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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Plum and Apple Chutney


After making plum sauce, I still had around 80 plums to cook with. I began googling plum recipes and found this little gem. A colleague had kindly given me some apples prior to finding this recipe, so chutney seemed like a great way to use up both fruits. It's great with cheese and cold meats. You can find the recipe here: http://www.waitrose.com/recipe/Plum_and_Apple_Chutney.aspx


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Sunday, 12 September 2010

Teriyaki Salmon


I'm a big fan of teriyaki chicken, although I've never made it. I had never tried teriyaki salmon, and as we had a couple of fillets in the freezer I decided to give it a go. I really liked this recipe because it's tasty, simple and healthy. I would probably serve it with brown rice in future to make it even healthier.



Ingredients:
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • Small chunk of ginger, finely chopped
  • Small chili, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 5 chopped spring onions (scallions)
  • 5 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
Directions:
  1. Heat some oil in a pan and fry the ginger, garlic, chili and onions.
  2. Add the zest and juice of the lime and pour in the soy sauce. Add the honey and cook for one minute until heated through and sticky.
  3. Meanwhile, pan-fry the two pieces of salmon for 2 minutes each side in a hot griddle pan.
  4. When the sauce is reduced add the salmon to the teriyaki sauce frying pan, and coat in the sauce.
  5. Serve with salad and noodles/rice.
Serves 2.
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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Plum Ice Cream


My mother in law has a lovely plum tree in her back garden, and a few weeks ago she noticed that several plums had started to drop from it. My younger brothers in law decided to climb into the tree, and after giving it a good shake, hundreds and hundreds of plums fell from the tree! After the inevitable plum fight, my MIL gave me a hundred or so plums to take home and thus began my plum recipe week. The first thing I made was this yummy plum ice cream. I found the recipe on a great blog called Pink Parsley. You can find the recipe here: http://pinkparsleycatering.blogspot.com/2010/08/plum-ice-cream.html



So far we've only eaten it on it's own, but I imagine it would go very well with a lemony dessert.
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Banana-Chocolate Cookies


On a recent family holiday to Devon, my younger brother in law and I decided it would be fun to bake cookies. We added chopped banana to basic choc-chip cookie mix and rolled the mix into balls. We baked them for a little longer than needed due to the added moisture from the bananas. The cookies are naturally gooey, so it's best to leave them for about 10 minutes after taking them out of the oven, so that they can firm up. Unfortunately, we were all too impatient and ate them straight away!



And here's the plate 60 seconds later...

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Leeds United Cupcakes

The football season kicked off last month, and Leeds' first game of the season against Derby was aired on television. My in-laws had us over for nibbles, and to watch the match. I decided to bake some Leeds cupcakes for everybody. The sponge is a simple, rich chocolate recipe and the icing is just coloured buttercream...


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