Home Cooking Made Easy p44
Muffins are a lexical nightmare. They can mean so many things. Usually they mean American muffins, e.g. a Starbucks Skinny Blueberry Muffin, but in my homeland of Lancashire they have oven-bottom muffins – a kind of flat bread roll. Confusingly in the Oldham area, muffin is also a general word for bread roll.
Continue reading “88. Old-fashioned English muffins”
Home Cooking Made Easy p127
I can rarely be bothered to do a roast on Sundays but this dish satisfies that Sunday urge for meat and fat, without quite so much time and effort.
Continue reading “87. Mini beef wellingtons”
Home Cooking Made Easy p46
This summer was a bit of a let-down from the point of view of barbecues. So I never got round to making the minted lamb burgers on p116, or the baps to go with them.
Continue reading “55. Hamburger baps”
Home Cooking Made Easy p35 and p157
I read this morning that applying nail varnish without a base coat is like applying foundation without moisturiser. Perhaps that means something to the initiated. To me, it sounds like a joke missing a punchline. I’m still trying to work out the link between the two. Are they both quicker, dangerous, foolhardy, uncouth, or daring?
Continue reading “52. Prosciutto & brie toastie and 53. Root vegetable rosti”
Home Cooking Made Easy p28 and 53
For this Lorraine challenge, I’ve had to buy quite a few things I wouldn’t normally have in my storecupboard – kaffir lime leaves, mirin, pink peppercorns etc. But I’m afraid I wasn’t going to buy a bottle of vodka, just to add some to this soup. No, not even for you dear reader.
Continue reading “48. Bloody Mary soup and 49. Chilli cornbread”
Home Cooking Made Easy p49
I feel cheated. I always thought pitta bread was unleavened bread, and that my lunch of pitta, houmous and olives was sort of Jewish. Well it’s not. Pitta bread contains yeast. My life has been a lie. It was a little bit like when I found out “Butter”kist microwave popcorn is dairy free.
Continue reading “44. Puffed up pitta bread”
Home Cooking Made Easy p50 and p143
These bread rolls are named after Lorraine’s Home Economics Teacher, because they were her first GCSE assignment. We never did anything so useful in our “Food Technology” lessons. I just remember testing whether homemade or shop-bought pastry was better (Jus-Rol beat 13 year old Kerry), healthy food (fruit kebabs) and roux sauce. If I had to name a memorable recipe after my teacher it would have to be Mrs Collinson’s “Design your own packaging for a Christmas themed confectionary item.”
Continue reading “39. Mrs Stephenson’s dinner party bread rolls and 40. Pan-fried asparagus”
Home Cooking Made Easy p40
I have a bit of a backlog of recipes to blog, so prepare yourself for an abundance of well-written, witty and inspirational posts.
Continue reading “33. Sea salt & olive oil pain d’epi”
Home Cooking Made Easy p43
As Jamie Cullum sang, “This 21st Century Bread, is surrounded by illusion, and confusion.” It’s a no-yeast, no-knead bread, can it even be called a bread?
Continue reading “6. 21st century ham, cheese & chive bread”
Home Cooking Made Easy p54
Welcome to my first recipe of 2012 – enter with me into “an aromatic realm of flavours, zests, glazes and textures,” sometimes called “my kitchen.” Continue reading “1. Really Quick ‘Danish Pastries’”