Friday, April 27, 2007

Kerplunked!

Last night I had big plans for dinner. The nights when both hubby and I are at home seem few and far between these days, so when I realised that we could actually sit down together and enjoy a leisurely meal, I thought I'd try something new. Braised lamb shanks (from Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries).

They looked promising going into the oven. Smelled delicious while cooking too. But at the crucial moment when I should have been topping them up with a bit more liquid, I got waylaid by a KerPlunk tournament that I HAD to win. Disaster. Cunningly disguised the slightly singed taste of the gravy with a big dollop of redcurrant jelly and poured plenty of pre-dinner vino (makes all culinary disasters better). I must curb that competitive streak - Mark won anyway.

And dinner tonight? The new season's asparagus, fresh from the farm. And practically impossible to burn.

Keeping it fresh in my first pottery effort- fired at last! I know it looks like a 3 year old made it, but I'm just learning okay? The only way is up!

16 comments:

kirsten said...

well, family comes first! then cooking, cleaning, etc. i'm sure your boy wouldn't have remembered dinner, but he just might remember that 'kerplunk' contest with you!

ljmax said...

I love the pottery..would love to take a class someday.

Ragged Roses said...

Wine helps with everything! Hope the asparagus is successful and that you won Kerplunk!
Kim x

Angel Jem said...

I love to cook with wine.... and sometimes I even put it in the food (yes you can groan!)
Love the pottery... keep on showing us your stuff. It's still on my To Do list (along with kissing David Tenant, drinking two bottles of wine and still being sober and meeting a fellow blogger)

capello said...

pretty bowl!

and asparagus is heavenly right now, isn't it?

little special said...

enjoy the asparagus tonight, it looks great sitting there in your lovely little dish. i'm impressed with the pottery skills!

xx

rebecca said...

Mmmmm, sounds lovely - I might do lamb shanks this weekend - thanks for the inspiration!

Megan said...

Mmm, new season asparagus. Yum, yum.

karen said...

Love the pot - and the aspragus - well it looks fab too!

Flibbertygibbet said...

Oh I feel so hungry now...

dee said...

one sip for the pot, two sips for me...one sip for the pot, three sips for me...

some of my dishes use an amazing amount of wine.

bigbucketgirl said...

I love that pottery! That photo belongs in a cookery book. We don't have fresh asparagus yet...we're going picking tomorrow!

julie said...

Your little bowl is lovely - I like the little leaf detail. The lambshanks sound delicious even if they were a little well done - you're definitely right about wine being the saviour of most culinary mishaps! Hope you enjoyed the first of the asparagus - yummy!

Marie said...

Great piece of pottery. It's unique and that's what counts in people and pottery. Fresh English asparagus...what more could a body want in the spring!

weirdbunny said...

I could eat that right now. It's one o'clock, that's past lunch time for me and I haven't had breakfast yet !

samantha said...

The bowl is great - would be a very talented three year old in my book :) and at least you have an excuse for burning dinner! mine happen even when I'm watching - it's a special skill!!