Monday, 31 January 2011
Friday, 28 January 2011
In tonight's case, I cooked some sliced halloumi in a heated griddle pan alongside some courgette and red pepper (for approx 3-4 minutes each side). Then I served this on top of some tinned lentils, which I had heated and added a touch of dijon mustard and a squeeze of lemon juice.
I've had a hectic day of packing up my house and painting my new flat, so I needed something quick, wholesome and satisfying. Tick, tick, tick!
Mmmm halloumi, how I love thee....
Friday, 21 January 2011
Thursday, 20 January 2011
So I cleaned and chopped half a punnet of organic chestnut mushrooms. Then I heated a small knob of butter and 1tsp olive oil in a frying pan. Added 1 chopped garlic clove, then the mushrooms and about 1tsp chopped fresh thyme. Saute it all together for about 8 minutes, stir in 1tbsp creme fraiche, and serve on wholemeal toast.
This would also make a great brunch dish!
Monday, 17 January 2011
I served a portion of lentils with a small seabass that had been prepared at the fish counter, which meant no gutting and decapitating for me to do! I simply put a wedge of lemon and a sprig of rosemary inside the fish, put onto a baking tray, drizzled with olive oil, and roasted in a hot oven for 20-25 minutes.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
I met a group of friends there last night, and was pleased to find that the food and the cosy, book-lined, candelit atmosphere was just as good as before. There's loads of tapas to choose from so you can't go wrong. My favourite? The slow roasted chinese five spice pork. I HAVE to try and do this at home, as the tapas sized portion was just not enough! If anyone knows a good recipe for it I'd love to hear from you!
Thursday, 6 January 2011
I came up with this recipe after having a similar thing in a restaurant once, and wanting to re-enact it at home. After a few attempts I think this one's a winner!
To make 4 portions:
Prep your ingredients: finely chop 1 garlic clove and 1 large red onion. Roughly chop 1 and a half red peppers. Dice four rashers of bacon, removing the fat. Cut one vacuum-packed chorizo sausage in half, remove the papery skin, then halve lengthways and slice.
Now heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan or saute pan. Add the onion, garlic and pepper, and soften on a low heat for 5 minutes. Now add the bacon, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add the chorizo and a good sprinkling of dried chilli flakes, and cook for 2 minutes more, being careful not to let the chorizo burn.
Tip in 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and add a dash of red wine, if you have a bottle open. Season, turn up the heat to bubbling, then reduce to a simmer and leave simmering for about half an hour while you cook the pasta (you'll need aout 100g of pasta per person).
Taste the sauce when you think it's ready, and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add the pasta to the sauce, stir through, and serve with parmesan.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
This was especially true on awakening New Year's Day with an almighty hangover, which we know can only be remedied with grease-this time in the form of a bacon sandwich. And today hasn't really counted as it's Sunday. I've had the house to myself so have been chilling out reading the Times, drinking coffee and eating cake.
Tomorrow, dear readers, it begins! New year, new week, and no more afternoon cake binges!
Just don't quote me on that...