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200 g minced beef 200 g ground pork 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley 1 splash white wine 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 2 garlic cloves , chopped 3 tablespoons fine breadcrumbs milk , enough to cover breadcrumbs plain flour 1 Heat the oven to 180°C. 2 Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk. 3 Lightly fry the shallots, garlic and chilli for 2-3 minutes until soft. Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine. Add the tomatoes along with the basil, oregano and finally the olives. Simmer to reduce (this should take 5-10 mins). 4 While the tomato sauce is cooking, make up the meatballs: Into the mince add the parsley, parmesan, garlic and add soaked breadcrumbs, mix well. Season with a little salt and pepper. 5 Shape into walnut sized balls and lightly coat the meatballs in the flour and fry in hot olive oil until golden. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. 6 Serve with basmati rice.Source: food.com
There are things one just knows without the need of much explanation – one just feels it. I haven’t, to this day, watched “The King’s Speech” but I know, deep down in my heart, that its winning of the Best Picture Award last year was so, so wrong. And I know that because I’ve seen five of the movies that were nominated with it – if the world were a fair place that would never have happened. And don’t even get me started on Tom Hooper winning for best director – that was heresy. I watched “We Need to Talk About Kevin” last night and I left the theater with a mix of emotions that is hard to describe. If it was up to me this year’s best actress in a leading role award would go to Tilda and I don’t need to watch the other performances to know that – I just feel deep down in my heart that no one could beat Tilda this year, despite my love for Close and Streep; it’s humanly impossible. *Spoilers* If the movie had this effect on me it must be devastating for parents. I can’t imagine what it feels like for a mother, or for anyone for that matter, to watch a psychopath in the making – all those signs, no matter what anyone does or says. It seems that it cannot be stopped. Kevin’s eyes –throughout all the different ages – creeped me out. A human being without feelings, someone who is capable of being so mean. During those two hours I caught myself holding my breath dozens of times; all that noise, all that red – it makes you uncomfortable, suffocated. You feel the mother’s desperation and fear, the father being such an idiot makes you angry. The minute I saw the little girl with a patch over her eye I knew her brother had had something to do with it – the more you see of him the more evil you expect. As the film goes one, in a non-linear way, Eva’s feelings – of course her name would have to be Eva – became my feelings, all the guilt she carries with her. The brief dialogue and the hug in the final scene felt like a punch in the stomach. I don’t like to play the gender card but in this case I strongly believe that being directed by a woman made this movie what it is – looking forward to seeing more of Lynne Ramsay’s work; to me, she deserved the nomination more than Alexander Payne or Woody Allen this year. Out of eggs after baking two cakes I still wanted to bake cookies; therefore, shortbread seemed the perfect choice. Martha’s book on cookies had just what I needed: an easy recipe that turned out delicious. Dried cranberry shortbread adapted from the absolutely delicious Martha Stewart's Cookies 1 cup (226g/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature ¾ cup (105g) confectioners' sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour, sifted ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup (55g) dried cranberries, finely chopped Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F*. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper. Combine butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer, in low speed, just until combined. Stir in dried cranberries. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Roll out dough between two sheets of lightly floured baking paper until 3mm thick. Use a 4cm (1½in) cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Use a paring knife to trim stray bits of cranberry from edges – if the dough gets too soft, place it in the freezer for 5 minutes. Place cookies onto prepared sheets, 5cm (2in) apart, and bake until lightly golden on the edges, about 20 minutes. Cool completely on the sheets over a wire rack. Cookies will keep for 5 days at room temperature in an airtight container. * I baked my cookies at 180°C/350°F for 15 minutes Makes about 60 cookiesSource: technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com
