Month: November 2018

The Musette: home-made vinegar

Who knew? All it takes to rustle up some delicious home-made vinegar is a little beer or wine, a clean jar, and some cheesecloth to let microbes in (for fermentation) and keep nasties out. When I’m cooking, I find that a teaspoon of vinegar… Continue Reading “The Musette: home-made vinegar”

The bionic man is up and running………..well, almost

Post my beloved’s stay in hospital, we’ve quickly settled into a routine. The first 10 days we had early morning calls from the local nurse to administer anti-coagulant injections, and two at home blood tests conducted by a local lab. Every week day, late… Continue Reading “The bionic man is up and running………..well, almost”

The Musette: caramel banana cake two ways

In the same way that you can never have too many pairs of shoes, you can never have too many recipes for banana cakes. I find that they’re consistently everyone’s favourite. And when I say everyone, I mean every cyclist. I constantly trawl the internet,… Continue Reading “The Musette: caramel banana cake two ways”

40 years of Memorable Moments: Japan

When we celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss last year, I decided I would write a series of posts entitled “40 years of Memorable Moments.” We’ve already passed the 41 year mark and I’m nowhere near finished! I had always wanted to visit Japan.… Continue Reading “40 years of Memorable Moments: Japan”

The Musette: basic sourdough loaf

We have the starter and now we’re ready to bake my first ever sourdough loaf…………..well, almost! Ingredients (makes a medium sized loaf) For the sponge About 150ml (2/3 cup) active starter (see previous recipe) 250g (1 2/3 cup) strong flour (white, wholemeal, rye, spelt… Continue Reading “The Musette: basic sourdough loaf”

The Musette: sourdough starter

The secret to great bread  Many of our favorite foods are the product of carefully controlled ageing: dry-aged beef, sharp cheddar and umami-packed miso paste all owe their complex, pungent flavours to microbial fermentation. Sourdough bread works the same way, but instead of fermenting… Continue Reading “The Musette: sourdough starter”

40 Years of Memorable Moments: frightening ordeal by fire

Recent events in California, with the incineration of a town called Paradise, reminded me of our own close call with flames. Yes, this incident was memorable for all the wrong reasons. The Christmas we moved into our partly renovated apartment, I invited the neighbours… Continue Reading “40 Years of Memorable Moments: frightening ordeal by fire”

The Musette: petit salé aux lentilles

Petit Salé aux Lentilles is traditional French cooking, the sort you’ll find in French homes the length and breadth of the country. The meat and lentils are cooked, together with carrots, onions, celery and a generous bouquet garni of herbs, then served in a… Continue Reading “The Musette: petit salé aux lentilles”

Amateur cheats

Ahead of the recent New York marathon, an article in The Guardian newspaper made me laugh. It was about amateurs cheating in marathons. It reminded me of when I ran took part in the London marathon and an enterprising young fellow offered to lend… Continue Reading “Amateur cheats”

The Musette: white chocolate, cinnamon and apple rocky road

Winner of Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya Hussain is now a familiar figure on cookery and food related programmes on British screens. When I saw her prepare this recipe I knew immediately that the sons of some friends would love this, particularly… Continue Reading “The Musette: white chocolate, cinnamon and apple rocky road”