24 December 2012

Have a good one!




That's about it really - have the wonderfullest time and if I eat anything interesting, especially if it's sudden, I'll let you know.  


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17 December 2012

Geordie~Italian Fusion Pizza!

~  Menu  ~

Ham and Pease Pud Pizza
Sparkling Water
(tho' should have been Newcastle Brown, Red Wine or a cuppa)
Marzipan Trimmings
Coffee

Today, for a minute or so, I was at a complete loss for an interesting lunch so decided to sort out the fridge a bit and see if I could be inspired.  I was, almost immediately.

I took out the almost obligatory ham and pease pudding and behind it was half a pizza base (I have to admit to cheating here - if I am only having pizza for myself I buy roasted garlic flatbread from Tesco, cut it in half and this makes two dinner pizzas for me, I do often make my own pizza bases too - promise!) and inspiration struck...


Traditional Geordie Pizza! 


I spread the base with pease pudding, topped it with sliced ham, baked till crisp and served it with a green salad all drizzled with balsamic glaze.  This was so very much deliciouser than I was expecting!

ham and pease pudding pizza with balsamic glaze
Almost every week I cook my real, and Geordie, man a ham and make pease pudding with the stock, for pease pudding recipe see here, it's very easy and worthwhile!

Whilst my pizza was cooking I marzipanned our Christmas Cake and then after eating the pizza I sat down with a cup of coffee and a few marzipan scraps. 
After a little while I went into the kitchen for more marzipan scraps and on my third or fourth visit for more I decided to gather all the scraps (that were left) and keep them to make Chewy Marzipan Cookies ~ see here for the recipe, I don't think you'll regret it!

chewy marzipan cookies sandwiched with no-churn cherry ice cream

The ice cream shown in the picture, sandwiching the cookies so delightfully, was, of course, made in accordance to my super easy no churn, no ice cream maker recipe which my book Lush Ice Cream without a Machine  is all about - in this case I made Cherry Ice Cream, obviously!



overs which is why I wrote Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers to encourage others in my passion!




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11 December 2012

Marmalade on ... Salmon!

~  Menu  ~

Courgette & Lemon Fritters
Hot Smoked Salmon in Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise
Small glass of Sauvignon Blanc
Coffee
Sticky Toffee Sauce Scrapings

We bought a side of hot smoked salmon, half price, the other day which I portioned and froze all except one piece which I had for dinner that night.  It had been sold with slices of orange and a sachet of orange glaze which I didn't want to open for just one piece (or possibly at all).  I was about to stick my bit of fish in the oven when I remembered the remains of a jar of marmalade in the cupboard so I brushed the top of my salmon with this before baking.  Gorgeous! but of course too much for me to finish in one sitting.


salmon fillets glazed with marmalade

We had also bought a few baby courgettes so today I made courgette fritters as per my all purpose fritter recipe which I flavoured with grated lemon zest. I served it, to myself, topped with the leftover smoked salmon turned in a spoonful of roasted garlic mayonnaise - one of my store cupboard staples.

courgette fritters with leftover salmon

Lucky girl me. 

leftover sticky toffee pudding

Clearing up after lunch I found a Sticky Toffee Sauce pan from last night with just a little sauce left in it.  To be frank I had kept this back purposely as I was going to suggest my real man cook his morning porridge in it for a little added je ne sais quoi but forgot to tell him about it this morning.  So I scraped the pan and ate it myself for lunch pudding, with a cup of coffee!

Now I know this post isn't very informative inasmuch as there are no new recipes (although some links to earlier recipes) but it does demonstrate how with a combination of imagination and greed, a collection of bits, pieces, leftovers and bargains can make a lovely sudden lunch.

I love cooking with leftovers, they inspire me so much!  I have even written a book about them, Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers in which I give all the recipes, ideas, handy hints, cook's treats and more that I can think of for 450 potential leftovers.
  
most useful leftovers cookbook ever!


I am also inspired by a bargain! Here is a pineapple we bought yesterday, not quite ripe as it happens! 


perfect pineapple bargain

You may remember I had myself a little rant the other day about best before dates.  I confuse myself because when we get something like this fine pineapple I am simultaneously delighted and cross - strange feeling!  I have started a collection of irritating, wonderful bargains on Pinterest ~ Best Before, or it it?

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5 December 2012

Back Home in Cornwall and eating "Normally"


~  Menu  ~

Poached Eggs
Black Garlic Bread
Coffee and Vanilla Yogurt

Its good to be home and have all our stuff about us.  We went Up North for 3 weeks but stayed 3 months and I hadn't packed for such an eventuality.  I should have taken my roasted garlic, my black garlic, smoked black pepper, Caribbean seasoning, Tortolian vanilla extract, balsamic glaze, chilli pickle and so on and so forth.  Not being of a spendy nature I didn't want to waste money replacing these items so had eat in a plainer manner whilst away.  Today I got back to "normal".

Our friend Carol gave us half a dozen eggs freshly laid by her "girls" so poaching was the obvious way to go.  Leaving flavour aside eggs poach so much better when really fresh - for how to poach them see here.  I served them with a piece of bread smothered with black garlic butter and toasted till crisp.  I sprinkled the whole lot with smoked black pepper and weyhey!
black garlic breat with poached eggs
Not burnt ~ black garlic bread!
My dessert occurred as a by-product of my aging process, I believe.  

Preparing my breakfast I accidentally added the spoonful of instant coffee to my vanilla yogurt instead of my coffee mug.  Well you know how I abhor wasting anything; I stirred it in and put it in the fridge for lunch pudding.  It worked fine!

cup of coffee yogurt

In Other News ...

Well nothing much other than I am working hard to promote my book of easy no-churn ice cream recipes.  Here's a picture of one I made earlier to tempt you to look into the matter!

homemade no churn coffee ice cream

Homemade coffee ice cream (just look at the texture on that!) with sugared walnuts. 

Re:  My earlier Best Before Date Rant

Remember my rant-ette a few days ago?  Well, my darling brought home a Christmas wreath yesterday, reduced in price by a considerable amount and much as we appreciate the bargain there is absolutely nothing wrong with the it; no dryness, no sign of wilting, just fine and dandy!

christmas wreath bargain

The big question for me, though, is what kind of nutter makes a Christmas wreath that is out of date by 4th December?! 

best before stupidity



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