Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day (cleanskies) wrote,
Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day

my plants are dying because winter is here

I did my usual chore-bundle today, but it left me feeling kind of meh. Possibly it's an art hangover from Seizure and Pop Art at the Tate, or maybe it's some sort of capitalism exhaustion; one sale sign too many. But I think on balance it is becuase my plants are dying and there's little point in getting more; it's dark all day and barely above freezing. Nothing will grow. I drew a plan for the front garden, and chopped back the fir and the laurel but the beds look desperate and it's impossible to tell what is making it through the winter, and what is rotting, cells blasted open in the chilly freeze-thaw dampness.

Anyway, I made stew and it tasted good enough to be worth recording the recipe.

Venison with fruit and flowers

In a pan, fry together a little bacon and chopped venison with powdered mace, cracked black pepper, a generous pinch of annatto seeds, two dried marigold flowers (petals only) and some freshly grated nutmeg. Add onion, carrot, and a red sweet pepper, chopped, two red chillies and a few garlic cloves roughly chopped, a can of red kidney beans, and top up with potato water. Add savory and capers to taste, and a few squares of very dark chocolate to thicken the sauce. Cook until it is tender enough, and then sift over flour to absorb the fat and add a little more potato water if the sauce needs it, stir until it is smooth. Add chopped mushrooms and cook until it is ready.

I served it with wedges of potato and sweet potato rolled in dukkah spice and a side of portabello mushrooms cooked in garlic, butter and lots of parsley, which worked well.

And then, to bed.

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