Monthly Archives: September 2014

Crayfish Risotto

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Never throw away prawn heads/shells

Never throw away prawn heads/shells

Next day, leftover risotto turns into  Arancini

Next day, leftover risotto turns into Arancini

Slightly dry, my error while resting the risotto.

Slightly dry, my error while resting the risotto.

Ivy Fish Prawns beat these supermarket flops any day

Ivy Fish Prawns beat these supermarket flops any day

Ferron make the best rice, Waitrose is not bad http://www.risoferron.com/

Ferron make the best rice, Waitrose is not bad
http://www.risoferron.com/

Good chefs, show respect for the planet

Good chefs, show respect for the planet

 

So today was back to the healing beach. With the words Pilchard at the end of it , it must be a healing beach.

Inspired by another amazing day on the beach, its risotto time.

I love risotto, for a good one you need to put love in to it. Walk away from a risotto, it will flop.There is a 30 second window on right and wrong risotto according to Michele Roux junior. I thought it was 45 seconds. But Michelle is a fucking amazing chef, so I guess he is right!

I love the discussions risotto creates. I don’t think any other dish creates such? Philosophy, science, spirituality, creativity, ingredients, are just a few things that are mentioned  with risotto . For instance: always stir the rice in the same direction, Italians stir out the devil. I stir in my heart/love, in a clockwise direction. Various regions of Italy have different ideas, they will be very passionate about them. Food is passion.

 

It’s been ages since I have done a risotto . I have a bundle of prawn heads/shells to make the stock with. Ivy fish gave me a free fennel bulb. It makes perfect sense. Alas I had to use supermarket crayfish, it could of been worse. I used a small bottle of white wine, I prefer using Noily Pratt I must get another bottle. Waitrose supplied the rice. I always make more than is necessary , tomorrow will see the excess turned in to  arancini (translates to little oranges)/Italian  rice balls.

Despite some over seasoning the risotto was OK, not the best. I think Ivy Fish prawns would of been much better, see previous posts especial taste of the sea with crab risotto.

It seems one of my friends is perhaps in need of the healing beach? I will be sending a bundle of good ideas up north at the weekend. Big shout and love to my friends up north.

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Pipers Farm Pork chop, with Shilligford Organic squash, apple, John Watson’s Rainbow Chard

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I am blessed not only with good people, but the best food. West Peak farm Supplied me with some amazing Hogget/Mutton again. Seriously curries and Tagines, will not find a better meat to match the spices. A stew or Lancashire Hot Pot will be the best. Lancashire Hot pot is in the pipeline for a post.

If you visit Ermington Sustainable Market you will also meet John Watson, an amazing person. His produce is also amazing. In fact his rainbow chard is in my top ten foods. I matched this with Pipers Farm pork chop, locally scrumped apple and some Shillingford Farm organic squash . Simple enough, but the produce is so good, not much else  is needed. Italian food wins big time, by adopting this approach.

Ermington Sustainable, Its not Just The Produce, superb people, very welcoming. They  are in it for reasons other than just money. So prices are good quality is high.

British Apples are the best in the world see the link bellow. Pick some before they are all gone.

I have also realised that coriander is not just for spicy food, salads love it. It pairs well with apple, so that’s what I matched it with here, just a little butter coriander in the frying pan and on to the chop.

http://www.pipersfarm.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Peek-Farm/460032414110053

http://www.shillingfordorganics.co.uk

https://twitter.com/All_Ways_Apples?lang=en-gb

 

 

Simple but quality, amazing results.

Simple but quality, amazing results.

pork /apple /squash. a classic mix.

pork /apple /squash. a classic mix.

 

Life The Universe and Everything

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Outside Gordon Ramsay:The best chefs are female.

Outside Gordon Ramsay:The best chefs are female.

Best Italian  Deli outside Italy.

Best Italian Deli outside Italy.

I left my soul there, Down by the sea I lost control here Living free

I left my soul there,
Down by the sea
I lost control here
Living free

This beach has healed me.

This beach has healed me.

Its a Hup Ho World, so said the Ozric Tentacles. Recent Events have taken me from a dark place to a light place.  Finding my soul again thanks to some very nice people. I am forever grateful, you know who you are. I hope we can be friends forever. Thankfully my recent split (13 years)has turned out to be amicable, we are both in a happy place.

So here’s that New Model Army Lyric in full.

Some people know just what they want
They stare straight into the sun
And some they stand in no mans land
Waving at the devil that they know and the devil that they don’t
As the gods smile down into the bowl of passions
I can feel when the thunder’s coming
But fate comes quicker than a bullet to the back of the head

Halfway across the bridge is when I realise what I’ve done
But I cannot chase the sunset any quicker than I’m going
And I’m going like I never begun
And I thought that I believed in all the things that you sanctify
Bitter is the taste of freedom -more empty than the sky

And the taste of freedom is the thing that you won’t deny
Through the hours of shell-hole desperation
Waiting, waiting – out here in no mans land
Waving at the devil that I know and the devil that I don’t
More empty than the sky

I was in a dark place when that was being played a lot, it weirdly was part of my healing. NMA are on top form at the moment , the new Album is superb. Justin is one of the best songwriters ever.

Now I am in a happy place, so Dreadzone are in the mix. A Bristol Dreadzone gig booked, a guaranteed good night. A Robert Plant gig booked, Robert and the shapeshifters , the new album is superb. Notwist gig booked. Music is back in my life, listening to the rock of my youth, lots of Dio, Whitesnake and more. Lots of different genres, Dub Ambient metal ska you name it.

Back to the sea, anyone who knows me, knows my love of the beach. I am again thankful for being taken  back there. My diet is much better. I am being more conscious of the planet. This is all positive, the world is a better place as a result.

