The Saturday Session – guess Who is coming to dinner?



I have ever such a slight obsession with Doctor Who. Which is only slightly driven by a slight obsession with David Tennant. Which means I am on a countdown to Sunday evening when The Waters of Mars airs. Given that it airs at 7pm, it could mean dinner with the Doctor, so just what dishes would you dish up? Here’s my thoughts!

1. In honour of David Tennant’s Scottish roots, then I thought about maybe some good smoked salmon. You could whip up some blinis and get all the accompaniments and have perfect finger food. To be honest though, it’s not really doing it for me. The adrenaline is going to be going mental, it feels like it will need feeding something a little more substantial.I’m thinking of creating a great burger with best Aberdeen Angus mince, something tasty and meaty and satisfying. You can always bite into it when things get tense, rather than biting your fingernails. I’m enjoying Jamie’s burgers and sliders recipe from the new book, try that.

2. It wouldn’t be new Doctor Who without a Welsh contingent. Not only the writing genius of Russell T. Davies but also the fabulous locations in and around Cardiff. It would be kind of appropriate to settle down with a Clark’s pie and a pint of Dark, but outside of Wales fairly hard to track down either. I think I would go for Penarth Estate Pink Sparkling Wine, to toast the genius, and drown my sorrows about the beginning of the end. I might knock up a few Welsh cakes to go alongside it.

3. Surely we should utilise the title as well, and therefore I’ve had a quick look at recipes using Mars bars. Well, I avoided it when I did the Scottish thing, no deep frying going on. Putting Mars bar recipes into Google reveals 119,000 entries, of which for sheer cuteness you have to look at Beccy’s Marvellous Mars Bar Cake. But for something a little less noisy, so as not to break the tension, then I’m going for Mars Bar Cheesecake.

4. And so to the water part. I have to admit that I rather object to the whole bottled water thing, so do the world a favour and get a water filter, or just keep stuff in the fridge. I could be very tempted to mix it with Belvoir’s Raspberry & Rose Cordial, which would give it a nice reddish tinge in honour of the red planet.

So, please don’t ring me after 7pm tomorrow, I will be otherwise occupied! If you’re not sure what you’ll be missing, here’s the trailer. Allons-y!


October in review


Nosy or just curious?


Being nosy and curious are good attributes for what I do. Which means I am quite fascinated by what terms people search on to end up on the blog. The popular stuff gives a feel for what people are thinking about and looking for, and the random stuff gives you an idea on what’s happening on the edges. Sometimes, on the very surreal edges.

Given the title of the blog, and the key thing I write about, it’s probably no surprise that foodie gifts is the top term, so I’m going to ignore that each month, along with anything with the blog’s title in. So, here we go, a view of October

Top 5

1. Top of the shops is the Giant Gummi Bear. Who can tell why? Although I think they’d be fun to watch someone unwrap one. But I’m sure you’d get fed up of it by about half way through!

2. In a similar theme, lots of people were looking for, and buying, Baconnaise. I love bacon and I love mayonnaise, but I think I’d rather have the two things separately. It seems lots of you disagree and are busy stocking up on this.

3. There must have been a lot of kids having caterpillar birthday cakes if the searches were anything to go by! No more M&S cake though, you were after the cake tin, and Lakeland can oblige.

4. Lots of you are on a retro food kick, with vol au vents featuring highly. I think this must be something that’s passed me by, but now determined to see if I can come up with some fabulous versions. Or at least ones that don’t involve Campbells condensed mushroom soup!

5. Finally a lot of you were looking out for a local supplier to me of gorgeous cupcakes. Bedazzled Cupcakes really do put on a dazzling display and you’ll often find them at food festivals in the East Midlands. Worth a mid morning sugar snack!

Top 5 oddities

1. Unless he has a brother, as far as I know it’s Richard Corrigan. Not Keith.

2. What pepper is in the Jamie Oliver kilner jar? Black

3. Sorry, no idea on Thomasina Miers wedding. But hope the half dozen of you looking on the blog for it got her something nice. A quince tree hopefully.

4. How not to burn jam. Keep stirring it. Or buy a Tefal jam maker and let it take the strain.

5. Buy turkey twizzlers? Not on my watch you don’t. I’m not even sure making your own is my favourite idea.

So, bring on November and December, as running into Christmas always throws up some interesting and obscure stuff. Can’t wait!

Fabulous photo to illustrate this by jin.thai on Flickr.