Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
In my third year at school Home Economics changed and became "Food Technology". Instead of learning about how to cook and the science of food we learnt how to put a sandwich together in a sandwich factory and designing ready meals....
Gone were the apple crumbles and lasagnes. So here is my tribute to the first recipe we learnt.....it might look naff and scruffy but it still tastes as good as when I unwrapped it on the boat home and ate the lot!
Chocolate and Orange Whirl Cake......
1x 4 egg cake mix
2 tbsp cocoa
8oz icing sugar
Weigh the four eggs in their shells. Note how much they weigh and put the same amount of self raising flour, caster sugar, butter and the eggs (out of their shells!). Mix.
Put half the mix in another bowl and add the cocoa. Mix. In the other bowl add the rind of 2 oranges and the juice of half an orange. Mix.
Monday, 28 September 2009
At the weekend I wilted the cavallo nero and served it with poached eggs on toast. The sweetcorn I have saved until today. For me, there is no better way to serve it than boiled for a few minutes and then dunked in hot, salty butter.
But for a boy that is not enough. He's had his eye on the sausages I bought back from the food festival. So tonight I roasted them and served them with sweetcorn fritters.
Sweetcorn Fritters (serves 2)
2 sweetcorn heads
1 tsp baking powder
2 pinches dried chilli
salt and pepper
1 large spring onion
Take all the corn off both heads with the back of a knife.
Take half of the corn and blend in a mini chopper.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
There was a blanket of slate grey clouds lingering over the harbour and a definate chill in the air as we walked down the steps towards the quay. And it seems it was an omen of what was to come. The boys were disqualified. Disqualified for trying not to hit another gig on a mark. If they had hit it they would have been disqualified. So they tried not to. Apparently that was the wrong decision. So there was many a gloomy face as we walked back to the car park two hours later.
We decided to go to the beach and have a picnic with one of my other half's crew. He drove us to a locals beach we had never been to. The sun came out, the temperature rose and we ate sausage pasta salad and ham rolls and everyone seemed a bit happier.....
Everytime I have a nice day at the beach I always pick up a shell or pebble to take home and put in a plant pot. It's a habit I've picked up and it makes me feel happier in the winter when it's too cold and wet to go out. Today ended up being a brilliant day so I took two home with me....
Yesterday I made jam. Making jams and chutneys is the only way to bottle the sunshine we are having at the moment. My fingers ended up bright purple because I kept dunking my fingers in....
Easy blackcurrant jam.....
2lbs jam sugar
splash of water
Put all the ingredients in a heavy based pan......
Saturday, 26 September 2009
I was compering at the Cornwall Food Festival. I was given Jude Kereama from Kota at Porthleven and Fiona Were from the Housel Bay Hotel on the Lizard.
Jude made a trio of venison dishes. A venison and Cornish ale pie, vension fillet and venison liver with pancetta and bacon. So good. So so good. Then he made a chocolate fondant...all within 45 minutes! Normally I head to Porthleven just for the fish but Kota is definately on the visiting list...
How perfect is this chocolate fondant made by sous chef Ross? (Served with espresso ice cream and cobnuts).
Friday, 25 September 2009
I'll do some actual cooking tomorrow but here are a few preview pictures.....
I'm definately going to buy some fresh fish....
And some salami and chorizo to keep for when Team Taylor come to visit in October...
There is a really great recipe for crab pate on the BBC Cornwall homepage feature about the Food Festival. Maybe I'll make that.....
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Fishermen were coming in as we lit the barbecue and they tried to sell us some mackerel. But I was already prepared!
I love this photo...a tiny bright moon with the sunset beside it.
8oz minced steak
1 small onion
1 egg yolk
Cornish sea salt and pepper
2oz Cornish Blue cheese
Finely chop the onion and add to the beef. Add the egg yolk and seasoning and mix with your hands.
Shape a quarter of the mix into a burger (I used a measuring cup) and top with a chunk of cheese. Add another quarter of the mix on top.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
I had to throw four away today, brown and puffed up and flecked with mould snowflakes....
So I made chocolate and apple brownies and, although there were cries of protestation about the fruit in them, they were wolfed down pretty quickly.
(This is an adaptation on my full proof brownie recipe that I'll post another day.)
1x 25og bar Bournville chocolate
1x 250g bar of Dairy milk chocolate
8oz salted butter
1 tsp Cornish sea salt
4 free range eggs
5oz plain flour
2 cooking apples
On a very low heat melt the butter and bournville chocolate in a pan, stiring every now and again....
Add the salt and put to one side. Beat the eggs and sugar together. Add to the chocolate mix and beat. Add the flour. In a lined tin add the chopped and cored apple and the chunks of dairy milk. (Don't break up the chocolate too much, otherwise it just melts away.)
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
I picked the last of the leaves, poking up among the weeds which have started to take over the plot.
But I'm just not in a salady mood. The weather may still be saying summer but today is equinox and to me that signals autumn is here. So I popped a couple of jacket potatoes in....
2 jacket potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
4oz (125g) blue cheese
4 strips crispy bacon
Preheat the oven to 180'c. Put the potatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with the oil and salt and bake in the oven for an hour.
