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Salty Piggy Goodness: Chilli Whipped Lardo


Jul
04

If there’s anything I’m really good at, it’s disappearing off my blog for inordinate amounts of time. Whoops. This time I do have a good reason, though – I moved house! Yep, I’m finally out and free of the bedbug-ridden hell hole I was stuck in for a year and am in a lovely little place in SE London with two (new) friends. We’ve been slowly setting up the house (my current project is attempting to build us a coffee table as we didn’t like anything that was available on the market) and it’s coming together, slowly but surely (I still have two boxes to unpack as I don’t have a desk/home office yet). Pretty soon I’ll be able to share some photos but for the time being I’m going to leave you with this oldie but goodie – chilli whipped lardo.

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Parlez-Vous Tasty?


May
29

We always assumed I was going to be taller. After all, you don’t see many ten-year-olds with size six feet roaming around the joint, and my grandmother on my father’s side was tall herself. She used to inspect me and say with a knowing nod, “yes. You are just like Mah-Mah. You will be tall”. When I entered secondary school I was one of the tallest in my class, lined up towards the back of the group during fire drills feeling proud, holding my head high and my spine straight.

The following summer I came back to school and suddenly the rest of the girls had grown a foot whilst I had stayed, disappointingly, at a mere five foot two. One school mate came running up to me to tell me her summer news, only to stop short, giving me a quizzical look as she found herself looking down at the top of my head. “Oh,” she mused, raising an eyebrow, “I thought you were taller” – I never grew again.

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Stress Cooking


Jul
09

Tartelette, originally uploaded by jaxies.

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a bit of a stress cook, ie. I cook when I’m stressed and it makes me feel better. However, this is a slightly different method of stress cooking. This is cooking and being stressed out from the cooking. In this particular case I was told about an hour before three and a half guests were due to arrive for a dinner party (the half being the most adorable two-year-old you’ve ever seen who then spent the entire evening alternating between poking, prodding, pawing at, hugging and kissing me and yelling, “JAAAAACKIE!” every time I left the room) that I needed to come up with some kind of appetiser dish and make some potatoes to go with the main course. Oh heck.

To make things worse it was ridiculously hot, muggy and uncomfortable today, I had a very late night last night, and because I’m on antibiotics right now I was feeling very under the weather. Anyway, this is a little recipe I whipped up, prepared and then got Momma Lee to put into the oven so I could go and have a lie-down for a couple of hours. Despite that, these turned out very nicely.

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