Uncle has been taken back into hospital. He's had a tummy upset and the combination of dementia, diabetes and warfarin mean that it gets out of control quite quickly. He should be back in the care home tomorrow. I told the ward that I really miss him, and it's true. The uncle who was such a rock when we were small isn't there.
I pootled around aimlessly and ended up making potato and ham souffle (sort of) for dinner. I got the recipe out of a book called Traditonal Farmhouse Fare which I picked up for pennies from Matalan. Apparently it's a collection of recipes from Farmers Weekly and it isn't the usual stuff but has some really good and interesting recipes. The recipe, submitted by Helen Clark instructed that you peel and boil two large potatoes. I only had very small ones, so I did half a dozen. They then had to be beaten to a cream with an ounce of butter (tsp of oil here) and three egg yolks using an electric beater. Then you stirred in 8oz (200g) of finely chopped cooked ham (I only had 100g so I ended up adding 'some' chopped mushrooms which needed using up) and parsley then folding in three egg whites beaten to stiff peaks. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes at 180C, 350F, Gas 4.
It worked. I think I would have liked the souffle a little firmer and would have cooked it longer, but it definitely rose and was lovely and fluffy. The men very much inhaled it and I have had to promise that I will do it again.
I mentioned that I was considering the whole Save Money Good Food cookbook and bear looked at me sceptically. 'You never use cookbooks.' I pointed out that the souffle had come from a cookbook and he shut up. I take comfort in small mercies.
I found the book on Amazon here and if you are looking for a general cookbook that isn't just the same old same old then I really recommend it.