Saturday, 10 December 2011

Jamie's Piccalilli

After watching Mr Oliver make this lovely looking Piccalilli on the box the other day - I decided to do some myself for Xmas pressies.

An impressive list of ingredients starts it all off



Followed by a long soak / brine...



the essential ingredient



Christmas made easy...



I'll update in a few months when it's matured




Sunday, 27 November 2011

Tofu and Mushrooms

We knew we were going out for a Sunday pizza lunch, so I'd planned for a light weight vegi supper

I saw these in the Chinese supermarket. They were 'fresh' but vacuum packed. I was suspicious....





But didn't need to be - they turned out to be perfectly acceptable mushrooms....



Marinaded the Tofu



And a quick stir fry later



Saturday, 26 November 2011

Spring Rolls

I've always wanted to try this - and I finally got round to buying some Spring Roll wrappers from the local Chinese supermarket.

Waited 10 minutes at the fishmonger in Oxford Market to buy 3 prawns! Dedication I think - but my two year old was not so impressed...



A lot easier than making them yourself...most recipes call for the pre made variety



Your all mine



Fried the pork and prawns as a base



And so the fun begins



It's all in the wrists...........



Not a bad looking set, and very relaxing/rewarding



I suppose the main problem with these is you need to deep fry - which always feels a bit unhealthy. However, it means good tasting food also!





Decide to serve with some steamed aubergines



The selection for the aubergine sauce









And so it ended up like this. Very nice indeed - and plenty for lunch the next day







Saturday, 19 November 2011

Piri Piri Chicken

I've never eaten Piri Piri chicken - mainly 'cause I've never been bothered about going into Nandos!

However, the Jamie 30 minute book had a version - and the ingredient list for the sauce caught my eye....



Anything with basil and Worcestershire sauce can't be all bad.

Whizzed up





Fried off some nice peppers and the chicken



And baked the whole lot






And served with cheesy potatoes



Not bad - but not awesome. I think they should have been marinaded or something - the sauce seemed to get a bit lost.

Oh - and 30 minutes my arse !





Saturday, 8 October 2011

Osso Bucco

Been meaning to do this for ages. I don't think we eat enough veal in this country....I certainly don't.

However, I was very shocked to have to pay £15 for four slabs of veal shank. Surely this is a cheap cheap cut ?



However, all was forgotten after a quick dusting of seasoned flour and a 10 minute fry



It could almost be creole with the holy trinity



Just before a long sloooow cook



In fact - so long and slow that all the meat fell of the bone - so no shot of a lump of veal. It was almost like a spag bog - very nice...but not for £14 for what was basically two (large) portions






Saturday, 1 October 2011

Smoked Wings

A quick and easy one - that proves the rule that the cheapest cuts of meat can make the best dishes.

Made up a quick rub





And marinaded



I used my gas BBQ and a foil full of smoking wood chips



And very nice they were too....



Especially with loaded potato skins




Saturday, 3 September 2011

Aloo Gosht

This is a firm favorite from the awesome Food Of India book. Regularly it delivers 'the best curry I've cooked at home'. A top recipe.

Mind you - anything that starts with pots, chilli and a shoulder of lamb cannot go that wrong eh ?



As always, freshly toasted spices



Ground ground and slowly fried to release all those oils



Whenever I use a shoulder I'll pop the bone in for extra flavor (and meat)



Fabulous



Clive: A loving close up