Monday, 26 September 2016

Delicious salad

A take on a Yotam Ottelenghi salad that was in the Guardian on Saturday.
But I didn't have pot barley, so I substituted red rice, and used a couple of carrots and  half a red pepper plus half a chilli, ( these were languishing in the fridge,and needed eating.) 

the salad is part  raw, part cooked,
so here's  what I used 

Red rice ,
Zest and juice of 1/2a large lemon.
2shallots, peeled and sliced,
I clove of garlic,
A small handful ( 4) button mushrooms sliced thinly
Half a fennel bulb, sliced thinly
Oil, salt and pepper 
A good sized frond of Tarragon leaves chopped
Basil leaves chopped.

I cooked the rice and drained it
Fried the shallots ,garlic and carrot, and when they were coloured , added the finely sliced pepper and chilli to the mix. 
Added all that to the rice, and then gently mixed in the raw vegetables, poured over a dressing made with lemon juice ,oil , salt & pepper, and then finally added the herbs. 
The mushrooms have absorbed most of the dressing.

Now I don't seem to be able to take a photo, but it really is delicious. Try it!  I have made enough to have twice. 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

You may have wondered what's been happening .

I completely forgot both the user name AND the password!  .fotunately I had a moment of blinding clarity, and somehow in the recesses of my mind, it bacame clear. So I shall now be blogging again.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Cooking once more.

However the news is that  since I came home from Hospital, now 2& 1/2 weeks ago, I have decided to give meat a miss, so I suppose you could say that I've gone vegetarian !
It was so easy to Bung a couple of pieces  of bacon under the grill  , now I am thinking  beautiful Mediterranean vegetables, pulses, grains...  I haven't cut  out  fish, in the time  I've been home, I have eaten it twice, the same  with eggs. 
So I have complete chickpea head on right now, and in the past 2 days I  have made,  Hummous,  falafel, Fatinata, ( an Italian sort of pancake with rosemary chopped into it.) plus Channa Massala, some of which has gone  into the freezer. 
HAVE  also made some watercress & spinach soup, but the stalks were so stringy on the watercress, they messed up my stick blender so much that I think I shall have to replace it!  And I have done some pesto as there was some basil that needed using up quickly, AND I don't like to throw good food away EVER. 
I wa given A Modern way to Cook, by Anna Jones, which is inspirinational, she also has a slot in the Guardian Cook recipe supplement on Saturdays at the moment. So I'm going to follow  some of her recipes . 
I shall post anything that looks remotely interesting?

Saturday, 30 April 2016

2months have gone by!

The reason I have posted nothing, is because on 8th of March I fell and broke my  ankle AGAIN.  The same one I broke almost 3 years ago, it's really weak because of the stroke now nearly 12& 1/2 years ago.m 
Ever since  that day  I have been incarcerated in Hospital for over  5 weeks, and now I am in a rehab home, getting used to walking with an enorous heavy boot on the broken foot. 
I have to say, I can walk far better than the first time, as by 8 weeks then I was still using a hoist to be moved around,and definitely couldn't walk .
Now, with  an elbow crutch I can walk short distances.
The best news is that is I'll  be going home on 4 th May!
So it will be back at the stove very shortly. 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

No posting for some time

As I am in Hospital, having broken the same ankle I broke in 2013,
Life throws such rubbish at me it's hard to keep positive.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Salmon cured my way.

I have been given some sea salt flavoured with smoked Apple wood, and brought back from South Africa by friends. 
What to do with it? Quite strong tasting,  so I was inspired to try a type of gravad lax ,using the salt,and some other flavourings. 
Grated orange rind,and  Rosemary sprigs. And of course, some sugar.
I bought a tail piece, which on reflection,was not the right cut, since it doesn't give much area to slice. 
Scattered the orange zest over plus a couple of rosemary sprigs, then salt and sugar mixed together, and the salt /sugar mix over both sides. 
Then I wrapped it as tightly as I could in cling film, and then in foil. Put it in the fridge on a plate with a weight on the top. ( I used a 1kg bag of sugar wrapped in a plastic bag) I then turned the fish daily for 3 days, and was amazed at the liquid that came out. 
Today I have taken it out, rinsed off the excess salt ,and tried to slice it, but it had shrunk somewhat, and being onehanded, it was quite difficult to slice. So I haven't posted a picture ,as there is so  little! 
Only enough for canapés , but I will do it again, it's promising. 

Sunday, 13 December 2015


This is what I have made for my family over the past couple of days.

Cheese biscuits...Around 5 dozen,as they always disappear fast. 
one lot quite hot, with chilli, and the other I put chopped black olives in the basic cheese mix. They are really delicious. Made with the left over scraps of cheese, and equal amounts of flour and butter,and various seasonings, depending on how I feel, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, chopped nuts, chilli flakes,
or whatever.           Somehow the photo of the apple and pineapple cake has come here, so sorry!

3 & a half dozen  mini tartlets 
filled with goats cheese, pecans and spring onions . The pastry is made by melting butter stirring that into the flour ,and then adding the white of an egg, which makes the pastry very soft and malleable, so pressing the pastryinto the tiny tins one handed takes quite a while. 

A dozen mince pies , home made mincemeat, and a short pastry with orange zest and juice for flavour. 

Sticky toffee pudding...need I say more? 

Caramelised Apple Pudding. 
Make the caramel, exactly as if one was doing a tarte Tatin, but cover the apples with a batter,rather than pastry. It's still in the oven, so I can't see if it has worked.
Oh rats! The Apple has stuck to the pan, so now it's an apple and pineapple upside down cake,as I have caramelised some  slices of fresh pineapple, put them on the top ,and it now looks even better. 

A fruit cake,
 made with apricots, dried mango, sultanas and marzipan. I used spelt flour rather than the wholemeal stated, so it's quite gooey! The marzipan( which I bought) exploded inside the cake, so there are lots of little eruptions in unexpected places.

And I made some chocolate discs, quite thin with ginger, or dried fruit on the tops. 

Later on, I shall do a main course for both families ... But not yet
And anyway, I need to do some replacement shopping! I'm right out of so much !   
Now for a cup of tea, and at last, a well deserved sit down.