It’s been a long, long time.

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Well it has, I know. I find myself using instagram more and more, (esp with vid app now) and post on here less and less. Things are gonna change. Soon you’ll be able to see my instagram feed on here and here’s a collage I made ages ago, that I never managed to post up. I kept postponing because I wanted to write loads. I didn’t have time. More to follow shortly.

Anyhow. Listen to this old beauty below I found when googling, It’s been a long, long time…… Continue reading

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Beetroot and Brown Sugar Floating Islands on a Chocolate Custard Sea

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I had borrowed Lauren’s vintage American waffle iron and she had borrowed my Sicilian cake stand for ages and ages. We both felt guilty. Today we did an amnesty and swapped objects. George made his sour dough waffle batter, Lauren did the waffle making and I finished off the Beetroot Floating Islands I had made to go alongside. Those waffles were the best I ever had! Continue reading

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Beetroot powder and beetroot ink and beetroot art

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I really like beetroot. Continue reading

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Paper Air Planes

I have a fascination for paper. It stems from being a kid. I was always drawing or making something and my dad used to bring extra home from work. I make paper wreaths, pom poms and flowers from it using old shopping lists, collage, crowns….

For the launch party of my book, Dinner at Mine, I booked a 1980′s double decker bus to pick up and bring guests from central and east London, to studio e2.

Each guest was given some felt tip pens, a paper cup to customise and to drink fizzy wine from. Sheets of old school computer paper (you know the stuff that has perforated edges that you tear off) were also handed out and everyone were instructed to make paper air planes. These airplanes (with more made by guests in the studio) were then stuck on strips of white gaffer tape stretched between the beams, to decorate the party.

Here’s a few that are still hanging in on there….StudioE2PaperAirplanes

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My mum Winnie said if she was ever going to fly then it had to be on Concorde! So the family clubbed together and she flew on a Concorde round trip over the Bay of Biscay fro her 70th birthday. She loved it.

Here’s some more planes…. 

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Happy Birthday Winnie.

Today Winnie would have been 90. I just wish she was here, so she could celebrate it and enjoy it. Happy birthday Winnie XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
MumsRosesMontageWinnie’s roses in Winnie’s garden.

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Swans, Teesles and Daffodils – That old swan again

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I had some teesles that I had picked in Somerset from the field behind my sister’s house.

I had, had them a while.

I was about to throw them out, when in the middle of the night, when I couldn’t sleep, (like right at this minute) I found myself arranging them in this ceramic swan that belonged to my Mum Winnie.

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I had some dead daffodils too, so I hung them between the teesles.

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Then this week the teesles and daffs danced with their own shadows in Studio E2.SwanTeesles

You may have noticed, but I’m making art with dead flowers at the moment….. but I’ve no idea where it’s going…….

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Studio E2 this week – A veg box catch up.

One whopping long post…catch up time…..20130412_DeadFlowersDayThirtysevenBWSMALL_9887

…….So I’m at the end of last weeks veg box, and I’ve friggin got my Organic Wick order in too late for this week. Bummer.

But!…. I’ve had a good week playing with the last veg box ingredients……Turnips, onions, broccoli, grapefruit, kiwi, salad leaves, little apples, green peppers, pineapple, flat mushrooms….

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Onions…French onion soup – See above –  One of the best soups I’ve ever made.

Turnips…. I’m never excited to see turnips. But I popped these two, peeled and sliced in the Thai Yellow Carrot Curry I made with the carrots from Veg Box No.19. They worked perfectly. The flavour softened and they were soft and succulent.carrotcurry

Broccoli…Roast chicken with broccoli. My new favourite recipe from Ideas in Food. (Great Recipes and Why They Work by Aki Kamozawa & H. Alexander Talbot ) This is the second time I’ve made it, using the broccoli from last weeks box. The broccoli cooks under the chicken that you’ve flattened out. The skin was crisp, the meat juicey and tender, and the broccoli melt in the mouth. Very easy and very clever. The next day there was an amazing broccoli, chicken soft wobbly jelly set in the bottom of the tin. So delicious. Would’ve been good with some good bread, (as always! #whatlocarb) but was good just with some of the cold chicken and salad.

Kiwi…Kiwi and feta salad with kiwi dressing. (see below) Feta, ripe avocado, pink grapefruit, pomegranate, and ripe kiwis. Kiwi dressing made with crushed kiwi, a pinch of fennel seeds, (Thanks to @mariesophiewigbers see below…) sechuan salt and garlic. Served on ripped up salad leaves. 

KiwiSaladGreen peppers….I’ve stated before how much I hate green peppers. Especially raw green peppers. Then 2 turned up in the veg box this week, and I knew I had to get over it. One of my most adored food moments was in fact being given a dish of green peppers. This was food of the Goddess’s, and made by my friend Simonetta’s mum in Turin. They were silky and slippy. Meltingly tender and juicey. I was very young and very naïve. I had never tasted anything quite like this ever before. These green peppers had been roasted until collapsing. Cooled, skinned, deseeded and dressed with extra virgin olive oil. I will never forget that experience.

