Saturday, 7 July 2012

I've Been Away....

 My flat has been 3 weeks without gas, making cooking rather difficult. Until our landlady arrived with an electrical hotplate, I made many toasted sandwiches- I probably doubled the amount of toasties I have ever made in my life. The hotplate is surprisingly good, but I missed baking and stovetop cooking.

There were several good meals made with that hotplate, but I haven't enjoyed cooking so much these past few weeks. As a result, I wasn't feeling enthusiastic about cookery blogging either. Now things are back to normal, expect usual service.

Some of the things I have been making over the last gas-free weeks:

 Nigella's Finger Lickin' Ribs
(obviously on the hotplate instead of cooked in the oven)

Nigel Slater's No-bake Passionfruit Cheesecake
 A spatchcocked chicken, rubbed with a spiced butter. The butter was made with
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 30g butter, room temperature.

Pork belly slices, rubbed with olive oil, thyme leaves, salt and pepper. I cooked some apple wedges in butter, as well as some sweetcorn. The sweetcorn was liberally spread with chilli, coriander and lime butter.

Nigella Rapidi Roastini

In essence, fried gnocchi. Utterly addictive.

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