Entries from 2019

Monday, 27th May 2019: Ralf-approved
Vegetarian hot pot and dumplings with butternut squash, spinach and root vegetables. Ralf appeared to like this. We found it needed a bit more stock, and the dumplings got better the more we left them in there. …
Saturday, 8th June 2019: Dal in the dales
I went up to Yorkshire to visit my goddaughter and her dads. I've recently switched to a vegan diet, and they were all very supportive of that decision by cooking me amazing food all weekend. The dal with curried cauliflower was my favourite, but the mushroom risotto was also great.
Wednesday, 12th June 2019: Onions 1a
❎ Unsuccessful. I made the onions but this time with red onions, no vinegar or sugar, but two Cox apples chopped finely, 100g of raisins and 2 tsp of cinnamon, all added at the start. I stirred it a few times as it cooked. …
Midsummer 2019: Onions 1b
✅ Needs tweaking. A kilogram bag of red onions had been in my fridge for a while, so I thought I'd try out another onion recipe. This time, chop up a kilogram of onions, mix with some oil — maybe I used 40ml — and cook on low for eight hours. …
Sunday, 23rd June 2019: Mushroom and tofu chilli
I've finally made a pot of mushroom and tofu chilli that I'm happy with. I didn't know that portobello mushrooms were the same species as chestnut, button and common mushrooms. …
Friday, 28th June 2019: Chilli 1a
✅ Needs tweaking. I made the mushroom chilli but I added 200g of chopped kale and another tin of chopped tomatoes. Hannah got hungry and we dipped into the chilli after six-and-a-half hours, before the beans had cooked, let alone got a bit mushy. …
Friday, 5th July 2019: Chilli 2a
✅ Success. My sister doesn't like spicy food and asks for our weekly chilli to be made blander than usual. I do this by removing the seeds from the chilli peppers. She also usually hates the texture of mushrooms but she likes this chilli because I chop the mushrooms quite finely. …
Sunday, 14th July 2019: Chilli 3a
Jamie is visiting and we both like chilli, so there was another chance to experiment with the recipe. He also makes chilli every week and we decided to go with his spice mix instead. …
Saturday, 27th July 2019: Sanshi 2019
It's been over a decade since Jotunn or I have had a sanshi. The sanshi was invented by Mnki and resembles a samosa but takes the form of a toasted sandwich. In our twenties, we'd go on group trips and a huge quantity of them would be produced by Mnki when needed, and wolfed down in minutes. …
Thursday, 15th August 2019: Fanny
'Everything in life is so easy when you know the way. It's just a question of the pleasure that I get selfishly out of sharing the ways of the things that I've happened to discover with you'. …