When I picked up my granddaughter on Friday my two daughters were sitting outside in the garden wearing summer vests and enjoying the rays. Yesterday I was sat snuggled up next to the fire watching a blizzard outside.
This was the view from my front window, and it just continued to snow...
(Scroll down to see how much!)
The menu plan had been to use up some fish from the freezer and make home made fish cakes served with salad.
Hmmm seeing the snow this didn't feel like a good option at all, so plan B.
Pop down to our local Co-op (only about 20 yards from my door, or I wouldn't have ventured out) and purchase a bottle of real ale.
No!! getting drunk wasn't the plan. Beer batter was.
The new menu:
Beer battered fish with home made real chips (not oven baked - comfort food was called for after all!) and mushy peas. Followed after a break to let everything settle, so to speak, with home made apple crumble and "real" custard.
Now the reason I put "real" in them there quotation marks is that it is my version of real custard - it does contain egg, but does away with the long slow constant stirring and risk of curdling. The reason I do my custard this way is all to do with my dislike of additives, colourings and such - I refuse to contemplate those packets of lurid instant stuff.
My recipe for "real" custard
1 egg yolk
1 level tbsp sugar
1 level tbsp cornflour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 pint milk
Put the first 4 ingredients into a bowl and mix to a smooth paste with a little of the cold milk. Bring the rest of the milk to the boil then pour onto the paste, stirring well. Tip the mixture back into the saucepan and place back on the heat - stir vigorously until the mixture come up to the boil and thickens - Voila custard!
I'll leave you with a picture of the snow this morning as it was on the road coming out of the village of Stanley Crook, on my way home from visiting one of my daughters.