Just Now I Am

Saturday, 20 July 2013


Watching my redcurrants ripen.
Enjoying Test Match Special - mostly*
Regretting finishing this so quickly. I hope she hurries up with the next one and I hope Robert Glenister reads it.


Eating egg and bacon salad for lunch.


Making lots of savoury tarts. So easy and perfect for hot weather meals.
This one is chicken and ham.




Making the most of my new ice cream maker.
This is coffee ice cream.


* If only Geoffrey Boycott wasn't on it. He makes me want to stab things.

29 comments:

  1. Such delicious looking things. Especially that ice-cream!

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  2. Anonymous8:16 pm BST

    Delicious is right. Would love the recipes :) .... We have a new ice cream maker and the coffee ice cream would be a good start as my husband and I both love coffee. Thanks for the wonderful blog you write!! I have been following for a while but this is my first comment. Judy

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    1. Judy I do intend to do a 'savoury tart post' with lots of variations some time. Can't promise it will be soon though.

      The ice cream is easy peasy. Beat 2 eggs with 6 oz sugar. Add 16 fl oz double cream, 8 fl oz milk and 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder. Beat well and refrigerate for a couple of hours to get really cold before churning in an ice cream maker. I like to freeze it overnight to get really firm.

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  3. I love this post, especially the bits about the ice cream and Geoffrey Boycott :)

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  4. Hello Sue
    I too would love to know how you make your savoury tarts. They look a great way to use up leftovers, also delicious and nutritious. Thanks, Carla

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  5. Mmm, your blog is always such utter deliciousness Sue. And you left me laughing as well. The redcurrant picture is beautiful, they have a transparent jewel-like quality to them. I'm thinking a savoury tart for tomorrow. Tea in front of the golf with an in-law. The ice-cream looks wonderful. I have lots of ice-cream plans for the summer holidays. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  6. You must have (even) more sunshine than we've had lately (and for Scotland, we've had a LOT!), as our blackcurrants are still completely green. Love the beautiful shade of your ripening redcurrants - would make a lovely fabric shade :-)

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  7. Beautiful photos, Sue. I love the look of that tart. Coffee ice cream is so good, I haven't had it in awhile and now I want some.

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  8. Your tart looks great. Those redcurrants look lovely too.

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  9. Anonymous8:49 am BST

    Do you blind bake your pastry?If not how do you avoid a soggy bottom?

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    1. Yes I do and I always use a metal tin. I line the tart with foil, pour in the baking beans and blind bake for 15 mins at 200c (180c in my fan oven). Then I fill the tart and bake for 30-40 min at 180c (160 fan).

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  10. Anonymous8:50 am BST

    Hi Sue - where to start. Afraid Geoffrey Boycott gives me the same reaction. I used to watch him play and goodness me!!!!!!!! I made your Raspberry Curd yesterday - again Yum, Yum. My sister was very grateful for her half share. I make quite regularly Passionfruit curd. If you are interested - into a double saucepan hurl the contents of 10 largish or 12 small passionfruit, 100g butter, three 770g eggs or equivalent and six dessertspoons of caster sugar. Whisk until thickened about 15 minutes and voila!!. Loving all of this good food stuff. With thanks Sheridan.

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    1. Passion fruit curd sounds delicious Sheridan thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  11. Such lovely cooking. Please share your savoury tarts recipe soon! We got married three years ago this September and I've still not used our wedding present ice cream maker - a job for the summer holidays I think! x

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  12. Lovely tart! Don't follow any sport so can't comment on the commentary! However have just finished 'The Cuckoo's Calling' - brillant and, like you, can't wait for the next one! Seems a shame that JK was 'outed' as am sure the book would have done well enough. All credit to her for coming up with yet another take on the crime genre.

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    1. If she hadn't been outed I wouldn't have found the book. She certainly does plot and character well.

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  13. Yes, he makes me feel that way too. Not sure why though. Will have to pop that book on the list. Thinking of making aome blackcurrant jam later though am also thinking of taking a brief nap...hmmm!

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  14. Coffee ice cream has to be my absolute favourite!

    And I'm similarly affected by Geoffrey Boycott :)

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  15. Ahh, Sue. first you show us those glistening currents, then tempt my tastebud with a salad that contains ... Bacon. And then there's the tart. I'll have to wait until autumn to think of turning my kitchen's oven on again, but I do like the idea of it.

    And then, a scoop of homemade ice cream. Now I am really hungry!

    I'll soon be reading the Rowling book, just waiting for my library reserve to come through.

    I've no idea who Geoffrey Boycott might be. Perhaps that is my good luck?

    xo

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    1. Your very good luck Frances! He played cricket for England in the 70s -famous for getting lots of runs very very slowly. A boring cricketer and a boring man.

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  16. Those redcurrants are jewel-like, how gorgeous!

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  17. Every recipe of yours that I've tried has come up trumps! Am trying the chicken and ham tart next...looks delish! (and yes, Geoffrey Boycott please GO AWAY)

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  18. As someone who has adopted Yorkshire as their home county I find Boycott's "Eee by gum, now then, now then" professional Yorkshireman approach incredibly irritating. And I have been following the ashes and enjoying it immensely, despite knowing nothing about cricket.

    The tarts look very good indeed. My mum would bake the same in a round tin and call it a quiche. They were also know to my grandparents as "dustbin pie" ie an excellent way to use of leftovers and bit and bobs in the fridge. x

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  19. Ooo, I do so agree about Geoffrey Boycott! Otherwise love TMS. Maybe a female thing (the aversion), judging from all the agreement? Love your recipes, though as I don't have an ice cream maker I'm seriously contemplating using Nigella's recipe (basically coffee and cream - oh well!)

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  20. Anonymous6:58 pm BST

    Are you "not camping "this year? Has a heatwave tempted you?

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  21. Sue... you WON!! send me your address and your choice of colours... xxxxMonica

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    1. I won? ! How fabulous! I will be in touch some time on Friday. Internet is very patchy here in Cornwall.

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  22. Made a delicious tart using your instructions and can now throw away all my quiche recipes. Thank you so much.

    My ice cream maker made us some fior di latte gelato - only whipping cream, whole milk, sugar and a little vanilla extract - fabulous flavour and not too rich, so we ate lots ...

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