So close together these lichen bedecked tombstones weathered and now indecipherable are so close together that Anthony J Sargeant wondered why. Best friends perhaps two hundred years ago now laid side by side in this corner of a quiet Shropshire churchyard their graves carpeted with snowdrops. Photographed on a cold sunny February day in 2018.
Nothing unduly ‘cheffy’ or fine dining about this meal – but Anthony J Sargeant recommends it as delicious honest food for a cold winter night in Britain. The portion of the pudding is one sixth of the cooked pudding shown in the previous post and you can see the luscious juices generated by the long steaming process. It is served here with green cabbage and potato and celeriac mash.
The last time Anthony J Sargeant had this for supper was at Christmas. But it is delightful at any time in the winter months (it is now February and quite chilly). It is a very traditional English dish in which the suet pastry case is filled with ox kidney pieces, a few mushrooms and cubes of beef (skirt or shin – cheap cuts which render down with the long steaming process) – the result is a luscious rich filling and if the thickness of the suet case is judged well it holds together when tipped out onto a dinner plate as shown here. The bowl this was prepared in was 1 litre capacity which is enough for 6 servings. (see the next post for an image of a typical serving)
Sometimes one needs simple comfort food – as here fried eggs, baked beans, sausage, and crispy chips cooked on a cold January night by Anthony J Sargeant.
Alright the plate might be a bit of ‘fine dining’ (Royal Copenhagen handpainted blue and white porcelain) but the food is simple, nourishing and most of all comforting.
Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant from the bedroom window of his Shropshire home at 4.20 pm in the afternoon of the 29th January 2018. The view is to the east with the sun low on the horizon behind the photographer only just catching the edge of the water meadows around the River Corve and the trees on the low escarpment beyond. The almost full moon is visible in the late afternoon sky.
Suddenly the snowdrops have burst into flower along the lanes and byways of Shropshire in England. Great drifts of them cloak every likely bank along the roads although this clump was photographed by Anthony J Sargeant in the garden of his Shropshire home on the 29th January 2018. There is a local story that there was a man who in the 19th Century, or early 20th used to roam the lanes in the area planting bulbs in the hedgerows.
Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph of the sunrise seen from a bedroom window of his Shropshire home at 7.48 hr on the 30th January 2018. Through the delicate winter tracery of the deciduous trees the sun is about to burst forth above the Brown Clee hill in the distance.