Having spent most of last year being allergic to food and hungry at the same time ( a condition otherwise known as pregnancy), I was really not that into this blog. But now the baby's out, though you may not be able to tell by looking at me, and I'm back to my passion. We rang in New Year's Eve with an interesting menu:
Potage de Broccoli avec amandes
Petit Pois a la Francaise
Pommes de terre a la Maya ( from my friend Maya's recipe)
Pasta a la Russe ( Pasta with vodka)
and the grand finale:
Gateau Chocolate a la Nigella ( Molten chocolate babycakes from Nigella Lawson's book)
The Pommes de terre are really easy, and taste fab while looking complicated - a must for appreciation hounds like me. Here's what you do:
Slice up some potatoes really thin. Try and keep them evenly thick. Parboil in salted water and drain, to make the cooking process easier. In a transparent glass dish with 3 inch sides, layer like this: One layer of potato slices, drizzle over with cream beaten with salt and pepper till the potato layer is covered and repeat until all the potatoes are gone. Make sure the top layer is cream. Pop into a 200 degrees C pre-heated oven for about 45 minutes until the potatoes are done. Top with parmesan gratings about 10 minutes before you take the dish out of the oven, if you want. Budget for about 1 large potatoe per person and add 2-3 to the pot so you can have nice leftovers.
The Petit Pois were lovely - fresh peas cooked with scallions and 1 head of lettuce until cooked, juicy but still tender and bright green, in butter, with a little salt, pepper and water and a pinch of sugar added. made them taste even more pea-ey, if you know what I mean.
Since New Year's Eve, here's what I have cooked:
Tomato soup with basil
Salad with chinese dressing ( awesome)
Black carrot halwa.
Recipes shall follow soon...