Posts Tagged ‘bruschetta’

December 30th, 2007

Our Christmas Dinner (just the two of us) Category: Other Foodiness

Since we moved into our flat (3 years ago now) we have eaten Christmas dinner at my parents but then cooked our own dinner for two a few days later. Unfortunately I was working Thursday & Friday so didn’t get a chance to do it until tonight. It was really nice, even if I have spent the majority of the day in the kitchen…

To start, we enjoyed some Champagne & Sloe Gin Cocktails We then enjoyed some simple tomato & basil bruschetta care of a Jamie Olive recipe – it was really delicious…
Followed by a traditional Christmas dinner: Turkey, The Best Ever Stuffing ™, pigs in blankets, roasted potatoes and parsnips (in goose fat, again) and some glazed carrots with caraway seeds. Of course we also had some gravy (the best I’ve made yet!) and my homemade cranberry sauce which was fantastic… the photo doesn’t really do it justice as the battery went…For dessert I made Simon Rimmers Bounty Profiteroles. Need I say any more…
Hubby quite simply said that if we weren’t already married, he’d ask me there & then after sampling this pudding (if only I’d have known that years ago ;o))

We finished off with an espresso made in our new espresso pot, the rest of the Moet and maybe a dash of Viognier.

Mmmmm. I love Christmas dinner.

April 26th, 2007

Wednesday Night Cook In Category: Other Foodiness, Recipes

Wednesday nights are great at the moment. First at 8pm we have Neneh & Andi which is an absolutely great non-chef foodie programme.

Followed by some Sweet Baby James – whilst I think the title is quite poor, I do have a small thing for James so I have to watch…

Followed up by The Apprentice, not as good as past years in my humble opinion but I do watch (normally whilst on the ‘bag).

And at 10pm we have the finale, Desperate Housewives, I just love this programme & there’s not many on telly that gets me cheering & laughing quite so much (Susan & Mike have to get back together!).

A bottle of wine always goes down on a Wednesday too – ahem.

Anyway, back to the food. I went a bit mad last night & made:

  • Bruschetta (toasted ciabatta for ease, & mixed up some tomatoes, garlic & red onion with a small amount of olive oil, serve with a dash of balsamic vinegar)
  • Asparagus & Lemon Risotto (yum) care of Nigel Slater
  • Chocolate Chip Muffins thanks to Nigella’s recipe here
  • I also heated through some ciabatta & onion bhajis for lunch today (based on a Philpotts favourite of ours – ciabatta, hoummous, onion bhaji & spicy mango chutney)

Here are a few pics of the risotto & muffins
The muffins are quite nice but not as sweet as we expected so may try another recipe next time.

And here are some tulips Hubby bought on Tuesday after a small reminder that it was our two-monthiversay.