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….