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Australian visitors and Cornwall

Monday, May 10th, 2010

I haven’t posted for a while because I have been really busy both at the school as well as having visitors from Australia. My sister Trish and her husband have just spent a few weeks with us. It has been an absolutely delightful time. At one point I thought I might get some extra time with them with flights being grounded because of the volcanic ash, but they did leave as planned.

While they were here we managed to get two nights away in Cornwall. While we were in Cornwall we went down to the Lizard and visited several of the lovely villages there including Lizard Point where the Suevic, a White Star Liner, ran aground in 1907 on its way back from Australia. We thought that the Australian connection was interesting! Fortunately there was no loss of life when the ship ran aground which was due to the swift response of the crew and four of the local lifeboat stations.

Of course whilst in Cornwall, we had to test all the food!! We had fantastic Cornish Pasties hot from the oven, Cornish Ice Cream with clotted cream and also sampled some lovely Ale. Trish and I worried about our waistlines after we got back!!

On our way back to Bristol we visited St Austell where our Dad was evacuated during the Bristol blitz in the Second World War. We went down to Charlestown where Dad used to collect gulls eggs along the cliffs with a local boy who went on to become the Harbour Master there. Dad always talked with fondness of his time when he was evacuated.

I am now in the middle of a four week cookery course so am very busy.  Must be off now to order the food so that I can teach the classes!!!!

Until next time Fran

Speaking of Mothers….

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

My daughter is currently in her third year at University and I was talking with her on the phone the other day when she asked me for some advice. She had to cook a dinner party for eight people for a birthday celebration. She asked me what would be good for her to cook for that number of people. She has not had to cook for eight people before and usually only cooks for herself or perhaps for her flatmate as well. Oh, and the other thing that I needed to take in to account was the fact that her budget was limited – understandable being a student!!!! So what was my advice?  To get out her copy of Simply 3 – 5 and make the following: the Classic French Onion and Creamy Thai dips with the Spicy Pitta Crisps as nibbles to have ready for when everyone arrives. These can all be made ahead of time taking away the stress of trying to make too many recipes at the same time. I suggested that she follow that with the main course being Creamy Roasted Pepper Pasta Sauce using her pasta of choice. She would need to cook this whilst she had her guests there, but the recipe is so simple that she would be able to manage that really well. Also, very good for the budget! Finally, the Shortcake Apple Crumble. Another recipe that she could prepare a little ahead of time and then pop in the oven 30 minutes before she needed dessert. Lovely served with ice cream or plain whipped cream.  There you have it…. a simple budget friendly three course meal suitable for anyone. By the way, I had another phone call today….it all went really well for her and all of her guests were suitably impressed!

Mother’s Day

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Mother’s Day!!  What a very special day where we can all say thanks to our Mums because sometimes we forget to do that throughout the year. 

Kathy and I were talking the other day and saying how it is a shame that we cannot be with our Mum every year as I live in England, Kathy lives in Melbourne and Mum lives in Perth, Western Australia.  However, we do have three siblings living in Perth who always make sure Mum has a wonderful day.  She also does get the benefit of having two Mother’s days as in Australia Mother’s day is celebrated  in May, not March as it is here.  My family are cooking a surprise lunch for me which I am really looking forward to.

So, to all you Mothers out there…Happy Mother’s day and I hope you are well looked after on the day!

Take care

Fran