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Old June 22nd, 2013, 16:38   #166
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Stir-fried Spinach with red chilli
Aubergine and Courgette (zucchini) with olive oil & lemon on the griddle pan.
Lamb steak with garlic.




Griddled salmon with lime and coriander.
Spicy cous cous.
Griddled tomatoes.
Salad of spinach, cellery, spring onion.

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Old January 20th, 2014, 21:52   #167
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So this Saturday is Burns Night, for anyone that doesn't know.. probably most of you.. Robert Burns is a Scottish poet from the late 1700s. On his birthday, 25th Jan in Scotland it is traditional to celebrate with poetry, songs, whisky and of couse, haggis!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burns_night

So thought it was a good excuse to host a little dinner party with friends and I've put together the following menu, trying to make it sound at least a little bit cheesy/fancy!

Appetiser
"The Scotch Breakfast"
Haggis fritter and a Breakfast tower. Served with whisky marmalade.

Entree
"Traditional Burn’s Night Supper"
Toasting the Haggis
Twice cooked Haggis, crushed neeps & tatties. Served with sautéed sprouts & leeks, carrots and a whisky sauce.

Dessert
“Whisky Mac” Crumble
Fruit crumble infused with whisky and topped with Scottish oats. Served with vanilla ice cream.

Tea & Coffee
Tea or Coffee. Served with chocolates & shortbread.

I'll try to post up some pictures at the weekend.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 00:28   #168
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Nice menu and Burn's Night is a fun evening, enjoy!

As a borderline/sometimes vegetarian - I do draw the line at haggis though!!!
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Old January 21st, 2014, 00:34   #169
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Bah. Haggis is delicious. There will be black pudding in my starter too.
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Old March 31st, 2014, 10:43   #170
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So my menu above didn't happen.. got taken ill.

However in the UK it was Mothering Sunday yesterday, I cooked up a meal for mine:

Fried scallops with pea & cumin purée and mixed leaves.

Stuffed chicken thigh, dauphenoise potatoes, roast carrots, green beans & red wine sauce.

Tarte Tatin with ginger or vanilla icecream.


It was the first time I had used scallops and I bought them fresh (in the shell) so that was interesting to get them cleaned up and cook. Probably needed seasoning. I just used olive oil and butter.

Pea Purée I used from a recent cooking course I went on: Soften onions in a pan, then add thawed frozen peas and stock, allow to simmer for peas to cook. Meanwhile 'toast' some cumin seeds in a frying pan. Once toasted combine cumin seeds with peas and then season. Blend with hand-blender into required consistency. (On the cooking course this was served as a cold soup in a shot glass!)

chicken thighs were stuffed with a sausage and parsley. Bronwed in a pan and then roasted in the oven. I added the carrots to the same pan for 30-40mins.
Green beans were steamed.
I then used the tray from the chicken & carrot (also had a roasted onion), the liquid from steaming beens, some stock and a splash of red wine. Cooked off and then a little maple syrup added for sweetness! Sauce done.

Dauphenoise potatoes - cut .75cm slices of potato to fit pan, grated four cloves of garlic, added both to a bowl with salt & pepper and mix. Then coat in double cream before layring in the oven dish. Cooked in the oven with some extra garlic for 1.5hrs

Tarte Tatin - First time I'd made this!
peel and core apples, allow to stand and 'dry out'. Put sugar in a pan and add water, then heat until it went golden. Off heat and added butter until mixed, then apples were added, back on the heat for a few mins.
I then poured it into an oven tin to cool. When it was time to eat I rolled out puff pastry and tucked this in around the apples and caramel. Baked for about 10mins until crip. Turn it over onto a plate - BE CAREFUL - because I spilt hot caramel all over my cooker. ._.

Was quite successful. I'll add some pictures later.

What are you other foodies conjuring up? I could post some pictures of carrot cake I made last week.
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Holy smokes, i don't know what half those things are!

I had to get married or starve, cause the best i've got is boxed mac & cheese. But let me tell you... my daughter and i are in blissful heaven when a couple chopped up hot dogs are thrown in. Oh yes.
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Old April 6th, 2014, 16:13   #172
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What are you other foodies conjuring up? I could post some pictures of carrot cake I made last week.
I love a good carrot cake. Probably my favorite cake.
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