Hoisin Beer-Butt Chicken.

Because I’d never cooked one before!

Ingredients:

  • whole chicken
  • 1/2 full can of beer (put the rest in a bread, or the cook)
  • 2tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1tbsp onion powder
  • 1tsp mustard
  • 1tsp paprika

Utensils:

  • mixing bowl and fork
  • baking tray
  • skewers for emergency propping

Recipe:

  1. Place the chicken over the beercan, the further in the can goes the more stable it will be.
  2. Prop the chicken with skewers anyway because a chicken on a beercan is stupidly unsteady.
  3. Mix the sauce ingredients together. Slather all over the chicken. We want it looking fake-tanned!
  4. Roast in a preheated oven at 160C for 2h.
  5. Roast at 230C for a few minutes to crisp up.
  6. Make gravy with the drippings and remaining beer in the can.

 

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WWW. BBQ Chicken and Piernik Brownies.

Another busy week with the new puppy. For something that spends so much time asleep, she really does add to the day! 🙂

But we did manage to have some treats and new things mixed up. Not least of all, a BBQ chicken pan roast that was so good we made it twice.

BBQ Roast Chicken.

BBQ Roast  Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • -8 pieces of chicken (thighs or breasts)
  • -300g celeriac
  • -300g potatoes
  • -300g carrots
  • -2tbsp chili garlic
  • -1tbsp soy sauce
  • -1tbsp brown vinegar
  • -1tbsp salt
  • -1tbsp sugar

Utensils:

  • -chopping board and knife
  • -large oven tray

Recipe:

  1. Slice the potatoes and celeriac into thin slices. Arrange them on the bottom of the tray.
  2. Arrange the chicken and carrots on top.
  3. Salt and place in the oven at 200C for around 20 minutes.
  4. Take out and rest a little. Add the sugar to the chicken skins. Leave to soak in.
  5. Add the vinegar and soy sauce to the whole dish. Drizzle with chili garlic.
  6. Roast at 160C until cooked through.

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Piernik Brownies.

Piernik Brownies Recipe

Piernik is one of my favourite things of all time. It’s basically Polish gingerbread and it’s delicious, especially with a bit of dark chocolate or jam. Dark chocolate, jam and piernik is a great indulgent afternoon treat.

This is a combination of two of those flavours: gingerbread and dark chocolate. I made a sugar-butter icing with cinnamon and cocoa powder as Jon likes baked goods to have some sort of icing, cream or custard on them, but they’re really delectable as they are.

Ingredients:

  • -2 cups plain flour
  • -3tbsp cocoa powder
  • -3tbsp sugar
  • -2 eggs
  • -1tbsp grated or chopped ginger
  • -1tsp cinnamon
  • -1/2tsp nutmeg
  • -1/4tsp cloves
  • -water as needed

Utensils:

  • -mixing bowl and fork
  • -greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Add more sugar to taste.
  2. Pour into the pan.
  3. Bake at 160C for 10-20min, or until spongy but cooked through.
  4. Serve with coffee.

And that’s what we liked the most out of our meals this week. What have you enjoyed cooking or eating this week?

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. Lamb MeatFeast and what to do with the leftovers.

This week’s meatfeast was a touch more modest than they’ve been before. It did, however make a perfect lamb roast and the recipe is simple and just in time for Easter. Still, it was awesome and we ate well. So well I forgot to take photographs, so just trust me when I say it was quick, easy and delicious!

The lamb roast.

To make this dinner edible to our guests and usable in future cooking, we needed to avoid alliums, mint and bell peppers, as well as anything strong and distinct, like cloves or cardamom. A bit of a challenge, but here’s what we did.

Ingredients:

-1 whole leg of lamb

-800g/1lb beetroot and pumpkin, any combination

-2 small sweet potatoes

-1 large parsnip

-3tbsp salt

-3tbsp smoked paprika

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-large, deep baking pan

Recipe:

1: Lay the lamb horizontally across the pan.

2: Wash, peel and chop the beet, parsnip and pumpkin. Roughly even sizes.

3: Place the sweet potatoes around the lamb. Pack in with the other vegetables.

4: Dust everything with salt and paprika.

5: Roast at a medium temperature (around 160C) for an hour and a half.

6: Finish at 200C for 20 minutes.

7: Serve in the tray.

The crumble of rhubarb, apple and pear.

Funny and crude acronym intentional.

Wanted to make another apple and rhubarb crumble. Had some frozen pears to use up. It sounded funny so we went with it. Turned out delicious. Jon only regrets the lack of my raw custard on it!

