Think I Saw You Try

Argh drowning in paper work. Divorce paperwork..My kids think I have a new job as a kind of admin clerk thing.  I’m so behind on the stuff I do for a living! You know that thing that you do and then someone pays you! I am so not going into detail but round one happened yesterday and the second and final round will hopefully happen at the end of the month.

Anyway. Kids are happy and spanky, In between litigation and acrimonious back and forth crap. I actually managed to not only bake my pants off.. When it gets stressful over here, the pasta machine comes out and also suddenly my children become guinea pigs for the various variations of bread that I create. Tilda was completely enamoured of the  “left over muesli, rolled oats, half a bag of sunflower seeds and wait for it – dried fried onion bread.” You know the kind you get from Asian food stores. It was really good. Honestly I am not kidding.

I also had 2 wonderful distractions. I was invited to Lily Vanili’s Bakery. She is really lovely. It was a hilarious couple of hours. We made Cadbury Crispello Towers. Oh my god, edible glitter a go go. My creation looked like a an explosion in a glitter factory. I took it home and my kids demolished it in seconds.

I also had the most brilliant evening at Cafe Spice Namaste. British Turkey invited me to spend an evening with Cyrus Todiwalla. He demonstrated a ton of dishes using Turkey. The much neglected only used for Christmas meat. Cyrus was wonderful and his wife Parvin such amazing hosts. He made amongst other things a turkey egg masala omelette. He showed me how to do the flippy thing with it. I attempted to do it. It landed with a splat on the griddle, Really embarrassing…. Oh and the most brilliant dish!  He marinated and flavoured turkey neck and then cooked it in a pressure cooker. Divine. My plate was a pile of clean sucked bones. I think It has become  one of my favourite bits of a bird. My ex mother in law would make the best West Indian curry and she would always keep the neck for herself..Now I know why! I think I am going to try to recreate Cyrus’s recipe this weekend.

I leave you with some photos from the weeks adventures. I will be cooking up a storm this weekend so recipes a go go next week.

Rachelle x

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As Deep as The Hue of Red Wine

I actually survived three weeks of being a full time mum. Its the longest I have ever had my kids with me, all the time. They were constantly around me. I was constantly around them. We all survived, just a few skirmishes along the way. Pavlina (their nanny) was on holiday for a couple of weeks. Then on the day she was due to return, I got the phone call, she was sick and couldn’t come into work for another week.  She was in tears, I was in tears, the kids were in tears. We finally managed to pull ourselves together and actually it was a fun couple of weeks.

I have been doing a bit of PR for a friend of mine who had his first solo exhibition at The Photographers Gallery. Beautiful exhibition you should go and see. Anyway I take the kids to see it. We leave and they literally drag me kicking and screaming into McDonalds. I caved.  I figured a meal in McDonald’s would give me some bonus mum points, of course I am deluded but one lives in hope.

As we are sitting in Mcdonalds I get a text from a friend. “Hey I am assisting on a shoot for Mcdonalds, I thought of your lovely kids, would you be interested?”  How bizarre is that? So a week later they turn up and photograph not only the kids but me too…I wasn’t expecting that at all!

I also wasn’t expecting a call from my brother inviting us up to Scotland for the week. The kids has the most wonderful time. We spent a day rock pooling and searching for mussels. I had visions of us collecting bucket loads of mussels and cooking them for dinner. Uhh well we found a few tiny ones and Bella found one full grown mussel. Pasta it is then.

I took a few pictures oh and I made a crumble which was divine. I realised as I was about to rub the butter in for the crumble top that I did not have enough butter so used the rest of a pot of creme fraiche instead. It was really really good. I leave you with that recipe.

Rachelle x

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Apple and Berry Crumble

I am totally rubbish at measuring out crumble topping ingredients. I usually look at the amount of fruit I have and the size of the dish I am baking it in and then take it from there. I don’t think you can have too much crumble, so inevitably I make too much. I use a mixture of flour and rolled oats, please use butter and not margarine, that stuff is pure evil as far as I am concerned. I also use regular eating apples, I guess because I always have them around and cooking apples are (in my opinion) an unnecessary  purchase.

For the Crumble:

100g of rolled oats

100g of plain flour

75g of brown sugar

100g of cold butter (cut into small cubes)

1 large pinch of Maldon sea salt

For the Apple and Berry Filling:

800 grams of eating apples (cored and quartered. Put in a bowl of cold water with the juice of one lemon)

350g Frozen summer berries

100 grams of caster sugar

Juice of a lemon

Method

Preheat the oven to 190.C/375.F/gas 5

Butter a large baking dish.

Make the crumble add the flour, oats, brown sugar and salt into a large (ish) mixing bowl, rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles damp sand.

Place the berries and apples into the buttered baking dish. Add a couple of nobs of butter too.

Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.

Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 mins until the crumble is golden and the berries and apples are bubbling.

Serve with creme fraiche or cream or ice cream. I never have leftovers of this but if you are lucky to have some. Eat cold for breakfast!


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