Sweet Cheesy Blackcurrant Biscuits

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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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A Year in Review II

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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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Labneh, Dukkah and Matsoni

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I wanted to talk to you about three things today, labneh, dukkah and matsoni. As you will see from this article, all three items are more or less related. Labneh is a soft cheese made from thick Greek yoghurt, matsoni is a type of yoghurt and dukkah is a spice mix that goes well with labneh. I have been experimenting with the three of them over the last couple of weeks and thought it was time to share my findings with you all. Let’s start with matsoni.

I have made my own yoghurt in the past and I still have a yoghurt maker, but for a number of reasons it has pretty much sat there collecting dust after my initial enthusiasm wained. Recent changes in yoghurt availability, or lack of, here in the village shop had me thinking that the time was ripe to start making yoghurt again. At more or less the same time I heard about matsoni, also known as Caspian Sea yoghurt. There are a couple of things that attracted me to matsoni…….

Firstly you don’t need a yoghurt maker! The bacteria in matsoni can do their work at around the 20ºC mark. Here at least the temperature is often above this. Even now, in winter, I have had no problems as I just put the mixture near a radiator. Even though our radiators switch off at night, this has in no way deterred the bacteria from performing their function!

Secondly, you can make this yoghurt ad infinitum. If you want to get away from shop bought products and their additives, this is the one for you. Just hold back a small portion of one batch of yoghurt to make the next, it is as simple as that!

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Salmon and Chard Quiche

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I wanted to get this one out before the last of the chard and other winter vegetables disappeared, to be replaced by summer ones. Although I make the quiche with chard, it can also be made using spinach. Over here we have two very distinct growing periods, as it is warm enough to have quite abundant winter and summer crops. It is a little different to many parts of Britain and certainly to where I was brung up.

Last week I mentioned, albeit briefly, that my local Spanish friends think I and indeed the British are a bit eccentric and often comment that we do everything the opposite to them. This is almost certainly inspired by the fact the the British drive on the “wrong” side of the road. Over the years I have come to realise that it is much more than that, in fact the British do many things the opposite way to what Spanish people do (a case of versa vice perhaps?).

Firstly Britain is not alone in driving on the left, there are more than 70 other countries that do likewise. Secondly and strangely considering that Spain is a Catholic Country, driving on the left was a Popish edict of 1300. They have obviously chosen to ignore the Pope on that one!

Not to take up too many pages on driving…………

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……….And so back to the quiche, and something both Spanish and Brits seem to be able to agree on. The word is written the same in both English and Spanish and, according to the dictionary at least, the pronunciation should be the same too! This one tastes great and I hope you like it……..

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I Need a Pick-Me-Up after Cycling for Hours…..

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I have a new smoothie recipe that I thought I would share with you this week. It is one that I tend to make after a long training session. The weather here is getting better and better and I spend more and more of my time in the hills, either running or cycling. I am fortunate to live in a beautiful part of Spain. It is one of the dryer parts, but as I live half way up a mountain the countryside is in fact fairly green.

I have been playing with this recipe for a while, but I never really named it. It was simply the smoothie I associated with sports, particularly cycling. When I finally decided to write down the recipe I couldn’t think of a good name for it….. so in true “Waitress” style (the film from 2007 that is!), I decided to call it “I Need a Pick-Me-Up after Cycling for Hours”!

Whilst on the subject, a great pie from the same film is “I Can’t Have No Affair Because It’s Wrong & I Don’t Want Earl to Kill Me Pie”. If you want to try it there are several sites out there that list this and the other recipes from the film.

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Triple Chocolate Muffins

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OK, I admit it, I am a chocoholic! My son is similarly afflicted poor lad, I guess it must be hereditary! Unfortunately as he lives several hundred kilometres away I have lost an excuse to indulge my cravings for chocolate. He has been studying hard lately for some work related exams so he hasn’t had an opportunity to visit us either.

To satisfy my cravings I have been working on these muffins. The perfection of this recipe has been a long process of trial and error, not only for myself, but also for my wife and the neighbours. They have acquiesced to eating multiple muffins, at great risk to their waistlines, whilst I slaved away in a hot kitchen. I finally have something worth sharing and I hope you enjoy these muffins. As my son hasn’t tried them yet it might also entice him to pay us a visit!

So why muffins?

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£250 Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I am not keen on the use of superlatives. For one they are generally overused, and secondly where does one go from there? Once I have used the superlative, say “best ever” cake, I would be stuck if I ever found a better one! In spite of the possible aforementioned predicament and after cooking biscuits for many years, I have to break my own rules and label these as “best ever”! I guess I could always use Newspeak, what with “goodest” then “plusgoodest” or “doubleplusgoodest”, triple, quadruple……

Before I get into the story, an apology and a thank you to my Mother. She sent me this recipe back in October 2010, so sorry for taking so long to try it out and thanks for sending me such a fantastic recipe in the first place…………………..

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