Saturday always seems to be my busy day in the kitchen. Tomorrow we are going to an airshow for which we need a picnic and a meal ready to heat up on our return.
First up was a batch of my favourite cocoa brownies to take with us for our picnic. I love these for their economy (no chocolate) ,ease and lusciousness.
Then today's lunch. Carrot and coconut soup. This is one of my children's favourites which pleases me as it's a great way to get a substantial amount of veg into them. It is mildly spiced and creamy. Sometimes I make it with sweet potato or pumpkin instead of carrots. I used chicken stock from my freezer which I made from the carcass of a roast chicken.
Bread stocks were getting low so I made a batch of bread using a flour with seeds and whole grains in it. I can get four loaves in my oven at once. Once they are cool I freeze them for the week ahead.
Next I made a ginormous batch of meat sauce. Some to eat with spaghetti for dinner tomorrow, the rest for the freezer for busy weekday nights so avoiding the need to buy ready meals or takeaways.
These pears were a gift from my friend Carol. They are Black Worcester pears. Their skins get much darker as they mature hence their name. You can find them on the Worcestershire coat of arms. References to them abound in this county but few people actually eat them. they are as hard as nails. Much like a quince in fact. You must cook them.
I baked them in a low oven for three hours in perry with sugar and cinnamon.
We ate them warm with clotted cream. They were delicious.
The pears weren't the only food gift I received this week. Louise sent me this beautiful swag of homegrown chillies. Isn't it gorgeous?
Thank you Carol and Louise :o)
All that cooking has barely given me a chance to read the new cookbook the postman brought me this morning.