Tuesday, 27 October 2009
I have be disgraced into starting blogging again after I found a forum recommending my site even though I'd stopped. Anyway, a lot has happened since my last blog on 22nd April 2009. I've finished in Cardiff and am no longer a student :( and also not working fulltime as a composer - double :(
On the up side I am working as a freelance yacht skipper and also doing composing work on the side whenever someone has a mad moment and forgets about the current financial crisis!
I promise to continue blogging my frugal ways of cooking, and hopefully with my job I might be blogging from all 4 corners of the world...
Hope you're all well
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Whilst slightly tipsy thanks to an afternoon of St. Paddys day drinking a mate bet that I couldn't make a decent meal from what is on the reduced counter at our local Tesco Express. Unfortunately the counter was rather bare (literally all there was were some chicken breasts, a pack of broccoli and some bacon) so the meal is a bit boring... however I'm planning to do this regularly so hopefully it'll turn out some more interesting combinations!
Chicken in a Cheddar and Bacon Sauce with Broccoli and Sweetcorn.
I just poached the chicken then made the cheese sauce my usual way and added small pieces of fried bacon... EASY!
Sorry the pic is a bit rubbish, my friend has borrowed my SLR so had to use my phone!
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
- Take your breast and flip it over
- Chop off the flappy bit of meat as shown below
- Slice the breast open (as shown below again) and open up
- Coat in crack pepper (or what ever you want to put on it)
- Cook in a pre-heated oven at 200c for 15-20mins
My knife is a bit blunt so it really hashed up cutting it into strips!
Anyway this was the finished product
Got to get to bed though have a lot of portfolio work to get through in the morning!
P.S - I forgot to mention in my last blog GBK have a buy one get one free offer at the mo (mon to thurs - runs out the end of the month) click here to print the voucher.
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Last week was a very long week, I had to juggle composing my opera with celebrating my twenty-something birthday... I know, it's a hard life! With it being so chaotic I didn't have time to cook even one meal, so spent most meal times in either a pub, restaurant or greasy spoon cafe. So I thought, rather then write a blog about what "I" cooked, I'll do one about what I didn't cook.
Day 1 (my twenty-something Birthday)
It has become somewhat of a birthday tradition with my mates for us to head to our local greasy spoon called Daiquiri's (now I know a place named after an alcoholic drink is never a good place for breakfast but stay with me...) for breakfast.
This place is truly amazing, in the morning it's a quality breakfast joint, as the day wares on it become an even better Mexican bar/restaurant. The food here is 2nd to none for the price range, with a full English (and half pint of orange juice) cooked to perfection for £4.50 how can you go wrong?! The thick bacon is grilled not fried, the beans are Heinz not some cheapo make and the sausages and pretty damn good too.
In the evening I went out for a meal with my housemates & co. and after a bit of faffing about ended up in one of Cardiff's two new "Wagamama's". Now I was quite excited because several mate have been raving about this chain. When I got there I was somewhat confused as I didn't really fancy soup... was kinda stuck! Anyway after trying to workout what everything was I settled for the "Salmon Ramen" - noodles in a pork and chicken spiced miso soup topped with a grilled fillet of salon, seasonal greens, menma, spring onions, wakame and carrots. garnished with mixed sesame seeds. Now I must say I really like the flavours of this dish, but because it is just one HUGE bowl of it and nothing else I felt it became a bit sameish. For desert I shared (now that is showing my age) the White Chocolate and Ginger Cheese Cake... YUMMY!
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and will be going back sometime, I just don't rave about it!
The whole day was washed down with some sublime cocktails in local bar Milgi. I had - from what I remember:
- Fruit Salad Martini - taste just like the sweets!
- Espresso & Vanilla Daiquiris - the sophisticated vodka red bull. The Sailor Jerry's gives a great Vanilla twist whilst the three coffee beans placed on top really finish off the presentation.
