Soft White Rolls

April 12, 2011

 So as I said yesterday I made our burger baps for the BBQ on Sunday, and I am so happy I gave it a go as they turned out to be so good!

I made double just in case something went wrong, as I was doing the first batch I made a little mistake so thought it wise to make more.

I used a River Cottage recipe. This makes 6 rolls.

You need:
300 ml water
500g white bread flour
5g yeast
10g salt
35g butter

1. Mix water with flour, bring together into a rough mixture. Add yeast, salt and butter and work into a dough.

2. Knead for 5-10 mins. If it’s too sticky add a little bit more flour. As you work it the stickiness starts to disappear, then it becomes more elastic.

I thought it had all gone wrong here, the instructions are a bit vague and don’t tell you how the dough should look or how to knead but I remembered my bread making lesson with John and what we had done there.

The dough was not smooth like it was that night though, so I was worried.

3. Leave to prove in an oiled bowl for an hour and a half in a warm place.

I left mine in the sunshine, with a bag over it with air in (something I learnt from John)

4. Tip out onto a very lightly floured surface, knock back, then shape. Cut in half, then cut each half into 3 to make 6 balls of dough. Stamp out with your fingers then make it into a ball shape. Roll it around to make it into a nice smooth shape.

5. Put on a greased baking sheet, fairly widely spaced apart. Sprinkle flour on top. Leave to rise somewhere warm for 30 minutes.

6. Put in the oven – 15-20 mins at 210-215°C.

So easy! Don’t worry too much basically, this recipe is fine and everything turned out great.

In the end I actually made too many and we are eating them for lunch this week, I think they might actually be getting better as the days go on!

Beef Burgers

April 11, 2011

How glorious was the weather this weekend?

Here in Bristol it was amazing, truly as hot as July! All my freckles have come out and I even caught the sun on my legs a little.

Friday I was sat outside the Arnofini all night, until the sun went down with friends drinking cider, you know summer is here when the whole of Bristol is dangling their legs over the water there.

Then I spent Saturday at various parks in the city, visiting friends that had settled in each one, it was great catching up with so many people. But all I could smell was BBQ, everywhere I went.

So Sunday the Boy and I decided we would have one of our own. We invited a few friends over, hung out some bunting and made a fire in our slightly still wild from winter garden…

Our friends came over at 3pm so I spent the day making things to eat, and reading the papers in the sun with a glass of wine whilst the Boy made fire… it was a good day.

Here is the recipe I used to make some really good burgers.

This made 6 smallish but plenty big enough burgers, or you could make 4 massive ones!

You need:
500g mince (go to your butcher it will be so much better!)
1 small red onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

They did start to fall apart a little so you could also add an egg at the mixing stage. Also some chopped chilli or tabasco sauce would be good too, if you like things hot!

1. Mix the mince, onion, garlic, mustard, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce together and season well. To check the seasoning you can do as they do on TV and fry off a little ball of the mix to taste.

2. Shape the mixture into 6 burger patties. Place them on a plate, cover and chill for half an hour, you can freeze them at this stage as I did with 2 of them.

3. After chilling they should cook in 10-20 minutes on the BBQ, depending on how hot yours is… just watch them!

Add some relish, mayo, smoked applewood cheddar and you have THE BEST burger! We used our tomato and onion jam (always need this in the fridge)

We also made a fruity salad to have with some bbq’d halloumi; a must try!

I also made the white rolls, so easy I will share that recipe with you tomorrow.

I hope you all had an equally sunny weekend! Did you BBQ?

So in the lovely weather last week some my uni boys (who live on BBQ food and not much else in the summer months) fired theirs up, my first BBQ of the summer was a very meaty affair!

Oliver made some amazing lamb koftas and a very spicy salsa

To make the lamb kofta;
500g lamb mince
1tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp Paprika
3 garlic cloves
handful fresh chopped mint
Sea salt and black pepper

Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. Divide into 8 balls, then roll each ball on a board with a cupped hand to turn them into ovals.

Thread onto 4 metal skewers and brush with oil. 
You need to cook these through, this should take about 10 minutes on each side on a medium heat.
Don’t turn until they are well sealed or the meat will stick to the grill or pan.

Serve with some yogurt (mix some natural yoghurt with some finely chopped mint, half a finely chopped apple, finely chopped cucumber)

Salsa
6 tomatoes finely chopped removing the middle
2 red onions finely chopped
1 green chilli finely chopped (no seeds)
drizzle of olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
fresh coriander leaves

Mix it all up and leave for as long as you have for the flavours to combine. You can play about with the ingredients and quantities of this to make a salsa you like, maybe more/less chilli, more red onion, some parsley instead of coriander, mix it whatever you feel.

and Teeny marinated some chicken and made a really good potato salad…

plus we had hot dogs to snack on whilst we waited for all of that… I ate a LOT of food!

For ease of eating on our laps in the garden, we made wraps out of everything…

Thanks Boys! When’s the next one?