Monday, May 4, 2009

Jamie Pugh - Britain's Got Talent, Bowling.

Yet another great singer from Britain. They really are finding them at the moment. This is Jamie Pugh from Wales singing Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. He made it to Good Morning America this morning and everyone is very impressed with his wonderful, if somewhat nervous, voice. There was also video of Susan Boyle singing other songs when she was somewhat younger. It was pointed out that people of this age group couldn't get on American Idol, or Canadian Idol, which is a shame because no doubt there are some good voices going unheard over here too. In fact the other day they had a segment about a bus driver who sings opera much to the delight of his passengers. I have a friend who can sing but is considered too old to appear on Canadian Idol, I don't know what the cut off age is, but although a young woman, she is past that age.

This weekend Matt made Saltinbocca Alla Romana which we haven't had for a while, I know I have posted the recipe before - October 6, 2008. There seems to be a problem some people say Saltinbocca and some Saltimbocca. According to an Italian friend of mine it means Jump in the Mouth in which case that would be the first spelling. We haven't made it since October so it was nice to have it again. Its such a simple little dish too.

Today wraps up our winter season of senior league bowling we do fun bowling for a while, including bingo which is very frustrating although I enjoy playing it. We are given a large sheet with various combinations written on it in squares and we have to get them so we all bowl as quickly as possible and sit down the minute we realise we are not going to get what is needed. One year we could not get a spare at all, another year something else. How about that, just took a pic of one of my balls and the colour has come out perfectly. After we have bowled, we then have the banquet which is provided by a local caterer who come in and set up and serve us very quickly. I seem to recall last year we had salads, beef and vegetables and then a selection of desserts. So we have no need to cook tonight although we may need a snack before the evening is through.

I promised you recipes from my latest copy of Food and Drink - here is the first one, it really appealed to me, but then I like chocolate and I like raspberries and I like............

White Chocolate Tart with Raspberries

The combination of white chocolate, raspberry and orange is sublime. This is the perfect dessert to show a mother how much you care.

1 pkg puff pastry

1/4 cup good quality raspberry jam

2 cups 35% cream

2 cups white chocolate, chopped fine

2 tbs orange liqueur

4 egg yolks

2 pints raspberries

Icing sugar for dusting Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut out a circle of parchment paper to line the bottom of a 10 inch fluted tart pan. On a floured counter, roll the puff pastry into a circle that fits the tart pan. The pastry should cover the sides of the pan up to the rim. Trim away any excess pastry and prick the pastry 30 times with a fork all over its surface. This is called docking and enables air to pass through the pastry so that it remains flat. "Blind" bake the pastry by placing a sheet of parchment paper inside the tart shell and filling the parchment with dried beans or peas then bake in the lower third of the preheated oven for 20 mins. The beans weigh down the pastry, also keeping it flat. Remove from the oven, remove the beans and parchment and let cool slightly. Evenly spread the jam on the surface of the tart shell. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the cream, white chocolate and orange liqueur until smooth. In a medium bowl whisk egg yolks until smooth, whisk in warm chocolate mixture. Pour this mixture into the tart shell. Bake for 35 minutes or until just set. Let cool and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, top the tart with raspberries and dust generously with icing sugar. Serves 8. Have a great day.


  1. I didn't know bowling might be so fun !! quite a psychedelic bowl one ! it makes me think to some milk in the tea !

    Thank you for the raspberries i might get some of these little trees for my new flat, what a jungle forest it will be ^^

  2. Yes bowling is great fun, we really enjoy it.

    Hope your new jungle works well for you.

  3. Yes, the Brits do appear to be very talented suddenly. I wonder why these people with the splendid voices are suddenly now making an appearance. I smell a rat ... I think the show is desperately fighting for survival and talent scouts have gone round the country. I do hate the faked astonishment on the faces of the judges. Not even to speak of the eyes swimming in tears.

  4. Oooh you cynic you!! I must admit I never thought of that, I hope you are wrong.