Friday food links – 3 July 2015

Salad for dinner. Yes, it has chicken, bacon and egg in, but still a salad!

It has been a hot and sunny week in London, a heatwave in English-weather-speak. A taste of living in a different climate, and a chance to try out those holiday eating rhythms at home, or to pretend we live in the Hamptons, or Santa Monica, or Italy. Lots of tomatoes and cucumber. Watermelon. Avocado. Ice cream or lollies for desserts. Some grilled meat, but nothing needing the oven. For once, it’s a relief to relax into the wather, knowing that it’s not going away tomorrow, and to feel that the ice-cream stash in the freezer is justified (for once).

Recipes:

Without a recipe:

  • Chopped cucumber and tomato salad
  • Tacos with black beans, leftover pulled pork and avocado
  • Meatballs (from the freezer) with tomato sauce over pasta
  • A big Cobb salad, or something approximating it (see photo above)

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Friday food links – 26 June 2015

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Somerset...

We have been something of a plague house this week, with all three of us getting ill in quick succession. So we haven’t been paying much attention to food at all.

Recipes:

  • Sunday lunch of pulled pork, white buns, Yotam Ottolenghi corn slaw (from Plenty More) and tomato salad
  • Tiny strawberry cream scones, strawberry conserve, whipped cream, crushed meringues

Without a recipe:

  • Invalid food – peanut butter sandwiches, lots of toast, 
  • Leftover pork tacos
  • Salad with lettuce from the garden

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Friday food links – 19 June 2015

The view from here #nofilter

We’ve been away in Cornwall all week, so there has been no cooking for me since Saturday. We’ve been in Mawgan Porth, stopping off in Somerset on the way down. The weather has been largely sunny, and we’ve done lots of toddler-friendly activities, including time on the beach, and walking around a boating lake, waving at the ducks. It’s been nice to be waited on, cooked for, and cleaned up after for a few days.

Recipes:

  • approximately a Nigella spatchcocked chicken with lemon and rosemary from Forever Summer, with diced, roasted potatoes, green beans and carrots

Without a recipe:

  • Mushroom and tomato pasta, using up the last of the Jennifer Perillo mushroom bolognese.

Other things we’ve been eating:

  • a really nice asparagus soup and Caesar salad at the Salutation Inn in Topsham, near Exeter
  • Slow-roasted duck with pommes Anna and wet garlic at Bedruthan Steps hotel
  • Mackerel crudo with grapefruit at Riverford Field Kitchen
  • a lot of clotted cream :-)

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Friday food links – 12 June 2015

I should probably be putting these in a salad for maximum Instagram points - but I kind of like them where they are.

Recipes

Without a recipe:

  • Vegetable stir-fry with peanuts, pak choi
  • Mushroom and bacon pasta
  • Tacos with leftover white chili, avocado, cheese, and spring onions

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Lots of reading for work about food, and not time for much else

Friday food links – 5 June 2015

Lettuce (chomping snails not shown)

June already? Well, at least in the last couple of days we’ve had a taste of summer, so it feels like the weather is catching up with the calendar again. This week has been a catch-as-catch-can week for dinners, scraping together all sorts of odds and ends to get us through a busy week, and one where bedtime has taken even longer than usual. A roast chicken on Sunday stood us in good stead. Another batch of white chili (this time without the chicken, as it had gone off before I got to it) did duty another night. And, last night, M&S pizza filled the gap. Hoping to get back on track this weekend, with some batches of food for next week, bread and granola.

Recipes:

Without a recipe:

  • Chicken salad – with stuffing crumbs, moonblush tomatoes, cucumber and radish
  • M&S Pizza
  • Fresh filled pasta with tomato sauce
  • Chicken curry

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Friday food links – 29 May 2015

First strawberry from the garden - and it's a beauty!

The week started with our inaugural scheduled Sunday lunch. We have nominated one Sunday each month as Sunday lunch for guests, and invited friends to join us. We were 8 adults, 4 kids and 2 babies for lunch last Sunday, and just barely squeezed around our (new, larger) kitchen table. There was a huge lasagne, made with a beef shin ragu, and another huge dish of aubergine parmigiana for the veggies; asparagus, fennel salad and broad beans with peas. For dessert, hazelnut shortbread, strawberries and cream and dulce de leche brownies. The sun came out for long enough for the kids to play with sand outside, and we had a great time.

The strawberries weren’t from our garden, but it won’t be long now until they are here. The one above is the very first one to ripen. I’m sure that when I planted strawberries, years ago, they were all Cambridge Favourite, but this is definitely a different variety to most of them. It is a very deep, glossy red, with rich colour all the way through the berry, and a strong strawberry fragrance. A strawberry warmed by the sun is a very different proposition to one from a plastic tub in the fridge. For years I couldn’t stand strawberries – the texture, plus the slightly sour flavour of most shop-bought strawberries was a combination I couldn’t bear. But properly ripe strawberries from the garden converted me. Now all I have to do is try and protect the crop from being savaged by the pigeons.

Recipes:

Without a recipe:

  • Lasagne
  • Beef stir fry with rice
  • Fish and oven chips, peas and asparagus

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Friday food links – 22 May 2015

Dulce de leche brownies

A flurry of cooking is about to take place, in preparation for our first all-comers Sunday lunch this weekend. These brownies are the first in line. Now I’ve posted a photo, I guess eating them all before Sunday is no longer an option! There was also a roast chicken last Saturday evening, which provided the backbone for the week’s eating – chicken pie, and risotto with the stock. There were also a good number of meals from the freezer, plus mopping up odds and ends of leftovers from last week.

Recipes:

Without a recipe:

  • Leftover pork and bean burritos
  • Pasta with leftover beef stew stretched into pasta sauce
  • Chicken pie
  • Asparagus risotto
  • Roasted rhubarb with orange – served with custard

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