Gastronomically Terrific

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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April 28, 2014

Easter biscuits

Filed under: biscuits, Easter — Tags: , , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 9:22 pm

Easter biscuitsAn easy bake to use up ingredients I had been baking with over the past week or so, I admit I was a few days late with making my Easter biscuits. I make these biscuits most years, and know basically what I’m doing – although there are a number of variants to the recipe, and I don’t follow exactly the same one every year.

This year I chose to use caster sugar instead of soft light brown sugar (although I think, on the whole, I probably prefer brown sugar in these), and I used orange juice instead of lemon juice. I almost always use lemon juice, but I had an orange to use up in the fridge and no lemon. So that decision was made for me. The recipe is simple – cream together sugar and eggs, add the dry ingredients and juice, then add enough milk to make a dough.

This year, perhaps the most enjoyable part of the baking was letting my 20 month old son get involved in cutting out the shapes. I let him choose the biscuit cutters, then push them down into the dough. Admittedly, he picked completely inappropriate cutter shapes for Easter biscuits, and needed some help with the actual cutting, but overall we both really enjoyed the process. And I made sure I made some traditionally shaped ones too!

Who made it: Anna and Joe

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, pg. 22-23

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