just now i am.....

Friday, 16 October 2015


Taking....photographs of the lovely autumn light in my garden. Not today though, today is overcast.

Baking.... Welsh cakes

Listening to...... the test match in Abu Dhabi. It is very dull.

Planning...... the weekend's menu. For lunch tomorrow I shall make butternut squash soup with sage and honey inspired by one I had here. For supper there will be sausage and bean stew followed by apple and quince pie. On Sunday we will have turkey steaks in a tomato and basil sauce with pasta followed by chocolate fudge pudding which I haven't made for ages. That should make everyone happy.

Reading......The Pickwick Papers- still. I'm enjoying it but finding it best to read it as it was published -in instalments.

Rereading..... Jocasta Innes' The Pauper's Cookbook which was first published in 1971 and thinking it the perfect antidote to all those trendy, samey, bandwagon cookbooks published today. Even my updated 1992 edition is relievingly free from chia seeds, yuzu juice- I'm looking at you Nigel Slater- green smoothies and bleeding quinoa. Try her potato, bacon and onion hotpot  -delicious, cheap and unpretentious.

Looking forward.....to a glass or two of wine later today. And tomorrow and Sunday. Hoorah for weekends.




Squirrel



view A - focus on the foreground

view B - focus on the background



33 comments:

  1. For a minute I thought that was a rabbit up the tree. "The Pauper's Cookbook" sounds excellent, the sort of food I grew up on. CJ xx

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  2. Have a happy weekend. Hope the sun shines...

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  3. Being unable to locate my copy of that book, I investigated Amazon where it was £10.39 and then Abe books where it was £2.76, you can guess where I bought it from can't you?

    Lovely images Sue and an inspiring post altogether.

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    1. My copy is falling apart so I too was looking at Amazon and thinking £10.39 is a lot for a pauper's book. Abe books here I come, thank you x

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  4. I can't have any Welsh blood in me as I cannot make Welsh cakes for love nor money.
    I am a big fan of lard.
    :-)

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  5. I am currently proof-reading another cookery book that is full of bleeding quinoa, coconut oil and kale. Oh for a fried egg and bacon sandwich. Lovely photos (especially the one of the squirrel/rabbit up a tree). Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. It's a very noisy squirrel. Coconut oil is another super trendy ingredient that also happens to be super expensive.

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  6. I've made his chocolate peanut butter cheesecake and it was a faff and a disappointment. I think I prefer uncooked cheesecakes with a lemon tang to cut the richness.

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    1. My daughter made a brilliantly simple cheesecake in her 'food technology' class. It's just cream cheese, cream, sugar and lemon juice on a biscuit base. Must post the recipe sometime. I have to say I've barely looked at Nige's new book.

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    2. I'm very disappointed in Nige's latest offerings too. He used to be my hero and now uses so many ingredients I can't be bothered with/can't afford.

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    3. i have done that cheesecake recipe for years - so easy and always works.

      I have just cooked up my first batch of Welsh Cakes and have lit the woodturner for the first time this season. Drinking tea and eating Welsh cakes in front of a roaring fire - Bliss!

      Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. Great timing on checking in on your blog. Roast pork tonight so of course, that's exactly when I'll be cooking my one quince with some apple. Perfect.
    I still use a recipe every December from Jocasta Innes' Christmas Book, decades old now, so old I can't find it, but know the recipe roughly off by heart. It's her chocolate Christmas pud for people, particularly children, who don't like proper Christmas pud.
    Essentially, it's just crushed digestives and ginger biscuits, mixed with melted butter, chocolate, nuts and raisins. It looks very good on the table, because its made pressed into a pudding bowl then turned upside down with melted chocolate poured just over the top half. Then, once set, dusted with icing with a sprig of holly on top and sliced like a cake.
    That little hardback, is stained and yellowed now, though still loved as much.

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    1. It wasn't called Christmas Do It Yourself was it? My mum had that in a box set with 3 other Christmassy books all by different authors. I remember it had some excellent ideas for putting together homemade hampers. I wouldn't mind that recipe.

