Friday, December 30, 2005

Blind stew for blind contour friday

We had a lovely Christmas break and had wonderful meals at so many friends and relatives. On Boxing Day we visited Robin’s mother and her husband Ralph. I was raving about my latest read, Nigel Slater’s book ‘Toast’ (an autobiography of his childhood and adolescence told through the food that he ate).
Ralph then told us a story that amused me. When he was a child in Ireland, strict Catholicism meant that no one dared to break the friday fasting rules which meant you couldn’t eat meat. He came from a large family with not much money and so on a friday his mother cooked what she called ‘blind stew’ which meant gathering up all the spare left over bits of food and vegetables and cooking them for few hours in a big pot with a couple of stock cubes. I asked Ralph what it tasted like – expecting some blarney about how it was cooked with love and that they were poor but happy, however his instant reply was ‘bloody awful!’


Blogger Terri said...

This is a wonderful cheery BC Julie! I really like the beets and the mushies, especially that wonderful depth of colour under their lids. The lime greens of the cabbage look wonderful next to the beets. Well done! Happy New Year to you.

12/31/2005 1:31 PM  
Blogger Lin said...

THIS IS so so GOOD!! Relaxed and cheerful looking -- and the ingredients look good enough to eat too! SUPER~!

12/31/2005 2:06 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

I am not good at blind contour drawing but this is great! Love it and the vivid colors.

1/03/2006 4:59 AM  

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