Food, glorious food... done my way. Pretence of perfection

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Mmm chicken

Chicken wrapped in proscuito ham, pan fried then finished off in the oven.


Onions sweated in a pan with garlic, rice thrown in and given a gentle stir, then add water. Cooked the rice til the water had been absorbed/evaporated.


Blue stilton, melted in the frying pan, double cream, salt/pepper.


Monday, September 26, 2005

Sausage Rice

Again those spiffing black pudding sausage, this time with fried rice. Fried egg omletted in a wok, placed on a plate. Then stir fry chopped onions in the wok, then add the rice, soy sauce and then add the egg. Classic... kinda :-)

Sausage Cous Cous

Simple stuff. Mixed with fried onions, chestnut mushrooms and garlic... with sliced black pudding sausages, i.e. sausages with pieces of black pudding in :-D

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Steak... and pasta.

A rump steak, seasoned, then pan fried for a couple of minutes each side. Whip it out and leave it to relax. In the pan throw in some garlic and white wine vinegar. Let it reduce a little before adding dried basil and sun dried tomato paste. Cook out a little then add the sliced steak pieces, turn into the sauce then add the pasta (always the pasta to the sauce for some reason [maybe because of the starch in the pasta pan?]).

Seasoned, but decided against cheese, i had just a little too much cheesecake recently ;-)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Mmmm Cheesecake

New York cheesecake in the oven as I type. Goats cheese, mascapone, sugar, eggs (6), and a lemon (zest & juice). I've added dark 70% cocoa chocolate to it this time, nice chunks. hopefully, they'll melt just slightly so leave it nice and rippled rather that brown but... it's all good! :-)

Last night was "Suprema de Pollo" (as I grew up with it called) or chicken milanese. Basically, a butterflied chicken breast dipped in egg and a mixture of parmegianno and bread crumbs. Deep fried in a wok [after the prawn crackers were made :-)]. Perfick.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Fun with Pitta Bread

Slices of pork with goats cheese, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, served with pitta bread

Slices of pork with cheery tomatoes, rice cooked with garlic and cardemon pods, mushrooms and garlic. Mixed with olive oil and soy sauce. Served with pitta bread :-) Simple and quick, just like the cook.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

A man's salad

Lettuce, plain goats cheese, cherry tomatoes, danish salami, butter beans, spring onions, boiled egg, EV olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Served in a pitta bread or two. mmm salad :-D

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Salad... ;-)

Catesa would be proud. Grilled mushrooms, your average lettuce leaves, lemon/pepper goats cheese, spring onions, tomato, boiled egg and a little EV olive oil/White wine vinegar dressing.

See salads can be fun...

...when paired with a massive thick PORK CHOP that is!!! Soooo juicy, what a beaut!

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Nice bit of sirloin straight from the Farmer' Market. Well hung *insert purile joke here* :-) Just gonna be peppered and salted, and pan fried. Why would you possibly grill steak? Unless you have a grill as hot as the sun!

I also bought some monster pork chops from the same guy. They're for the next entry :-)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Toad in the hole! :-D

Only one thing could have rescued tonight in an Englishman's view. Sausages baked in batter. Sweet.

Let it doesn't even come close to cancelling the bitter taste of defeat. I hate football!

I'm playing tomorrow....

Monday, September 05, 2005

On reflection...

I'm sure I remember seeing the oven being turned off when cookin pavlova... the recipe doesn't mention it (I triple checked), but it would make sense. Next time!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Win some, loose some.

Made Carbonnara last night, needed an egg white or some cream. It was a little on the thick side.

Today I used the left over egg whites to make pavlova. Either my oven superheated, or leaving the whites overnight didn't work, either way it burnt :-(

Still raspberries and cream will finish off the BBQ quite well on its own :-D

Gluten free sausages, lamb & mint kebabs and peppered steak burgers (all store bought). Plus, i spent 50p on some sprats, cleaned them up a little and banged them on too... sweet :-D

Friday, September 02, 2005

Dinner plans cancelled... Plan B then!

Wll I was going to Carbonnara for a few mates tonight, they cancelled a few moments ago. Luckily I just bought some ciabatta. Therefore I can make Cambezola pizza, with Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Kalamata Olives and a few Spring onions... i love pizza!

Salad :-(

Baby gem lettuce, vine cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh basil, spring onion (scallions) and parmeggiano. Extra virgen olive oil and a touch of mayo.

Sickening really.

The salad was good, but it's still just a salad. With every mouth full you feel yourself getting healthier and healthier, it's just not good for you!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

hmm didn't go to plan

My bro hurt his back in the gym. I ended up cooking his dinner too. He had a rump steak to use, so i salt/pepper one side and sprinkled Thai seven spice on the other, fried it off nice and quick and sliced it. In a saucepan i boiled/steamed some rice (with unpeeled garlic cloves [2]). mixed the two together with a bit of fried green pepper (capsicum) and added soy sauce to taste.

My Bolognese ended up being a bit more involved then i had planned. I added chestnut mushrooms, paprika, green pepper, dried oregano and basil (along with the final flourish of fresh basil). I think playing football (soccer) before eating made me bulk up the flavour a bit; the paprika, and to a lesser extent, sea salt and freshly ground pepper really added a depth to it.