Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Place Where I Live - Alea Milham's Nevada


Photo Credit: Jason Stoll via Flickr

This post is the second in a new series on The 21st Century Housewife called The Place Where I Live. Learning a little bit about the place people call home is a great way to get to know them better and it can be a wonderful resource of insider knowledge for places you might like to visit one day. 

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers is based in Northern Nevada. One of my Hearth and Soul Hop co-hosts, Alea and I also host The Gallery of Favorites together. An incredibly generous blogger, Alea is happy to share her both her time, ideas and excellent advice, and I am definitely a much better writer and blogger for having met her. So without further ado, over to my friend Alea! 

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Chelsea Flower Show - Part 1

Photo Guy Harris
So I’m finally getting around to writing a post on the incredible Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show this year! Chelsea is always a  wonderful show - testament to this is the fact that it always sells out early - so if you want to go next year, start watching the RHS site in a few months’ time. Even better, join the RHS, and you will get advance notice and booking, as well as the chance to visit on the ‘members only’ days as my husband and I did this year. This is not to say the members only days are not crowded - Chelsea is always packed with people, and the best way to see the show gardens is to get there as early as possible. It’s a fabulous atmosphere though and such a great day out. This year was extra special with it being the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year and a lot of the exhibitors worked that theme into their gardens and displays.


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Meatless Monday - Limoncello and Blueberry Syllabub



Syllabub is a very old English dessert, traditionally consisting of sweetened cream mixed with wine. It was served in its current form as early as the sixteenth century but the original recipe dates back to Tudor times. Syllabub was very popular in the Victorian era and Mrs Beeton included recipes for it in her famous ‘Book of Household Management’. 

Syllabub is the perfect dessert for when you want something slightly sweet but not too heavy to either finish a meal or serve before the cheese course. 

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Ben & Jerry's Join Our Core Competition


Image courtesy Ben & Jerry's Join Our Core competition
On Wednesday night I attended the announcement of the finalists in Ben and Jerry’s Join Our Core competition in London. Earlier in the day all twenty-five hopeful entrepreneurs had pitched their ideas to ten expert judges from the world of sustainable and ethical business including Ben and Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield. Other judges included executives from Fairtrade Foundation, Ashoka and VSO, and were adjudicated by leading British environmental journalist Lucy Siegle.
 
The fifteen finalists of the Join Our Core competition, sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s, represent the brightest young sustainable business minds across Europe. They will be jetting off to Uganda for the next stage of the competition. The five overall winners will win a €10,000 cash prize each, mentoring from Ashoka, and will be featured on a Ben and Jerry’s flavour in 2013. 

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Friday, May 25, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Going Veggie in Bite Size Chunks and Warm Courgette Scones

Photo courtesy of The Vegetarian Society

As part of National Vegetarian Week, I’m featuring some of the Vegetarian Society’s recipes and these delicious scones are one of my favourites. I have made many delicious dishes using courgettes (zucchini) in my time, but until now I have never made scones with them.
Have you ever considered becoming a vegetarian? Although I intend to remain an omnivore, my family and I do eat lots of meatless meals, and I am a big supporter of the Meatless Monday and Meat Free Monday movements. The following tips from The Vegetarian Society are a great help if you do want to take the plunge and become vegetarian, or even if you just want to cut down on the amount of meat you eat. 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Winning Schools are Announced in the Cook for The Queen Competition


Photo courtesy of Love British Food
Four schools have been selected as winners of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s competition inviting schools to create a special Diamond Jubilee menu for The Queen! Mark Flanagan, Royal Chef at Buckingham Palace, has selected the winning schools from over 200 entries.  The four schools are being invited to Buckingham Palace in June to see their recipes prepared by the Royal Chef and will help serve them at a special reception attended by The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall. 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

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Monday, May 21, 2012

It's National Vegetarian Week!


Photo courtesy of The Vegetarian Society

It’s National Vegetarian Week here in the UK, and this year the focus is on the most important meal of the day - breakfast!
Although I personally am not a vegetarian, I am actively trying to reduce the amount of meat in my family’s diet for health, environmental and ethical reasons. Eating meat free is delicious, nutritious and a great way for individuals to take small steps towards a more stable environment for us all.  

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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


To see last week's featured blogger, Sue of Couscous and Consciousness, and to share your favorite posts, please click here...

The Spirit of Summer Fair


Photo April Harris

It has been anything but summery here in England recently, with more rain than we have had in literally years. Frankly, some of us here are wondering whether the sun is considering a permanent vacation, it shows up so rarely. Still, we can dream of warm summer days, and the The Spirit of Summer Fair in London is a great place to do just that. 

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Cook for the Queen Finalists Announced


Photo Peter Adamson
The first round of judging has taken place in ‘Cook for the Queen’, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s competition inviting schools to create a special menu for The Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee. Sixteen schools have been selected from over two hundred entries to go through to the next round where their menus will be judged by Mark Flanagan, Royal Chef at Buckingham Palace. The top four winning schools will be invited to Buckingham Palace in June to see their recipes prepared by the Royal Chef and will help serve them at a special reception attended by The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall.

‘Cook for The Queen’ is the idea of The Duchess of Cornwall and is her special tribute to The Queen for the Diamond Jubilee. As part of British Food Fortnight, the national celebration of food that The Duchess supports, schools across the country have been invited to create a special menu for The Queen that celebrates the food produced in their part of the country.

