Friday, 30 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
This one stood out from the OFM artcile and really was delicious.
Ballet Russe - serves 1
2 shots vodka
3/4 shot creme de cassis or Chambord
1 shot freshly squeezed lime
1/4 shot sugar syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with a wedge of lime (oops - I didn't)
1 shot = 25ml
Goodness knows how I stopped at only one... oh yes, it IS only wednesday.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Recipe taken from Slow Cooking Curry & Spice Dishes by Carolyn Humphries and feeds 4...
Chicken and red lentil curry with tomatoes
- 2 large potatoes, cut into walnut size chunks
- 4-6 skinless chicken breasts, cubed
- 175g/1 cup red lentils
- 15ml/1 tbsp groundnut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- 1 fat green chilli, chopped (and seeded if preferred)
- 1/2 tsp hot chilli powder
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves (i used 2 whole cloves)
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 750ml/3 cups boiling chicken stock
- 30ml/2 tbsp malt vinegar
- 4 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tsp demerara sugar
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp chopped gresh corainder
- Rice and/or naan bread to serve
Put the potatoes, chicken and lentils in the slowcooker/crock pot and stir well to mix together.
Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and garlic and fry, stirring, for a minute. Stir in the chilli and dried spices and cook, stirring, for a further minute.
Add all the remaining ingredients* except the coriander, seasoning well. Bring back to the boil and pour into the pot with the chicken and lentil mixture. Stir, cover with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours until everything is tender.
Check for seasoning. The sauce should be thick but not stodgy, so thin it if necessary with a little boiling water. Serve garnished with the coriander with rice and naan
* I reserved some of the tomatoes which i added to the pot 10 minutes before the end.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
I like to try to keep as fit as possible so that i can eat more than my little frame allows! So i run and walk (and occasionally go to the gym...) as much as i can.
Whilst eating is the main inspiration for my blog, i am working on my photographic skills and thought this would be a great way to take and share my photos.
I had been thinking about starting this since discovering the wonderful world of food blogs last year but it would never have got off the ground if it hadn't been for my lovely friend, the very talented Miss Biba. She was so excited about it that she has designed and set up the whole thing! Interiors are her thing and you can find out more here.
I hope i haven't offended anyone with the title of my blog but it is very much tongue in cheek, and what else rhymes with kitchen?! The name was inspired by the Livingetc forums and regular contributor Griffo, who established the popular Bitchingetc thread. Designing the monthly Bitchingetc cover is only one of his talents, and you can see many more of them here.
So thank you Biba and Griffo and welcome to one and all, i hope you enjoy what's to come!
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Last Friday was a mexican night in with the girls, when i produced my famous guacamole, nachos, beef fajitas and vegetable chilli (Lee's Hippy Farm Beans from the Leon cookbook). Dessert was the most delicious Chocolate Pots from Nigella Bites.
Saturday was spent eating leftovers from the night before and going to a fantastic wedding reception in the evening.
Sunday was all about planning and preparing a roast dinner for a friend (who happens to be a very good cook - no pressure then...) when i made Jamie Oliver's perfect roast chicken (taken from The Naked Chef), crispy roast potatoes and parsnips, sweet potato gratin (from Ottolenghi The Cookbook) and some simple peas and carrots. I hadn't cooked a roast for ages, but it all turned out well and we finished it off with some home-made apple crumble and cream (should have been freshly made custard but it curdled beyond repair...).
So tonight, i was determined to cook AND blog! But first i will explain my new year way of eating. I have spent the last couple of weeks sorting out my finances, my cupboards, my life in general... This was brought on by reading The Thrift Book by India Knight which is a modern day guide to living well and spending less. Tying in with all things credit crunch, i have decided if i make less visits to Waitrose each week, i will definitely save money and not waste so much food. It is all too easy for me to get carried away deciding on a must-cook recipe and ignore the actual contents of my fridge. So, i am making the most of the food i have and only shopping for fresh essentials as and when i need them. The secret of this is having a well-stocked cupboard which, thanks to the aforementioned Waitrose, I do!
A book i will be referring to often and which i have had for a good number of years is off the shelf by Donna Hay. Tonight i needed to use left over roast chicken and this recipe was perfect:
I didn't realise there were so many recipes on her website so i am off to explore some more...
Note to self: do not post too many pasta recipes!
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Known as one of the most expensive chinese restaurants in London, the Princess Garden of Mayfair serves delicious food but you really don't have to completely blow the budget. It's worth knowing that they serve the most delicious dim sum at lunchtime, with more food than you can eat and a bottle of wine coming to under £40 for two people (obviously considerably less if you opt for green tea rather than wine!).
Each of the dishes (imagine chinese tapas) contains 3 pieces and today we enjoyed spring rolls, mango salad cups, paper wrapped prawns and a selection of steamed dumplings (we had 8 different dishes in total each costing between £2.30 and £2.80 each).
The setting is quite formal so it is perfect for a business lunch although i regularly meet a friend there for a good catch up and the staff are always very friendly. If you haven't enjoyed dim sum before and aren't sure what to order, you can ask them to bring you a selection of dishes (you could mention if you particularly like the steamed or fried dishes, meat or seafood etc).
Sorry I didn't take any photos but I promise to next time!
Monday, 12 January 2009
Sunday, 11 January 2009
If you don't have time to make all the biscuits in one go, the dough will keep in the freezer and you can make another batch at a later date - just allow the dough to thaw a little before shaping into balls.
Friday, 9 January 2009
As i am also planning to go running first thing in the morning, i decided a big bowl of pasta was required (carbo-phobes look away now...).
I have made this recipe before and whilst it was nice, it seemed to be lacking something so i used some fresh sage rather than the recommended flat leaf parsley.
Recipe below feeds 4 but i did 1/4 of everything (i increased the pasta from 75g per person to 100g as i prefer to have to struggle to eat the last few mouthfuls, rather than want to cook it all over again immediately!).
Adapted from the recipe featured in Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food
400g dried pasta (i used penne)
sea salt and black pepper
4 tbsp olive oil
125g pancetta, sliced
a handful of fresh sage, finely shredded
2 medium leeks, trimmed and finely sliced
250g chestnut mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
4 tbsp creme fraiche
Add the pasta shells to a pot of boiling salted water and cook for the time advised on the pack or until al dente.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the pancetta, fry for a few minutes until golden. Add the leeks and mushrooms and a little salt and pepper. Stir over a high heat for 6-8 mins until the leeks are tender.
Drain the pasta and immediately toss with the leeks, pancetta and mushrooms, and stir in the creme fraiche. Season with salt and pepper and serve, finishing with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh basil.
Yum yum - and now i really DO need to go running in the morning!