Fab beef brisket and great value 😀🐄

Beef brisket, amazing! 

I was looking for a slightly cheaper ‘cook-it-low-and-slow’ joint of meat for a family party. I came across a recipe by Nigel Slater for braised beef brisket. 

First you roast the brisket for 25 mins, and then stew it for 4 hours in a broth with porcini mushrooms, carrots, shallots, black pepper corns, thyme and bay leaves. 

Remove the beef and reduce the broth. Slice the brisket and cover in the reduced broth. 

It was absolutely delicious. So succulent and melt in the mouth. The broth had a great earthy meaty umami taste. 

I had it with some roast potatoes, steamed green vegetables and the carrots and shallots cooked with the brisket. 

I’m definitely going to do this again. 😀🐄

Simple fishy 🎏

So simple, so quick, so easy. Sprats – dust in flour and shallow fry in vegetable a few minutes each side. I eat them whole and they’re delicious. You can cut their heads off and gut them if you prefer but it is fiddly 😍🐟

Pumpkin pasta 🎃🍝

What to do with leftover pumpkin? It’s ravioli time! I hadn’t made it for. Dusted off my Woolworths pasta maker. Used a Jamie Oliver recipe for the pasta. Then fried chopped pumpkin in butter with onions, garlic, splash of wine and herbs until turned into tasty mush. Let it cool and made ravioli. I also made some tagliatelle with the leftover pasta. Boiled them up for a few minutes. Then popped them in a pan with melted butter and sage. Covered them in parmesan. Totally totally delicious 😀🎃🍝

Mackerel and smokey veg

Friedd mackerel and smokey paprika veggies with cous cous and cracked bulgar wheat. 

Dried, oil and a sprinkle of salt and fried mackerel fillets a couple of minutes each side. 

Chopped and sauted onion, aubergine, tomatoes, garlic and smoked paprika. 

Boiled cous cous and bulgar wheat for 10 minutes and added green beans for the last 3 minutes. 

Mixed veggies and cod cous bulgar wheat. Salt and pepper and lemon on mackerel and then eat!

Paprika salmon 🐟

Andd guess what I had for dinner? Yes that’s right, smoked paprika salmon. Exactly the same process as with the squid I had for lunch (see earlier post). Dust salmon in smoked paprika and flour. Shallow fry in oil about a minute each side. I had it with red pepper tomato sauce and roasted sweet potatoes. All totally delicious. Although everything on the plate was a bit orangey-red! 🐟🍅🍠

Smoked paprika squid 🦑

Paprikaa squid rings. Lightly dusted squid rings in flour and smoked paprika. Fried about 1 minute a side. Delicious. I used frozen squid so super simple and super quick. I had it with some fried paprika courgettes and tomato red pepper sauce. Lovely lunch. 😃🦑

Pesto pesto

A friend gave me a big bunch of basil and I knew straight away what I wanted to make, pesto! I love fresh pesto. It’s so different to shop bought and so easy. Clove of garlic and salt in pestle and mortar, then a handful of basil, toasted pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. So so delicious. I put dollops on a homemade pizza and it was fantastic.