Scotch Egg & Salad

I didn’t come to England for 29C heat in October…I have to giggle as they brag about the heat on the morning news.

While it isn’t exactly ‘hot’ I wouldn’t call it Autumn weather, but then I don’t think my first English summer was typical either.

What better way to sooth my  weather-related anxieties than by cooking up a lovely batch of Scotch Eggs. Or rather, asking my sister VC to.

Scotch Eggs are boiled eggs rolled in sausage meat, crumbed and fried. Madness I tell you. Brilliant madness.

They tasted pretty good, milder than I expected. Served at room temperature and accompanied with a creamy coleslaw and spinach salad they made a lovely ‘mild weather’ meal.

I must admit that I probably didn’t need to eat two….but then, it was dinner time.

Here are some recipes from some classic British food sources BBC Food and Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith.

I think scotch eggs would make great after school snacks for ravenous teenagers, a quick and easy lunch on the run at work and perfect for any picnic.

The only concern with these little protein bombs is to take care to have the right temperature oil to prevent undercooked sausage meat.

Who is Gumbo?

KT (now 6yrs old) had been asking about Gumbo. He had seen it in a movie he watched lately and was full of questions. So being a good dad, AT thought he would look up a recipe and get KT to help him make dinner and give me the night off. The two had been talking about Gumbo for days now, and little LT (now 4 yrs old) asked once or twice ‘Who is Gumbo?’ To which we replied it’s a dish… food. But he didn’t seem to understand or to care, as is his way.

So it’s dinner time (5.30pm in my house) and we sit down to a lovely Gumbo meal that KT was taking great pride in sharing. And it tasted great. Really, it did. I wanted seconds…and thirds, but held back. AT loves left overs. As I tucked into my meal with LT sitting next me at our little table looking out into to the streets of Battersea asked ‘Does he have a mouth?’

I wasn’t sure I’d heard correctly. I looked at him as he poked his meal with a fork. Then I looked AT, who mustn’t have heard. So I looked at KT who was grinning from ear to ear. It seemed he had heard it too, and what’s more, his reaction confirmed what I had suspected.

So I asked him ‘What did LT say?’

To which he replied- trying not to laugh, ‘He thinks Gumbo is a person’.

At which point we both cracked up laughing. LT never knew we were even having a giggle at his expense, I think he was probably still trying to figure out what exactly happened to poor old Gumbo and why we were eating him! I didn’t know what I found funnier, the fact that LT thought Gumbo was a person; or that he wanted to know where his mouth was; or that his big brother had thought this adorable little faux pa was as funny as I did.

Anyway, if you want to make this delicious gumbo recipe, AT found it at Gumbo City, and it was this recipe we used: Easy Chicken Gumbo. And can I say it any more times?

Gumbo, gumbo, gumbo.

Here is a little photo of LT. Just in case you didn’t know how cute he was.

The loneliest little man in Kensington Palace.

Anne’s Date and Walnut Slice

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Anne from Brisbane has come in the Top 30 for the Lurpak Challenge with her Nana’s Walnut and Date Slice . Click on the link to Anne’s Blog ‘Domesblissity‘ to vote for her slice and have a look at the … Continue reading