Cut your citrus fruit into quarters. Place it all into a large pan and boil, then simmer until tender. Liquidise and cool. Remove any whole pips. Add sugar/alcohol to taste. Mine isn’t too sweet but sharp. Wash/sterilise the Kilner jars in the dishwasher if possible. Use boiling water to sterilise the rubber seals. Place the cooled marmalade in the jars up to the top. Cover with a disc of greaseproof paper. Place the rubber seal in the lid. Shut the lid. Each year this easy recipe uses the citrus fruit growing in our garden. If you don’t have enough jars, freeze the marmalade.
Savoury Tuna Pancakes
Make about a pint/600 ml of white sauce. Add fried onions (optional,) 3 (8oz/225g) tins drained tuna, seasoning and fresh chopped fennel. Place between flat pancakes to make a cake/tower. Heat in the microwave. This is a family favourite.
Here they go again! She says they’ll only eat meat three times a week. He wants it more. Noise. She goes on about being well, he says we need fat. I like fat. She says we need more good fat. Quiet. Oh. I heard him say he’s going to eat less meat. Her eyes were big and she smiled.
Today she’s doing for them, fish, avocados, tomatoes or prawns and onions. She uses that sharp thing in the kitchen. We can’t go in there but we try, he he. When she chats she forgets. She walks away. Once Venus, a puppy, walked in and reached for the avocado. She rushed back.
She knows avocado can kill dogs so she does the knife thing inside a plastic bag, just in case she forgets. Then it all goes in the hot thing. Mmmm smells!
The time of year signifies various things, perhaps a special memory, a birthday or signs of the seasons. In UK I love the first white snowdrops followed by yellow aconites. Nature is healing.
Our springtime UK woodland garden was carpeted with snowdrops and winter aconites.
Here in Cyprus, it’s carnival time. Families dress up in various outfits bought, hired or made. Many are enchanting, other costumes are weird or scary. The parade of colourful floats and healthy schoolchildren is fun. As ever the school uniforms have been “altered” by some students so skirts are hoisted high or ties are knotted low. It’s sunny but not hot enough for displays of skin so some of those in processions are in full fancy dress. A band may play Greek inspired tunes.
Ah there’s the two paper things on the table. She’s smiling. She keeps smelling the flowers. Sometimes it’s a plant. That means they go out tonight, so it’s peanut butter for us Great Danes, Stellar and Venus!
Me-Check what you both like and try compromise! To show affection, respect eachother’s feelings. Surprises can go wrong so check first unless you’re sure.
One wants a fuss, the other doesn’t- Buy/make a home cooked meal eaten alone together (share the preparation) followed perhaps by a DVD.
No money-Visit somewhere local together that’s free-a favourite park/museum/walk/beach/place.
Have everything-Plan something that you both like but do infrequently, theatre show, weekend break, spa treat.
Like romance-Book a dinner somewhere special or plan to cook something with a bit of fuss at home, flower(s) in bud, wine.
Indulgence-Choose some special underwear/night clothes together, good chocolates, champagne, jewellery.
Practical-Indoor/garden plant(s) will last longer than flowers, tie/cufflinks, T-shirts.
Prefer company-Share a bar/bistro evening with another like minded couple(s).
Funny-Buy amusing cards and jokey T-shirts.
Been together a long time?-You say you want to go to the card shop. He asks why. You choose cards and buy them together!
Well she clicks that thing at us dogs and then looks at it and goes aah or ooh. She’s always doing it. We chase away the cats. She can’t click them. It’s our house, our garden. We’re very fast. We chased that cat and it climbed up a Cypress tree. We chased it again and it ran betwen the bars of the gate leading to the bit with the fruit trees. The third time we chased it, the cat jumped in the water and swam away from us. She heard us barking and ran down the steps and took us away.
Me-When I returned from putting away the dogs, Supercat was pulling itself out of the swimming pool. It’s fur was dripping wet but despite the weight of water it managed to get out and recover under a sunbed.
All the other neighbourhood cats avoid our garden.
This isn’t my photo because Supercat escapes from our garden!
Have fun with glasses and sunglasse or try contact lenses.
Me and Stellar, Great Danes, we love the chicken he gives us early. We love it when she brushes us afterwards. We love our winter day beds. Just one thing, we wait so long now for her to come and play. We used to wait for her at the bottom of the stairs. Now we go to our beds. When she does come, she’s um…different.
Me-Today I’ll be quick. Wash hands, lift up top eyelid, pull down bottom eyelid and POP, in it goes! Er, before mascara, use glasses to take contact lenses out of packets. Have tissues ready to wipe watering eyes and runny nose. Try, try try again, and again an…. come down smiling.
Time for a change-lighten/darken/enrich your hair colour, have a make over or change your eyeshadow/lipstick, shape your eyebrows, check your teeth are attractive, add a few modern items to your wardrobe. Ensure what you do suits you!
We wanted to greet her but our winter day beds told us to stay.
Well us dogs, me (Stellar) and Venus hear the roll thing tearing in the kitchen. We don’t like it. They put the clingy stuff over the food so we can’t get those lovely smells. Then they carry it outside, put it on a table and slide the door shut. I like it when she opens the oven door and takes out the tray. It’s hot. Mmm the smells!
Me-Here are two dishes for a buffet which can be cooked and frozen in advance and refreshed
Polenta Pizza (for coeliacs too)
Slowly fry the onions and peppers in olive oil. Mix loose polenta from the packet with boiling water. Stir until soft. Add grated parmesan. Spread on a baking tray. Put tomato paste, fried mixture, oregano and any left overs or sliced meat(optional), mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and rocket on top. Season. Bake on medium heat for about 20 – 40 minutes.
Filo Pastry Tart
Peel, chop and boil sweet potato until tender. Grease a round dish and melt some butter. Brush the butter on several layers of pastry sheets and lay them across the dish and over the edge. On top lay sweet potato, tomato passata, basil and chorizo pieces(optional). Season. Fold over the pastry from the edge of the dish to cover. Brush with butter. Bake on medium heat for about 20 – 40 minutes.
Clockwise from below-gammon, pineapple/parsley salsa, turkey, rice stuffing, sausages in bacon, salmon. potato salad, carrots and brussel sprouts, Filo Pastry Tart, Polenta Pizza, cranberry and orange sauce, bread sauce, onion sauce