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Tuesday, 25 April 2017


 Contemporary book so HORRIFYING it kept me reading all night :


                        18th century Gothic:  I read a chapter and my eyes start to close.


What Ann Radcliffe might have eaten for dinner:

 Lizzie Boyd remarks in BRITISH COOKERY that DUCKLING with PEAS was a traditional and popular dish in the 17th and 18th centuries.

I made it on April 23, 1989, and marked it as excellent!

1 duckling
1 ounce flour
2 cups chicken stock (or use a bouillon cube)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¾ lb frozen peas
1 lettuce, finely chopped
⅛ tsp nutmeg
3 ounces cream
mint for garnish

  • Joint the duck.  
  • roast uncovered in oven in a Dutch oven for 30 minutes.
  • Pour off the fat.
  • Add stock, salt, and pepper to the Dutch oven.
  • Bring slowly to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Add the peas and lettuce.
  • Cover and cook in the oven one hour until the duck is tender.
  • Remove duck.
  • Blend the cooking liquid.  Add the nutmeg and cream.
  • Taste for seasoning.
  • Reheat with duck, but do not boil.
  • Garnish with mint and serve with small new potatoes and a side dish of peas.  

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

GEORGE in Mom's letters . . . and Stuffed Peppers

Oct. 24/73?
George was to the sale yesterday he bought dishes cabenit and a table he got it all for $5.00 it needs work but it can be nice when finished you be able to have them if you wish

Feb 21/77
George finished the plumbing here they are all fine they come every Sat going for bread to Shoal Lake so they stop here for a while a week a go they came all after Supper as Nestor was suppose to come but didn’t Nestor phoned told can’t make I didn’t ask why.  George was to Grandview the boys were playing hockey so after hockey on way home they stoped at Wes and Marions place Marion fed the boys so that they would not eat cake & Ice cream here last Sat that was the day they were there.  Larry is putting water works at his place so Wes & Marion had one of the twins to keep out the way the othere one was at the othere Granmas. 

March 28, 77
George is sick Aline trying to persuade him to go and see the Doctor I hope she can she has ways so she may and a table fell on his toe whe he was helping to clear away the tables after (a) wedding it was bleeding a lot but he says its not very sore.  George was down yesterday to pick up Lornie he said there was a fight at the wedding towards the end and a couple or so went to put corn flacks on bride & her husbands bed and had a big fight there P----- lad came back and George said that he had a spot bare on his head from some one pulling out the hair and a big bump on the head talk about fights in the country but city beats them all.

April 26/77
the men are working in Solsgirth.  George works nights so he takes meals with him today they are seeding wheat there.

August 31, 1989
George yesterday was hauling wheat to town.

Aug 15, 1990
George brought me cranberries on Monday so I canned yesterday 11 quarts and 5 pints.


 George was never interested in desserts, so I aimed for a main course recipe that would have pleased him.  I found Stuffed Peppers in a restaurant in Ukraine and made some from Savelia Stechishin's cookbook, but this is my own spicier version -- a family favourite. 


8 bell peppers: green, red, whatever
½ to 1 cup coarsely chopped Kalamata olives 
½ cup chopped onion
½ to 1 cup finely chopped celery
1 pound ground beef
28 ounce can tomatoes (796 ml)
1 cup water
1 ½ to 2 teaspoons salt
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder  (not the hot cayenne stuff)
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup rice
About ½ cup grated Cheddar

·        Chop the onion and celery and set aside.
·        Chop the olives and set aside.
·        Chop the tomatoes in a food processor. 
·        Start oven preheating to 325. 
·        Brown the beef with the onion and celery in a Dutch oven.  Stir constantly.
·        Add tomatoes, water, seasonings, olives, and rice to the meat.  Bring to a boil. 

·        Cover and bake in oven for 45 minutes.  Test to see if rice is done.  Set aside.  Turn off oven.

·        Cut off tops of peppers and remove seeds.
·        Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
·        Put peppers into boiling water.  Cover.  Time 3 minutes as soon as they’re in the pot.
·        Drain peppers and refresh in cold water.  Drain again.
·        Fill peppers with the rice.  Put them in a 13x9 pan.  Sprinkle on the cheddar.
·        40 minutes before you want to serve, start preheating oven to 350.

·        Bake stuffed peppers for one-half hour.  Do not cover them.  


Monday, 10 April 2017

OLIVIA OTTER is scared . . . Page 6

Emily Eagle nudged Rhonda Raven. Then, the two birds looked straight at Olivia and sneered. 

They flew off along the beach path that led towards Olivia’s house. 

Story by Eleanor

Illustrated by Nestor

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Happy Birthday, Maybelle . . . and Game of Thrones Pie

As they walked out on the streets of Laredo,

As they ran fast in Laredo one day,

They spied a poor dog peeking out of a backyard,

“Ha, ha on you trapped there!” fierce Maybelle did say.   


Maybelle IS fierce but she's sweet, too . . .

and she's just turned 6.


Maybelle is a picky eater, and she prefers human food to her own.

So, on her birthday, when I made this ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Game of Thrones MODERN PORK PIE with a layer of apples and cheese under the crust, 

 I was sure Maybelle would have loved it as much as we did.


If you have the cookbook,  A FEAST OF ICE & FIRE, the recipe is on pages 36-37.

If you don’t have the book, check out this site:
I served the pie with the Game of Thrones “Salad at Castle Black”
(p. 27)  and “Tomates grill├ęs au four” from Julia Child’s