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    2. That non-pud pud sounds just perfect for us...

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    3. I have the recipe! It's in Josceline Dimbleby's Christmas Book. I use it every year for her orange mince pie pastry.

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    4. So it's Josceline not Jocasta? There's a Josceline Dimbleby Cooking For Christmas (Sainsburys) on Amazon would that be it?

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    5. It's this one:

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Josceline-Dimbleby-Christmas-Book/dp/B000N6L9LA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1445079041&sr=8-3&keywords=josceline+dimbleby+cooking+for+christmas

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    6. I've just ordered a copy of what looks like the same book but an earlier edition, slightly different title but a reviewer has left a list of the recipes which include the orange pastry and 'chocolate crunch pudding' so I think I'll be happy. Thanks for all the info though I've rediscovered her Marvellous Meals With Mince which my mum had -another Sainsbury's cookbook.

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    7. !!*!*!!! ARGH! THAT'S THE ONE!!!! Apologies many.......hangs head in shame. . . .
      Lucille, you are right, that's the very one I have, on Amazon, nearly 30 years old. I also use it every year for that THAT chocolate pud.
      What on earth made me think otherwise I've no idea. It's still a great little book, especially for a few pounds.



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    8. Two cookery writers of the same era with similarly unusual names beginning with J -easy to mix up. I am going to make the chocolate pud this Christmas and blog about it.

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  8. Sorry....just peeling my quince (sob), but had to come back to say I did laugh out loud at this post.
    And great photos.

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  9. Lovely photos... have a great weekend. Jx

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  10. Pauper's Cookbook was the first cookery book I ever bought when we were first married in the 70's. Had to save up for weeks to be able to afford it because we were so broke. We lived on onion, bacon and potato hotpot and never tired of it. Still enjoy it but it costs a lot of gas now because it takes a long time in the oven.

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    1. It does take a couple of hours in the oven. I have made it by boiling the potatoes on the hob first, and frying the onions and bacon. It's not quite as good this way because you don't get the lovely browned edges but it is still delicious.

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  11. Three cheers for delicious, cheap, and unpretentious cooking. I will occasionally pin a more trendy dish, thinking I'm going to see what all the fuss is about. But I usually end up deleting it because I know that's just not me.

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  12. Ordered the Pauper's cookbook from the local library, and look forward to reading it. Agree with you, faddy cookbooks are such a bore.

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  13. Remember Rose Elliot's Bean Book? (I remember the boyfriend's complaints at the time, he was a carnivore!) And Katherine Whitehorn's Cooking in a Bedsitter? I've mislaid mine but I still have Rose Elliot.

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    1. Indeed, I still have her Cheap and Easy which is a smashing little book.

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  14. beautiful shots, and some lovely recipes on the menu! Hope you had a nice weekend x

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  15. I know you were away from your blog for a while... this morning when looking for your Christmas cake recipe such a nice surprise to see that you're back again !x

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  16. I have only just discovered that you have started blogging again, and I am delighted. I am going to have a look for the Jocasta Innes book, I was really disappointed with Nigel's latest book(fortunately I looked through it before buying and put it back on the shelf).

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  17. Hey Sue,
    I bought Nigel's book, and was non plussed on the whole. I collected lots of booklets from Sainsbury mag many years ago. His recipes featured a lot, and were always fuss free and tasty. I think I'll reacquaint myself with them.
    Leanne xx

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  18. I do have Nigel's new book, but it's still unread as I've been dealing with lots of harvesting and preserving these past few weeks and have got seriously behind in my reading (and of course if I'm honest plopping myself down in front of the computer with a huge mug of coffee eats into book reading time horrendously). I'll have to see what I think after reading all these comments.

    I used to love the Pauper's Cookbook and possibly still have it on my shelves, I'm off to have a look in a minute. It kept us fed through some seriously hard times, that and the Shirley Goode trio of books.

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