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)


Clive: A loving close up