Maria Biscuit Puddings / Postre de Galleta Maria

09 Maria Biscuit Pudding

We make more and more things at home; I enjoy cooking, it is often cheaper and I also have better control over what goes into my digestive tract. Just about everything sweet we make ourselves, especially jams, biscuits and cakes. At times, after a meal, we have a yoghurt or a milk pudding; one of those types of dessert you can typically find in the refrigerated sections of supermarkets. It is one of those types of dessert we have typically bought.

Maria Biscuit Puddings are a popular dessert here in Spain and are one of the aforementioned puddings that we buy on a regular basis in the local shops. They are a milk pudding flavoured with “Maria” biscuits, something similar to a “Rich Tea” biscuit found in Great Britain. They are a nice size and in many ways an ideal quick dessert to finish off a meal.

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As you will have seen from an earlier post we already make our own yoghurt, but had taken no steps to make copycat milk puddings, that is until a few weeks back…..

I went to one of the local shops, here in the village, only to find that they had withdrawn from sale the yoghurts and milk puddings they normally stock. This is obviously a loss of income for the owners, so I was interested to know what had motivated them to take that decision.

 

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2018 Lincoln W. Betteridge

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Rabo del Hindustán / Hindustani Ox Tail

29 Hindustan Rabo de Buey, Oxtail

It has been snowing here the last couple of days, as in much of Spain. Many people come to Spain for their summer holidays. They spend a few weeks on the beach in the sun and therefore find it difficult to conceive of a cold, snow-covered country. Much of Spain is however at quite an altitude. Of course there are the Pyrenees and other mountain ranges but what many people don’t realise is that many of the “low” bits are actually quite high! This altitude means that there are many villages that are annually affected by freezing temperatures and snow. 

As I write this the view from my window shows a landscape covered in a white blanket. Very pretty from here, but treacherous to be out in. I find it better to stay in, light the wood-fired stove and cook a warming meal. The dish I cooked this week is a Hindustani Ox Tail.

The Road in to the Village

This recipe comes from José, (THANKS). I promised to send him a fudge recipe and he was to reply with an Indian one. I wanted to find the perfect fudge recipe for him, so I kept looking for the right one, looking for around two years!! The agreement to exchange recipes was so long ago I can’t even be sure of the date!

 

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Sweet Cheesy Blackcurrant Biscuits

13 Sweet Cheesy Blackcurrant Biscuits

Firstly let me give my thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and Juan for this week’s inspiration. At times I get my inspiration from many sources, ideas that entice my warped brain into movement and the words flow. Unfortunately my thoughts tend to the  eclectic, sorry….. well I’m not really, if the truth be known that is just the way I am, you are going to have to live with it!

So firstly the OED, as at this time of year I like to look at the words that have been added to the dictionary in the previous year, in this case 2017.

There are always some I dislike, so let’s start with some of those. As usual there are numerous words that are just a shortening of existing words. Why we have to continually shorten words I just don’t know. Does it really take so much effort to pronounce an extra syllable or two? Or even write them, although few people do actually write these days? New examples this year include “froyo” for frozen yoghurt, and “fitspro” which is an abbreviation of “fitspiration” which in its turn is an abbreviation of fitness inspiration, i.e. anything that inspires you to fitness…… perhaps next year it will be just “fitsp”?

Then there are those that I personally have already been using for some time. One that stood out was to ride “shotgun” a word I have been using since my teenage years. My best teenage friend used to come round very late at night, or even in the wee hours of the morning, and we would drive around in his car, aimlessly really, with the top down, the heater on maximum and the music even higher. We would cruise for hours, flipping a coin at each road junction to decide the direction of travel. My friend would often drive and I use to ride “shotgun” in the passenger seat.

