|This is one of the
recipes that I have received from Pat Churchill
in New Zealand. You can find out more about Pat
and her family at her own website. I think Pat and
her husband are kindred spirits with me in that
we have all over the years relied on (as Pat calls
it) Dining In - with children often a necessity!
See below what Pat had to say when she sent the
1 - 2 dozen oysters
4 tablespoons horseradish sauce
4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce
Blend the sauce ingredients
together and place in 2 small dipping bowls.
Serve the oysters
with dipping sauce and small triangular cucumber
sandwiches. To give the sandwiches extra oomph,
the finely sliced cucumber can be sprinkled with
wine vinegar and set aside for 30 minutes, before
being drained then used for the sandwiches.
From Pat Churchill:
20 years The Spouse and I shared our dinner table
with one, then two sons. During many of their
formative years I was writing a weekly food column
for a Sunday paper in New Zealand. The column
was called Dining In and featured many of the
meals consumed in the Churchill house over several
years, garnished with stories about family life.
The sons, Ben and James, were quite good natured
about the public exposure of their private lives.
I doubt if they ever read the column, which was
probably a help.
column chronicled their school activities, their
sporting successes, their various exploits, their
birthday parties. There was the time I made a
mega batch of chocolate truffles for Christmas
and hid them in the freezer. One day the boys
had been particularly good, so as I treat I said
they could have a couple of truffles each. They
were hugely and uncharacteristically reticent.
I soon discovered why. The cache had dwindled
by about 75 percent. I decided as theyd
enjoyed them so much, they might as well finish
the lot. They were looking decidedly jaundiced
by the time the last one had been consumed. Next
day they helped me make another batch. It remained
untouched until Christmas!
birthday parties were fun. One year I found a
recipe on the Internet for Dirt Cake a
sort of chlorate pudding affair served in a flower
pot, interspersed with jelly "worms"
and topped with artificial flowers. Then there
was the year when good old Dad managed to drop
a lit match on a paper napkin, causing a minor
conflagration and major panic. That same year
one three year old kid fell in the toilet and
ended up all wet and with a black eye.
days, with Ben doing his big OE in England, and
James head deep in the chemistry books at Otago
University, things are quiet around the dinner
table and in the house in general. No more drum
& base reverberating from one stereo and Metallica
from another. These days its cooking for
two. Heres some of our recent fare.
in the Shell
in red wine