July 27, 2010
So this is a Delia Smith recipe and one the Boy used to make a lot, it is so easy and so yummy and I had forgotten all about it until I had a real craving for some enchiladas but didn’t want to go down the ready-made route so dug this recipe out…
for the salsa…
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 red onion
sea salt and black pepper
for the wraps…
4 large wraps
110g cheese (I used cheddar)
200 ml creme fraiche
Pre-heat the oven to 180c
First make up your salsa, sieve the tomatoes of the excess liquid, the chop your chilli and red onion as fine as you want it, I like mine very fine but you might like it chunky…
then chuck half the onion and everything else together in a bowl with as 2 handfuls of coriander and the juice of your lime, I also zested my lime, then season and put to one side
Mix the two cheeses together in a bowl, then dry fry your wraps for a few seconds each side.
Then for each wrap, place on a flat surface, add a tbsp of the salsa then a tbsp of the cheeses, then creme fraiche, then roll up and place in your baking dish, sealed side down, repeat until you have used all your wraps.
You should have some salsa and cheese left so pile this all over the top of the wraps followed by the rest of the onion
Now bake for 25-30 minutes, serve with the rest of your coriander and eat immediately! I served with sweet potato chips and more creme fraiche… so. good.
And despite what Delia says about them becoming soggy, they are still great the next day I took one to work for my lunch.
July 23, 2010
I have wanted to use a recipe I had for fish kebabs for ages, and decided that one night after a big workout would be the night, however I had not read the whole recipe through, only the fact that it took 25 minutes in total which wasn’t true!
So I had to improvise a little and change them to patties as they might not have held on a kebab… this meant they worked out a little expensive as instead of two dinners and one lunch it only made two dinner but you could easily add some potato or make them smaller to make them last longer or just reduce your quantities of fish and make enough for one dinner.
If you are going to do large ones like this, I recommend halving the recipe and only buying as much fish as you would eat normally, i.e. 1 fillet per person, you could bulk it out with mashed potato if needed.
500g white fish fillets, skinned
250g salmon fillet, skinned
1 egg white
3 red chillies, finely chopped
4 spring onions, chopped
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp chopped mint leaves
2 tsp finely grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
juice and zest 1 lime
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
1. Remove any bones left in the fish and roughly chop, mash the fish with the egg white together, use a food processor if you need to, then add the chillies, spring onions, coriander leaves, mint, ginger, garlic, lime juice and zest and mix well.
2. Heat the fennel seeds, coriander seeds and peppercorns in a frying pan over a medium heat until fragrant, then grind in a pestle and mortar, before stirring into the fish mix, season with sea salt
3. Mold into patties, whatever size you wish and chill for 30 minutes (if possible, mine worked fine skipping this step)
4. My patties were quite large and I then griddled them for 10-15 minutes, turning frequently.
For a super healthy dinner serve with steamed brown rice (I added spring onions and soy sauce for taste) and a cucumber yogurt dip…
250 ml half fat greek yogurt
1 small cucumber grated
2-3 tbsp roughly chopped mint leaves
Combine all and season with a little salt
So good, and very healthy if a little expensive!
July 22, 2010
Last week I posted some brownies spurred on by a gift of cherries from our friends, the Boy also got cooking and make an amazing chutney.
I had to share as although it takes a while and a bit of patience to stone so many cherries, it was so so good!
1 pound cherries, pitted
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 large onion, chopped
1 Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1. Place the cherries, cider vinegar, rice vinegar, onion, apple, white sugar, brown sugar, ginger, five-spice powder, salt, and nutmeg into a large pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove the lid, and continue simmering until the desired consistency has been reached.
Chill before serving.
We tucked in to it with cheese a few nights ago!
July 21, 2010
So I promised on Friday to tell you more about Lahloo tea, the reason I wanted to give it a whole post of its own is because it has such a great story, and as you know I adore independent companies and brands.
Bristol seem to have so many people doing great things with a passion of theirs, it really inspires me, Lahloo is one of those companies.
The brand is great and the product is just lovely, amazing tea!
Find out the lovely story on the Lahloo website here
The Lady behind Lahloo is all about bring real tea to everyone, as in proper tea leaves that you brew rather than dunking a teabag… making it a proper ritual again.
I love the branding, the different characters drinking the different teas are great…
I first brought Lahloo as presents for tea loving friends, as the packaging is so cute it makes the perfect ready-made gift…
Each tea comes in a vacuum sealed package with its name and a little description with a cute little Lahloo peg to keep it fresh.
