Going home definitely has its benefits…
I’ve only been home for three days and already I’ve had two incredible meals by my big brother (you can see his blog here). He has a taste for posh expensive food that takes all day to cook and in my eyes that is a very beautiful thing.
This is what we had yesterday for lunch- sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce and chips (he has his own deep fat fryer, I am so jealous).
And this is the dinner I’ve just eaten which was one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth: braised lamb with potato gratin, broad bean and pea salad, and celeriac purée. He was literally cooking since 10 o’ clock this morning and wow it was so worth it.
I was set the task of cooking for 45 people at the weekend, although it then became 25, then 35, and I really have no idea how many people were there in the end so I just cooked a lot of food and hoped for the best. I didn’t get particularly good pictures of any of the meals, but here they are anyway.
This meal was the biggest disaster- the dough rose for too long, then the oven broke as we were preparing the pizza so we had some manic phoning people and going through the manual to try and make it work, and when we did manage to eventually turn it on it couldn’t get hot enough in time so all of the pizzas were a little underdone. Anyway the meaty toppings sort of compensated (when it comes to ham, tesco’s finest really is very fine).
I couldn’t get a very good photo of this one. It was a beef and Guinness stew, and it was very guinnessy indeed. I filled it out with potato and carrots and celery and stuff so it was a bit cheaper. I made some mac and cheese for the vegetarians and put the leftover mozzarella from the pizza in it and some green veg too and oh my goodness it looked so stringy and cheesy and delicious.
The last meal was fusilli arrabiata (couldn’t get any penne) although to be honest it wasn’t very spicy because I was a bit nervous of the chilli flakes because I’ve nearly burnt my face off with them before. There was also a ton of chorizo in it too. If the photo doesn’t look too appetizing, it’s probably because this is actually a photo of the cold leftovers! Didn’t manage to get the camera out while I was serving this one.
A couple of my friends are getting married in a few weeks, and tonight was the bridal shower. I wanted to draw something to give to the bride-to-be but I’m really not great at drawing, so instead I googled Rob Ryan for some cut-out art inspiration and I came up with this:
Have a look at Rob’s website for some inspiration, it’s pretty amazing.
After noticing the huge snow blizzard going on outside this afternoon, I grabbed my camera and ran to Selly Park again, this time lasting only about two minutes before I had to sprint back home because my hands were in so much pain from the cold. These pictures were the result- I could pretend that I deliberately chose to have the photos really bright for artistic reasons, but actually by the time I got to the park I’d lost every trace of feeling in my hands and couldn’t change the camera settings. Anyway I think it makes it look a little bit magical.
I love how creepy and mysterious Selly Oak looks when the fog descends. While I was taking pictures I could hear a group of guys playing football probably less than 100 metres away but the fog was so thick I couldn’t see a single one of them.
We have a new rule in our house where we each have to cook one vegetarian meal a week which is a bit new for me, being one of those people who think that it’s not a meal if it doesn’t contain meat. Anyway I’m changing my mind on that since it saves me money AND it’s healthier.
For tonight’s effort I made rostis with potato, leek, parsnip and some other bits in, and stuck a fried egg on top to make it look a bit more interesting.