Food and drink

Courgette Hash

We’re deep into courgette season now and after the dismal haul of last year we’re now being over-run by masses of the things. Which just means I need to think of new ways to cook them!

I came home from a run this morning and wondered what I could eat for lunch. Cupboards were pretty bare but there was a couple of courgettes in the fridge, some old spring onions and I knew we had a few tatties ready in the garden. All those ingredients were just begging to be turned into a hash. Out came the frying pan and half an hour later I had a pretty awesome weekend lunch. Continue reading “Courgette Hash”

Food and drink

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”

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Homemade Sushi

My favourite bit of a supermarket just now is the world foods aisle. I’ve managed to work my way through the whole range of instant noodles and bought some great ingredients from it. However the one thing that’s been catching my eye recently was the range of sushi related products in our local Tesco. Sushi mats, rice wine vinegar, sushi rice, wasabi… everything you need to give making sushi a go.

On Friday night I decided to invite my brother and his wife over to have a go. Continue reading “Homemade Sushi”

Recipe

Steamed and braised haddock with colcannon

It’s been a while since I chose a recipe out of a book and then set out to buy the necessary ingredients and follow it as closely as possible. Post-Christmas, having received a few books as presents it’s time to break out of the making it up as I go along groove I”ve been in lately.

The excellent River Cottage Fish book is the one I decided would supply tonight’s dinner and I settled on a recipe for steamed/braised ling. Because Tesco’s is shit and it didn’t have any of the white fish Hugh recommended I decided to go for haddock. It was either that or Vietnamese cobbler. Seemed a better idea to go for the fish that had only travelled a few hundred miles instead of a few thousand. Continue reading “Steamed and braised haddock with colcannon”

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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”

Pad Thai
Food and drink

Pad Thai

I used to make a lot of stir frys. By which I mean I used to buy a pack of stir fry veg, some noodles and chuck it in a wok with some chopped chicken and soy sauce. It wasn’t bad, but it never really stood out or tasted close to anything from a good restaurant. So eventually I thought I’d give a pad thai recipe a try. Continue reading “Pad Thai”