Creation, absorbtion and acquisition

Creation: I don’t think I have made much mention of the two things that I enjoy the most – and generally do the least – painting and writing.

I wouldn’t say I am highly skilled in either pursuit but both keep me utterly absorbed. This makes them relaxing and rewarding.

Writing a novel, one of my chosen pastimes, has turned out to be much harder than I thought it would be. I am 45,000 words in and now getting quite hopeful that I will finish. Continue reading Creation, absorbtion and acquisition

Huff ‘n’ Puff Pork (serves 4 – 6)

This is not my recipe but I wanted to share it because it works. What you get is brilliant crackling, moist soft meat and amazing gravy. It’s my new Sunday lunch with friends recipe. It’s from Fairytale Food by Lucie Cash, published by Random House at £15. It has a couple of extra details in italics by ME.


A 2 kilo (about) piece of boned rolled pork shoulder, preferably after a happy life and scored well

3 bayleaves (not sure I noticed these)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Pre-heat the oven to its highest setting (Warning: if the oven is not immaculate, expect the house to fill with smoke)

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