Ingredients:

-2 pink lady apples

-2 small pears

-200g/7oz rhubarb

-300g/10.5oz flour

-200g/7oz unsalted butter

-100g/3.5oz lard

-50g/1.7oz soft sugar such as palm sugar/coconut sugar/brown cane sugar/molasses

-5tbsp granulated sugar

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-mixing bowl

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Chop the apple, pear and rhubarb into roughly even sizes. Place in the tray.

2: In the bowl, combine the soft sugar, butter, lard and flour. Mix until crumbed.

3: Pour the crumbs on top. Spread out. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top.

4: Bake at 160C for 1 and a half to 2 hours.

The leftovers.

There were obviously no pudding leftovers. But there was quite a lot of lamb on the bone and some vegetables left, so I made it into a rough dahl-stew mix. Jon loves it and wants the recipe on here. 🙂

Ingredients:

-bone of lamb with plenty of meat

-some roast vegetables

-a head of broccoli

-600g soaked lentils (around 150g dry, but soak first!)

-1 green pepper

-salt, pepper, onion powder

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-large pot

Recipe:

1: Chop the lamb off the bone. Place the lamb and lentils, including the lamb bone, in the pot with some very hot water.

2: Add the vegetables on top so the water doesn’t cover them.

3: Boil until the lamb and lentils are combined. Stir in the now steamed vegetables.

4: Stir in the seasonings and serve.

And that was what we had for MeatFeast!

What was the best thing you had this week? What if your plan for Easter Sunday dinner? Would love to hear about it!

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

Preparing and Hosting MeatFeast V.

Seeing as we hadn’t seen C___ for a while, we decided it was time to invite him round for a MeatFeast before we were all busy with work, festivities and the likes.

1: The food.

The spread minus the pork and lemon chicken.

The spread minus the pork and lemon chicken.

The night before the MeatFeast I cut some ox heart off the main piece, defrosted some chicken limbs and a pork shoulder roll. I scored the pork fat and rubbed it with A1 Steak Sauce. I rolled the chicken quarters in honey, cinnamon, lemon and salt, then placing them in a bag and filling it with more salt, lemon and water to marinade. I placed the heart in a bag of water with salt, pepper and chili to marinade. I find that sandwich bags are more than sufficient for small marinades. I also scrubbed some potatoes.

The next morning, whilst the ox heart was simmering in pepper and cream, I started work on the tart.

Plum, Peach and Cream Tart.

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Ingredients:

-1 can peaches (or fresh peaches and juice, if you’re not feeling lazy)

-300g plum jam

-200g flour

-50g butter

Utensils:

-mixing bowl

-greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mash the juice and butter together with the flour, leave to cool in the fridge.

2: Once cool, roll it out, fit it into the pan and bake in the oven at 200C until firm but not solid.

3: Spread the jam and layer the peaches.

4: Bake at 160C until the crust is solid.

I also prepared a batter for the potatoes and some chicken wings.

Batter.

Ingredients:

-3 eggs

-200g goose fat

-flour, salt and peppered as desired

Utensils:

-2 bowls

-blender

Recipe:

1: Blend the fat and eggs together.

2: Roll the dry potatoes and wings first in the fat, next in the flour.

3: Place in the oven or deep fat frier until cooked-through and crisp.

Meanwhile, a whole chicken, some lemony chicken quarters and a small pork joint were roasting nicely in the oven. At the very end I sauteed brussels sprouts in chicken grease.

About half the chicken, 1/3 of the pork, all the wings, half the heart, half the potatoes, 2/3 the sprouts and 3/4 of the pie was gone by the end.

2: The drinks.

It was early in the afternoon, C___ is not currently able to drink much and Jon was driving C___ home, so there wasn’t much drinking going off, at least not by our standards. We had some beer and energy drinks for C___ and some wine for Jon and beer for me to enjoy later.

Jon's modest glass of wine.

Jon’s modest glass of wine. Mug for scale.

3: The entertainment.

Again, due to the time shortage we didn’t do much. Watched a few of the Bouncer Channel videos and generally just chatted.

4: The setting.

Decorations were up, the house was warm and the food was kept on the coffee table in the middle of the room, away from the mess in the kitchen. Nothing more in particular.

Wonderful Wednesday Wok. Beef Wellington and Ice-Cream Cake.

Today’s Wok was for dinner instead of for lunch. So I decided to go a bit crazy and make some more complicated things. Considering the number of elements, this had the potential to go very wrong. But it didn’t, and was actually one of the best Wok’s I’ve made yet. 😀

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Recipe 1: Beef Wellington.

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A British classic that the rest of the world doesn’t regard as awful or pure pub food. Roast beef in pastry with a nice, usually mushroomed, gravy around them.

The ones I made were individual portions, and the pastry was a bit soft, so it spread.

