Is it still summer?

  Last time I checked it was still August, so I’m still on the salads. I opted for a more substantial ‘salad’ for my dinner a few nights ago, or as the boy liked to call it, a “side”. Broccoli, chorizo and soft boiled eggs – winner. I don’t often boil broccoli these days, I much […]

Fish frenzy

I must admit that I’m not a huge fish eater. I rarely order it in a restaurant (meat is always first choice) and I don’t cook it often enough. Tinned mackerel is probably the most common fishy offering, but I can’t claim mackerel on toast as a recipe go to. Seafood is my absolute favourite, […]

Onion bhajis on a Saturday afternoon

This recipe challenge has certainly taken me out of my cooking comfort zone and also allowed me to use up those random ingredients that have been sitting in the back of the cupboard. A half-empty bag of gram flour? Let’s make bhajis! It must come as a bit of a shock when I go the shop to […]

A recipe catch-up

Sorry I’ve been a little quiet, I’m really not sure where the time has gone! Some weeks I did lots of recipes, some…not so much. But here’s a little catch up for you.. I tried out a new way with French beans and really liked it as a side – they were slowly cooked in garlic […]

Back to some Sunday baking

I didn’t do much food shopping this week. It was time to clear out some things in the freezer as it was getting a bit busy in there and I never like to leave things sitting in there for too long. I realised this week that the frittata nicoise doesn’t freezer very well; it was […]

A winning dish so far

Last week I made 2 recipes from the River Cottage Everyday book. One turned into a quick, mid-week dinner and the other was a slow and lazy weekend treat. I had a lot of parsley kicking around so I opted for a parsley pesto to jazz up my pasta. Brown bread crumbs, cheese, garlic and […]

Some fancy eggs and soldiers

Eggs are a bit of a go-to for a quick dinner for me, as I’m sure they are for many people. I’ve had a few failed attempts at a hollandaise recently (after getting it spot on first time), so when the River Cottage book suggested eggs and soldiers with a twist I had to try it.

The soldiers took the form of asparagus spears, and a little butter and white wine vinegar added to a runny yolk made for a hollandaise-type affair. Pretty good I’d say.

I try to get my omega 3 from oily fish, normally opting for salmon or tinned mackerel, but I went for a smoked mackerel pate this time. I forgot to buy dill so the colour is lacking a little, but I added lots of lemon juice so the taste was great.

Another of the recipes that had been on my radar from the start was a chicken pasty. Crispy pastry, creamy chicken, and I went for courgette instead of leeks. I could do with perfecting my crimping…

Goodbye April

I'm finding that working my way through the River Cottage Everyday book is helping me be a bit more seasonal with my cooking. I'm looking for spring recipes and therefore picking up what's in season from the shops. That meant lots of rhubarb!

Working backwards, the last of my rhubarb bounty went into a clafoutis tonight. It was something entirely new to me but I really liked it. It was like a sweet, custardy yorkshire pudding; what's not to like. I roasted the rhubarb in orange juice, which gave it a really nice flavour.

Before the clafoutis I made a recipe that I've been wanting to do for a while - dab in a bap. I used plaice instead, because it was the only flat fish I could find. Lettuce, caper mayonnaise and a soft roll made a really nice home for the lightly fried fish. Definitely one to try.

I didn't do so well with a "chorizo" meatball carbonara. The idea was to make my own chorizo of sorts with pork and spices, but it just didn't turn out right. I clearly didn't add enough paprika as there wasn't the bright red hue normally associated with chorizo, and there wasn't really much flavour. The pork mince turned into a nice pasta dish regardless, perfect for carbing up before the boy's rugby match. I, of course, added a load of parsley.

I went for something a little lighter earlier in the week, with a beetroot and goat's cheese salad. I added some extras in roasted broccoli, croutons and grilled courgette, but it was all still drizzled in a mustard dressing.

I'll stop there for now, more recipes to come tomorrow....

 

 

The final frittata

Just a mini one today while I catch up after a lovely trip to Italy last week. Yes, the food was glorious. The third of the frittata recipes in the River Cottage Everyday was frittata nicoise. Now, I’m not a big potato fan, especially in places where I feel they don’t belong (curries). However, I […]

A great curry and a first attempt at sourdough

Middle of March already, goodness. It must have been a good few weeks ago that I attempted my first sourdough starter. I used wholemeal bread flour, added a little water, and let it do its thing. The starter began fermenting very quickly, helped along by the wholemeal I’m told. I fed the starter for about […]