Two hundred and eight schools entered from across the UK and the competition has inspired a huge variety of activities, many running throughout the spring term. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Art of the Interior



Decorating your home is a very personal thing, and no matter what the fashion may be, it’s important that you surround yourself with the things you love and colours that make you happy. It can be hard to know where to start, but Deborah Heath of Design by Deborah says that “inspiration can come from anywhere, it could come from nature, a treasured object or a wonderful scrap of fabric”. In the case of The Art of the Interior at The Lemongrove Gallery, Deborah used wonderful paintings, prints and sculptures as starting points for great design inspiration. 
When I first visited The Lemongrove to see this installation, the design above was my absolute favourite. The artwork by Julie Ann Scott is called Deep Waters and Deborah has accentuated the flashes of red in it with the wonderful red chair at the centre of this scene.  

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

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Double Potato and Heirloom Beet Bake

Photo credit Alex Harris
I love heirloom varieties of beetroot, especially golden beetroot and pink striped beetroot. The flavour of both of these types of beet is much milder than ordinary beetroot, but like ordinary beetroot it is great for roasting. 

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Friday, May 11, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


To see last week's featured blogger, Chaya of My Sweet and Savory and Bizzy Bakes, and to share your own posts, please click here...

Oatmeal Coconut Crispies



Whenever a cookie has oatmeal in it, I find it easy to believe it’s just a little bit good for me. Never mind the sugar, or the white flour, or any of the other ingredients, that oatmeal makes them nutritious. That is my story and I’m sticking with it. After all, a cookie or two can be good for the soul, and no one can argue with that.

This is another recipe from my treasured old Betty Crocker Cooky book. As with any recipe I have had for a long time, I have played with this one (particularly the rather dated mixing method) but the cookies are still just as I remember making them all those (ahem!) years ago. 

Once again this is a ‘slice and bake’ cookie and I usually keep a roll or two of them stashed in the freezer. You see, if you are in our house, you are never more than 10 minutes from a hot, fresh cookie. I think that may be why we get so many visitors.... 

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Cook for the Queen


Photo courtesy of Love British Food
As Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s competition inviting schools to create a special menu for The Queen approaches its grand finale at Buckingham Palace in June, four Scottish schools went to the Palace of Holyroodhouse today to show The Duchess their entries.

‘Cook for The Queen’ is the idea of The Duchess of Cornwall (The Duchess of Rothesay as she is known in Scotland) and is her special tribute to The Queen for the Diamond Jubilee. As part of British Food Fortnight, the national celebration of food that The Duchess supports, schools across the country have been invited to create a special menu for The Queen featuring recipes that celebrate the best of British. The top four winning schools will be invited to Buckingham Palace in June to see their recipes prepared by the famous Royal Chef and will help serve them at a special reception attended by The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

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Monday, May 07, 2012

Meatless Monday - Crunchy French Bread Egg Pie



Although this recipe bears more than a passing resemblance to quiche, it really isn’t one. The ‘pastry’ is made of softly saut√©ed onions, cubes of  French bread, vegetable stock and egg so it has almost crouton-like edges and is incredibly flavourful. One of my late Mom’s recipes, this is a wonderful way to use up leftover French bread or baguette as it is steeped in enough liquid that it doesn’t matter if it has gone a tiny bit stale. 

The vegetable filling lends itself to invention, although I almost always use broccoli in it. Peppers also work well, as do tiny pieces of carrot. I’ve used asparagus in season, and frozen peas in the winter. Satisfying, nutritious and filling, this egg pie works well for lunch with a salad, or as part of a buffet. I always think it is best served the day it is made, but leftovers do keep well for a day or so in the fridge. Rewarmed gently, they taste very nearly as good as first time round.

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Blueberry Bread and Butter Pudding or Blueberry French Toast Casserole



I grew up in Canada, where Sunday Brunch is a really big deal, but in England where I live now, it’s Sunday lunch that is the culinary focus of the day. While brunch can be a range of treats from the scrumptious egg and bacon feasts my Dad used to prepare when I was growing up to pancakes or even a buffet, Sunday lunch is more prescribed and generally involves some sort of roast, potatoes and two vegetables plus a dessert. Bearing in mind our household consists of two dual citizens and a pure bred Brit, we tend to have a balance between the two. Honestly? I still prefer brunch! 

The gorgeous thing about this recipe is that it is perfect for either meal, whether you want to call it Blueberry French Toast Casserole and serve it as part of a brunch feast or use it as dessert at Sunday lunch as Blueberry Bread and Butter pudding. 

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Friday, May 04, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife May 4th

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to The Gallery of Favorites, a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. 


Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


To see last week's featured blogger, Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen, and to share your own posts, please click here...

Chicken with Cashew Nuts


Photo Alex Harris
As much as I love Chinese food, I find that the stuff served in restaurants is often disappointing. With day-glow coloured sauces and some strangely artificial flavours, it is never quite as I hoped it would be. It’s certainly nothing like the food you would be served in someone’s home in China. That’s where the wonderful Ching-He Huang comes in. Author of several cookery books, including Chinese Food Made Easy, Ching is quick to point out that traditional Chinese food is healthy food. Her aim is to “demonstrate how light, healthy and simple Chinese cooking can be”and by simplifying and modernising traditional dishes she makes them much more accessible and easier to cook.

One of my favourite recipes from Chinese Food Made Easy is Ching’s Chicken and Cashew Nut Stir Fry. 

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Kensington Palace - The Reinvention of an Icon


If the walls at Kensington Palace could talk, they would have plenty to say. Home to the Royal family for well over 400 years, this is where 18 year old Princess Victoria became Queen, Princess Margaret entertained the in crowd and Princess Diana brought up her children. Now the London base of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the majority of Kensington palace is cared for by Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity which recently carried out a 2 year £12 million refurbishment there. Last night I visited with my husband and other supporters of HRP to see the results of all their hard work.


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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to the Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop that shares food from the hearth to feed your soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive light are also welcome. 

To see last week's featured recipes, and to share your posts, please click here...