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  • I made my first batch of pesto this weekend. Our one basil plant is only small (we've had it a few weeks), so there were just barely enough leaves to make two peoples' worth. It's just as well there was so little, really, since I also needed to make it by hand, with a mortar and pestle. It was all much easier than I thought it'd be, and turned out quite nicely, if spicily. I don't know what kind of basil we have, but it certainly has some bite to it.
  • Friday night's experiment came courtesy of my newest cookbook, Carluccio's The Complete Mushroom Book. The mushroom strudel was a fun chance to play with filo dough, but would have turned out more excitingly had I only chosen my mushroom combinations more adeptly.
  • Colston Bassett Stilton, the cheese which helped spur these last many months' sampling, is available in supermarket fridges 'round these parts. Such a cheese-oriented nation.
  • I'm not sure I would have thought to order rosewater ice cream left to my own devices, but I'm very glad I've now tried it - refreshing and lightly fruity. This was just one of a variety of highlights from last night's dinner at a Turkish restaurant near Victoria station, Kazan, where we ate with easterbunny and aca. More details will be the subject of some other post.
  • This week's kitchen-related quest is to find shelf dividers. John Lewis does not sell them. Argos only stocks them in assorted three-packs.
  • The Swedish Chef (and nine other muppets) are coming out on stamps in the U.S.! (via cogitationitis)


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Aug. 23rd, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
more exciting stamp releases
Aug. 23rd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: more exciting stamp releases
Those are fun! Will you be stocking up?
Aug. 23rd, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: more exciting stamp releases
but of course!! I'll have to buy a lifetime supply and just use the little 1 cent stamps if they raise the price of postage again.
Aug. 23rd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
B&Q sell wire shelf dividers that you slide on (assuming you mean vertical).
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm looking for horizontal ones. B&Q may stock them somewhere on their website, but I haven't found it yet. What I'm looking for is a selection of things like these. (Hopefully the link will work.)
Aug. 24th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
You need the kitchen section of John Lewis on Oxford Street. They have precisely this kind of thing.

On the offchance they don't, try http://www.lakelandlimited.com and try not to drool on your computer.
Aug. 24th, 2005 08:25 am (UTC)
John Lewis on Oxford St. didn't have them. We went 'round and looked (and then asked) this past weekend. You would think they would, but, alas, we were not in luck.

Lakeland Ltd. however - thank you! They have a wonderful selection of exactly what I needed. And you're right about the drooling.
Aug. 24th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
If you like mushroom-y things, one of the Moosewood cookbooks (I think it's "Sundays") has an amazing mushroom pie. The crust is made with sour cream, and the filling has a bit of cream cheese and egg, but it's mostly sauteed, herby, mushroomy deliciousness. Not at all heavy, and especially good with a nice mix of fungus.
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