I love tart and tangy flavours and when I was first introduced to chimmichurri as a sauce for steak, I fell in love. It (stupidly) took me a while to realise that the sauce was not exclusively a dressing for steak but went well with many grilled meats. Later I realised you could put it on virtually anything. And so, when I don’t want Swedish meatballs with cream sauce and lingonberry jam, I make this mush mash of turkey meatballs with mash – a leaner, zinger, but just as tasty meal for lunch or dinner.Read More »
Working on my bolognese
We were making a lot of bolognese for our twins since they started eating solids – east to make, has some veg in (and we lace it with courgettes and spinach so they get an extra dose of greens), and can be eaten with and without pasta. Before them it had been a long old time since I’d made a bolognese for myself. Even then, effort was minimal. Onions, beef, tomato – of course. A bit of garlic, herbs, tomato paste – naturally. That’s pretty much where it stopped though. I cooked it quick and was happy with whatever the result was, but I guess I stopped eating it as it wasn’t knock out flavour.
Now that’s all changed. I’m using nice plum tomato passata (or blitzing San Marzanos myself), freshly ground beef, adding bay leafs, Parmesan rind, balsamic, red wine, actually using a real soffrito combo. Not to mention cooking the thing on the lowest possible heat for hours. You get the picture – my finally taking my bolognese seriously.
I do a lot of variations, but here is the most recent I did.Read More »
Spaghetti, tomato, chicken 😋
I started making a marinara sauce which I was contemplating having with some spaghetti or fusilli, but then I spotted some chicken breast in the fridge stupidly tucked behind some yoghurts and, in the words of our favourite Futurama chef Elzar, I knocked it up a notch to make chicken Parm/Milanese.
To be perfectly honest I’m not sure if the two are American versus European terminology or fundamentally different dishes but the same elements are there so I’ll just call this my take on both.Read More »
Frittata, the best all day egg
There is an important distinction in my house about two types of egg dish that I usually lump in the same group – tortilla versus frittata.
I concede that the tortilla is slightly different than the way I do my frittatas (fry and then under the grill), but they’re very similar and both delicious. For the sake of harmony, I don’t call anything I make tortilla, even when I’ve only used potato and onion.
As with many of these types of food, the best thing is that you can use whatever veg you have in the fridge – egg is the only vital ingredient. Also, this can be breakfast, lunch or dinner – not like the very breakfast focused versions of other egg meals (in my opinion – I guess really you can eat whatever you want whenever you want).
Kale and potato frittata with cheddar cheese
- 4 eggs
- 3-4 medium potatoes
- Handful of kale
- 1 shallot
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 dl grated cheddar
- Slice up potatoes and shallow fry until soft
- Toss in finely chopped shallots and garlic
- Turn the girl on high
- Chop the kale and toss in the pan together with everything else
- Beat the eggs and pour into the pan
- Cook on medium to low until some bubbles form and the edges are cooked
- Put grated cheese on top and then put under the grill
- Take out when cheese is bubbling and browned
- Eat on its own or serve with salad