Archive | November, 2013
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Chard-stuffed Roast Lamb from BBC Good Food November 2013 issue

6 Nov

Chard-stuffed Roast Lamb from BBC Good Food November 2013 issue

It is always interesting to try a new roast lamb recipe, as it is one of my favourite roasts. I tend to cook with leg, as the family prefers less fatty meat, but it is worth persevering with shoulder, which is very tender and sweet tasting, as well as being cheaper. I boned the shoulder myself, so had the benefit of the bone for some stock-making.

We all enjoyed this, and I think that the stuffing worked well; I left out the raisins, as I just do not like them. It was a good stuffing for rich meat. I served it with roast marfona potatoes, spiced sweet potatoes and baked glazed carrots, as well as my special home-made gravy, to which I add dijon mustard and a home-made jelly such as crab apple.

Full marks and worth making again.

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Toffee Apple Cheesecake from Sainsburys Magazine October 2013 issue

6 Nov

Toffee Apple Cheesecake from Sainsburys Magazine October 2013 issue

Wow! What an amazing recipe from Jo Wheatley. I am not a fan of competitive cookery shows, but I do love good recipes. I decided to cook this for a birthday dinner for my father, so there were seven eager consumers who all enjoyed it (half-hearted praise from Jess my daughter who is not a fan of creamy puddings). I love seasonal recipes, and hate using out of season fruit and vegetables, so this was a good recipe for me. I was able to use cox apples from our own tree.

The best thing about this cheesecake is that it is not too sweet, probably helped by the base of gingernut biscuits. It also looks attractive and is so easy to make. In fact, I went out to buy the ingredients to make 2 more, to put in the freezer in advance for Paul’s birthday party.

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Pumpkin Soup with tomato, corn and coriander salsa from Sainsburys Magazine November 2013 issue

6 Nov

Pumpkin Soup with tomato, corn and coriander salsa from Sainsburys Magazine November 2013 issue

I made this soup for lunch for Paul and myself. We both love soup and this one was a success, although I have to say that I did spice it up a bit. The recipe listed no spices at all, and I felt it was rather plain without any. The salsa was a nice addition and very colourful.