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Then there are those that made me think, like “herd-mentality” and “craptacular”. Herd-mentality because we really do act like sheep much of the time. At the same time it is so refreshing to see that some people still try to be different and cut their own paths through life……………

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Shrewsbury Biscuits

18 Shrewsbury biscuits

This week I have a traditional biscuit recipe for you all. I already have quite a collection of traditional biscuit recipes, but I was reading through my grandmother’s handwritten recipe book and came across these Shrewsbury biscuits. As they are made with grated lemon rind, and here we are in the citrus fruit season, it seemed the prefect time to give them a try.

99 Nana's Recipe

For those of you who don’t know it, Shrewsbury is a town on the border between England and Wales. Although my grandmother was a Lancashire lass, my grandfather was born in the city of Chester, again a city on the border between England and Wales. He spent his working life in Nelson, Lancashire before retiring across the great divide to Bae Colwyn in Wales. We would visit my grandparents on most school holidays. In those days the trip was long, before the numerous motorways and bypasses we had to drive through many large towns and cities, including Chester, on the way to our destination.

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Chester City

When I was quite young, I remember on one occasion my grandfather took me to Chester and we went out on the river in a small boat. It was a relaxing day, the river was calm and the sun was out. He was telling me about his ancestors and how they were the Lords of Powys. I thought I could put up with being a Lord, and Lord Lincoln does have a certain ring to it doesn’t it.

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Lancastrian Pea Soup

14 Pea Soup - Finished

The weather here has been quite capricious over the last few months. The autumn was particularly dry, continuing the trend set over the summer and dashing any hopes I might have had for a good crop of wild mushrooms. For the most part it was overly warm too and very windy, with a howling banshee-like wind battering our house on a number of occasions.

Now into another new year and the weather continues its wayward way with rain and snow storms drowning whole towns as rivers burst their banks or trapping thousands of motorists in the snow. I guess we should be thankful that water is falling from the skies and the winter wheat, so common on the dry plains here, has the moisture it needs to grow. The snow in the mountains, now many feet deep, will provide water throughout the spring and early summer as it slowly melts. It is also, at last, cold too. That at least is in keeping with this time of year.

2017 12 02 Moncayo with Snow

Moncayo Mountain from Home

The inclement weather and the cold means I can finally start to cook heavier cold-weather food. I love the lighter summer food, but there is something so relaxing about sitting round an open fire, or next to the wood fired stove, whiling away a few hours as a stew or warming soup slowly bubbles away. I sit there with a glass of wine and a good book, whilst contemplating the flavoursome mouth-watering dish I shall be eating a few hours later.

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Bread and Butter Pudding

16 Bread and Butter Pudding

A few days back I was in Zaragoza, crossing the bridge over the river Huerva, as it flows close by the San Miguel Plaza. As I crossed the bridge I noticed a young woman with a young child in a pram, looking down at the river and the ducks sat along its banks.

The young woman then opened a large plastic bag and started throwing large amounts of bread down to the ducks waiting below. The bridge is quite high and so the drop is considerable. As the pieces of bread were large, I did worry about possible duck concussion as they waited blissful innocent below for their lunch. I was also surprised by the total quantity of bread being thrown.

Young people in general, in Spain, are having a rather hard time of it. Many are without work, whilst those that are lucky enough to find a job, end up in precarious and low paid employ at best. Having young children to clothe and feed can also be a costly undertaking. Rich or poor however, throwing away large amounts of food, bread in this case, would not appear to be the best use of one’s money nor appropriate given the number of people in the world who lack enough food to eat.

 

99 Plaza San Miguel - Archive Photograph

Plaza San Miguel – Archive Photograph

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A Year in Review II

2017 Image

Yes, another year has gone by and I find myself writing a second “Year in Review” article; with my second full year of writing this blog is drawing to a close. My heart tells me it has been a good year for the blog, at the very least I have enjoyed preparing the food (and eating it of course), and writing the articles…… but what does my brain tell me? Well, let’s look at the statistics to see how well the blog has done:

(And as per last year’s statistical review, let me just repeat that the tools I use give me no personal information at all. I can see no names nor addresses. The tools just show me the number of people, from which countries, have read what!)

And the winners are……..

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2018 Lincoln W. Betteridge