Posts Tagged 'food'

What a day

After spending more hours in the dentist chair this morning than I had planned, my day has been a bit lazy. I’m finally on vacation having pushed back my week off every week since July because of work commitments and now, just to give me a wee slap in the face,there is a frost warning for tonight.

What the hell,this is my summer vacation!

So to cheer myself up I’ve picked a handful of chilies that I’ve been growing and I’m cooking up some chili, washing it down with some home brew.



As a small time gardener still trying to find out what I can grow and what I can’t there are a certain amount of disappointments. However having some bruschetta made with home grown garlic, onions, basil and tomatoes smothered across some fresh bread I’ve baked tastes awesome, and yeah makes me feel a little smug too.


Twisted chili


I set up some prewritten blog posts on my iPad that we’re supposed to automatically post to my blog, but as none of them are here I think it’s safe to say it didn’t work.

Instead here is a picture of a home grown twisted chili. I can’t help but think that ‘twisted chili’ sounds like a shitty high school band name, so I’m off to google to find out if anyone has been bizarre enough to name their band with that , if so they can have the pic for their next album cover.

Home; and eating well

Back home after a stint on airport/airline/cheap hotel food and I made myself a cottage pie. It’s a fantastic dish for that “home” feel.

I now have a full belly and a glass of red wine.

Happy days.

Double IPA


Tried a new beer last night, pictured above. I’m always a bit dubious of double IPA’s, I don’t subscribe to the view that just because your face gets sucked inwards in a bitter punch of hops it somehow makes for a good beer, but this little beauty has none of that.

Plenty of hops, plenty of taste but still smooth enough to have a few (just remember its 8.2%!).

Lamb curry success

The lamb curry I mentioned in my last post was a success. The 5 others that shared it with me became tasters and not victims, which is always a good thing, and they all went back for more.

I was supposed to be going out for dinner tonight but due to a change in plans I’m now eating at home and have very little in, not even any left over curry due to its triumph.

Looks like it will be a store cupboard lottery tonight!

Slow cooker baked beans

I had a stab at cooking baked beans in the slow cooker again today, the result was ok but not amazing. I think I have being trying my hand at recipes now that when I go wayward and start making up my own stuff, just being ‘ok’ isnt enough.

The background recipe for this one came from Craig Flinn’s recipe in his book “Fresh & Local“,  which I have made before, but this time I mixed it up a bit. For example where the recipe calls for smoked ham hocks, I only had plain ham hocks so to give it a little kick and a bit of a different flavour I added some adobo chillies. It now has plenty of kick but not really much in the way of depth of flavour.

I think that the real problem for me, plenty spice but not enough depth. At least the cornbread is good…….

Tomorrow I am sticking with the slow cooker but trying my hand at a lamb curry, I’ll let you know how it goes.


Christmas Stollen Pudding

A new dessert (new to me) is now in my cooking repertoire, Christmas stollen pudding.   A little while ago I posted about how I was going to make stollen, which I did. The recipe I used produced 2 loafs one of which I used today to make Christmas stollen pudding, its a kind of bread and butter pudding but using stollen.

Its ridiculously easy;

  • take you loaf and cut it into chunks
  • mix together 2 eggs, 300mls (1 1/4 cups) of milk and 300mls of thick cream
  • Pour over the stollen pieces and bake for 40mins at 350f (180c)

Then enjoy.

Here’s how mine turned out;

Stollen that turned into plain white bread

I was going to make some stollen  today, mainly because I saw a recipe and thought why not? 

Turns out the reason not is because you need 40g of yeast and I had 8g.

So stollen is now on the back burner and in its place is a simple white loaf, and another food fail for the week is achieved.

Samosa fail

I was doing a small grocery shop today and felt a bit peckish while doing the rounds. I decide on a lentil samosa from the deli counter as my snack of choice, but I’m not that keen on eating them cold.

Can you heat it up?” I asked

“Umm sure” came the counter guys response with a weird look on his face, and off he toddled, and returned a couple of moments later with my samosa and other deli items.

When I got back to the car and unwrapped my samosa it was stone cold. It was then a realised that he thought I was asking if it was possible to reheat a samosa rather than what I wanted, which was to have a warm samosa there and then.

It was still tasty, if not indeed toasty.