Monday, March 15, 2010

Housewife, 29

Whilst superstitiously touching all available wood (Ikea bookcases are sort of wood aren't they?), I may actually put into writing the suggestion that I have stopped being pregnant-sick.

Wow, it's been a minute since I wrote that and I haven't been smoted by the fates with a dash to the porcelain throne - maybe it's true, or maybe I'm just getting wise to how much I can achieve without getting so tired that I have to lie in a corner and groan?

Given this newfound lease of life it seemed only fair that I let my inner 1950's girl let rip. After all, I missed the chance to use a wonderful box of cupcake goodies that Zee gave me for Christmas, and my new Cupcake Courier, when we had a cake day at work to raise money for Haiti; and I missed the chance to go all out with pink icing and heart shaped sprinkles on Valentines day, or something red and gold for Chinese New Year, and I kind of forgot to do anything green for St Patrick's day despite living not too far from the third largest Paddy's day parade in the world (according to Midlands Today who may very well be biased).

I also rather felt for H who whilst an excellent cook has a limited repertoire unless someone stands by and tells him what to do. When you're asking him to cook because you need to lie on the sofa and groan, the instructions for chicken risotto will not be forthcoming any time soon, trust me on this one. Our diet over the last couple of months has been a bit 'interesting', so it seemed like a good time to try to make it up to him and say thank you for the care he is taking of me (and the baby bear) with some good old fashioned show-off cooking.

I made home made pizza (ham and mushroom for him, and butternut squash and sage for me - NB no tomato sauce on mine, just slices of peeled butternut squash and fresh sage - it's delicious), and:

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Chocolate -raspberry tarts, a la Nigella again but I added the chocolate hearts from the leftover pastry. The tarts themselves are dark chocolate pastry, the filling is marscapone, melted white chocolate and double cream and the raspberries make it part of your five a day!

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See, fruit, it's healthy really!


  1. Oh my.

    That looks really tasty.

  2. Glad to hear your feeling better. It all sounds and looks yummy, especially the butternut squash and sage pizza, that does sound interesting.

  3. I have never made dark chocolate pastry. I've never felt that I've missed out in any way, not up until I came here. I shall be consulting Nigella in the morning.

  4. Hmmmm....if I couldn't cook for months cuz of morning sickness and relied on J's cooking skills, I'd be eating pancakes and eggs every single day! :)

    Your pizza sounds's our tradition that Saturday night I make home-made pizza...our favorite is pesto, mushroom, cheese! But your butternut/sage sounds pretty darn good!


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