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Comfort food – beans on toast

This totally isn’t a stopgap post because I feel guilty I haven’t posted anything this week. Well… OK it is. Continue reading “Comfort food – beans on toast”

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Roast poussin with chestnut and crouton stuffing

I shouldn’t be allowed to go into supermarkets on my own. At least not into nice ones like Sainsbury’s. Tescos is probably safe enough if I avoid the world foods aisle – which also contains their specialist cooking ingredients. Or even the little Morrisons in Banchory as it’s got a pretty sparse range of food.

The other day I went to Sainsbury’s to pick up some cat litter and returned home with 2 poussins and a couple of tins of chestnuts. Not to mention the tub of deli olives, cat treats, two cat toys and the aforementioned bags of litter. There would have been more spur of the moment purchases but the beer aisle was closed. Continue reading “Roast poussin with chestnut and crouton stuffing”

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Chocolate hazelnut fondant

I’m on a Stephane Reynaud roll it seems. While looking for the recipe for yesterday’s post on Osso Bucco I noticed a picture of a chocolate hazelnut fondant. I haven’t done a dessert blog post yet and this seemed quite simple (oops) so I gave it a go.

Now not only do I not make many desserts but I also don’t do much baking. Which probably meant this was a bad idea on two fronts. Still you don’t learn if you don’t try do you? Continue reading “Chocolate hazelnut fondant”

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Osso Bucco

As you can see buying a new camera may make it possible for me to take better pictures but I’m still getting the hang of the technique required to get those pictures and I still have a long way to go on the presentation front. Well I’m always learning so one day perhaps I’ll get that happy moment when I can cook a presentable plate of food and take a good photo of it. Until that day comes you’ll just have to put up with what I can get in the meantime.

I’ve not done much cooking recently as the last few weeks have been pretty hectic in our house. It’s starting to calm down again now and I had time on Sunday to dig out the veal shins I bought at the farmer’s market last month and try a recipe for osso bucco I’d been eying up for a while.

I’ve blogged about Stephane Reynaud before and after expressing my love for Ripailles I was given his latest book – 365 Good Reasons To Sit Down And Eat for my birthday last year. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to try many of the dishes because almost all of them involve large amounts of butter, cream or some other fatty substance. However we are gradually becoming free of that limitation and so to celebrate I finally opened this weighty tome (he doesn’t seem to like writing small books) and selected his recipe for osso bucco. Continue reading “Osso Bucco”

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Garlic stuffed mushrooms

This is another recipe adapted from the excellent Nick Nairn book, New Scottish Cookery. Not that it’s very new any more. It was one of the first cookbooks I bought. My graduation from the simplicity of my other book called something like “400 recipes with only 4 ingredients”.

One of the first recipes I tried from the book is also the one that I’ve made the most. Garlic stuffed mushrooms on toast. It’s pretty easy to see why this was the recipe I went for first. It’s simple but produces great results and is flexible enough to be a dinner party starter (it made an appearance at Christmas one year), a simple main course or a quick dinner for one. Continue reading “Garlic stuffed mushrooms”

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Scallops, pea puree and sweet potato crisps

Masterchef is about to start a new series so in homage to the show I cooked up a dish that always seems to make an appearance on some contestant’s plate, scallops with pea purée. I could have just served them with peas and mash but I’m quite conscious that I’ve blogged a lot of dishes served with peas and mash recently! Continue reading “Scallops, pea puree and sweet potato crisps”

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Mediterranean platter

I was in the Brewdog bar at the weekend. There’s a full blog post about that on the way but it gave me a good idea for dinner. Instead of the normal bar food options they serves cheese and meat boards full of sliced salami, various cheese, oatcakes, olives, chutneys and a sliced baguette.

It looks great but I’m not the biggest cheese fan in the world and we opted for a break elsewhere for dinner before returning for more beer. Fast forward to Monday though and the Brewdog platter had given me some inspiration for an easy but delicious dinner. Continue reading “Mediterranean platter”