We have had a very chilled-out long Jubilee weekend holidaying at home. Drawers have been tidied, cupboards organised, films watched, knitting nearly finished... but the thing that I have enjoyed most over all has been cooking some recipes from this beautiful and inspiring book.
It was the photo’s of the food that initially caught my eye as they inspired ideas for paintings (more on that when I’ve created something to show you).
I love the way she styles the food with beautifully coloured dishes and fabric.
I sat in bed a few nights ago and decided to read through it like a novel and I’m glad I did because her writing is so personable and inspiring – it’s full of her stories of family life and events that have given rise to the recipes.
I’ve only read 117 pages of the 300 and I’ve made five dishes over this long bank holiday weekend.
Some of the groceries and techniques have needed a google translation to help me proceed; Cilantro = parsley, broiler is some kind of grilling, Comte cheese is like Gruyère and there is no shop nearby that sells any of the recommended 12 types of flour, but I have adapted anyway and the outcome has still been delicious.
So with all that cooking and eating, I think a bike ride might be order today.
Maybe to the shop for more ingredients…
PS, not to be outdone, my other half made a cake (he is usually strictly a chef and not a baker) but it was magnificent (rather like my waistline now).