Monday, 9 August 2010

Food

I love food... I love to cook it and I love to eat it! And most of all I love to cook for other people - the whole process of sharing and enjoying a meal together is one of life's pleasures for me. But sometimes the daily routine of putting a meal on the table can feel like a chore, especially when one's family includes one very strict vegetarian, one fish eating vegetarian and another who won't even consider touching a fruit or vegetable. I find I get stuck in a rut of turning out the same things week in, week out because I know they work. But this weekend Delicious mgazine has really inspired me to cook some new things. As well as the "boobie" puddings I was desperate to try this Turkish Menemen... (we have a huge surplus of eggs again!)

It was meant to feed four but Stewart and I polished it off between us for Saturday lunch with no effort... before I got a chance to photograph it. It was delicious!

And then for Sunday luch it was back to the magazine for more inspiration and we had a Chilli Slaw accompanied by a Courgette and Onion Tart (with a few adaptations to use up things in the fridge)

Followed by an old favourite... Nigel Slater's Plum Cake... served warm with a generous dollop of creme fraiche.

And because Jacob wouldn't eat any of the above due to their fruit and veg content... I made him glitter cupcakes as a special treat!

Normal sketchbook and textile posts will be resumed tomorrow!

27 comments:

  1. I smiled at your plum cake - it was a toss up between that and plum crisp this weekend. But the crisp won in our house. How I love plum season.

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  2. Oh Gina! When are you opening your restaurant?

    That all looks so delicious. And I need to track down the eggy recipe - it'll come in very useful!

    Celia
    x

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  3. They all look delicious! Can I come for supper please?

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  4. Just a thimbleful....

    I cannot understand why you are not the size of a house! It is SOOOOoooooo unfair.

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  5. Mmmmm, as a vegetarian I would have loved to have eaten with you this weekend!! Yum! :)
    Vivienne x

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  6. Oh, yum! May I be your next "lodger" please?

    Off to google the Turkish Menemen - with the residents of the Poultry Palace doing such a fine production job, I am always searching out new ways to cook eggs. Thanks! :)

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  7. hard life at some peoples places !
    What a great spread - I bet you don't get many people turning down dinner invites to your place :)

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  8. Just as well you are getting back to the sketchbook posts Gina - I can feel the pounds accumulating after all those culinary delights. All those dishes look so professional and delicious.

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  9. Gina, these pictures surely do show how you have risen to the challenges of all those special dietary requirements round your house.

    Each dish looks so scrumptious, full of delicious ingredients, prepared with enthusiasm and care.

    You've given me some ideas for summer cooking! xo

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  10. Wow Gina -- I don't know how you do it with that variety of eating habits in your household -- kudos to you. All your pictures look mouth-watering delicious!

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  11. I was thinking the same thing as Mavis!

    The turkish dish at the top looks wonderful!

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  12. Know the feeling about fussy eaters! Meals and dinner parties have become so complex due to difficult people and those with food intolerances. I would have loved that lunch.

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  13. you are a wonderful cook - how do you find the time to do all you do as well as a new lodger!
    annx

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  14. oooh I really fancy the turkish dish with the eggs...I am sure a friend of mine showed me how to cook that years ago when she came back from working in Turkey for a few years...you would giggle Pete is hanging out of the window of our cottage pretending to be a handsome prince...dream on...love and hugs from our bavarian castle...H

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  15. You've made me soooooo hungry. Plum cake looks super good, as to the rest!!

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  16. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I have juscathpat finished eating but seeing these images has started me thinking of food again.

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  17. Yummy looking food! I am trying to cut back on the goodies but when it looks as good as that - I must eat it!!

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  18. wow yes I have a fussy family but not quite as bad as yours! I put up a recipe for hidden courgette cake today which fooled all!!

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  19. D'you know, when you post about cooking, it almost, ALMOST makes me want to cook.
    But then I get over it.

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  20. Hmm more things to eat! Lovely.
    I have done a bit more to my sketchbook on my blog, it has been very liberating.

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  21. Oh my goodness that looks so yummy. I'm a big fan of yummy food!! Thanks so much for popping in with your luvly comment. :)

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  22. My oh my - what a culinary delight this post is! You are a wonderful cook. Wish we had taste-a-post :)
    Dot xx

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  23. Have you any more room for other lodgers! All of those dishes sounded yummy!

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  24. It's no wonder I dream about your cakes Gina! I feel hungry just looking at all these lovely foodie pics. mmmm.

    Monda
    x

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  25. Did you have to???? My mouth is watering! YUM YUM YUM!

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