannot believe that it has been so long since I last posted!

I think I will restart with a recipe for my grandmother's chicken in lemon sauce. Unlikely to be a traditional Polish recipe, but will be based on French food from her childhood. 

This also means that when I forget, I will find it here!

Chicken in Lemon Sauce

Chicken portions (quarters are best, skin on, and on the bone)
Bay leaves
Bouquet Garni of herbs
Water to cover generously
Salt & pepper

Cook the chicken with all the above ingredients for about an hour, with the intention to use the stock in the lemon sauce.

Melt butter and add flour (2-3 tablespoons, depending on amount cooking) to make a roux. Carefully add stock, ladleful at a time. Simmer until it has a consistency like double cream. Add juice from 1-2 lemons, a teaspoon or two of sugar (to take away the lemon sharpness a little but not to make it sweet). Put in the lemon halves from the squeezed lemons, bring to the boil and switch off and leave for about half an hour to infuse. Remove lemons so as not to make the sauce bitter.

When ready to eat, reheat and serve poured over the chicken (generous with the sauce) on a bed of rice and with a salad.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I want to be a tree....

Taken on my walk with Jeaves from Stafford Hill towards the glider club above Broadhembury.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Washed and wrung out

The sky looks so beautiful, washed and wrung out to dry. So delicate and ethereal.  This evening's walk with Jeaves had a lovely backdrop.

Shame Jeaves didn't appreciate his reflective waterproof coat, with lights!!

Out, wretched cold!

Suffering for over a week. I know it is only a cold but wracking cough, conjunctivitis and utter tiredness do net help. Happily, today I felt slightly stronger and able to take boy out for a walk in our favourite woods nearby. Glorious sunshine helped!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sunshine lightens my heart

This is why I want to live in sunny climes! England is beautiful when it looks like this. Need to have sunshine in my life every day!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Blackberry Wine (and Rhubarb!)

Yes, no doubt Joanne Harris did influence my choice of wine to try first!

The rhubarb is lovely and dry, very quaffable, and the blackberry is like a nice sherry. Very happy with these.