OK, I know this is not Christmas related (unless you eat Indian food at Christmas), but I made this the other day and it is so easy and tastes so amazing that I had to share it. The recipe comes from Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape Cookbook (hence the metric measurements), but uses chickpeas instead. Who knew tomatoes and coconut milk tasted so awesome together? I used some diced tomatoes from my garden that I had frozen at the end of the summer--they were awesome and far superior to canned. INGREDIENTS - 3 cups cooked chickpeas - salt and pepper - 2 tbsp oil - 1/2 tsp cinnamon - 1/4 tsp cloves - 1 tsp garam masala - 1 tsp chili powder - 4 curry leaves - 1 sweet onion, diced - 2 garlic cloves, minced - 500g chopped fresh tomatoes, skinned - 400 ml can light coconut milk METHOD 1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Toss chickpeas with salt and pepper and set aside. 2. Add spices and curry leaves to the pan and fry for a min, until nice and fragrant. Add onions and garlic and saute for 6-8 mins, until soft. Add a splash of water to deglaze the pan, if needed. 3. Add chickpeas and tomatoes, mix well, and season to taste. Heat to bubbling, then add coconut milk. Simmer gently until ready to serve (over rice). The dish tastes best if it has sat for a while so the flavours can blend. Even better the next day!Source: vegandad.blogspot.com
I love watching cooking shows. Well, more like cooking competition shows. Top Chef is a favourite, and I love anything with Gordon Ramsay, even though he pretty much mocks everything I stand for. Anyway, it seems like someone on these shows is always braising some piece of meat, so I thought I would apply the method to some tofu. Braising is usually reserved for tough pieces of meat that need to be tenderized, so I guess you really don't need to braise tofu. Still, the end result was quite tasty, and I love the taste of oven roasted veggies. INGREDIENTS - 2 tbsp oil - 1 pkg extra firm tofu, thickly sliced - 1 sweet onion, halved and sliced - 1 small red onion, halved and sliced - 2 celery stalks, chopped - 1 large carrot, sliced - pinch of tumeric - 1 tsp thyme - 1/2 tsp paprika - salt and pepper to taste - 1 1/2 cup white wine METHOD Preheat to 350 degrees 1. Heat oil in an ovenproof frying pan over medium heat. Fry tofu slices for a few minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Remove tofu from pan and set aside. 2. Add vegetables to the pan and fry for 8-10 mins, until softened and onion is beginning to brown. Add spices and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Add wine to the pan. Let bubble for a few mins to let the wine reduce a bit. Place tofu on top of the veggies, baste with sauce, and place pan in the oven. 4. Bake for 30 mins, uncovered, basting tofu every 10 mins, until veggies are cooked, sauce is reduced, and tofu is golden brown. Serve tofu with veggies in the side, and topped with extra sauce.Source: vegandad.blogspot.com
14 ounces farfalle pasta 3 tablespoons olive oil 8 slices streaky bacon , chopped 1 garlic clove , finely chopped 1 cup heavy cream 5 ounces peas , thawed if frozen 2 1/2 ounces parmesan cheese , freshly grated, plus extra to sprinkle 1 small handful sage leaf , and flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Tip in the farfalle and cook according to packet instructions until the pasta is al dente. 2 Heat the oil in another pan and add the bacon. Fry over high heat for 3 - 4 minutes until the bacon is golden brown. 3 Add the garlic and fry for a minute. Pour in the cream and bring to the boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes until reduced and thickened slightly. 4 Tip in the peas, bring back to a simmer and cook for another 3- 4 minutes. Stir the grated parmesan into the sauce, then taste and adjust the seasoning. 5 When the pasta is ready, drain it in a colander and immediately tip into the sauce. 6 Add the herbs, then toss the pasta until well coated with the creamy sauce. 7 Divide among warm plates and sprinkle over a little more parmesan to serve.Source: food.com
1 5/8 kg salmon , scaled, gutted and washed (1 whole salmon) olive oil , and drizzling (for cooking) sea salt fresh ground black pepper 2 bay leaves 3 sprigs rosemary 3 sprigs thyme 3 sprigs basil 3 sprigs sage 3 sprigs parsley 1 head garlic , halved horizontally, then broken into cloves (unpeeled) 2 -3 stalks lemongrass , split in half lenghtways and bruised with the back of a knife 3 small lemons , thickly sliced 5 -6 star anise 1 teaspoon mixed peppercorns (or black) 1 Trim a little of the tail and fins of the salmon with kitchen scissors and pat dry with kitchen paper. Pat the cavity dry as well. Score the skins of the salmon on both sides with a sharp knife at 1 - 2 intervals. Rub all over with olive oil, salt and pepper. 2 Tear two sheets of foil, large enough to envelope the salmon easily. Lay one on top of the other on the work surface and scatter the bay leaves, herb sprigs, garlic and lemongrass over the middle o the foil. Lay the fish on the bed of herbs and tuck some of the flavourings into the cavity. 3 Fry the lemon slices in a little olive oil for 2 - 3 minutes until caramelized around the edges, seasoning them with salt and pepper. Allow to cool slightly. Tuck the caramelized lemon slices around the fish, placing some in the cavity and some on top. Scatter the star anise and peppercorns over and around the fish, putting some inside the cavity. Drizzle the salmon with a little olive oil. Heat the oven to 190 degrees centigrade. 4 Fold the edges of the foil tightly together over the salmon to seal, leaving some space in the parcel for steam to surround and cook the fish. Put the salmon parcel in the roasting tin and cook in the centre of the oven for 25 - 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon. Remove from the oven and without unwrapping the foil parcel, rest the fish for 5 - 10 minutes. 5 Unwrap the salmon and peel off the skin with a palette knife. Use the back of a spoon to slide the fish off the bone. Serve individual portions garnished with the caramelized lemons.Source: food.com
