Kune Kune Pork Chops

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O.k. so I visited my local Food Assembly this week in Glasgow and spoke to Harris Farm Meats harrisfarmmeats , she had some Kune Kune Chops ready, I was really interested as I’d never heard of this breed of pig before. Kune Kune is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand they are quite hairy with a rotund build, they range in different colours and are very rare. Watch her pigs here https://vimeo.com/163851647 they are so cute.

Kunekune

The pigs eat grass and forages naturally, this produces a very special meat different from another kind of Pork. It is almost reddish in looks and has a roast beefy taste. I was very impressed.

I decided to griddle then slowly and decided to use a mayo, hoisin and chilli marinade, which went very well. This was a mock up of things I had around so was taking a chance, but luckily it worked.

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Yummy!

 

Good Food Top 50 Restaurants – Scotland is doing well!

GOOD FOOD GUIDE TOP 50 FOR 2017

GOOD FOOD GUIDE TOP 50 RELEASED

Thank you to the Glasgow Foodie for the report. Top 50

Gleneagles restaurant soars to top spot of Scotland’s best restaurant list in the 2017 Good Food Guide which

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, is the top Scottish restaurant!
· Aizle, Edinburgh, a new entry to the guide, has been praised for sustainability and its use of seasonal and local ingredients
· Inver, Strachur, another new entry, was singled out for its use of heritage ingredients and its reliance on local resources in a remote area
· Number of Glasgow entries has almost doubled this year
The Good Food Guide (GFG), owned by Waitrose, is a guide to the very best restaurants and eateries across Britain.

Scotland also receives a new entry to the Top 50, with Castle Terrace in Edinburgh, run by chef-patron Dominic Jack, featuring at number 22

The Peat Inn in Fife (ranked 20 with a cooking score of 8), along with Tom Kitchin’s eponymous Kitchin (ranked 23) and Restaurant Martin Wishart (ranked 39), all make the coveted Top 50 list.

Speaking about Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, says, “Unimpeachable ingredients are at the heart of Fairlie’s culinary endeavours, from the Gartmorn Farm duck served with ceps to the seasonal pickings from his flourishing two-acre garden (some ten miles away). At the stoves, he’s a master technician, eloquently schooled in the refined traditions of French haute cuisine, but applying a modern sensibility to dishes that always feel newly minted.”

Glasgow has almost doubled its number of entries in the GFG this year, moving from seven entries last year to 13 in 2017.

Singled out for praise in the Longest Serving category, are Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow, which has been featured consistently in the guide for 45 years; Airds Hotel, Argyll & Bute, 41 years; Ostlers Close, Fife, 34 years; The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye, 31 years and Crannog, Fort William, 27 years (see our review here).

The top restaurant in the whole of the UK this year is L’Enclume in Cumbria, which scored a perfect 10 and kept the number one spot for the fourth year running – and we can’t argue with that (see our review here)!

1 L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)
2 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (10)
3 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9)
4 Pollen Street Social, London (9)
5 Hibiscus, London (9)
6 The Fat Duck, Berkshire (9)
7 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (9)
8 Hedone, London (8)
9 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Tayside (8)
10 Fraiche, Merseyside (8)
11 The Ledbury, London (8)
12 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
13 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)
14 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (8)
15 Fera at Claridges, London (8)
16 Le Gavroche, London (8)
17 Marcus, London (8)
18 The French, Manchester (8)
19 André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8)
20 The Peat Inn, Fife (8)
21 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (8)
22 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh (7) New to the Top 50 this year
23 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)
24 Bohemia, Jersey (7)
25 The Greenhouse, London (7) New to the Top 50 this year
26 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)
27 Casamia, Bristol (7)
28 Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall (7)
29 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (7)
30 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)
31 Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire (7)
32 Restaurant Story, London (7)
33 Gidleigh Park, Devon (7)
34 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)
35 Simpsons, Birmingham (7) New to the Top 50 this year
36 Sketch, London (7)
37 Forest Side, Cumbria (7) New to the Top 50 this year
38 Murano, London (7)
39 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)
40 Ynyshir, Powys (7)
41 Adam’s, Birmingham (7)
42 The Raby Hunt, Durham (7)
43 Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire (7)
44 Orwells, Oxfordshire (7) New to the Top 50 this year
45 Restaurant Marianne, London (7) New to the Top 50 this year
46 Hambleton Hall, Rutland (7)
47 The Whitebrook, Gwent (7) New to the Top 50 this year
48 Llangoed Hall, Powys (7)
49 Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (6)
50 The Dairy, London (6)

The Good Food Guide will be available to buy at Waitrose from 5th September priced at £12.99 (rrp £17.99). The guide can also be pre-ordered now at thegoodfoodguide.co.uk

Indian Spiced Russian Kale served in Courgette Boats

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Picking up my goodie bag again from the Glasgow Food Assembly on Monday, I got some lovely fresh Courgettes (Zucchinni to those of you that are from America) and some Red Russian Kale, with thanks to  Locavore in Glasgow,  the RR Kale is more tender and has a sweater flavour than the more traditional varieties. So what to do with it all…..well here goes, a nice wee spicy treat.

