Delicate quince blossom
Salt and pepper squid.
With squid-hater George away at the weekend we feasted.
I used frozen squid tubes, sliced them into rings, tossed them in a bag of cornflour, sea salt and coarsely crushed black peppercorns before frying them in about half a centimetre of oil.
We ate them hot from the pan with a squeeze of lemon and some bought mayonnaise to which I added more lemon juice and crushed garlic.
Simple, frugal supper.
Moong dal, chapatti and cucumber raita
Coconut ice cream.
I made this pudding to use up some double cream leftover from the weekend. It's one of the easiest puddings in the world. Today I had the brilliant idea of pouring it into my ice cream maker.
It was delicious. If only I'd thought to make some chocolate sauce we could have had Bounty sundaes.
New scandicrime Saturdays on BBC4.
Ooh, this one is good, but then they all are. It's Swedish and Danish. The bridge of the title is Oresund Bridge which links the two countries. Copenhagen and Malmo are only 40 minutes apart. A body is left lying on the bridge across the line which separates Sweden and Denmark. Swedish detective Saga Norén is in charge assisted by Danish detective Martin Rohde. She has no social skills whatever and appears to be somewhere on the autistic spectrum, his social skills are perhaps a little too good as he has several children by different women. When we meet him he is recovering from a vasectomy. The story quickly becomes complex and compelling.
I'm fascinated by language and I'd love to know which language is used when Swedish and Danish characters are talking. Rohde addresses a roomful of Swedes and is met with a blank stare of incomprehension. He repeats himself slowly and they understand. Is he speaking Swedish with a strong Danish accent or is he speaking Danish too fast for the Swedes to understand? If there are any Danes or Swedes reading I'd love to know how it all works between you.