It came together OK though not entirely sure the combinations worked! The remoulade was delicious though and the mayonnaise wasn’t that hard to make.
There’s a LONG way to go but it’s about 2.5 ft square at the moment and I think I’ll just make it 6 ft square at most, bigger hexagons make for much quicker quilting so that’s good, plus they were mostly pre-basted so all makes my life a little easier – can still see this taking forever though!
I’m still working on the ‘grandmother’ quilt and have just finished knitting a scarf so not doing too badly really. Bought a car on Saturday too so all in all a good weekend. A few recipes to share with you over the coming days including celeriac remoulade and salsify fritter – both delicious!
Anyway, onto my lovely dinner. It came from nowhere, based on the fact that I had lamb chops and…some stuff in the fridge, as I had no car (long, horrible story) I couldn’t go pick anything up but managed pretty well with what was in the house. It’s even a recipe I would repeat and perhaps one that someone else might try? We even had three courses after I managed to rustle up some tomato crostini (leftover ciabatta and a jar of salsa) and Mr B cobbled together the leftover pastry and frangipane into tarts.
Exercise is needed!!!!
We’ve been having pancakes for breakfast for a while, I’ve tried buttermilk ones (by far the best), ones slathered in as much maple syrup as humanly possible and now I’ve been gradually trying to make them as healthy as possible to suit our diet. This recipe has evolved from a Nigella one to better suit my tastes. I make up a big batch of her recipe first though, as follows…
600g plain flour
3 tblsps baking powder
2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
40g caster sugar
Mix all of the above together and keep in a seal tin/box for when you desperately need pancakes for breakfast!
So Saturday night was delicious and decadent and delicious all over again. Mr B treated me (early Valentine’s meal) to a gorgeous three course meal cooked entirely by his fair hand. Now food cooked for me and not by me always tastes better for the sheer fact that I’ve not had to do anything (and I got to have a nap whilst he was cooking – spoilt I know!) but this tasted even better than this, he’s turned into a right good chef. Perhaps I might start getting a little jealous if he gets too much better
We started with sticky scallops on a bed of rocket, watercress and spinach. The scallops were so meaty and the dressing had a nice tangy sweet and sour edge to it – shame that the scallops didn’t caramelise more but I’d rather they weren’t over cooked and they were cooked perfectly. I’m in love with scallops at the moment, a little bit because of them being reduced in Morrisons at the moment, but also because I’m loving their sweet meatiness that you seem to only find in scallops. I need more!!!
Then we moved on to the main course, a chargrilled sirloin (couldn’t find rib eye) steak served with a homemade pesto, green salad and garlic crostini. It was perfectly cooked, so pink but not bloody and the pesto was AMAZING. I’m still confused as to why I spent so long insisting that I hate Basil, I can’t get enough of it now and this pesto was truly delicious, Mr B surpassed himself! Despite it being so strong it didn’t overpower the steak, it complimented it beautifully and made the steak seem even juicier. A definite winner!
After a brief interlude to let our stuffed stomachs recover just a little (the diet’s been great for decreasing my appetite) we moved onto pudding which was…you guessed it…delicious! Mr B made frangipane tarts with THE thinest pastry cases ever, lots of raspberry jam on the bottom, topped with a layer of orangey almonds. I might have had two, I just couldn’t stop myself, they were too good. Only small so I wasn’t too naughty…double exercise on the Wii tonight for me!
You might gather from this that Mr B is a big Jamie Oliver fan, you would be completely right. To the point in fact that he confided in me that Jamie Oliver is his husband…this was after a few glasses of wine…do you think Jamie knows?
All in all a wonderful treat for me and my belly. Thank you Mr B, you can do that again anytime xxxxxxxxx
|Sticky pan-fried scallops|
|The delcious red we had|
|Chargrilled steak with pesto and garlic crostini|
|Frangipane tart topped with a dollop of creme fraiche|
Recipe as follows…
4. Remove the fish from the heat and leave in the saucepan, covered.
1 red pepper, finely diced
8 rashers streaky bacon, grilled/fried and diced
1 courgette, finely diced
1 onion, chopped in half
1/2 red chilli
1 tsp garlic puree
1.5 pints hot/warm chicken stock (I used mine from last weeks roast here, much better than cubed/canned)
300g arborio rice
20g Parmesan cheese, grated
1. Place the onion and chilli in a small processor and whizz until all neatly chopped.
2. Warm a saute pan (not the shallow frying pan I started with) on a medium heat, add a little olive oil and the onion mixture.
4. Add the pepper and courgette, fry for 4 minutes, stirring regularly.
5. Add the rice and stir to combine, fry for 1 minute, stirring.
6. Add a quarter of the stock, combine and simmer for 2 minutes or until absorbed, stirring regularly.
7. Add the rest of the stock, a quarter at a time until it’s all gone and the rice has absorbed most of the moisture. This way is much easier than doing it in ladle fulls and achieves much the same results!
8. Turn the heat off and add the cheese and bacon, stir to combine and season to taste.
9. Serve with a little more cheese grated on top and a grind of pepper. Delicious!
As we’ve been meaning to do for ages, we went for a walk yesterday afternoon. Not the best of days – grey, overcast and more than a little windy but it was fun stomping around the meadow and trying to find things to take pictures of. It’s such a miserable time of the year this, I’m just waiting for spring now so that things look a little more cheerful again Anyway, I only took a few pictures…