Thursday, 24 March 2011

What Are You Eating This Weekend ?

Sonata:

In the time that it's taken me to go from this


to this




we've all changed the way we eat , dramatically .

Does anyone make Stuffed Marrow or Jam Roly-Poly anymore ? Though there has been a bit of a foodie return to Lamb Shanks and Braised Pheasant , I doubt whether there would be queues forming these days for 1950s delicacies like Tripe And Sausages .
( But , just in case you feel tempted , I found the recipe the other day in an old copy of Sheila Hutchin's "Grannie's Kitchen " and here's how :
Stew 1 lb. of cleaned tripe with 2 large chopped onions in salted water till tender . Drain off the water and add 1/2 lb. of good sausages to the pan , cover with milk and stew it all together another half hour . Serve with mashed potatoes . Or not . I have to say I like tripe but I draw the line at the addition of sausages and have visions of fatty globules floating on the surface of the milk ..... )


And while Yorkshire housewives were keeping body and soul together with this sort of stuff , Marseilles housewives were making Pieds Et Paquets , a lamb's trotter and rissole stew which took 12-15 hours to simmer to perfection.

These days what with work pressures and health warnings , we're more likely to nibble daintily on an hors d'oeuvre sized snack .




But apparently we're steadily getting larger . The general public is getting heavier . On what? We can't all be mainlining Happy Meals .

Anyway , tomorrow , I'm off to the market for mackerel and sole , celeriac and black tomatoes , Turkish bread and meusli bread (like raisin bread for champions ) , a slab of pork to roast and olives , carrots to make 64 sq ft kitchen's carrot and caraway salad ( see the side-bar) , Tuscan sausage and smoked beef , more chick peas for my new love Chana Masala , that I had first at Smitonius's last month , curly kale and string beans .......

But what will you be cooking this weekend ?


P.S. A tutorial -ish mini-quilt post will follow in the next couple of weeks , once I've worked out how to sew and take photographs of my hands at the same time .Watch this space .

P.P.S Do make the carrots .... then eat them with grilled chicken and new potatoes !!

17 comments:

Jinksy said...

I used to love tripe and onions at my Grans, but when I made it myself after I got married, I cound't bear to get the tripe near my mouth, after having felt how it was in my fingers as I prepared it! LOL

Tania said...

Very much looking forward to the multi-tasking tute but I'm not paying any attention to the serving suggestion for tripe. Scarred, I am - from a very young age. 'Tis the only thing I flatly refuse to eat.

Von said...

In this house it will be Oxtail Stew with mashed potato; home-made pizza with a home-made topping maybe leeks (in season), garlic and tomato topped with goat curd. We just had a sage and onion stuffed chicken with roast parsnips, potatoes, squash and courgettes and may even squeeze in a few Birds Eye fish fingers tonight because they're old favs.But then we live in a time warp!

Deborah said...

Blsck tomatoes??? Do explain, please. I could google it, I suppose, but I'd much rather hear from you.
I'm steering my cooking towards the Mediterranean Way - tonight was entirely vegetarian bean soup, and I'll be picking up some quinoa on my next shopping trip.
The old recipes seem impossibly quaint now - heavy, meaty and often overcooked. But such comfort food sometimes! Bon appetit!

Suse said...

A big slow cooked lamb casserole. I'm in need of comfort food.

Tattie Weasle said...

Oh Heavens have not thought that far! Chciekn casserole ( one of our own chickens) Ham and leek risotto and if very very warm the possibility of a meze of cold cuts, salad and freshly baked bread!

rachel said...

Leg of pork this weekend - it's almost unknown for me to treat myself to a roast. And perhaps the impulse-bought 3-for-2 maple and pecan pastries....

Maybe I should invite someone to help me eat it all.

mary said...

Other people's dinners always sound so much nicer than my own. It's unimaginative sausages and mash here tonight.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

All your meals sound perfect !
Chicken casserole , roast pork , oxtail or slow cooked lamb would all keep me very happy !
I'm getting the hang of quinoa and , like cous cous , it goes well with the sort of high veg. low-fat diet I try to follow during the week . The more I experiment the better it gets and I'm enjoying the challenge ! (Though carniverous Husband carries on eating chunky chops and steak week round . That way , we're both happy.)
And the black tomatoes ? Some "heritage" deep, deep red ones , striped with black , a local grower is trying out . Very good after they've ripened a bit in the kitchen .... and fun !

Rattling On said...

My Mother made a mean liver/sausage/onion dish with really great gravy.
It will be chicken in a creamy pepper sauce here. Very fussy family meat-wise with a lot of no go areas.
Pork chops.... I love them but no-one else does. And black pudding.

June said...

I hear, recently, that the oddest things can pack on the pounds.
Claritin, for example . . . an allergy medicine . . . of which, just prior to hearing that, I had packed in a season's supply.

Today I am simmering a big pot of tomato sauce, and I am about to put together bracciole. We often eat the Old Fashioned Way.
We are large.

Marcheline said...

Okay, I'll bite: BLACK TOMATOES??????


Please to explain!

Marcheline said...

Also... was scanning the comments before mine, and just for a second I really thought Von had written "goat turd".


HAHAHAHAAAAARRRRGGGGHHH!

Mountain Thyme said...

Last night I had a tapas party for my husband's 65th birthday. It was fantabulous! Everything came out perfect. (I can't believe I don't have to chop or cook anything today.) There was... Moroccan Carrot Salad with Heressa Sauce..Chickpea Puree with Cuman Pita Chips...Olives and Cheese..Mixed Salad with Sherry...Empanadas with Smoked Pepper Sauce... Paella Barcelona..Potatoes Bravas....Orange and Almond Torte..Spanish Rice Pudding with Cinnamon...White and Red Sangria...That's it! Everything was perfect except the potatoes were a little cool (I only have one oven!) I had never, ever made any of it before! But, I will again!

Friko said...

Lucky you to be able to find such outlandish foods; I am lucky to find anything but turnips and sprouts, and that's just the locals.

I still make crumbles, does that count for fattening foods?

Fran said...

I mixed muesli with yogurt this morning. Does that count as cooking?

BumbleVee said...

I'm of the opinion that it doesn't really matter what we eat ...as long as we eat moderately of it. Oh...and .... we need to move a lot more! too much sitting around .... that makes us rounder.....