Budget Night

Yesterday was a very good cooking day. I don’t have a lot of them, but very pleasingly everything seemed to go smoothly. I made my first ever batch of cumquat marmalade solo (with cumquats from our ever faithful potted cumquat) under the watchful eye of my mum who fretted and fretted that it wouldn’t set. But it did! And it’s really good – heavy on the lemons and probably a little heavy on the pips too but it tastes great. Even Amelia, who is going through one of those slightly irritating “No! I don’t like that!” stages, consumes it with gusto.

And the beef was good as all of you said it would be. It was a little too salty (any suggestions for something other than prosciutto to wrap it in? it was pretty intense) and a little over done, but the porcini mushrooms were incredible. Incredible.

Did I mention that I got Jamie’s Dinners for Mother’s Day? No, I don’t think I did. It looks great. Tomorrow night I am going to bake a sticky toffee pudding from the dessert chapter. I am finding a lot of creative satisfaction in our trashy little kitchen at the moment while the studio is still chaotic.