Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Tonight's Menu - Watercress Custard

Watercress Custard with Roast Red Pepper Sauce

Lamb in Satay Sauce

Side Dishes
Stir Fried Tahu
Cassata Gelato
It doesn't sound very appetizing but this is a lovely light starter. The Watercress Custard is served with sauce made from roasted red peppers

Main dish was Lamb in Satay Sauce. This was made with coconut milk, chillies, cumin, coriander and of course, peanuts

The side dish is made from tofu. The tofu was cooked with spring onion, red peppers, caramelised onions, garlic, ginger. soy sauce and orange zest

Lamb and Satay Sauce with Stir Fried Tahu and boiled rice together

The dessert was a Sicilian recipe. Cassata Gelato is an ice cream dessert made with homemade raspberry puree, egg yolk, double cream.

Cutting into the gelato reveals a creamy inside that has apricots, pineapple, cherries and pistachios

A slice of the gelato shows the fruits and pistachio

Tonight's verdict from the panel:

Seven thumbs up! I'll need a bigger bowl to make a big Cassata Gelato...

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Tonight's Menu - Frolicking in the Fjords



Side Dishes
Potatis Och Ansjovis Gryta

The Starter! This is a Danish open sandwich with fillet of plaice and homemade dressing, butter fried wholemeal bread, salad leaves, poached haddock in white wine with homemade Hollandaise sauce, asparagus, dill, cucumber, smoked salmon cones filled with caviar, prawns garnished with a fan tomato and a slice of lemon

Main dish from Finland. This is cod with vegetables (carrots, celery, onions), thyme, parsley, sage and paprika baked in the oven

Our side dish from Sweden is a potato and anchovy casserole with sliced baking potatoes, onions and anchovy layers covered in double cream and Jarlsburg cheese

Kalakasvisvuoka and Potatis Och Ansjovis Gryta together

A delicious Norwegian dessert. This is rum pudding with whipping cream, egg yolks, milk, sugar and rum. Served with home made raspberry couli

This weeks Scandinavian food adventure was fun to create. Did the family think it frolicked in the Fjords of failure?

Seven big thumbs up. Full house on the empty plates!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Tonight's Menu - Spanish Tapas

Leek Pancakes with Watercress and Anchovy Sauce


Side Dishes
Chorizo and Cheese Tortilla
Tiny Meatballs with Tomato Salsa
Traditional Catalan Salt Cod Salad
Tuna Rolls
Feisty Potatoes with Chilli Oil and Aioli

Creamy Chocolate and Lemon Grass Mousse

A low calorie dish topped with Edam cheese. The filling included leeks, mushrooms and chives and a scattering of sunflower seeds

       Classic Spanish Paella with juicy prawns and garlic chicken, always a firm favourite

Lamb meatballs with red onion, mint, cumin, lemon juice and cayenne pepper and a spicy tomato and pepper dip to finish them off

Great combination of Chorizo and cheese with tomatoes, red peppers and potatoes

This salt cod salad tasted amazing and was marinated with spring onions, olive oil, sherry vinegar and lemon juice. Served on a bed of tomatoes

The feisty potatoes are small chunks of fried potatoes with a generous helping of aioli (a garlicky homemade mayonnaise)  and a fiery kick of chilli oil

Flaked tuna and capers  rolled up in a grilled slice of red pepper which were soaked in olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, paprika, sugar and dried chilli flakes, yum yum yum yum

Milk infused with lemongrass makes this a creamy chocolate mousse with a very refreshing after taste

Lots of empty plates once again

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Tonight's Menu - Old Persia, India & Carrot Cake

Persi Eggs

Rasedaar Murghi Taangen
(Chicken curry in spicy onion sauce)

Side Dishes
Dum Aloo
(Bombay Potatoes)

Carrot Cake

Parsi Eggs is an ancient Persian recipe made with chilli and tomatoes. I've added little Chappati rolls to the dish

Damian made the main and side dishes this evening. The main dish, Rasedaar Murghi Taangen, is chicken curry from the north of India. The fried onion sauce was thickened slightly

Damian's Dum Aloo is Bombay potatoes, another dish from north Indian. The ingredients include onion, tomato, ginger, green peppers and chilli

Served with white rice and naan bread

The home made Carrot Cake was not heavy, quite light and tasted lovely. A rind of a whole orange, tablespoon of orange juice, walnuts as well as grated carrots were the main ingredients of the cake itself. The topping was made with cream cheese and icing sugar

A close up of the Carrot Cake

Everyone's thoughts on tonight's meal:

Seven clean plates out of seven!