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Poached egg & mushroom on tomato & pepper couscous

I had the idea of making eggs benedict with a large mushroom instead of the muffin. Then I decided to make it into a larger meal and this is what happened. It’s pretty easy and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Poached egg & mushroom on tomato & pepper couscous with hollandaise sauce (serves 2)

Egg mushroom bacon couscous

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pint volume of couscous
  • 1/2 pint boiling water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Small handful of basil leaves
  • 1/2 ramiro pepper
  • Handful sundried tomatoes
  • Two large portobello mushrooms
  • 4 rashers of streaky bacon
  • 4 eggs (2 for sauce, 2 for poaching)
  • 80g salted butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar (any white vinegar should do though)
  • Small amount of fresh chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 6 / 200C / 400F
  2. Add boiling water to couscous. Chop and add the basil and lemon juice. Cover.
  3. Cut ramiro pepper in half lengthways and deseed.
  4. Put mushrooms and pepper on baking tray and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add bacon to baking tray and cook for a further 10-15 minutes (depending on how crispy you like your bacon).Mushroom pepper bacon
  6. Meanwhile, add remaining lemon juice and vinegar to a saucepan and simmer.
  7. Separate two of the eggs. Put the yolks into a bowl and save the whites for something else, like meringue.
  8. Whisk the eggs, and slowly drizzle in the hot lemon juice and vinegar while whisking vigorously.
  9. Melt the butter in the saucepan you just emptied. Don’t worry about cleaning it.
  10. Meanwhile, take the pepper out of the oven and coarsely slice it and the tomatoes and add to couscous.Tomato pepper couscous
  11. Start warming plates and put a pan of water on to boil.
  12. Gradually pour the melted butter into the egg mix again whisking vigorously. Leave in a warm place.
  13. Add a splash of any type of vinegar to the pan of boiling water. Turn down to simmer. Stir in a circular motion, then when almost still, break an egg into the middle.
  14. Spoon half the couscous mix onto each plate. Get the tray out of the oven and add a mushroom to each plate.
  15. By this time your first egg should be ready. Remove from pan, drain and place on top of a mushroom. Cook the second egg.
  16. Pour half the sauce (will be runnier than normal hollandaise) over the egg. Place the bacon on top and sprinkle with chives.
  17. When the second egg is cooked, repeat.
  18. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  19. Eat and enjoy!Poached egg & mushroom on tomato & pepper couscous

Food Friday 2 – Quick and Simple Mocha

I really love mochas. They’re one of my favourite hot drinks. My favourite so far has been from a small shop called Caracoli in Winchester. I’ve bought some of their ground coffee and I’ve been trying to make my own mocha. I’ve had varying levels of success, but have never quite made a mocha I love. Recently though, I’ve managed to get pretty close. So here’s my recipe for a quick and simple mocha.

Ingredients (per person)

  • 125ml strong coffee (I use a blend from Caracoli but use whatever you want)
  • 125ml milk (I use semi-skimmed, but whole is also good)
  • 1tbsp double cream
  • 20g dark chocolate

Method

  1. Warm the milk in a saucepan or microwave until it’s almost boiling
  2. Add the chocolate and cream to the milk and whisk until melted
  3. Pour in the coffee and whisk a little more
  4. Pour into mug, and add sugar if desired
  5. Enjoy!

It’s really simple and really yummy. You can replace some of the milk with cream, or add more chocolate if you want, but I find my recipe works best if you’re trying to lower calories without sacrificing too much taste. Enjoy your simple mocha!

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Food Friday – Bakewell Pavlova Biscuit

I had a couple of egg whites left over from making a sauce, so I decided to get inventive. It worked, and the cherry bakewell pavlova was what came out. Thank Nick from udellgames.com for the name!

Bakewell Pavlova Biscuit

 

Recipe (16 Servings)

Ingredients:

Biscuit:

  • 90g room temperature butter
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 110g plain flour
  • 2 tsp almond extract
Meringue:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 55g caster sugar
Topping:

  • 40g room temperature butter
  • 160g icing sugar
  • Splash of milk
  • Glace cherries

Method:

Pre-heat oven to gas mark 4 / 350F / 180C (take off 20 if fan assisted).

Biscuits:

  1. Cream together sugar and butter.
  2. Add almond extract and flour and stir until a crumbly dough.
  3. Mold into balls then flatten. Place them onto a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes.

Bakewell pavlova biscuits 1

 

While biscuits are baking, Meringue:

Bakewell pavlova biscuit 2

  1. Whisk egg whites until firm.
  2. Add sugar and whisk thoroughly.
  3. Once biscuits baked, pipe meringue in two layers around the outside of each biscuit.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes then leave to cool on cooling rack.

When the biscuits are cool, Topping:

  1. Mix butter, icing sugar and milk to make butter icing.
  2. Pipe into meringue.
  3. Top with half a cherry.

Enjoy your Bakewell Pavlova Biscuit!

Bakewell pavlova biscuit 3

Food Friday – The Hunt for a Lost Recipe

I’ve been quite silly this week. I’ve not taken any pictures of the things I’ve cooked. I’ve made carrot cake, cookies and a Chinese meal, yet haven’t got anything to show for it. So let that be a lesson to me and anyone else: take pictures of what you make, they come in handy when you have no idea what to blog about.

