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

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Duck! Phew, that was close!

It's bank holiday weekend here int he UK, which means I usually get some cooking done :-)

Saturday I made pork burgers. Dried chilli, garlic, onions, parsley and coriander mixed with pork mince. Served on a bap with a nice spinach, lambs lettuce, black olive, onion and cherry tomato salad. It was yummy!

Today I had duckling breast, pan fried with baby new potatoes. (lunch)

And this evening I had a rosemary marinaded sirloin steak with baby new potato wedges (fried in duck fat), with a mushroom, onion and parsley cream sauce. With a side salad for health reasons :-D

Scones tomorrow! [I had to buy a cutter :-)]

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Cheese on toast... ;-)

Feeling lazy again today... I mean, feeling normal today. I decided to do a no fuss/quick dinner. I bought a mini loaf and sliced it lengthways. I lightly toasted both sides (apart from the one with the crust on). Spreaded a little ground garlic/olive oil paste (alioli?) over the bottom and topped it with both cheddar and mozzarella. A few slices of chorizo on top and voila :-)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Easter fare

My brother has been visiting recently, so we've been mixing home cookery with take aways and restuarants/pubs. After a week of this even I'm thinking about detoxing!!

The home cooked food ranged from my oft tried quick recipies like the potato/chorizo bake and Thai green curry.

The food in the restaurants ranged from the disapointing under-cooked pizza (even pizza hut would have been embarassed) to the deliciously rustic cheese/pate board.

This was all accompanied with lots and lots of ale/bitter or guinness. Things are only now starting to get back into focus... football this evening was a chastening experience! :-)

Plus, I also ate a choccy egg given to my by my boss at work, it came with a darth vader pen holder which was cool. The choccy was nice, if not a little on the dark side... :-D

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Meme smeme

I was tagged by the delightful Catesa *grumble*

1. Please list three recipes you have recently bookmarked from foodblogs to try:
Er... while I haven't bookmarked anything, I've certainly taken what I've read of many websites to shape what I try out. I don't usually gp for deserts but Cindy makes me at least want to try. I also check out Mona to see what's happening, in a food sense, aross the pond. Then there's Mae and Ivonne who I visit regularly. I also read most of the posts these ladies get, and from there hop the posters' sites if a name/comment piques my interest.

And of course I'm chatting through the day with Catesa about food, I'm after all eating for two people... her and me! :-)

2. A foodblog in your vicinity: I suppose MG is the close to me that I read.

3. A foodblog (or more) located far from you: see above, none are exactly around the corner!

4. A foodblog (or several) you have discovered recently (where did you find it?):
FoodCrazee after he laughed at my misfortune at being tagged by Catesa!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Herb butter chicken and lemon syrup and ganache sponge cake


I got a nice (expensive) organic chicken and made a nice herb butter from fresh basil, parsley and lemon zest to stuff under the skin (you use your fingers to open up a space at the neck end of the bird between the breast and the skin). Olive oil was rubbed into the skin with salt and pepper. Half and oinion went into the cavity and the rest was used as a bed for the chicken as it roasted for 2 hours (taking off the foil for the last 25 mins).

Once the chicken was done I removed it from the roasting tray and skimmed off some of the fat left in the tray, then put it back on the burner with a little chicken bouillon. I scraped the bottom of the tray with the spactula to tray and get all the nice crusty bits into the fray. Then I passed it through a sieve and returned it to the heat.


I still had some 72% cocoa chocolate left over from cheesecake weekend. So I decided to make a ganache, so to go with it I bought a cherry sponge loaf from the supermarket. I sliced the loaf in half, length ways, and layed it bottom to bottom. I used the juice from a lemon and a little water with golden caster suger (infused with the leftover vanilla pod [again see cheesecake recipe] to create the syrup. That was poured over the sponge.
In a bowl I placed the chocolate and a little cream to warm over boiling water (the water didn't touch the bowl). When they'd melted I stirred in a little butter and a little cocoa powder. I poured this over the cake a let a little drizzle over the side... very artistic I thought. It's at this point that I remembered I hadn't put any Courvoisier in either the syrup, ganache or on the sponge. D'oh!

Still it tasted OK ;-)