Once in a while..


This morning, a) being a holiday and b) being a bit grim and have reached the weekly target decided we should have something a bit different for breakfast. I had forgotten to make some bread and didn’t fancy venturing out to see if the local shop had some and being a holiday had probably had the shelves stripped on Friday evening with hoards of locusts expecting the Armageddon. Ok maybe a bit of an exaggeration but hey why not completely overreact. Not quite running around waving hands in the air shouting Oh my God incessantly but thats how it panned out in my mind.

So I settled on making some Drop Scones, these are much like pancakes from over the pond but much smaller and smeared with butter and thick set honey were really delicious and only planning to have a couple ended up having more that due to the face that I didn’t want any left as there not so nice when cold and old. This means that I will need to walk these off or cut back on the calories for the day. But they were really nice! Well worth the pain to burn them off.

Best laid plans

I am somewhat struggling to select/find suitable foods to cook for my round the world in six dishes. Where I am struggling the most is with Australia and North America where the food histories are somewhat confused to me. Due to the nature of immigration and the proliferation of the incoming populations food cultures it is hard to get a handle on what would be a suitable choice. I could flake out and go for a burger of some sorts but feel that is to easy but there is things like chowder or macaroni cheese 🙂

For Australia if I look at the indigenous food types I will struggle to find the ingredients needed from Kangaroo meat to Witchetty Grubs and then there is the actual meal recipe. The alternative would be to look at the modern modern cuisine and there is such a variety with all the European and Asian influences again from the influx of population. Short of having a barbie which then weather is not conducive to at the moment or eating a packet of Tim Tams I need to research more.

The rest is rather the opposite where the choice is overflowing and somewhat overwhelming. I have been reading up over the last few days around African and Asian food and this is where on the whole I have never really experienced apart from the obvious Thai, Chinese and Indian food. So the journey to find inspiring foods has been as fun as the cooking and consuming. Anyway more work needed so it will be a case of “more of that story later”.

Different strokes

Whilst sitting around this morning over breakfast coffee my mind got to wondering about what I was going to have for my evening meal. Looking in the fridge to see the usual suspects I came away thinking hmmm, don’t fancy any of that so what to do. In this day and age of the information super highway and living the now and all that I thought well there must be something I can find that I would want to eat. This then led me down an avenue of thought that what do we normally do but to revert to the norm and in my case like many others reach for the pasta. As I gulped the last mouthful of coffee and thought about getting on with the day there seemed to be a nugget of something growing in the back of my mind. However it wasn’t until I was out on the daily walk drifting along in my mediative state that the thought came back to me. Churning it through I began to think about the daily diet and how I could vary it not that I live an unhealthy life more like just introducing some variety. Now I like to cook the things I like to eat on the whole as most of us do and I am not trying to radically change my diet to say a vegan one but I do think that I would like to be more adventurous.

I do have a love of all, well at least nearly all types of food and the only thing I have come across so far that I have not been able to eat and still can’t physically eat is the devils food which is Sprouts. No matter how much family, friends and anyone else says I will not like them not now not ever! (note to self, move away from the rant button) and so this leads me onto my new current culinary experiment. The plan I have come up with is to cook a new to me meal each night for a week starting tomorrow as this is when I do the weekly shop. I am also going to try out some vegetarian dishes as being a fully paid up member of the carnivore clan I have on the whole never tried this type of food and am interested to see how the pallet, wallet and stomach cope with a bit of radical change. Don’t get me wrong I am not doing this for any ethical reasons and don’t plan to give up on meat I am just curious to try out new things and this goes throughout the whole of my life.

I will NOT be taking pictures of said meals for twitter, instagram, Facebook or any other social media site for which I have seen people standing on there chairs in restaurants to get that unforgettable shot of dining in some currently trendy joint just to let everyone know where they in fact I believe Gordon Ramsay got into a bit of a tizzy about this and that is someone I would definitely not want to enrage anyway I digress.

I then started to come up with additional ideas such as should I just use a random selection of all food styles and types or pick one type i.e Italian and then select all from that locale or finally pick 7 dishes from 7 continents, although there are people who say there are 6 continents. There is one problem to this as the food of the Antarctic would be fish and more exactly Wem and the likelihood of getting some from my local supermarket being probably zero I think this plan has a major flaw. But, if I was to take the remaining six continents and choose from those with a lucky dip for the seventh and final day. Hmmm yes I may be taking this too far and have too much time on my hands but its been a interesting journey on the actual decision. So now time to start selecting the menu..

Ones daily bread

breadThought I would have a go at something different and make bread so with the wonders of the interweb got the makings bashed it all together and had to wait a couple of hours, taadaa, ok well not quite that simple but really its just flour, yeast, salt and water with a bit of olive oil and some walnuts added. Wasn’t sure if I had killed the dried yeast by putting what I thought was too hot. I didn’t have any bread making tins so had to wing it and leave them round, however this just worked out fine. I have to say it is very very nice, No bread maker for me just good old fashioned elbow grease and it all cost a very small amount of dough It’s amazing what you can achieve with time on your hands. I plan to have another go at this and maybe make something a bit more exotic didn’t realise it was so easy, I fancy some Chelsea buns although I may have to give most of them away in order to stop me eating them all 🙂

Now where is the jam and a big cuppa tea.