In My Kitchen

Sunday, 10 August 2014

When I could tear myself away from  Merrily Watkins I managed to take a few pictures of what has been happening in my kitchen this week.


~ Saturday breakfast. Scotch pancakes with butter and golden syrup (8 oz self-raising flour, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, 2 eggs and half a pint of milk).

~ Baked pork chops with rosemary, lemon and garlic.


~ I picked the whitecurrants which have done a lot better than my red and black currants. I used them all to make this cheesecake. It's very similar to this one For this version I whipped a 170ml carton of double cream and added a 250g tub of cream cheese, 75g sugar and the juice of half a lemon. I spread this creamy mixture over a base made out of 300g crushed digestives and 100g melted butter.



~ Baked salmon with a relish made of chopped sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, capers, lemon juice, basil and olive oil. Served with a salad made of equal quantities of cooked puy lentils and peas, dressed with chopped chives, lemon juice and olive oil (from Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater).


~ Plum and nectarine muffins. A single nectarine and a handful of plums were getting rather squashy. I chopped them up and added them to a basic muffin mixture with some cinnamon.


Tiny snail (not in my kitchen).

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26 comments:

  1. Those pork chops look good and that was my breakfast this morning, with a fried egg thrown in x

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  2. The whitecurrants are beautiful. My blackcurrants weren't particularly heavy cropping this year either. I put Japanese wineberries from the allotment on a cheesecake the other day, they're always nice with fresh fruit on I think.

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  3. Those whitecurrants look so ghostly and delicate on top of that cheesecake. And the salmon and puy lentils, divine. That is just my kind of food. Very inspiring, as always.

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  4. The whitecurrant cheesecake looks lovely! Now I'm thinking we need a whitecurrant bush for the plot. And that last picture is gorgeous--his shell looks iridescent! x

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  5. I love a humbug snail. Brilliant shot you captured there.

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  6. I have started on the first Merrily Watkins after seeing it on your blog - half way through Wine of Angels and loving it - I have had to force myself to put it down to do this! Thank you for the recommendation. Back I go...
    The cheesecake looks fabulous!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Just this minute finished the third one Ellie, they get better and better.

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  7. So, did you eat the snail too ? (haha)
    Good looking cheese cake, was a little taken aback when seeing the white currants (my daughter told me they look like frog eggs).
    Funny how everybody seems to be cooking, maybe they're feeling the weather changing and they stay warm and cosy at home preparing all sorts of lovely dishes.
    Have a nice week !

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    1. L'escargot ├ętait trop petit pour manger!

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  8. Sue, that kitchen of yours continues to turn out such delicious looking creations. Delicious and healthy, too! I cannot pick a favorite amongst this collection, although that white currant topped cheesecake is somthing totally new to me.

    I'd like to try to prepare each of your dishes.

    The little snail is quite beautiful, and the lighting in your photograph really suits the subject.

    xo

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  9. Lovely, delicious looking food. As always! I love golden syrup with pancakes.

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  10. Those whitecurrant pictures are stunning!

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  11. I put on weight just reading your blog, it always looks so good.

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  12. Anonymous4:28 pm BST

    so impressed you make your own scotch pancakes; I might have a go now you've given the recipe. and I thought the white currants looked like frog spawn, I was thinking how creative (if somewhat slimy!)

    Cathy

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    1. To be honest I'm always a bit shocked to find that you can buy things like scotch pancakes and scones ready made. They are the simplest, quickest and cheapest things to make.

      All these mentions of frog spawn make me want to make sago pudding.

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  13. Fab as always - just finished first three Elly Griffiths books on your recommendation - rest on order from the library. They are really good, so thanks SO MUCH.

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    1. They're great aren't they?

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  14. Beautiful photographs, especially the cheesecake and the snail too! I love looking at all your recipes, Sue, and plan to try the lentils and peas combination soon.
    Cathy x

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  15. Sue
    Thank you for the literary and culinary inspiration....I haven't commented for ages but have been loyally lurking and enjoying your recent posts so much. Can't wait to suggest the Merrily Watkins books for my book club- always difficult to find something that the others haven't already read! Are whitecurrants less susceptible to pigeons than redcurrants

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    1. I think they are Kate, less conspicuous.

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  16. Sorry missing a question mark there ;-)

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  17. I must try that cheesecake base. We love cheesecake around here. (never had whitecurrants... look very posh.

    (glad you're not feeding snails to your family!)

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  18. I loved your Not Camping. Scotch pancakes go down well here as pudding! Forgive my ignorance but are whitecurrants as sharp as blackcurrants (or "sourberries" as my daughter refers to them)?

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    1. They are pretty sharp Alison which is why they work well with something bland and creamy like cheesecake. Sometimes I dust them with icing sugar to mitigate the sharpness a bit.

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  19. The whitecurrant cheesecake just looks so peculiar, but I'm glad it tastes good.

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  20. We'd gazillions of blackcurrants in the garden this year - sadly not one of us actually likes them, so we invited our local doctor round to pick them (he puts them in gin and vodka - purely for medicinal purposes, of course!!). Your Scotch pancakes looked amazing - you've inspired me to make some soon :-)

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