Food and drink

Rosemary meatballs in tomato sauce

I set aside a load of time yesterday for my first attempt at making my own beef stock. Unfortunately my plan was scuppered by Morrison’s not having any bones left (they had some in the morning apparently) and the butchers being closed due to illness. I had the time to spare so it would be a shame not to spend it cooking something. We have a flourishing rosemary bush in the garden and there was some good mince on the shelf in front of me which made think that meatballs would be a good idea. Continue reading “Rosemary meatballs in tomato sauce”

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Piri Piri Chicken

A few years ago we went on holiday in Portugal and the country introduced us to the awesome flavour of piri piri chicken. Since then we’ve subsisted on bottles of Nando’s marinade. Which is tasty enough but it’s not the same flavour I tasted over there.

This year’s chilli harvest has been a bit neglected and we now have a massive glut of slightly dried out, fiery red bird’s-eye chillies and some big green jalapenos. I thought of the perfect dish to use some of them up! Old trusty google brought up a few results; the tastiest looking was Jamie Oliver’s from his 30 minute meals series. Especially good for an evening when we also had an appointment with a potential wedding venue so time was tight. Continue reading “Piri Piri Chicken”

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Smoked mackerel and chilli fishcakes

Fish-cakes are a favourite in this house. Usually I just follow the recipe in Nick Nairn’s cook school book which produces excellent crisp on the outside, moist on the inside cakes. However this time I thought I’d go a little off-piste and spice them up a bit. Continue reading “Smoked mackerel and chilli fishcakes”

Recipe

Potato gnocchi in spicy tomato sauce.

I tried gnocchi for the first time recently in a local restaurant and thought it was brilliant. Little tattie dumplings covered in cheese and garlic, awesome. As far as culinary revelations go I’m sure you’re picking your jaw off the floor as you read this, but put trust me, they’re the future!

OK, so I’m a bit behind the curve. I guess there’s always a first time to taste something even if it’s as common as gnocchi. But after trying it a few months ago I decided I thought I should have a bash at making it myself. It seemed simple enough; mix some tatties, flour and an egg, knead into a dough and then chop into the little dumplings and boil for a few minutes. How hard could that be? Continue reading “Potato gnocchi in spicy tomato sauce.”

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Delicious Chicken Noodle Soup

After the usual attempt to double my bodyweight over Christmas it’s definitely time for something lighter. At least until the carnage of Hogmanay appears in a few days.

Inspired by a packet of ready-made Dim Sum dumplings I found in a supermarket that were actually low enough in fat for my girlfriend to eat safely, I made this awesome chicken noodle soup to go with them. Continue reading “Delicious Chicken Noodle Soup”

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Brrr! It’s a bit chilly for chilli

A foot and a half of snow! In November!?

We’ve had a remarkable week of weather featuring the heaviest November snowfall for 17 years, record low temperatures for the month and thunderstorms during snow showers. It’s bitterly cold and I spend most of the day clearing the snow off our driveway only for snow to return as soon as I go back inside. Even more annoying the snow plough comes along to clear the road and piles the snow across my nice cleared driveway. Then the pavement plough comes along and puts even more snow on the pile.


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Recipe

Goulash

Another pig recipe! We had some diced pork in the fridge which was going to be for kebabs, but I fancied trying this instead. It’s kind of based on a paprika pork recipe I got from a book when I started cooking but I never really liked it. The book’s recipe only called for half an hour or so of cooking which meant the pork was tough and the whole dish was really bland. This is a jazzier version with softer, more tender pork from the longer cooking and a massive flavour boost from the chorizo. Continue reading “Goulash”