Culinary adventures

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:31

Green risotto

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When baking, one should follow the recipe to the T – and I do that. But, when making risotto, I tend to hop along happily, improvising, tasting, adapting and … enjoying.

 

So, here is my secret recipe:

Monday, 17 February 2014 20:40

Feast with new potatoes

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What a privilege to dig up new potatoes from our own garden! (Not me, but my very able husband who loves gardening.)

 

So I had to whip up a lovely Sunday lunch – to be enjoyed outside with the patio heater making up for the winter sun not being able to give the necessary warmth.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 16:15

Strawberries with puff pastry hearts

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What to do when you have bought a packet of ready-made puff pastry for a household of two?  Make chicken pies, then a beautiful strawberry dessert, then start thinking about the next application….

Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:59

Twinned bread rolls

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Twinned bread rolls:

 

I took the short cut – using bread ready mix for both the brown and white parts (seeing that I don’t have to prove to anyone that I can make bread from scratch.) 

For 12 rolls I used 250gram of each and prepared as instructed on the packets.  While the dough was rising, I grated some Cheddar cheese (any strong tasting cheese should do, but I kept in mind that someone might want to enjoy it with a little jam.)  I cut 6 spring onions into 4cm pieces, halved them lengthwise and got twelve sage leaves from my herb garden (sounds impressive – just a few potted herbs at my back door). 

What do you do when you are stuck with a bunch of grapes past their “best by” date?  Other than cooking jam or making a fruit cobbler?  Have a quick look on the Internet whether anyone else has had the mad notion of combining grapes with butternut, which was my only semi-reasonable option.  And yes, it has been done!  So here is my version:

Monday, 04 March 2013 19:48

Salmon steak with chilli and peppers

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As usual, I had to make do with what I had, so this is how I came up with a stunning salmon dish:

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