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Day 24 – Aioli

So we’re moving. Windows are being fitting, kitchen is being designed. I can finally unbox my Christmas Kenwood. Problem is cooking has been hard. I’ve deviated from the Super Saturday list, so shameful. Everything has needed to be easy this week. I’m also away this weekend. Sorry.

Tonight we had fish and chips but I wanted something extra. There are four things I love in food terms – cheese being the first which you might know by now. The others are salt, mayo and garlic. Yes I know the salt one is terrible but I can’t help it, it goes on everything I eat. However not many recipes exist with salt as the main ingredient so garlic mayo it is. Or Aioli to be precise.

Ingredients

3 egg yolks

4 garlic cloves

juice of 1/2 lemon

salt and pepper

150ml extra virgin olive oil

mustard powder (optional)

saffron (optional)

Now this recipe couldn’t be easier. It puts all the easy recipes so far to shame.

Steps

1. Blend egg yolks, garlic, lemon and salt&pepper in a food processor

2. Pour in the oil in a steady stream while still blending until thick and creamy

3. Serve with baguettes (or chips.)

And that’s it, you can add the mustard and/or saffron to vary the flavour if you like. I guess you could add other herbs or spices to it as well for different effects. I’m not sure how long this would keep though ┬ábut definitely a fridge dweller.

 

 

Super Saturday Number Two

Oh no. Amazon sent my new cookery books out with the awful Hermes courier. They tried once and sent them back, shame on them. I will have to reorder them and wait, again. Wonderful. On the plus side, it snowed. Yay snow day, two days off work – admittedly unpaid – but nevertheless, off work. Also, I mentioned we went food shopping, at last. Nearly seven weeks since we went last. It does mean that hopefully I’ve bought everything for the whole week of noms and won’t need to buy expensive last minute ingredients at the expensive store on the way home from work. Bonus.

Plans For This Week

– Hungarian Goulash

– Levesbe Galuska (lit Soup Dumplings) – also Hungarian

– Mushy Pea Curry, Slimming World Style

– Seaside Fish ‘n’ Chips with Mushy Peas

– Indian Barfi

– Nutella Cookies

– Tteok [this was word of the day on my other blog!]

I used to go to Slimming World and a lot of people swore by Mushy Pea Curry – it’s full of super speed foods [metabolism boosters, low in calories, high in density etc etc] and it supposedly tastes great. Now I’m still in Christmas mode, so I’ll try anything. Even mushy pea curry.

Favourite Food Of The Week – Kedgeree. So it didn’t look like the picture. So what, it tasted good. Hot too, which isn’t a bad thing. And filling, especially good for the budget when a bag of rice is around 10p.

Worst Food Of The Week – Pizza dough. After several attempts it still failed. The toppings were lovely as I splashed out on ‘authentic’ italian meats and cheese. But the dough was a disaster. Funnily enough, pizza dough appeared on todays Saturday Morning Kitchen and James Martin blames my yeast. Maybe third time lucky.

Til next week. Nomnomnom.

Super Saturday Number One

So technically there has already been a Saturday so far this year but it was so close to last year I decided it doesn’t count. From today the plan is to recap the weeks kitchen escapades along with any other awesome tidbits I can think of to share.

When I decided to start this little challenge blog I didn’t really plan to much in advance – that’s why everything has been a little hit and miss. I’ve pretty much bought each meal the night I’m cooking it. This will hopefully change this week onwards. The whole week will be planned in advance, thus saving me time and money as I won’t be doing a million and one trips to the store for one item.

The new house is also more organised and there is now a plan so that’s a little less terrifying too. I just wish the new kitchen would hurry up so I can really start cooking. I’ve even bought a cookery book – Marguerite Patton’s Century of British Cooking no less.

Food Ideas For This Week

– American Burger Night

– Korean Kimchi

– Kedgeree

– Seaside Fish ‘n’ Chips with Mushy Peas

– Inside Out Sushi Rolls

– Tempura Battered Prawns and Rice

– A Mixed Bento Box for Lunches

That will hopefully cover the whole week, finish off Japanese Week and give me some lunches for work too. What a plan. Some things will take a while, Kimchi for example takes a few days to ferment so will update the outcomes on the next Super Saturday.

Favourite Food Of The Week – DoroWat, hands down the nicest, richest, most filling stew I have ever eaten. I don’t like stew. Ask anyone. But this was amazing, and will be made again in the not too distant future.

Worst Food Of The Week – Texas BBQ Beans, this was horrific. Maybe my measurements were off, maybe not. But still, it was disgusting. Such a shame as so many people rave about ‘Cowboy Fare’. Might find a more reliable recipe and try again, although that one was a BBC Good Food mag recipe so who knows.

Til next week. Nomnomnom.

Goodbye 2012, goodbye microwave meals.

So the new year is nearly upon us so I thought I’d start this off ready and waiting for 2013.

My new years resolution is to leave behind the ready meals and the instant mash. Gone are the days of microwaving my food.

For 2013, I will hone my cooking skills. No michelin starred muffin will have a thing on me. Well one can but dream. Each and everyday I will fire up the cooker and make something new to nom upon.

Hopefully in 365 meals, I’ll be able to work my way around the culinary world and be a better cook for it too.

Wish me luck.

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