For the guinea fowl, smear the guinea fowl all over with the softened butter, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the seasoned guinea fowl into a deep-sided roasting tray.
Transfer the guinea fowl to the oven and roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the guinea fowl at the thickest part of the thigh.
When the guinea fowl are cooked, tip the juices from the cavity of each bird back into the roasting tray. Transfer the guinea fowl to a warmed serving platter, cover with aluminium foil and set aside to rest.
For the tarragon and lemon sauce, heat the cooking juices in the roasting tray over a medium heat, scraping any burned bits up from the bottom of the pan using a wooden spoon.
Whisk in the flour until the mixture forms a paste. Cook the paste for 25-30 seconds, whisking continuously, until smooth.
Gradually add the lemon juice and white wine, whisking vigorously until combined. Bring the mixture to the boil, then continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has reduced and the sauce has thickened.
Strain the sauce through a fine sieve into a small pan and return to a medium heat. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer, then stir in the chopped tarragon and cream. Continue to cook until heated through, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
To serve, carve the guinea fowl into slices and arrange the slices onto a serving platter. Pour over the tarragon and lemon sauce.
Yesterday, was a miserable day first I was freezing cold then boiling hot and generally under the weather. I spent most of the day catching up on the days of lost sleep. The cold sore on my lip is developing well and cracks open every time I smile so I am keeping a very straight face. I must admit that I am feeling a bit brighter this morning so maybe it was what was needed. Abandoning my chores yesterday means that the mountain of washing is still there so the machine will be put to work today and get at least some of it done.
Mike bought me some yarn from the wool shop where there is a big basket of oddments. He got three 50g balls of very nice denim blue and I have decided that I will make a pair of socks out of the wool and the rest will then go into the throw. The colour is perfect to go with blue jeans which I wear most of the time. It will also give me a break from crochet and back to knitting.
Anyway on that happy note I am going to make a start on the laundry, thank heavens for washing machines........
Good morning all, today is the first day of a new and different life. Now I need to take my time to readjust and not go at it like a bull at a gate. I have an appointment at the solicitors at 10am to pick up the will and then I can start making tracks with some of the paperwork. Having just spent a fortune on some new inks my printer has now gone on strike.
Yesterday went according to plan and from my perspective the ceremony went very well however it was quite clear that Mikes family were not so pleased and pointedly avoided the boys. I have three sisters in law and not one of them ever picked up the phone to see how we were. By contrast, Elaine rang me every single day since Mike died just to check on me. Henry and Angela drove up from Bristol to be with me for which I am deeply grateful it is a hell of a journey. The locals who came back for bacon butties and coffee not to mention the odd bottle of red were a delight. I was banished from the kitchen and Shiona manned the s…
Good morning all sorry but you are not off the hook yet. Here is a set of photos of the interior of a house in Trieste. It belonged to the man who funded the Suez Canal so he was not short of a bob or two and I think the photos will demonstrate that fact. Interestingly nothing is cordoned off, you are trusted not to handle the artefacts. Entry is free and they have added a section to the building which is modern and houses their modern art collection.
Beautiful domed ceiling
enough gold leaf to open a shop
These bannisters are in red velvet
Some floors in marble
others in Parque which are more like marquetry
chandeliers by the dozen
Stuffed with artworks and marble statues
his carriage and footman's uniforms
The house is an interesting design in that the bottom floor is where they kept the carriage and horses the next floor was personal living apartments and the top floor was for business and social meetings and grand occasions. Not that you can tell t…
Good morning all. Yesterday I tackled the bank who were very helpful. The minute the manager saw me standing with a death certificate in hand I was ushered into a private little office. I explained that my printer had also died so they printed off six months of bank statements including all the standing orders and direct debits, so I could sit and study them at my leisure. However, the one question that they couldn't answer was where did Mikes pension come from? It has taken my two days of googling and phoning from companies house to the pension tracker, not a soul knew a thing. Then in desperation, I rang a very old friend of Mikes who we haven't seen in 20 years as luck would have it not only was he at the same address but was still alive and drawing his pension so at last, he gave me the details I needed. Today, I have to post off to them my birth certificate [original] marriage certificate [original] the death certificate [original] and my national insurance number …