I make a batch of hummus every month and freeze it in portions, so we always have hummus available, it’s my husband’s favourite filling for his lunchtime sandwich. I was looking for ways to use the wild garlic I had picked and, as hummus contains garlic, I decided to try making it with wild garlic.
Sometimes I forget just how fortunate I am to live in the country, mostly in the cold dark days of winter. However, I am reminded of the joys of country …
Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin cooked up Bigos Polish Stew made with pork and sauerkraut and s traditionally served around Christmas time, a lovely warming dish with a great story of it’s origins and significance to Ema.
Christmas dinner is a meal that shouldn’t leave you stressed out and sweating in the kitchen it should be tasty but easy. When Aldi asked me to try out their Specially Selected range I was looking particularly for something special for Christmas dinner. I don’t visit Aldi too often as it is a bit out of my way so was delighted to see just how many interesting products they had in the Specially Selected range and, of course, they were all at good prices.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating! I’m thankful for these turkey, Catching Fire and Hello Kitty cupcakes by Seattle’s Trophy Cupcakes, via their Facebook page, the last one (Hello Kitty) by Instagram user pemz. Find out more at trophycupcakes.com.
It’s always a pleasure to make new dishes from food left over from other meals. Christmas is the greatest opportunity to be creative with leftovers and I am drawn to the tart, flan or quiche as a vehicle to use up those bits and pieces of delicious food.
Turkey, Bacon and Brie Tart
1 quantity of shortcrust pastry, baked blind in a flan tin.
1 small onion, finely chopped
100g streaky bacon, chopped
Approx. 200-300g cold cooked turkey
250ml double cream
3 large eggs
100g ripe Brie
25g Parmesan, grated
zest of half a lemon
salt & freshly ground pepper
Heat the oven to 170C
1. Gently saute the onion in a little butter, add the bacon pieces and cook until golden, leave to cool.
2. Spread the onion and bacon in the base of the flan, chop the turkey into generously sized pieces and scatter over …
It’s traditional to have a round up of blog posts for the year and there are a lot to choose from in 2012. For each month I have chosen the recipe with the most page views, your favourite, and the one that I like best, my favourite. I’ve excluded those posts which had major giveaways as those do rather skew the page views! Many thanks to all who viewed and/or commented and to the hosts of all the challenges that I have entered.
The festive feasting started a week ago with my office lunch and it seems that I have been eating constantly ever since. Today I felt no inclination to eat rich, sweet or savoury dishes, instead I craved something light and fresh. In the fridge, beside the turkey leftovers, cheeses and cream, I spied a bag of salad leaves, half a cucumber, a pack of mini sweet peppers and a jar of Geeta’s Mango and Chilli Chutney (Hot). All the basic ingredients for that great summer standard ‘Coronation Chicken’, a dish created for celebration buffets by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume for Queen Elizabeth II coronation in 1953. I’ve reduced the richness of the orignal recipe by using mainly cottage cheese and light mayonnaise in my dressing.
It’s Random Recipe time again and this month Dom at Belleau Kitchen has challenged us as follows: “refer to your birthday date as the number you
should use to randomly pick your book… for example, my birthday is the
24th September and so I have randomly chosen the 24th book on my
bookshelf counting from right to left… it doesn’t really get more
tenuous or random than this does it but it’s nice to have a little
theming every month don’t you think?”
I’m not giving anything away about my birthday, you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you that I followed the instructions and, while Dom picked out Nigella, I got Delia! Isn’t it interesting that these two iconic women cooks are known by their first names. You would never just refer to Nigel (Slater) or Hugh (Fearnley-Whittingstall), maybe Jamie comes close but …
Participam la concurs de 1 iunie: fetita mea a desenat un curcan. L-a desenat pe conturul palmei sale: a pus palma pe foaie si a desenat cu creionul conturul. Apoi l-a colorat cu acuarele. Degetul mare este capul, celelalte degete sunt penele din coada curcanului. Si voi puteti desena unul. Nu ma intrebati ce e linia aceea rosie din dreapta. Stiu insa ca pata usor maro- roz e un fluture. Poate curcanul alearga dupa el. sau poate stau de vorba: nu am aflat.
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