The Organ Recital

By Peter Cunningham © 1     I crossed the invisible bar at the dead of night as a ship silently crosses a meridian on its way to a port called Rigor Mortis. Well, to be truthful, it wasn’t quite like that. In fact,…

EVELYN’S GOOSEBERRY CHUTNEY

INGREDIENTS 1 kg gooseberries 250 g onions 300 g brown sugar Half teaspoon of cayenne pepper 25 g salt 1 tablespoon of ground ginger 250 ml water WHAT TO DO Top and tail the gooseberries then chop them Chop…

Season 1 Chapter 10
ENDINGS

THE STORY SO FAR   This evening I’m on the edge of my chair. It’s ridiculous. I’ve become far too engrossed in Evelyn’s domestic life at a time when I’m meant to be simply giving her tips on how to write fiction. Months…

EVELYN’S APPLE CAKE

INGREDIENTS 250 g self-raising flour Pinch of salt Half a teaspoon of ground cloves 125 g butter 3 or 4 large cooking apples 200 g sugar 2 eggs A little milk to mix WHAT TO DO Line large tin with baking…

Season 1 Chapter 7
INBUILT PERVERSITY

THE STORY SO FAR Since the beginning of October I’ve been meeting my neighbour, Evelyn, once every week or ten days, to discuss what happens when you try to write a novel. Evelyn’s husband Bill passed away two years ago, so everyone around…

EVELYN’S LETTUCE SOUP

INGREDIENTS 300 g butter I medium size onion 1 large potato 1 large head of lettuce 500 ml chicken stock Salt and pepper WHAT TO DO Melt butter in pan Finely chop the onion and add Fry gently until soft …

2019 MY FAVOURITE BOOK

THE WINNER! PICKED IN A DRAW LAST NIGHT OVER MUCH MULLED WINE: THE ART OF DYING BY AMBROSE PARRY SUBMITTED BY @TertuliaBooks CONGRATULATIONS!   THESE WERE THE ENTRIES The prize: hardback copy of The Trout by Peter Cunningham (Arcade…

EVELYN’S SHEPHERD’S PIE

INGEDIENTS 500g minced lamb 1 small onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon celery salt ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ cup water ½ cup /125 ml breadcrumbs 900g…

EVELYN’S CUCUMBER RELISH

THE INGREDIENTS Half a cucumber, thinly sliced 50 g onion cut into fine rings 50 g castor sugar A heaped teaspoon of salt 40 ml wine vinegar OR 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar WHAT TO DO Mix all the above ingredients…

EVELYN’S TIPSY CAKE

INGREDIENTS 2 g margarine 2 g sugar 3 eggs 2 f flour Pinch of salt Coffee Whiskey Cream WHAT TO DO Beat butter and sugar Add egg yolks and flour Beat egg whites and add Cook for 30-35 mins at 180…

Season 1 Chapter 4
PEOPLE

THE STORY SO FAR Ever since she told me she wants to write a novel my neighbour, Evelyn, has been coming over here once a week and I’ve been trying to make helpful suggestions. My family has now begun to refer to me as ‘the professor’. An…

EVELYN’S RECIPE FOR LIMONCELLO

THE INGREDIENTS 150 ml water 200g cane sugar Grated zest and juice of 8 unwaxed lemons 700 ml vodka WHAT TO DO Dissolve water and sugar over medium heat Boil then simmer for 3 to 4 minutes until the liquid is syrupy Remove from heat,…

EVELYN’S SLOE GIN

THE INGREDIENTS 500g ripe sloes* 250g golden castor sugar 1 litre of Cork Dry Gin *Sloes are purple-blue waxy fruits found in autumn on blackthorn bushes. WHAT TO DO Rinse and pick over the sloes, then pat dry in a clean tea towel.…

EVELYN’S OATMEAL BISCUITS

What you need: 225g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour 150ml/¼pt Milk (approx) Pinch of Salt 25g/1 oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar (optional) 25g/1 oz Butter or Margarine Above quantities may be doubled if you wish!