Saturday, 11 June 2016

Zingy Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne - The Tasting





How to make a zingy alcoholic Elderflower Champagne - The Tasting



Ingredients:-
5 Lemons Zest and Juice
2kg Sugar
40-50 Elderflowers (Large Flower Heads)
2 teaspoons White Wine Vinegar
12 litres of water
Pinch of Brewers Yeast if you don't see a reaction taking place after a couple of days.



Method:-
Dissolve the sugar in 2 litres of water in a large saucepan or large stock pot over heat on the hob. Turn off heat when all sugar has dissolved.
Top up with 10 more litres of water.
Add the juice and zest of 5 lemons.
Add the Elderflower heads.
Add 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar.
Leave covered with muslin cloth or the stock pot lid to ferment in a cool dry place for 3-5 days.
Take the liquid and sieve and strain through muslin cloth and then bottle in sterilised plastic bottles.
Leave in the bottles for 7-10 days before drinking.
Fermentation takes place in the bottles so you may need to open and let out the gas to prevent the plastic bottles from exploding.



This makes a light and refreshing mildly alcoholic drink for those long summer evenings spent sitting in the garden.



Zingy Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne (part 2) - How To Make





How to make a zingy alcoholic Elderflower Champagne (part 2)

Ingredients:-
5 Lemons, Zest and Juice
2kg Sugar
40-50 Elderflowers (Large Flower Heads)
2 teaspoons White Wine Vinegar
12 litres of water
Pinch of Brewers Yeast if you don't see a reaction taking place after a couple of days.

Method:-
Dissolve the sugar in 2 litres of water in a large saucepan or large stock pot over heat on the hob. Turn off heat when all sugar has dissolved.
Top up with 10 more litres of water.
Add the juice and zest of 5 lemons.
Add the Elderflower heads.
Add 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar.
Leave covered with muslin cloth or the stock pot lid to ferment in a cool dry place for 3-5 days.
Take the liquid and sieve and strain and then bottle in sterilised plastic bottles.
Leave in the bottles for 7-10 days before drinking.
Fermentation takes place in the bottles so you may need to open and let out the gas to prevent the plastic bottles from exploding.

This makes a light and refreshing mildly alcoholic drink for those long summer evenings spent sitting in the garden.

Zingy Alcoholic Elderflower Champagne (part 1) - How To Make







How to make a zingy alcoholic Elderflower Champagne (part 1)

Ingredients:-
5 Lemons Zest and Juice
2kg Sugar
40-50 Elderflowers (Large Flower Heads)
2 teaspoons White Wine Vinegar
12 litres of water
Pinch of Brewers Yeast if you don't see a reaction taking place after a couple of days.

Method:-
Dissolve the sugar in 2 litres of water in a large saucepan or large stock pot over heat on the hob. Turn off heat when all sugar has dissolved.
Top up with 10 more litres of water.
Add the juice and zest of 5 lemons.
Add the Elderflower heads.
Add 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar.
Leave covered with muslin cloth or the stock pot lid to ferment in a cool dry place for 3-5 days.
Take the liquid and sieve and strain and then bottle in sterilised plastic bottles.
Leave in the bottles for 7-10 days before drinking.
Fermentation takes place in the bottles so you may need to open and let out the gas to prevent the plastic bottles from exploding.

This makes a light and refreshing mildly alcoholic drink for those long summer evenings spent sitting in the garden.

Tomato, Red Pepper & Olive Pasta Sauce - How To Make







How to make a tasty tomato, red pepper & olive pasta sauce.

Ingredients:-
400gm Tin of Italian Tomatoes - break up tomatoes and use the juice only.
2 cloves Garlic peeled and crushed
1/2 Red Onion diced
1 Red Pepper finely diced
1/2 teaspoon of dried Oregano if you cant get fresh
       Substitute with Fresh Basil leaves as an alternative.
Salt & Pepper to taste
8-10 Olives de-stoned and halved

Serve with :-
Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Pasta of your choice



Method:-
Drain the tomatoes using a sieve and bowl and break up to release the juice.
In a large heavy based frying pan, add 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil.
Fry the diced onions and pepper. Add 2 crushed cloves of Garlic. Add the Oregano and the juice of the tomatoes and simmer until the sauce reduces.
Season with black Pepper and salt, but remember olives will be a little salty too. Use the back of a knife and squash the Olives to remove the stone and half the Olives and add to the sauce.

