I am glad to know young people who are keen on cooking and it gives you a buzz to see them being creative and excited about food. It is also inspiring, one can become a little bored with day to day cooking and lose the joy of it. So recently knowing what I know about cooking has been put to good use...I have got my mojo back culinary wise at least. I have used my experience to teach others. It has made me think about changing my career (sorry did I say career, for that to happen I'd have to have one in the first place...I meant change my job). Why not I thought become a housewife full time...no really..a cookery teacher? Its a thought....I might just do something about that thought and turn it into an action...we'll see.
Until then I am cooking.
I made a few lazy easy to do recipes, it is sunday after all and I am home alone again so don't need a ton of food.
Today recipes are: Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Bortsch.
Slow Roasted Tomatoes
All you need are tomatoes on the vine, garlic, pink peppercorns, black pepper and a pinch of salt. In a tin, add olive oil and a little goose fat, add all the above ingredients and place in the bottom of oven on gas mark 3 or 130c. Leave for a few hours. Comes out gooey, sweet and delicious!! Serve with fish as a side dish.
Ready for the oven: Slow Roasted Tomatoes
In my veg box from Abel and Cole were four jewelled beetroot bulbs. I was for a moment tempted to have them as part of a tray of oven roasted veg but in the end decided to make soup. But not any old soup, this soup would celebrate the goregeous earthiness of beetroot and accentuate the colour. Alas when I peeled them, I discovered they were mixed race beetroot.
Pale beetroot, my Bortsch won't be the traditional deep amethyst....
They look sweet though!
Soup turned out like this:
Strangely enough it still taste like beetroot.
1 lb of beetroot, 2 pints of chicken stock, onion & garlic, salt and peper, creme fraiche to serve.
Fry off the onions & garlic until soft. Peel the beetroot, dice, add to the stock with onion & garlic and bring to the boil.
Simmer for 45 minutes. Allow to cool. Season. Puree. Serve with chunky wholewheat bread and a teaspoon of creme
fraiche and a drizzle of extra virigin oil oil.
You can add lightly crushed pink peppercorns and herbs if you wish.
The proper recipe is in this book and it has loads of other very sexy veggie recipes!!
It can be easy to be dissatisfied with what we have...mostly because we are too busy looking at what every one else has got and some how they always seem to have 'more' and better stuff.
Its an illusion. They haven't got more and better stuff...its fool's gold.
Is it? Some lives just look better lived. Families for instance. I am always extremely envious of families and family life.....why? Because my family life has never been conventional...'normal'. I suspect that my normal would be someone else's conventional, but that is wishful thinking on my part.
Worst still relationship envy......you know...the man who seems to be perfect in every way, the pair that seem so sympatico, so 'in-love', so bloody annoyingly happy. Your wasteland of a relationship seems parched in comparison of any happiness, not even a droplet, a trickle. Don't be PatHEtiC....your relationship is fine...remember yesterday when he made you a cup of tea without you having to ask......take the plank out of your eye...have a real look...let reality in.
Happy with your lot? Grateful?......ha! Caught you being envious...wishing for...hoping that....mind off in the future and not in the here and now. Stop what iffing...its a curse of too much information, the world wide web, the tacky Hello type magazines, the pimp my ride, location, location, location, grand design world of envy.
Least we forget, we are alive and well and have enough to eat, we have families, conventional or otherwise. We have friends, absent or present, relationships: good and not so grand, we have beds and homes and places to go and so many things that we fail to be grateful for.....
In an effort to save cash, the organisation I work for decided to close down our offices and make all staff work from home. Sounds wonderful doesn't it, being at home all the time and avoiding the stressful commute to work every day. In the summer you can be working in the garden, in the winter working from your bed!!
The negatives are: It can be lonely. And it can be frustrating especially if you're not that organised and your office is so small you can barely swing a hamster.
However it does give me an excuse to revamp my home office. I have my eye on a desk like this:
I love food. Love eating. Adore cooking. Three things that will end in my finding myself with a huge big fat body if I'm not very careful. Well I'm not giving up eating food I love for anyone or making the food I love. Hence my love affair with exercise. This way I can eat stuff I enjoy without guilt.
I am on a mission to be fit and fine by fifty. Although I seem to recall a similar mission for my forties but hey what's a decade between friends. However I have always been fit, always been a runner or done some sort of exercise, but not as consistently as I should. Subsequently I have spent time being fat(ish) (not including pregnancies, that is legit fatness!) being uncomfortable and feeling unhappy with the way I look. But I have my mojo back. And this time it is different!! Honest Indian! This time it isn't a mission about being size 10, (although it may be a very welcome side effect) and its not even about competition either (after all I am only competing with myself).
It is however all about staying alive. Its about staying alive and staying alive WELL, it is about reversing the effects of ageing on my body.
IT IS NOT about wrinkles or grey hair or nasal hair because they won't kill me but being unable to move fluidly and bend with suppleness and walk with a bounce in my step and be super energetic are things that once absent can lead to decrepitude, slowing down, coming to a stand still and death. I want to be the super fit old person the one who does not grunt and groan when they stand up or shuffle instead of walk or who is crippled with aching joints and bad knees, but who thinks nothing of going for a run and dashing about having adventures.
The other alternative to 'appear' young is of course plastic surgery. Wrong for so many reasons that I won't go into just now.
I could afford plastic surgery if I wanted it desperately enough and saved up, but I don't want it because it just makes people look fake and it takes NO effort just cash. In the end you need the effort to stay alive because money isn't oxygen and there are a lot of dead rich people in the grave yard. (Yes I know there are lots of dead poor people too ). But all the research indicates that exercising and keeping fit, using muscles and eating well can contribute to a healthy old age. I don't mean I am trying to avoid EVER dying, after all who wants to live forever, but I don't want to spend my retirement unable to enjoy myself and moaning and groaning....boring!!!
I like big clocks. The sort you find in uber trendy homes based on the design of those huge train station clocks. This one is perfect in the kitchen isn't it? I love the simplicity of it and how it is so perfectly colour coordinated.
It is 2012, it is raining and very windy, I am out walking the dog. Christmas feels like a blip in a sea of ordinary day to day stuff. I'm back where I started but with more cleaning to do and a ton of mince pies no one wants to eat. I am thinking about spring and my garden. It has been so mild over the past few months that all the bulbs in the garden are already showing their tender green tips. There is no big freeze or snow storms predicted by the weathermen but it can and does snow even as late as March/April, so we will see. But I have great plans for the garden, all of which of course involve money. So it will be slow and hopefully the better for the lack of haste.
By February, the new year feeling will have gone, no doubt. Time will fly by. But I have decided that this year, I will have put in place the seeds for a new way of life.
For now I will visualise my improving garden and consider my new life adventures and finalise my plans to make it all happen.