A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook

With a Bump

Woke to find the BBQ upside down.  So kind of the wind to make a visit and take the BBQ on a trip.  Amazingly didn’t hear it in the night or perhaps I did but didn’t realise.  On inspection it looked ok and other than a dust off  and the longing for warmer days it looked ok.

First full five day week in a while and it’s been ok.   The dark mornings have been hard, beaten by strategically placing an alarm (my watch) on the other side of the room in order that I have to get out of bed to switch it off.  If I’m not quick enough this will awaken the teenage beast. With it the peace in the house which is to be enjoyed at this time in the morning.  The early routine has given me time to do some stretching, reading, fresh air and an attempt at writing before the work starts.   I’ve lost track of the length of time now working at home and it’s going to feel strange when finally we return to the office. 

Until then though, coffee is served early with the view of the sun rising through the trees.  A gradual orange hue that merges into a crisp blue.  As my wife pointed out the birds are tweeting in the background if you listen carefully.  Surely a sign of breaking the back of the short days.  I’ve seen the first snow drops of the year, always a good sign and we have a bunch of daffodils on the kitchen table that are definitely brightening the mood.  A tiny bit of happiness, a snip at the price of a pound.

I’ve got my head around a few recipes that I intend to try this weekend catching the online shop so I’m well prepared this weekend. 

From the Home Cookery Year.  A couple of winter dishes. 

  • Mushroom (no meat) balls.  
  • Chicken with Prunes Stew.

The veg box came with a huge ugly looking thing called a celeriac, so I’m going to be a little creative in the soup department by adding a few Cannelloni beans and Pancetta.  

In amongst that there will be a quiche, a salad and the browsing of Grannies Recipe box. After collecting some dust in my virtual filing system I need to get on with bringing them up to date, and writing them up.  There are never enough meals or hours in the day!


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.

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15 Comments

  1. Astrid

    You got a celeriac? That reminds me of my father using it in his homemade pea soup when my sister and I were young. I never liked it but my sister did, though she was too young to pronounce it correctly. I think I might like celeriac in a stew though.

    Glad you are still able to enjoy some quiet time to yourself before work.

    • akeerie

      Thanks Astrid, would definitely suit a stew. I’m torn now, too many options!

  2. Thistles and Kiwis

    That must have been some wind! Celeriac and potato mash is lovely, or make a ‘slaw’ type salad. A much more versatile vegetable than we give it credit for.

    • akeerie

      Agree on the celeriac, I’m looking forward to it.

  3. Natalie

    Glad to hear the BBQ was OK. I saw celeriac in a local grocery store but haven’t made anything with it. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • akeerie

      Thanks Natalie, and for hosting the coffee share

  4. Susanne

    Celeriac is ugly but absolutely gorgeous in soups and stews, or roasted with some herbs in the oven… Yum!
    I agree about mornings… it’s such a peaceful time of the day (here, rather because of the lack of traffic on the road). I don’t get up early but that’s only because I want to have quiet time and it’s not possible while my husband is still at home.

    • akeerie

      I’m a big fan of celeriac, just not the roots and the mud 😊. I can imagine staying in bed until the calm is restored in house!

  5. Gary A Wilson

    Okay,

    I had to look it up and now I want to source a celeriac to try out. I’m very fond of daikon and jicama and as a young child was caught after escaping from mom’s grasp, in the produce section reaching up to pull the bright red radishes off of their stocks to munch on. In my defense, I was likely only 4 years old and had yet to learn the notion of produce theft. . .

    If you come up with a good bean-based non-meat ball. I’d love to hear of it. You know what a fan I am of the humble black bean, but just about any bean appeals to me.

    Thanks for widening my vegi-scope.

    • akeerie

      I will keep my eyes peeled on the bean front ball wise. I’m sure I’ll find one….or I’ll invent it based on the mushroom. Which worked really well. I need to look up a daikon and a jicama!

      • Gary A Wilson

        Hey Alex. Think radishes – very – very mild and tasty radishes with their own taste twist. We love them.

  6. Julie

    I’ve seen celeriac, but never tried it. How does it taste?

    • akeerie

      That’s a tough question! It’s a bit like a parsnip crossed with a turnip I would say.

  7. Ju-Lyn

    That must have almost been an Oz-like wind to play with your BBQ grill like that!

    Ooooo, celeriac … I don’t think I’ve ever used that before. I’ve seen a couple of times in the fancy supermarkets, but too expensive to experiment with.

  8. Kirstin

    Oh wow. Crazy bout the BBQ. We had a heavy windstorm in October and it sent some friends of ours trampoline flying into their family pumpkin patch next door. It was so sad, it destroyed their really cool gourd arbor.

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