Turbot, makings,Coniston 31st May

This is a bit of a catch up post but there are loads more to post on my latest gadding about. Melon and Maraschino Cherries.
There is the Turbot Hunt which ended in Fleetwood as well as a day in Llandudno in Wales. I wanted to make an 1867 recipe invented by Lady Llanover published in her book “The 1st Principles of Good Cookery.”

Torbwt Wedi ei Fotsio- Poached Turbot in a Granville Sauce

4 thick turbot cutlets
1 medium onion finely sliced
2 table spoons of chopped parsley
water to cover
salt and pepper

Granville Sauce
1 chopped shallot or small onion
1 pounded anchovy
2 tablespoons of sherry
2 teaspoons of wine vinegar
6 peppercorns
pinch of nutmeg and mace
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon flour
6 tablespoons cream

Lay the sliced onion in the bottom of the pan, put cutlets on top season well pour water to cover. Put lid on top for 20 mins or until cooked.

Simmer in a double boiler the 1st 6 ingredients until the shallot is soft. In another saucepan melt the butter, stir in flour and mix until smooth. Then add 1st mixture and simmer. When smooth and cooked add cream. Stir then strain or liquidize. Serve warm with the strained fish as above.

Afterwards fresh strawberries and cream were perfect.
A lovely parcel came from Simone. What a gorgeous Autumny pattern, stripey fabric and seaside card. Thank you Simone it was so kind of you.
I made up a pattern for a matching hat to the cardi. All posted for a new baby girl -this should fit her in the Winter.
I have also made a complicated bag. So relieved this is done.
Hand sewn flap for the outer pocket Fastens with a magnet.
Lots of biddy bits used on this section.

It opens out so you can get to things more easily.
The bag opens out (another magnetic fastening) and has a back zip fastening.
A sturdy handle as well as a strap. You can see one of the zips here too.
On the inside are more pockets including another zip sort.
More biddy bits on this patched pocket. Finished with a lot of relief!
Don’t worry though I have loads and loads still to do.
Let me take you back to the last day of May. Yes this really is how far behind I am with the photos of my travels.

Have a look around.
Angel and Fluff hadn’t been to Monk Coniston all year. The 1st thing they did was to trot to the end of the jetty together like 2 naughty school girls.
I think Angel was pleased to be back.
It was Precious’ 1st time here. She loved sunbathing in a nest of grass. (They like their comfort -greyhounds.)
Pawsha had a drink after the journey and they hounds enjoyed pottering around.
Beautiful scenery. It’s hard to think that bad things happen in beautiful places. I think that is why it has been shocking to hear of a person in Cumbria killing 12 people in a gun rampage. In an inner city it is less of a shock- overcrowding, lack of green spaces to relax in etc. So hearing about it happening in one of the most beautiful places in England has hit hard.

Bad things can happen in beautiful places. Not good.
Precious and Angel lounging together.
A mother duck and her ducklings came right to the shore but they didn’t bat an eyelid.
Now let me tell you about a wonderful recovery. Click the pic above to see just what a state the steam yacht “Gondala” was in when the decision was made to restore her.
She is so elegant and beautiful.
A real pleasure to watch.
I had a little trip -just me not the rest of the family.
One room with matching fabric covers.
Leather covers in the other room towards the back of the yacht.
Once Gondala linked up with the railway to bring tourists to Coniston.
Such a beauty!
I set off as the weather worsened but it didn’t rain.
But I took the whole tour of the lake which is only done on 2 days a week. Left to right top to bottom: The place where Gondala was moored as a houseboat, Holly How, Brantwood- Ruskin’s House, Arthur Ransome’s house, the Victorian ticket office at the south of the lake, and Coniston Hall.

I could be here forever sharing more of the unspoilt beauty of Coniston.

View looking North.
It was never developed like Lake Windermere nearby thanks to the National Trust. They need money though. I heard that they are planning to sell some of the land so they can keep buildings elsewhere restored.

There are some places that should always be available to everyone so they can relax and not always be in overcrowded cities full of cars. In this area a lot of programmes run for children so they can get a taste of how life should be led. I think it helps them. The place is soul food.

Next time Llandudno and it’s beach in Wales.

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