WildgarlicChickweedI dressed the roasted and skinned green peppers with this Chickweed, Wild Garlic and Anchovy pesto. I foraged the chickweed and Wild Garlic locally and shelled and toasted cobnuts and walnuts, (that have been sitting in a bowl on the side since late autumn…I know! I know!) in place of pine nuts. I made two pestos.ChickweedWildGarlicPesto

On Foraging London’s blog this week about Wild garlic, Jon Daniels says he’s not entirely convinced about whether to blanch the leaves first, before making a pesto. “briefly blanch in boiling water and put into iced water, supposedly removes bitterness and enhances colour…….but does help wash them and remove dirt.”

So in one pesto I used raw leaves and for the other pesto I blanched all the leaves as above. The pesto with the blanched leaves was softer, rounded and not so harse as the raw leaf pesto. They were both delicious, but I prefer the blanched leaf pesto.

Later that night……My friend Jodie and I had this with Toulouse sausages, mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce. Mighty fine. Then I had this again for breakfast today in scrambled eggs. ChickweedEggs

Try stirring some of the pesto into soup or through pasta or creme fraiche….MushroomsStudio

Flat mushrooms ……Although I do love mushrooms and it was so tempting to have them with poached eggs, I have been wanting to do a piece of art work with some mushrooms for a while. It’s not quite working out as I had expected. But I do like them on the canvas……

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I also made some preserved lemons and I’m swapping a huge jar with a home smoked ham hock from Delicious Magazine’s Food Editor Lizzie Kamenetzky (@deliciouslizzie) who’s just started the Delicious Food Swap encouraging people to swap food they’ve made or grown locally in their community. It’s a neat idea. Here’s the label (above) that I’ve painted for the lemon jar.

“DeliciousFoodSwap, an online space for cooks, bakers and gardeners to meet online and to swap and share kitchen creations and garden gluts. It’s a forum to swap good things you’ve made for someone else’s good things, and it could be anything from sausages to cheese, cakes, bread, jam – or perhaps something you have grown in your garden.”

Lizzie’s coming to Studio E2 tomorrow to swap. she’s also getting a jar of the above mentioned Pesto. I really can’t wait for the ham hock tomorrow!

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This week I’ve also had the real pleasure of working with Marie, (@mariesohiewigbers) here in Studio E2, (#studioe2) who’s here from Holland on a college placement. Marie cooked up one of her favourite Dutch specialities, Runvleeskroketten (Meat croquettes) for me. They were so delicious. Gooey and meaty bechamel croquette with a crisp breadcrumb shell.

20130411_DutchCroquettesMayo_9732I whipped up some mayonnaise, because Marie likes mayonnaise with them, and we served them with dressed salad leaves (Marie made a lovely salad dressing with a pinch of fennel seeds.) and the traditional  accompaniment of mustard. (I had Dijon) on the side. (#whatlocarb) We need to test the recipe again, to tweek it. Then we’ll post the recipe up on here….

Marie needed beef stock for the recipe and it inspired me to make some fresh beef stock myself.beefstockMaking this simple stock again, reminded me how incredible the flavour of fresh stock is.

If you’ve never made fresh stock then I insist you must make some at some point soon. (you can always just make a small amount) I was able to drink a bowl of it on it’s own, just seasoned with salt and pepper with some toasted Gruyere toast on the side.Beefstock

The next day we made the French Onion Soup. Sweet and melting onions, topped with slices of baguette and Gruyere, then grilled til bubbling…..soft and squidgy baguette bottoms have sucked up the sweet onion and beefy broth…..but with a crunchy…..crispy top.

Although this soup is French, the flavours and smell of Gruyere cheese cooking, wine, stock and bread, automatically transport me back to working in the mountains of Switzerland…..

……I’m still making the Dead Flowers series……

Dead Flowers. Day twenty six.

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I need to wipe my blackboard…..Blackboard

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Veg Box No.20 April

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So this is what I had in my ‘small fruit box’ and ‘medium veg box’ from Organic Wick last weekend….

2 turnips, 5 onions, 2 green peppers, broccoli, mixed young salad leaves, flat mushrooms, little apples, Kiwis, a pineapple and a grapefruit.

I had carrots left from last weeks veg box, so I made a Thai Carrot Curry using a couple of the onions and added the peeled sliced turnips from this weeks box.  The turnips worked a treat in the curry. The flavour had softened, (as had their texture and really succulent too.) and worked beautifully with the Thai flavourings and coconut milk.

I’m using the broccoli and a couple more of the onions to roast under (yes I said under…) a chicken, and a salad will be made with some of the kiwis and salad leaves with a crumbling of feta over the top.

The green peppers are roasting in the oven to be peeled and dressed in olive oil and garlic over night and the mushrooms are working hard as a piece of art…..laters…..

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FOR PREVIOUS VEG BOX NO.19 CLICK HERE

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