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Sunday, 16 December 2012


I've just realised, this will two pancake posts in a row.
Not intentional, honest!
This is another one of those things I heard of, but never seen or tried and knew I never would whilst living here, so I had to make it.
I ordered the kit online, from  The Japan Centre.
These were actually really easy to make, different, but delicious.  I left out the bacon.  You really should try them.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Spring onion pancakes

Someone gave me the link to these a few months ago, and I made them then and then forgot all about them.
I wanted something to serve along sweet and sour chicken and remembered these.
They are very easy to make, and delicious.
Apologies for the plastic Disney plate, no idea why I used that!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

French onion soup

I really wanted some le Creuset bean pots, to use for French onion soup, and luck would have it, Baz bought me some for my birthday, along with a salt pig.
Thank you Baz.  I'm sure he only buys me cookware so I'll feed him when he stays, but I'm not complaining!

This meant the soup was on the menu.
I used good old Queen Delia's recipe

OMG, this is utterly divine, why have I never made this before?

Leftover sandwiches

These are what we made with our Thanksgiving leftovers and I put a moistmaker in the middle! This is a slice of gravy soaked bread for anyone who doesn't watch friends.
Niamh and I then boomed out my sandwich, MY SANDWICH, and hooted with laughter.
Much fun.

Pumpkin pie

This is the traditional Thanksgiving dessert.
I've never had pumpkin in a sweet recipe before.  It calls for canned pumpkin which I had to buy on Amazon.
It wasn't difficult to make as such, though I did manage to burn the pastry a bit, usual for my pies!

It was interesting, different but quite nice.  Ailsa loved it so I'll maybe make it for her again.
Pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving dinner

I've always wanted to try a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and knew the only way I'd get to was to cook it myself, so I did, on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, which also happened to be my 35th birthday!
The meat was a turkey thigh joint, which I slow cooked all day and then put in the oven to crisp the skin.  It was really tasty, and not dry which turkey can be.
The sides I served were sweet potato casserole with marshmallows
Green bean casserole
Mashed potato, stuffing-good old paxo!, cranberry sauce from a jar and bread sauce

This was a lot of food, with a lot of leftovers (post to follow on that)
Delicious, except for the marshmallow topping on the sweet potatoes, which was just weird.
It looks a bit of a sloppy mess served up but then I think most roast meals do.

Paneer tikka

I love cheese, all cheese and indian cheese is no exception.
I've cooked with paneer a few times now and found this dish when googling for new ideas.
I didn't bother with the onions and peppers on the skewers.
This had a lovely flavour and gorgeous texture.
Paneer tikka
I served it on top of a dhal, I can't actually remember which recipe I used for this as it was from my freezer!