Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Chicken cacciatore (New Version)

This dish looked boring to be honest, as it doesn't have much in it, and I worried it was just going to be a limp tomatoey effort. In the end I was pleased. Its simple flavours were comforting, if not astounding, and as a couple of people dropped in I cooked Neil Perry's Bucatini All'Amatriciana (Bacon Pasta) as a first course, and it all went well together with a bottle of nice white. Troubles were eased, and I will make this again.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Orange Cake

ok, so I've jumped forward a few books, but I just cooked the Orange Cake from Marcella Cucina. It all went well, and was so easy. Well, apart from the fact a certain someone burnt out the blender blending up her mix!!! I did warn her, although she says the blender 'got tired' when blending my mix, and just happened to give up the ghost in hers. The fact she was doing a double mix had nothing to do with it apparently...

Anyway, all worked out a treat. I was making it for Christmas but I've already taken a couple of slices. We'll see if it lasts!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

frittata with cheese

I have decided I can't always have photos here or I won't get around to doing things. Tonight was frittata with cheese. Neil Perry taught me how to make french omelette and it sure was fine. But I like the idea of having veges, and just sticking it to the french...

Anyway, so I mixed the egg and parmesan cheese together along with salt and pepper. Not much in it, Hazan style! I then heated the butter and poured it into a little frying pan, hoping for the best. It seemed to take ages to 'set', apart from the top. I don't know how long, 15 minutes I guess. I then put it under the grill, as instructed, but rather than it needing 'a few seconds', it actually needed a few minutes. No bother.

So how was it? Delicious I must say. Like a little cheese and egg pie that you want to eat more of. So easy. It is crying out for a salad though - next time!