Gastronomically Terrific

July 3, 2015

Sweetcorn soup

Filed under: lunch, Uncategorized, vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 6:10 pm

Another lunch that I made when my mum was visiting for the week (hence the continuing lack of photos), this would have been easy… if the baby hadn’t woken up, deciding she wanted a really long feed… resulting in me leaving the vegetables cooking for too long and burning them slightly.

The vegetables that burnt slightly were leek, carrot and potato, which boiled slightly dry. Luckily my mum saved it just in time. I then added sweetcorn, and whizzed together all the vegetables in a blender. I then added a stock cube and some milk before serving up the soup.

Had I not nearly burnt the soup, it would have tasted pretty good. It was also a little too thick because a little too much of the water had boiled off. But if I didn’t have a crying, hungry baby, I’d attempt this easy soup again!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter! By Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris and Judith Merrell, pg. 10-11

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July 1, 2015

Tomato tarte tatin

Filed under: lunch, Uncategorized, vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 6:01 pm

I don’t have any photos of this, because life started to get a little fraught around this time – my mum came to visit for the week (which is why I made this tatin), then we went on holiday for a week, and then two weeks later we were due to go to California for the summer. So you’ll just have to take my word for it when I tell you that this looked, well, a little odd!

It did, however, taste pretty good, and wasn’t too hard to make. I fried up some onions and dark sugar, then removed them from the dish. I then placed tomatoes on the same dish, face down, and poured over the onions and some grated cheddar. I then whisked together 2 eggs and some mustard powder before covering the whole thing in puff pastry. In order to cook it, I then placed the casserole dish in the oven and baked it for 20 minutes.

Now, half of the tatin rose VERY high, in a slightly odd manner. Presumably something to do with how I whisked the eggs… either way, it tasted fine and made for a pretty decent lunch!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter! By Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris and Judith Merrell, pg. 8-9

June 10, 2015

Lamb skewers

Filed under: Easter, lunch, meat — Tags: , , , , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 9:24 pm
Ready for the oven...

Ready for the oven…

Something I thought it might be nice to try making myself for lunch, these lamb skewers were actually really easy to make. The evening before I mixed together the (really rather tasty) marinade of olive oil, sherry and garlic, cut up the lamb and soaked it in the marinade.

The next day all I needed to do was cut up some pepper and courgette, peel a couple of shallots, and thread all of this (along with some button mushrooms and apricots) onto some skewers, interspersing the vegetables with chunks of marinaded meat. It took ten minutes to cook it all under the grill, and (along with some leftover rice and peas) I had a really tasty, if rather large, lunch ready really rather quickly.

... and ready to eat

… and ready to eat

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, by Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris and Judith Merrell, pg. 32-33

February 27, 2015

Frittata

Filed under: lunch, meat — Tags: , , , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 11:06 am

Another easy-to-make recipe from my Hallelujah! Easter cookbook, this is basically scrambled egg with added ingredients. I made it for lunch when just my hubby and I were home one day. Whilst it was simple to make, I wouldn’t have necessarily thought of adding the ingredients suggested, so it was a good recipe to try out. It would also make a good future lunch if you were feeling a bit peckish!

The longest, and hardest, part of this recipe is boiling a potato before you start (just one small one between two of you). Frying bacon and potato for frittataOf course, if you have one left over from a previous meal this step is much easier! You then fry up the (cut up) potato and some bacon before adding beaten egg, mixed herbs and milk. I actually made two frittatas because Dan doesn’t eat meat and I don’t like tomatoes, so we probably had more food (2 eggs each) than was really intended.

Once the egg is half cooked (which happens quite fast), I added some sweetcorn, tomatoes to Dan’s frittata, and some grated cheese. By the time that was all added and stirred in the eggs were cooked and the meal was ready. Other than boiling the potato, the whole thing took about 10 minutes to put together.

Frittata cookingDefinitely a lunch-time meal I’d make again, and I wouldn’t need to use the recipe to do it. I wouldn’t have thought of adding potatoes and sweetcorn to this, but both were pretty tasty additions. Although if you’re pressed for time I would suggest only adding potato if you already have some cooked. Otherwise just pop it all on a slice of toast!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris and Judith Merrell, pg. 24-25

November 26, 2014

Rice and peas

Filed under: lunch — Tags: , , , , — lawsonanna @ 7:24 pm

By rice and peas, I mean risotto – but a fairly basic risotto. I found this recipe whilst going through my cookbooks looking for things to make at Christmas, and thought it might be something that my two-year old son would like (note: his favourite foods are peas and noodles).

As I said, this is basically a risotto (and I still have no photos, sorry). It basically contains pancetta, rice, white wine, peas, and chicken stock, so it’s not too complex. I cooked the meal for both of us for lunch, and whilst I thought it was OK (although a little bland – we tend to spice our risottos up a fair bit), after a short while my son thought it was amazing, and started to request it for at least every other meal. I’m not that enthusiastic about cooking risotto. Maybe it was the wine…?