Jon’s rating: 8.25/10.

Ingredients (serves 2):

For the filling:

-2 thick steaks

-5 closed-cap mushrooms

-1/2 a cooking onion or 1 shallot

-2tbsp olive oil

-1tbsp chilli oil

-1tbsp pepper

For the pastry:

-400g flour

-200g salted butter

-150ml cold water

-1 beaten egg

Utensils:

-frying pan

-mixing bowl and spoon

-rolling pin

-greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the butter and flour together until the mix looks marbled.

2: Gently stir in the cold water until the dough is thick and stretchy.

3: Leave in the fridge to cool.

4: Seal the steak in the pan with some olive oil. Put to one side to cool.

5: Very finely dice the mushrooms and onion/shallot. Fry in the same oil used for the beef.

6: Take the pastry from the fridge. Divide into two halves.

7: Roll out one half into a rectangle. Place the steak in the rectangle and pile the mushroom onto it. Drizzle some chilli oil and the pepper. Fold the short ends over and press down. Fold the long ends over to seal the “parcel”.

8: Turn over the parcel and place on the baking tray. Brush all over with the beaten egg.

9: Bake at 160-180C for 45-55min.

Recipe 2: Stuffed Squash.

Jon wasn’t so keen on this, but filled himself on the Beef Wellington and the filling, so all was good.

I personally loved it with a sprinkle of salt, so I’ll make some for myself again sometime soon.

Jon’s rating: 7.5/10.

Ingredients (serves 2):

-the “bowl” of a butternut squash

-100g cooked rice

-2 duck eggs

-1tbsp chili oil

-1tbsp mixed herbs

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-fork

-baking tray

-mixing bowl and spoon

Recipe:

1: Cut the squash in half. Use the fork to scrape out the lining and seeds.

2: Bake at 200C for 35min.

3: Mix the rice, oil and herbs.

4: Spoon the rice into the bowl of the squash and make a large indent.

5: Break the eggs into the indent.

6: Bake at 160C for 35min.

Recipe 3: Berry Ice-Cream Cake.

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A sorbet, an ice-cream and beautiful layers. Jon liked it but found the last layer of berries a little too much. I’m just pleased that it looked and tasted just as I’d planned. But next time I’ll add more banana to the sorbet for Jon. 🙂 There were two tureens, but one was more than enough for both of us.

Jon’s rating: 9/10.

Ingredients (serves 4):

-150g mixed berries

-2 small bananas

-300ml double cream

-2tbsp blueberry or blackberry jam

-50g 90% chocolate

Utensils:

-freezable pot

-2 freezable tureens

-2 mixing bowls and forks

How Jon thinks it was made:

 

Apparently this is exactly what I look like when I'm cooking.

Apparently this is exactly what I look like when I’m cooking.

How it was actually made:

1: Take the double cream and freeze it.

2: Defrost it quickly using the stove or a microwave setting.

3: Pour away the watery residue and keep the creamy parts in one bowl.

4: Mash the jam into the cream.

5: Crush the chocolate and spread it evenly between the bases of both tureens.

6: Spread 1/4 of the cream mix evenly into the base of each tureen and place them in the freezer until solid.

7: Mash the berries with the bananas in the other mixing bowl.

8: Take the tureens from the freezer and layer 1/4 of the berry mix in each tureen on top of the frozen cream. Place in the freezer again.

9: Repeat processes 6 and 8.

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10: To remove from the tureen, fill a bowl with hot water so that it covers the sides of the tureen but doesn’t flow into it. Once the cake is loose, turn it upside down on a plate.

 

Layers!

Layers!

And that was what we had this week. 🙂

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WWW. Lamb Bake and Banana Cake.

Ooh, rhymes. Lovely meter too.

Anyhow, first post since Jon came down with the plague bronchitis and nearly died needed much care and attention. I have another for tomorrow, a FitFriday worth mentioning and a book extract for Saturday. Yay for return of writing!

Today Jon came home for lunch and this is what we had.

Both need to be prepared in advance. I did Stage 1 on Tuesday and Stage 2 on Wednesday, but you can just leave 2-5h between the two if you like.

Recipe 1: Spicy Lamb and Potato Bake.

Ingredients:

-4 lamb chops

-400g potato (I made more, but that was so I could make good use of it for a breakfast tortilla de patatas)

-2 small onions

-4 small carrots

For the marinade:

-6-10tsp hot sauce (tabasco or green habanero sauces are good)

-1tsp Worcester sauce

-2tbsp honey

-2tbsp herbs

-1tsp ginger

-1tsp salt

-1/2tsp paprika

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-cup and teaspoon

-baking tray

Recipe:

Stage 1.

1: Mix the marinade ingredients in a cup.

