Archive for October 31st, 2009

October ‘Meanderings’

Pictured (top to bottom)
Red Pepper Chutney
Lasagne al Forno
Autumn Pudding
Lemon Meringue Ice Cream 

100_8175 Red Pepper Chutney

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My kitchen has been full of the wonderful vinegary smells of chutney and pickle this month as I have made the most of the seasonal produce found in the hedgerows and on our local market.  I have been trying out recipes for marrows, squash and pumpkin on the family and we have been enjoying these stuffed, roasted, with pasta, as risotto and in soup. 

100_4176 Lasagne al forno

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Our trip to Amsterdam was a great success.  We had wonderful weather and spent most of our time wandering around so we had plenty of opportunity to enjoy this beautiful city.  It was great to be booked into such a centrally placed hotel just 5 minutes from the station.  There was, as I had read in advance, lots of choice when it came to eating out, with food from every culture you can imagine.  Following an extensive breakfast each day in the Irish bar adjoining the hotel, which included eggs, cheeses, sausages, meats and salad alongside the more usual cereals, breads and fruits, it was often quite late before we wanted any more food! However, over the three days we managed to eat Chinese food, pizza, Belgian waffles (oozing with chocolate), Speculaas (giant cinnamon biscuits), traditional Dutch pancakes and thick warming soups served with crusty bread, including the famous Erwtensoep (a thick pea soup).  I was very surprised I could not find the peanut biscuits I remembered, although I tried several food shops and supermarkets. We also were sorry not to find an Indonesian restaurant within good walking distance of our hotel.  However, as we wandered through the Amsterdam Chinatown on the first evening, having enjoyed the special treat of a wonderful Chinese banquet instead, we were struck with how the wonderful smell of Chinese spices lingered on the air.  I suspect the smell was star anise, which is so distinctive.  A great memory of a lovely evening, along with the glittering coloured neon lights and lighted windows reflected in the canals.

100_8240 Autumn Pudding

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For a full list of postings since my September Meanderings see below.  (Recipes already posted have been highlighted and the others will appear in coming weeks.)  


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October Recipes …


Autumn Pudding
Beetroot Chutney
Chorizo, Pepper & Couscous Stuffed Marrow
Cucumber ‘Bread & Butter’ Pickle
Lasagne al Forno
Lemon Curd
Lemon Meringue Ice Cream
Red Pepper Chutney
Spiced Damson Chutney

Back to basics:
Basic recipe: Ragu Bolognaise  

Meanderings ‘a la carte’ from previous months  

‘For what we are about to receive…’ November 2009 and beyond

Food for the mind…

Non Fiction Food book
I have been re-reading a great book which is a memoir of both food and life in Egypt in the 1930s and 40s, Apricots on the Nile: A memoir with recipes by Collette Rossant.  There are lots of lovely recipes and I am also going to post a recipe from the book, Grilled Chicken with Sumac & Roasted Banana, using a recent spice discovery: Sumac

… and for the November table … 

I have also been finishing watching chef Gary Rhodes’ series on Caribbean food (Rhodes around the Caribbean) which I recorded some months ago.  There have been some very unusual recipes and I am fortunate enough to live in a part of London where I can easily find a supply of many of the unusual ingredients that were used in the series.  I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes, along with the Salt Fish Cakes recipe given to me by a friend and some ideas from my Caribbean recipe book. 

Recipe books I’ll be looking through… 

The Sainsbury Cookbook: The Cooking of the Caribbean by Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz  

Happy Eating!

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