The last two items packed into my carry-on luggage ahead of our recent adventures were a brand new cloth-covered note book and a favourite ballpoint pen. I made a promise to myself that I would put words on paper at the end of each day – keeping a journal of our travels and investing time in the enjoyable process of writing.
As we motored along the road leading to Padstow, I was in awe of the countryside – with its rolling hills, hedgerows and wildflowers galore, it was even prettier than I had imagined.
Yotam Ottolenghi waxed lyrical about the milk puddings of the Middle East in an episode of his television series, Jerusalem on a Plate. During a scene where YO bought a cup of malabi from a street vendor then devoured it, Peter looked my way and said ‘That sounds so good, you must make it for us!’
The jet lag from our adventure lingers, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and whenever I feel like tucking into bed for a nanna nap, I remind myself of the 'KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON' message on a fridge magnet that we picked up in London. Sage advice to push through and get back to the land of the living asap, methinks.
Caramelised mandarins combine so well with ricotta, currants and a splash of Grand Marnier in this baked ricotta ‘cake’ – another of my kedvenc or favourite desserts. But then I do love anything baked with ricotta or cottage cheese. And mandarins are up there with my favourite fruits too.
Renowned writer and film maker, Susan Sontag (1933-2004), once said 'I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.'
'Chapatis: the everyday bread of millions in India, made simply with flour, water and salt, baked on a griddle called a tawa and depending only on the way it is kneaded and rolled for its lightness and ability to puff up like a balloon.'
From bristly foliage
complete, polished wood, gleaming mahogany,
as a violin newly
born of the treetops,
offers its sealed-in gifts,
the hidden sweetness
that grew in secret
amid birds and leaves,
a model of form,
kin to wood and flour,
an oval instrument
that holds within it
intact delight, an edible rose.
In the heights you abandoned
the sea-urchin burr
that parted its spines
in the light of the chestnut tree;
through that slit
you glimpsed the world,
Pablo Neruda Ode to a Chestnut
'There are many borek-type recipes in Arab, Turkish and Armenian manuscripts, one of the oldest is sanbusak which is found in Massudi's Meadows of Gold. Another is oughi-dobrag - 'brains in a bag' - found in an eleventh-century Armenian manuscript.
Friandises are high on the list of fashionable foods at present. Foodies and cooks en masse are drooling over friand recipes - reading about the delicious little treats in gourmet mags, ordering them in cafes, and baking them at home.
Hello, I'm Liz a.k.a. Bizzy Lizzy:
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