My alter-ego lives in Paris.  She is rich and has a lover who adores her; the man has an arrangement with a florist and a dozen long-stemmed white roses are  delivered at 8am every morning to her all-white apartment.

I’m bored with the story already, I’m really rather happy with this real me, as I stand at my kitchen sink washing the dishes from a truly satisfying kitchen session.

The fragrance of the lambVindaloo I made for Saturday’s supper lingers; I could make it hot as hell, O Bunn was away at a slumber party.


It’s been a calm, quiet Sunday. I made magic with mushrooms for my second entry into the Verlaque Braai Challenge. Using their Porcini Mushroom Balsamic Reduction, my sauce may just be the best thing I have ever cooked.  Earthy and sweet it is, and then the green peppercorns burst through the creaminess as a delightful surprise. A triumph and I am quite silly with pride.


Sautee a punnetful of chopped white mushrooms and one thinly sliced orange pepper in olive oil and butter.  Add herbal salt, thyme and pepper to taste. Spinkle over one tablespoon of flour and sear. Add a glug of Verlaque Porcini Mushroom Balsamic Reduction and stir to release sticky bits from pan. Allow to reduce completely and stir in 125ml cream. Add 1 heaped teaspoon of green peppercorns and set aside.  Reheat for 1 minute in microwave before serving with seared rib eye steaks.  (I marinaded by steaks in black bean sauce, balsamic vinegar and sesame oil.)

My feet are bare; my shirt is grubby with cooking stains and a flatulent dog lies asleep at my feet. Now it’s time to scrub up and take my offering off to the parent’s buffet at my child’s ballet class year-end concert. Quite the polar opposite of that lady in Paris…


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35 Comments Add yours

  1. Tes says:

    This is home the perfect weekend cooking should be. I’m just mesmerized by your lamb vindaloo!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was simply sublime Tes 🙂

  2. Oh, I don’t know, I think the boulangeries in Paris would be proud of you….

  3. Or even patisseries…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Je suis honoré que vous le dites 🙂

  4. nrhatch says:

    I cooked Thanksgiving dinner barefoot . . . my favorite way to cook. If I ate lamb . . . that vindaloo looks like it would be a “winner, winner” of a spicey dinner!

    1. theonlycin says:

      A winner indeed 😀

  5. slpmartin says:

    Oh my…I haven’t even had breakfast yet and you have me thinking about dinner. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a good week Charlie 😀

  6. Your alter ego doesn’t have the happiness of barefoot cnad cooking lucscious things

    1. theonlycin says:

      Expected to see you at the ballet, Pat was in fine form 🙂

  7. granny1947 says:

    That looks so good and I don’t even like hot!!!

  8. deepercolors says:

    Your real life sounds pretty nice to me. 🙂

  9. Pseu says:

    Alter ego blogs the order of the day? (we call them baton blogs)

    Lovely cooking account here.
    If I had cooked with bare feet tonight I’d have needed a hot water bottle while we ate (V rare beef, ‘pop over’ Yorkshire puds, cauli cheese and other veg….)

    Minus 5 out there at the mo. And waiting for th snow.

    1. theonlycin says:

      brrrr, it’s 7am here and already steaming.

  10. gospelwriter says:

    All that talk and visuals of food is making me hungry and it’s still a good couple of hours to dinnertime. I do love the look of the lamb especially… I trust we’ll hear about your daughter’s ballet concert?

    1. theonlycin says:

      The concert went well, all the girls performed like stars 😀

  11. souldipper says:

    I loved your description of the green peppercorns’ behaviour – bursting though the creaminess. 🙂

  12. Val should have posted a warning – Cind’s blog will make you sooooo hungry! That looks so good.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Welcome to my blog, Gabrielle, thanks for the visit 🙂

  13. klrs09 says:

    You are so much more than the lady in white in Paris. . . thank whatever God you like for that. I’m going to have to try that mushroom recipe — sounds wonderful. Have you ever thought of publishing a cookbook? I’d buy one! Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. It’s Grey Cup weekend here in Canada. The damned Alouettes just won their second cup — gonna be a lot of tears in Saskatchewan!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am working on a book, but it is more a compilation of food-related stories than a cook book. *off to Google Grey Cup*

  14. Tandy says:

    hope you do well in the challenge! I have not entered as last time around my cooked figs were upstaged by uncooked figs drizzled with one of their reductions! No mention of the blogger needed me thinks! Have a great day 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh well, I will wait and see if I too am upstaged ;p

  15. leigh says:

    Once a day, your blog, the roses.

  16. Reading these descriptions, and all the wonderful pictures is just to much for me. Missing home made western food

    1. theonlycin says:

      When are you coming home for a visit? Will cook for you 😀

  17. Madmom says:

    A good life, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, can’t fault it.

  18. bluebee says:

    I so love that comment that you are happy with the real you – infinitely more interesting 🙂 and no doubt, a far better chef 🙂

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