Wednesday, 16 August 2017
1. Cup potatoes into wedges, toss in olive oil and a little salt. Bake for 45 mins- 1 hour.
2. Toss tomatoes in olive oil and salt, and bung in the bottom of the oven with the potatoes.
3. Do the same with the mushrooms - ie. in a dish in the oven.
4. Chop onions and crush garlic, sautee in olive oil.
5. Remove a spoonful of onions to another pan, add the courgettes 5 or 6 minues before serving - then fry them.
6. Add the pork chops to the rest of the onions and brown slightly on both sides.
7. Pour apple juice and stock into the pork chops, add a big spoonful of wholegrain mustard and simmer (about 15 minutes).
8. Turn the mushrooms over, and add a piece of cheese - return to the oven to melt.
9. Last 5 minutes - fry courgettes, check gravy for seasoning.
10. Serve, scoff.
Saturday, 12 August 2017
1. Peel the potatoes and slice into thick slices. Place as a layer in an oven dish, with a splash of olive oil, a glass of white wine and about the same of veg stock. Bake/poach in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until almost done.
2. Make the sauce - sautee sliced onion and crushed garlic in olive oil, add finely diced courgette and thin strips of red pepper. After a couple of minutes add chopped tomatoes and a good twist of black pepper. Simmer, add water/stock if it goes a bit dry, until the veg are soft.
3. When the potatoes are nearly done, layer the fish on top. Add 2 tablespoons of dry sherry, a handful of parsley and grated lemon zest to the tomato/pepper mixture, and stir in.
4. Pour the tomato mixture onto the fish and return to the oven for 20 minutes.
5. When the fish is cooked, sprinkle on some extra parsley and lemon zest.
6. Serve, scoff.
This was a real treat - I used 2 big halibut steaks, and two of us were eating - there are now 4 portions in the freezer waiting for lunches - I hope it freezes well, because I am already looking forward to pulling it out for work lunches.
Friday, 11 August 2017
Sausages - these were pork and apple
1. Prick the sausages with a fork and bung in the oven in an oven dish. I add the tiniest splash of olive oil, roll them round in it - just to stop any initial sticking.
2. Peel potatoes, boil for 15 minutes - until softish to a sharp knife. Mash with butter and put into another oven dish - bake for 20 minutes, until the top goes golden brown.
3. Sautee chopped onion and crushed garlic in olive oil until soft, add a tablespoon of flour and stir in until it becomes a paste. Add stock and simmer, add a spoonful of grainy mustard, simmer again. The gravy will thicken.
4. Heat beans.
5. Steam shredded cabbage.
6. Serve, scoff .... delicious
Monday, 7 August 2017
1. Cut potatoes into wedges, toss in olive oil and bake for 45 minutes.
2. After 25 ish minutes - Sautee red onion and diced carrot for a few minutes, in olive oil. Add a cup of white wine and a cup of stock, simmer gently for a few minutes. When you put the fish on add shredded cabbage and allow to wilt.
3. Brush the fish with olive oil, and fry in a hot pan, skin side down first for a few minutes each side.
4. Serve, scoff.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Cheese (masdaam and cheddar, could have been almost any cheese)
1. Mix together tomato pesto, crushed garlic and a little olive oil, massage into the lamb breast and marinate for an hour or so.
2. Sprinkle potatoes with salt, toss in olive oil and roast in the oven.
3. Put the lamb in the oven, start at a medium heat for half an hour, then at a high heat for half an hour.
4. Griddle sliced aubergine and courgette in a little olive oil, then stack in an overlapping pattern in an oven dish - aubergine, courgette, tomato ... keep going in a spiral. Tuck bits of cheese in with the vegetables, sprinkle with italian herbs and finely chopped red onion. Bake for 20 minutes.
5. Serve, scoff.
(The veg dodger had seconds of mediterranean bake!)
Saturday, 29 July 2017
Curry paste (Malaysian fish head for us, but could have been red thai, or something similar)
Haddock (or other white fish)
1. Cook the rice - I used a rice ball - those things really work - put rice in ball, put into pan of cold water - bring to the boil, boil for about 15 minutes - done!
2. In a wok, heat peanut oil, then add chopped spring onions, curry paste and crushed garlic. Stir fry briefly.
3. Add chopped veg to the wok, and stir fry, then add water/stock and a squirt of tomato puree, simmer until veg a nearly done, stirring occasionally.
4. Add coconut milk, and taste for seasoning.
5. Add fish pieces and simmer gently for about 5-6 minutes.
6. Serve, sprinkling more chopped spring onion on top, scoff.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
The "spanish" about it is a little bit of heat, a little smokey paprika, peppers and garlic. It was damn good.
Pepper (yellow or red)
Tin chopped tomatoes
1. Sautee chopped onion and crushed garlic in olive oil.
2. Add chunky diced potatoes - I keep the skin on, but peeled on not - either is fine.
3. Add chopped courgette and pepper, add a pinch of chilli flakes, a pinch of smoked paprika and a smidge of turmeric.
4. Pour in about a glass of white wine, and about the same of stock.
5. Simmer, after 5 minutes add a tin of chopped tomatoes, a tablespoon of tomato puree and a tin of water. Simmer again, covered.
6. When the potatoes are just about done (15-18 minutes) add fish to the top, and cover again, to let it steam through for about 5-10 minutes (depends how big your fish is).
7. Serve, scoff ... could have had crunchy bread and a green salad, could have topped with aioli - but it was delicious by itself.
Thursday, 13 July 2017
1. Peel potatoes, boil, steam shredded cabbage on top - then mash the potatoes with butter. Pop in the oven to get a nice crispy brown top. Keep the cabbage warm.
2. Chop onions and fry until golden brown, add drained butter beans.
3. Fry pork chops, in a little olive oil, on each side for a couple of minutes - keep warm while you make the gravy.
4. Stir a spoonful of flour into the pork pan, deglaze with dry cider. Add a little chicken stock and a spoonful of grainy mustard. Stir and simmer as it thickens a little. Take it off the heat and stir in a small spoonful of cream cheese (or cream).
5. Serve, scoff
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Saturday, 8 July 2017
Roast baby potatoes in olive oil, watch the tennis for 30 minutes ... steam green beans and asparagus, pan fry trout - skin side first - for a few minutes each side ...
Serve, scoff ... whilst watching Andy Murray ...