In a nut Shell, good friends, good food, music , mother earth, have mended my broken heart and healed me. Anyone going through similar times should learn from this. Thanks and Love to the people that helped(you know who you are) Life Love and Unity.

Merra Sodah, Made in India: Cooked in Britain

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Coriander Chutney is amazing, lots of uses , like the  also Amazing ‘Coriander Chicken’ .

Coriander Chutney is amazing, lots of uses , like the also Amazing ‘Coriander Chicken’ .

Cardamom & Rosewater Kulfi

Cardamom & Rosewater Kulfi

Made in India: Cooked in Britain: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen by Meera Sodha what an Amazing book . ‘Cardamom Rose Water Kulfi’ I made the Kulfi last night. This Kulfi is not to icy like others I have made, don’t make them to large is my advice, they are gorgeously rich. They are perfectly balanced.  This evening, before I devoured the Kulfi  I had Coriander Chicken with Mint and Pomegranate Raita. I am Extremely  happy with both. This is a book to buy!

Cardamom freaks like myself will love this

Cardamom freaks like myself will love this

Buy this Book!

Buy this Book!

 

Brown Bread Ice Cream

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Choice of brown roll or sliced wholemeal (I used the sliced)

Choice of brown roll or sliced wholemeal (I used the sliced)

I last made this when I lived in Dorset.  I first tried it, out of curiosity, in a restaurant called the ‘Langton Arms’, in Dorset.  That was Some 20 years ago, I was amazed at how good it tasted.  I had my memory jogged by ‘Come Dine with Me’ on the Television, this week.

A mix of two day old chopped wholemeal bread (two slices, chopped pieces no bigger than a corn kernel/nugget) cooked with light Muscovado sugar in roughly equal amounts. This is added to basic vanilla ice cream.

I used a good non stick frying pan to make the bread and sugar mix. Most recipes use a tray and oven; I found that the oven got sugar coated, when I did this method. So if you like cleaning, use the second method. Both methods give good results.  Watch the sugar doesn’t burn, five to ten minutes, depending on your cooker. The mix will be crunchy, when cooled.  Add this near the end of your ice cream mixing, so it is evenly distributed through the ice cream.

I used Gordon Ramsay’s Crème anglaise/Ice cream recipe from his Just Desserts book (the best cookery book you will buy, a seriously good investment).

Cook’s notes– Use vanilla pods best quality, ndali.net  .Other ice cream/dessert recipes exist if you have little money. Some of my future and past blogs show how to be frugal with great results.  Clarence Court rare breed eggs if you can get them. The local COOP had them this week by mistake. I believe they were destined, for another branch.

 

Some Blackberry syrup added

Some Blackberry syrup added

Crunchy nutty treats in the middle creamy vanilla .

Crunchy nutty treats in the middle creamy vanilla .

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Apple and pear trees to be raided, blackberries to be picked. Yep its crumble time again. Delia smith does a cracking Apple Almond crumble recipe.

Keep an eye open for apple trees, the trees I raid are not mine. Blackberries are superb this year.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/apple-and-almond-crumble.html

Obviously I have tweaked mine a little.  Throwing a pear in the mix. Cardamom pods Indian jaggery sugar. A lack of cinnamon in the cupboard, so I added a little allspice instead. The purple on top is blackberry syrup with cream.

P.S. my local COOP has Clarence Court eggs on its shelves. This is so cool.

Not the sharpest image, but tasting great

Not the sharpest image, but tasting great

Ermington Hash

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No, not that type of Hash! This is not Ambridge Lockstock Festival! I believe that’s the biggest bust, Radio 4’s soap ‘The Archers’ has ever seen. A character called ‘Moonface’ busted with 2ounces of weed, hilariously funny, I am not sure if it was meant to be. 

Back to the real world, my hash has superb ingredients from ‘Ermington Sustainable’. Served by nice people, the atmosphere at Ermington is always a good one. ‘Ermington Sustainable’ is full of nice happy people. The produce is superb.   Next time you buy food observe the temperament/attitude of people those around you.  It could tell you something about what you are buying, before you even see it.

So those ingredients, Rainbow Chard, picked that morning, absolutely no pesticides, I have yet to get better greens. They are also massively cheaper than the supermarket. The colour made this dish.

A few Tomatoes various all local, better than the supermarket and much cheaper.

Celeriac, small , but such a fantastic nice flavour , again cheap as chips.

Garlic was fantastic, better than Spanish or Chinese. Not enough people realise how good UK garlic is. Only Pyrenees  Garlic would win this battle. Again a great price.

Other helpers are pictured, alas not from Ermington.

Cornish salt is good , bud its not Maldon , which is my usual choice. Halle Mon is also a great salt , but mostly in recipes, where salt is in the recipe title. You might want to visit Devon Salts for flavoured salts. When I make my own sea salt I will blog it.

Jamie’s Olive oil, like many of his products pretty good, but not the best. You would have to pay 4 times as much to get the best. Jamie’s olive oil is good value for money, £3 reduced from £5 in Waitrose. If you want a peppery hit, as apposed to grassy hit, this your oil. Again its brilliant in certain things.

A cheap Chorizo , it did its job , from a local supermarket.

Shallot from Waitrose

Good Black Pepper from Bart Spices

Lemon thyme from Waitrose, it should of been from my mothers garden or the local community herb garden.  

Thanks to all the Ermington Sustainable people for a great morning and yet another great meal.

other news

I am looking at Eat Like a Girls Caramelised Onion, Coconut & Egg Curry as we speak .

http://eatlikeagirl.com/2014/09/01/caramelised-onion-coconut-egg-curry/#comment-97443

I hope to put a stall at Ermington after my holiday, its a secret until then. I don’t want my idea stolen.