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”
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”
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”
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.”
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”