Sorry for the lack of posts over the past week, it has been my last week working on my project and my last week in the bubble for a while, in fact as a type I’m just over half way through my horrifically long journey home. So with it being the last week I have been emptying the fridge and cooking unusual combination of foods none of them blog worthy.
I haven’t had the energy to cook recently either, I get into work at 9 30, and by 10 I am dressed in a paper jumpsuit, complete with hairnet, blue plastic shoe covers and gloves, I then step into the world of the clean room, with its eiry orange light, that reduces the UV, and its constant hum of air flow, which gets worse when machines are turned on. I will then be in that room till lunch, and then again after lunch, working with machines that scare me just a little bit, and post grads who look at me with distain.So by the end of the day all I want to do is sleep.
This is however all over, and though i will enjoy having a break i will also miss it quite a bit, it’s been excited and well interesting. But heading home means that i will be cooking a lot, both at home and in Chamonix, where I have been informed that myself and the eldest of the family I am traveling with, will be the chefs for the two weeks we will be there. I’m actually looking forward to it. Though there wont be any posts during that time, I will be writing a food journal and taking photos of what I eat. SO hope fully this blog with get more interesting.
Anyways I shall try to have another recipe up on here soon. Bye!
As I mentioned, I’m a physicist.
Anyway at the moment my project requires me to code! To write programs, and processes in a language I don’t really understand, a language that when I mention it to my friends who do programme, they actually look scared, it’s not reassuring.
Well today I had a small victory! Hurrah, I managed to create a program which interfaces with my computer, and powers a pair of solenoids, if I type “y” they turn on, if I type “n” they turn off, I was very pleased with myself. However coding takes it out of you, it crawls into your brain and muddles things, hence there being no real recipe here, which is a pity, and is why there was no post yesterday, but I promise a full recipe post with pictures soon.
As well as my solenoids, today I was looking at writing programs that print something on a screen, well in a slight fit or boredom I created a code that prints a message as though some one is trapped in the computer, this kept me amused for quite a while. I’ve taken some screen prints so you can all see, I would have made a movie if I knew how, anyway, it made me giggle.
So in celebration of my small victory and the lovely weather we have had today, I made a cocktail, I do love making up cocktails, and I’d appreciate comments or recipe for your favourite cocktail. Here is what I made today.
- Ice lots of ice!!
- Elderflower cordial (mine is homemade, I’ll try to find the recipe)
- White wine
- Hibiscus flowers in syrup (Lakeland is a good place to get them)
Put the ice and elderflower in the glass, then add the wine, mine was about half cordial half wine, which is quite sweet, but then I have a sweet tooth. Now add a little hibiscus syrup to make it that lovely pinky red or alternatively put the hibiscus flower in first then pour the wine on. The colour of this cocktail is so bright and summery it really picked me up.
Though I’m saying hello to you all here for the first time, I had to say goodbye to a lot of people this week. You see I’m currently doing a summer project, and living up to the 2nd part of my name, being a Physicist, a lot of my friends were also doing projects this summer, and many of them finished on friday, so I had to say good-bye to a lot of them for two months.
Though this was saddening, it did had some benefits, namely the redistribution of food that occurred. People were leaving flats and didn’t want to leave stuff that would go off, so I managed to get myself almost a weeks worth of veg, onions, garlic, cucumber, spinach and cabbage. Oh cabbage, as a kid I never used to have an opinion of cabbage, it was just a vegetable my mother occasionally gave us, but now I quite like it, which is why I’m going to be daring and feature it in my first recipe.
Flavoursom puy lentils
Terrible name for a recipe I know, now this is based on something i cooked this week, something I cooked for my parents wedding anniversary, and something that was cooked for me during a charity Come Dine With Me.
- Puy lentils (as many as you like, scale up or down to match your proportions)
- 1 medium onion chopped
- A few cloves of garlic chopped (I like lots but I know some people aren’t so keen.)
- Half a cabbage chopped
- A few rashers of smoked bacon
- small knob of butter
- vegetable stock
- Marmite or similar concentrated stock
- red wine
- Measure out your desired amount of lentils and boil them according to the instructions on the packet, if you want them to be full of flavour add some stock.
- When the lentils have about 10-5 minutes left to cook, start to heat the butter in a little oil in a seperate pan. To this pan, add the onions garlic and bacon, cook until the bacon has browned a little and the onions and garlic has softened.
- Transfer the lentils with a bit of the stock into the pan with the onions and add the Cabbage, leave this to simmer for a little while.
- Now add the Marmite (I’m a sucker for its rich flavour) or your substitute, stir it in, and then add a little wine to give the dish depth.
- Once the lentils seem to be in a thick rich source, season to taste, and serve.
I like this on its own, or as a packed lunch or with something relatively light, though it works as a side to almost anything.
Well there you have it, my first foodie post, sadly without pictures as I didn’t take any, but if i cook this again I promise to upload them.