Scoop out the potato into a bowl and add the butter. Mash until smooth. Add most of the crumbled cheese and the chopped up bacon. Scoop the flesh back into the potato skins and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for a further 7 minutes or so.
Serve with salad leaves.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
In between louging in the outside hot tub and being massaged with warm oil, we ate lunch. Pink, fat slices of roast beef with granary bread and burn your mouth horseradish sauce. I wish I had taken a picture....here's one of the hotel instead...
I'm definately going back there. In the evening we moved on to Mali Thai in Falmouth. The food is yummy and it's definately worth a visit....I ate chicken phad thai mali thai.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
I decided to make a carrot dip I had made a couple of years ago. Except I couldn't remember how I'd made it...and it had to be low fat.
5 medium carrots
1tbsp olive oil (I used spray oil instead)
1 tub 0% fat greek yoghurt
2 pinches sea salt
2 pinches dried chilli
2 pinches cumin
Peel and chop the carrots.
Boil in a pain of salted water for 2 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200'c. Drain the carrots and put in a baking tray with the oil drizzled over. Roast for 20 minutes.
Pop the carrots in a food processer and blitz until smooth. Add all the other ingredients. Blitz. Serve with chopped vegetables
It was pretty good.
(By the way if if you're wondering about the garlic, I also made a garlic mayo dip with one part mayo, one part low fat yoghurt and 3 garlic cloves....I think that was too many!)
Thursday, 17 September 2009
And now whenever I make pasta and tomato sauce it always feels a bit more exotic than it actually is. So tonight I made some for tea...a tomato dish to match the autumn sunshine.
Ingredients: Serves 2
10 large tomatoes
1 tin tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
20 tiger prawns
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp thyme
salt and pepper
Enough pasta for 2 people.
Serve mixed through cooked pasta.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Salmon and Cornish Mustard Fishcakes...(serves 2)
2 salmon fillets
2 large jacket potatoes
2 large tbsp Cornish mustard*
1 tsp capers
Good handul chopped herbs (whatever you've got that you like)
Preheat the oven to 180'c. Place the salmon in a dish and add a mug of milk. (I used skimmed milk as I am still dieting). Pop in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the milk and place in a bowl. With a fork, flake the salmon but try not to break it up to much, you don't want a paste. Add the mustard, capers and herbs and mix carefully.
Peel and chop the potatoes and boil in salty water for 20 minutes. In a bowl place the hot potatoes and half the poaching milk. Mash up with a fork and leave to cool. With the fork, mix in the fish and shape into cakes.
Fry in olive oil for 3 minutes or so on each side. Try not to move them too much...you want a nice crust.
I served it with a garlic mayonaisse and, the real star of the show, some fiery peppery leaves from the garden. I planted them about a month ago and they have only just reared their heads.
* I bought the mustard at Launceston Show back in July and I can't recommend it enough. It's called Berrio Mill....I could eat it with a spoon....
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
2 turkey breasts
5 tbsp natural yoghurt
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 garlic clove
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 pinch salt
1 squirt fresh lime juice
Mix together marinade ingredients and pop in the fridge for a couple of hours....
Ingredients for the rest of the curry....
5 fresh tomatos
4 tbsp tomato puree
1 small onion
1 garlic clove
1 tsp fresh chopped ginger
1 mug water
4 tbsp natural yoghurt
Chop the veg. In a wok fry the onion, garlic and ginger. Add the tomatos and puree and spices.
Add the turkey and stir fry for 30 secs. Add the water and simmer on a low heat for 30 mins. Add the yoghurt and coriander and serve.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Not that I'll neglect the vegetable patch. I think I will grow all the salad there and make the herb garden bigger. After a summer filled with salads and runner beans, cauliflower cheese and pea soups now the patch is being overshadowed by an orchard of bright apples. The wasps are burrowing into them and giving them brown spots. So my other half's mum has picked a massive bag for me. Now I have to try and think of enough recipes to use them up...be prepared for an apple theme this week.
1x basic sponge mix using 2 eggs (see previous sponge mixes)
2 apples de cored but not peeled
2 tsps cinnamon
4 tsps demara sugar
Make the sponge mix. Chops the apples into medium sized chunks and stir in. Put the mix in a lined tin and sprinkle with the spice and sugar. Baked in a 180'c oven for 20 mins.
We also have a glut of tomatoes, big ripe and juicy ones. They scream out to be roasted with garlic and olive oil and place on big chunks of toast. But this week I'm going to try to be creative.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
I'm desperately trying to lose weight which is tricky when I constantly obsess about food. After last night's barbecue I decided to cook something plain and simple. It was quite bland but just what I needed...
1 handful of cooked rice noodles
10 tiger prawns
1 clove garlic
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
2 tbsp mixed toasted nuts
1 big handful bean sprouts
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 pinch sugar
1 handful coriander
In a wok dry fry the chopped garlic and prawns. Add the beaten egg and cook as you would an onlette. When cooked take out and put in a bowl (in might look a bit like scrambled egg now.) Back in the wok fry the chilli, beansprouts and half the nuts. Add the fresh noodles and stir fry. After 2 minutes add the sauces.
Take off the heat and toss through the coriander and lime juice and serve with toasted nuts on top.