Entries tagged parsley

July 12th, 2013

Barbequed eggplant and buffalo mozzarella salad

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I’ve discovered that our local italian food importer sells balls of frozen buffalo mozzarella! Not as good as fresh (you defrost them in the fridge overnight), but cheap, and much better than the ‘mozzarella’ you get at the supermarket.

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September 2nd, 2012

Overly elaborate chicken pie

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The most complicated pie I’ve ever made. I knew I wanted a chicken pie, and I kind-of made this up as I went along. It was fun to make, and tasted great. First up: the pastry. I made some quick puff pastry using roughly combined flour, water and butter — rolled and folded 4 times […]

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August 12th, 2012

Very slow roasted leg of lamb, with stovetop carrots and tzatziki

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Another great one for winter. The butcher had some lovely “easy carve” legs of lamb (which means most of the bone has been removed), so this is what I tried. It would work just as well (or probably even better) with lamb shoulder or just some shanks. This recipe is a conglomeration of years of […]

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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 10th, 2012

Ham hock ham stock

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This was my first ever attempt at ham stock. I’ve noticed ham hocks popping up around the place lately: at our local butcher (where this lovely smoky specimen was found), the gourmet supermarket across the road, even at the big chain supermarket down the street. I don’t know if they’ve always been readily available and […]

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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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February 9th, 2012

Orange and rocket salad

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Not much to say about this one – it’s just what it sounds like. Segmented orange (I still haven’t got the hang of this), a little garlic, olive oil, pepper, parsley. You don’t need any acid, as the orange juice is enough. It’s good with grilled meat or fish, or just about any Italian or […]

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August 17th, 2011

Slow roasted lamb shanks with lemon and dill

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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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August 14th, 2011

Cheese and spinach filo triangles

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I’ve got some catching up to do on this blog… these were from a few weeks ago now. So, this one’s one of those things where most of the ingredients comes out of a packet — because as much as I like making things from scratch, I’m not yet up to making my own filo […]

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