Saturday, 29 June 2013

Dish of the month - June round up

June...its been a funny old month...its had its highs and its had some lows...but its gone so darn quick! I am at risk of repeating myself in these round ups I know but sheeesh time really does. Am I the only one who feels like this? Its 6 months to Christmas!!!!

Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen has left me in charge of the round up this here's the fabulous June round up...this was a month of smoked fish dishes and tarts with not a cake, biscuit or pudding or sweet dish in sight!

You can tell by the recipes everyone tries this month how varied the weather was...we had some good sunny and hot days encouraging some more summery dishes from our kitchens. It wasn't always the case though and certainly not when I made this warming and comforting chicken dish. Whatever happened to what was often called 'flaming June'?

I started the ball rolling for June with my version of Nigel's chicken and apricots (minus the coriander as I cannot stand it). Taken from Kitchen Diaries II, mine didn't look exactly as creamy as Nigel's version in the book and I can't work out why...unless it was the tin of organic coconut milk I used that did it? However it looked, it was a lovely, tasty, scrummy recipe and we really enjoyed it. I would recommend you try it if you have the book.

Friday, 28 June 2013

So many other stories to tell...

In case anyone is wondering I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, but life outside of the ether is very busy for me at times for a number of reasons, and I have also been away on holiday in June. This picture was taken when we were away in Turkey, it says so much in so many ways and I really like it and what it represents. It tells so many other stories, just like our everyday lives I suppose. I saw the opportunity and my husband had his camera ready, and on this occasion followed an instruction to the letter!

The break in Turkey has given me a lot of time to think and reflect on recent events and the future, I have also been thinking about this blog and other blogs I enjoy reading (with a passion) and thinking about what it is I like and I don't like about various aspects of different blogs.
The old meets the new overlooking Fetihye.
I have been turning down quite a lot of opportunities to promote things on my blog or get involved in other things (if anyone else sends me an alleged 'opportunity' to get involved in another so called 'competition' I may scream...just be honest and say 'will you do all the hard work to promote our products for free', because thats really all it is in my eyes). I set out wanting this blog to be about baking/food/cooking/food related books etc and less about 'me', but I do like reading other blogs that give more away about a person's life and other interests. I loved what Karen did recently about a picnic she had with friends and Jac's travels to Cyprus to see some of her family...great stuff.

So going forward I am going to write more about other things I am doing as well as the food related things. Some of my other hobbies in fact...
Crochet - its back on trend.
I hope those people that read this enjoy this small are some more pictures from our recent holiday...there will be more soon...and a few cakes coming up in between of course.

Outward facing goat.
Cherry season nothing better than eating them from the trees.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

'Dish of the month' June - Nigel Slaters Chicken and apricots

You might be reading this after eating a salad or enjoying a barbecue...lovely stuff...but a few days ago it was cold and one of those evenings where something warm and spicy and comforting was needed to keep the cockles warm. Nigel Slater does great recipes of this nature and last month I made a spicy lentil dish that was fabulous for all the same reasons.

When I was reading the June chapter of Kitchen Diaries II earlier this week I kept thinking I was reading about July, or August as the recipes in the chapter just did not reflect the current weather, all that writing about cherries and soft fruits just didn't seem to ring true. This just shows what poor weather we have had this year...however we are having some sunshine this weekend so I'm not complaining.

This dish is based around a sauce, which is an aromatic spicy mix of fresh chilli's, lemongrass, garlic, tomatoes, limes, fish sauce, soy sauce, coconut milk and CORIANDER. You will see that mine hasn't one flake of the horrid green stuff (coriander) anywhere near it because I detest coriander with a passion. To me it tastes like washing up liquid...for years I ate indian food and thought they hadn't rinsed the dishes well enough and had left soap suds on the pans and dishes and that was were the taste came from, until I realised what it was. And...I am not alone there are lots of other folks that cannot bear the stuff either, and its all down to genetics if you have the coriander tastes like soap gene you are stuck with it. Thanks to Alicia over at FoodyCat who explained this to me on Twitter last week.

Anyway coriander dislike aside, leaving it out of this recipe didn't do it one bit of harm, in my view. The sauce makes a lovely comforting, spicy, tasty, blanket to wrap the chicken and the apricots in (I used dried apricots as I had them to hand, and when they plumped up during cooking in the juices they were heavenly).

You can eat this with rice or couscous or fresh bread dunked in the sauce...its delicious!

Last month was another quiet month in the challenge but we still had some delightful entries, you can refresh your memory over at Janice's blog here, or you can see a pictorial version of where we are since we started in January on Pinterest here, and there have been some brilliant interpretations of Nigel's recipes since we began.

If you'd like to join us in 'Dish of the Month' you'd be very welcome, this is how to get involved...
  • Make a 'Dish of the Month' from ANY recipe by Nigel Slater
  • Link back to THIS blog OR to 'Farmersgirl Kitchen' 
  • Use the Dish of the Month logo (below) in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @Heavenona_Plate OR @Farmersgirlcook and #DishoftheMonth hashtag and we will re-tweet it to our followers AND post your pictures on our special Pinterest board. 
  • If you own a copy of The Kitchen Diaries II please do not publish the recipes on your blog without permission, they are copyright.
  • If you are using any Nigel Slater recipes from the BBC Food website, please link to the recipe on BBC Food rather than publishing the recipe.  Likewise with any of Nigel's recipes on the Guardian website.
  • Only one entry per blog please.
  • Recipes must be added to the linky by the 28th of each month.
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