Entries tagged lemon zest

December 11th, 2011

Pickled peppers


I’ve never done this before. The only other pickling that I’ve done was some zucchini pickle with Kate, one batch of which was great, one batch which tasted strange and musty. But I’m pretty confident these pickled peppers will work. I had the idea to do this after grilling some small peppers the other day […]

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November 6th, 2011

Crispy herb and lemon chicken


Readers (assuming, of course, that I have readers), will have noticed that I haven’t been updating this blog regularly. The reason for this is that I’ve been a little busy in the lead-up to my own wedding. Now that that’s over, I can get back to the real business of cooking delicious meals for me […]

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September 18th, 2011

Roast lamb racks with pinot glaze, asparagus and goats feta


Another experiment. First I prepared the lamb racks by browning them all over and putting them in a hot oven for about 10 minutes. I made a dressing for the asparagus of ‘persian style’ goats feta, parsley, lemon zest and garlic. And quickly cooked the asparagus in a pan. For the pinot glaze I used […]

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August 17th, 2011

Slow roasted lamb shanks with lemon and dill


Delicious, rich, soft, dark, sticky meat, served with crispy potatoes and a good blob of rich tzatziki. I’ve never done shanks like this before, but I felt like lamb, and they were very cheap. To start, I prepared the shanks by marinating them in the juice of a few lemons, olive oil, salt, pepper, and […]

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July 12th, 2011

Penne with “green” tuna sauce


Once again, a dish with a few things that were lying around. I made a green paste by grinding up parsley with a little salt and olive oil, and just threw the other bits together in a pan. The hot english mustard was conceived as a chilli substitute and added a soft warmth (quite different […]

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June 25th, 2011

Beef and mushroom casserole (with extra gravy)


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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May 10th, 2011

Roast pumpkin with toasted almonds and olives, zucchini salad


A vegetarian meal. The pumpkin and herbs were fresh from my Mum’s garden. I roasted the pumpkin with onion, garlic, and rosemary. For the salad – zucchini (cut with a peeler), lemon zest, parsley and some fresh tomato, plus some lemon juice and delicious olive oil that we bought in Spain. The toasted almonds and […]

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February 6th, 2011

Grilled chicken with tarragon, thyme and lemon


K and I are staying at a house in Perth at the moment – a house! With a lawn and a barbecue and herbs in the garden… It’s great to be able to cook and eat outside, not to mention being able to get your chicken really crispy without setting off the smoke alarm. I […]

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December 27th, 2010

Whole roast turkey with apple and chestnut stuffing, duck fat potatoes, gravy


For Christmas, of course… Cooking a whole turkey was quite an experience – I hadn’t realised just how big a 5.5kg turkey would be. (For context: a whole chicken is usually about 1.6kg). It actually cooked much faster than I expected – I’d allowed 3.5 hours (a recommended time for a 5kg stuffed turkey), but […]

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December 1st, 2010

Bolognese sauce


I made bolognese sauce today. I’m semi-famous for my bolognese amongst certain friends, which is a little odd because I always seem to make it a different way. I use different a mix of meats (always beef; sometimes pork, veal, or chicken – this time beef, veal and pork), different vegetables (always onion and fresh […]

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