A return to trying to blog straight after cooking and eating…
After a lovely weekend away relaxing at a spa for a friend’s hen do, I got home and got to thinking about dinner. I had most of the ingredients assembled but nipped out for squash and spinach. This veggie feast was another Good Food recipe, and pretty simple to prepare (although it did generate quite a lot of washing up, so lost some of its appeal for that).
First Mr M chopped the squash up into little cubes, then I sprinkled it with oil, cinnamon and crushed coriander seeds. After 35 minutes in the oven the squash was tender. Whilst it was cooking I sweated ginger and shallots until soft. Then I bashed some lemongrass, before chopping it finely and adding it to the pan with some garlic, to cook. Once these were all soft in went some red chilli,coriander leaf, turmeric, pineapple juice and water. This mix was cooked until reduced by a third.
A quarter of the squash and the chilli liquid were combined with a tin of coconut milk and then blitzed till smooth. The rest of the squash was then added with the spinach and some chopped water chestnuts. Ten minutes of simmering later it was ready to serve on rice with a coriander and cashew nut topping.
The flavours of this were sweet, coconutty and a little bit spicy. The chestnuts saved it from being too smushy bringing some welcome crunch. I enjoyed the light Thai flavours from the lemongrass, ginger, coconut, coriander and chilli. Not sure what teh spinach was doing except adding visual contrast, as its flavour got quite lost. I think if I made it again I would add more heat! Mr M liked it though so overall pretty pleased with my efforts, 8 out of 10 from him. Although I have to say the delectable chocolate banana cake I’m tucking into made by my lovely husband is a 9+ at least veggie food includes cake 🙂
Mr M and I struggled to agree on a country that we both fancied this month. So inspired by our friends who have decided to go Vegan in the week, we opted to make veggie meals in the evening. We thought it would be a bit restrictive to give up meat entirely so as with other months we are just sticking with the theme for dinner.
We’ve been very bad with blogs so far this month, so this is the start of an attempt to catch up 🙂
We started the month with puy lentils, red onion and goats cheese. Satay stir fry was then followed by Carbonara (oops, we had bacon to use and its always bacon that cracks vegetarians). We were then away for the weekend.
Mr M got the week of to a smokey, spicy start with a four bean chilli. Flavoured with a mix of beans, Mexican chillies, cumin, cinnamon, black cardamom and dark chocolate. This was yummy and served with tortilla chips, creme fraiche and cheese.
Next was a delicious apple flavoured beetroot borsch. Beetroot, cider, apples, onion, garlic and stock were cooked, pulsed and served with creme fraiche.
A cheeky stir fry got us through Wednesday before we went a visiting again. Expect a proper blog on Saturday
British month ended on a hale and hearty note.
On Friday night after a busy week at work we tucked into Sausage and Guiness casserole with mashed potatoes.
We had family up for the weekend so treated them to hone made butternut squash soup (with wine, garlic and rosemary flavours). This was served with puff pastry and goats cheese tarts.
For dinner we had a light salad with Mr M’s yummy sandwich pies with smoked ham, chicken, cheese and mustard filling. For the vegetarian we did a cheese and onion version. Our guests were very appreciative of the hand held food.
Tea and cake were served later and as it was haloween weekend we went with a toffee apple theme. Good Food had a delicious recipes on their cover for a lightly spiced, date based cake, covered in slivers of apples and drizzled with toffee sauce. I was really pleased with how my version turned out. It was the first time a recipe I’ve used has asked for the dates to be warned in milk, left to cool and then pulsed before adding to the sponge mix. I think this really helped with the toffee flavour and helped to keep the cake moist.
On Monday night we chopped the mountain of swede, potatoes, onion and beef required for Cornish pasties. The filling was placed in rich buttery homemade pastries. Delicious golden pastry and tender meat made a yummy dinner and did us for 2 lunches as well!
An overall 9 for these efforts 🙂