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Nellie Knows – The Wokingham Paper :8 May 2015

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This was previously published in The Wokingham Paper on 8 May 2015

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As I have said before I do love May with its Bank Holidays and this past weekend has been a crazily busy weekend not just for us but countless other families as they enjoyed a 3 day weekend. We didn’t get to the May Fayre this year what with one thing or another but I heard it was good and the weather was brilliant. Let’s hope we have a dry spell for the next Bank Holiday and half term! We were glued to the telly on Saturday following the arrival of the new Royal Baby, Princess Charlotte looked so gorgeous in the photos. I’m certainly not broody and I don’t envy anyone who has a newborn with broken nights as I love my sleep so much, but I do love a cuddle with a baby. Thankfully a friend had a baby on Thursday so I can have a cuddle and then hand him back. I try and have an early night at least once a week which is my way of recharging the batteries and also gives me the chance to read without interruption.

Books
I’ve got a massive pile of books to review which include If You Go Away by Adele Parks, Yellow Room by Shelan Rodger, The Silent Hours by Cecsa Major and M. D. Murphy’s Dark River Melody. I love reading and once I get started I struggle to put it down. I’ve thankfully passed my bookworm habits onto my children who all enjoy reading and one of them was the inspiration for the name of a character in Christina Jones’ Love Potions so that book is always going to be special. Whilst sorting out a box that had been in the back of a cupboard until recently I found the Jilly Cooper books we all read at school as teenagers, as well as Shirley Conran’s Lace!

In the garden
A few weeks ago I had great plans for one of my borders but now that everything is flowering I will leave it and just remove the dandelions and nettles, I will have to get to the dandelions before the children do as their seeds are the last thing I want anywhere near my garden! I really do relish being in the garden and like nothing better than a cup of coffee outside first thing, with the lovely weather it has been so nice to sit outside in peace knowing that as soon as someone stirs then the rest of the house will follow. Breakfast is the loudest meal of the day in our house and every week my lot change their mind about what cereal they actually like, but thankfully they all like fruit so we have heaps of it in a bowl as well as frozen blackberries we picked from various hedgerows last autumn which I throw into a smoothie or yoghurt or make into a summer pudding or crumble.

Telly
Speaking of hedgerow fruit leads me nicely onto Home Fires and Jambusters, I see that Jambusters by Julie Summers is the No 1 bestseller in Women’s studies on Amazon which makes me hugely proud. We enjoyed the first episode and are looking forward to the next 5 Sunday evenings as the plot unfolds, the cast is amazing and the location is Cheshire where a branch of my family live so I have a certain fondness for it. I’ve recorded The C Word but will have to find the right time to watch it as a friend who had breast cancer now has brain tumours and it will be rather close to home. I don’t watch much telly but I do enjoy watching reruns and films, we watched Paddington at the weekend which was great fun and if you’ve not seen it then I would recommend it!

Food
Last week I wrote that I would be picking up a box of treats from Wellington Farm Shop one of my favourite farm shops, as well as ingredients that I turned into a tasty birthday meal for my husband I also picked up some Spitfire Cheese and some chilli and lime Cheddar, both had a real kick and it’s no surprise that it’s all gone. I really enjoy cooking and when I eat something out I will then recreate it at home. This week it was Mango Curry which was so easy to make. I fried some onions, leeks, garlic and chicken then in a separate bowl mixed Crème fraîche and mango chutney, added them all together and shoved in the oven (which is now working thanks to Kevin of Domestic Appliance Care and Repair) whilst I cooked the rice and prepared a salad. I made a meringue which I bashed up and added some soft fruits to make Eton Mess. I think it’s safe to say that the meal was well received as there were no left overs! On Sunday I made Lamb Curry with a sauce from Mama Eti’s which is an Indonesian street food company run by an old friend from my Holme Grange schooldays, that also went down well and we will be exploring more of the range over the coming months.

Sport
The football season is over but that doesn’t stop my girls kicking the ball around whenever they can. My youngest plays for Wokingham and Emmbrook Girls U10s and is taking part in the Futsal tournament next month, having just learnt the rules for football I now have to get my head around a different set of rules! She recently took part in an inter school football tournament playing against some of her Sumas team which was great fun for the girls and her school came 3rd. My husband used to play cricket and has been glued to the cricket on the box, however none of the girls have shown any interest in the game but they could be tempted to join their friends for the Friday Club Evening at Hurst Cricket Club for an early evening drink or something to eat, between 6pm and 830pm which runs until the end of July. Maybe we’ll see you there?

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Birthday Meal with thanks to Wellington Farm Shop

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I’m a big fan of farm shops, delicatessens and small independent shops and regularly hop across the county border to Wellington Farm Shop to meet up with friends, browse the shelves or pick up delicious ingredients.  With a box of ingredients from Wellington Farm Shop I made Pheasant Casserole which went down well.  A few weeks ago I was given a box of produce by them to whip up a feast and as it was Big Welsh’s birthday I chose his favourite pudding as well as a dish I had eaten at friends the weekend before and my favourite Lemon Drizzle Cake (oh what do you mean it’s his birthday and he chooses the cake?).

