Dauphinoise Potatoes and Taglietelle of Vegetables

Potato Dauphinoise
Laura’s luscious lamb also came with some other delightful dishes and these too I must share with you. The Dauphinoise Potatoes were fantastic – I often try to cut down on the fat content of said dish, but alas, it is never quite as good as the original. I have decided to make the real McCoy but then have less and I have been successful in one point and it’s unfortunately not the latter.

Thai Pumpkin Soup

The pumpkin soup with stuffed shells

Vegetable Lasagne

Vegetable Lasagne
I haven't posted a recipe, or um, anything really for a while, so I have finally kicked myself into action and written down this super Vegetarian Recipe. We had the lovely Heloise staying with us for a week (a French student who is learning English) and she is mostly vegetarian, so I came up with this deelicious lasagne. Now don't you go turning up your nose, this is REALLY good. Even people who wouldn't normally eat this type of thing thought it was great so pull yourself together!

Zucchini / Marrow / Courgette Soup

Zucchini soup
This is a quick and easy recipe but it has loads of flavor and is deelicious.

'Tis the season of zucchini

One of out zucchini plants
If you don't have a zucchini plant (or 4 or 5) then you neither have the joy nor the desperation of those of us who do. A friend once sent me an email boldly titled:
How to use up your excess zucchini/courgettes/summer squash.
It was about a woman circling a supermarket parking lot very slowly in her car, who, as soon as she spotted an open window, would pull up, jump out and dump her zucchinis into the car before tearing off.

Warm Red Cabbage Salad with Blood Sausage / Black Pudding / Blutwurst

Warm red cabbage with apples and no blood sausage
I clearly remember the first time my Granny said she was having black pudding for supper. I asked her what it was and she said it was made from blood. Well, I just about threw up and seriously questioned her mental health for a long time. What does pudding have to do with blood, I still ask, but even Wikipedia didn't go into the origin of the name. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pudding . Do you perhaps know why it's called a pudding?

South Africa, The Great

Today’s recipe: Copper Penny Salad / Carrot Salad

Table Mountain from across the bay.

I had almost forgotten how beautiful South Africa is and I am so proud of how well the country has jelled together. Yes, there is still a high crime rate, but we are a unified SA so now all nationalities can’t pronounce their vowels! Racism is still rife in all ranks, but the communal cackling of nations going on in this bus doesn’t seem to be aware of it.

Beet terrine / beetroot terrine

A photo of the dinner table at my in-laws.
6 days and 4 hours without internet! How did we cope for all those years when it didn't exist is my question. After a power failure we were computerless for what seemed like an eternity. Pacing the room and begging doesn't work - waiting for the holidays to end and the repairman to return, does. So I'm back (thanks Arnie) and will continue with tales of Africa very soon.

A cook on the Grumpy side

Today's recipe: Butternut Squash Lasagna
The finished lasagna.

Today is the official launch of my new unofficial blog section, “A cook on the grumpy side”. This new category will cover all my bloopers and maybe even my bad moods, which of course are few and far between…unless you believe my husband. And needless to say, he is still in the naughty corner where he will remain until he learns to behave better, or my mood changes.

Tomato Salad with holiday spirit

A photo of the Lake Salagou from above.
This is a really easy tomato salad recipe, but it is fantastic. As you (should) know, we have a lot of tomatoes each year and I have come up with loads of ways of using them, but this is our favorite and quickest tomato salad. Being a very creative cook, I sometimes go overboard on spices and “ooh, I’ll just roll this and tuck that, brown it, flip it and stack it” so this is a surprising none-of-all-of-that dish. As always, the recipe is at the end, but first it’s time for more holiday stories!