Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thai-style steamed fish

Friday, 14th March 2014
Following this BBC Recipe, but I used Sea Bream instead of Trout. It is described as "Thai-style", so probably not very authentic. Nevertheless, even with only garlic, ginger, chilli, lime and soy sauce, I was surprised to find how the aroma was immediately recognisable as "Thai" when I opened the foil packets. The fish was fantastic and I'm a big fan of bok choy.
Very quick and easy to prepare and really delicious.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cheesey Shepherd's Pie

Wednesday, 12th March 2014
I made this with the leftover lamb from Sunday, put through the mincer.
Soften some onions and garlic in butter, add the mince and brown a little. Then add stock, worcester sauce and tomato purée. Mix and heat through, season and transfer to a baking dish. Top with potato mashed with butter, cream and grated cheese. Then put a little more grated cheese on the top. Bake for 30 minutes or so.
I can't remember the last time I had this, but I was amazed at how it tasted exactly as I remember.

Pasta with Bacon and Cream

Tuesday, 11th March 2014
and a little basil. Very straightforward, but very good.

Roast Lamb

Sunday, 9th March 2014
This was a quite small piece of lamb and it cooked more quickly than I expected, so it wasn't quite as pink as it should have been. I should have followed my instinct instead of Jamie's cooking times. Also it got pretty cool while resting.
The chips tasted great but for some reason were not as crispy as they normally are. Maybe the fat wasn't hot enough?


Friday, 7th March 2014
No cooking today, but a selection of ham, salami and cheese for our supper. Strangely, we didn't manage to finish it all.


Wednesday, 6th March 2014
Oh, look... Risotto. Mushroom this time, with one chopped slice of very spicy salami.

Chicken Dürüm

Sunday, 2nd March 2014
A turkish yufka bread filled with shredded grilled chicken thigh, caramelised onions and homemade lime pickle. A bit cross cultural and very tasty.


Sunday, 23rd February 2014
We were thinking of going out to eat but, at the last minute, decided to stay in. By change, the combination of food we happened to have on hand, made a lovely fry up. Very tasty with a couple of dark beers.

Slow-Cooked Shin of Beef

Saturday, 22nd February 2014
Try as I might I can't get slow cooked meat to come out the way it should. This was in the slow cooker for 5 or 6 hours, but the meat was still quite dry and tough.
The sauce with onions, mushrooms and red wine, was delicious, as were the chips.

Pasta and Meatballs

Friday, 21st February 2014
Meatballs made with a mix of pork and beef mince, a few breadcrumbs, onions, herbs and an egg. Following a suggestion on Quora I formed the balls and then put them in the fridge for a couple of hours before cooking, which definitely did seem to help them keep their round shape.
A sauce of tomatoes, onions and mushrooms.

Char filets

Monday, 17th February 2014
I got the whole char (saibling) and tried to fillet it myself, but I really made a botch job of that. It tasted nice though, just dusted with seasoned flour and quickly fried. With risotto again.


Thursday, 6th February 2014
Oh dear, another 6 weeks since the last post. These next few entries are going to be a bit sketchy!
For example, this risotto looks like it has bacon and fennel. That's about all I can say.