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Mished Mash Potato

8 Apr

TPT with eggOn some weekend mornings you wake up feeling a little more delicate than you should.  We won’t go into any detail why, but your head is tender, loud noises hurt and for some unfathomable reason you are STARVING. On mornings like this you need coffee and you know your day is going to consist of trashy TV and sitting on the couch. Period.  On mornings like this I NEED Mished Mash Potato, a dish that is greasy, salty, stodgy and amazingly restorative.  There isn’t anything too technical with this recipe, but if your head can stand it, there is a bit of chopping.  If you don’t think you can do in in the morning, do your chopping the night before (before you go out) and have everything ready to just pop in the oven.

TPT IngTo start take:

  • about three potatoes per person
  • 2 eggs per person
  • bacon (as much as you think you need, usually 1 pkt for two people)
  • Half an onion (very finely diced)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 smallish chorizo per person
  • 1 glug of Olive oil
  • 1tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1 grind of black pepper

TPT Diced Potato

Preheat your oven to 200 °C and chop your potatoes, peel on, into about 1cm-ish cubes.  Put the ruler away, this is not an exact science, besides you’re feeling delicate.

Diced IngVery finely dice your onion and roughly chop your pepper into strips and combine with the potato.

Chopped Chorizo

Slice each Chorizo in half and then thinly slice and do the same to the bacon.

MixedMix the bacon and chorizo with the potatoes and add a tsp each of smoked paprika and dried thyme and add a good glug of olive oil and a grind of black pepper.  And with all that chorizo and bacon, you don’t need to add any salt.

TPT baked

Place all the ingredients into a lined baking dish and bake for about forty minutes.  The potatoes should be soft and the bacon and choritzo nice and crispy.  At the 35 minute mark or there abouts poach your eggs.  Now trust me on this, even if you like your egg yolks hard, leave them on the soft side for this.  Once the eggs and the potatoes are done, make a nice pile of potato on a plate and top with that lovely, runny egg.  Cut into your egg and let the yolk make an amazing sauce.  Sit back and enjoy the laziest day ever.

TPT Egg yolk

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Steak and Balsamic Pepper Salad

30 Jun

So summer has been pretty much non existent in the UK this year.  We’ve had about two weeks of sunshine in total.  Now while I don’t really mind too much as I had more than my fair share of sunshine when living in Taiwan, I have really missed making summery food.  I’ve had visions of making home ice-cream and barbequing in back yard, but the rainy, miserable days have left me  more inclined to  hearty soups and stews.    So when today promised blue skies and gentle breezes, I knew I had to seize the chance and make my favourite summer salad.

It’s a simple creation, hardly worth the recipe,  and doesn’t really take much work at all which makes it perfect on those days where you would rather be outside enjoying the sunshine than tied to the kitchen.  It does however really pack a punch when it comes to flavour.  So much so that even those who don’t really enjoy salad, will ask for seconds.

To start take:

  • 300 (ish) gms of steak
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 bag of your favourite salad leaves (I’m partial to baby spinach)
  • 1 small Camembert (cut into squares)
  • 80 ml of olive oil
  • 60 mls of balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 220°C.  Then slice the red peppers length ways into slices about half a centimeter wide.

Place the peppers in an oven proof bowl and pour 60ml of the olive oil over them.  Place in the oven and cook for about 20-25 minutes.  Check on the peppers two or three times during the cooking and give them a shake or a stir to prevent the top layer from drying out.

Remove the peppers from the oven and while still hot pour the balsamic vinegar on them.  The hot peppers will absorb the vineger making them meltingly sweet. Allow the peppers to cool in the oil and the vinegar.

Cook the steak.  It really doesn’t matter how you do it.   I brushed the steaks with the remainder of the olive oil and used a cast iron grill pan and fried them for two minutes a side.  I was hoping for a medium rare steak, but as the steaks were a touch on the small side, they were closer to medium well after they had rested. Allow them to cool and slice as thinly as you can.

Just before serving, sash the salad leaves and mix in the peppers.  The balsamic vinegar/olive oil mix that they are lying in is going to make the dressing.  Add the slices of steak and then the cheese.  It really is a meal in itself.

 

Pita Bread with Houmous

27 Jun

Bread scares me!  It really does.  It’s one of those food stuffs where the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts.   To get to the whole however,  you have to put the parts though a series of steps that have become quasi-religious with superstitions and myths.  There are just so many factors to take into account and so many places where it can go wrong; The kneading, over proving, under proving, too much salt, the temperature of the water, the temperature of the oven, GAH!  It’s enough to make you rush out to your local bakery.

