But I wasn't idle. I had quite a productive inside day. It all started with this:
One of my neighbours gave me two big hunks of konnyaku. It's quite the gift. Not the least because the konnyaku-imo plant takes two years to mature and then it's a long and involved process turning it into the rather bland but healthy and versatile potato jelly delight that is konnyaku.
So, I turned all that into a huge pot of tonjiru pork and veg soup. We'd all gone to the supermarket to buy the pork- we really know how to have fun around here, huh? and of course that meant that we ended up buying heaps of stuff and so I kept on cooking and ended up with:
slow braised belly pork (buta no kakuni)
spinach and cottage cheese gozleme
Not bad huh?
I have been wanting to make some more sausages for a while (I don't use casings so they are more like breakfast sausage/chorizo) and I hit the jackpot mixing fatty pork belly dice into the mince. Mmmmmm, yum. Even K was sold and he's not really a meat person.
And the gozleme?
It's my latest food crush. Really. I'm in looooove with this at the moment. It's griddle cooked bread with spinach and cheese in the middle. Mmmmmm what's not to love?? It's supposed to be feta (how yum would that be???) but being feta-less I make cottage cheese and use that. The cottage cheese of course lacks that feta punch so I make up for it with added salt pepper and nutmeg. I'm sure any Turkish person would consider it blasphemy but hey, it works for me so that's all that matters, right?
Meg and Amy think the bread is magic- the cheese is on the inside! and were eating them as fast as I could cook them.
Other than the gozleme I cooked everything on the woodfire which was great as it gave me a fabulous excuse to hog the hearth all day long- gotta stir the stew, right?
Now if only I could channel some of Martha's housekeeping skills....