Category: Madsen

Mustard cheese?

Some Arran cheese came yesterday. It always tastes good, especially if you eat it with Arran traditional oven-baked oatcakes. I wasn’t entirely sure about this one, though. From the Island Cheese Company, it is an Arran Mustard Cheddar, described as A classic combination of traditional Scottish medium mature cheddar...

An Easter chicken rather than an Easter egg

Sunday April 16th The promised sunshine gave way to bouts of drizzle. Not a day to picnic on the river, so I tried something else. I greased the casserole dish first, then lined it with sliced potatoes par-boiled for a few minutes. Then two good-sized chicken legs with the...

Hot cross buns

Friday April 14th Good Friday. After the gym I settled down to a serious hot cross bun. In other countries they might chase after mad rabbits scattering chocolate eggs, but hot cross buns are the real thing. You can buy white ones, but don’t. The best ones are brown,...

Chocolate – I knew it!

As readers of the Singleton Diet will know, I usually eat a couple of squares of dark chocolate every day. I like it, and it makes me happy. Now Prof Roger Corder has found that it makes you less likely to suffer arterial blockages and heart attacks. The key,...

Basmati saffron rice with duck

Saturday April 8th The Basmati rice came free. There is a promotional effort on, with free packs handed out with glossy literature. Is it all that different? Yes. I cooked it on the stove top for 10 minutes with a little saffron. A friend told me that saffron is...

Barbecue time

Friday April 7th The first barbecue of the year! It wasn’t quite like the ones I used to enjoy in the Florida Keys, but after the coldest winter reported for 40 years, it felt good. Interestingly, the supermarkets were not yet selling barbecue stuff. The assistant gave a shiver...