Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sauteed potatoes, smoked haddock, steamed purple-stemmed broccoli - and a poached bantam egg.

This is not really a recipe, as the title is the basic instruction!  It takes about 30 minutes, start to finish...

Chop potatoes into 1cm cubes - sautee in olive oil - cover if you need them to speed up on cooking through - take the lid off to crisp them up.
10 minutes later put the water on to steam the broccoli, and the broccoli in the steamer.
10 minutes later, pan fry the fish - quite gently.
6 minutes later break eggs into the water under the broccoli, and turn the heat off.
3 minutes later - serve.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Mushroom risotto

Another gorgeous dinner featuring products available from Todmorden market. OK - the wine isn't, but you can get that across the road.  You could even get the pan and a salad bowl from Tony in the hardware shop if you haven't got them already!

This dish showcases some new dried mushrooms - these are French, instead of the usual Italian - "melange forestier" - ie. mixed forest mushrooms, and bring a lovely earthy depth to the finished risotto.


Available from The Mediterranean Pantry

Melange Forestier/Dried mixed forest mushrooms
Olive oil
Risotto rice - a small handful per pserson.
Bouillon powder
Mixed herbs
Maldon sea salt
Black pepper

Available from Garry the veg


Available from the Crumbly Cheese


Also, white wine .... (optional)

1.  Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 45 minutes.
2.  Sautee chopped onion in olive oil, gently, until translucent.
3.  Add crushed garlic to the onion, and continue to fry gently.
4.  Add rice to the onion and garlic and stir until every grain is coated, add half a teaspoon of mixed herbs.
5.  Add a glass of white wine to the rice, and simmer until it is absorbed.
6.  Remove the mushrooms from the soaking water, rinse, and chop, add to the rice.  Retain the soaking water.
7.  Make stock with the bouillon, about 3/4 litre.
8.  After the soaking water has stood for 5 minutes pour most of it into the rice - carefully, leaving the sediment behind!
9.  Chop some fresh mushrooms and chuck them into the risotto too.
10.  Let the rice soak up the mushroom juice, then add some stock, stir and cook until its nearly absorbed.. then start adding stock a bit at a time, stir in, and then add some more as it absorbs ... for about 12-15 minutes ... taste it - the rice will taste chalky until it's cooked, add seasoning to taste.
11.  When the rice is nearly cooked turn off the heat and leave to stand as the rice sucks in the remaining stock.  The mix should be creamy and gloopy, and delicious.
12.  In a salad bowl drizzle olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a turn of seasoning ... add baby spinach leaves and toss at the last minute.
13.  Serve and scoff - grate parmesan onto risotto.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Gammon in a mustard and cider sauce, with purple mash and cumin cabbage and carrots

It messes with your head a little bit does purple mash, but it's just purple potatoes, mashed ... and it's delicious.

The gammon is organic and came with the veg box - and was really good.

So, ...

Potatoes (they don't have to be purple!)
Olive oil
Grainy mustard
Bouillon powder (well, stock of any sort really)

1.  Peel potatoes, chop into chunks and boil in salted water.
2.  Peel and chop onion, sautee in olive oil.
3.  Add a spoon of mustard to the onions, and about 1/2 pint cider.  Simmer.
4.  In another pan, heat a little olive oil and add a teaspoon of cumin seeds.
5.  Peel and slice carrots, shred cabbage.  Add to cumin and oil, and mix around.  Add half a cup of water, put a lid on and cook on a medium heat for about 12 minutes.
6.  When the potatoes are done, drain, add a good knob on butter and mash.  Put in a hottish oven to keep warm and/or if you have long enough get a crunchy crust on top.
7.  Add the gammon to the cider sauce, lid on simmer for about 5 minutes, turn over, and do the other side for 5 minutes or so.

Should all be done ... serve and scoff.

