Mrs Thriftyhousehold and I hatched a very last minute plan for lunch today. After a hurried phone call I bunged some ingredients in a bag and drove to her place.
I had some smoked mackerel and baby spinach leaves and I'd whipped up some quick croutons* and a caesar-style dressing**. I added some marinated artichokes, slivers of parmesan and sunflower seeds. The creaminess of smoked mackerel always surprises me and it was good with the tangy dressing and the fresh crispy leaves.
My lunch partner had made her delicious roasted butternut squash and sage soup. It's hearty, warming and absolutely delicious.
Then the wintry sunshine was calling so we went for a walk. Sometimes last-minute plans are the best kind.
This month's cosy and comforting making winter project can be found in the last post and will be open until well into next month. The contributions are truly lovely so a huge thankyou to everyone who's shared their recipes or wintry images. Making Winter blogposts don't have to be long or elaborate - images of cups of hot chocolate, a favourite pair of mittens, a wintry walk or a tasty pie are perfect. Click here if you'd like to join in.
* Chunks of any bread tossed with
A few rosemary leaves
Onto a baking sheet,
Into the oven at roasting temperature for 10 mins or until golden brown and crispy
** Three tablespoons of creme fraiche, mayonnaise or a 50:50 combination of the two
Squeeze of lemon
Few drops of white wine vinegar
Good dash of Worcestershire sauce
Few drops of oil from a tin of anchovies (optional)
Season (may not need salt)