Saturday, 25 December 2010

Christmas treats

We had 9 adults & multiple kids over for Christmas - in our new home. So cooking was contrained by mass feeding. Here's a few samples....

A Nigel Slater easy triffle - lovely (and eaten over several days)

Home made nibbles: Figs with blue cheese and parma ham

Why bother with a turkey when you can have a 10lb Rib of Beef !

After a 2 hour cook (20 minutes sizzle - then low.....)

Judged just about right

We forgot the pigs in blankets !

Friday, 24 December 2010

Mulled Wine

As with all things - make it yourself and it's better. Mulled wine is no exception (thanks to Jamie on the web for this one)

A proper festive set of ingredients

What a winter scene....

Very very nice- it didn't last long ! Sweet and spicy and fruity

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Beef and Ale Stew

It was a cold Sunday morning. I popped around to the local convenience store for a loaf of bread, and I noticed the cheap 'stew' pack. OK I thought - lets see if we can make it sing....

Note the well frozen shin of beef..

The magic ingredient

Slow cooked for 8 hours......

And from a very cheap set of ingredients - a quite refined (and bloody gorgoues) dish of food

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Jamaican Baked Chicken with Rice and Peas

I was lucky enough to work in Jamaica for 6 months a few years ago. It was a fantastic experience, and I fell in love with the food. It's nothing fancy, but scratch the surface, and try the local dishes and it certainly grows on you. From cow's head soup, to goat curry, and to beef and cheese patties - all good. Nothing, but nothing, can beat stopping off on the way home at some roadside shack for a plate of fresh jerk chicken. Unbelievable !

I'd watched an episode of Anthony Boudain who was in Jamaica - and I simply had to eat it again. I picked up a old cookbook I'd bought out there - and this one caught my eye - mainly cause I love evaporated milk!

Which was mixed with tomato ketchup...!

I've had a can of Gunga beans in the store cupboard for some time now. They can be used in "Rice and Peas" (and so they were)

The cooking liquid for the rice and peas - coconut milk & spring o's amongst other things

The chicken thighs were marinaded in the evaporated milk and tommy k mixture & drenched in breadcrumbs

Lovely - moist and crisp and very bad for you !

You can't beat a plate of rice and peas