Food and drink

Homemade tapenade on freshly baked bread

Here I go with another holiday inspired post! Don’t worry I’m sure I’ll get sick of these soon and return to normal service.

One of my favourite things that I brought back from Nice (part 2 of that report is coming soon by the way) was two jars of tapenade. Now I love anchovies, olives and capers and will happily take any opportunity to combine the three in some kind of food. Be that in pasta sauce or on top of pizza. Mushing them all up in a paste to spread on toast? That’s definitely a concept I can get into. Continue reading “Homemade tapenade on freshly baked bread”

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Back from holiday

The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed some tweets on my twitter bar mentioning places in the south of France over the last week. We’ve been on a well-earned break to Nice for a week with a couple of little day trips while we were there; including a fantastic day in Monaco (where I got all caught up in the moment and proposed to my girlfriend).

I’ve got a couple of special posts coming up about the trip but for now here’s a couple of pics of the first thing I did when we got home. Aside from wine I took home some jars of tapenade and rillets so when I got home and had some time to kill I decided that some freshly baked bread would be perfect to try with the tapenade.

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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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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”

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Moules Mariniere

If you don’t like shellfish then I submit that you haven’t tried the right shellfish. Or maybe you’re allergic. Either way you don’t know what you’re missing.

One of the absolute classic shellfish dishes is Moules Mariniere – mussels in a garlicky white wine sauce. Pleasingly it’s also an amazingly simple and quick dish to cook, although the mussels do need a little bit of time to prepare them. Continue reading “Moules Mariniere”