Guilt

Guilt is for me a gnawing feeling I get in my gut. A little voice inside telling me I’m not good at the multi tasking that is my day to day life.

So I have

Mum guilt.  Probably had this for nigh on 19 years….

Family Guilt. Am I spending as much time with my family/ extended family as they need me to.

Friend Guilt. Am I being a good friend to all those who support me.

And that’s just for starters….

And I’m like a juggler.

Guilt

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My obsession with Pistachios continues….

I don’t really like nuts. In actual fact if I order a dessert and arrives with nuts (ALWAYS happens if you order a brownie), more often than not there’s an undeclared nut in it. Saying that, I have always eaten pistachios.  My poor Dad use to crunch his way down the drive if I had dropped any shells. This recipe ticks alot of boxes for me.

Chocolate √

Pistachios √

Smoked Salt √

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Pistachios, I fear, like pinenuts are going to be a thing of the past at some stage due to climate change. So maybe this recipe will have to change for the next generation. Makes me just a little sad. More than a little sad if the truth be told.

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Tarte Bourdaloue au Chocolat

Sometimes only the French can make something so simple sound so elegant. This tarte bourdaloue au chocolat. is, in essence a chocolate French Pear tart.  But that doesn’t sound so posh now does it??

Tarte Bourdaloue au Chocolat

Ingredients:

2 tins of pears in syrup

400g of water

200g of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the pâte sucrée: (Tarte case)
130g flour

20g cocoa powder

75g butter

30g sugar

100g raspberries

1 egg yolk & about 15g iced water (I never measure it)

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Pork Belly with Potatoes cooked in milk

There has been alot of controversy in the media lately about pork. Rightly so.  Society due to various recessions and “modernisation” has led to cheap food produced through mass farming. And it’s not a good thing.  I always try to be as ethical with my purchases as possible.  And with pork and chicken this is essential.  Pigs are very closely related, disease wise to humans, therefore are often pumped full of drugs to prevent disease as they live so close in proximity to each other when being intensively reared.  So my point- eventually- read the label.  Do your best. This dish is crying out for some really well reared pork.  This method of cooking it in milk is an Italian classic…

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Filled Brown Butter Cookies

Brown butter seems like such a cheffy thing.  It’s not.  Promise. And really gives a depth of flavour.  Mind you, you can’t leave it alone while browning, and it’s a little like caramel.  Turn your back on it for one second and it’s gone too far.

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Finnish Blueberry Tart Recipe

As you know I’m a BIG fan of Scandinavian cooking.  And this Blueberry tart is, for me. quintessentially Finnish. The pastry for this is so simple, and I’m reluctant to even call it a pastry as it’s not done in the traditional manner, but using a mixer with- shock horror- soft butter.  BUT this makes it easy to make, even for those terrified of their warm hands…. It also uses my FAV – Cardamon

Finnish Blueberry Tart

Cardamon Love

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My Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot

for a lot of people; it does for me.”

~Audrey Hepburn

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What I’ve learned from Erin Brockovich

I’ve been taking my own advice quite seriously these last few weeks. Taking time out. Conveniently we have also replaced our sofa of about 25 years, so I’ve been sitting down with the family, watching the movies (Ahem Erin Brockovich) recorded for watching over Christmas, but which we never got around to seeing. And loving it.

I am continuing my education of my daughter in matters of achieving dreams through adversity. And Erin Brockovich, starring the most beautiful woman in the world (in my opinion!), Julia Roberts, was the film of choice for the last few evenings.

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My Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Even though everyone is probably sweeted out in January. A nice dark chocolate, Soft and Chewy, goes down very well with a nice coffee.

These are simple to make, and keep either cooked and frozen, or un-cooked and frozen.  Everybody needs a good cookie recipe in their repertoire.

The secret is the best quality chocolate and some leftover Christmas chocolate that noone really thinks they could/should eat.

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Did I ever tell you how lucky you are?

When the kids were all small Dr Seuss and his plethora of books were always popular.  His words just roll off the tongue with a candence that makes reading them enjoyable even though some of the words are completely unreadable.  But when someone is having a moan we roll out this cliche. And everyone smiles. Eventually. Cause we are Lucky.

Did I ever tell you how Lucky you are?

Did I ever tell you how Lucky you are?

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