Someone asked for my recipes so here are a couple to kick off….I am baking apple cinnamon crumble with my 16 year old son!! Apples from the trees in the garden yum x
APPLE CINNAMON CRUMBLE
Peel and core enough apples for a medium baking dish or as required….remember they shrink when stewed. Slice the apples once peeled for even cooking
Place in a large sauce pan on a low heat, add about an inch of water, a tablespoon or two of brown or white sugar, a shaking of cinnamon and a couple drops of vanilla essence…..simmer until apples soften
Mix in a mixer or by hand 4 ounces of plain flour, 2 ounces of sugar, quarter pound of butter or marge, one egg, and some finely crumbled soda bread or digestive biscuits
Put the softened apples in a pyrex dish with most of the juice drained off , then pour a little juice to sit on the bottom
Put the crumble mix on top and spread evenly………..
Place in a pre-heated oven on about mid range heat for about 45 minutes or until the crumble looks brown and crunchy
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or custard or double cream or all together and then go on a diet!!
PORK CUTLETS OR CHICKEN FILLETS IN WHITE WINE, MUSHROOM AND TIGER PRAWN SAUCE
This recipe is mainly about the sauce cos I love making sauces and feel they can make a meal
Grill lean pork cutlets or chicken fillets, sprinkled with cracked pepper and fresh chives or herb of your choice. Some people may prefer to bake the meat, I grill because it is quick and easy
Cast iron pans are the best for making sauces. Melt some butter in a pan, add a few drops of olive oil, and some fresh crushed garlic. The art of sauce making is to slowly add things and not just throw all in because the flavours will really cook out and blend if you take your time. Add some finely chopped onion. And then peeled tiger prawns or shrimp. They should be given the chance to cook and even slightly crisp in the melee of base ingredients. Then introduce finely sliced fresh mushrooms and stir/toss occasionally so they also saute. When you are happy that the mushrooms, prawns and onions have slightly fried, add a small carton of double cream, salt and cracked pepper to taste, and a half cup of white wine. Try sherry for a slightly different tang. Simmer this for about 15 minutes
Steam or boil al dente (boil the water first and then drop the veg into it and only cook until slightly crunchy, not soggy) some fresh green beans or vegetable of your choice. Maybe a few carrots or corn too for colour
Boil a few potatoes or rice or pasta really a matter of preference
When the cutlets or fillets are nicely brown but not over – cooked, put them on the plate with the carbs and veg, and pour the mushroom and prawn sauce over them. Garnish with fresh parsley or chives. Serve with white wine or champagne!
ENJOY! AND LET ME HAVE SOME FEEDBACK! I WILL ADD MORE RECIPES ALONG THE WAY XX