Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Roast Guinea Fowl

Sunday, 17th July
Forgot to post this one, so it is out of order.
Roasted the guinea fowl fairly simply, stuffed with a half-lemon and some herbs and with bacon over the breast for the first 30 minutes. Roast potatoes and a sort of cross between a ratatouille and a stir fry of peppers, courgette, aubergine, onion and tomato. I usually find ratatouille disappointing but this was much nicer, with the veggies being less stewed to death. I had something similar in a restaurant recently (a scandinavian one I think), which inspired this attempt.
The bird came out very well, juicy and tender, and there was a nice lemony gravy from the pan juices.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tuna with Spring Onions

Monday, 25th July
Not a very good photo, which is a shame as this is the signature dish of this blog. Even the weather helped out with the rain on the window. As expected, delicious and very easy to prepare, Fry everything in a little oil and the mix of soy, sake and mirin, for less time than you might think, and serve with plain rice.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bucatini all'Amatriciana

Wednesday, 20th July
Not really authentic but very tasty. I used bacon instead of pancetta, because that is what I had.
Other than that I stuck pretty much to the standard recipe. Fry the meat until almost crispy, remove and cook onions and hot pepper in the same pan for a while, then add tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes or so, then return the meat and heat through.
The half a dried chilli I put in was almost too much, and left the lips tingly and the forehead sweaty. But in a good way!

Parmesan Crusted Salmon Steaks

Friday, 15th July
Covered the salmon steaks with a mixture of breadcrumbs, parmesan and herbs and baked them in the oven for 20 minutes or so. Meanwhile I cooked a sauce of chanterelles, bacon and cream to serve over the tagliatelle.
The salmon was perfectly cooked and juicy, although there were a few too many bones lurking. The combination of juicy salmon, crunchy topping and creamy pasta sauce was excellent.