Monthly Archives: November 2014

Bannana Spring Roll, with Ruhbarb and Rose Sorbet

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So I found some Rhubarb in Waitrose Exeter reduced to 59p, hoorah! Hughes new book has Rhubarb and Rose Sorbet. The spring roll is from ‘Ugborough Sustainable Market’ The spring roll and more stall is well worth a visit. Ugborough has amazing food and more.

The best being wild Hogget/West Peek Farm. Pork is on the  stall this week Sausages, I have two packs, traditional and cracked black pepper.

I cycle to Ugborough, as part of my healthier life style. I suggest

Spring Roll Amazing! superb texture Banana/coconut yum yum! Rhubarb and Rose Sorbet.

Spring Roll Amazing! superb texture Banana/coconut yum yum!
Rhubarb and Rose Sorbet.

we all look in the mirror and do the same

Life Love and Unity

Kellys Amazing Chops.

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Real Pork!

Real Pork!

John Watson's vegetables are amazing!

John Watson’s vegetables are amazing!

Kelly’s Chops

Another winner from The Wild Hogget. A fresh hit of pork. I have chosen a simple dish from Hughes new book. Sometimes simple is best, it needs to be good produce though.

On the side we have John Watson’s amazing vegetables Welsh onion and spinach. With some potato from yesterday. Again simple cooking, excellent produce.

All of this is available from ‘Ermington Sustainable Market’. The quality is amazing, the price is better than the supermarket. But it’s not just the produce. The people at Ermington are all very welcoming, very nice and very friendly.

Olive oil, fennel, olives, garlic, that’s it. Seriously Hughes new book absolutely brilliant!

Hugh/Wild Hogget/John Watson superb flavours!

Hugh/Wild Hogget/John Watson superb flavours!

 

John Watsons Apples (slightly caramelised) with Chestnut Pancakes

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How do you like them apples? very nice! John Watson delivers again. Slightly caramelising, is a term I learnt from a visit to St Johns London.  It means just that! Chestnut pancakes are easy enough. Eggs, almond milk,chesnut flour, agave syrup (you could use another sweetner). I got my chestnut flour from ‘Linna Stores’ in Soho London.  As in France, the first pancake is for the dog, seconds for chef to taste, then its onwards to the stack being kept warm in the oven.

So good!

So good!

A very nice breakfast indeed.

Rye-gestives : Bake Love Not War!

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Ryegestives with Ekte Gjetost

Another winner, from Hughes Light and Easy book. Dairy free, tasting massively better than shop bought die-gestives. Some of the processed foods we buy are scarily bad for us. So making your own seems like a good idea.

These are easy enough to make and contain some good ingredients. I recommend the raw coconut oil used, it’s an amazing product.

It also means you eat a sensible amount. Who hasn’t gone overboard with a cheapo packet of custard creams? Once you start following the excellent advice in Hugh’s book, you won’t want to be putting any of that shit in your system any more.

My picture shows one topped with Ekte Gjetost which is a sweet, brown, firm cheese, made solely from pure goat’s milk which is boiled under pressure until caramelization occurs. Stronger than regular Gjetost, it is widely popular among Scandinavians, and anyone who has visited that part of the world. Children especially enjoy its sweet flavour and fudge-like texture. It is often eaten as a breakfast cheese. I bought mine from Chandos Deli Exeter.

Here’s what the Daily mail says about shop bought biscuits

Digestive biscuits

Pros: Contains protein and some dietary fibre, and are not loaded with artificial ingredients. Cons: High in fat, particularly saturated fat. Also high in sugars, but low in vitamins and minerals. A chocolate topping adds more calories and fat. Digestives are also the saltiest of all mass-produced biscuits. Three of them supply as much sodium as a packet of crisps. Typical biscuits consist overwhelmingly of highly refined flour, generous quantities of sugar and chemically hardened vegetable fat. Healthier-seeming versions prominently featuring ingredients such as Oats and dried fruits often contain just as much or even more sugar than the standard biscuit and surprisingly large amounts of fat.

The worst thing about biscuits is the Trans fats they contain -chemically altered fats produced when vegetable oils are hardened.

The Department of Health recommends that we consume no more than 5g Tran’s fats per day.

 

http://www.acaloriecounter.com/trans-fat-foods.php

http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/scandiland/

On My Bike ,Seafood.

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Native Oyster? Easy to miss, amongst the rocks!

Native Oyster? Easy to miss, amongst the rocks!

Small rock oyster.

Small rock oyster.

Native Oyster?

Native Oyster?

Another trip to the beach, cycling through some rain showers to a sunny  end. Mussels were the main catch, there are less mussels around than previous trips. I am pretty sure over collecting is the reason. Time to move to another mussel bed. Not everyone forages responsibly, like I do. I suspect there could be fishing bait involved?

The largest Oyster, found to date makes me think it could be a Native.  It wasn’t attached to the rocks. It was nice, but I prefer the smaller ones. I am still a big fan of “fines de Claire” oysters.

So Mussel Potato Gratin was the end result of my trip. Nice enough, the mussel liquor was salty, so I had to be cautious when adding this to the sauce.

Devon ,Only me  on the Beach, pretty cool huh!

Devon ,Only me on the Beach, pretty cool huh!

Cycling has got easier, as a result of my healthier diet. Hugh Fearnly Whitingstalls new book Light and Easy is well worth investing in. Also we all need to take some litter off the beach,even if it is not yours!

Smoked Bacon, White Sauce(including pepper corn and bay), Potato, breadcrumbs Parmesan.

Smoked Bacon, Wild Mussels,White Sauce(including pepper corn and bay), Potato, breadcrumbs, Parmesan.

 

One big oyster! Nice as this was,I prefer the small ones.

One big oyster! Nice as this was,I prefer the small ones.

Breakfast, Amazing Start To The Holiday!

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Some fine ingredients treated with the respect they deserve, for the first day of my holiday. Served with fresh Monmouth Coffee. That’s Organic, Cooperativa Zaarias Padilla, NICARAGUA, thanks for asking. Exploding bakery are my suppliers, they are a must visit! They have a new cake on the horizon, I was honoured to be the first. It is amazing! Exploding Bakery are so sharp they are tweaking it to absolute perfection. It’s gonna be Rockstar!

Scrambled eggs soft set, seasoned with pepper and parmesan. Heston’s lapsang souchong tea smoked salmon mixed in and on the side. The bread from Puglia is superb for toasting or frying. A slice of  Heston’s Alderwood smoked British streaky bacon on the side Absolute heaven.

Coming up its Wild Hogget spiced leg of mutton and leftovers bestovers Shepard’s Pie. The Lamb Hogget and Mutton I get is as good as Gordon Ramsay’s, that’s as good as it gets. I have eaten Lamb and Mutton in Gordon’s Hospital Road (3 Michelin stars/Clare Smyth) and several others, all excellent. So if you want to get the best Lamb Hogget Mutton  on the planet, Ermington and Ugborough Sustainable is the place to go. Superb ,pork is also around the corner.

All eggs used to be this colour. One generation f$cked it up. Thankfully Clarence Court Slow laying Old School birds and methods are around.

All eggs used to be this colour. One generation f$cked it up.
Thankfully Clarence Court slow laying old school birds and methods are around.

 

Heston Blumenthal  and Waitrose , what a team!

Heston Blumenthal and Waitrose , what a team!

Exploding Bakery supply and brew superb coffee (I was in the business for 12 years I know my stuff).

Exploding Bakery supply and brew superb coffee (I was in the business for 12 years I know my stuff).