Sunday, 4 March 2012

Hot smoking!

Husband and son went fishing to Stocks Reservoir and came back with some wonderful trout.

Having seen people smoking fish on the T.V. I got it into my head that I wanted to smoke them. However the problem was I don't have a smoker.

I asked the question to the good people on Twitter and got several good replies back on making your own smoker. The best response I got was from @gilesthefish, our local and most excellent fishmonger from Wellgate Fisheries in Clitheroe, who advised me he had a spare smoker that I could borrow!

So I shot off into town to collect from the shop, Scott who works there gave me instructions on how to use and what to put in the brine.

The trout was filleted and pin-boned and placed in a mixture of salt, sugar and treacle diluted with water for about 20 mins. This was then rinsed off and the fish patted dry.

They were then placed in the smoker and left to smoke and cook for about 20 mins.

The result was fantastic, a lovely smoky and very succulent fish. Fabulous!

As the trout turned out so well venison and pheasant were removed from the freezer to defrost overnight. Unfortunately what we thought were pheasant breast turned out to be legs but this did not deter. Using a similar method of placing in brine, rinsing then smoking the end result was good!

So I now have smoked trout, venison and pheasant just need to think of some recipes to use them in.

Watch this space!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Spanish Pheasant

Yesterday when I looked in my cupboards for something to prepare for tea - they were fairly bare!

With no access to shops and working until 8pm I needed to come up with something for tea for 4!

Fortunately I had some Pheasant breasts in the fridge, but what to do with them? Store cupboard was nearly empty, fridge much the same way.

So with what I could lay my hands on I made what I called Spanish Pheasant!

Gently fried 2 chopped onions, 3 cloves of garlic, celery & carrots in Olive Oil.

Added halved Cherry Tomatoes and a good squeeze of Tomato Puree.

In went the Pheasant Breast cubed.

A couple of teaspoons of Hot Smoked Paprika and some Chicken stock.

Simmered gently for a couple of hours.

Towards the end of cooking added some butter beans.

Was delicious served with homemade Ciabatta.

Perhaps next time will add some Chorizo or peppers. You could also serve it with rice or potatoes and veg.

A nice glass of white wine and I was very pleased with my something out of nothing tea!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Spiced Poached Pears

A simple recipe with zero fat!

Peel 6 firm pears.

In a pan add a bottle of red wine, 4 oz caster sugar, 1 Star Anise, a couple of cloves, a stick of cinnamon and a couple of dashes of Vanilla Extract.

Heat until the sugar is dissolved then add the pears simmering gently until tender (keep turning them). This should take about 20-30 mins depending on the ripeness of the pears.

Remove pears from pan.

Boil red wine mixture until reduced by half.

Serve over the pears.

Simple and delicious.........

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Magi Mix

A couple of months ago Hubby got a brochure through from work with the option to pick whatever he wanted (up to a value) for his 20 years long service award.

After he had had a quick flick through he decided there was nothing in it he wanted (Mont Blanc pens etc) and passed the brochure to me - saying 'get what you want'.

Well for a long time I had been yearning for a Magi Mix Food Processor and as we have just had a new kitchen I decided to order one.

The model is a 4200 in satin steel and although have only had it a couple of weeks it has proved as good as I had hoped and more.

The problem now is that Hubby, after watching all the recent cooking programs, has decided that it is now his and he wont stop baking and cooking! To make my point, I was working until 8 last night and came home to a Christmas Cake. He also bought a Magi Mix Ice Cream maker on Saturday and that has been used every night too.

When I can get near the processor (normally when he is at work) I have made bread, cakes, chopped, grated and much more. They truly are an amazing piece of kit.

I will continue to keep you updated on my experiences with it.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

H Greaves Butcher

After meaning to go for quite some time, we finally made it to Carr Hall at Wilpshire to their new Garden and Home center.

As lovely as it all is with some beautiful things to buy our principal reason for visiting was the butchers and we were not let down!

They had a brilliant selection of meat and after initially just going for 3 lamb shanks we ended up buying a whole lamb butchered to our specifications. We also bought some great looking belly pork and some sausages. The meat is locally sourced and of the highest quality.

They also have a nice selection of cheese from Leagrams dairy near Chipping and my son was quite amused by a 2 year old cheese called Bob's Knob in a rather strange shape. We bought some Ramshackle Cheese, Lancashire and Blacksticks Blue.

The more time you spend there the more they seem to have, frozen home made pies (savoury and sweet) their air dried ham and bresola.

Also in the farm shop there is a great array of produce, fresh local fruit and veg, home made breads, various pastas, fruit wines and liquers.....

Having just gone in for something for tea we did spend quite a lot more than we had anticipated but it was worth it!

The staff were excellent knowledgeable and humorous - we will be back!