Needless to say, my pain this morning from the resounding crash of falling over said shoe and continued pain of lying dormant for 4 weeks and then doing 1.5 hours of yoga is still of the 'rather sore' variety and someone needs to be blamed. Since I only have myself, then that witch is going down! The content of my purse contains £4.25 but I have cakes in the fridge, I wonder if that will pay her off?
My strange obsession with People Who Sue began when I read about a lady who, having been invited to a dinner party, found herself falling through her host's dining chair, much to her chagrin but the laughter of others. The host was apologetic and the lady in question had a bit of a bruised bum and ego but nevertheless, the night continued to much enjoyment of all.
Two days later, the host receives a letter from a lawyer, explaining that she is being sued for "upset, pain and embarrassment caused whilst in the care of said host's home". Yes, this was from her lady friend who fell through the chair. The host, as you can imagine, was astounded and called her soon to be ex friend up and asked her what was the meaning of this; the lady said that people laughed at her and it was all her fault.
Oh dear oh dear. I'm not normally at a loss for words yeah...we've noticed.....zzzzzzzz.....but this just leaves me speechless. Since then, I've watched in horrific fascination at the People Who Sue and their reasons behind it....bar the extortion of money of course. Any stories to fascinate me with?
But enough of that! Cakes! Yes, cakes! I made Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes and Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes yesterday. Why so many, Helen, I hear you ask? Well, the strawberry ones I had wanted to try and was visiting my lovely friend Karen so was going to take some with me. The recipe called for 200g of digestive biscuits to be ground and sprinkled on the top. I duly complied, even though I knew such an amount was ludicrous and must be a typo ok, Brian pointed it out and called me an eejit, but first time making it, I stick to the recipe. Of course, I was left with approx. 150g of digestive dust and when life gives you said dust, what else can you do with it but make it into cheesecake? Hence the choccy mini cheesecakey thingies.
Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes.....lovely!
Topped with digestive crumbs and strawberries
Inside: strawberries, cake, cream cheese frosting
I'm not a big fan of baked fruit and was a bit dubious but these were delightful. The recipe was from The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook that the gorgeous Shona gave to me although I coloured the icing and added a little less icing sugar than the recipe called for...plus those digestive crumbs don't forget! I'll play with the recipe a little and post it once I've given it another go.
The chocolate cheesecake pics and recipe to follow next post! They're still setting in the fridge. Not for long though................
When it comes to pasta dishes, I like to experiment and sometimes I get it right, sometimes not. There are some key ingredients I always have in the fridge which means I can make a quick dinner or supper and feed any unexpected guests. They are usually tomatoes, jarred artichokes, proscuitto, feta, Parmesan and some cream or creme fraiche alongside the veg rack of onions, garlic, chillies and ginger. All of these ingredients keep for ages, except the cream and creme fraiche but I make sure I buy really fresh so that it will last as long as possible...that's me you see with her arm at the back of the chiller cabinet, tongue hanging out as I try and reach the freshest tubs.
Last night, I made pasta spirals for the kids and kept some back for myself. I took out all of the fridge ingredients above as well as a green pepper which needed using and some lettuce leaves. The pasta that followed it was incredible! I was so happy with it, I wrote down quantities immediately, knowing I'd want to make it again and again.
I reluctantly stopped myself finishing it and placed the remainder in the fridge as I'm always looking for good pasta dishes that can be served cold. By supper time, I decided to eat it and it was just as delicious. I highly recommend you try this...add or remove ingredients to taste...for example pine nuts and garlic would be nice but I love it exactly as it is.
Helen's Five Minute Spiral Pasta
Ingredients (serves 1 greedy person or 2):
Handful or two of cooked spiral pasta
1 small green or yellow pepper, diced
Handful washed and dried lettuce leaves, any kind or spinach
A few slices of proscuitto, torn in half or quarters
Artichoke quarters; I used one and a half, chopped
A few tablespoons oil from the artichoke jar
A small handful of feta
Approx. 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
A large tablespoon Parmesan
A few tablespoons creme fraiche (I used half fat) or cream
Spoon the oil from the artichoke jar into the frying pan and heat. Add the green peppers and cherry tomatoes. Stir for a minute and add the proscuitto. It will immediately start to crisp up, once it starts to go crispy, turn it over. Add artichokes.
Kelly had a craving for Mozarella sticks, the way a particular fast food restaurant makes them so I made her these:
Shallow fried mozarella sticks
She ate some but something was missing.....we figured out afterwards it was the sauce this particular restaurant gave you to go with it, no idea what it is though, could it be sweet chilli....but Brian polished them off, happily. The mozarella was sliced, dipped in egg, seasoned flour, egg and breadcrumbs, shallow fried in groundnut oil and drained on kitchen towel. Easy peasy and tasty to some; personally, fried cheese holds no interest for me.