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

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Stuff your pockets!

Pitta pockets that is.

I had a grand idea to create something tasty for all to see. However, after waiting for the bus for an hour I was more interested in getting fed, and quickly!

So into the frying pan went the onions and cubes of pancetta. Into the next pan went red peppers and button mushrooms. I split them so they'd fry and not steam/boil themselves in an over-crowded pan. I told you I was hungry, two pans makes it quicker :-)

Once the onions and pancetta had a chance to brown I added the garlic and dried chilli. I wanted the flavour of chilli, not the bite... so no seeds.

Then in I tipped the onions/pancetta into the peppers/mushrooms so I could use the frying pan to fry the omellette quickly. The omellette was fried on a high heat, stirring so all the egg could set, while still molten I grated some Parmesan onto it. Once the omelette had set, I moved it to the saucepan with the other ingredients and broke, and stirred it in.

Serve in pitta pockets :-)

Oh, and since I was hungry the camera never had a chance!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Thai-ish pork and lemongrass kebabs

...well OK then, burgers :-)

I emptied tons of chopped coriander and parsley into a bowl of pork mince, then added a couple of cloves of garlic, and some bruised and finely chopped lemongrass. Seasoned with sea salt and pepper of course.

I mixed the mixture roughtly and let it sit on the counter for a few hours. I came back and started to scrunch it between my fingers. i had an egg on standby incase it was to herby to stick together. luckily it was fine by itself (I can now practice cutting holes in my bread and pan frying it with an egg in the middle ;-) ). I shaped the burgers (after wetting my hands [stops it sticking]) and left them in the fridge to firm up.

I bought the salad as a packet (I chose being away for rest of the weekend as an excuse to throw my money away!). I got lamb's lettuce, another type of lettuce and shredded beetroot. To that I added a mixture of balsamic vinegar and lemon flavoured EV olive oil. With a little tomato and seasoning it was immaculate :-)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Nazca does not only like his food!

I shopped online again, got a delivery tonight in fact. 90% of the bill was for booze :-)

I got a few ales I'd never had before (and a few I had), a few bottles of wine I've never had (Jacob's creek, grenache shiraz) and a few cans of Guinness [for the onion gravy ;-)].

And these beauties:

All this booze is for my consumption. We have 6 weeks of football coming up, come on England!

Actually, the whiskies will be delightfully supped over the next few months. Nothing added but just a few drops of water :-)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Pasta: Bolognese

Bacon sliced (fried and removed)
Onions diced
Mushrooms hallucinogenically enhanced
Pimienta stuffed olives roughly chopped (added after the onions/mushrooms had cooked out a bit)
(Add the bacon back in)
White wine vinegar and a little water (de-glasing)
Sun-dried cherry tomato paste
Organic ketchup (it was at this point I looked to my trusty cupboard for a can of tomatoes or passatta to find an empty cupboard, D'oh!)
Dried herbs: oregano and basil
Freshly ground pepper (no salt at this stage, olives and bacon are pretty salty)

The pasta was added to the sauce, with a little extra virgin olive oil and more pepper. Parmegiano reggianno to top :-)

On the pic front, it was late, there was little to no natural light. I picked the best froma few different setting. hope you can see :-)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Brownies!! And Camera!!!

I made some more brownies anticipating the arrival of my camera :-)

I adjusted the recipe to make then even more moist. I used 100g of 70% cocoa, not 50g and 50g of cocoa like last time. I should have added a little more flour to the mix but I decided to use cocoa instead :-) I still added chucks of choc....

Sunday, May 14, 2006


Catesa showed me the recipe she uses, and Cindy has a great recipe (or three!) too.

I changed the recipezaar one slightly, I used a mixture of cocoa and chocolate. I just used chocolate chucks as my added feature, along with gorgeous vanilla pod insides.

They were yum, I should have a camera soon, but probably not in time to catch the last of the batch! ;-)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Scones (at last)

Dry: Self-raising flour, vanilla infused caster sugar, cocoa powder. I rubbed butter in, then added an egg and a little milk. Then in went the whisky soaked raisins :-)

baked in a hot oven for 20 mins and viola, yummy stuff :-)