|Grape vines in back garden.|
|Compost bin sealed shut.|
I wasn't in the mood to work on my project for publication. The day was cold, grey, and miserable, and I was angry, depressed, and miserable. What to do?
Here's my 6-step self-help programme:
1. Make a fire in the fireplace. Always brightens a cold, wet day.
2. Add a half hour of baroque music.
3. Drink a large mug of strong, hot tea.
4. Notice that Isabel had changed to a sweater made entirely by herself.
It's Maree, by Julia Trice from Twist Collective. Isabel did all the calculations to work out the adjustments for her size without any input from me. This is Isabel, computer geek, not knitwear model. I'm fond of both versions.
5. Don't knit. Spin something in jewel colours.
6. Make tortiere for dinner. OK, so this is traditionally served at Xmas, and we hardly ever eat red meat, but if ever a day called for something out of the ordinary, this is it.
lb ground pork
lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
½ tsp salt
½ c water
¼ tsp crushed celery seed
1 large potato, grated
Preheat oven to 400F. Brown the meat and drain off the fat. Add remaining ingredients and cook uncovered for 20 min. While the filling is cooking, make the pastry. Remove the bay leaf, then pour the filling into the bottom crust, place top crust over it, seal, and prick with a fork. Bake for about 40 min or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 min before serving. Good with ketchup and braised red cabbage.
BTW, when we were living in Washington, DC, we almost never ran into meat pies, whereas they're a staple here. Are meat pies more a Canadian thing? Thoughts?