Home Cooking Made Easy p168
I was doubtful about this dish from the start. “Being a fan of Swiss rolls, I wanted to come up with … a savoury one.” This didn’t bode well and I should have trusted my instincts. Swiss rolls are great, in their place, which is firmly in the dessert section.
Continue reading “85. Spinach, rocket & parmesan roulade”
Home Cooking Made Easy p123
“When it is cold outside, having a substantial salad with a warm dressing really is just the ticket.” It’s not though, is it? A hearty bean cassoulet would hit the spot, or a succulent roast chicken with all the trimmings. But a pear salad? No. This is a great summer dish, and good for a special lunch once in a while.
Continue reading “84. Pan-fried balsamic pear salad with pancetta and gorgonzola”
Home Cooking Made Easy p165 and 161
Well my dear reader chums (sorry, reading too much Miranda Hart recently), I apologise for the long gap in writing and bring you two lunch time dishes.
Continue reading “80. and 81. Roasted beetroot salad and Goat’s cheese tart”
Home Cooking Made Easy p162
Mr Cookingfanatic has been known, on occasion, to be disparaging about vegetarian food and, truth be told, vegetarians as a species. “No one would marry a vegetarian man – you’d doubt his masculinity.” So when I cook a veggie dish, I often cook some bacon too on the side (and make him chop some wood and stand in the garden roaring at any wildlife) just to clear up any masculinity issues.
Continue reading “78. Lemony basil spaghetti with mascarpone, chilli and chives”
Home Cooking Made Easy p31
Apparently, “life is too short to make cranberry sauce from scratch every time.” But not too short to make a red wine reduction, add thyme leaves, and cranberry sauce, simmer and cool. Hmmm. Or buy it.
Continue reading “76. Deep-fried Camembert with cranberry sauce”
Home Cooking Made Easy p158
I’m not normally a follower of homeopathy, but since our local deli had sold out of truffle oil (what is it with the residents of Tiverton?), I had to go for homeopathic truffle “flavoured” oil from Tesco. Once upon a time, long long ago, this oil saw a molecule of truffle.
Continue reading “68. Baked mushroom, chestnut & pea risotto with truffle oil”
Home Cooking Made Easy p64 and 88
I never thought I would make my own pasta. It seemed a bit of a waste of time unless you make a filling too. But I have honestly been converted (I think). It’s pretty easy, and the sight of pasta hanging around the kitchen is very fulfilling!
Continue reading “56. Pasta and 57. Creamy pancetta pasta sauce”
Home Cooking Made Easy p95
In her new programme on BBC2 Lorraine enthuses about the “Street Food revolution” sweeping across Britain. Apparently it’s never been easier to get good quality fresh food on the street. Maybe if you live in London. Down here in Tiverton, street food is still hot dogs and scaldingly hot tea.
Continue reading “54. Pot-roast beef with port & juniper berries”
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 p100
This is Lorraine’s dad’s lasagne recipe, not mine. If I were a chef writing a recipe book, I suppose I could include My Dad’s pretty simple scrambled eggs, or My Dad’s Porridge, but I can’t think of anything else he taught me to make!
Continue reading “51. My dad’s really very good lasagne”