Thursday 18 June 2009

Lamb Kofta-Kebabs

So this is something I decided that if I couldn't do in the wok, I could attempt on the raclette grill! It was a Merlotti recipe made up from a bit of everything!

Lamb Mince
Chopped mint
Chopped chives
Finely chopped onions
Cumin seeds
Sprinkle of chilli powder
Salt and pepper

It's so simple - basically, mix all the above ingredients together to taste, wrap around a wooden skewer and fry on high heat to brown. then turn down the heat to cook though. Serve with fresh salad - mine was a mix from the garden, including Nasturtiums, which I know aren't traditional but are tasty! I also combined chopped mint, chives, lemon juice salt and pepper with creme fraiche for a tasty sauce.

Serve in a warmed pitta bread with salad and a dollop of the sauce!

Monday 15 June 2009

Lack of Kitchen

Ok - I'd like to apologise for the lack of cooking activity, and therefore, writing activity, on my blog recently. This is due to a lack of kitchen! My new base units went in two weeks ago with nothing else, so I'm now waiting for the new surfaces to be fitted, in another two weeks, before I can get a hob in.

So, for the time being, I'm left with an electric wok. I started off with the usual...stir-fry, paella, risotto, but soon got bored and we resorted to the bbq, Again, meat, meat and meat got a bit dull, so now I've dragged out a raclette maker (!) with a fry-grill type top, so am doing a bit more!

Tonight's dinner was steak (yes, I know we could have used the bbq...the rain we're used to, but with the thunder and lighting I thought that it maybe wasn't such a good idea!) So we had a great piece of sirloin with colcannon - simply fried cabbage and onion in the wok added to shop bought mash heated in the microwave! I simply couldn't be bothered to find a place to peel, chop and mash potatoes!

Any wok / raclette ideas welcome for the next few weeks.

Monday 1 June 2009

Goats' Cheese and Beetroot tower

This is one of the easiest and tastiest starters or quick lunches there is!

Slice beetroot - home cooked or pre-prepared!
Slice goats' cheese
Pop a piece of beetroot, then a piece of goats' cheese on a piece of baking paper and a tray.
Sprinkle the goats' cheese with dried mixed herbs, salt and pepper.
Repeat another two times so there are three slices of each.
Stick a piece of rosemary through each tower to keep it together.
Drizzle a little olive oil over each and pop into the oven for about 15 mins, until the cheese is melty and the towers are beginning to lean!

Serve with salad shoots and a splash of balsamic.
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