Monday, 28 March 2011

Venison Burgers, Chips and Purple Sprouting

It was a picturesque morning when I hopped on the bicycle and cycled to the farmers' market. On setting off I was very pleased with myself for saving the planet and burning calories at the same time. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and I was thoroughly convinced I was the modern day Snow White. It wasn't particularly far or mountainous but to say I arrived less than glamorous and somewhat flustered would be an understatement. Let's just say there was a bumble bee that seemed certain its hive was my nostril. 
After the herculean exercise regime I had been through that morning you can understand why I chomped my way through a sausage roll immediately on arrival. This, several servings of chutney on crackers and some coffee allowed me to peruse the market without fear of fainting. Good job too as I got myself 1lb of venison mince and some purple sprouting broccoli. The mince was £2 and a bagful of broccoli was 95p. Absolute bargain. 

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Aubergine Curry

Every time I have attempted to make a curry I have always been disappointed. I had almost given up when I got a craving for aubergines and a desire for spice. This turned out to be a subtle and fragrant stew rather than a powerful and punchy dish.
At the market there is a kind man who sells all the spices you could ever need. I purchased what I knew; coriander, cardamom, cumin, mustard and turmeric. I have since been back and purchased an awful lot more.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Panettone and Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding

There are some things that are tasty on their own but become even more so when transformed into a soft, squidgy, sumptuous (and very traditional) bread and butter pudding. This wonderful celebration of stale bread is one of my favourite puddings. It is exactly what you want from a pudding; sweet, light but also filling, warm and most importantly delicious. I think to describe it as stodgy is highly unfair.