Sunday, 28 November 2010

Winter arrives.

Rosies Tiramisu

For 2 people;

8 finger biscuits
Fresh coffee,
140gr Mascarpone
1 egg yolk
1tbsp sugar
50gr whipped cream
Grated chocolate

crumble 6 biscuits and soak in a little coffee, optional you could also pour on a little alcohol, I've never tried it but as I post this I'm thinking of trying Rum in the future.

( I do these separately because to much coffee gives me a headache and Paul likes his strong.)

Put the soaked fingers into individual dishes.
Whip the egg yolk and the sugar together, add the Mascarpone and the cream and fold together.

Cover the biscuits with the Mascarpone , crumble another biscuit on top then cover with the last of the Mascarpone and sprinkle with grated chocolate.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Kenzo and Paul

A very very proud Grand Dad.

Rosies Baked Camembert

Buy a Camembert,a proper one from Normandy, remove the cheese and soak the box in water , now you have two choices, there are those that say Camembert doesn't need any herbs, but I like to add Basil, Garlic and Black Pepper, to do this I slice the cheese in half add the herbs and spices, put the cheese back together, put it back in the soaked box and bake for ten minutes at 200c. Gorgeous served with a baguette.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Having a baby in France

Used without permission but with full credit to its author "GET REAL IN FRANCE" an excellent blog that I'm reading.

Having a baby in France

You think for the first time in your life that it is okay to get fat and you can eat what you want?! Ma chérie, we are en France , the answer is non:

* Replace all sugar with canderel products.
* Honey, nougat, biscuits, bonbons, chocolate bars, ice cream are forbidden
* You can have a dessert on a Sunday but only a "demi-portion" (half a portion)
* Fruit ( with sugar ) is not allowed
* Fruit juices and fizzy drinks are off the menu
* Do not eat for two.
* Do not drink for two , although a few glasses of wine is ok.
* Do not put on more than 10 kilos ( so what happens if you put on more, are you supposed to go on a diet? I asked my doc. The answer ? Oui! )

Never ever wear trousers. You must wear skirts at all times.

Do not change sexual partners during your pregnancy ("Do people have sex when they're pregnant?!" I wondered). This rule applies to the father also!
(A free test is allowed for the father to ensure he does not have any infectious diseases as picked up from other partners!)

Do not wear knickers

If you feel hungry, replace food with sex ( with the father of the child , see above). This will help you not to put on too much weight. Not surprisingly, pregnancy in France is called "La Grossesse" : The Fatness!!!

So , as you can see, my gyno , along with everyone else in France is obsessed with weight and sex!

Monday, 22 November 2010

1966 prediction of the home computer

Rosies Chicken Soup

Roast chicken for Sunday lunch, but what would you do with the bones or any left over vegetables? A lot of people would throw them in the bin, such a waste! My chickens have had a good life at Half Acre Farm, they deserve to be put to good use.
Fry a chopped onion, a carrot and a garlic clove in a saucepan, fry till the onion is soft, add your chicken carcass and water ( I cheat and add a chicken stock cube as well) and a diced potato, add a little dried coriander and bring to the boil and simmer till the potato is cooked, remove the carcass and strip any bits of meat and put the meat into the soup, add any vegetables (if any, but I wouldn't add sprouts!) left over from the roast, blend then adjust the seasoning. Simple warming soup,

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Feeding time.

Sunday morning, I had a bit of a lie in, so I'm feeding the animals a little late, its like they were starving.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Time for a change.

A lot of my chicks are getting old, time for some changes, I'm going to start culling my chickens, I've got a pretty mixed bunch here, most were bought as meat chickens, then stayed as layers, but they are getting on a bit, so most of my chickens are going through the mincer, some may go into my slow cooker.

After Christmas I'm buying three Road Island Reds for eggs, and all other chickens will be for meat. I'm also going to get rid of a lot of Bantams only keeping my white ones, they do look so nice.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Fire Salamander

Driving home from dinner with friends in Guer I noticed this crossing the road, it looks like a Fire Salamander, but I thought they lived further south than Brittany.

I told Paul to stop the car
Fire salamanders have a rubbery skin through which they can exclude a toxic alkaloid called Samandarin which in high concentrations can cause high blood pressure and muscle convulsions so it's best to avoid handling them.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Cheese biscuits

Following a recipe I did before I've made these.

The only difference is I put the sesame seeds on top after, rather than mixing them in, makes a better appearance. For the recipe go here

Remembrance Day - The Last Post

For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

The Fallen, Laurence Binyon, 1914

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Rosies Cornish Pasties

I dont buy mince, I buy 100% beefburgers and break them up as they cook, for this recipe, you need beefburgers (or mince), chopped onions, cooked potatoes and a tin of mixed vegetables. As usual I have used shop bought pastry as well. Fry the onions add the burgers and cook. add the veg.
I don't buy a lot of gadgets, I have done, then after an initial use they become like exercise machinery, confined to the cupboard. One gadget I have bought and use regularly is my pasty maker. A simple hinged piece of plastic that shapes, seals and adds a little decoration to the pastry, great for apples pies. Make your pasties, brush a little egg wash on top and bake at 200c till brown.
I added a little ground chilli to the mince, so glad I did, lovely taste.

Put a little oil on the plastic, makes it easier to get the pasty out without in breaking the pastry.
Don't overfill them.

Rosies Roquefort and Sesame seed biscuits

100 gms flour
90 gms cold diced butter
pinch mustard pwder
A little ground chilli
150 gms Roquefort, 100gms for the recipe and the other 50gms to go on top before baking.
1 Tbsp Sesame seeds.

Put all the ingredients (except the saved 50gms of cheese) in a bowl, using your hands knead the ingredients together, where it forms a dough roll out on a floured surface into a sausage shape, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for an hour,
Remove from fridge when your ready, preheat oven to 190c, slice the biscuit roll and arrange the slices on a foil covered tray,place a little of the saved cheese on top of each, a sprinkle of black pepper and bake till they are a light golden colour.

I also wrapped some hot dog sausages in a little pastry and baked them, you could include a little cheese or mustard in with them.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


It really doesn't get much easier than this;

Pork chops
Tub crème fraiche
small tin of tomato purée
2tbsp Port

First time I tried this it was with slices of ham, so I thought I would try it on a pork chop. Grill the pork chops till nearly cooked, mix all the other ingredients pour over the chops and bake.

For pudding I made an apple crumble Tart
I got all the ingredients together, got my camera ready and forgot to take photographs, I will do it again next week, sorry.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010