William Powell
“Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends,
rather than mob merriment,
noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.”

I am trying to William, but it is DECEMBER and therefore I have the double whammy of Christmas and my birthday which, I’m afraid, always results in mob merriment. I guess I’ll just have to relax and enjoy it…

I’ve been thinking a lot about dating this week. Ava persuaded me to try the dating website she’s been using but it’s just made me very depressed about the prospect of trying to get to know somebody via a short profile and a photograph. Would I have begun communication with William Powell for example, if this was his profile picture? Hmmm. I don’t like this game. I’m going to forget about it all for a while.

It’s a Silver Screen Sunday and I’m just about to retire to the kitchen to cook some Rum Jam for Christmas presents and some Beets Piquants to go with my fishcakes. I am going to seriously campaign for the Beets to replace the Artichokes for Mr Powell’s recipe in the book. Although I know that my co-writer is not a fan of the beet…

Serves 2

1 bunch beetroot / beets

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon flour (scant)

1 tablespoon sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

Few grains pepper

120ml / ½ cup cream 

1 tablespoon vinegar

Cook the beets over a low heat until tender.  Peel and cut into quarters.  Melt butter in the top of double boiler or a bowl balanced over a saucepan of boiling water.  Mix the dry ingredients and add to butter, stirring until well blended.  Add cream and cook over hot water, stirring constantly until smooth and thickened.  Add beets.  Just before serving, add the vinegar.


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