We’ll be heading to London next weekend to meet up with my brother and sis-in-law to do a belated celebration of my birthday for a few days. I must note that my brother is paying for our hotel and my birthday dinner. (I have a great brother!) I haven’t seen them since I went back home to the States for their 25th Anniversary party and that was two years ago. Needless to say I’m really looking forward to seeing them both.
One of the things we are doing is going to one of the really nice restaurants, called Murano’s. It’s mainly an Italian restaurant and is owned by one of the many celebrity chefs in this country, Angela Hartnett. I’m sure I’ll have lots of foodie stuff to talk about when we get back. I selected the restaurant, although my first choice was Le Gavroche but my brother said he didn’t want to have to remortgage his home just to go out to dinner!
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The above is one of the reasons I want to shed the few pounds before we go…I know I’ll end up putting it back on with all the eating (and drinking!) we’ll do. So far, I’ve lost two lbs. 🙂 and as long as I keep eating properly and stay away from the alcohol for the next several days, I should be OK. One of the items I made was a Breakfast Casserole from Kalyn’s Kitchen.
It makes life easier as all I had to do was cut it up into serving pieces and reheat when needed.
This morning I sliced up the serving piece, warmed it up and put it into a whole wheat wrap along with sliced tomato. I must admit it was pretty tasty. Now, what to have for lunch….
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I’ve been busy with trying to restock my jellies and jams for the next market at the end of the month and as we’ll be away for a few days, I have even less time to do this. Yesterday I made Piccalilli and today I’ve started the process for Chili Jelly with Lemongrass & Ginger. The apples, dried chilis, lemongrass stalk and chunks of ginger are simmering away. That will all be put into a jelly bag to drain overnight and I’ll finish it tomorrow.
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In our back garden, we have branches of a plum tree that belongs to the next door neighbour, hanging over our fence. Two years ago, I picked several of the plums and used them to make a jam. Unfortunately, I have no idea what type of plums they are…perhaps one of my UK friends might help me out on this; Marie? Karen? When I picked them the first time, they were a yellowish gold color. I assumed they were ripe as they had been on the tree for a while.
The jam came out very nice and that was that. This year, possibly due to a proper winter, the plums are absolutely gorgeous! They are turning red and I can’t wait to pick them and make jam again!
Maybe now that they are the proper colour, I can find out what they are. They’re not very big, about the size of a walnut or a golf ball. Could they be Damsons? Will they get darker? What will become of these mysterious plums???
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Terri’s Tasty Tip…
Here’s a nice Guacamole recipe to take to your next barbecue. It’s a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, 1999, but I’ve tweeked it a bit. Don’t forget to take along a bag of tortilla chips!
4 ripe avocados
3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp. Tequila (optional)
8 dashes of Tabasco
1 small red onion, small-diced or minced
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 medium tomato, seeded and small-diced
1 Tbsp. coriander/cilantro leaves, chopped
Cut the avocados in half, remove stones and scoop out flesh with a spoon into a large bowl. Immediately add the lime juice and Tequila, if using. Using two knives, criss-cross slice the avocados until they are finely diced. Add the remaining ingredients except the tomato and coriander leaves and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Add the tomatoes and mix. Sprinkle with coriander leaves prior to serving.