In My Kitchen

Friday, 25 July 2014

I know many readers are enjoying these In My Kitchen posts. I enjoy writing and photographing them. I cannot deny though, that they are a lazy way of filling a blog and I fear they may become repetitive. Already I can see too many dishes of tomatoes and too many plates of toast and jam and far too much flipping sweetcorn. I apologise. Things will change as the seasons do. 

I am posting today rather than Sunday- my designated 'In My Kitchen' day, because I want to make room for another reader favourite. Apparently there are people who wait all year for me to not camp. Wait no longer for tomorrow sees the start of Not Camping 2014. 


~ Stripy salad. A spread-out version of a layered salad. Once everyone has helped themselves from the plate it looks a complete mess.


~ Navarin printanier -yes another slow-cooked stew in this heat, I must be mad. Actually this lamb stew was delicious and not at all heavy or wintry to eat. New potatoes, young vegetables  and lamb all in one pot. I used this recipe as a guide but there are plenty of other recipes for this classic French dish on the internet.


~ Blackcurrant jam on toast.


~ Meatballs baked in a muffin tin. The recipe is here . I used pork mince in place of beef and barbecue sauce in place of ketchup. We ate them cold with salad.


~ A batch of oaty biscuits.


~ Mushroom tart for Charlie and me, ham and sweetcorn for the kids.Tart how-tos here.




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30 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:44 am BST

    I enjoy your blog greatly but absolutely love your 'not camping' series. It's not just the daily food but also the feeling of relaxation and doing just what you want to do in your days of freedom that you portray. I still remember and smile at a several years ago e mail from your brother with a desperate ... "but what are you eating for tea today.." plea.

    I like your blog for remembering the significant dates in the English calendar year and eating the appropriate foods, I constantly refer to your recipes when baking and cooking. Did you ever do a blog for Nigel Slater's latest ? Many thanks for it all Sue, Lisa

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    1. I have his latest book Lisa, I mentioned it here but I haven't written a review of it. I'm not the best person to write cookbook reviews because I find it hard to follow recipes -I like to go my own way. I do find all Nigel's books inspiring though.

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    2. Anonymous12:53 pm BST

      Sorry Sue, my misuse of the word 'review'. I should have asked if you had made any 'comments' about it. I remember you receiving the book by mail . I was living in Canada and Nigel's book was going to take approx. two years before appearing, (sigh) . Lisa

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  2. I live for the day I'll get to not go camping. Alas I fear it will never happen, I don't have anyone to take mine away, so I shall make do with the vicarious pleasure found here. I'm looking forward to it, you do it all so beautifully. CJ xx

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  3. Repeat away.It's a winning formula. I hope the weather stays fine for your NC 2014.

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  4. What great patience you have to do the stripey salad plate!
    I'm newish to reading your blog so will enjoy your Not Camping posts, although I loved camping before my back objected.

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    1. Honestly it requires no patience whatsoever, you just put the ingredients on a plate! I do hope you enjoy my Not Camping as much as I do.

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  5. Meatballs in muffin tins - what a good idea! The stripy salad made me think immediately of how much finicky deconstruction would take place here - oh no, too much sweetcorn, not enough cheese.... ooo yuk, eggs. Much easier for me to make separate platefuls, and thus avoid all that painful picking out of detested stuff - and I can scatter capers over everything except my own plate!

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  6. Well Sue, I have just finished my breakfast, and after seeing this post find that I am quite hungry again. Thank you for these summery ideas (including the lamb navarin.)

    I think that the striped salad would make a fine design for a flag, for a country in which food reigns and the people are very happy!

    How reassuring that you have again resisted any temptation to go camping. xo

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  7. Bloody love you Not Camping!! And I don't think I'll ever tire of your In My Kitchen posts.

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  8. I love the not camping post too.

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  9. Nothing wrong with lots of tomatoes at this time of year! I love the stripy salad, my grandmother used to make those when I was a small child, takes me right back. I had been wondering if you would be not camping, so I look forward to reading your posts! xx

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  10. Anonymous5:44 pm BST

    that salad look amazing and the biscuits
    tess

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  11. Anonymous6:08 pm BST

    I don't think I've ever seen a dish you've prepared that I wouldn't love to eat. Dang. Wish I could say the same for my cooking. Meatballs in a muffin tin look interesting, though I rarely buy ground meat any more. Is the muffin pan a mess to clean up? It seems so much easier than standing over a sputtering pan and trying to roll them around to get them to brown evenly on all sides. And it makes cute little mini meatloaves. I actually like camping, but I also enjoy your stories of Home Alone because I do actually enjoy that myself.

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    1. My muffin tin is non-stick so cleanup is easy.

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  12. Can't wait for your not camping posts. Love them!

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  13. Sorry I haven't been in touch - really busy two weeks. We're away until Thurs (not camping :-)). I'll email you when we're back -coffee? Jx

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  14. I enjoy your In My Kitchen posts very much and also the Not Camping ones. I understand the luxury of your alone time, because I also experienced Not Skiing, because my husband used to take all three children away at the same time each spring for a week in the Alps. Bliss!
    BTW, your salad is very reminiscent of an American Cobb Salad, said to originate at Brown Derby restaurant in 1930s Hollywood. That one inlcudes chicken and blue cheese - and its a mainstay of most American restaurants still today. Weirdly, Roquefort - the genuine stuff - is way cheaper over here than it is in the UK. I can never figure out why that is, especiallay as the domestic blue cheeses are far more expensive. Of course the country is virtually drowning in bleu cheese dressing, so maybe that has something to do with it!

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    1. Yes, American Cobb Salad was my inspiration Hayley. I wish Roquefort was cheaper here.

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  15. I was wondering if you were not camping again this year. I'm having a 'not feeding daughter' holiday for six whole weeks as she is on school holidays and can feed herself in her own home. I'm going to eat all the things I like at whatever time of the day I want to eat. Heaven!

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  16. I Look forward to Not Camping every year. I also love your (real) food posts of feeding your family. They are so fortunate to have you cooking for them!

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  17. I don't care about the too much jam on toast thing - it't the photo that's made me hungriest right now (it is 7.01am so maybe that explains it)... The meatballs look good too. Suspect they'd be a hit with the menfolk.
    And hooray for Not Camping - I'm looking forward to it.
    Sarah.

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  18. Anonymous10:55 am BST

    I love your blog, mostly because it feels 'real' unlike many out there. I'm looking forward to the "Not Camping" series again.

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  19. Always love your Not Camping posts, Sue, laughed my socks off when I came across the first one! And I think also, it was a kitchen post which got me started reading your blog. Repeat ad infinitum if you wish! Now then - meatballs on muffin tins: is there a particular reason for this? Would you say it works better than just plopping them on a baking tay?

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    1. There is absolutely no reason why you can't plop them on a baking tray Lynne, in fact if you click on the link to the recipe you'll see that's what I did then. Can't think why I put them in the muffin tin unless it was because that's how Nigella did it (the recipe is an adaptation of one of hers for mini meatloaves). A baking tray would work just as well and be infintely easier to wash up.

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  20. Bring on the toats and jam! Could never get tired of anything you post!

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  21. I love your In My Kitchen posts AND look forward to your Not Camping posts all year! When I saw there was a Not Camping post in my feed last night I got very excited. Am going to give the meatballs and tart a go. x

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  22. I so look forward to your Not Camping annual report! There is something so blissful about being alone in the house--eating what you want, watching what you want on telly.

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