When I was in secondary school and still doing food technology, I remember making some sort of cheesecake/pie/dessert which involved a fair amount of lemon curd. I also remember it being called Pooh’s Pie, or Pooh’s pudding or something like that, so it must have been something to do with Winnie the Pooh, obviously. I remember making it for my grandparents, and they loved it, as did my family. The bit of paper it was written on was lost long ago, yet I really want to figure out what the recipe was, and I don’t remember it well enough to recreate it.

I’ve messaged some people who have the various Winnie the Pooh recipe books in case it came from one of them, but no luck so far. I’m hoping someone out there can tell me where I can find the recipe, or can give me some more suggestions on where to search.

Not only was it delicious, and so obviously I want to make it again, I also want to make sure that I’m not just dreaming that it happened, or that it wasn’t just a lemon meringue pie or something. I’m pretty sure neither of these things are true, but I want to make sure as I was between 11 and 14 at the time! So if anyone can help me find this lost recipe I will be truly grateful!

Edit: My mum found the recipe! It didn’t have lemon curd in, but did strongly involve lemon. It’s called ‘Pooh’s Summer Pie’. I’ll be doing a blog post on it soon!

Winchester Farmer’s Market – Pork with Warm Salad

It was Hampshire Hog Day this week at Winchester Farmer’s Market so, although this post is usually anything but food, today it’s about food.

Winchester farmer's market hog

The day started well with piglet racing. They were kenekunes so very friendly, and apparently were around 10 months old. I picked number 6 to win. Naturally he came last!

Winchester farmer's market hog

 

After the racing, we wandered the market and found lots of delicious produce. As it was Hampshire Hog Day I decided to make a meal involving pork with produce bought entirely from the market.

Recipe – Pork and beetroot, carrot and leek warm salad, served with poached egg, fresh bread and chutney.

Ingredients (amounts depend on your preferences – you can easily add more for more people). I’ve added who I bought it from at the market:

Hill Farm Juice

  • 2 Pork loin noisettes / pork steak / pork chops (Greenfield Pork)
  • 2 Golden beetroot (you could use normal purple)
  • 8 Large beetroot leaves (you could use spinach or cabbage)
  • 1 Leek
  • 2 Spring onions
  • 2 Carrots (veg from various producers)
  • 2 large handfuls of oyster mushrooms (Natural Wight Mushrooms)
  • Bread (Unsure of name)
  • Chutney (Real Jam and Chutney Co.)
  • 2 Eggs (Kings Somborne Free Range Eggs)
  • Butter (I didn’t buy from the market as I had plenty, but there is butter available)
  • Apple juice (Hill Farm Juice)Vegetables

Method:

  1. Peel the beetroot and wash the carrot. Chop both into cubes and place into boiling water for 10 minutes.
  2. While waiting for the beetroot and carrot to cook, start frying the pork in a little oil. If whatever cut you use is too big, chop it in half so it cooks nicely. Drain the beetroot and carrot.
  3. Wash and slice the leek and beetroot leaves. Add a small knob of butter to a saucepan. Once the butter has melted add the leek and leaves.
  4. Wash and slice the spring onions.
  5. Chop the mushrooms roughly and add to frying pork.Pork and Mushrooms
  6. Boil water for the poached eggs. Once boiling, poach each egg individually.
  7. Mix beetroot, carrot, leek, beetroot leaves and spring onion.Vegetable Mix
  8. When pork, mushrooms and eggs are cooked, place the mushrooms on a plate. Add the vegetable mix. Put pork on top followed by egg.
  9. Serve with fresh bread, apple chutney and a nice glass of apple juice.BreadMeal

Food Friday – Cherry Bakewell

Cherry BakewellI’ve never made a cherry bakewell until this. I’ve eaten plenty of them. Well, plenty of mass produced ones. I was feeling experimental. This tart was made with no recipe and I just kind of made it up as I went along. It worked, very well in fact!

This cherry bakewell isn’t very pretty mainly because I currently only have cake tins and am not particularly prepared for tarts!

 

Recipe (serves 8)

Ingredients:

Pastry:
90g plain flour
45g hard butter
Pinch of salt
~20ml cold water
Tart:
1 egg
25g soft butter
60g caster sugar
25g ground almonds
65g plain flour
Pinch of baking powder
1/2tsp almond extract
Splash of milk
Jam (I used cherry)
Icing:
150g icing sugar
2tbsp water
Glace cherries

Method:

Pastry:

  1. Rub in butter and flour until the consistency of breadcrumbs.Bakewell Breadcrumbs
  2. Form into ball and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out thinly and put in tin, pressing lightly into corners.Bakewell Pastry
  4. Blind bake for 15-20 minutes at gas mark 4 / 350F / 180C (take off 20 if fan assisted).

Tart:

  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Gradually beat in egg.
  3. Add all other ingredients and beat until smooth.Bakewell Mix
  4. Spread jam over the base of the cooked pastry.Bakewell Jam
  5. Add the mix and smooth out the top.
  6. Cook for 20-25 minutes at gas mark 6 / 400F / 200C (take off 20 if fan assisted).Bakewell

Icing:

  1. Mix icing sugar and water until a smooth paste.
  2. Spread over the top of the cool tart and add cherries to decorate.

Cherry Bakewell