Friday morning

Yesterday was a marathon in the kitchen as I had abandoned any ideas of doing the laundry as it was so damp outside.  First I made a kilo of flour into bread which made two big loaf tins full.  Then it was on to the chicken curry and also a batch of harvest pancakes.  I call them harvest rather than courgette as they had an assortment of bits from the garden including a few carrots and some runner beans.  Then it was on with the coconut soup which also contained some of the chicken and some prawns.  This has to be one of the most delicious soups ever so I will put the whole recipe.

Serves 4
2 tins coconut milk
300ml chicken stock
350g chicken cut into slivers
3 lemon grass stems heavily bruised
1.5 cm ginger grated
225g shelled uncooked prawns
1 red chilli deseeded and sliced
3 spring onions sliced
Juice of 1-2 limes
3 tablespoons of chopped coriander
3 tbsp fish sauce

Put coconut milk and stock in a pan and bring to the boil then add the chicken lemongrass and ginger and reduce to a gentle simmer.  Cook for 10 minutes uncovered add the prawns and cook for a further 2.  Finally add the remaining ingredients and check for flavour and serve.

The work for this dish is all in the preparation and almost none in the cooking.  This make it ideal for guests as you can get it all ready and have it on the table in just 15 minutes.

As the bread came out of the oven in went a tarte tatin made with yet another picking of figs

 Tarte tatin

Harvest pancakes

This is all that is left this morning as the bread is in the freezer and we demolished the soup and the curry.

The afternoon was rounded off with James friends coming to visit and lots of chat and cups of tea.

It has been wet overnight and I believe we are due more rain today, so the laundry will be put on hold yet again, as there looks like a window of opportunity on Saturday morning.  This is one of the great things about being retired you can choose when you do things to maximise the weather conditions.

The tarte tatin will be on todays menu along with a toad in the hole which will stretch a couple of sausages a long way.  

I am also expecting a meat delivery from Westin a company I have not yet tried.  They have a good selection of meats including veal which is very hard to come by locally.  All the meat is chilled but not yet frozen which allows you the opportunity to divide it into sensible portions before freezing. Anyway I will let you know how it turns out when it arrives.

Well these are my plans for the day hope your day goes according to plan.....................

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