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Posted by SaltRose on Friday, April 23, 2010
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Indecision- A Tale of Three Colours

Posted by SaltRose on Friday, April 23, 2010 in , , ,
Inspired in no small part by two of my UBER-favourite blogs, Apartment Therapy and Young House Love, I've been thinking on decor plans for a very long time now and recently painted a light fitting from a very ugly dirty gold, to plain white. I don't have a 'before' photo unfortunately.
This is just a coat of primer. I'll be taking my own sweet time (which basically means I will stew in my indecision till I reach another level of..indecision!) to decide whether I want to paint it gloss white, or some other colour. I'm thinking sunshine yellow or a pop of bright red or turquoise. At this moment. I think.
One person who doesn't care about the colour is my dog. He thought this light pendant was some form of food because I was painting it on the dining table. He would not stop staring at it and drooling! It took a nice strong whiff of white spirits to convince him otherwise.

And just to leave you with some joy, here is my beloved Schleich Allosaurus (he's too rugged for a name- but if he had a name, Charlie would probably be it!) sniffing the flowers.
Oh, and the dino collage is coming along a bit now. Will post more pix soon. Be scared. Be very scared!


Hasty pasta with artichoke hearts

Posted by SaltRose on Monday, February 15, 2010 in , ,
Please look away now if you're Italian because this pasta did not come from the cobbled streets of Napoli or Rome, and I suspect a telling-off would be headed my way!

I stir fried bacon bits in olive oil with a dash of garlic, then added six chopped tomatoes and later, when this was mostly melted down, emptied a tin of drained and roughly chopped artichoke hearts in salt water.

This time round I used basil flavoured linguine. Pop the linguine into enough boiling water to cover it, and add a dash of salt. When it's al dente, which you can judge by trying to cut it cleanly with your spatula or spoon, drain the water, drizzle some olive oil, and add the sauce.

Spoon the sauce onto the pasta, grind some pepper on top. Sprinkle some capers.
Here it is- a hasty TV dinner.


Lazy spud supper

Posted by SaltRose on Sunday, January 31, 2010 in , , , ,
I couldn't vouch for you, but for a lazy git like me the most fun sort of cooking is where there isn't much cooking at all. The magic mantra is (a) prep, (b) shove in, (c) eat. That's all I'm prepared to do most of the time.
Basically, a jacket potato is the best dinner for this couch potato.
Step 1: obtain baking potato, wash, poke a few holes with a fork, baste with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and shove into the oven for an hour at 225 degrees centigrade.
Step 2: mix up sour cream (ideally reduced fat!) with snipped chives.
Step 3: crack open baked potato, pour sour cream, snip more chives on top if you like them I do! Spring onion snipped very fine would be a decent chive substitute at a pinch.
Step 4: if hungrier than a hog, add a random side. Salad, or if feeling a bit more naughty, heat olive oil, add a miniscule dash of garlic, add diced mushrooms, a chopped tomato, pinch of salt and some chopped spring onions.

So, lazy side satisfied and hoggy side satisfied, for the nicest step of them all-
Step 5: grab remote and settle down to dinner.


Ode to the Spud

Posted by SaltRose on Saturday, January 30, 2010 in
It's got lots of small eyes, that is true
But don’t count on it watching telly with you
And it does wear a jacket, yes
But you won’t meet it as a dinner guest.
Knobbly, mud-spattered underground lump
It' not a mole, earthworm or silly chump;
It’s not a rapscallion, a creep, or a dud-
It’s the average homely brown spud!
It won’t help you with your daily chores
Wash the dishes, or mop the floors.
But if you’re hungry for a tasty meal
The humble potato is the real deal!
It won't mow the lawn or run the strimmer
But it will squish, crisp, sauté and simmer.
Roast, bake, chip, mash, boil,
Even deep fry with herbs in olive oil.
So when next your stomach angrily rumbles
It’s the tatie to the rescue with no grumbles!


Before the bread starts walking away

Posted by SaltRose on Thursday, January 28, 2010 in , , ,
I'm fond of a good réchauffé once in a while. Now this recipe -stolen from my mum-isn't precisely that, but more a put-bits-and-bobs-together deal. The chief protagonist is bread that's might have gone slightly stale, but is still edible (the last bit here is the important thing, unless one fancies a post-supper dash down to the A&E).

Here's the lowdown (with the key ingredients underlined, if like me you cook on the fly with the laptop open to the recipe):
  • You'll need all the veg in your fridge that you can (a) possibly have together at the same time (b) that you can't figure out an alternate use for and need to finish. My personal favourites are carrots, cauliflower and peas. I've gone for baby corn once in a while too.
  • Potatoes- I poke them with forks, blitz them in the microwave for about ten minutes, and cube them with the skins on.
  • You'll need aforementioned bread, diced into squares. Say 9 squares to the slice.
  • Oh, and some chopped onion, and a few tomatoes (or purée).
Thats's it for the prepping.

Heat some vegetable oil, and when the oil is hot, add a dash of garlic (paste/ couple of pods squashed on the flat of the knife, whatever works), and chopped chillies if you like a little zing.

The onions go in first, and when they're a bit translucent, the veg goes in (longest to cook goes first -I'm looking at you, cauliflower- then carrots, then peas). Add salt and a dash of sugar to taste (a pinch of sugar really rounds out the flavour). Finally, the taties, then the tomatoes, then the bread. Give it an almighty stir. Squish it a bit, always tastes nicer squished! Let the tomatoes simmer and bread fry.

I like to sprinkle a bit of lemon juice and some chopped coriander and cracked black pepper on top. Sweet chilli sauce also tastes fab. There you go. Bon appetit.



Posted by SaltRose on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 in , , ,

After the owls and the hedgehog and the wistful field mouse, it's going to be a dinosaur collage. The confused-looking stegosaur is done, but he's a bit of a lone ranger right now, with no friends and no story behind him. Watch this space for when I finally get my act together and put him in something other than a plastic folder. 


A lovely little snack

Posted by SaltRose on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 in , , ,

A slice of multi-grain Ryvita (with extra seeds and nuts); some mussels in vinegar; snip some chives on top.
That's it.