Snapshots

Menu tasting for my wedding

image This was one dish out of about eleven that I ate on Sunday night during the tasting session for my forthcoming wedding. This was roast loin of pork with mustard and sage stuffing. Don’t worry, I’m not giving anything away. While I loved this dish my fiance wasn’t a fan of the mustard stuffing so this one won’t be appearing on the final menu.

The new chef at Banchory Lodge Hotel really did a great job though and it’s going to be tough to decide on the final menu. Maybe I’ll just have to ask for another tasting session…

Food and drink

It’s asparagus season!

There’s a lot of things about spring which are pretty awesome. One of them is the arrival of lots of spiky green spears in the supermarkets. British asparagus has a fine reputation which is greatly deserved but unfortunately the season is only two months long. It just means we need to make the most of it when it’s here!

With that in mind I rushed eagerly to the veg section when we were doing the weekly shop on Sunday only to find half a spear left in the section marked “asparagus bundles”. Most disappointing. There were still two packets of the plastic encased variety though (plus a massive amount from Peru and Thailand) so I grabbed them and decided as one packet was thin spears and another was thick tips I would cook them two different ways for an asparagus celebration post. Continue reading “It’s asparagus season!”

Food and drink

Pork medallions with cider gravy

Just a quick recipe post for this one. Frankly it didn’t turn out nearly as good as I hoped. I’ve finally given up on low-fat creme fraiche now. It’s just no use for cooking at all. Every time I try to gently introduce it to a sauce it splits and curdles, producing an unpleasant mess of a gravy.

So imagine the picture you see here has a lovely, creamy cider sauce poured over the pork instead of the thin gravy I ended up with after abandoning the creme fraiche (I’d tried adding it in tiny amounts at a time without too much heat, didn’t work). Continue reading “Pork medallions with cider gravy”

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”

Food and drink

Bourbon basted ribs

There was no big reason for making these, I just really fancied some BBQ ribs! These are seriously sticky and very boozy. Amazing with some buttered corn on the cob. Continue reading “Bourbon basted ribs”

Recipe

Ripailles – Pork Butchers Wife

The Guardian and Observer Food Monthly recently compiled a list of the 50 best cookbooks:
Numbers 50 – 11
Numbers 10 – 1

So inspired by the list I thought I’d dig out my favourite recipe book (which didn’t make the top 50 unfortunately) for a recipe blogpost.
Continue reading “Ripailles – Pork Butchers Wife”