Tree ..

My son had his art homework to do today and so, I joined him in painting in sepia tones. His work is a stunning portrait of a native American which isn’t quite finished yet. My sepia painting of a tree is less stunning but I enjoyed myself nonetheless:

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Stunningly Simple …

I’m a huge fan of Nigel Slater, not least because his recipes are delicious and they ALWAYS work! This chicken recipe was taken from ‘eat‘, a perfectly pocket sized recipe book. The chicken is flattened and then liberally sprinkled with salt, the zest of lemons and limes and some chilli flakes. The grill is then used to quickly cook the chicken without it drying out. I served ours with boiled rice and steamed broccoli – for a more decadent meal next time, I think I’ll cook the rice in coconut milk:

 

To follow we had ¬†vanilla cupcakes. I made these for my son and his school football team as the dessert at their ‘Sportsman’s Dinner’. They were topped with fudge cubes and chocolate coated popping candy!!

Sunset …

I had a lovely half hour in the ‘shudio’ (shed/studio) after work today. Even though it’s only a very short distance from the house, it really does feel like somewhere I can recharge my depleted batteries at the end of the day!

A simple sunset is today’s offering, focussing on the opposing colour mixes of blue/green and red/orange:

A Birthday Feast …

It was my Dad’s birthday this week and yesterday, he and my Mum came for a celebratory lunch. I got up early (really early for a Saturday) and spent a lovely morning preparing, baking and cooking. Cooking without a set time limit (lunch would begin between 1pm and 2pm) was great as there was never any real time pressure.
To begin, we had caramelised red onion and goat’s cheese tartlets:

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Our main course was called ‘Rigas’s Lamb’, it was a slow roasted leg of lamb served with macaroni cooked in tomato passata. I really wasn’t sure about this recipe, I hoped it would work. As it turned out, it really did work, the fresh and dried mint added an extra layer of flavour:

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It wouldn’t have been a proper celebration of my Dad’s birthday without some form of meringue, I decided on an ‘ultimate’ pavlova – strawberries and raspberries mixed with some meringue and double cream (Eton Mess), on top of a large meringue base:

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As an alternative/addition to the pavlova, I made some Salted Caramel Cupcakes:

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I think we will need to be on meagre rations for the rest of the week!!