Posted by Alex under Uncategorized | Tags: pepito
No. Not the title of my latest unpublished children’s book; my soon-to-be-published post on our not very hard working working horse.
Besides turning acres of pasture into wheelbarrows of manure, Pepito has recently started proper work. First he pulled a tree out of the woods (that I’d failed to cut down successfully). Then he did some harrowing practice on what was the old pigs’ last field.
Here’s me having a go:
And here’s Her Outdoors (note the look of concentration on the face – and the lack of gloves – she’s hard, she is):
Posted by Alex under Uncategorized | Tags: orchids
The orchids are back. So far, between the tractor and the veggie patch, we’ve found these (shot like this for reasons that will become clear when you see the website):
Early purple orchid:
I’ll keep you posted as the others come up.
I bought what I thought was a duck breast last week. It certainly looked like it from the outside. (And it was in the right fridge in the supermarket.)
But when I opened it, there was no skin. Not a hint. Equally unexpectedly, the meat was in strips. I looked at the label on the packet for the first time and discovered I had bought some aiguillettes.
Not having a clue what these were, I turned to our biggest French-English dictionary and found this definition: aiguillette (cul) aiguillette.
Being none the wiser, I turned to our biggest English dictionary and found: aiguillette  a variant of aglet.
Obviously I wasn’t letting it go there. And, beginning to feel like there was only one word in all our dictionaries, I found this on the previous page: aglet  a variant spelling of aiguillette.
I put the packet back in the fridge.
I mentioned my problem on Sunday at a friend’s house. She, her husband, a friend and her husband all said: “Aiguillettes! They’re delicious, they are.” I was even given this recipe:
Pan fry the aiguillettes for a couple of minutes on both sides, then remove to a plate.
De-glaze the (very hot) pan with brandy, set on fire and reduce.
Add crème fraîche and reduce again, before returning the aiguillettes to the pan.
Serve with rice.
I did this on Sunday evening for me and Her Outdoors. I still don’t have a clue what we ate, but it was bluddie delicious.
Posted by Alex under Uncategorized | Tags: blogging
It was more like half a centimetre. I would show you, but Her Outdoors has gone to England to see the newest member of the family – with the camera. Leaving me with potato beds to dig, a website to write, life to manage, all that fun stuff.
If you’re desperate for something interesting to read, the formerly boy-genius Cafe del Nightmare has started blogging again.
UPDATE: It still looked tight, so I cut another half centimetre of it the other day. It still looked tight. I blame the drip edge. Few wouldn’t.