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Sensory Thoughts- Taste!

Ah Taste. Such a personal sense, what one person likes another loathes. Are you a Marmite lover or hater. I love Marmite as does one of my boys. The other two hate it.

Does food really not taste as good as it used too or is it age changing our taste buds? Certainly children find flavours  stronger than do older people. But I think there is something to be said for food not tasting as it did, certainly in my childhood. Has anyone been watching the BBC programme about food and changing diets since the war? The children in this programme complained that the food was bland in the 50s, no spices , or added chemicals and very little sugar. But does all that added flavouring just mask poor quality food? I think food may well have been blander then but it tasted of what it was supposed to be and not what some food scientist thought it should be.

Last year on holiday I ate chicken which had been reared by the restauranteur on his farm. And oh MY did it taste good. It tasted of chicken. Like it used too!

And who can deny that food from the garden or allotment just tastes , well better, more of itself. Warm tomatoes straight from the greenhouse, bliss. Blackberries, strawberries, raspberries or bilberries from the wild,  or the garden, just can’t be beaten by the commercial equivalent flown in from abroad in an unripen state.

Proper Butter, not some horrible spread. Mmmmmmm. On toast or jacket potato.

Homemade lemon curd, I know I have eulogized about this before, but it is divine. And it reminds me of my Granny.

Homemade lemonade. On a hot summers day. DElicious.

Proper Pork Crackling! Need I say more.

Happy times are also remembered in the food we eat.

Holidays in Greece don’t begin till I have had my first iced coffee overlooking a fishing harbour. Then I relax.

My sons tell me one of the things they best remember from our camping holidays , were the chocolate Penguin biscuits they had with an early drink on the first morning, when we needed to decamp and get on the road again. The South of France is a long way for little boys in a car!

And do you find that as you eat something it starts off conversations of the “Do you remember the best… we ever had was…” The conversation we have year after year regards fish and chips. The best ones we ever had was in Hayfield in the Peak District. We had gone for a walk. It was WET and very very windy. We got about 1/5 th along the way before we gave up. Soaked to the skin and miserable we had over an hour to wait for the bus home. So we retired to a cafe. That fish and chip lunch and pot of tea has never been surpassed. Was it the food or the weather? I don’t know but we have never forgotten how good it was.

Children eat the weirdest things as they try to find out the edible from the inedible. In my case I apparently had a penchant for coal. But as I can’t remember it I deny it.

And in pregnancy our tastes change.Mr T was all about tinned peaches , the other two had me craving fudge. I don’t like tinned peaches much! Now fudge is a different matter.

My best weird taste of all has to be salt water. Not any salt water. But that lovely saltiness of the sea on your skin after a day on the beach.

What do you think? Does food taste better with added flavourings? Which is your favourite herb- mine has to be tarragon, or maybe dill, or then there is oregano.  Do you have a favourite food memory? Or what weird taste do you like?

Thank you for reading. Hot cross bun day today. With real butter mmmmmm!



“Shall we have soup?”

It’s mid October and I am still processing tomatoes! “Shall we have soup? ” I asked Mr E.  “Oh no. Not AGAIN!”, he groaned back.

Well what to do with yet another colander full of tomatoes.?  So I searched the internet which took me to

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s recipe

for Roasted Tomato sauce. which can and now is frozen.

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There’s the roasted tomaotes

and here’s the sauce, which took a lot of elbow grease to get through the sieve

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I might have over done the olive oil! It’s now in the freezer, so all I have to do is figure out what to use it for. It did taste yummy tho’. Meantime there’s lots of green tomatoes still outside. Chutney anyone?

Joining with  Heather from Townsend House for lots of other delicious food.


Strawberry Pavlova

I wrote a bucket list this year. Today I can cross off Make a Pavlova. Remarkably simple and oh so yummy!

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Recipe from my stalwart cookery book Good Housekeeping


3 egg whites ( mine are free range and large)

6 oz caster sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2tsp white wine vinegar- ( I didn’t have any so missed this out- No-one said but what about the vinegar when they scoffed it down)

1 level tsp cornflour

10fl oz double cream

12 oz raspberries- but I used a big punnet of strawberries (English Herefordshire ones to be precise)

NB can use any fruit really


Draw a 7 inch circle on some non stick baking parchment paper, turn it over and place on a baking tray.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff- ie a peak stays in place on an upside down whisk.

Whisk in half the caster sugar- until stiff

Fold in with a large metal spoon the rest of the caster sugar, vanilla and vinegar. Pile onto the paper within the circle

Bake in the bottom shelf of an oven at 150C , 300F or Gas mark 2, until crisp and dry

Transfer with great care to a wire rack until completely cool. Then with even more care upend and remove the paper.

I put mine onto the serving plate to remove and used the bottom for the top!

Whisk the double cream till stiff and pile onto the meringue base. Decorate with strawberries- eat any left over ones and deny the fact to family!

All tuck in!

Linking in with Handmade Monday

and Townsend House- what I am eating

Do check them out for lovely homemade goodnesses!

Let me know if you make a pavlova!

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