Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Duck Eggs

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Published on: July 31, 2012

    Steamed minced pork is a traditional home-cooked meal that most chinese housewives will do.  It’s a very versatile dish that can be changed according to your personal preference.  Salted duck eggs is also another well-known chinese delicacy that is only available in oriental supermarkets.  The taste of salted duck eggs is richer than normal chicken eggs.   Ingredients: 500g of minced pork 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped) 3 salted duck eggs (cooked[…]

The Spanish Frittata

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Published on: July 26, 2012

 Before anyone says it – I know Frittata’s are Italian!  It should be a Spanish “Tortilla de patatas” but I’m really making a frittata that contains spanish ingredients.  What’s the difference between a tortilla and a frittata?  Not much, but a frittata is generally fluffier and is usually finished in the oven, a tortilla is pan fried, flipped and is mixed with fried potatoes. This “Spanish Frittata” is fried potato, eggs, chorizo and onions, pan[…]

Hollandaise Sauce

Categories: Gluten Free, Recipes, Sauce, West
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Published on: October 30, 2011

 Hollandaise sauce has a reputation for being a difficult sauce to make and it’s probably justified.  Creating an emulsion with eggs is always tough to do, it is very heat sensitive and can split for no apparent reason.  But there are a few tricks you can use to keep the temperature under control and to stabilise the emulsion. There are a number of ways to make hollandaise sauce and each has its own merits.  For[…]

Poached Smoked Haddock & Eggs with Purple Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce

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Published on: October 30, 2011

 I warn you now – this one will have you running around the kitchen like a headless chicken.  I wanted to do something quick but technically challenging and tasty.  It turns out it was all those things, all at once.  Two types of steamed veg, 3-6 mins.  Poached Eggs, 3-4mins.  Poached Haddock, 5-10mins.  Hollandaise sauce 4-5mins.  Dinner in 20mins I thought… wow was I wrong.  Firstly preparing all this stuff is easy, there isn’t even[…]

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

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Published on: October 16, 2011

 Carbonara has to be one of my favourite Italian dishes.  It’s so simple but incredibly tasty.  Sadly a lot of restaurants get it horribly wrong.  It must be a British thing but there does seem to be a propensity to add cream to a Carbonara or stranger yet mushrooms?  Carbonara is not meant to be a white sauce otherwise it would be “Spaghetti with a Bacon, White Wine and Mushroom sauce”.  And if that was[…]

Baked Egg with Polenta Fritters, Roast Tomatoes and Fried Chicken

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Published on: October 2, 2011

 I’m not entirely sure where the idea for this recipe came from.  I didn’t have anything listed for the Saturday in my menu so I had to come up with something there and then.  As it happened my new cookbook arrived “How to cook like a Top Chef” (one of my favourite shows).  In it there was a list of six ways to cook an egg, one of which was baked egg.  There wasn’t a[…]

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