A Week in my Kitchen

Everything I cooked in my kitchen this week except for yesterday's soup which I forgot to photograph. A pretty typical week chez Quince.





Monday
Three large white loaves
Sweetcorn and black bean stew. We ate this with cheese sprinkled on top and big doorsteps of buttered white bread. .
Another apple-clove cake which I doubled and baked in a traybake tin (about 13'' by 9'').




Tuesday
Three jars of bread and butter pickles
Spaghetti with chicken, bacon, peas and cream



Wednesday
Almond and lemon biscotti
A big fat homity pie -pastry filled with cooked potatoes, leek and onion and cheese.




Thursday
Vegetable fritters - potatoes grated with an onion, mixed with  eggs, a couple of tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper then divided into three bowls and grated courgette, carrot and beetroot added. Big spoonfuls fried in about 1cm of sunflower oil until crisp on both sides. Traffic light fritters. Served with crisp bacon.
Three large wholemeal loaves


Friday
Chickpea and apricot stew -onions fried with middle-eastern spices, chickpeas, dried apricots and leftover tomato-pepper sauce ( from a fish casserole). Served with rice.





Saturday
Gingernuts
Tomato and black bean soup (not pictured)
Pizza -one with cherry tomatoes (olive-y portion for Katie) and one with bottled artichoke hearts.
Apple purée -made with Bramley apples and sieved until completely smooth. Lovely with yogurt for breakfast.





Sunday
Roast chicken, roast potatoes, gravy, beans and carrots
Plum, blackberry and raspberry crumble



Comments

  1. Blimey, thought I cooked a lot. All looks lovely. What a good idea for the apple sauce and yoghurt.

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  2. I'm starving after reading all of that. Really mouth-watering photos of your beautiful food. Yummy

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  3. Finally this American knows that a gingernut is what we call a gingersnap. (Spell check flagged gingernut but not gingersnap.) For years I had been envisioning a walnut shaped- cookie!

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  4. Forget Delia and Nigella, we need Sue. You cook the kind of food I love to eat, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, so a recipe book's required. Pleaseeeeee :D

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  5. I'd like to make a reservation for any meal at your house, please! Wow, beautiful food! Thank you for sharing. I'm inspired by you.

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  6. Sigh....wish I lived at your house.....!

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  7. Sue, these all look so yummy! You give me such great ideas since I have a son that is a vegetarian. Thanks so much! Hope you have a lovely day!

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  8. That does it, I'm moving in.

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  9. Yummy! Nice idea, I'd like to try it but my kitchen is usually too messy or dark or we're in too much of a hurry to eat for photographs. Must try harder...

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  10. Yay! for bottled artichoke hearts. Love the things.

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  11. I love seeng what you cook Sue, this blog is as good as curling up with a good book for me. Especially on a driech like today!

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  12. Wish I could pop round to live with you!

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  13. Well if you DON'T want me to move in a recipe book is your only answer. The food looks wonderful. You wouldn't want to try meals on wheels would you, nah, thought not.

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  14. Goodness this is a good place. I especially like the look of those fritters.

    The new look is wonderful - chic and simple.

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  15. Right, that's it I'm moving in. Be over directly! x

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    1. Dreckly eh? You giving me the Cornish are you Pip?

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  16. Wonderful recipes and pictures. I do love your blog and your outlook on everything. Miss your directness and wit when posting on Money saving expert which is where I discovered you.

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  17. It all looks yummy. I have never heard of bread and butter pickle. Can you tell me more?

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    1. It's a classic American pickle -recipe here

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  18. Glad to see homity pies making an appearance! :-) Lovely pics...my family start rolling their eyes when I delay them from tucking in for a blog photo...I'm nearly at the end of Emma's Island by the way and quite enjoying it. I think I'm going to have to revisit Lavinia Derwent too, for some more Scottish comfort reading.

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    1. It was you who inspired me to make a homity pie. Thank you x

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  19. Where do you find the time? It all looks wonderful.

