Monthly Archives July 2017

Vegetarian Menu- February 2017

To both push ourselves and accommodate a vegetarian friend, we elected to attempt an all vegie menu with only some success. The menu was:

Vegetarian Wine Menu

Kanda Bhaji (Vegetable Pakora) with Tamarind Sauce

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Creamed Mushrooms in Puff Pastry Cups

Cauliflower- Goat Cheese Soufflé

Parsnip Nut Loaf with Red Wine Gravy

Paneer Tikka Masala

Endive Boats with Cherry-Walnut...

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Parsnip, cranberry, and chestnut loaf


  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 onion, chopped
  • ½ ounce pack sage, 6 leaves reserved, rest shredded
  • 7 ounce pack cooked chestnut
  • 3½ ounces walnut
  • 3½ ounces breadcrumb
  • ½ tsp mace
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 pound cranberry
  • 6 ounces sugar
  • 1 pound parsnip, choose long, thin ones if you can, peeled then halved lengthways
  • 1 tbsp honey


  1. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large non-stick pan, add the onions and gently ...
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Vegetable Pakoras

This is a slight modification of a straightforward recipe for pakora. Serve with Indian sauces (tamarind, mint, spicy tomatoes) and enjoy.


  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 quart oil for deep frying
  • ½ head cauliflower- broken into smal...
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Wild Mushrooms in a Béchamel Sauce

The staple recipe for mushrooms.


For the Mushrooms:

  • 1 pound assorted mushrooms, rinsed and ¼ inch sliced
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter for sautéing
  • ½ cup white wine

For the Sauce:

  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • 1½ tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups simmering cream (can use milk, half-and-half, light cream or heavy cream)4 frozen puff pastry cups

4 frozen puff pastry cups


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Return of the scribbles!

Although we have continued to cook our (vaguely) monthly wine dinners, the time constraints of parenting, work, and general life have kept us from updating this for a long time. Given the non-existence of a following, we are changing the format to be  “us friendly” rather than an attempt to be for public consumption. As such, we are re-arranging the design to be more recipe and topic focused...

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