Fish pie! I made this with pollock (poached in milk previously used for poaching smoked fish) and prawns, with a sauce made from said milk, and topped with a slightly cheesy mash. I forgot that the sauce needs to be thicker than when you make a standard bechamel, so it was a little runny but meh, who cares eh? it tasted good :) Also, a word on Sainsbury’s budget garden peas - bleuch. I think that they must be sat in a bucket for an hour before being frozen because they are mealy, hard, and not at all sweet. Having bought them thinking that since much of sainsbury’s budget range is pretty good (pollock instead of cod for example (but they’re still so scared to call it pollock that they label it as ‘white fish’ and hope no-one looks too hard rather than championing sustainability…)) but these really aren’t worth the saving. Unless, of course, you like your peas like that. In which case there is something wrong with you. I’ve not binned them (yet) but have found that they are much improved by tossing them in butter and chopped basil after boiling them. You might even want to add a little bit of sugar or, dare I suggest, honey…
A risotto with mushrooms & bacon with some tender stem broccoli, and a plate of macaroni cheese with some steamed spring greens. These sort of meals become staples as the weather gets colder - simple to cook, filling and warming to eat.
Adventures in Pastry 2
This is a haggis pie made with the leftover rough puff from my disastrous sausage rolls. I served it with steamed spring greens dressed with a little bit of butter and pepper. Much happier, although the pastry could have done with maybe 5 more minutes in the oven. But at least it wasn’t burned and depressing!
Adventures in pastry 1
This was a really really sad thing. I made little chorizo sausage rolls using my first attempt at rough puff pastry, and then overcooked them… The chorizo was burned and the pastry was dry and horrible. I ate two but they were just so bad that I could only put them in the bin. Awful and depressing.
This was a rather unusual combination of a grilled kipper served with gnocchi in a tomato sauce. Surprisingly good use of left over mash!
Trout fillets, smeared with a paste made from ginger, garlic, chilli, and coriander leaf, and roasted in a medium oven. I ate them with egg fried rice (with soy sauce to season), and steamed greens, dressed with soy sauce, sesame oil, and raw chilli.
Slow cooked squid stew in a tomato & chipotle chilli sauce, finished off with lime juice and coriander lead. You can either fry squid quickly or slowly otherwise it becomes chewy and rubbery (bleuch). I cooked a large squid on the griddle on Sunday, but overcooked the flesh of the body, so I chopped it up and cooked it for a couple of hours. I served it with simple basmati rice and some flatbreads (which are so easy and delicious - it’s just flour, water, and rapeseed oil, mixed, kneaded, and rolled out into discs).
Two lamb chops, mashed potato, and steamed spring greens. Comfort food for a chilly Monday night.
Coley fillets, sliced into goujons, and deep/shallow fried (I cooked it in a wok with oil about 2cm deep) covered with batter according to the recipe by @ChefTomKerridge from his recent TV series. This batter is AMAZING & really light, and the fish cooks really quickly.
Tagliatelle with scallops, chorizo, and tomato sauce with a healthy helping of basil.