Grains and Pulses

Wild Garlic

A happy find on our Sunday sunny afternoon walk this last weekend.  A small reminder that whilst life as we know it is very different, at the moment, for many of us, to the one we were leading only a few weeks ago, the world still turns and nature is still beavering away, quietly (or not so quietly if you have stopped to listen to the excited chatter of nest building birds recently), doing what it does.

patch of wild garlic

Wild Garlic

 

Below are some links to last years Wild Garlic recipes.  The cheesy garlic pull-bread is a real showstopper. Serve it warm, oozing with butter and cheese, very simply with a fresh mixed salad, with a fresh minestrone, or other favourite, soup.

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A Trio of Indian Style Spiced Dishes

I haven’t posted here for more than a year.  The truth is I haven’t really cooked much over this last year.  As many of  you, who follow this blog, will know my dear husband Adrian died last March. He was the reason I cooked. He loved to eat and he loved especially to eat my cooking. I cook for people, I don’t really like cooking for myself.  Not an uncommon problem, maybe some of you  feel the same way too, especially right now?

Anyhow, here we are  nearly a year later, and in this troubled world of Covi19 I find myself once again cooking for people; a fridge full of food and as usual no pre-planned recipes. Frankly I’m in my element, rummaging around in the fridge, being inspired and enjoying feeling useful again.  A few pictures of  my newfound cooking habit have found their way to our various family WhatsApp groups . The general consensus is – please share your recipes. So here you are dear family and friends, in  the coming weeks and months, this blog will post recipes that get the thumbs up from my tasting team at home.  Please enjoy and comment and post your own ideas too.

I am conscious that some of you may, because of Covd19,  be isolating at home and cooking only yourself right now.   Many of my recipes are for families but that doesn’t mean the quantities cant be halved or  that you cant cook the full quantity and freeze the rest for a simple re-heat later on.  I will give tips, cooking to certain points for freezing at the end of the recipes.  If I forget – please do ask by leaving me messages in the contact me area.

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Cracked Wheat Gazpacho Salad

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Cracked Wheat Gazpacho Salad.

 

34 ° and its too hot to cook – here is a delicious no cook salad for summer heatwaves when turning on the oven is more than you can bear.  Serve it very simply with and a fresh green salad and something like a cool fresh mozzarella sliced and scattered with fresh herbs, and drizzled with fragrant olive oil. Or with cold cuts, cold poached salmon, prawns or simple antipasti. This beautiful salad also makes an ideal accompaniment to another of Stirring Stuffs no cook salads –  Tarragon chicken mayonnaise with grapes  . Continue reading