At the Glassboat Summer Fayre I finally brought myself some.
I went for Rosey since I have a little rose obsession going on right now (perfume, actual roses in the garden, petals to decorate dessert -yes, etc etc)…
I definitely made the right choice, the tea has actual little rose buds in it!
So so cute, I loved it the moment I opened it.
Luckily it tastes good too, so rosey and fresh, quite light…
I love this tea, and am off to treat myself to another cup with a side of cake… you can buy yours at the website or at Bordeaux Quay’s deli, or at the multitude of events Kate takes her tea too, along with vintage Teacups and cakes!
I also want to add Congratulations as last night Lahloo Tea announced they had won 4 Gold Taste Awards for their tea, so well deserved!!
July 20, 2010
So this is a much-loved recipe in our house, something we turn to time and time again, mostly because it takes no effort and hardly any time at all but also because its sits around 150 calories per portion, and it’s tasty!!
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 red chillies, chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
250g chestnut mushrooms
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
400g tin kidney beans
150g green beans
half fat creme fraiche to serve
Once you have chopped the few things you need to chop this is easy…
1. Fry the garlic and chillies in olive oil for about 2 minutes, then add the cumin and mushrooms and cook for a further 3 minutes
2. Add the chopped tomatoes and kidney beans, and about 100ml water, then simmer for about 10 minutes
3. Add the green beans and cook for another 2-3 minutes until they are tender
We normally have this with dollops of creme fraiche in a bowl with some nice crusty bread, but it’s filling enough on its own if you want to be extra good, scrummy on a jacket or with some brown rice if you really are extra hungry!
150 calories!! Amazing.
July 19, 2010
This week I had yet another food gift from a friend at work, yellow courgettes, I just love colourful food…
I then saw a recipe although I cannot remember where (a newspaper supplement, I cannot be more specific sorry!) which I wanted to try, luckily it’s a simple idea so I managed to recreate something like it…
Griddled Courgettes with mint and goats cheese on toast, yummy…
2 smallish courgettes, sliced as thinly as you possibly can
75 g soft goats cheese
6-7 fresh mint leaves
sea salt and cracked black pepper
some nice bread (I used a plain ciabatta)
1. Drizzle your bread with olive oil and bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes
2. At the same time griddle your courgette slices on a very hot griddle pan until you get the nice grill markings, making sure to salt them first
3. Once baked I also griddled the bread, for that grilled look but there is no need
4. Arrange the courgettes on the toast, crumble the goats cheese on with the mint leaves, and finally drizzle with olive oil and lots of black pepper
As you can see I also made a tomato bruschetta, for this I literally just roasted about 15 baby plum tomatoes in the oven at the same time as I baked the bread then tossed with some torn basil leaves, chopped garlic, salt and pepper.
Another 10 minute dinner, with thanks to Nicola for the Courgettes!
July 16, 2010
So after we had breakfast (see yesterdays post) we checked out the Glassboat Fayre outside…
They had a croquet lawn…
And games like pin the tail on the donkey and…
They had a tea and cake stand, the difference from any other fair being that this was Lahloo Tea, (more on this in another post coming soon!)
…and the cakes… I am gutted I didn’t have one (damn that full english!) The pictures look better than I remember…
…and they were serving tea in proper china teacups, supplied by Bristol Vintage…
They also had homemade jam made by the lovely Lido people (another restaurant from the same family as Glassboat)…
…Reg the Veg, the famour Bristol greengrocer also paid the Fayre a visit and offered up strawberries and cream, among other treats…
and there was also a stand from an English vineyard, Strawberry Hill…
They were letting us taste… I tried the Chardonnay and Orion, they were both Gorgeous and only £6 a bottle, I wanted one of each but was assured that they deliver to Bristol all the time so resisted, the Chardonnay is being chilled ready for the weekend!
They also had a cocktail stand, from Hyde and Co, an amazing little spot that I might tell you about one day, it’s quite hidden and feels like a speakeasy, I love it… they’re cocktails had a English Fayre theme too with English Mojitos, and Mar-Tea-nis (cute!)
Another friend of the Glassboat Trethowans Dairy were there serving up a huge range of cheese…
…as well as their famous toasties… which we had to sample…
I had a bite, or two, I was full but I can never resist cheese…
Great idea for a summer day, I miss villages fetes in Bristol, this was a great alternative and I got to do a little shopping, perfect!