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Celebration food today?

If somebody's birthday or graduation is this week in your country, what kind of food will you make?

Today at my workplace (a University campus) a lot of people had their graduation ceremonies. So we all got an email advertising FREE TARTS! The weather's hot so I hope there was ice cream to eat with the tarts.

Back to the chopping board

Hi happy_eaters

It's a few years now since I started to say that my cooking days are over, unthanks to disability. I learned to love ready-made dishes. There are plenty of those available, these days, but I miss my days of cooking for a living. People used to queue out of the café door at lunchtime, wanting the food I'd made.

I'm still disabled but this week, I picked a good day and set out to make 'spinach pie' (not really a pie, more a quiche without crust) as I used to make in the café. Oops! No spinach in the shop! So I made this instead.

Line 2 1-lb loaf tins with greaseproof paper and oil the paper lightly
Preheat oven to 200 degC

Slice enough cold, cooked new potatoes to make a layer in the base of each tin
Cover with a thin layer of raw, sliced spring onions
Rinse and slice enough raw mushrooms to nearly-fill the tins
Grate a little mild cheddar and sprinkle it onto the veg
Season with salt and white pepper
Rinse and tear a generous handful of fresh basil, then spread it over the veg
Beat 12 medium eggs and divide between the tins

Bake for 40 minutes until firm and lightly browned
Serve with chips* and green peas

I was going to freeze some of this but a) the cooked spuds would go mushy in the freezer and b) it's so tasty that we'll scoff the lot. It had been too long since I saw (and heard) my partner getting greedy with food I'd cooked.

* Chips as we call them in Britain. Like the American 'French fries' but cut more coarsely. Not the finely-sliced American 'chips' which we call crisps.

Golden years

When an old person with diabetes and memory loss keeps losing weight, how can you tempt her to eat?

PS The lady isn't my relative. She's the mother of a friend who might be reading this.

Things to do with pork

Hello happy_eaters! Just a quick note on some things I have recently done or am intending to do with pork.

Pulled pork. I've made this several times now with a preseasoned pork shoulder cut from Ocado. I put it in a covered pan on a layer of sliced onions, then give it four to four-and-a-half hours in the oven at Gas Mark 4 (180C/350F), remove the meat and shred it, then mix in the sauce packet (heated to boiling first since it's packaged with the raw meat) along with the juices from the pan (discarding the onions).

Things to do with it: eat with seasoned rice, or serve in soft white rolls with coleslaw. Any other suggestions?

Pork belly with kimchi. Not tried this yet, but it looks great, and really simple.

Pork in ginger wine. Made this several times and it's really good.

What are your favourite pork recipes?

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What we need

We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience and live without heart;
We may live without friends; we may live without books;
But civilized man can not live without cooks.
He may live without books, what is knowledge but grieving?
He may live without hope, what is hope but deceiving?
He may live without love, what is passion but pining?
But where is the man that can live without dining?

Robert Bulwer Lytton

Everfresh bakery

Yesterday I took a delivery from Everfresh Bakery. Highly recommend this supplier. (Btw I don't work for them.)

You may recall how a particular kind of bread - 100% rye sourdough - is digestible for me whereas normal bread is disastrous. I had a phase of baking my own rye sourdough. My recipe, perfected after months of experiments, is here on this comm. But the truth is that with my disability it's no longer really feasible for me to bake anything.

It used to be possible to buy 'Swedish style' rye sourdough from Sainsbury's but they stopped selling it. They still sell 'German style' rye sourdough which is digestible, but it's not to my taste as a bread. With my partner's help I explored every health-food shop near each of our houses until we found somewhere that sold Everfresh rye sourdough. It's lovely, now part of my staple diet.

Now that I've found Everfresh's online ordering, my partner will no longer have to make a special trip to buy bread for me.

Honey, I’ve transgendered the gugelhupf

Whether gugelhupf resembles bundt cake, I don't know, but they look a bit similar. I'm drooling over this.

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Crackdown on illegal seafood

Is your seafood legal? Is it safe? My fellow WordPress bloggers at The Coastal House say this about it.

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eggless meringue

An LJ Friend alerted me to the existence of eggless meringue. Goofle found this. Sadly, just now my health isn't letting me do more in the kitchen than very basic microwave reheating. So I won't be trying this recipe but I wonder whether anybody here has made something like this.

rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb

I love rhubarb and grow masses of it. This spring, my mobility has been limiting so the rhubarb on my allotment looked likely to go to waste :-( until today when an email came round from a Lottie Soc stalwart. They're collecting as much fresh rhubarb as possible so that the WI can bake huge numbers of rhubarb crumbles to dish up at street parties for the Queen's Jubilee. One mobile-phone call later my OH got to work on the rhubarb harvest. I hope we can find a way to buy some of it back, cooked and crumble-topped, so that we can scoff it with cream.