Monday, August 27, 2012
If you guys could vote for my Parmesan Chicken with Pea Shoot Salad and Zesty Yoghurt, that'd be great, thank you!! The website is below:
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Roasted red pepper and tomato sauce (makes about 800g)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 red peppers, seeded and diced
1 red onion, diced
1 tsp herbs du Provence
Salt and pepper
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
A little water (if necessary)
1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Roast the peppers and red onions in a roastring tray with the herbs, oil and seasoning for 20 minutes, or until the peppers start blackening. Remove from the oven and set aside.
2. Add the roasted vegetables and all the other ingredients into a food processor and blend until a smooth sauce is obtained. Pour this sauce into a pan and heat until piping hot. Add a splash of water if the sauce is too thick for you, season to taste, and serve- with spaghetti, pies, meats, whatever you fancy!
Friday, August 24, 2012
Wensleydale and caramelised onion pies (makes four)
Knob of butter
1 red onion
¼ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp sugar
275g Wensleydale with cranberries
100g red onion chutney
Salt and pepper to taste
1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
Egg or milk (to brush over)
1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Fry the red onions in the butter with the thyme and sugar for about 10 minutes, or until caramelised. Take off the heat, stir in the Wensleydale with cranberries and chutney, season to taste, and allow to cool.
2. Cut a ready rolled sheet of puff pastry into four rectangles. Fill these rectangles with the cooled mix evenly, fold over, and seal and crimp the edges. Cut a little hole in the top of the pies (to allow steam to come out) and brush with egg wash.
3. Place pies onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Serve, perhaps like I have, with a sweet red pepper sauce and salad.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Courgette and Mozzarella Salad (serves 2 as a side dish)
1 yellow courgette, peeled thinly into strips (discarding the middle bit)
1 green courgette, peeled thinly into strips (discarding the midd bit)
1 red chilli, very finely chopped
1 squeeze fresh lemon
Handful fresh mint, very finely chopped
salt and pepper
1. Mix all the ingredients together (except the boccocini) and season to taste. Lay the courgettes onto a platter and top with the boccocini- serve!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
So first of all we decided to check out “Le Regourdou Neanderthal site”, a site where it said in the guide book they had found the remains of pre-Neanderthal man, and also loads of bones of ancient animals. What also drew me to this attraction was the fact that is said there were real brown bears there!!! Awesome!! When we got there, every hour a guide took a group of people round the place, explaining in French as they went. We were given a guide thingy however that explained pretty much everything they were saying to the group in English. This place was amazing, and the story behind it crazy. Basically about 1km down the road, there was also a big attraction called “Lascaux caves” (which was a load of caveman wall paintings and things). When these “lascaux” caves were randomly discovered in the 50’s by four little boys walking in the countryside ( their dog got stuck inside the cave and when the boys tried to get him out, they ended up stumbling over all this cool stuff!)- a guy in a house nearby suddenly thought “Hey, I bet theres loads of this prehistoric stuff round here, maybe theres some stuff in my garden?”. So this guy dug MASSIVE holes and things in his garden for over TWO YEARS (notice theres no mention of this guy’s wife, lol, she must’ve given up in the end!!), without finding anything- then suddenly, he struck gold! He found a burial chamber (like a crude stone coffin thing) and inside this was the remains of a “Cro Magnol” man. Cro Magnol man is even older than neanderthal man. Not only did he find this intact skeleton, with loads of hunting trophies and flowers placed around him, but they found next to him the skeleton of an ancient MASSIVE bear! There is knowledge that many groups of prehistoric man worshipped bears, as they believed they were immortal (through not fully understanding their hibernation process) and it was believed the prehistoric men in this area were part of some sort of bear cult.
Anyway, slightly going off topic, but the dig site, museum, bears, and story regarding the whole site, was absolutely fascinating- and I really would recommend it.