A few months in pictures

 

From June to November…I went places and caught most of it on camera, it went fast but we had fun and good food along the way.

Now the nights are drawing in early it’s time for comfy food, my next post will be about Pot-au-feu, the smell, taste and what it means to me.

In the meantime some of my favorite pictures from the last few months.

Zadar – Croatia in August:

 

Crunchy apples from the orchard in September:

 

Morning after the night before:

Please ignore the dirty windows…taking pictures is far more fulfilling than housework.

November and its stunning lights:

 

The last two pics are taken via my BlackBerry so excuse the fuzziness, the light was amazing and I could not just ignore it.

 

 

All the pictures were taken with my D40 unless stated otherwise – edited with the help of  PicMonkey

 

New Year New Food

 

Game Pearl Millet & Wild Mushroom Stew Recipe:

 

 

I wanted to start the new year here with yet again more food.  I am loving the challenge to incorporate seasonal and local products into our daily lives – stews and soups being my trump cards when it comes to warming up our hearts and ambience during  the winter months.  It’s simple, easy to make and never fails to deliver flavours.

Diced game meat 500gr

Wild mushrooms, if unavailable fresh dry cepes or porcini can be found in major supermarkets

Carrots 2

Pearl millet 200gr

Chicken stock

Onion

White wine

Thym

Seasonning

Peel all the veg, use a little bit of olive oil in a cast iron dish or oven proof dish.  Sautée the meat until golden add the onions, season the meat and add about 125ml of white wine.  Wait till the wine has evaporated and add the carrots.  Add the chicken stock and cover the meat, wait till it comes to the boil and remove the initial froth until white.  Add the millet and the dry mushrooms making sure that you have enough liquid in the pot, add a little bit of stock if needed. Cover and place in the oven at 160 degrees for 2-3hrs at least if not all afternoon.

I usually cook it at lunch time before I set off for a walk at the week-end and come back to a hearty and healthy meal.  I like to cook spinach on the side just to bring a bit more colours to the plate.

 

I am not sure of what is happening to the winter…the rosemary tree is flowering and last night we found a huge wasp trapped in the bathroom light…January really?

 

Happy New Year to you all xx

 

 

 

 

Fuzzy morning in Herts

Every day starts with a country walk, a way to get some air and admire the surroundings, forever changing forever beautiful.

I love this view – the contrast of the fields with the sky.  Today the fog unwrapped texture – I feel inspired to explore it further with my brushes and paint…I can see the sketching taking shape in my head.  Closing my eyes I am running towards my treasure chest, picking my canvas, laying out the colours I will be using…opening my eyes I am thinking: bring on Sunday.