I spent the first part of the morning blog-hopping. For quite a long time actually, but hey-ho, suitably impressed by a Bacon and Egg Pie over on Anglesey Allsorts' blog, I set to and made one for my menfolk, with some subtle differences. No tomatoes (they don't "do" tomatoes), no grated Courgette sneaked in (though I still have some to use up from the garden), and instead I Mandolin-sliced potato very thinly and laid it in layers with chopped bacon, and a sprinkling of cheese, and topped it with three free range eggs before putting another cheese pastry lid on it. This is how it came out of the oven (above), and below are a couple of the layerings:
The lovely golden colour is partly the cheese in theh pastry and partly the egg glaze I used.
I was on a roll by now, and as I had fresh yeast in the fridge (they give it away free at Tesco) I made a Cottage Loaf. This really took me back to my childhood, when I would go to the corner shop for my mum, get her the Cottage Loaf, and by the time it got home, the wonderfully burnt knob on the top would be inside my tummy! This one over-prooved a bit as the kitchen was warm from baking and I made the mistake of turning my back on it . . . Tastes good anyway.
I am haunted by apples at the moment, so yesterday and today I have tackled the most urgent ones (bruised or split) and cooked them up. Of course, while I had the oven on, what better thing to cook than . . . a deep dish Apple Pie in the lovely green dish which I found in TKMaxx this summer, and which is an exact match for the lovely big green mixing jug I was treated to when we were in Hay-on-Wye in July.
So, having worked, now I shall play, and clear the table to get my quilt blocks assembled. I wish I could show you them, but they are destined for my daughters, who come on here . . .