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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
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
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
275 g red lentils , rinsed 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion 2 large garlic cloves 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 2 teaspoons garam masala 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 tablespoon tomato puree 800 ml stock 1 Fry the onion and garlic until golden. 2 Stir in the spices and tomato puree and fry for two minutes. 3 Add lentils and stock. 4 Simmer for 25 - 30 mins, or until cooked. 5 Puree a little bit if you want.Source: food.com
1 medium pumpkin (approximately 2 pounds) 2 tablespoons butter 4 cups risotto rice 6 quarts vegetable stock, or 6 quarts salt water 2 cups mixed mushrooms, cooked 2 minced shallots 1/2 tablespoon garlic (chopped) 2 ounces white wine 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (Shredded) 1/2 cup mushroom salt and pepper olive oil 1 Roughly chop pumpkin into small pieces. Sweat in a sauté pan with whole butter until soft. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth. Return to a sauté pan and simmer until the liquid is dissolved and the puree is dry. 2 For the Risotto.4 cups risotto rice, 6 quarts vegetable stock or salted water, 2 cups mixed mushrooms, cooked. 3 Bring half the stock to a boil and season with salt. Boil the rice for 6 minutes or until al dente. Strain and transfer to a baking tray and cool. 4 To Finish. Cooked risotto rice. The remaining vegetable stock or salted water, Pumpkin Puree, 2 shallots minced, 1/2 tbsp chopped garlic, 2 oz white wine,2 tbsp mascarpone cheese,2 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese,-1/2 cup cooked mushrooms, Salt and pepper, Olive oil for sautéing. 5 Sweat the garlic and shallots with olive oil. Add white wine and reduce until almost dry. Add risotto rice and in small amounts add stock until rice is cooked. Finish with the pumpkin puree, mascarpone, cooked mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parmesan cheese. 6 *can substitute w/ butternut squash if necessary.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
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
2 lbs cooking apples (about 5 or 6) 1/4 cup superfine sugar 2 tablespoons butter (plus extra to grease) 2 ripe braeburn apples 1 lemon, juice of 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh grated if possible) 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1 large egg , beaten 1/4 cup light olive oil 2 tablespoons apricot jam (to glaze) 1 -2 tablespoon water 1 Peel, core, and slice the cooking apples, then place in a wide pan with the sugar and butter. Cook over high heat for 10 to 15 minutes until the apples have broken down to a pulp and an excess water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl and cool completely (you should have about 1 lb of puree). 2 Heat the oven to 325°F Line and lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan with a removable bottom. Peel, core, and finely slice the Braeburn apples, using a mandoline or sharp knife. Place in a bowl and pour over most of the lemon juice and a splash of water, then set aside. 3 In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and ground spices. Make a well in the center and add the egg, olive oil, and apple puree. Fold into dry ingredients until just combined. 4 Transfer the mixture to the prepared cake pan and gently level the top with a spatula. Bake the cake for 30 minutes until it feels just firm to the touch in the center. 5 Working quickly, overlap the sliced apples in concentric circles on rop, leaving a margin around the edge. Brush the slices with a little lemon juice and return to the oven for anoher 30 - 35 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. 6 Let the cake cool slightly before unmolding onto a rack. Warm the apricot jelly with the water, stirring until smooth. Brush over the top of the cake to glaze and serve warm.Source: food.com
1 (5 kg) turkey sea salt & freshly ground black pepper 2 onions , peeled and halved 1 lemon , halved 1 head garlic , halved horizontally 6 bay leaves olive oil , to drizzle 8 slices smoked streaky bacon lemon 375 g butter , at room temperature 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 finely grated small lemons, zest and juice 3 garlic cloves , peeled and crushed 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley , leaves only, chopped 1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas 7. Meanwhile, prepare the herb butter. Put the butter into a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil and mix well. Add the lemon zest and juice, crushed garlic and chopped parsley. Mix well to combine. 2 Remove the giblets from the turkey cavity. Season the cavity well with salt and pepper, then stuff with the onions, lemon, garlic halves and 2 bay leaves. 3 With your hands, loosen the skin on the breast from both ends of the bird so that you will be able to stuff the flavoured butter underneath it, making sure you keep the skin intact. Repeat with the skin on the legs – from the lower side of the breast feel your way under the skin and out towards the leg, loosening the gap. 4 Stuff half the butter mix into the opened spaces under the skin. From the outside of the skin, gently massage the butter around the breasts so that the meat is evenly covered. Finally, insert the rest of the bay leaves under the skin of the breasts. 5 Place the bird in a large roasting tray, breast side up. Spread the rest of the butter all over the skin. Season well with salt and pepper, then drizzle with a little olive oil. (If preparing a day ahead, cover the turkey with foil and refrigerate at this stage.). 6 Roast the turkey in the hot oven for 10–15 minutes. Take the tray out of the oven, baste the bird with the pan juices and lay the bacon rashers over the breast to keep it moist. Baste again. Lower the setting to 180°C/Gas 4 and cook for about 2½ hours (calculating at 30 minutes per kg), basting occasionally. 7 To test whether your turkey is cooked, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the leg and check that the juices are running clear, rather than pink. As oven temperatures and turkey shapes and sizes vary, it is crucial to check your turkey about 30 minutes before the calculated roasting time. If the juices are pink, roast for another 15 minutes and check again. Repeat as necessary until the turkey is cooked. 8 Transfer the turkey to a warmed platter and remove the parson’s nose, wings and tips of the drumsticks; reserve these for the gravy. Leave the turkey to rest in a warm place for at least 45 minutes; make the gravy in the meantime. Remove the bay leaves from under the skin before carving. Serve the turkey with the piping hot gravy, stuffing and accompaniments.Source: food.com
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