Saturday, 30 June 2012
She does enjoy breakfast - cereal and toast. Not a fan of eggs, but does occasionally eat egg white. And when on holiday she does love her pan au chocolat.
My breakfast of choice are eggs, pretty much any way. I had egg and soldiers the other morning, with the sweet egg cup that ½ got for my birthday last year.
I need breakfast ideas!
We went to the Chinese supermarket (Wing Yip) last week and I picked up some wonton skins as well as some other bits and pieces. I have not made any wonton for years. My mum usually makes them and brings them over for my freezer, which is great for lunch when I work from home.
You can put pretty much anything you want in them, but here's what I did.
What you need
- Pack of wonton skins
- 2 pork shoulders - chopped up finely or minced
- 5 king prawns - shelled and deveined - chopped up finely
- 1/2 inch ginger - peeled and finely chopped
- Handful of fresh chives - finely chopped
- Good pinch of white pepper
- Dash of sesame oil
- Dash of light soya sauce
- 5 shiitake from a tin - chopped
- 1 egg - whisked lightly
- Combine all the ingredients, besides the wonton skins and egg. Give them a really good mix until they are all really well combined
- Make the wonton!
- Take 1 of the skins and place on your palm
- Take some of the mixture, less than a teaspoon full, and plonk in the middle of the skin
- Dab some egg around the edge of the skin
- Fold the skin so that the mixture is firmly inside but the edges are all sealed up, bit like making an envelope.
- To cook, add to a pan of rapidly boiling water for about 5-6 mins. Add a little soya sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce or a combo of all for flavour in the stock
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Because I blog I very frequently take photos of plates of food at home and when out. My old friend was surprised at the photo taking but appreciated it's because I blog. Now on the large table behind us, every person took photos of their food. The food was tasty but as you can see from the photo below, not pretty.
So my question is, if you don't blog about food why do you take photos of your food? What do you do with your food photos? I mean I can understand if your plate of nosh looked like a Japanese water garden you would take a pic in amazement. But otherwise why?
Monday, 25 June 2012
1/2 wanted pasta rather than rice so I made this lovely pasta sauce to go with the spaghetti.
I added peas to this right at the end as I realised we hadn't had much green veg. Anyone else chuck in frozen peas or sweet corn whenever they realise they are missing veg?!
What you need
- some fish fillets with skin off
- 1 chopped red onion
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- tin of chopped tomatoes
- couple of teaspoons of capers
- handful of peas
- couple of slugs of balsamic vinegar
- large teaspoon of brown sugar
What to do
1. Fry the filets of fish for a 3 mins and then remove onto kitchen paper to get rid of the fat
2. In the pam that the fish was cooked add onion and garlic and fry until soft
3. Add the chopped tomatoes
4. When bubbling add balsamic and some fresh ground pepper
5. Add in the capers and give a good stir and then add the sugar
6. After a couple of mins add the fish back in
7. Allow to cook for about 10 mins, adding the peas for the last 3 mins
8. Serve with the pasta and sauce all mixed in together
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
1/2 and I have just been out to try and get a few cherries, low hanging fruit as I couldn't be arsed to get the ladder out. And lo and behold, they have gone too far this year. My clean sheets are now covered in crap... not happy.
Monday, 18 June 2012
Yeah we have rice and noodles. But where's the chicken feet, shitake mushrooms and lotus leaf wrapped rice. Must do better!
Meanwhile here's a lovely pic of chicken feet on black bean sauce I had when we went dim sum recently - yummy!
Chana Masala used to be my fave veggie curry dish until I discovered paneer.
But chick peas are cheap (esp if you get dried ones, although I saw them 20p per tin in Morrison's this week) and healthy. I got some packet mix thing up from the Asian grocer up the road for a pound so gave it a go in the slow cooker Sunday morning. Not bad seeing that I had a hangover from hell and needed to pick up 1/2 from her sleepover party.
I had loads of fresh coriander from the green grocer up the road and I think it makes a massive difference adding it in. In fact either my taste buds were broken Sunday night as it tasted pretty bitter or a day in the fridge makes a massive difference as it was pretty amazing when I had it for lunch today.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
What you need
- Some frying steak cut into strips
- A little bit of red wine
- Dried oregano
- A garlic clove chopped
- A sliced red onion
- Half a red pepper sliced
- A tomato sliced
- A small potato peeled and cut into strips
- Some sherry vinegar
What to do
- Marinate the beef in red wine and dried oregano for about 20mins
- Heat your wok/ frying pan and add olive oil
- When hot add the potatoes and cook and until golden. Then remove from the pan.
- Fry the onion for 2 mins
- Add the beef and garlic and cook for 4 /5 mins
- Add the potato, pepper and tomato and cook for another 3/4 mins and add a splash of sherry vinegar
- Serve with rice. I had some parsley so for once in my life I added a garnish!
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Love ribs and they are cheap. Just need to be cooked slowly to make them fall off the bone thugs tender.
What you need
A slow cooker
Rack of ribs
Sauce for the ribs - made this one from tomato ketchup, mustard powder, crushed garlic, honey
What to do
1. Boil the ribs for about 15 mins in a large pad with cold water and vinegar. The strain and give a wash under cold water tap.
2. Mix up all the sauce ingredients.
3. Dust off your slow cooker and put the ribs in and slather on the sauce.
4. Cook on low heat for at least 3 hours. If you want more burnt bits finish off under grill or oven.
The sauce wasn't as tasty or tangy as the last time which I will make again soon.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Whilst the hotel food wasn't bad, it wasn't amazing either. Breakfast was the usual fare - pastries for ½ (I even offered choc cereal which she did not enjoy!). I ate eggs mainly - scrambled with chorizo my favourite! It's nice not to have to cook, but I did sure miss it after a few days, not the cleaning and tidying part but the cooking part.
The Canaries are famous for the 'wrinkly potatoes' with mojo sauce (just realised I haven't any photos of them!). Basically they are boiled new potatoes served with mojo sauce to dip in - there is a red one (chilli) and a green one (garlic). Most places make their own sauce, but you can also get jars from the supermarket. We had these pretty much every night and I did quite enjoy them.
Being and island, naturally fish was big on the menu. Usually grilled, with some salad and 'wrinkly potatoes' or fries.
Noteworthy was La Cofradia in harbour Playa Blanca. Bread, grilled fish, salad and tortilla was around €20. It was close to our hotel and you could watch (over the car park) the boats coming in and out from Fuerteventura.
Another great place was in El Golfo. There were a few sea-side restaurants. I picked the busiest (Casa Torano), which may have been a mistake as it took ages for service after our initial order and charged me for 2 pescado del dia when I only ordered 1 - but corrected it and gave me some cookies and a liquor (but I was driving!). A little more pricey - €25 for bread, fish, salad and water. Was really windy but the outside seating was well sheltered. (Tried to get ½ to eat the eyeball, but she refused).
We went to the Timanfaya National Park / Montana del Fuego. It was pretty amazing and spectacular. It cost €5 to get in for adults, ½ was free. Park up at the top after the most amazing drive and then jump on a coach that takes you around. It's amazing and looks spooky in some places. There's a restaurant at the top, which cooks chicken (and I am sure other meat) using the heat from the volcano range. We didn't eat there, as there were guides dropping water into the ground to demonstrate the heat and pressure which totally freaked out ½. So a quick coffee and an orange and we were off!
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Need to get my photos off my camera and post some pictures of food!
Since we have got back i have managed to dust off my Spanish cook book and make a paella - a girl-friend came over last night and we had paella. ½'s friend came over and they had pita pizzas! And I have bought a new griddle pan - exciting times :)