Thursday, August 26, 2010

MACAROONS. The dilemma.

I had a load of egg whites left over after making a mountain of Dark Chocolate Ice cream. The inevitable thing to do is make meringues but I didn't fancy that this morning. Macaroons came to mind. Those lovely Laduree sorts with bright deep colours and cream fillings and perfection written all over them. But they are just not me. Not at the moment anyway. Mostly my food isn't perfect. It's more the mountainous sort. And I'm also contrary so tend not to want to make things that everyone else is making. It just seems to faddy. Sometimes I cut off my nose with this attitude, but there seems no joy in reading the book that everyone else is reading on the tube. So I'm making the North American sort to serve with coffees at Rosie's.

It's not complicated. Think of it like an action packed meringue and it's easy.

120g egg whites (4)
200g caster sugar
a pinch of salt
400g sweetened coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla extract.


Place the egg whites, sugar and salt in a large bowl over a saucepan with a little water (a bain-marie). Whisk this constantly over a low heat until the mixture is soft and aerated and warm. This will take about 10 minutes, and I used my Kenwood mixer. Now take the bowl off the heat and fold in the vanilla and coconut. Chill for 2 hours to firm up. Preheat the oven to 170C. Line a baking tray with oiled grease proof paper and heap little mountains of macaroons, allowing space between each. You should get about 12 out of the mix. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are tinged with brown and gold.

Maybe one day I'll pluck up the courage to make the pretty sort.

Monday, August 16, 2010

PESTO AND PRIZES

I've just hacked down all the basil and with the help of Jamie Oliver's Pesto recipe made a lovely pot of joy! I followed his recipe exactly, which is rare for me. It never ceases to amaze me though, how little you get for your leaves. My bowl was piled high with pickings and I've managed to make one solitary pot. That aside, it's bloody delicious and tart and tangy and tastes of Peckham (in a good way).



On a seperate note, I ran a competition last week. The prize was a £50 voucher and the game was to tell me your favourite food blog. There were loads of great ones. I particularly liked Kimberly's Homesick Texan and also Buster's The Spice Spoon, but the winner is definitely Nikki's The Recipe Rifle. I can not tell you how much I laughed, reading Esther's posts. No swear word is spared and the food looks delicious. I thoroughly recommend a peruse. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions. It was a great read. If you want to check out the competition entries, click Here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A SUMMER PILE UP



I've had the most peaceful day today. Plodding around at home, tinkering in the garden and making more Sailor Jerry ice cream. So I wanted a simple supper with health and greens to set me up for the week. It proved delicious. The capers give a sharp shock and the herbs and garlic throughout are real tasty, so soaked in lovely olive oil. Here's how to do it.

Par boil some dwarf beans. Cook some penne. Fry 4 crushed garlic cloves in loads of olive oil with 3 anchovy fillets. Add the beans and cook on low for 5 minutes. Add a tin of tuna and some fresh herbs from the garden (mine were thyme, chives and basil). Rip a dried chilli in two and toss in. Finally add the pasta and coat in the mix. Squeeze over half a lemon and serve up a bowl, topping with some juicy capers. Add a little salt to taste.

Now, I must get back to 101 Dalmations. xxx

Friday, August 13, 2010

CRAB AND FRESH CORN CHOWDER

We've been eating corn all week. Lovely fresh ones off the market, still in their coats. And they are dead cheap, which is convenient. They've been proving very soothing to my intense cold. (Going to Standon Calling without a tent is a very bad idea.) Corn is delicious just as is it, boiled and golden with dripping pepper salt butter. But tonight calls for something different. I need chillies and ginger and a wet warm bowl. Chowder!

It's super simple. Dice 3 potatoes and slice a large onion. Fry in oil with some ground turmeric. Add some shredded ginger and 2 birds eye chillies. Make some stock and add, along with a can of coconut milk. Simmer for 20 minutes. Now add a handful of green beans, the corn off of one cob and a tin of crab meat. Give this just a moment to warm through and serve up with some coriander leaves and a little toasted sesame seed oil on top.

Now, if I don't feel better after this, I'll eat my foot.

Monday, August 9, 2010

FREEBEES! Spread the word...

I'm going to run a competition, after buying a load of wicked stuff from a website called Cookware CSN. There are a load of other sites too. They sell everything from lights to whizzers, and I got a perfect Kenwood mixer from them, which has come in very handy in my recent ice cream craze. The prize is a £50 voucher to spend in any of their online shops.

So, to enter the competition, just leave a comment below with your email address, telling me what your favourite food blog is. The person who selects the best food blog will win the voucher. I'll pick these 7 days from now.... SPREAD THE WORD, FORWARD TO FRIENDS, AND RETWEET AS YOU LIKE! GOOD LUCK XXX

Thursday, August 5, 2010

NEW PRODUCTS! Stuart Gardiner Seasonal Stuff



We've just got a batch of Stuart Gardiner's lovely aprons in the Deli. They show what's in season each month and are dead pretty - perfect for present. Come check them out, try them on, and have a good look at the lovely design. You could even buy one too!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

FRESH CORIANDER SEEDS FROM THE GARDEN and lunch for Daddy


I found fresh coriander seeds in my garden today. I had already noticed that it had gone to flower, and had been using the flower heads in salads, which are really pungent and pretty too. And now more spoils - the seeds are big and juicy and pale green and have been the source of much excitement this morning. I'm going to dry them and then toast them for more salads. It's brilliant how various and much you can get even from a the smallest of plants and what pleasure it brings.

And today's plat du jour is for Daddy, who's coming over for a spot of lunch.

Par boil some new potatoes.
Fry a fennel bulb with some dill and caraway seeds and an onion.
Add the potatoes.
Boil an egg.


Then I'm off to the the Brixton Splash for a spot of the Blacker Dread sound system.