But this is one fear I want to conquer. I want to fill my house with the smell of baking bread.  I want great golden crusts to take centre place at my dinner table and I want to smile smugly when people asked me where I buy my bread.  Most of all though I want to eat that first hot, butter-melted slice of bread.   I’m going to start small with this pita bread recipe and its ubiquitous companion houmous , but watch this space. I WILL conquer bread!

For the Pita Bread:

  • 225 gm of white bread flour
  • 7 gms of instant yeast
  • 1 Tbs of olive oil
  • 1/2 a tsp of salt
  • 160 ml of luke warm water

For the Houmous:

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 Tbs of Tahini
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1 Tbs of lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs of olive oil
  • Cumin to taste (about 1 tsp)

Add the flour, olive oil, salt and yeast to a large bowl and mix well.  Slowly add the water a bit at a time and stir until it comes together in a sticky dough.  Place the dough onto a well floured surface and kneed the dough for ten minutes.  Time this!  It isn’t something you want to skimp on.

After ten minutes of kneading, the dough should be considerably smoother and it should spring back if lightly poked.  Place it in a clean bowl, cover with clingfilm or a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for an hour.

After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size.  Punch it back down and then divide the dough into six to eight balls.  Cover the balls and leave them to rest for five minutes and then, on a floured surface, roll them out into flat circles.  The circles should be no more than five mm high. Cover the circles with a tea towel or cling film and leave to prove for a further thirty minutes.  At this stage, heat the oven to 230°C and place a baking tray in the oven to heat up.

This would be the perfect time to make the houmous.  I must apologise for not having any pictures on the houmous, but there really isn’t much to photograph.  Drain the chickpeas, but keep the liquid back in reserve.  Add all the ingredients for the houmous into a food processor or blender and turn it on.  Once it has combined, slowly add the reserved chickpea liquid a bit at a time until you get the desired texture.   Taste the oh-so-awesome,  creamy goodness and add more cumin or salt to taste.

After thirty minutes, place the dough rounds on the hot baking tray and put the tray back in the oven.  Bake the pitas for six minutes if you like a light soft crust and for ten if it’s a crispier brown crust you want.

The dough will poof up and make gorgeous pillowey pockets of dough.  Serve with houmous, or slice open the top and fill with your favourite filling for a great sandwich.

Tomato Pasta

30 Apr

At least once a year I manage to fool myself into buying a jar of pasta sauce.  Usually when I’m pressed for time.  I’ll pick up a jar and fall prey to descriptions of juicy tomatoes and fresh basil and before I know it the jar has been popped into my basket.  Then, when it comes time to use it, I’m always hugely disappointed.  The flavours never really come through.  I think the reason this upsets me is that I know how easy it is to whip up an amazing sauce  in the time it takes to cook the pasta.

If I’m really in a rush, I will literally just roast tomatoes and garlic together and then blend them with some aged Pecorino and some fresh basil.   If I have a little more time on my hands, I make this sauce.

To start, take:

  • 6-8 small ripe tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 50 gms of a hard, sharp cheese like Pecorino or Parmesan
  • 1 Tbs of tomato puree
  • olive oil
  • a splash of white wine or white wine vinegar
  • fresh basil to taste
  • coarse salt

Cut the tomatoes in halves or quarters and place, with the garlic cloves, skins still on,  on a baking tray.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and then roast at 200°C for about 20-30 mins.

Pour a good glug of olive oil into a medium pot and bring to a low heat.  Then add the finely sliced onion and allow it to cook slowly for about 20 mins until just starting to caramelize.  Now would also be a good time to start bringing a large pot of water to boil to cook the pasta.

Dice the carrot and celery as finely as you can and add to the just starting to caramelize onion and allow to cook for a further 5 mins.

While the carrot and celery are cooking, remove the roasting tin with the garlic and the tomatoes from the oven.  Once the garlic cloves have cooled slightly, grab them from the base and squeeze the garlic out of it’s skin.  Add this and the tomatoes to the onion, carrot, celery mix.  Don’t be alarmed at the number of garlic cloves.  They will have softened in flavour during roasting.

Now add the wine and tomato puree to the mix and leave it to cook for another 10 – 15 mins, until it resembles the picture above.

Add the basil and cheese to your blender and then top with the tomato sauce.  Whiz them together until smooth.

Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions and then drain the pasta in a colander and put back into the pot it was cooked in.  Top with the tomato sauce and serve with some crunchy garlic bread.  Simple and seriously tasty!

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