A while since my last post, though this isn’t the first one I’ve written. I have done several and not quite finished any so not published them. So that makes me only semi-rubbish.
I don’t really have anything super interesting to report at the moment.
Little Troll seems to be enjoying nursery and is coming on nicely, though it seems he doesn’t like to listen or do as he’s told, but then again what 3 year old/boy/child does?
I’ve got some new toys on their way to my house at the mo! My birthday pressy from my parents and hubby troll, a Big Shot Die Cutter, I am VERY excited about it.
Today I am going to show off some of my baking/cooking goodies. I seem to be getting rather good with pastry!
This is my Gammon, Chicken and Leek pie. Made with smoked gammon, and it was utterly mouthgasmish.
Chop up a couple of gammon steaks and a couple of chicken breasts,
Soften leeks and onion in a pan.
Get a bowl put diced meat, leeks and onions plus some sausage meat and an egg.
Season then stir it all together.
Make up basic pastry (200g flour, 110g butter, splash of water, X2) then put it in the fridge to cool.
When cooled roll out, line a greased tin with the pastry, fill with meaty goodness and put a pastry top on it.
Pinch it to seal the top and give it an egg brush. Needs about 2hours cooking on about 180c degrees.
Two lots of bread I made yesterday, just basic white bread recipe (500g strong flour, 300ml water, 2tblsp oil 7g yeast) and chopped into balls and put in a pie tin to cook instead of a bread tin. Rather satisfying, looks nice and makes good tear and share bread
This is the same recipe as above but cooked in a bundt tin, looks nice but breaks easily because it doesn’t have the middle bit to hold it together. I intend to do this recipe again very soon but use slightly less oil and add crispy bacon bits into the dough. See how that works out!
The first picture here is my first attempt at Bara Brith. The outside was a little harder than I would have liked but it tasted amazing. The second picture is my most recent attempt and it was glorious. Moist, rich and not too hard on the outside, though the brown sugar in the mix give it a nice toffee-ish-ness to the outside.
This is a link to the recipe I use,
However you might like to add some nuts or different dried fruits, I suspect this would taste good with dried blueberries and cranberries. The fact that you have to soak the fruit in tea just sells this to me everytime!
The other things I’ve made today are a Corned beef Pie and a Giant Chicken and Veg Pot Pie. Both have turned out quite well. Really pleased with the pastry, nice and crisp and just the right amount of crumble to it when you bite into it.
This is similar to the recipe I used for the Corned Beef pie, http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/corned_beef_and_onion_91401 though I used Hendersons/Worchester Sauce instead of ketchup and a squirt of tomato puree.
The Chicken pie is literally just:
Onion, celery, carrot diced and fried till soft.Fry diced chicken breast till cooked then mix together, crumble a stock cube (veg or chicken) and pour a little boiling water on then mix, season and tip into a baking dish and put a pastry top on. Milk or egg wash then bake till golden, 30-45mins tops.
So that’s some of my recent cooking adventures. Am still loosing weight, more slowly now but that suits me fine. For St David’s day the kids dressed up for newpaper photos and Little Troll was in it, he is of course the only child not looking at the camera…. well done Little Troll.
Looking forward to visiting my parents and some friends in a few weeks up in Yorkshire. Had an appointment to discuss my next arm operation, which they have said will be 6 months, which as you can imagine I’m thrilled about! However the doctor did say he would put me down as Urgent, so it may be sooner, who knows?
That’s me done for the night, nothing more to report at the mo.
Take care all.