Mike - a perfect snack. I'm off out to kitchen to do gammon steaks (and eggs of course, not pineapple which is steak-house sad) with soem cauliflower cheese. Won't be doing photography as am tired out after working at my new polytunnel greenhouse - hoping for good crops of toms, aubergine, peppers and stuff.
Work in progress for this summer's food crops - video taken about three weeks back......
Plenty there to keep you going Derek Do you have any root crops (potatoes etc.)? or is it all greenhouse based?
I'm not bothered about root crops - of course home-grown taste better than shop-bought but spuds and carrotrs are so cheap it isn't worth the effort and ground space to grow your own.
OTOH Tomatoes and runner beans never get really cheap these days; years back when all produce was seasonal then in mid-season prices plummeted - but it isn't that way today. So runner beans and tomatoes are my main interests and with the poly tunnel I have some very nice looking aubergines, sweet peppers and chilis plus a cucumber and some courgettes along with some red onions outdise. The courgettes (although cheep in theeh stores) are there so I can attempt a totally home produced ratatouille (with the exception of garlic.. oh and I am not pressing my own olive oil lol).
I haven't grown under cover before - I am pleased, very pleased, with the results so far... will post a couple of pics soon.
Caught a mackerel (2lb) off the Scrabster pier the other night and went through the motions of cooking it but couldn't eat it..... had a fork full and it tasted sublime but then I remembered that I had killed it, gutted it, chopped its head and tail off etc. and I couldn't take a mouthful more..... I am not a hunter gatherer, I only eat fish that comes ready fried in batter (without head, tail, guts, eyes and other unappetising cues)
What a shame, it looks so tasty too! I'm pants at prepping food from the original animal, just make a damn awful mess and ruin the parts you want to eat. Love watching the wife expertly dismantle an animal though and it certainly does not ruin my appetite. However, I am the kind of guy who looks at a spring lamb and instead thinking "how sweet" I just get hungry and think of meals!
While on our thailand trip we had countless superb meals, most of them incredibly cheap too. I could post up loads of lovely Thai tucker but instead will share a really good steak I had at a friends restaurant there.
Fillet steak, very rare, gorgonzola sauce and potatoes au gratin. (with some Thai morning glory gently seasoned and fried) Sumptuous!
Peel and slice your celeric into thinish Slices and put in a large mixing bowl. Add Double Cream, garlic, salt, pepper and a generous grating of fresh nutmeg. Mix. Butter your baking dish and add mixture. Shake until flat.
Cover with Foil and place in a hot oven. As Celeriac starts to soften remove foil. Those who are not diet conscious could add bread crumbs and grated parmesan at this stage. Either way return to the oven and allow to go Golden Brown.
Serve with a tangy salad and crusty bread. A glass of Red or a decent Beer goes nicely with this.
Think of it like a potato with a celery flavour very nice indeed.
You can slice it into matchsticks and add raw to salads or indeed use it as the basis of a salad instead of lettuce. You can even add a mustardy mayonnaise dressing and serve with cold or grilled meat and fish.
Thanks for the idea - I love these oriental style clear soups with veg etc in them especially when I have a cold.
A rich chicken stock flavoured with fish sauce, ginger, garlic, chilli etc plus fresh shredded veg and chicken and a squeeze of lime always makes me feel better. I will try to find some Daikon and add it.
All ideas here sound great... thanks for the pics, thanks for posting comments.
Tonight one of the dishes I made was a cauliflower and broccoli baked cheese dish... with grilled sausages and pork chops... the cauli and broc dish looked so good my wife askes if I was going to photograph it to put on the 'net (she knows I have uploaded pics here before). I said 'no', cant be bothered. Should have done it.