Monday, 30 September 2013

mushroom & applewood pitta



This isn't a very hobbit-y thing to say, but I rarely bother with lunch. Like, I eat it, obviously, because I can't go for more than 2 hours without a meal, but I don't like to spend too much time on it. Salads, sandwiches, heated up leftovers, cheese & biscuits, etc. That sort of thing. I tell myself it's because I'm too busy during the day to bother with cooking, but I'm a student and I'm lazy so that is obviously not the case. Shall we make a pact to devote time to lunch on days that are not Sunday? Let's.

This is a lunch time food which takes about half an hour to prepare, so for me that's like, a big deal. But it's worth it - total comfort food. Mushroom and thyme share a relationship more beautiful than the Notebook, and I've never met a sandwich that couldn't be improved by a hefty amount of smokey applewood cheese. Because yeah, this is basically just a sandwich, and so you could of course use regular ol' bread if you wanted. I like to use pitta because I love pitta, and I like to use wholewheat because Pam Ayres once described the taste of wholewheat bread as "like biting into a cornfield", and I can't get that description out of my head. But of course, make your own kind of music, sing your own kind of song, etc.

concerning holly



“I am in fact a Hobbit, in all but size. I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humor (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late (when possible). I do not travel much.”
- J. R. R. Tolkein.

Holly is a 21 year old art history student at the University of St Andrews, who finds it very strange to discuss herself in third person. She is hobbit-like in both stature and in appetite, though her collection of ornamental waistcoats is woefully lacking. She comes from a little pocket of the English countryside where people pronounce their R's with vigour, and where change comes slowly (if it comes at all). This blog is an exercise is recreating the spirit of The Shire in a small kitchen on the Scottish coast. It is an exercise is butter, double cream, and warm, homemade bread. This blog believes in a well stocked pantry & vegetables used the day you bought them. It believes in farmers markets & fruit and veg shops, but it will also concedes that clubcard points really are quite a good idea. It believes in eating what you hunger for & letting the weight fall where it may, for there will be no calorie counting here. It believes in cake. It believes in fruit. It believes in immediately thinking about your next meal once one is over, and it believes in knowing where your meat comes from. It believes in red wine. It believes in the fields and trees and rivers. It believes in leftovers, but it also believes in licking the plate clean. It believes in Sundays. It believes in wholewheat.

Mostly, this is a blog which honours the art of eating. Something that Holly is very, very good at indeed.