My Limoncello Creme Friache with Scottish Salmon and Med Veg!

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A Lovely wee plate of food for a healthy mid week meal.

I’m the kinda person that always forgets ingredients and then improvise’s but somehow it turns out o.k.! Don;t get me wrong sometimes it doesn’t (as my partner always reminds me when I say ‘oh S**t’ I forgot……………

Today was one of those days, I had the salmon the creme friache etc but forgot the lemon…I know…I hear you say ‘ but that’s a staple ingredient for any kitchen’ but somehow I forgot to add to my shopping this week. So…yep, I improvised and it turned out quite delicious! and a wee bit naughty for a mid week meal too….which made it even better! lol!

 

Serves 2

For the sauce:-

2 tbsp creme friache – low fat if you can

1 tbsp limoncello

handful of chopped parsley (or you could use dill)

1 tsp mustard

rainbow peppercorns and salt to taste

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1 x scottish salmon

1 x mix of your fav vegetables

 

  1. Firstly heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan, once hot (medium heat not too high), place salmon skin side down first and cooker for 4 mins then turn and cook for further 4 mins. rest to side. 20160928_21321620160928_213242
  2. Mix in a bowl creme friache, parsley, mustard, salt & pepper and limoncello, thoroughly mix together.
  3. Steam, fry or boil your vegetables ( I steam mine with a little butter)
  4. Place sauce on a plate and top with the salmon and add veg to your plate…Yummy 10 min healthy meal.

 

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Curried Pulled Chicken Bagels

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Another one of my quick put together meals tonight, still had some chicken leftover and bagels from weekend so decided to give the pulled chicken idea a go. This was really tasty also low in fat and calories as I used the skinny bagels at 120 calories. A real Asian infused Spice dish with the fresh coriander makes a perfect Monday night dish!

Serves 2 or makes 4 bagels.

2 small chicken breasts (I cut into thick strips so that it would cook quicker)

2 tbsp of extra light philadelphia (spread for bagels)

1 Beef tomato – chopped into small chunks

1 onion – chopped into small chunks

1 red pepper – chopped into small chunks

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp Cumin powder

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Gram Masala

1 tsp chilli flakes

Salt & pepper to taste

100g Creme Fraiche

300ml Vegetable stock

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tbsp chopped coriander

 

  1. Firstly heat the olive oil in a shallow pan.
  2. Add in the chopped onion, red pepper, garlic and ginger cook on medium heat until onion and peppers are softened.                                                                                                             20160912_173959
  3. Now add in the tomato puree, cumin, gram masala, turmeric, cinnamon, chilli, sugar and mix through for a few minutes.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock, bring to the boil then reduce to a low simmer.
  5. Place the chicken into the sauce, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for approx 1 hour. 20160912_184732
  6. Remove the lid, mix in the Creme Fraiche and gently with 2 forks pull the chicken apart. Turn up the heat to medium and continue to cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens up. 20160912_185058  20160912_190140
  7. Spread the bagels with the philly cheese and top with the pulled chicken mix……..so yummy!

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Churros with Chocolate dipping sauce

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I have seen various different versions of this recipe and always wanted to try, so today was the day that I would have a go at these delicious little Churros. A Churro is a fried-dough pastry snack. Churros are popular in Spain, Portugal, France, the Philippines, Ibero-America and the Southwestern United States. In Spain, churros can either be thin or long and thick, basically you can have them anyway you choose.

As you can see I didn’t have the iconic star shape nozzle for my piping bag, so mine are smooth unlike most images you see online, such as below.  Yes I know…..they do look better…..I will definitely be going to get one.

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This recipe makes approx 8

150g Plain Flour

1 tbsp Baking powder

1 tbsp olive oil

pinch salt

1 cup of boiling water

Oil for frying  I love crisp n dry.

100g chocolate chips

120ml double cream

1/2 cup of caster sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

 

  1. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt then add in the olive oil and water, mix together until combined, it should be like a very thick batter, it should not be runny and thin as this won’t work (trust me..my first batch was to watery and didn’t turn out at all) see my wrong batch below.                                          20160904_141413 wrong batch                          20160904_134248 very thick batter
  2. Heat in a wok some frying oil to 170 deg. If you don’t have a thermometer , drop a piece of bread in about 1cm and if it goes golden brown you know its ready.                                                                                               20160904_135034
  3. Empty the batter into a piping bag. Slowly squeeze out the mixture into the oil making a long shape about 15cm long. You may find it easier to cut with a pair of sissors.                                                                         20160904_134502
  4. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until a golden brown colour. Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto some kitchen towel to absorb the fat.
  5. Place caster sugar and cinnamon in a bowl then roll each churro in until covered in sugar.         20160904_142919
  6. Place chocolate chips and cream into a microwavable bowl, micro for 30 secs then stir, then another 30 secs and mix together well. (800w should be o.k.)
  7. Pour sauce into a serving dish and dip…Yummy!

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Autumn Seasonal Foods

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September marks the end of summer berries, but there’s lots of other fruit like apples, plums, grapes, figs and pears. Pumpkin, squash, kale and leeks make their debut, lamb makes a comeback and it’s the start of the mussels season.

Fruit
Apples (Bramley) (coming into season)
Apricots (end of season)
Blackberries
Blueberries (end of season)
Grapes (short season to October)
Figs (coming into season)
Melon
Nectarines
Peaches (end of season)
Pears (coming into season)
Plums (coming into season)
Raspberries (end of season)
Tomatoes

Vegetables
Artichokes (globe)
Aubergines
Beetroot
Broad beans (in season until early Sep)
Broccoli
Butternut squash (coming into season)
Carrots
Celery
Celeriac (coming into season)
Courgettes
Cucumber (end of season)
Fennel
Kale (coming into season)
Leeks (coming into season)
Pak choi (end of season)
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes (maincrop)
Pumpkin (coming into season)
Rocket
Sweetcorn
Watercress

Meat
Duck (coming into season)
Goose (coming into season)
Lamb
Rabbit
Venison (coming into season)

Fish and seafood
Crab
Haddock
Mackerel
Mussels (coming into season)
Pollock (pollack)
Salmon
Sardines
Scallops
Tuna (until end Sep)

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight….best Fortnight in my calendar!

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I just love everything about this fortnight, it brings local & new food and drink producers together and lets us foodie’s experience exciting new culinary ideas! Visit the official website for more details Food & Drink Scotland

I am off this Saturday to visit Loch Lomond where they are hosting a whole range of food, drink and experiences, so watch this space for some new and exciting produce ideas.

 

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.

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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