Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In my kitchen

Marshmallow top hats - classic children's party food. Melt some chocolate over a pan of simmering water - this was a 100g bar of Dairy Milk. Pour a spoonful in the bottom of a paper case - push in a marshmallow and top with a chocolate bean.

Foraged mussels from the shore - bit on the small side yet, but very fresh and tasty.

A make your own pizza party! Lots of good food, fizzy drink and chat. They seemed so grown up, suddenly - such a nice wee bunch they are too.

Little cups of roasted beetroot and fennel soup for a lunch party starter. Peel and thinly slice 3 or 4 medium size beets, a medium onion or 4 shallots and a garlic clove Sprinkle over 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and roast until beetroot is tender - about 30 - 40 minutes at 180 C. Blend the mixture and the juices until smooth and add 500 ml chicken or veg stock. Bring almost to boil and serve with a drizzle of cream.

Sausage rolls chips and beans with a good red - why not?

Oh yes - and  salted caramel sauce - supposed to be for ice cream, but was mostly spooned straight out of the jar.

A few of the things happening in my kitchen in November. Roll on December :)


  1. Jacqui, your November kitchen is producing many wonderful things.

    The photo of the pizza party table is a visual feast itself. Your lad is such a handsome fellow.

    And, as you say, as November begins to leave us, roll on December.

    I'm just back from a UK visit where I enjoyed mild weather. Since getting back here, it's a roller coaster. Very cold, please pass me my gloves, then strange humid warmth and rain, and then another reset. We might even see a few snow flakes by the end of the week. I do hope not, because I want to take my camera to the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade that will be passing through my neighborhood on Thursday morning.

    Lots of love to you and yours. xo

  2. Jacqui, thanks for the photo of the top hats. they were a part of my childhood birthday parties and I always looked forward to them. it looks like you had a great party.

  3. Your kitchen looks like a wonderful place to be!

  4. A very productive kitchen! and to think that you can forage for some mussels, how perfect is that!! Take care x

  5. Wow - I can't decided which dish looks most delicious! YumYumYum!

    Take care


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