22/02/12

leftovers

this is the plan i made to use the left over piece of topside i had from the beef olives. the result is far from a meal of left overs

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21/02/12

bean curry

glorious, rich, fulfilling, cheap, delicious meatless monday recipe

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20/02/12

beef olives

This Thursday continuing with the 70/80s theme I made beef olives. I remember the idea of them from my childhood but I am not sure I have actually ever eaten them. I do know I had never made them before.

For how finicky they seem they are actually hellova easy to make. Read more

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16/02/12

fish with fennel

Last night’s dinner was very 1970s and very nice. And really very easy. Perfect combination really.

I got a butterflied filleted yellowtail from PnP for about R50. It was enough to feed three of us using less than half – so its yellowtail salad for lunch for a while. Yay. Read more

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14/02/12

chicken and broccoli bake

chickeny, bacony, cheesy goodness

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13/02/12

mushroom soup with sage

The bf makes soup on Sundays. I am trying hard to establish this as a set-in-stone tradition because it is just fabulous to not have to cook on a Sunday. And soup seems the perfect Sunday dinner. So I shall be encouraging him – a lot!

For Christmas I suggested a family member of mine buy him a soup recipe book (sneaky sneaky) and the result has been some really yummy Sunday night dinners. Now I am back home, I reinstated the new tradition with enthusiasm last night. And got mushroom soup with sage for my efforts. Read more…..

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07/02/12

Hake and honey

So – I saw a recipe for fish (salmon) with honey and peppercorn paste. I thought it odd but decided that that was why it appealed to me. I am not a fan of sweet savoury food so this was a deviation from my usual food. Read more

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06/02/12

Curried eggs

I like eggs but seldom remember to eat them. When I saw a recipe for curried eggs I thought I’d give it a bash.

To start I boiled 4 eggs until they were hard. I then peeled them and left them to cool. I made an error here and let them cool too slowly so the whites went a bit blue/grey. It didn’t damage the flavour but it looked less than perfect…………… Read more

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03/02/12

Ostrich burgers

Really yummy burgers using minced ostrich, beef and kidney beans

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02/02/12

Stuffed aubergine

Last night’s dinner didn’t photo very well so you will have to live with a description only. I made stuffed aubergines. I am trying to make friends with aubergines, and it is a struggle. But this meal was actually okay – in fact even nice….

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29/02/12

Marinated beef

This was Friday’s meal but I went away for the weekend and that was way more fun than writing a random blog post

I decided I needed some red meat so I bought some minute steaks. I put the meat in a bowl with a sliced red onion, sliced garlic, sliced mushroom, coriander and herbs. Lemon juice and balsamic vinegar supplied the liquid for the marinade. I left the lot to bond in the fridge for a while….

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27/01/12

Hake ‘n salad

It was time for fish – without the loaves, obviously, them being carbs n’all……..

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25/01/12

Feta and pepperdew chicken

Chicken breasts stuffed with feta and pepperdew….

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23/01/12

Sardine bouillabaisse

When the recipe said bouillabaisse it really meant fish soup – if you are going to be proper about it and all. Cos I believe bouilla-what’s it requires three days, a French accent and a vineyard to make properly.

So I made fish soup…..

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19/01/2012

Beer battered fish and mint pea puree

Last night was fish and chips and mushy peas. And was delicious!

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18/01/2012

Tomato, pea and tofu curry

Last night a vegetarian friend came for dinner so Meatless Monday happened on Tuesday

I made tomato, pea and tofu curry – the recipe called for paneer but i didn’t have time to make it. I shall do though so that next time I have a stock in the freezer.

I have never cooked with tofu before and have only eaten it once. I thought it tasted like something that would happen if a condom and an egg were genetically spliced – rubbery and somewhat tasteless. But I decided to brave it in the name of environmental friendliness and all that hippy stuff.

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15/01/2012

I have decided that i will select 4 new recipes from a single recipe publication to try every week

this week the publication is Plum Magazine

and the recipes are:

chicken breasts (i added these) and a polenta and mediterranean veggie stack

tomato, pea and paneer (or tofu) curry

Beer battered fish and chips

Sardine Bouillabaise

Will post as i cook them with recipes, photos and comments

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pepper steak pie

moroccan lamb stew

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