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Lunch: curry of chickpeas, cauli with tamarind and tahini
Dinner: mushroom soup with fried bacon, leek, spring onion
6 largeish portabello muchrooms, 1/3 onion, 1 garlic, a few porcini pieces. Slice mushrooms. Fry everything. cook together with a little cream and stock then liquidise and add some water to make it more of a soup. Fry 1 small leek, a few spring onions sliced diagonally, about 1 rasher streaky bacon, as a garnish.
Rack of lamb with ras and cumin crust, roast potatoes and baby leeks, sauce of stock and balsamic with cocoa
Sorbet, chestnuts, preserved ginger, lemon shortbread, cream
very much leftovers but very good all the same
Lunch: pasta (C), bulghar and various stuff (T)
we went for a ride, I asked Colin how long for, he said 2.5 hours which I ignored and we did 3 hours instead.
Dinner: carrot and feta tart
4 carrots (med-large) boiled, 1/3 onion softened with some dill, a glob of creme fraiche, 2 eggs, about 3 tbs flour, a slice of feta. All this mixed up. Make pastry with 4oz flour, 2 oz butter, bake blind then with filling. Took about 30 mins to set.
Guineau fowl legs, puy lentils and chorizo, purple potatoes
Cauli cheese, peas, fried potatoes
Quince, cream etc
celeriac cubes wrapped in prosciutto, baked; leek and gorgonzola sauce, bruschette
pears, cream, amaretti
celeriac and apple soup
chicken, peppers, chilli, tomatoes, artichokes, rice
Lunch: spag various
I went for a ride in the morning and Colin in the afternoon, just because that's the way it worked out so we did our own thing.
Dinner: baked stuffed onions
puy lentil galettes, red cabbage-beetroot slaw
both from a newspaper freebie sample from Yotam Ottolenghi's book, which we'll buy when it's in paperback, cos we are cheap
Lunch: spinach with chorizo and onions, fried potato and polenta
Dinner: potatoes and onions slow cooked with Parma ham, cos salad with tomato and olive dressing
pears with candied ginger and the usual stuff
WR corn fritters, salad
tortillas with chicken, avocado, peppers, tomatoes, coriander
Jerusalem artichoke and cashew soup
NRY was selling Jerusalems cheap so I bought a load and made tons of soup.
Fillet steak, porcini and mushrooms, peas, rice
potatoes, onions, ham; braised little gem lettuce.
We have at last, some 30 years after they became standard in UK kitchens, a microwave oven. The main dish tonight was the same as Saturday's; Colin cooked two lots. This was less successful than the other perhaps because the porcelain dish does not conduct heat as well as the metal one so it didn't cook as much. But the microwave did a good job of heating it.
black beans in chipotle-chocolate sauce, tortillas, fried spring onions
sausage, red cabbage, rosti
pumpkin gnocchi, pecan and gorgonzola sauce; braised red chicory
By pumpkin I mean crown prince squash. Half of a medium sized one came to about 1lb of flesh. by the way, swords in stones in eg the Arthurian style have nothing on a kitchen knife embedded in a crown prince. I boiled this in small chunks then tried to dry it out a bit in the oven but it is still quite a lot of water. I tried not to put too much flour in. I mashed it and mixed in 3oz flour but this was nowhere near enough so I think 5oz went in eventually. Even then the mix is quite wet. I cooked them in 3 batches, kept warm, then mix with sauce. They worked very well. Amazingly when cooked just right they set to just the right firmness even if they were very messy shapes. Magic.
This was all in a terrible panic rish because I'd been to Waitrose then gone for a run and had about 23 seconds to do all this and have a shower before my sweetikins came back home
lemon brioche bread and butter pudding
I had bought a brioche loaf in the xmas panic buying, just in case. This used 4 slices of it. I made a sort of custard with juice and zest of a lemon, 1 egg, what seemed like loads of sugar, and some single cream, maybe about 4floz. This all got sqauched into the small oval gratin dish with some candied peel and sultanas. Then cooked in te oven. It was just about perfect, the balance of custard and bread. But maybe a teeny amount more sugar would not have gone amiss
Lunch: spag with tomato basil cream
Dinner: Guinea fowl, apricot, walnut and dried orange peel stuffing, raost potatoes and
we had been for what was planned as a 2 hour ride. We rode north keeing below the hills, because it had been frosty. We did 2 and 3/4 hours. We were hungry.
Colin said he wanted something indulgent (meaning, not like the Tracey special yesterday)
Lunch: dhal and rice
Dinner: ate out
Butter beans, chorizo; WR focaccia
WR pancakes, choc cherry cream sauce
WR boreks, cos salad
Guineau fowl legs, stuffing, orange sauce, braised chicory, potatoes
Parsnip cake, cream
Jerusalem artichoke soup
Pumpkin in sesame and sesame, fried; chard and red onion, polenta
Guineau fowl leftovers, fried, sesame seeds; chard, cbbage, beans, ginger; soba noodles with tamarind sauce
Cheese and cake, at Janet's
Lunch: quinoa, chorizo, cauli and flower sprouts
Dinner: Duck breast, peaches, fried potatos, peas
Parsnip, carrot, ginger soup
Lunch: spag with chard, flower sprouts, cream, balsamic
Dinner: Ate out
Zizzi, we inevitably both had the arancini
risotto of beetroot, feta, hazlenuts
peaches, brioche, cream
lamb sausage, braised onions, bubble and squeak
pancakes, with rum raisin cream
vegie haggis, mashed swede and potato, onion gravy
salad of blached cabbage and flower sprouts, fried apple and haggis
black pudding, cauliflower thing, pumpkin scones
the cauli thing was half a cauli cooked in milk then pureed then I mixed in an egg and baked it. It set in a convincing way
Lunch: Ate out
Malvern Hills hotel
Dinner: at Chris's
I did a pave for dessert
Lunch: eggs, leeks, potatoes
Dinner: Risotto with feta, confit tomatoes, olives
Christmas pud, ice cream
Spicy peanut soup. 1 large sweet potato, 1 red pepper, 2oz roasted unsalted peanuts made into a butter, about 4oz tinned tomatoes, an onion, some garlic, some chilli and ginger. Slice the pepper, fry until soft, sweat the sweet potato and onion, add the garlic, chilli and ginger to soften, then the tomatoes, pepper and peanut butter; simmer for 20 mins; liquidise.
Manglalore curry (potatoes and mushrooms), rice
Grille, with John
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