Saturday, 22 September 2012

Other people's recipes.

This week I have been using recipes from other sources rather than mostly out of my head.
I have bought Paul Hollywood's book How to Bake,and made three things from it. I love his blue eyes!
First, Flatbreads ,this same recipe was also featured by Nigel Slater, which I filled with chopped spring onions and mozzarella ,then cooked in a pan rather than in the oven, then a marble cake that surprisingly uses strong bread flour in the mix, and some Raspberry Muffins, which were delicious.
Tonight I have done Hugh FW's vegetable chilli,(recipe in today's Guardian) for my supper and will have the rest tomorrow with a friend.
Finally I tried Lorraine Pascal's zebra cake, but must have read the recipe wrongly as it was far too wet a mix, and therefore didn't rise up as high as it should have done .
However it looked a bit like hers, and even with only one hand that works, using a teaspoon to put the batter in the tin , it still came out in many layers when it was cut into , and I gave this to my granddaughter to take to back with her to University.
Things don't always go as one would wish them to.
Finally I used the last of a pot of basil to make pesto, it was enough to fill a medium pot, so that waits in the fridge to be used very soon,covered with a slick of oil to stop it oxidising and going dark .

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A summery pudding'

I made this last week when two friends came for supper.
We ate a lamb tagine with butternut squash, carrots, red onions,and prunes. spices were cinnamon cumin and salt with plenty of black pepper,the liquid from a large tin of tomatoes.
Then I went off for the weekend to Cornwall, taking with me an enormous fish pie . I cooked salmon, smoked haddock, a small monkfish tail and prawns with a sauce made from fish stock and mushrooms, as one of the party of four does not drink alcohol at all.
Then we had a late Summer Pudding, using plums,raspberries and blackberries plus some pears and a few red currants that had been in the freezer.
There was enough to have more another day.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Fruit jelly.wobbly wobbly .

Is this the last of the summer? I have made this using strawberries,yellow raspberries and blueberries . The jelly is rosé wine plus a little lemon juice and sugar
Also we will start with two fish pâtés and then some Beef Stroganoff to follow.
Wish we could be outside, but it will be too cold.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Curry for lunch.

My grandson Douglas stayed last night and this morning we made two curries for lunch. A vegetable one with potatoes, carrots and peas with Cumin and one dried chilli. Also a chicken and tomato one with black pepper corns, a stick of cinnamon some cardamom pods ,cumin and salt cayenne and Garam Masala.
His choices, and they were tasty and not too fierce . With them we made a Cucumber Raita and had some Pappadums and Naan bread .plus of course, a shared can of lager.