Friday, 17 December 2010

Random Christmas Goodies

Here's a bunch of Christmassy things that I'm really just typing up so I don't forget...

ROAST POTATOES
Boil chunked up potatoes for about twenty minutes then drain.
Pour a good load of olive oil (and goose fat if you're feeling extra fancypants) in a roasting tin and shove it in a hot oven to reheat.
Cover your tatties with a ridiculous amount of herbs then put them into the hot oil (sizzle sizzle) and cook for another 30 mins or so or until done, turning occasionally so the tatties get a good fatty coating.

PIGS IN A BLANKET
I tend to avoid spending extra on chipolatas by using regular sausages, halved. Wrapping bacon around (and stabbing with a cocktail stick if necessary) then cooking in the oven until done (15 mins). A nice touch is to sprinkle some parmesan on top about 5 mins before they're done.

HONEYED CARROTS AND PARSNIPS
Slice your carrots and snips into little chip shapes then boil for about 10 minutes with a little veggy stock and a knob of butter.
Drain then move the veg into a roasting dish, coat liberally with honey (that squeezey bottle stuff is perfect, then you can draw smiley faces as you pour), add herbs and roast for another 10 mins or so, turning occasionally.

CRANBERRY JELLY (you'd do well to make this well in advance, it'll freeze if necessary)
375g Cranberries
Zest & Juice of 3 Oranges
100g Brown Sugar
A Good splosh of Lambrini (classy, i know)
1 tbsp water
Mix all that up and boil for about 45 minutes then pour into a jar to set.

SPROUTS WITH CHESTNUTS
Boil 1kg Sprouts for 4 mins, then add 125g Cooked & Peeled Chestnuts (see below) and simmer for 1 min more. Drain then add 50g butter, salt and pepper, toss.

COOKING CHESTNUTS
To cook chestnuts, you need to use a sharp knife to slice a cross into the shell of the chestnut. Place your chestnuts on a baking tray, sprinkle with water (or use one of those spray bottles, making sure it's not marked Windowlene) then roast in the oven for about half an hour. When the chestnuts have cooled down enough so as not to burn your hands off, peel them and either eat them or mix them in with your sprouts.

SPICED CIDER
Rough quantities sorry...
Big bottle of cider
1 cinamon stick
Star Anise (an amount, cant remember)
Cloves (a few)
Honey (dollop)
Mix everything together and heat gently. Serve warm.

And that's it for now.
Sorry about the lack of posts I've done on here, I've been living off Super Noodles and that. Not really worth the effort of typing up 'how to make a super noodle sandwich'. Although you really should make one, they're lush.