22 September 2007

Wedding Time








I am having a 2 week break to get ready for our wedding and then a few extra days to spend time with Graham!

Wish me luck!

See you all in October sometime!

Love Holler

13 September 2007

Bring on the Chilli!

Deb did a great post called Harvest Time in Key West with Chilies, with lots of interesting chilli pepper information and some great photos.

For example, did you know that, the more you eat chilli in food, the more immune you become to the heat and so you have to keep adding more peppers, to enjoy that same powerful kick?


I decided it was time for me to brave my jalapeno plant and harvest some of the fruit!

I am afraid I didn't try anything very adventurous!















I made chilli and served it on flour tortillas with sour cream and salad leaves.

Now, don't get me wrong, it was delicious! I have found that adding some dark chocolate makes a real impact on the taste of the chilli. It adds such a depth of flavour and tones down the flavour of tomatoes! So I was happy with our meal and Graham really enjoyed it.

And, I found a great recipe for Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers with Goat's Cheese over at Lisa's Kitchen. How good do they sound?

That will take care of some of my peppers, but I need some help! What shall I do with the rest of the crop? All good vegetarian ideas will be gratefully accepted!

p.s.

I passed my Open University short course! (short course, those 4 months, felt like at least 4 years!) What I want to know is how does anyone manage to work full time and study? If they have a family too, then I am flabbergasted and award a gold star :)

11 September 2007

08 September 2007

Carrot & Coriander Soup


I returned to my old favourite, carrot and coriander soup.

I have made it the same way for years, but this time, I decided to add a couple extra ingredients. Ginger and chilli powder. It really deepened the flavour.



Carrot & Coriander Soup

1 red onion, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
2 tbsp hot water or stock
8 large carrots, diced
3 pints vegetable stock
1 large bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp cream or yoghurt (optional)


Fry the onion, garlic and ginger, until the onion has softened. Add the chilli powder and 2 tbsp hot water, to stop the chilli powder from sticking to the pan. Add the chopped carrots and cook for 10 minutes. Add the stock and cook for a further 30 minutes. Add the coriander and stir in well. Whizz the soup, season and add the cream.

Enjoy!

I can't say how many portions this makes, as Graham always goes back for more, but it does last us for 2 or 3 days. I usually put this one in the fridge to use up instead of freezing it, because I have added cream to it.

05 September 2007

Dundee Flower and Food Festival 2007

Day 2

Another busy day at the festival! And my purse is quite a bit lighter!





















First I have to show you the lovely clydesdale horse that was delighting all the children. Isn't he a beauty?

So, back to the food stalls. Todays delights were:
























A bottle of raspberry wine from Slim at Cairn O' Mohr Winery. A rather mad chap and so is the wine! I haven't opened the bottle yet, but I know of the delights held within! I have many happy memories of this wine! The first was of a student night, to a local pub. Cairn O' Mohr, had a free wine tasting. They must have been mad! Students! Free Wine! Oh Dear! I am lucky to remember anything at all about this night!

The Cairn O' Mohr Winery is situated in a farm in Errol, very near Dundee, where they make wine from the local berries. They use strawberries, raspberries, brambles, elderberries, elderflowers and oak leaves!



















My next purchase was a very expensive bottle of 12 year old, oak matured balsamic vinegar (don't tell Graham!) from the The Gift of Oil. It is really rich and sticky! I was actually browsing at the cheese stand next door, when the waft of balsamic vinegar assailed my senses! The stall holder saw that it had me in it's thrall and persuaded me to try some. Well I was lost then, wasn't I? That is my card being swiped!

I stopped at the supermarket on the way home to buy some crusty bread and once more I curled up on the couch exhausted. This time with cubes of bread to dip in a little bowl of balsamic heaven!

Mmmm!

04 September 2007

Sandwich Poll













31 of you took part in the sandwich poll!

1st Prize Falafel, Pepper and Tomato
2nd Prize Sundried Tomato, Pesto and Mozzarella
3rd Prize Peanut Butter and Jam/Jelly

The booby prize goes to egg and cress, with only one vote! I think that must have been a sympathy vote!

Dundee Flower and Food Festival 2007




















Day 1

This festival is held every September, over a three day period. It is based in the city's Camperdown Country Park and this year it attracted over 27,000 people!

Among the many attractions, there were cookery demonstrations, a craft and jewellery fair, flower and vegetable growing competitions, flower arranging, a children's activity marquee, science experiments, a clydesdale horse(!) and many many food stalls!

Of course, you know where I spent all my money, don't you?

I was helping out in the children's marquee, making dragon masks, so I missed out on the cookery demonstrations, but I did get a good look around!
























On day 1, I bought a couple of delicious truckles of handmade cranberry cheese from the nice man at the Bexton Cheese stand.



















Bexton cheese is handmade and waxed in a farmhouse in Knutsford. There is something amazingly satisfying in opening a cheese, which is encased in wax. A much more pleasurable experience than opening the poor sweating cheese in plastic, that is found in most supermarkets!
























I also picked up couple of extraordinarily pretty bottles of Fortant White Merlot from Patrick at Aitken Wines.
























Patrick certainly knows his stuff when it comes to a good bottle of wine. I am now hooked on Fortant! Aitken Wines can be found here .
























Cork'd , gave the Fortant White Merlot as healthy score of 90%, but I would score it much higher! It has a taste of strawberries and is just too easy to drink on a warm Summer's night!

More please!

So ended a lovely day out, the sun shone and my feet ached, so all I could do was go home and curl up on the couch with some cranberry cheese and oatcakes, accompanied by a large glass of Fortant White Merlot!

Bliss!