L O V E at first sight - Well hello there! Didn't think I was coming back huh? I wasn't sure myself to be quite honest. I've been a busy bee between work, trying to get my butt bac...
Monday, March 18
Tried a new recipe from
Rachel's Irish Family Food Cookbook.
Molly Malone's Cockles and Mussels Chowder
|Image and recipe via Rachel Allen's Irish Family Food Cookbook|
Here is the recipe:
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
4 ounces smoked bacon, diced
2 tablespoons butter
4 ounces leek, trimmed and very finely diced
4 ounces carrot, very finely diced
10 ounces potato (about 1 medium), peeled and finely diced
2 1/4 pounds mixed cockles and mussels
1 1/4 cups dry white wine
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup light or heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
Heat the sunflower oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and saute for about 1 minute, until crisp and golden.
Add the butter in the pan and melt. Then add the leek, carrot and potato. Reduce the heat to low and saute gently for 4 to 5 minutes, until soft but not browned.
Meanwhile, prepare the cockles and mussels.
Scrub the shells clean and discard any that remain open when you tap them against a hard surface.
Remove the beard — the little fibrous tuft — from each mussel.
Bring the wine to a boil in a large saucepan and add the cockles and mussels.
Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until the shells have opened.
Remove from the heat, drain the shellfish in a colander (reserving the cooking juices) and discard any shells that remain closed. Return the shellfish to the empty pan to keep warm.
Place a fine sieve over a measuring cup and strain the cooking liquid. You should have at least 2 1/2 cups; if not, add water to make up that quantity.
Add the pan juices and the milk to the bacon and vegetable mixture and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes, until the potato is tender.
Add the cream and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes, until the soup is reduced and thickened slightly. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, remove half of the cockles and mussels from their shells and add them, with the remaining cockles and mussels still in their shells, to the chowder.
Stir in the parsley and serve at once.
Here is my version and it was delish!
Serve with brown bread.
I hope you had a great St. Paddy's Day!
Wednesday, September 12
Which one are you?
HomeGoods Stylescope Quiz
According to the quiz
I am a
Stopped in HomeGoods
the other day and lots of
fabulous new items..
Found this cute
Now I know how I am
going to use the burlap coffee sacks
from my previous post.
I'll let you know how it turns out.
Have a good week.
We are heading out this weekend to celebrate our
15 years married....
20 years of knowing each other.
Friday, August 31
|I brought home this French Basket|
|Love the blue cupboard...grabbed one of the last blue bell jars to fill with lavender.|
|I have been eyeing this lamp and the zinc table for awhile now. It's still there.|
|There was a whole room of these lovely coffee bags for a dollar. I am thinking place mats.|
Love them and brought home two. I must go back!
|Various size pots....thinking to fill these babies up with succulent plants.|
|Love the wooden sign above the the blue cupboard.|
|Here is another Fresh Eggs tin sign...Love it and that blanket has been there for awhile. It was in the basket I bought.|
|Here is another one of these coffee bags. Loved the hot pink letters and blue stripe. Definitely a pillow cover.|
|Here are more goodies. Sorry for the blurriness. I just love that window pane.|
|Love these and my little one sneaking up the stairs.|
|Antique picnic basekt and the pretty vase holding the star fish bouquet.|
|Another one of those zinc tables.|
Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!
I'll show you next week my finds from our vacation in Nantucket!
It was a lovely August!
Sunday, July 22
Summer is the best.....especially the weekends when everyone is home.
The kids got their grown up bikes this past weekend and so did we.
The kids are having a blast.
Going for bike rides around the neighborhood and
down the street from us is this great cranberry bog with trails.
The kids love it!
I have been on foot walking behind them with my little one on her
small bike with training wheels.
We saw this great vintage bike with the cute basket.
We have a farmers market not too far from us and it would be fun to ride there
and pick up a few goodies.
It's too bad the bike was already sold when we got there.
The owner of the bike shop showed us some other vintage looking bikes and
loved this one.
What do you think?
Hollywood cruiser by Schwinn
It arrives 3 to 5 days.
Also found a cute Nantucket basket to go with it!
We set up our patio for movie nights.
We watched the new released Three Stooges..
We thought it was funny. The kids enjoyed it and
then we watched the originals.
Have a good week.
Wednesday, July 4
Happy Independence Day!
Enjoy time with family and friends...
released their new hit single this week from their
new album coming out in September.
Live and Die
Wednesday, May 30
Our rhododendrons are growing crazy.
They create a beautiful wall blocking out the woods that lead to the street.
Sad to say that the petals are starting to fall off.
They only last for two weeks.
They only last for two weeks.
We have pink and white.
Great views from our windows in the dining room and kitchen.
I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.
Here are few pics...
Have a good week!