Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pork Loin with creamy mustard sauce.

Sunday, 26th February 2012
After the slightly dry roast pork loin a couple of weeks ago, I did this one just be frying it off on all sides and then sticking it in the oven for 15 minutes. It came out very juicy and tender, but decidedly pink. Good job I don't mind that. For the sauce just soften some onions and garlic, deglaze the pan with white wine, add cream and mustard and heat through.
Served with overdone fried potatoes (going to have to stop buying that sort, I don't like them) and a lovely lambs lettuce and tomato salad expertly prepared by my partner.


Sunday, 19th February 2012
The idea was to have something light and simple, to try and settle my stomach after the effects of the chicken. Not sure this was the ideal choice but it was delicious.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chicken casserole with bacon and tomatos

Wednesday, 15th February 2012
This didn't make much of an impression on me, to be honest. The left-over chicken the next day gave me a bad stomach for a week though. :(

Pork Loin with Herbs

Sunday, 5th February 2012
I rolled the pork loin around a lot of chopped herbs, and put on plenty of oil, trying to keep it moist while it roasted for about 30 minutes. Didn't really work. Although the flavours were nice, the meat was too dry. Served with cauliflower and potato in a creamy sauce and shitake mushrooms.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lamb Kebabs in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Friday, 3rd February 2012
I have just finished an enjoyable novel called Arab Jazz, about an Arabic family in America, which included several tasty sounding food references, so I was inspired to try something vaguely arabic.
I tried and failed to get minced lamb (why on earth it is so hard to get lamb in a city with so many Turkish people, I have no idea), but managed to find a small leg joint and cut it into cubes (sort of). Marinate the meat in oil, garlic, onion, coriander and allspice, and then simply grill it on skewers. Soaking the skewers first is supposed to prevent them from burning, but it didn't work for me.
For the tomato sauce soften onions and garlic in oil, then add tinned cherry tomatoes, sugar and hot pepper sauce and cooked until thick. Spread the sauce on a dish and add greek yoghurt and mint, and then the kebabs.
I served them with basmati rice with toasted almond flakes, and olives, stuffed vine leaves and white beans, from the deli. Also some cauliflower florets stir fried in cumin, turmeric and more allspice, then a little water then added so it could cook through for 10 minutes.
It all came out very well, although some leaner meat would have been better. The spicy tomato sauce was particular good.

Tuna with peppers

Thursday, 26th January 2012
Got out the teppanyaki to grill this piece of tuna, marinated in soya sauce and mirin, and some green peppers. Simple and not much washing up.


Monday, 23rd January 2012
Shop-bought, mushroom-filled pasta with shop-bought tomato sauce. Simple, but very nice.

Monkfish wrapped in Coppa

Friday, 20th January 2012
I wrapped a couple of pieces of monkfish in italian coppa, sauteed them briefly and then let them stew in a little white wine for 10 minutes. Meanwhile I sauteed some potatoes (a bit overdone but still good), stir fried some fennel, and finally made a cream and onion sauce with the juices in the fish pan. Very nice, and the boneless monkfish was a plus point.