Friday, 29 June 2007

Girly Afternoon Tea: Lemon Meringue Pie

The girls came over for afternoon tea today. Mrs F needed some chocolate-flavoured emotional support so we scoffed that in the form of Mars Bar slice! There is nothing more rewarding than emotional eating - especially when the recipe includes 6 Mars Bars!!!

I thought we could probably do with some other food-based support so we also had some mini lemon meringue pies and some mini quiches. (Following my love of mini food)

Everyone knows Mars Bar Slice so I won't bore you with a recipe for it - although some people's recipes are better than others. I have to thank FattyBoomBah for her little trick with the Mars Bars (I can't tell you the trick - it's her secret).

So today I thought I would include a recipe for the lemon filling for lemon meringue pie. The rest is easy - just use bought tart cases or bought pastry and make you own. The meringue is just 1/4 cup caster sugar per egg white. This filling is good because it is not too tart - i like my tarts sweet, not tart!

Lemon Meringue Pie Filling
1/2 cup (75g) cornflour
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
125ml lemon juice
310ml water
2 tsp grated lemon rind
3 egg yolks
60g butter

Combine cornflour and sugar in pan, gradually blend in juice and water, stir until smooth. Stir over heat until mixture boils and thickens. (Mixture should be very thick). Reduce heat, simmer, stirring vigorously for 30 seconds. Remove from heat, quickly add lemon rind, yolks and butter, stir until butter is melted. Cover, cool.

Mixture freezes well. Make sure you bring it almost to the boil when reheating, and stir thoroughly.

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

In Law Dinner Part 2: Pilaf

So what did I do for the big in-law dinner? Well I cheated with the whole meat part.....I got some marinated chicken from one of my favourite butchers, along with some of his tasty sausages, and some plain old lamb leg steaks, all of which GKGK barbecued!! I also did my standard pilaf - which is perfect for GKGK's Dad who is gluten intolerant. Everyone who has had this pilaf loves it (it's probably not a proper pilaf, but I'm sticking with the name!)

Serves 2: ( as a decent sized accompaniment)

1/2 cup basmati rice
1 cup stock
Handful currants
Handful slivered almonds, toasted (you can toast them while the rice is cooking)
Handful baby spinach leaves.

Put the rice and stock in a saucepan. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to very low. Simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on. Turn off the heat. Leave with the lid on for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix through. Replace lid and leave until spinach has wilted (approx 2 minutes).


Sunday, 24 June 2007

The big in-law dinner: Whole Baked Pumpkin

All of GKGK's family came over for dinner last night - complete with kids, which BallBoy just LOVES! He goes absolutely crazy running around with his cousins. I asked all my sisters-inlaw to bring something along so that I didn't have to cook so much.

Blondie brought a garden salad - nothing different there, but a big meal like this doesn't seem complete without one. Fire brought her special pasta salad, which I have requested from her many times. It's even good the next day, heated up! (which is the only way GKGK will eat it - that way, it is pasta, rather than salad!) I have made a special request for the recipe - we'll see if it comes!
Peace brought a whole baked stuffed pumpkin, which is something new for me. She has cooked it quite a few times now, and it's just fabulous. It's not something I would normally cook. She got the recipe from delicious magazine - which i subscribe to - so I would have seen the recipe, but I probably just turned the page and thought it wasn't for me!! I guess this is a lesson to be more open-minded! You can get the recipe online at delicious magazine have very kindly listed all their recipes on this website, along with all the recipes from magazines from the same publisher. It makes it very handy when you remember a recipe you read, but you can't remember which month you saw it.
And what did I do for the dinner? Well that can be the subject of another post!

Friday, 15 June 2007

Chocolate and Zucchini Cake

My current favourite food blog is Lately I've been feeling the need to bake something for the family which has at least some form of vegetable in it, so Clotilde's blog was definitely the place to go. I decided to go with the eponymous chocolate and zucchini cake, and we were definitely not disappointed. Even GKGK (the ultimate vege-phobe) was more than happy to eat half the cake! You couldn't see any zucchini in the baked cake, so there was no risk of seeing any scary green bits. This is the place to go...

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Pork with Mustard Maple Sauce

Wow. My first ever post on my first ever blog. A whole lot to say and no-one to read it!
I just had a tasty "leftovers lunch". Pork with mustard maple sauce with some saffron rice. This was a new recipe we tried last night. I'm giving it 8/10. I forgot to ask GKGK what he gave it, but he said he would definitely eat it again, just not every week (which I agree with). The recipe came from BBC Good Food magazine, but you can get it on their website....