Gastronomically Terrific

December 27, 2014

Parisienne potatoes

Filed under: Christmas, main, meat, salad, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — lawsonanna @ 4:58 pm
These potatoes both looked and tasted better in real life

These potatoes both looked and tasted better in real life

I decided to make these for our Christmas Eve tea (along with the aromatic Christmas ham and a salad), knowing that they would be a fairly simple dish to put together before the work of the Christmas Day roast).

I peeled and sliced the potatoes and onions Christmas Eve morning, so that all I needed to do when my family arrived was boil the potatoes, pop them in a roasting tin with cream and grated cheese and then cook them in the oven for 15 minutes. This worked well with reheating the Christmas ham, which needed about 5 minutes in the oven before the whole meal was ready.

The whole meal worked well, and was nice and easy to prepare. It was a great choice for an easy Christmas Eve meal, and the only thing left over was a bit of ham – which was great for a late, easy tea on Christmas Day evening.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection, pg. 140-141

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

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