Yorkshire Day

1st August is Yorkshire Day.

The previous evening around 10pm the UK government announced that some socialising restrictions were back on which included households not visiting each other in houses or gardens in parts of the North of England. The usual rules entrails followed, fine threats, and Eid celebrations were dampened down.

The same will go for today of course. In the meantime it seems scores of people can go to the beaches.

For today I am cooking up Toad in the Hole with fennel seeds, cabbage braised with onion, cider vinegar, sliced apple and caraway. A hearty onion gravy to accompany.

July wasn’t the best of months, throwing an almighty curved ball the repercussions of which will no doubt go on for some time. I have however been astounded at how forgetful and selfish some people can be but am taking it with a pinch of salt for now. It’s very tempting to hurl memories and reminders.

Walking, reading, writing, making – all enable through such tough times even more so. Revisiting favourite musicians and movies. Hanging to the good.

Then there’s the wisdom of Keanu Reeves…

 

Stuffed peppers – punanje paprike

The peppers won’t stuff themselves so better get to it!

Gabriel & Hare

This recipe serves 4 and is vegan.

You will need:

4 red bell peppers – medium to large

Stuffing

A generous cup of brown rice 

A good cup of red lentils

Half an onion – finely chopped

2 carrots – finely chopped

1 tsp of vegetable stock

Thyme, oregano and basil – dried or fresh

Sauce

Tomato puree

Water

Paprika

Seasoning

How to:

Put all your ingredients for the stuffing in a large pan of water and bring to the boil, then simmer for around 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain off any excess water.

Take the top off the four peppers and stuff them with the rice mixture  to the rim then place the stalk lids back on.

Leave any excess stuffing in the pan and add some water, tomato puree, olive oil and paprika, then stir. Place the 4 peppers in the sauce. Put on the lid and simmer…

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Sneaky poetry

Apt for the times we live in, here and now.

Gabriel & Hare

I like a notebook and pen, especially for doodling and writing poetic prose or whatever comes to mind. Scribbles, crossings-out, word play all come easily on paper.

In the middle of editing a poem this little thought appeared, all by itself, unrelated in content to the main body of words:

How to live this life

In a seasoned quiet

Without the sound

Of constant conversation

And this lovely illustration turned up  for Tigre le Dvou by Agata Kawa

Illustration for Tigre le Dvou by Agata Kawa

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