When I first received 30 Minute Meals for Christmas I tore through it, merrily Post-It noting all the ones that looked interesting, like the beef hash, chicken pie, black forest affogato... one that didn't get the magic yellow sticker was his 30 minute pizza. How on earth can you get a passable pizza in 30 minutes? … Continue Reading ››
I had half the dough left over from pesto pizza, and it occurred to me that I'd never made one of my favourite Italian foods: calzone. That lovely folded pizza, like a Cornish pasty spending a gap year travelling. I was bowled over by how tasty it was. It really was great, especially when paired with a zingy mustardy salad.
For the dough (makes 2 x 30cm pizzas; I used half for two calzones):
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A twist on the burger’s little brother, the slider. But instead of a bun, the patty is a crisp, cheesy polenta slice.
An upcoming Ottolenghi recipe calls for scamorza, or smoked mozzarella. You can buy it, but I thought "pfft. I'll smoke it myself". I don't actually own a smoker, yet recipes not involving them don't really seem to exist that I could find. What I could find is that pecan nuts are the main smoking ingredient. My mind wandered to the Chinese method of smoking duck and chicken breast, suspending them over tea-leaves and other aromatics. You need a … Continue Reading ››
A tale of two halves here: cheeky Essex boy meets Eastern-influenced vegophile. Jamie Oliver's current series Jamie Does... visits different cities and squeezes the food out of them. I've scribbled quite a few of them down, but his recent Andalucian pork chop recipe really connected with me. He cut a slit in a pork chop, then stuffed it with a juicy raisin stuffing. Mine is simplified to my store-cupboard. I … Continue Reading ››