Monday, 30 August 2010

home-grown treats

Look what little gems I got home to find in the garden today- 3 blueberries and a tiny radish. Small but perfectly formed and I can take no credit for growing them- all my mum's hard work, but she said the blueberries are for me- yum yum.

Monday, 23 August 2010

tasty france

I just got back from a fantastic week long family holiday in the south of France, lots and lots of fun, and i realise I seem to of take mostly pictures of food - and mostly on other peoples cameras- I'll add more when I've gathered them up. Here's a wee selection......

Violette Mustard- comes with the popes' blessing.
There were loads of fruit trees and brambles and berries growing in the country side where we stayed, great for foraging- loads of plums and apples and nuts and berries and wild herbs and sunflowers everywhere it was brilliant. I'm such a muncher. Here's a wee pudding we made out of found treats.

Mmmm 70's food chic

Good luck to Hilary who has been working flat out for the past two weeks on a recipe book for Harvest Fest in Glasgow this weekend, Hope you can get some sleep and can't wait to see the results :)

Thursday, 5 August 2010

What a monster!

Look at this beast which arrived in a punnet of strawberries at work the other day - so huge I just had to share it.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Awesome fruit discovery in Dundee!

I found out tonight in Dundee, at Magdalen Green my local park, there are cherry trees! So many and all bearing delicious delicious fruit. Rob, Jane and I went out picking them and made a cherry and apple pie afterwards. Unfortunately we didn't manage to get any photos but I'll leave you with the recipe:

For the pastry
8 oz plain white flour
4 oz butter
some water and a pinch of salt

700g fresh cherries
1 apple, finely chopped into slices.
3 tablespoons of demerara sugar

a little egg of milk to glaze the pastry.

Start by rubbing the butter into the flour until mixed through. Then add a drop of water and knead into a dough.
Line your pie dish with the pastry and blind bake for about 7-10 minutes. You should also have a little pastry left over for the top.

De-seed the cherries (this took quite a while, thanks Rob) and boil them down with some sugar in an cast-iron or heavy based pan for quite a while until it's all nice and runny and mushy.

Slide the apple and lay out on the base of the pastry, sprinkle with a bit of sugar and top with the cherry mush. Cut the remaining pastry into strips and weave over the top of the pie.

Bake for 30 mins, serve with ice cream.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

twEATS competition and NVA's Harvest Festival coming soon!

Central Station announced last week that they'd be holding a number of events as part of NVA's Harvest festival, this August.

One of the events, twEATs is going to be a live event where a chef is going to be revealing a recipe, step by step on Twitter with people in their homes following the instructions.

There's also going to be a Jam Wall where jam-makers will be invited to bring along jars of their jams and enter them into a 3d installation, inspired by pantone charts. Reminds me of Mahala's work in final year...

Central Station is also putting together a recipe book/ newspaper/ publication with recipes to encourage people to cook with locally grown produce. They launched a competition calling artists, foodies and creatives and submit illustrated recipes to be features in the publication. I've been working on two recipes, one wasn't quite enough as I really enjoy making instructions!

H x