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February 7, 2010 - 2 comments

Et Voilà…..

I finally had the time, and the excuse...Mr Silent's  spend some time in the kitchen.

My plan to cook and bake new recipes a couple of weeks ago was taken over by our fundraising for Haiti, which is now in full swing.

So after a failed attempt a couple of days before, I tried a childproof berry and cheese cake recipe 

And this is what it looked like...

I found the recipe on I Bake What I like after spending hours browsing the incredibly addictive site Tastespotting

Eclairs and Macaroons to come...I promise....

January 12, 2010 - 8 comments

The taming of the shrew…

Taming of the shrew 
There are fewer people on this planet who are further away from being a domestic goddess than I am. 

It's not because I'm not interested...I would love to cook  a gourmet dinner in 15 minutes as many of these 'personalities' do on TV .

I'm not sure why? It could be due to my incapacity to multi task if one of these requires timed attention.

But also growing up in Spain, were I was part the first generation who was liberated from male imposed obligations and consequently resisting any responsibilities that our mothers and grandmothers may have had. 

Whilst at school the theatre group, ironically,  produced the The Taming of the Shrew...and yes... guess who played Katherina...?  Is it a case of life imitating fiction?

Many years later and still not domesticated...

I do love cooking, it's like therapy, but when FEDEX  is at the door and both phones ring at the same time..the chances are the fire alarm will set off within it does every other week.

From next week I'll be posting on my adventures and misadventures in the kitchen....if you have any challenging recipes let me know

bon appetit...

January 4, 2010 - 10 comments

Harvest Cook Eat

In December 2008 Mr. Silent and myself became the proud tenants of a little piece of land in County Meath, Ireland.

I'm not sure there was a specific reason for our desire to commit to some madness and a lot of pleasure, but  a combination of being more in touch with nature and growing our own vegetables could  have contributed to the decision.

Our lack of experience has resulted in a year where my skin started turning purple in June, after overdosing in beetroot, food poisoned by Jurassic Park sized courgettes (zucchinis) and eating spinach everyday for 4 or 5 months.. (Popeye would be proud)

I hope this year will result in a smarter harvest and I have to thank Helen James who has been my 911 call when I'm not sure if things are edible or not... I have a feeling our conversations will be even more frequent this year...

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View of our allotment on the 1st of January 2010

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Nature's creatures helping themselves to their share of the deal...




Our little helper is unaffected by freezing temperatures or snow..