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Sunday with Erika

Posted on 2012/09/26 21:53:04 (September 2012).

[Sunday 23rd September 2012]
Today was the last day of my two weeks paternity leave. It was a rather wet and windy day outdoors so we weren't particularly enthused about leaving the flat, and ended up just staying in all day.

I made scotch broth for lunch, which seemed somehow appropriate given the weather. My recipe for scotch broth is to essentially make some other kind of vegetable soup with whatever is to hand, and then add pearl barley. This time I also added a good slosh of peaty whisky (a peated bruichladdich, as it happens) to deglaze the pan after the onions and celery had sauteed for a bit. I was rather pleased with the end result, it was fittingly hearty and warming.

Pies for dinner in the evening, and I had yet another attempt at making roast potatoes which were actually crispy on the outside. Finally some degree of success! I think the issue may have been the metal roasting dish I was using - this time I tried with a ceramic one instead. I also gave the potatoes a chance to cool down and dry out a little bit after boiling them and before putting them in the oven.

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