Elizabeth David is taking a back seat, the boy is working in London and I in school girl fashion have left all the tricky recipes requiring moral support to the end. I can't see myself boning a duck at that twilight hour between 5 and 6 with four hungry tired children running wild. Persuading my children after athletics one night that they really would like a dinner of oxtail stew or ox kidney isn't going to happen.
This means I will just have to seize opportunities as and when. We had a jolly nice egg breakfast yesterday, baked with grated carrot and bechamel sauce. Last weekend was my mother in laws birthday so I scored some points by cooking up an ED feast. Scallops with garlic and parsley served with a winter salad. A peasant stew, filled with pork, beef, rabbit and chocolate accompanied by good crusty bread and home grown kale made for a hearty autumnal main. Then a pudding of lemon ice cream and baked figs. All finished with some jolly nice cheese and homemade membrillo.
I am keeping myself busy without Elizabeth David by Christmas shopping. I have managed already to get myself pretty sorted using great independent shops. The girls wrote their Christmas lists yesterday and Father Christmas will successfully be able to tick off the list locally, there's lip gloss, hair bands and an electric toothbrush for the eldest, felt tip pens and all the Barbie princesses for the middle and for the youngest sylvanian families and a lollipop.