Regular readers will know that I don’t always follow the recipe but I do follow the ingredients list and then take it from there, this method stood me in good stead for the Mango Curry dish I was going to make as I only knew what the ingredients were as I wandered into the kitchen whilst they were being unpacked!

Shopping List : chicken breasts, onions, leeks, coriander, Creme fraîche, mango chutney, fresh mango, rice, salad, eggs, sugar, vanilla pod/essence, strawberries, raspberries, single cream, mint garnish, flour, sugar and lemons

My box of goodies was handed over and I headed home to whip up a feast, not before having a cappuccino in the cafe!

Mango Curry (made up from memory)

Ingredients: chicken breasts (cut into strips or chunks or kept whole – up to you), onions, leeks, (chopped), coriander, creme fraîche, mango chutney, fresh mango, butter or oil for frying

Fry onions and leeks in butter or oil with garlic, then gently fry chicken.  While that’s doing its thing mix all the creme fraîche with chopped up coriander and mango chutney, how much chutney is personal preference but I spooned in 2 tablespoons.

Mix them together and put into an oven proof dish for 30 mins or so.

While that’s cooking boil the rice and prepare the salad.

Shortly before serving add the sliced mango and pop back in the oven to warm whilst you holler for the family.  Serve with rice and salad.

This was just as nice the next day served cold with new potatoes & salad.

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Pavlova

Ingredients: 4 egg whites, 250g caster sugar, Vanilla essence / whipping cream, fruit

Heat the oven to 150degrees/130degrees fan assisted or gas mark 2.

Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and add vanilla essence, whisk again and slowly add egg whites, I add in an extra teaspoon of sugar for extra gooey pavlova.

Cover a baking tray with baking paper (for your perfect shape draw round a dinner plate on the baking paper), then spoon the mixture making sure the sides are higher than then middle, pop in the oven and wait, patiently!  After an hour take out the pavlova and leave to cool.  Then do your magic with whipped cream and fruit and garnish with mint leaves.  I’ve never known anyone slice a pavlova without making a mess so it normally becomes Eton Mess in our house.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients: 225g unsalted butter, softened, 225g caster sugar, 4 eggs, finely grated zest 1 lemon, 225g self-raising flour

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.  Blend the butter and sugar until smooth, gradually add the eggs – mixing all the time, add the lemon zest and the self raising flour.  Spoon into a greased loaf tin and pop in the oven for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes take the loaf tin out and leave the cake to cool in the tin.  Mix juice of 1-2 lemons and 85g caster sugar to make drizzle.  Prick the warm cake with a fork or skewer and slowly pour over the sticky citrus drizzle.  The cake will soak up the drizzle juice and the sugar will make the crisp topping.  Leave to completely cool in the tin and then turn out, enjoy the first slice in peace as it won’t last long!

A very big thank you to Wellington Farm Shop for my box of ingredients!

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Oh I do enjoy a good farm shop and Wellington Farm Shop is a good one.  Actually it’s not just good one, it’s a brilliant one!  It’s easy to get to, plenty of parking, a warm welcome guaranteed, lots of lovely food, a brilliant cafe and a shop full of taste and choice!

We’ve been nipping across the county border for coffee, lunch and shopping for ages now, it’s a really convenient place to meet friends as it’s not far from Reading or Basingstoke.  It’s not the little gem of a secret it used to be but it’s amazing how many people don’t know it’s there!

The farm shop stocks a huge range of fruit, veg, meat, cheese, ingredients and believe you me the sprouts are huge!

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Huge sprouts

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Largest ginger I ever did see

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It’s not a Christmas house unless there’s a bowl of satsumas or nectarines

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Cosy rugs

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Tasty ingredients

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Love the packaging! Every taste has a story to tell!

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Baking shelves, I need them all!

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Sweet treats, don’t mind if I do!

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Tins, I love tins and the contents of these!!

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More tins!

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I do love enamel and there’s a fine selection here!

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well funnily enough I do need a new tea pot and I think I have found it!

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Bath and body products

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Ideal jars for all those coins around the room! I’m thinking an ideal stocking present, must tell Father Christmas!

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Love the simplicity of this white china from Sophie Conran http://www.portmeirion.co.uk/shop-by-range/sophie-conran-white.html

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There really is something for everyone!

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Looking forward to Spring and planting these with my favourite, daffodils.

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Shelves and shelves of drinks for all ages and tastebuds!

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Delicious breads

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Looking very festive and jolly

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Love the window!

I’ll be nipping over there next week to pick up the ingredients for a pheasant dish I am making and will be stopping for a coffee and maybe a slice of cake!  Might see you there!