Category Archives: Cooking

Hugh FW’s focaccia

We’ve been stuck in a food rut lately. Turning out the same 10 or so meals on rotation. I know why we do it – once we’ve found something everyone likes it’s too tempting to keep serving it up. It’s getting pretty dull though.

(Our standard family meals at this time of year are: soup & bread; macaroni cheese; sweetcorn fritters; pasta bake; veggie hot dogs; pizza; risotto; potato wedges & dips; tortilla chips & salsa & guacamole; fritatta omelette.)

So, to liven things up a bit, we’ve been trying a new recipe every week or so. This week it was Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Blue Cheese, Red Onion and Walnut Focaccia from the Guardian (UK newspaper).

Blue cheese, red onion and walnut focaccia

I loved it, it was great with a bit of salad & would make a really substantial meal with a bowl of soup.

The littl’uns cheerfully eat gorgonzola and walnut tortellini so I did think this would be a winner. Sadly being able to actually see the blue cheese (ew! mould!) was a step too far & they don’t want it again so it’s not going to make it into our regular menus. Never mind, there’s plenty of lunches when they’re at school that I can eat it. All the more for me. Yum.

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A swatch and a bonus

The snaw-day cowl has come to a standstill as, not for the first time, I misunderestimated the amount of yarn I needed. (I believe ‘misunderestimate’ is a George Bush-ism, however I am not going to let that stop me using it. I like it.) I can’t justify going all the way in to town for just one ball of yarn so it will have to wait until I have other errands to run. (Don’t worry, if it takes too long I’ll invent another reason to go in to town.)

In the meantime, not knitting not being an option, obviously, I went stash diving. I came out with some variegated chunky brown that I think will suit Big littl’un. I’ve swatched, planned, and cast on for a simple flat-knit gilet with textured bands round the bottom, armholes and across the shoulders (basically round the edges of all the pieces).

Knitted swatch and part of gilet

A swatch, a beginning, and a helping hand.

It’s always a good sign when the intended recipient of the knitting wants to help knit it!

As a bonus I found in the stash drawer a magazine clipping for a mulled white wine recipe. Don’t ask why I’d put it in the stash drawer in the first place, I really couldn’t tell you. I can tell you that it was worth saving. I think it originally came from Sainsbury’s Magazine but I can’t find it in their online recipe archive so here it is (slightly tweaked).

For two servings I gently heated

  • 300ml white wine
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 100ml lemonade
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) gin
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) honey
  • about 1 inch root ginger, peeled
  • 2 cardamom pods, split and crushed

I even garnished!

Mulled white wine

Mulled white wine

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