There wasn't much opportunity for cooking yesterday. A morning of playing with databases, afternoon with plumber and hot tub repairer, choir practice in the evening so no dinner.
But I did make porridge for breakfast. A cold rainy morning seems to call for oatmeal! So I did my usual careful measuring. Hold the container under the tap and count fairly slowly to four. Then add four heaping dessertspoons of rolled oats. Uncle Toby's, of course. Then I turned it onto Heat 100, Reverse stir on 2 (I think) for 7 minutes. Delicious, hot, creamy. Did that again this morning, only for two. Count to eight slowly, then 8 soupspoons of oats. Strict quantities are not my thing!
Today was shopping day so I shopped with Thermie in mind. When we got home, I went to work.
First was a carrot and celery smoothie. One carrot, some celery stalks, a handful of ice cubes, and a small chunk of ginger. It needed a bit of diluting as it was quite thick, but awfully good. There was quite a bit left after I had my fill, so I moved on to a tomato passata. I thought I might have time to make this before I went off to my singing lesson, and I was right. In went an onion and a garlic clove. Chop chop. Then in went all the tomatoes, which had been chopped into about three pieces each. Some basil leaves. A spoonful of the veggie stock my consultant had made as a demo. Chop chop for a few seconds. I added the remainder of the carrot/celery juice, and cooked for 30 minutes on Speed 1 at 100 degrees.
Looks pretty good, huh? It will form the basis of a bolognaise sauce soon.
Off to singing, then to visit Mum. Got home around 5, and thought I might have time to make a couple of things. I had half a packet of frozen cherries and a punnet of strawberries so thought they would make a good sorbet. I didn't have a kilo of ice cubes but I didn't think that would matter. I had two ice-cube trays, about 400 grams. In went the sugar, and I turned that into icing sugar. In went the strawberries and the cherries, and an egg white. Whip whip on 10 for a minute or so, and the sorbet is utterly delicious. I had to have several spoonfuls to test whether it really is good enough. It is. It has gone into the freezer, and will be dessert. Might blitz and re-freeze, because that's what the books suggest to keep it soft and sorbet-like. Did I put in a cube of frozen passionfruit pulp? I think I did.
I am partial to herring, so I bought a jar of Bismarck herrings and a tub of crème fraiche. There was half a red onion in the fridge, and half a red capsicum. The onion, capsicum and fresh dill went in first to get the chop. Then I roughly chopped in three of the herring fillets. Finally in went the tub of crème fraiche and I stirred that in reverse for a few seconds. Oh yum. A bit runny, perhaps cream cheese would be a good addition next time, but it will probably firm up in the fridge. If it lasts that long.
Then I washed up! Only one chopping board and knife, plus thermie. For all that preparation! It is marvellous.