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Sunday Morning Treat | Croissants

On Sundays, the Mhinisteir has 2 warm croissants for breakfast instead of his usual soft boiled eggs and porridge.

Until a few weeks ago, his croissants came from Marks and Spencer via Ocado. All I had to do was to warm them up in the oven.

Unfortunately, the M&S croissants are often out of stock and so I have had to find an alternative; that is when I found Picard Frozen Croissants. At Ocado, it costs £3.99 for 8 frozen croissants. You put them in a hot oven at 180c for 18 minutes and voila! you have soft and buttery croissants to enjoy. The Mhinisteir tells me that these croissants taste much better than the M&S croissants. I can’t eat them due to my food intolerance.

As the weather gets colder, you might want to keep a bag in your freezer for that occasional treat.

ps: I am not paid to promote these croissants.

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Bambi Vs Nemo

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On Sunday, we had pan fried wild Scottish venison haunch for lunch. As I was preparing the meal, I got transported to Scotland as it usually happens!!!

When we lived in Scotland, we ate a lot of venison as it is my favourite red meat. I prefer it to beef; I don’t like lamb as I find the flavour a bit too strong for me.

At least one of our parishioners was a ghillie (one who attends to deer stalking expeditions) which meant that we always had venison in our freezer! In bygone days when I was fighting fit, we used to entertain quite extensively but strangely, I have never ever served venison to any of my dinner guests.

As a host, I always like to ask guests before hand their likes and dislikes together with their dietary requirements and every single time, I was told that they don’t like to eat bambi!!!!

However, they had no trouble with the Scottish Salmon that I served which has made me wonder how is it that they had no trouble eating nemo but not bambi???😂😂😂

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Christmas already?

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A few weeks ago, I got a reminder from Ocado, our online supermarket to book my slots for Christmas! Until then, I had not even thought about Christmas! In fact, it was just two days ago that the Mhinisteir asked me what day Christmas falls on this year and I hadn’t a clue! I have since discovered that Christmas this year is on a Saturday!

In the Vicarage, Christmas is a very very important religious festival. However, our celebrations are always subdued. It ever was thus!

Back to Ocado, I am not even sure what I am going to be doing next week let alone Christmas. I don’t want to book a slot and then realise nearer the time that I won’t be available to accept delivery. In any case, I prefer not to deprive someone else of a much wanted slot.

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Overdressed!

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For the first time ever, I felt overdressed at the dinner party hosted by a senior cleric. Thankfully the feeling just lasted for a few minutes but it was threatening to consume me! I was quite shocked I felt that way. The truth is I wasn’t overdressed. I certainly didn’t arrive like the Duchess of Cambridge when she attended the premiere of the new Bond movie this week. By the way, she looked lovely. I just wore a little black dress. About 97% of the invited guests were underdressed which meant that wherever you looked you only saw the underdressed! There was even someone in a tracksuit bottom! The dress code was smart casual.

The occasion itself was a very happy one and we got to meet new people. The food was lovely too. It was a proper sit down 3 course meal with coffee/tea afterwards. Unusually, I even got to sit adjacent to the Mhinisteir.

The icing on the cake was that we got to stay the night at a local bed and breakfast!

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Y.M.C.A

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On Saturday, as I turned on the radio, I got to listen to the tail end of the Radio 4 food programme called Kitchen Cabinet. They were discussing family pet names for food. One of the panellist came up with YMCA for trifle – yesterday’s muck cooked again. Ouch!! With that, the programme ended!!!

Strangely, I have never ever made a trifle!!!

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From the Vicarage Kitchen | Centre Cut Fillet Steak

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The Mhinisteir and I are often mistaken for vegans or vegetarians. Why? I have no idea!!!

We both eat meat. However, we only buy meat from a butcher and it has to be free range/ organic meat which means our food bill is slightly higher but then we rarely go out to eat.

We both love a good fillet steak. About 12 months ago, I noticed that my butcher in Scotland had started selling centre cut fillet steak, grass fed of course. It is pricier than ordinary fillet steak but the Mhinisteir just loves it.

I like my steak medium while the Mhinisteir loves his cremated!!!

Just before cooking, I rub the steaks with olive oil and season with salt (no pepper!) and pan fry them in a smoky frying pan for 5 minutes on each side. I do not add any oil to the frying pan.

The steaks always turns out wonderful! I serve them with handcut triple cooked chips, tomatoes, mushrooms, salad and peppercorn sauce.

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From the Vicarage Kitchen | Samphire

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For the first time last month, I tried samphire. I have seen them in supermarkets but wasn’t brave enough to experiment with them. I used to be very adventurous with food in my younger days but these days I prefer to play it safe. Maybe it’s because the Mhinisteir doesn’t like to experiment with new dishes.

The samphire duly arrived with my other groceries from Tesco. The very young delivery driver got quite excited when he saw the samphire. He started giving me advise on how to cook them, not that I asked!!! Anyway, he told me to steam and serve it with a good piece of fillet steak. I already had other plans. I was going to steam it and incorporate it in my pasta with Scottish smoked salmon and that was what I did. It tasted heavenly. By the way, the Mhinisteir had something else to eat!

The delivery driver told me to add rock salt but I didn’t as I read somewhere that samphire is salty.

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Lockdown Panic Buying

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I am sure that at some point during the pandemic, I got on my moral high horse deploring panic buying.

I am ashamed to admit that I too succumbed to pressure and ended up panic buying 3 specific food items!!!

As I type this, I can’t stop laughing but this is what happened…. In a fit of panic, I bought a SINGLE can of Tesco organic chickpeas, ONE jar of Seeds of Change organic korma sauce and ONE jar of Seeds of Change organic Tikka Masala sauce. All these 3 items are still in my pantry waiting to be used.

I really don’t know what on earth possessed me to buy these three specific items because I have NEVER EVER bought them before. Of course now I don’t know what to do with them!!!!

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Another Victim of the Pandemic…

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The Mhinisteir loves Thai food. Occasionally, we would go to our favourite Thai restaurant usually for a takeaway. The restaurant is about an hour’s drive from the Vicarage. My stomach can’t cope with any form of spice so I avoid spicy food like the plague. However at this restaurant, I found a dish called Pad Thai that does not contain any spice. I am reliably informed that the traditional way of cooking Pad Thai is without spice but it has not been the case in my experience in other Thai restaurants!.

Imagine my shock when I heard from the Mhinisteir that our favourite Thai Restaurant has closed down. I don’t think I have gotten over it yet. What will the staff do? Where can they go? Where can I go for my Pad Thai fix?

Sadly, our favourite Thai restaurant has become yet another victim of the pandemic.

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From the Vicarage Kitchen | Sliced Baked Potatoes (Dairy & Gluten Free)

This potato dish goes very well with roast chicken. It is fairly easy to prepare and the best thing is that the oven does most of the work.

Recipe (Serves 2 to 3)

4 medium potatoes. peeled and thinly sliced (I use organic ones)

2 small shallots, thinly sliced

Dairy free butter, enough to grease the baking dish and to dot the potatoes (I use Stork)

Rice milk, enough to cover the potatoes. (I use Alpro)

Salt

Method

  1. Rub the baking dish liberally with the dairy free butter.
  2. Arrange one layer of the sliced potatoes.
  3. Dot it with dairy free butter.
  4. Scatter a few of the thinly sliced onions and season with salt.
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 until you run out of the sliced potatoes.
  6. Pour enough milk to cover the potatoes.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 170c for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
  8. Enjoy!