Wednesday, 26 October 2011

mushroom pasta

 Originally I was inspired to make this after seeing the recipe on smitten kitchen.

I have adapted it a little.  For the recipe you will need

  • mushrooms cleaned and left whole (as much as you like)
  • 3 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • a good glug of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter dotted on top
  • salt and pepper
  • sprigs of thyme and rosemary
Put in a 180C oven for about 20-25mins

Turn them over 1/2 way through the roasting.

 Then once I had baked the mushrooms I added some chopped parsley and more fresh thyme. I then thought I would add the mushrooms to some pasta.

 Along with 3 thinly sliced courgettes sauted in a pan with olive oil, butter and salt and pepper.
2 chopped tomatoes and plenty of parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

my ultimate dream home

I remember seeing this home featured in 'Inside Out' magazine' a long time ago,  October 2003 to be exact and thinking how magnificent it was.  It was originally owned by composer George David Weiss and his wife Claire.  It was on the market a while back so I don't know who owns it now.

'Casa Finisterra' is situated where the desert meets the sea in 'Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

I love everything about this house interior included..

The vista is just incredible.

I found these photos here, check out more here

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


This was what we ate watching the 'World Cup' semi final, All Blacks vs Wallabies on sunday night and what a game it was.  Congratulations All Blacks.

I used the already prepared 'Turkish pizza bases' and added a base of my basic tomato sauce  (with a lot less sugar and added some oregano).
Then piled on the salami, red onion, red and yellow peppers, feta cheese and finally a layer of packaged grated pizza cheese and a few olives.
The sprinkling of some fresh thyme leaves after it's cooked adds a nice aromatic touch.

Monday, 17 October 2011

what's in season

Asparagus.  When it is this thin I just pour boiling water over and let it sit for about 5 mins.  Asparagus goes with everything but especially I think with scallops and prawns.

Cos lettuce.  Make a 'Caesar salad' with avocado and bacon and plenty of parmesan cheese.

Avocados.  What can I say.  Maldon salt and a spoon is all I need.  Would have to be one of my top ten food loves.

 Loquats eat straight of the tree.  If you eat too many it is known to have gentle sedative effects lastly 24hrs.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

ham, eggs and tomatoes

This would have to be one of my favourite breakfasts.  Ham, poached eggs and tomatoes.  Yumm.  Yes I know I am a pig and have 2 eggs on 1 piece of toast, but I'd rather just have 1 slice of toast and not compromise on the eggs.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

chicken tikka masala

I was watching the cooking show 'Perfect' the other week and Anjum Anand was making a chicken tikka masala and it looked so good I felt I had to make it.

I can't be bothered to write it out so I'll just link you back to her recipe.
I don't know why I have red onion in the first picture because it doesn't seem to be in her recipe and I don't know why I have 2 marinade parts.  I might have just decided to add it.  I can't remember now.

Here are all the marinade ingredients.  I let it marinade for about 6 hours.  I used chicken thighs.

 I grilled the chicken in the oven to try and get some charness to it.  It does release a lot of fluid.

Tear up the chicken ready to add to the sauce for later.

I served it with some Naan bread that I made but I can't remember what recipe I followed.  Thats the problem when I take the photos and then post several days later.  When I remember I will post it.  It was a good recipe too.