2: Add warm water to dissolve them.

3: Slice the potatoes into 1cm thick rounds. Layer along the base of the tray.

4: Place the lamb on top of the potatoes.

5: Pour the marinade over. Use any thicker parts at the bottom to coat the lamb.

6: Add water until everything is just covered.

7: Leave to rest.

Stage 2.

8: Chop the carrots into sticks and the onions into quarters.

9: Submerge the carrots in the marinade and place the onion quarters on top.

10 Bake at 160C for 120min.

11: Bake at 200C for 30-60min.

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Recipe 2: Brandy and Banana Cake.

Ingredients:

-5 ripe or very ripe bananas

-300-400g flour (self-raising or plus suitable raising agents)

-200g raisins

-150ml rich brandy

-100ml double cream

-1tsp ginger

-1tsp cinnamon

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and spoon

-baking tray (greased or nonstick)

Recipe:

Stage 1.

1: Mash the bananas into a bowl.

2: Add the raisins and spices and the cream. Mash more.

3: Mix in the flour and raising agents.

4: Slowly stir-in the brandy.

5: Leave in the fridge to raise.

Stage 2.

6: Pour into the baking tray. Spread evenly and smooth the top.

7: Bake at 160C for 2h.

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8: Serve with thick cream or ice-cream.

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Wonderful Wednesday Wok. Dunno, really. Another roast dinner?

Everything’s running a bit late, but some of the students cancelled lessons, so I have some more time now. As a noteworthy aside, I have now reached a point where I get over £100/week even when some of my students cancel, so that’s my first tangible goal met. 😀 Now for fluent French (not far off), GCSE German (at least), selling art, get the chickens in (and then the garden goal will be met), finish two books (one’s almost there!) and shrug, deadlift and squat my body weight (currently at 69, 61.5 and 55.4 percent, respectively).

Jon came home for lunch, so we had it at the table, which is looking a lot tidier now my jamming and pickling jars are set to one side. The amount of extra space we have from putting a cabinet in the hallway is amazing. Suddenly all the books fit on the shelf, the kitchen shelf is cleared of the nice china so I can put my jars there, the booze is moved out of the pantry so the biking and gardening gear can live there and everything’s that bit more homely. The garden, by the way, is starting to take shape.

As for the work on the blog, I should be submitting a recipe for roadkill rabbit tomorrow (not half as awful as it sounds) and an essay on the relative priority of femininity Sunday or Monday. Something on the progress of the garden on Sunday or Monday too, depending on when the essay goes up.

Without further ado, here’s what Jon and I had for lunch on Wednesday.

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Recipe 1: Ginger Roast Chicken.

Ingredients:

It’s all in the spices with this one.

-1 chicken

-2tbsp ginger

-2tbsp smoked paprika

-1tbsp cinnamon

-1tbsp pepper

-1tbsp salt

You could try putting onion salt and butter under the skin for extra juiciness, or using honey to glaze it at the end.

Utensils:

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Rub the chicken with ginger and salt and let it rest a while, at least 35min. If in a warmer area, put the chicken in the fridge while it rests.

2: Add the pepper, paprika and cinnamon. Ensure to evenly cover the skin.

3: Place in a preheated oven at 160C for 90min. Drizzle the honey over the top at the 1h mark.

Recipe 2: Roast Patatas a la Todo.

Potatoes with everything. Or every spice I regularly use, anyway.

Ingredients:

-500g potatoes

-5tbsp olive oil

-1tbsp salt

-1tbsp pepper

-1tbsp onion salt

-1tbsp smoked paprika

-2tbsp mixed herbs

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-baking tray

(I cooked ours under the chicken.)

Recipe:

1: Chop the potatoes into 1cm thick circles or wedges with a 1cm thick back.

2: Place them in the baking tray and toss them with olive oil.

3: Add the herbs and toss again to coat the potatoes.

4: Put in a preheated oven at 160C for 90min.

Recipe 3: Spicy Mixed Roast Veg.

Just generally nice, although a couple of bits of swede burnt up, so I’ll need to be more careful next time. Surprisingly, nothing else was even remotely singed. Oh well.

Ingredients:

-25g butter

-200g swede

-2 large beets

-7-8 medium carrots or 5 large carrots

-2tbsp hot chilli powder

-1tbsp smoked paprika

-1tbsp salt

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Wash, peel and slice the vegetables. Salt them.

2: Make sure they’re dry, maybe put them in the oven whilst it preheats.

3: Melt the butter over them and add the chilli and paprika.

4: Cook in a preheated oven at 160C for 90min.

And that was lunch on Wednesday.

Now off to make an omelet and salad.

I like having Jon home for lunch. 🙂