Entries tagged bay leaves

February 17th, 2014

Dhansak dhal

For the first time in my life, I now own a coffee grinder which can also grind spices. After coming across this recipe for Dhansak dhal I was really curious to try out making my own spice mixes. Dhansak is a traditional Parsi recipe – kind of a mix of Indian and Persian cuisine it seems […]

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May 8th, 2013

Roast pork for friends

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Roast pork again, this time with some juniper berries rubbed into the meat along with crushed (fresh) bay leaves and garlic. Pretty great with single-malt whisky (it turns out).

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July 31st, 2012

Onion soup

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I seem to be turning this into some kind of “soup diary”. Maybe because its winter. Today: Onion soup! Lots of onions (I think I used about 8): brown slowly in a pot with butter and olive oil. Really slowly: it should take around 45 minutes, give or take. Stir a lot, scraping the sweet caramelised […]

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July 28th, 2012

Ham and lentil soup

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A really simple soup, using my ham stock. I just fried off some onion, celery, carrot, potato, lentils and herbs and garlic for a little while, added the ham stock and bay leaves, and simmered until the lentils were cooked (skimming now and then)… … and added the ham right at the end. A really […]

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July 1st, 2012

My new favourite way to make chicken stock

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Why is it my favourite? Because it’s very very VERY easy, tastes delicious, and very hard to mess up. You start with your regular stock ingredients: a whole, good quality, free-range chicken (this is important), carrots, celery, parsley, shiitake mushrooms, onions, salt, and whole peppercorns. Split the skin of the chicken between the thigh and […]

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December 5th, 2011

Kale and brown rice pie

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It would seem that it’s brassica season: the kale at the market is enormous and cheap at the moment. For the pie: cooked brown rice, parmesan cheese, onion. I cooked the onion seperately separately (I can never spell that word) with some herbs, And cooked the kale in a pan with some parsley, then squeezed […]

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July 24th, 2011

Pea, ham and mint soup

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With a few silly mistakes along the way. This is another simple and quick soup to make—fried onions, mint, ham and bay leaves in olive oil. Once the onion is translucent you add some frozen peas for a few minutes, then top it up with stock—ideally ham stock, but it works pretty well with chicken […]

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July 17th, 2011

Mushroom soup

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This one is for a vegetarian friend, who complained that she couldn’t read my blog because I always post “too much raw pork”. We do actually eat quite a lot of vegetarian food, but I don’t seem to post it here as often. The various field mushrooms are quite cheap at the market at the […]

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July 13th, 2011

Spicy pulled pork with mandarin, guacamole and black quinoa

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The best of my “Mexican” experiments yet. I got totally carried away today. We had a few avocados sitting in our fruit bowl that needed to be used up, so I decided to make some guacamole: avocado, red onion, lemon juice, salt, hot sauce(s). But then we needed something to go with it, and I’ve […]

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June 25th, 2011

Beef and mushroom casserole (with extra gravy)

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I felt like making a beef casserole this weekend. I can’t count the number of times and variations on this theme that I’ve cooked in my life, but (if I do say so myself) this one is particularly good. Tip #1 for great casserole: chuck steak. Don’t buy that “super lean diced beef” from the […]

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