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  20. Well, not having a job helps enormously!

    None of the main meals took more than about half an hour. Things like the homity pie were made in stages -pastry in the morning, potatoes cooked in the afternoon. Cakes and biscuits take minutes to make, bread needs only about 10 mins hands on time. I think I'll have to start making a note of how long I spend cooking to prove it isn't all day!

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  21. I can really see you doing a book.

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  22. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

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  23. Your spare room is going to get crowded...

    Have you ever made pizza dough in a bread machine? I've tried and it was a disaster, even following a recipe specifically for the machine.

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    1. I have used a bread machine for loaves -a long, long time ago. The results weren't too bad but I hated the hole the paddle left in the loaf and the fact that I could only make one loaf at a time.

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  24. What's the difference between a crumble and a crisp? Or is that just different names for the same thing "across the pond"?

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    1. Crumble is a mixture of butter, flour and sugar -a bit like an unbaked shortbread. Sometimes oats are added. It is sprinkled over fruit and baked. I think a North American crisp is mostly oats but couldn't say for certain.

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    2. Oh, okay. So a crumble is almost exactly like a North American crisp, except oats are always added (about the same amount as the flour).

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  25. It all looks very inexpensive to create as well - just the thing for the current trend for good, frugal wholesomeness. I add my voice to the call that you should write a cookery book.

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  26. This is probably my favourite kind of post, but then, as well as being nosy, I am also rather greedy.

    I've got to stick homity pie on my meal plan now, purely because I've never had one, and that really needs to be rectified, and soon.

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  27. Could I have some advice please, I am not a 'natural' cook, I do what I have to get by, feed family etc but hubby has decided to grow stuff in garden *hem*, anyway I have quite a bit of damson/sugar syrup left over from first and will also be last attempt of damson cooking (two hours, tons of sugar and stone skimming for 3.5 small crumbles - the syrup in now in freezer, what can I do with it? (what a waste of crochet time!!). Thanks
    Susan

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    1. I would without hesitation add it to sparkling white wine -like a kir. Try it poured over vanilla ice cream or over meringues and cream.

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  28. You have pudding EVERY night?

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    1. No. We have pudding at weekends. Apple puree yesterday and crumble today. The cake, gingernuts and biscotti went in the tins for lunch boxes and snacks for those who want them.

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  29. I made your apple and clove cake last week for my craft ladies - they loved it! It was still good four days later on my weekend camping trip.
    My mouth is watering over all this food now : )

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    1. It does seem to be a very popular cake. Glad your ladies enjoyed it!

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  30. Like you I have two large sons and a husband. I love vegetarian food but I struggle to convince them that it is as valid as meat. If I provide a vegetarian main course they say things like "That's all very well but what are we actually going to eat?" or "Where's the real food?". I note that much of your delicious food is vegetarian, do you suffer from this problem at all and do you have any tips for me?

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    1. Adding a bit of bacon to things is quite a good way of selling something new -'what's in it?' they ask suspiciously 'bacon!' you reply 'excellent!' they cry.

      That said, this is how I've always cooked so my children have never known any different. Charlie has always been happy to eat vegetarian meals so I have never had to convince him, too much meat makes him feel ill anyway. Everyone likes a meat meal though, me included but we save them for the weekends and although if you asked them the boys would always choose meat they happily scoff chickpea stew and homity pie as well.

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  31. Pati from London1:33 pm BST

    You had quite a veggie week, didn't you? Those recipes are up my street, yum! My hubbie needs more meat, though so I try to cook at least one beef or lamb dish, one chicken and one fish a week as well. x Pati

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  32. I am now eyeing my own supper wit distaste. Sigh.

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  33. Adopt me Sue, please....
    I agree with above comment - being both nosey and greedy, these are my favourite sort of posts!
    Jo x

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  34. They ALL look totally scrummy. Lots of hard work there but SO worth it.

    Sue xx

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