Looking Back and Moving Forward

It’s January 1, so Happy New Year! I’ve got the Rose Parade on the TV and a cup of tea on the table next to me so I’m ready to write. Every January 1 I find myself thinking about my Mom — today would have been her 96th birthday. As a New Year’s baby, she…

Fake Italian, Low-Carb style

I love Italian food but no one would mistake me for anything other than British so I have to be honest and call this fake Italian.  Also, there’s no pasta so that’s another vote for the fake title.  Now that we’ve gotten through the disclosures let me tell you that this is one tasty dish….

Braised Chicken in Red Wine

What can you do with half a bottle of wine?  Use it to braise something!  I had chicken and some leftover Zinfandel and the barest hint of an idea. I love chicken thighs and whole legs were on sale.  It only takes a moment to separate the drums and thighs. This wine was wonderful when…

Toads for Dinner

Not real toads!  I had a couple of british banger sausages and decided to make something that I hadn’t had for a long, long time — Toad in the Hole.  The dish is really just sausages and yorkshire pudding.  Simple but very tasty! We start with the batter: That’s an awful lot of white ingredients…