Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cyber Friends

I would never have imagined I would make good friends on the internet. It just wasn't something I entertained! But since joining Violets' Pantry (after Nigella's forum closed) it has become a place to catch up with interesting people from all over the world and all walks of life, connected primarily by our shared love of cooking. Violets started the forum, with Pistachio coming in soon after to help with lots of the techie stuff. Between them they moderated a lovely friendly safe place to share recipes, photos of food and plenty of day to day happenings in our lives. There have been so many events, births, marriages, engagements, graduations, birthdays -you name it we have shared it.
Sadly, we had a first recently, one which has knocked us all. Pistachio fell ill quite suddenly and after a worrying time in hospital in and out of consciousness, she died on November 5th.
This post is a wee tribute to her, as she was such a constant presence in all of the lives of those who frequent 'The Pantry' - and also Mr X, where she had many friends too.
She had a strong moral compass and always stood up for what she thought, firmly and resolutely yet it never felt threatening. I always admired her for her courage of conviction. She was a fabulous cook and we shared a love for Mediterranean and Moroccan food, I cooked many a recipe from her lovely blog. She inspired me to start this blog and was helpful in the set up phase, in fact my first ever post was one of her recipes.
My life is certainly the better for having 'known' her and we are all so sad that she has gone.
Tonight's dinner was especially for her.....Moroccan lamb and chickpeas with gingered couscous. Her method of cooking couscous is one I often use now, it is quick and easy and lifts it to something a bit more special. She added one tsp of ground ginger per cup of couscous and her instructions are as follows:
Toast the couscous with the powdered ginger and salt to taste in a smallish thick-bottomed pan, when it starts to smell nutty and aromatic take it off the heat. Now pour over exactly one and a half times the amount of boiling water to couscous and quickly clamp on a tightly fitting lid. Let stand exactly ten minutes. Fluff with a fork, cover with a cloth and then put the lid on again. Let rest five minutes before serving. Best couscous ever!
I agree it IS the best couscous ever Pi! I will miss your down to earth input on the Pantry and your gorgeous cooking.

9 comments:

Victoria Sponge said...

Lovely tribute to Pi. She'll be sorely missed. Your Moroccan lamb looks sooo good. Must try this xxx

Rhyleysgranny said...

Lovely tribute Linda. That Moroccan lamb looks delish
xxx

Norm said...

That looks a wonderful meal Linda. Thank you - and Pi - for the couscous cooking tip. I'll try that next time.

hot garlic said...

Hey Linda, thanks so much for your comment of support on my blog! I can tell you TOTALLY know what I'm going through! It is hard to be so attached to your stats but not really want to do the fake and lame things to get them up again. I guess I've finally found the answer and that is to just write them off and not care. Just be organic about it...

Anyway, thanks. I was really hoping to hear from people who been there, I really appreciate it!

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Linda that is a lovely tribte to Pi, I have to agree that she has some fabulous recipes on her blog, many are now faves in my house. I've tried her method of cooking cous cous too and it's delicious!

Coby said...

I remember when Pistachio told us about her way with couscous. I cook it that way most of the time too. I only ever do it the 'old' way when really short of time, and I have to say, it really is a pale comparison of 'Pistachio's couscous'. Moroccan food is a perfect tribute to Pi.

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

What a lovely tribute to Pi. Your lamb looks gorgeous and now I only cook couscous the 'Pi Way'

Ms O said...

Beautiful tribute, Linda. Pi would be happy to be remembered so dearly.

Lea xxx

Nickki said...

What a wonderful tribute to Pi Linda. You will be very sadly missed Pi xx