Entries tagged salt

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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February 16th, 2014

Fresh basil pesto

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Somehow, never in my life, in all my years of cooking pasta, I’ve never made fresh basil pesto before. Until now, that is. The major impetus for this is the fact that I’m finally living in a place where we are able to grow enough basil to get truly fresh basil from the garden, along […]

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February 3rd, 2014

Home cured bacon

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This was an interesting one… much easier than I thought it would be. I used Michael Ruhlman’s recipe from here. You just take a pork belly, rub it with a dry cure mix (mostly salt and sugar), and leave it in the fridge for 7 days. You need a little nitrite salt in the mix to […]

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December 2nd, 2013

Salmon in chirimea sauce

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Another recipe from Jerusalem. I think after Nigel Slater’s Appetite it is now the cookbook that I’ve cooked the most recipes from.  It seems to be one of those cookbooks where everything turns out exactly like the picture. This was a really interesting dish. The sauce is quite spicy but subtle, and it includes roasted […]

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December 2nd, 2013

Challah

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Well, this one was fun. Challah and fried fish was a regular friday night meal for us as kids. Mum used to go shopping at the Preston market on friday and buy butter-fish and challah, and would fry the fish in a pan with a coating of flour. Kate had never eaten challah, and I […]

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November 7th, 2013

Broad beans, peas and mint

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Just what it sounds like. And all* from our garden! * Well, except for the salt, olive oil, and pepper. But not a bad effort…

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July 12th, 2013

Salami and buffalo mozzarella pizza

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I’ve been using another pizza dough recipe lately, one from Lucky Peach. It’s a bit of effort to make without a mixer with a dough hook (takes a lot of beating with a wooden spoon and a lot of messing kneading). It freezes really well though, so I have been making batches and freezing balls […]

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June 22nd, 2013

Chicken liver pâté

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I’ve never made pâté before: something about it just seemed impossibly complicated in my mind. But it really isn’t hard at all. I used Nigel Slater’s recipe, it has a short ingredients list and is really quick, just a little messy (and kinda gross looking, especially those livers). The result is great though: very creamy, […]

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June 22nd, 2013

Pasta with preserved artichokes and green stuff

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Green stuff? Yes, green stuff. Pistachios (unsalted), capers, parsley, crushed to a paste with anchovies and garlic. Pretty tasty.

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May 9th, 2013

Zucchini, goats cheese and garlic pizza

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I used a hard dutch goat cheese for this pizza (because that’s what we had), and I experimented with using the flatbread dough recipe for the base. It was pretty good, mostly because of the toppings—loads of crushed garlic, cheese, and thinly sliced zucchini. The base was a little on the crispy side for my liking.

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