Author Archives: Mike Franklin

Braised goat with allspice, cinnamon, figs, and vegetables.

1) Prepare the spices.  Here I used cinnamon, pepper and allspice. 2) Prepare the meat. Pretty easy in this case: Goat loin chops.   3) Melt some butter in a heated dutch oven. 4) brown the goat on both sides. About … Continue reading

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Braised chicken with parsnip-carrot mash

The chicken is based on the “Whole chicken braised with pears and rosemary” in All About Braising by Molly Stevens. 1) Rinse, stuff, salt & pepper and bind the chicken. The recipe called for pears and rosemary. Instead, I quartered an … Continue reading

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Pumpkin potato gnocchi with sautéd ramps and collard greens

Last summer I roasted, puréed and froze several small pumpkins.  While I’ve often used it for ravioli filling, gnocchi came to mind as alternative.  Online recipes suggest various ingredients; I opted for just potato, the purée with some nutmeg, and … Continue reading

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day 1 Ljubljana

from the castle tower Originally uploaded by mikefranklin I took a taxi to work, with my luggage, and endured several minutes of religious chatter on the radio. I left around 1pm to head to the airport to endure what I … Continue reading

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day 7 manchester

vanishing point Originally uploaded by mikefranklin Manchester turned out to be bright and sunny for my first full day there. I wandered into the Apple Store in the Arndale Mall and missed Stuart – the enthusiastic master of ceremonies for … Continue reading

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day 6 departure to manchester

bedroom #2 Originally uploaded by mikefranklin Ah, the pleasures of sleeping on the floor in the living room. I was woken inadvertently by the newly returned flatmates, who were up for their first day back at work. I had a … Continue reading

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day 5 london

parliament Originally uploaded by mikefranklin Tuesday dawned grey and a bit damp, but I’m getting used to it. The temporary flatmates left at 4 in the morning to head to the airport for Spain, and I didn’t really get back … Continue reading

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