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Makes 2 Boats

2 x Courgettes – Sliced in half longways

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 chilli – chopped (red or green)

1 small piece of ginger – finely chopped or grated

1/2 tsp turmeric

about 8 strands of kale

small handful of peas and sweetcorn (I used frozen)

Juice of 1 Lemon

1/2 tsp corinader

1 tbsp coconut (dessicated or fresh chopped)

1 tbsp sesame seeds

 

  1. Firstly preheat oven to 200 deg.
  2. Lightly brush the courgettes with olive oil and place in a baking tin or tray, season with salt & pepper. 20160823_131707
  3. Oven bake for approx 30 mins or until turning slightly browned. Once roasted remove with a spoon the seeds. This of course could be done before hand, but I plan on mixing it with my kale mixture.
  4. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a fry pan.
  5. Sizzle the cumin and mustard seeds for approx 1-2 mins.
  6. Then add in the chilli, ginger and turmeric fry for another 2 mins.
  7. Add in the kale, peas and sweetcorn with a tbsp of water, Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 mins or until the kale has wilted.                                                                                                           20160823_134417
  8. Squeeze in the lemon juice, coriander, sesame seeds and coconut, toss everything together and heat through for another minute.
  9. If mixing the courgette seeds add in now and then serve the mixture into the courgette halves.

A Yummy side dish with a little spice, nice and healthy or even a small lunch.

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Quality Scottish Local Produce – Skinni Style

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Was so excited on Saturday as my food package arrived from West Coast Foods in Prestwick, the packaging was excellent and fully lined to help keep the produce fresh and cool.

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At West Coast Foods their ethos is all about quality and service, they strive to bring the finest local Scotch produce direct to our homes, produce that has been butchered and prepared by their award winning team. They also aim to deliver the fresh & chilled food within 24 hours of ordering. By bringing back the traditional high street butcher and offering a delivery service, we are able to eat quality butcher meat with ease. I’m all for supporting local small producers the taste and service is so much better than your marketwide retailers, and we are also supporting the communities.

Check out their website for more information:- http://www.westcoastfoods.co.uk/

I decided to try their Skinni range of black pudding, square sausages, chicken, curries, sauces and burgers to start with and I have to say so far I’m really impressed with the taste. The Skinni range is very low in fat but still delivers full flavour.

Some I’ve had to date:-

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Kedgeree

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Always seen this but never tried it, really don;t know why as I love every ingredient that’s involved. This recipe was inspired by J.O., after watching him on TV I decided to give it a go and I have to say it was absolutely delicious. It is normally classed as a breakfast item however we decided to have it for dinner, yummy and so tasty and filling.

 

Makes enough for 2

2 x Smoked Haddock pieces

2 x eggs

2 x Bay Leaves

2 tsp mustard seeds

2 tsp turmeric

Thumb size ginger – chop small pieces or 1 tsp powdered ginger

1 Red Chilli – chopped

4 Spring onions – chopped

Handful coriander – chopped

150ml natural yoghurt

1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

1 packet of pre cooked wholemeal rice (used this for quickness)

Handful of peas

1 lemon

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  1. Bring large pan of water to boil, place smoked haddock, eggs and bay leaves and simmer for 10 mins.20160813_165100
  2. Heat up a large fry pan to medium heat and add in mustard seeds, turmeric, ginger, chilli, spring onions, coriander and cook for few mins.                                                                  20160813_165810
  3. Add the precooked rice to fry pan, then add in the peas, squeeze lemon juice in and stir to mix through. Cook for 5 mins.
  4. Remove fish and eggs from pan, remove egg shells and flake fish on a chopping board, the fish should easily come away.                                                                                                          20160813_170249
  5. Mix the yoghurt and sweet chilli in a small bowl and put to side.                                                  20160813_165759
  6. Put the fish into the fry pan and mix through.
  7. Serve kedgeree onto plates and slice egg in half and place onto of rice to serve. Serve with the yoghurt mix to the side as an option. Yummy!

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Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Shake

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This is so moreish and so healthy, you can have as your morning shake, lunch shake, snack shake, pre or post workout shake…….oh yes this is good anytime of the day….so yummy!  At only 200 calories its even better!

Makes 2 shakes

2 bananas – preferably frozen

4 tbsp of peanut butter – chunky

2 tbsp cocoa powder

250ml water

pinch sea salt

 

  1. Simply put everything into a blender and wiz up until smooth. Divide into glasses.

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Hasselback Cheesy Chicken

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Hasselback potatoes now has competition! lol!   Using up leftovers in my fridge again!  Tasty wee dinner treat tonight.

Makes 1

1 x Chicken Breast

1 tbsp Lightest Philadelphia (Cream Cheese)

Small handful of cheddar cheese – grated. I used my favourite, Scottish Galloway!                                  20160809_125733

1 Smoked Bacon Medallion

Pepper to taste

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg.
  2. Place chicken breast on a baking tray and make slices about 1 inch long and 3/4 way down to base. 20160809_125401
  3. Spoon cream cheese into slits, then slice the bacon medallion and place a slice in each slit. 20160809_125511  20160809_125618
  4. Sprinkle grated cheddar on top and finish with sprinkle of pepper.                         20160809_125724
  5. Oven bake for 25 mins.

Serve….so Yummy!

 

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