- Organic Milgo Mojito - which is: Muddled organic basil, lime, gin, lychee liqueur & elderflower sugar. Sounds random but is sooooo refreshing.
One of my sisters came down for the party so we went out for a meal before hand. Unfortunately Pizza Express was rather busy so we headed up to the new GBK (Gormet Burger Kitchen - right next to Wagamama) which was another first for me. As per neither I nor my sister could decided on what to have, luckily we were both torn between the same two burgers:
- Pesterella - 100% Aberdeen Angus Scotch Beef Burger, pesto, mozzarella, salad and relish.
- Chicken, Camembert and Cranberry
Thursday, 19 February 2009
In an attempt to finish off my fresh pasta before I go training up north this weekend so went to a recipie I learnt when working in a gastro pub.
Meatballs in Tomato and Chilli Sauce and Pasta
I used my usual Tomato and Chilli Sauce and cooked the pasta as I always do, but the meatballs is a first for this blog!
Serves 2 (6-8 meatballs)
- 120g lean beef mince
- 120g pork mince
- 2 tablespoons of fine bread crumbs
- 1/2 small onion,finely chopped
- 1 medium egg
- 2 table spoons of water
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 pinches of black pepper
- Mix all indgredients together and form in balls about 2" in diameter
- Place on grill pan and grill on high for about 12-15min turning regularly
- Put in pan with sauce and warm through
- Serve with pasta
Anyway, got to keep this short as I have a lot of work still to do... oh the joys of being a student :(
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
- 3 large tomatoes
- a large pinch of freshly chopped basil
- 2 Tablespoons of Mascarpone Cheese
- a small pinch of salt
- Blend the tomatoes
- stir in the basil and salt
- Melt the Mascarpone on a low heat
- Add the tomato and simmer for 3-mins
- Fresh Pasta
- A hand full broccoli broken into small sprigs
- 2 Salmon fillets
- Put the salmon in the microwave (I know I'm usually anit-micro waving, but it really does cook salmon very well) for about 2mins 30sec (750watts)
- Whilst the salmon is cooking cook the pasta (with a pinch of salt and a drip of cooking oil) and broccoli in the same pan. If you use fresh pasta this should work out just the right amount of time to keep the broccoli nice crunchy and full of flavor. If you're not using fresh pasta add the broccoli for the final 1 min.
- Once the salmon is finished break into chunks, mix with sauce and warm through slowly.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Well it's been a very long time I last blogged and I really do miss it so I decided to kick things off again and keep my blog alive!
Dissertation boredom and final project insanity is starting to kick in so today I decided to try something I've seen on a few blogs recently - "5 min Cake". Much to my disgust my local Tesco doesn't sell "Cocoa Powder" so I've adapted the recipe and tried out a few flavours. We've experimented and adapted the method to come up with what we think is a rather good formula:
- 4 Tablespoons of normal flour
- 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
- 4 Tablespoons of Sugar
- 2 Pinches of Salt
- 1 Egg
- 4 Tablespoons of Milk
- 3 Tablespoons cooking oil
- Flavour of your choice!
- Mix Flour, Baking Powder, Sugar, Salt and you chosen flavour in a large mug.
- Add the egg and lightly mix.
- Pour in the Milk and Oil, and mix well.
- Put in Microwave at full power (750watts) for 3mins.
- Let stand for 30secs.
- Empty onto plate and eat straight away!
This cake was nuked for 4mins which was too long as the texture was rather rubbery, and we only put in half a tea spoon of baking powder making it rather heavy.
By now we'd learnt out lesson about over nuking and using too little baking powder. For the vanilla and Raisin we put in some vanilla extract and raisins into the mix. This made a beautiful texture and flavour.
In retrospect we should of used more nutella as the taste wasn't strong enough...
These cakes are great quick and easy to make, I can see them becoming a drunken munchies snack in my house!
Watch this space for more flavours and the continuation of my blog!