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: The Daily Cook Book, 29 July, pg. 187

September 23, 2014

Rooster’s roulade

Filed under: lunch, meat, party, vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 8:17 pm
Happy 2nd birthday! Some of the party food - Rooster's Roulade are in the foreground

Happy 2nd birthday! Some of the party food – Rooster’s Roulade are in the foreground

OK, so now on to the big event – my son’s 2nd birthday. I made a lot of things for his birthday party (salmon footballs, cheese and peanut bites, apple cake etc), but many of these I have made before, so they’re not really new or exciting recipes to me. They were just things I knew would keep my guests – whether 2 or 32 – happy. I’m not going to write about those things here; instead, I’m going to focus on the items I made that were new to me. Many of these came from the Children’s Party Cook Book – a fairly recent acquisition that I ended up getting after buying it for a friend as a birthday present and deciding I wanted my own copy!

The first new thing I made were these ‘Rooster’s Roulade’ baguette-type bites. Basically a variation on your standard sandwich, they were pretty tasty and can be made in advance (always a bonus when preparing lots of things for a party). The concept is pretty simple – you get a baguette, cut off the ends, then hollow out the middle leaving a 1.5cm crust. You then fill the baguette with, well, whatever you like really. I did two versions -a veggie one and a meaty one. The veggie version contained cream cheese, rocket, cucumber and spring onions. The meaty one contained the same things but had bacon bits added.

Cream cheese is a great choice for this because it doesn’t go off – you can make these guys 2 or 3 days in advance, store them in the fridge and they still taste fine. Obviously they’re a bit nicer fresh (this is baguette after all), but they don’t suffer too badly for having been made in advance.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hats and Bells Children’s Party Cookbook, Hatty Stead and Annabel Waley-Cohen, pg. 44-5

August 14, 2014

Potato, celery and caramelised onion salad

Filed under: lunch, salad, vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 6:02 pm

The final thing I made for our not-picnic-tea was this salad. I wanted to make a potato salad so that we had a slightly more diverse range of food than just a standard lettuce-based salad, but I don’t usually make potato salad; so I needed a recipe to follow. This was one of the few potato-based salad recipes that I seemed to have in the house.

I wasn’t sure how well it would work out as it was a fairly simple recipe, but it was actually one of the tastiest elements of our Saturday evening tea. The recipe is really basic – boiled new potatoes with fried onions and celery. Dan ended up frying the celery, even though the recipe said not to, and this actually worked out really well.

The dressing was a mixture of mayonnaise, olive oil and lemon juice. Dan wasn’t sure about the mayonnaise as it had been in the fridge for a while, but it transpired that it tasted fine, and the salad (whilst nice without it), worked really well with the dressing. My brother and I ate most of a salad made for 4 people in one sitting.

Definitely one we’ll be making again, although I’m not entirely sure why it’s in a Christmas collection. This most definitely felt like a summer (or maybe autumn) salad. Oh, and sorry – no photos again. Far too busy cooking and eating.

Who made it: Dan

Recipe: Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection, pg. 264-265

August 13, 2014

Potato and cheese savoury scones

Filed under: lunch, vegetarian — Tags: , , — lawsonanna @ 5:59 pm

This was the July recipe from my Home Baking 2014 calendar. Totally having failed to make these scones in July, my family visiting for the weekend in August seemed like a good excuse to correct this – especially as we were considering a picnic and these seemed to make good picnic fare. As it transpired we didn’t end up going on a picnic (the weather was somewhat against us), but they made a good ‘take what you like’ tea on the Saturday evening.

The scones actually call for Stilton cheese, but we didn’t have any so I went with cheddar instead. It worked fine (ignoring the fact that I nearly forgot to add it and had to fold it into the mixture at the last minute). These scones are a bit of a faff to make because you have to cook and mash potatoes first, but as long as you’re prepared for this and do it advance, the rest is just a standard scone mixture. They don’t rise in the oven though, so you do have to make sure you roll out the dough to the size you want it to be (personally I think that I made it a little too flat and the rounds a little too big). But all the scones did get eaten within 12 hours, so they must have tasted OK.

No photos of these though; the weekend was a bit too much of a whirlwind of baking, train rides, washing and washing up. Photos didn’t get a huge look-in…

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Home Baking Calendar 2014 (July)

August 10, 2014

Jacket potato with salmon and cottage cheese

Filed under: lunch, main — Tags: , , , — lawsonanna @ 1:08 pm

Jacket potato with cottage cheese and salmonWell, this was disappointing. I was looking for something quick and easy to make, and had both left-over salmon and left-over cottage cheese. So this quick and easy salmon jacket potato seemed like a great choice.

The problem with it was that it’s so, well, boring. Now, I admit that I probably didn’t help matters by microwaving the salmon. But I was tired, and really hungry, and just not willing to wait 15 minutes whilst the oven heated up and cooked the salmon. But, you know, there’s only so much you can do with salmon, cottage cheese, pepper, chives and potato.

Individually I like all those ingredients (perhaps with the exception of the cottage cheese, which, I admit, I’ve always found a little dull – and with rather an odd texture), but I’d have been much happier with boiled potatoes, grilled salmon and a cheese sauce. But that would have taken far, far too long. Not something I’m planning on trying again in the near future.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Save with Jamie, pg.

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