Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I love cooking and entertaining but it has become more difficult to post as often as I still go back to the old favourites that I have posted before, what the blog has done is to make me attempt new dishes and try new things more often, and I have made a great many friends in the food blogging and twitter world.
One of my great highlights of the year was to have Nigel Slater actually reading some posts and rather liking them. Surreal.
I added just a touch more butter and added finely chopped Onion Garlic about two cloves and finely diced celery and Carrot and sweated them off gently for about 20 minutes
Now add about a pint of chicken stock let it simmer...I made in a mortar and pestle a very simple Picada, I dry fried some almonds added them to my mortar and pestle along with a garlic clove some rock salt and a touch of Lemon juice and drop of olive oil and crushed them into a paste which I added to the pot and stirred in.
It helps thicken the sauce and gives a lovely depth of flavour
Serve on a plate with freshly chopped Parsley and season to taste Delicious only would be better I think with Quail!
Monday, June 10, 2013
Then char your Chicken breasts 3 minutes either side and put in a preheated oven for around 15 minutes at 200c. meanwhile take a tub of Greek yoghurt and the juice of a Lemon and a glug of Oil.
Serve the chicken on top of the Peppers with a spoonful of the Yoghurt...It doesn't get simpler than that really quick and very tasty.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
It couldn't be easier I marinated some pork chops over night in Lemon juice and Garlic then quickly pan fried them to give a bit of colour and added them to a clay pot which I had put some sliced Potato
Monday, May 13, 2013
I seared couple of minutes each side turning every minute and finished in the oven for 10 minutes which gave them a blushing Medium Rare. If your steaks are thiner 5 minutes would do
Let them rest for 5 minutes makes all the difference and add a slice of your herb butter.
I served with Salad and Boulangere Potatoes Heaven!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
This is one of the great classic dishes of Northern Italy traditionally served with a Risotto alla Milanese, truth is the original dish created in the Osteria Restaurant in Milan did not include Tomatoes that was a somewhat later addition of 40 years ago but in my view a welcome one.
Osso Bucco is cross cut veal shank, the marrow hole at the centre of the veal shank oozes a rich flavour and a glossy appearance.
Start by seasoning well your meat and dust in Flour.
Once the onions are sweet and translucent add a glass of white wine or Vermouth a tin of Tomatoes and a pint of Chicken Stock. Top with a Bay leaf and season generously bring to the boil add your reserved veal, put on a lid and place in the oven in a preheated oven at 150c for at least two and a half hours
Make a quick Gremolata which is no more then chopped Parsley Garlic and the zest of a couple of Lemons combine it all together
Serve the risotto on the plate topped carefully with the Osso Bucco being careful to keep in one piece and not to loose the marrow.
Now sprinkle over the fresh vibrant Gremolata
Perfection on a plate well worth the wait
Friday, May 10, 2013
Give them a try, you won't be disappointed but make sure they are young and fresh
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I cook Chicken a lot and I am always looking for different ways to do it, this is my own invention but the inspiration comes from the great Daniel Galmiche. One of the real treats in Spring is the first of the Seasons new Asparagus absolutely one of my favourite vegetables at this time of year the later part of the Season the Asparagus becomes a bit stringy and firm, now is the time to enjoy it, along with Peas and Spring Onions.
Now get your Griddle pan scorching hot, takes about ten minutes to get to temperature at full heat and sear your chicken breasts a minute or so either side so that they have taken on those brown scorch lines, then place in a roasting tin with the marinade and Rosemary poured over them and put in a preheated oven at 200c for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of your Chicken breasts.
Every 3 minutes or so check to see when the wine has reduced add a Ladle of Chicken stock then add your sliced Courgette and Asparagus, couple of Minutes remove the lid and add Frozen Peas and some pre boiled New Potatoes, another 3 minutes and they are ready Add the Zest of a Lemon and a Handful of Fresh chopped Mint and Parsley stir it in 30 seconds and serve onto your plate. In a separate pan fry at high heat some Pancetta only takes a couple of minutes and drain on kitchen paper, scatter these around and over your Vegetables and top with the griddle Chicken spooning those delicious Roasting Juices from the Pan over the Chicken Breast.
A very simple but vibrant flavoursome dish, give it a try
Monday, April 29, 2013
It wasn't until I was eight or nine years of age in a Brasserie in Paris that quite by accident I ordered Boudin Noire aux Pommes, I had no idea what it was but thought it sounded good, On its arrival I thought it was a sausage with this rich delicious minced filling and I adored it.
Daniel Galmiche in his French Brasserie Cookbook has a version with Pears, but perhaps through childhood memories I prefer the more traditional caramelised Apple.
In a saucepan bring salted water to a simmer, not a boil as the skins are easily burst and gently simmer the sausage for around 4 minutes. Meanwhile in a non stick frying pan bring a dollop of Butter to a medium heat until it is frothing and add slices of Apple, cook gently for 3 minutes until they take on some colour then add a tsp of Sugar and a good glug of Balsamic vinegar and a splash of Water and let it cook down to a light Syrup.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Let the fish rest for a minute or two before serving. I made some charred Asparagus and a crushed New Potatoes with Coriander, and a spoonful of the zesty Mayonnaise on the side. Perfect
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
This recipe is from Daniel Galmiche's brilliant "French Brasserie Cookbook" and whilst its a simple dish it does need to be cooked with some care.
So for the first time at least, stick to the recipe. This is a spectacular dish a beautiful marriage of flavours and a recipe I whole heartedly urge you to try.
Pre heat your oven to 180c. Put the zest and juice of a lemon in a bowl with a couple of tbsp of Olive Oil and add your Jointed Rabbit, season with Salt and Pepper and let it marinate for 5 minutes.
Reduce the liquid for around 5 minutes until it is slightly syrupy and coats the back of a spoon. Add a 500ml of Chicken Stock, I had added the heart liver and head of the Rabbit to a Chicken stock to get more Flavour, and poured it through a sieve into the casserole dish with a couple of sprigs of fresh Thyme bring to the boil and put in the oven 30 to 35 minutes.
Pour the sauce over the Rabbit and serve with some Chopped Parsley and a buttered Spinach
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
My favourite Tapas is Gambas Pil Pil, Its very quick and simple and this is very much an authentic recipe that you will see throughout Spain. Key is to use very Fresh Raw Prawns, the pre cooked ones will go rubbery, Shell them and put in a bowl with a tsp of Paprika Picante and a squeeze of Lemon juice.
In a Cazuelita which is an earthenware dish that can be put on an Electric or Gas Hob, heat to a Medium High Heat with some Good Quality Virgin Olive Oil add 5 or 6 finely chopped cloves of Garlic, dried or chopped Fresh Chillies and add your raw Prawns , after a minute or so they turn pink add a glass of Manzanilla or white wine, it will bubble and sizzle scatter some chopped Parsley and serve with crusty bread to mop up those delicious juices and a glass of ice cold Manzanilla.
Monday, April 22, 2013
It couldn't be simpler start with some finely chopped Ginger about a third of a thumbs worth put it in a bowl with 3 or 4 chopped Red Chillies, yep its very hot, use less if you are nervous, add a good glug to fill a small bowl about half way of Light Soy Sauce the juice of two limes a tbsp of Fish Sauce and ideally fresh Coriander, I only had dry but that worked, and half a clove of crushed Garlic, I usually boil the garlic first so it doesn't have that raw taste which can be a bit overpowering.
Delicious , I served with Sticky Thai rice and a Red Chicken Curry gorgeous.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
You could make this with or without Potatoes or Mushrooms , you could add cheese, its up to you, Its a wicked dish great served Hot or Cold and wonderful on Picnics