olive oil , to drizzle 10 chicken drumsticks sea salt and black pepper 1 Heat the oven to 400°F Lightly oil a large baking dish. 2 Season the drumsticks with salt and pepper and arrange in the dish in a single layer. Drizzle over a little olive oil and bake in the hot oven for 20 minutes. 3 Prepare the glaze in the meantime. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until evenly combined. 4 Take the chicken out of the oven and pour over the glaze, to coat each drumstick. 5 Return to the oven and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, turning several times, until the chicken is tender and nicely glazed. (I do it about every 5 minutes). 6 Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.Source: food.com
for the herb butter 9oz pack unsalted butter , softened 1 sprig fresh rosemary , chopped leaves only 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves , chopped salt fresh ground black pepper 11-13lb medium-sized turkey 3 -4 thick sausages , skins removed for the prepared stuffing 7oz white breadcrumb 4 1/2oz butter 1 onion , finely chopped 1 large sprigs of thyme and rosemary , chopped leaves only 6 fresh sage leaves 1 lemon , zest only 2oz pine nuts 3 tablespoons fresh parsley , chopped 1 teaspoon sea salt fresh ground black pepper for the gravy 1 onions or 1 large shallot , chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 fl.ozs. dry white wine 1 bay leaf 17 fl.ozs. chicken stock 7 fl.ozs. double cream pan juices, from roasting sea salt fresh ground black pepper 1 Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. 2 Make the herb butter, mix herbs and butter together to form a paste, season well and chill. 3 Prepare the turkey, to remove legs, cut through the skin and pull joint firmly away from body then cut through ball and socket joints. 4 Cut away the 'oyster' on the back of the turkey so leg and thigh comes away cleanly. 5 With a thin, sharp knife, bone both legs and stuff with sausage meat. 6 Wrap tightly in tin foil and chill to set the shape. 7 Prepare the crown, cut off wing tips and, for easier carving, take out the wishbone and cut away back bone with poultry shears. 8 Lift up the breast skin with your fingers and separate it from the flesh. 9 Divide the herb butter between the two breast flaps and pull the skin back over. 10 Season well, place in a roasting tin and cover loosely with butter paper or foil. 11 Cook the turkey, put the foil-wrapped legs in a roasting pan and cook at 180C/350F/Gas4 for 45 minutes. Reduce temperature to 160C/320F/Gas 2 and cook for a further 15 minutes then remove foil and cook for a further 30 minutes, straining off any juices for the gravy. 12 Cook the crown for 1-1½ hours at 180C/350F/Gas 4 until juices run clear and let the bird rest for 30 minutes before carving. 13 Make the stuffing, melt butter in a large frying pan and gently sauté onion and garlic for five minutes until soft. 14 Stir in the herbs for one minute then add breadcrumbs to absorb butter. 15 Mix in zest, pine nuts and seasoning and cook over medium heat for about seven minutes until crumbs start to brown and crisp. 16 Take off the heat, mix in the parsley and serve warm. 17 Make the gravy, sauté the onion in the olive oil for about five minutes. Pour in the wine, add the thyme and bay and boil until reduced right down. 18 Add stock and boil until reduced by half then add cream and boil for further five minutes. Season with freshly ground black pepper. 19 Remove from heat, cool for ten minutes and strain. 20 Add turkey pan juices, boil for two minutes, season with salt and strain. (This can be made in advance and frozen before the juices are added. When thawed, simply heat until boiling and follow point 20.).Source: food.com
6 large eggs 3 tablespoons butter , diced (ice-cold) 2 tablespoons creme fraiche freshly ground sea salt and pepper (you can use regular salt if you need to) 3 chives , snipped (substitute with green onion if necessary) 3 slices , rustic bread to serve (such aspain PolaÃƒ ne) 1 Break the eggs into a cold, heavy-based pan, place on the lowest heat possible, and add half the butter. Using a spatula, stir the eggs frequently to combine the yolks with the whites. 2 As the mixture begins to set, add the remaining butter. The eggs will take about 4-5 minutes to scramble – they should still be soft and quite lumpy. Don’t let them get too hot – keep moving the pan off and back on the heat(as the bottom of the pan stays heated even after taking it off of the stove). 3 Meanwhile, toast the bread. He used sourdough bread. 4 Add the crème fraîche and season the eggs at the last minute, then add the snipped chives. Put the toast on warm plates, pile the softly scrambled eggs on top and serve immediately.Source: food.com
1 small red onion 1 red chilli 1 pinch ground clove 1/2 tsp fennel seeds 1/2 tsp ping peppercorns (use green or white if pink are unavailable) 1 tsp turmeric...
