Amazing Arancini

Uncategorized, Vegetarian

I have made Arancini before but this was something different, amazing!

Arancini can be a little time intensive and so to make it feel a little less time consuming I preped the sauce and rice first and when we were ready to eat, it was just a matter of frying the balls.

Sauce:

  • Blend 6 ripe tomatoes and a Chilli and simmer the pulp in a sauce pan
  • Add a vegetable stock pot, 3tbsp of tomato purée, 1tbsp worstershire sauce, sea song
  • Simmer for 30 minutes or until a deep flavor has been reached.

Rice

  • Soak dried porcini mushrooms for 15 minutes
  • Finely chop the porcini,  1 onion, 1 large garlic clove and fry in 50g butter and 1tbsp olive oil
  • When softened, add 200g arborio rice and coat in the buttery mixture 
  • Gradually add 750 ml vegetable stock, adding a ladle at a time until each ladle full has been absorbed
  • Leave the rice to cool
  • When cool mold the rice into satsuma sized balls and and hide a thumb sized piece of mozzarella in the middle, coat in flour, dip in egg and roll in breadcrumbs
  • When ready fry for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown
  • Serve with the sauce

  
The Arancini was mind blowing! It had a deep, rich, mushroomy flavor and was truly melt in the mouth. The breadcrumbs gave it a light crisp bight which mixed with the buttery rice created a perfect combination.

The sauce was thick and rich with just a hint of chili in the background.

I couldn’t have enjoyed this anymore….seriously try it!!!! 

Gammon: Not quite a friend

Cook book, Food, Pork, Uncategorized

I have never really liked Gammon. Salty, a weird texture that comes across as fatty, even if it isn’t. No it just hasn’t been for me.

  
But I strongly believe that taste buds evolve and so every now and again I keep reverting back to my less than favorite foods with the hope there will be a tingle of enjoyment. This has worked for me over the years, I now love wine, olives and am partial to celery, all of which at one point I couldn’t stand.

But back to Gammon. Last night I cooked orange and mustard gammon with a leek and pea cous cous. I won’t lie to you, I still don’t love gammon but it was definitely more enjoyable than previous experiences! I’m on my way 😉

   
   
I just need to keep at it with goats cheese now

Baking: my long lost friend

Breakfast, Cook book, Food, Foodie, Uncategorized, Weight watchers: Around the world

Normally when I come home I am happy to make dinner but that’s about as much Ican be bothered to do. However tonight I baked!!! 😀

Not the most exciting bake I grant you but a bake non the less! 

I quite enjoyed it too, listened to a bit of serial, relaxed..it was good.

I made raspberry muffins from the weight watchers book. I just ate one and they are not too bad, not overly sweet but they would actually be a really nice breakfast muffin. And so a breakfast muffin they shall be!

   
    
   

Cannelloni Canbehealthy

Cook book, Food, Uncategorized, Weight watchers: Around the world

It’s Monday folks.

For me, Monday requires a healthy dinner to kick start the week but I’m typically still yearning for the weekend past and so although healthy, it must hold lots of appeal. (Else wise my stomach may lead me astray)

“Appeal” to me today presented itself in the form of “comfort” and what offers more comfort than pasta? 

I rustled up a Cannelloni dish from a supremely old weight watchers book. Typically I’d consider it a little boring but it was hearty, with a deep tomato sauce and best of all, it was healthy. I am going to bed satisfied and carbed up for the mornings gym session!

   
    
   

Vitello Tonnato burger

Burger book, Cook book, Food, Food general

Probably the most “real” cooking I’ve done all week!

I’m not sure why my kitchen activities have been so lazy this week but they have. Yesterday however normal service resumed and I whipped up this little bad boy!

Homemade focaccia? Yes

Homemade veal burgers? Yes

Homemade sauces? You get the picture!!

  
I did have questions over the Tuna and caper sauce. It seems a little odd right? Especially with the veal? I even told the Jones that I would put the sauce on the side just in case it wasn’t palatable but actually it tasted so delicious that I made an exec decision and put it straight I the burgers!

  
The focaccia bread base was a nice break from the usual top and bottom bun. The burger itself was moist and tasty and the addition of the salad and sauce made it a rather grown up burger.

I would highly recommend you try this dish. If you didn’t make the bread it would also be a very fast dish to prepare…very little cooking involved!

16 Inches of Joy

Food, Foodie, Pizza

16 inches of Joy!
Total naughty night last night!

No cooking, just a massive 16 inch takeaway pizza!!

Chicken, bbq, pineapple, sweet corn. Oh my!

   
 
Babylon pizza Knutsford: I don’t highly rate it but it’s the only pizza place that delivers to my village so pizza beggars can’t be choosers!

Movie night: slight fail

Food, Foodie, Pork

Movie night came round again and last night we watched “what strangers do in the night” (great film) and had very stereotypical “movie” food.

I went with hotdogs, Chilli dogs to be exact. They are cheap, easy and fitting.

However the last couple of times I have had them I wasn’t keen and sadly last night affirmed these feelings of displeadment. Yuk! Not keen at all, hotdigs shall not be making an appearance in my kitchen for a while!

  
And erm yes, lambrini played its part! It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure! 😉

Noodles return….with Prawns!

Chinese, Food, Food general, Foodie, prawn

Despite my love affair with noodles it’s a while since I’ve made up a batch, but tonight changed that.

Prawn Noodles was the dinner choice for tonight, with a Chinese influence:

   

  1. Place the Noodles in boiling water and add 1tbsp Soy sauce, 1tsp Chinese five spice and leave to soften.
  2. Meanwhile fry thinly sliced carrot, onion and chili in a wok
  3. When softened slightly add some chopped kale and the prawns
  4. Finally season and mix the prawn mixture into the noodles 



In total this dish took 20 minutes max and was ram packed full of full of taste. Tuesday night I challenge you to give me better food! Not likely! 😉

Let me know your thoughts……