It has been a busy time, here in Parsonage Cottage Kitchen.
Lots of cooking and baking, virtually no photographs because I was too busy.
This one more than makes up for it, for me.
Young Merry made a batch of koulourakia, Greek biscuits. Thanks, Linda. They were enormous fun to make and were enjoyed by all the visitors.
I set aside my personal scruples, roasted a large ham. I made sure that it was British and outdoor reared, I had to at least have the consolation that the poor pig had had some quality of life. I also roasted a large chicken - free range, of course. That was the less than pleasant stuff out of the way.
A very large quiche, mushroom, wild garlic and cheese.
A vast Lemon Meringue Pie
Chocolate Cake, with frosting.
Two varieties of bread
Hot Cross Buns
Boiled New Potatoes with Mint, Butter and Sea Salt
Crudites and Hummus
plus all the things which I bought rather than made - cheeses(!) ice cream, pickles, etc, etc.
We were feeding all three of our adult children, their partners and children. The party was twelve in number and food disappeared at a rate of knots. Even so, there was plenty left over.
I made sure that they all took parcels of their favourite left overs, but there is still a fridge full of deliciousness. No need for me to cook or shop for quite a while yet.
I need to lie down in a darkened room to recover.
p.s. Everyone sends their love, Ian. They wanted to know about the boat and your adventures!xx
This is where I note my efforts as I try to recreate some old recipes. Most are taken from my small collection of handwritten recipe books which date from the late 1700's to around 1922. I also have a collection of old tatty old recipe books, well thumbed and heavily splashed from years of use. I love them all!
The old-fashioned very stylised handwriting writing is sometimes difficult to decipher, measurements and cooking instructions are minimal, no tin sizes given. Luckily I enjoy a challenge. Just to complicate things I cook and bake on my wood-fired Rayburn, which can be... unpredictable.
I suspect this blog is less about the food and more about my passion for these lovely old books and the wonderful women who wrote them.