2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup risotto rice 2 cups hot chicken stock 1 cup jerusalem artichoke, washed and sliced 7 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup cream 1/4 cup parmesan cheese , grated sea salt fresh ground black pepper 8 large scallops , sliced 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup sherry wine vinegar 1 Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a pan, add the rice, and stir for 2-3 minutes so the rice absorbs the oil. Add the stock a little at a time, stirring constantly, until it has all been absorbed and the rice is cooked - around 25-30 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, cook the artichokes in 3 1/2 tablespoons of the butter until soft. Add the cream. Reduce down until the cream has almost evaporated and the artichokes are velvety in texture, stirring every now and then to make sure it’s not catching on the bottom of the pan. Purée in a food processor. Mix the artichoke purée into the rice and add the remaining 3 1/2 tablespoons of butter and the parmesan. Check for seasoning. 3 Slice each scallop into three pieces and sauté in hot oil for 1 minute on each side until they’re medium-rare. Place on top of the risotto. In a heavy-based pan, heat the sugar until it’s a dark golden colour. Carefully add the sherry vinegar and reduce until you have a thick syrup. Drizzle this over the risotto, and serve.Source: food.com
4 tablespoons olive oil 10 plum tomatoes , halved 1 white onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves , halved 2 fresh thyme sprigs 1 teaspoon white sugar 2 bunches basil 1 quart vegetable stock salt & freshly ground black pepper 1 Combine the tomatoes, onion and garlic in a mixing bowl and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay out on a baking tray and sprinkle with the thyme, basil and sugar. Roast in the oven at 425 degrees until caramelized. 2 Pour the tomatoes into a blender and puree. While the blender is running, ladle in hot stock to smooth the soup. You may not use all of the stock. Chicken Stock may be subsitituted for vegetable stock. 3 For garnish, heat 2 tbsp olive oil, lightly sauté 4 small clusters of cherry tomatos on the vine. Serve on top of the soup with 4 basil leaves, thinly sliced.Source: food.com
2 egg yolks 2 eggs 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 cup pastry flour 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (64% cocoa) 1/2 cup butter 2 1/2 cups milk 2 1/2 cups heavy cream 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup , malt granules 12 egg yolks 1 Melt the chocolate with the butter and allow to cool. Whisk the egg yolks and eggs with the sugar then add the flour. Grease the moulds and then dust with cocoa. Pipe the mixture into the greased moulds and then bake at 350ºF for 8-12 minutes, rotating half way through. 2 Malt ice cream, 2 1/2 cups milk, 2 1/2 cups double cream, 3/4 cup of caster sugar, About 1 cup of malt granules, 12 free-range egg yolks. 3 Bring the milk and cream to the boil in a large pan. Turn down the heat and whisk in the malt. Stir until completely dissolved and the liquid is smooth. 4 In a large bowl, beat the yolks and sugar together then trickle in the hot liquid to mix, stirring vigorously to prevent the yolks from scrambling. Pour the combined mixture back into the pan and stir continuously over low heat until it thickens to a light custard consistency. 5 Pass the mixture through a fine sieve and cool down in an ice-bath, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin from forming. When cool, churn in an ice cream machine until almost firm. Transfer to a container and freeze until set. 6 To serve, remove the fondant from the mould and place on a plate. Top with malt ice cream.Source: food.com