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Easter2019

posted by Natalie Paddick

EASTER IS ON ITS WAY

I find this celebration difficult now my children are grown up, long gone are the days of collecting 100's of chocolate Easter eggs to hide in the garden for them and their cousin to find. I always remember that the sun shone on these occasions and the children would run into the garden with the dog, Gypsy in hot pursuit madly chasing them, barking and wagging her tail in the vain hope that they might drop one of these edible morsels, which would mean that she would 'quick as a flash' steal the fallen egg from them, double back and running away, as they screamed at her over her blatant theft. Gypsy would eat the entire egg if you did not get to her in time including the silver foil...!

Once we had done that entertainment we would have a large buffet lunch, which I enjoyed creating, you know the type of thing - cold meats, the Paddick 'sausage plat', [a must otherwise there is complaints], cheeses, hearty salads and potatoes of some description.. Followed by a myriad of, [even if I say so myself], beautifully created cakes of all denominations ... Making sure the two Bengal cats were safely stowed away so as not to allow them to ram-raid the food.. They had a irritating habit of getting outside and following the guests around the room from their position on the window ledge, like some feline stalkers.. A quick note; for anyone thinking of buying Bengals... You should know that they come with a number of health issues, not theirs yours as they drive you nuts! Trying to stop them getting into the food is hard work; they are professional thieves, and far better than the dog as they are fast, dangerous, determined and prepared to fight for the food... And they jump... They also come with other even more disgusting habits, which I won't go into in this blog! But they are beautiful to look at if that is any compensation! .. Anyway these were just lovely big family occasions, there is about 20 of us the Paddick lot and quite often a number of friends would be invited too.. The day would meander into evening and usually the weekend too ... More games .. More fun ... More family ... I loved doing it, it was all about family to me... 

Now as these times are a beautiful memory, the older cousins have moved on and in some cases are newly married and our children have grown up too... Times are different ... This year now our daughter, pictured at 16, has finished her university degree she will return to the fold from London for a brief but welcome break, for both her brothers 21st Birthday and for the Easter festivities ... Such as things are now... The celebrations this year will be a 21st Birthday party organised by them in the house, which means loud music and alcohol in abundance... I am always very much included in these wild parties, dancing until the small hours; to be honest, it usually takes me a good week to recover! Whilst they all re-emerge the next day looking bleary eyed; but after a few cups of tea or coffee, the latter has to be drunk away from me as I can't stand the smell... And a few bacon sandwiches they all bonce back and are ready in the evening for round two of wild entertainment which here in Somerset, means pub, club and usually back to the house for more drinking ... And so it goes on .... 

I used to dress the table on Easter morning, with all the usual paraphernalia associated with chocolate, rabbits, chicks and painted real eggs for the egg game later in the day, where we smash eggs to see who has the last intact egg... Another Paddick tradition ... This year our three beauty's will emerge usually the youngest the seventeen year old first, who still finds it interesting to see what is going on downstairs Easter wise.. Followed sometime in the early afternoon by the older two... We will enjoy a quite Easter day.. Meander through bacon sandwiches, eating the chocolate displays and eventually sometime in the afternoon all sitting down to a big Easter lunch, listening to them tell us about the drunken antics of the night before... Then we will have the highly competitive Egg Game with real eggs.... It is believe it or not great fun and remains one of the only family traditions of the Easter day... But does not require much skill apart from choosing the thickest shelled egg.... At the end of the day it is cake possibly in front of the TV...  A pleasant sort of a day, but totally different from the past fun and memories of younger children..... So bring it on as I learn to embrace the change ... Easter is a coming ... I wish you all a very Happy Easter what ever age  ... Natalie xx

 

 

 

 


JunePhotographyPreservedLemons

posted by Natalie Paddick

I just fancied doing something that took my fancy …. ! As one does!


I am working on a project for a sitting room which requires some full on colours on the walls in picture blocks….To offset the more sober stylised colours which is the backdrop to this room which is housed in an old building. This project is based on gentleman’s club/lounge … Bit of a mix I agree, but I am always up for a challenge…If nothing else! I will post the pictures of the room once it is finished…It is all quite exciting!

So spurred on by this form of thinking… Today’s blog is also a bit of a mix…


As this is an eclectic post, I am combining the photography idea’s with a cooking idea for the weekend.. I hear the weather is going to be good! I happened to be chatting food with a twitter friend in Turkey… And he got me thinking … Back to my time in Turkey…

I love food and I love cooking as you will know if you follow my blogs … And I like easy fun cooking in the summer… So I have combined bright photographs for my interior look with my recipe for preserving lemons, just to add a bit of colour to the blog! You can’t say that I am not multi-thinking!

Preserve Lemons are fabulous and can be used in so many recipes from all nations. If you have never used them you should, they really give a ‘vroom’ to a recipe particularly a spicy one!

Here is how you make it …. You only need about ten minutes…

Ingredients:

3/4 Lemons [not waxed] plus extra lemons for the juice

5 – 6 heaped teaspoons of salt [sea salt or Kosher]

Plus extra lemon juice for topping up the jar with fluid. [You can also use a bit of cooled boiled water to top the jar up so that the lemons are always covered]

 

Method

1. Trim ‘nubs’ [ends] off both ends of the lemon

2. Quarter the lemons ¾ of the way through the lemon leaving one end attached to the 4 quarters

3. Heap a teaspoon of salt into your pint jar… [Other sizes are available but you will have to adjust the recipe accordingly]

4. Put a teaspoon of salt into the lemon and pop it into the jar and then another teaspoon of salt on top of the upturned lemon. And repeat the process with the other lemons

5. Fill the jar with lemon juice and top up with cooled boiled water where necessary, making sure that the lemons are completely submerged

6. Keep the jar at room temperature for 3 days upturning the jar every time you pass…

7. After 3 days put the jar in the fridge for the next 3-4 weeks taking it out from time to time for a bit of a jiggery shake … After that you are good to go ….

Right off to do some more photography … I might try and mix some black & white car pictures into the gentlemen style interior design club..too.. What do you think? So you are thinking what recipe you would use this with… Any! But in homage to my twitter friend in Turkey … How about a bit of easy cook Turkish Style Chicken??

 

Come on it is summer … So who cares about measures.. Make it free hand …

Chicken – Legs or thighs

Olive Oil

Onion & Garlic

Preserved Lemon

Anchovies

Olives

Chilli

Herbs

Seasoning to taste…

Cook on the hob or in the oven ….

Tip: Make sure you brown the skin of the chicken and cook it skin side up!

Sides

Bean, tomato & onion salad topped with a soft cooked egg..

Pan fried potatoes, sprinkled with salt & smoked paprika

What about a bit of Turkish Lavas bread.. If you don’t fancy making that then a good flat bread to mop up the juices … Delicious …






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