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…

Creamy Green String Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

My grandmother used to make this for special occasions. She grabbed a can opener, and set about tipping the contents of tins, condensed cream of mushroom soup, Blue Lake tinned beans, and vacuum packed crispy onions, into an oven-proof dish. Then she cranked up the oven and baked it until it bubbled, and a thick…

In My Kitchen: December 2013

In My Kitchen this month is: The resurrection of Sedrick-the-Sourdough-Starter. He is producing splendid, lofty, highly flavoured bread. I’m so proud of the little guy!! In My Kitchen is another loaf of Danish-style dark sourdough rye bread for Peder’s Danish sandwiches. It’s a huge batch of dough that weighs nearly a kilo, takes about 3…

Ruby Cranberry Gelée

Ruby Cranberry Gelée I have discovered the ultimate cranberry sauce. The one that people who hate cranberries will say Hey, pass the cranberry sauce! But it’s not a sauce; it’s a gelée, and it’s heaven with a seductive wobble. This recipe comes by way of the Canal House Everyday Cookbook and as usual I had to…