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Scribbles for the Weekend #4

Apricot Pie

September crept up on us this week, and it’s starting to feel dark when the alarm goes off.

Prom night came and went and I’m left reflecting where the time has gone.  It felt like yesterday when I put on a black tie and went hunting for adventure.  Amazed at the young man who stood before me and was more than happy to help with his tie.  It took me a couple of goes since it’s been a while living at work.

Success in the kitchen included an open apricot pie made with wholemeal flour.  The vultures came and went and even a request for it being made at their birthday a good eight months away.   To say it was a keeper is an understatement.

The small roast shoulder of lamb from organic Combe Farm worked well in a one pot of potatoes, carrot, parsnip and  fennel.  Slow cooked for a three hours, the fennel wasn’t in a good state towards the end so while the meat was resting it got blitzed into a gravy…or the word velouté feels more appropriate.

The polenta/corn meal eat downtown continues and I found a new technique of roasting from Anna del Conte.  It went well, so much left over though, which got fried and used for lunch with salad.

This weekend has a bit of a BBQ instore, the boy has got his pals round, another fair well with friends (I do not remember this build up!).  The usual burger and grilled veggies, a peanut butter cheesecake and I’m planning to get the pancake balls machine that we brought back from Denmark out.  Hopefully there will be leftovers!  Definitely planning to get a slice of that cheesecake!

Younger brother is quietly getting on with things in the background, trying his best not to rock the boat.  The house is emotional as we work through our last 8 or so days together before university starts.

Hope you have a good weekend, and thanks for Coffee.

The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.


  1. Gary A Wilson

    peanut butter cheesecake. . . . wow!
    EC – that sounds amazing.

    • EdinburghCook

      Just come out the oven, needs to wait until tomorrow…..aghhh the patience and fortitude required to wait. Would put a picture in the comments if I could, just added to my instagram feed.

  2. Jo

    The apricot pie looks amazing and I reckon I can smell the slow-cooked lamb shoulder from all the way over here.

    • EdinburghCook

      Thanks for saying hello jo

  3. Maria

    I always get so hungry when I read your posts! The pie look divine, if you were closer I would ask you to make one for my birthday 🙂

    • EdinburghCook

      Thank you, that’s so kind….I’d make one no problem!

  4. Astrid

    That apricot pie sounds so delicious indeed, I can totally understand why people were requesting you make it for their birthday. It’s indeed getting darker in the early mornings and late evenings already.

    • EdinburghCook

      Son had his pals round this evening, getting dark earlier makes the awning look so nice with the outdoor lights. Just hard knowing the days are getting shorter!

  5. Janet Alcorn

    Your post made me hungry!

    • EdinburghCook

      It’s a shame I can’t send samples, thanks for stopping by.

  6. Natalie

    Your older son who’s going to uni is going to miss your cooking and baking. Have a great week next week! Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • EdinburghCook

      I hope so 🙂 Hoping that the food will bring him back for some good home cooking. Hopefully we’ve set him up for success and that he’ll have some idea about good choices to make. Looking forward to seeing his food journey.

  7. Thistles and Kiwis

    Oh are you going to make Æbleskiver? A real winter/Christmas thing. The apricot pie looks delicious.

    • EdinburghCook

      Yeah, well done on finding the spelling of Æbleskiver. Hunted and hunted for a machine when we went to Denmark, that I could whip the plug off and swap for a UK fitting. They are too good to just wait until Christmas and having 8 teenagers to cook for seemed like a great opportunity. The recipe I have makes about 60, so with a chocolate sauce for dipping. We could just let them get on with it. Thanks for popping by.

  8. Ju-Lyn

    Lots of milestone events happening in your household. It is challenging when they leave for college. Wishing you all the best as you spend this week together.

    Your apricot galette looks fabulous! I can imagine why they want it for their birthdays.

    • EdinburghCook

      Thanks Ju-Lyn, this week might be a tough one!

  9. Liz

    Happy Sunday despite everything 🤗

  10. msomerville2014

    I think this might be my first visit to your site so I took a few minutes to look around. Your descriptions of foods are poetic, and the recipes you tackle are hardly beginners. I am especially interested in trying the Lentil Soup. I am not really interested in getting on a “plant based food” craze, I like meat. But I have regular lentils and some red lentils and have been looking for recipes. Also saw that you added pearl barley and I wondered about pairing that with lentils, so I will give this a try. Enjoyed this post and your site. Michele

    • EdinburghCook

      Wow, thank you so much for having a look round and taking the time to say hello. I typically use lentils and barley to thicken meat stews when I’ve got a bit too much liquid, or padding out a meal.

      • msomerville2014

        You are so welcome. I look forward to coming back. and thanks for t he info on lentils and barley. I will try that. Looking for ways to use them.

  11. Bear

    Sounds like you had an awesome week. We’ve been pretty much isolating voluntarily lately as the Delta variant is surging in our area. That said, we did slip up to our home stomping grounds and visited the Faire this weekend, and chanced upon his parents in the process. It was good to have some time together. Now, we’re back, and Hubby is dealing with his sodium issues again. Ugh!

  12. Kirstin

    Oh my. That all sounds amazing!!!!

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