The veggie option was grilled haloumi with the onion sauce - removed before the meat was added.  Also delicious.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Veggie sausage and mash

Sometimes it's the only thing which will hit the spot.  Not really a recipe, but I have included it as I did the sausages in a nice tomato and onion gravy (with peas), and added cabbage to the mash.

Potatoes, peeled and cubed
Cahhage, shredded
Olive oil
Garlic, crushed
Veggie sausages (there were Linda McCartney's)
Tomato puree
Veggie stock
Butter/Margarine/Olive oil

1.  Boil the potatoes, steam the cabbage on top.
2.  Gently fry the onions in olive oil, then add the sausages and garlic.
3.  After a couple of minutes add a squite of tomato puree to the sausages, and about 1/2 pint of veggie stock - simmer.  Add peas to the sauce after about 10 minutes.
4.  About 12-15 minutes later everything will be ready.  Mash the potatoes, add butter and cabbage.
5.  Serve, scoff, sleep.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Lemon sole - with mediterranean vegetables and baby roast potatoes

Paul the Fish on Todmorden market is fab!  The Mediterreanean Pantry inside Tod market is also fab (well, I would say that, it's mine) ... but the fish from Paul is a Friday night treat we look forward to every week.  Today, lemon sole ... yum.

So, from the beginning - the baby roast potatoes take the most time, so get them on ... the do what you have to do when you get in from work ... then finish the other bits.

Olive oil
Spring onion
lemon sole
salt and pepper

1.  Wash and chop potatoes - boil in salted water.
2.  In a big baking dish heat some olive oil.  Drain the potatoes - add them to the olive oil - turn over in the oil and roast for about an hour.
3.  Meanwhile - slice the spring onions, courgettes, aubergine, tomatoes and finely sliced garlic and roast in another dish, in olive oil for 30 minutes.
4.  Now add the fish to the top of  the veg, drizzle with olive oil and season - roast for another 30 minutes.  (If I had some black olives to hand I would have chucked some on the top - but I forgot to bring some home from work... tskkk)
5.  15 minutes before serving start steaming the asparagus spears.

Serve, scoff, fight gathered people for thirds!

Spanish omelette

I was really proud of this.  It was LOVELY.

I have made spanish omelettes many times, and, indeed, published them on here a few times - but this one was really good.  The thing I did differently was to cook the veg - then beat the eggs in a big bowl - then tip the veg into the bowl - and pour it all into the frying pan together to finish it.  And, most of the eggs were from our lovely little bantams. ... thanks girls!

Olive oil
Frozen peas

1.  Peel and chop potatoes into slices - boil for about 5 minutes in salted water.
2.  Slice courgette and add to potatoes - boil for another 5 minutes.
3.  Add a cup of frozen peas, turn the heat off.
4.  Heat some olive oil in the bottom of a big, heavy frying pan.
5.  Beat together some eggs, gently, season.
6.  Drain the veg and tip into the eggs.
7.  Pour the egg mixture into the frying pan - on a medium heat.  Fry gently for a few minutes.
8.  When the edges are coming away from the sides of the pan - stick under a grill to finish the top off.
9.  Turn onto a big plate.
10. scoff.

Baked potatoes with tuna - 3 ways

Baked potatoes and tuna - a simple supper - one many people have time and time again.  However, take three people, take three different sets of requirements ... and we all had a delicious dinner.

The basic bits were all the same - baked potato (fork the skin, rub with olive oil, then 20 minutes in the microwave, then 40 minutes in the oven).

Salads - 1.  mixed leaves with an olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard and herb dressing (greek salad seasoning mix available from theMediterranean pantry).

2.  Carrot salad - grate carrot, add onion seeds and a splosh of olive oil.

The three tuna fillings:-

1.  Tuna, spring onions and mayonnaise
2.  Tuna, celery, tomatoes, spring onion, olive oil
3.  Tuna, celery, spring onions, celery, capers, gherkin, a tiny splodge of mayonnaise

All easy, all delicious, all to suit our individual tastes.  yum.