How to Make Jam in the Microwave

Not everything on the internet is rubbish, although I reckon more than half of it is. As luck would have it, I found a recipe for microwave jam. Strawberry to be specific. I had a few left on the plants in the garden, those few that survived Molly’s sniff and eat test. She might be…

No Recipe Applesauce

Organic is not always pretty. Organic is not always pretty. Late summer and organic equals freckled, spotted, worm-holed, wasp-stung, mouldy fruit and veg. That’s when it’s time to cut out the mucky bits of apples and make applesauce. I don’t use fruit that’s rotten or mouldy; we have enough from windfall and those still clinging…

Sometimes Pretty Isn’t Enough

Jamie Oliver’s Frozen Grapes I was watching Jamie Oliver do his bish-bash to a slab of chocolate, and his yazoo-yazoo to old chunks of breads in a food processor. He has a programme on telly, Jamie’s Family Christmas, where his two girls choose their favourite foods that their dad makes. He had one idea for…

Waldorf Salad and a Pork Chop

A quick dinner last night – used up 4 or 5 of the smaller apples stored in the garage. Some are going a bit starchy, which is a huge disappointment. I’ll use more for a cranberry and apple gelatin salad this week, and maybe chunky applesauce with smoked bacon for lunch, too. I love Waldorf…

What To Do With Those Apple Peelings

See all of these apple peels? I have bucket loads of them! Guess what … I just saw a recipe (that’s not really a recipe at all) for using up these bits that would normally go straight into the compost pile. Actually, I don’t have a compost pile anymore  – during the garden remodel that…

In My Kitchen: October 2013

In My Kitchen: October 2013 We just returned home from a week in France. Peder returned with armloads of cheese. I returned home with jars of mustard and a food mill. I finally found a food mill that didn’t cost a fortune. A lot of shops in Dijon and Beaune had food mills but I wasn’t prepared to pay…

Cucumber and Grapes Salad

This is a refreshing little salad. There’s something about the colour green that’s refreshing to the eye, and it’s a nice change from the usual green salad leaves. I scooped out the seeds of the cucumber because they were quite large, but I don’t think I’ll be so fussy about that next time as the…

How-To Stuff Pork Tenderloin with Prunes and Walnuts

Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Walnuts and Prunes This isn’t so much a recipe as inspiration. Sort of like if I can do this, trust me, so can you … if you want. This always looks impressive when sliced. Mr Misk always says, “Wow!” And it’s dead easy to do. Method: Slice the tenderloin open, (it’s…