In a large saucepan, boil water and season with Salt. Add 250gms Spaghetti or Linguine Pasta and cook for 8 minutes until soft but has a bite. This is Al dente. Take pasta and drain but leave a small teacup of the pasta water and add this and the pasta to the sauce and toss in the pan to mix. Add a handful of Parmesan Cheese. Add fresh ground black pepper and serve.

This is a simple and easy dish. Give it a try with different herbs such as Basil or Thyme should you wish to add them to the sauce.
I had the tomato juice left over from the Arrabiata recipe and didn't want to waste it. As a result I concocted this recipe.







Friday, 13 May 2016

Penne Arrabiata - quick, tasty & oh so easy - How To Make






How to make Penne Arrabiata.
This is one of the easiest Pasta sauces to make and serves two people.

Ingredients:-
250gm Penne Pasta
400gm Tin Tomatoes
2 cloves Garlic peeled
1 Chili seeds removed and finely chopped
Salt & Pepper
Parsley finely chopped to garnish
Parmesan Cheese grated
Olive Oil



Method:-
Drain the tomatoes using a sieve and bowl, and break up to remove most of the juice.

In a large heavy based frying pan, add 6 tablespoons of Olive Oil. Add the Garlic until they colour. This flavours the oil. Remove the garlic when coloured and try not to burn it as it becomes bitter when burnt. Add chopped Chili and the drained tomatoes and a pinch of salt and fry off until the sauce reduces. Use the back of a wooden spoon to break the tomatoes up while frying in the pan. Arrabiata is a fairly dry pasta sauce.

In a large saucepan, boil water and season with Salt. Add 250gms Penne Pasta and cook for 8 minutes until soft but has a bite. This is Al dente. Take pasta and drain but leave a small teacup of the pasta water and add this and the pasta to the Arrabiata and toss in the pan. Add a handful of Parmesan Cheese and stir in and garnish with chopped Parsley to garnish.

This is a simple and easy dish. It really doesn't need any additional herbs but please feel free to try it with Basil, Thyme or Oregano should you wish to add them to the sauce.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Peri Peri Turkey Schnitzel - How To Make





How To Make Peri Peri Turkey Schnitzel

This is my take on a Wiener Schnitzel.

Wien is the German word for Vienna. Schnitzel is the German word for meat cutlets, usually Veal, thinly sliced or pounded flat, breaded and pan fried.


Method & Ingredients
Take a couple of slices of Turkey breast.
Place on a board and cover with plastic wrap to prevent meat juices splashing all over the place.
Beat flat with a meat mallet or a rolling pin.


To Pane the meat, first season plain flour with salt and pepper and dust the meat in the flour.
This will allow the beaten egg to stick to the floured meat.
Now dip this into the breadcrumbs that had a tablespoon of Peri Peri seasoning added to it.
This will make a nice, spicy breadcrumb crust, when you fry the meat in a heavy based skillet or frying pan.

It only takes a couple of minutes on each side and the meat is cooked.



Serve with a nice German or Austrian potato salad.



Sunday, 8 May 2016

Greek Moussaka Recipe - How To Make A Light and Tasty Moussaka






How to make a light and tasty Moussaka

Ingredients
2 medium Aubergines
450g minced lamb
2 white onions (peeled & roughly chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (peeled & chopped)
275g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1 teaspoon sugar (optional to sweeten tomatoes)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground all spice
olive oil
2-3 medium potatoes (optional  sliced and roasted in oil until softened and golden)

For my topping:-
1/2 pint of  Greek yogurt
2  egg,yolks
black pepper
1 handful grated parmesan cheese
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

For a traditional b├ęchamel sauce topping:-
875ml milk (whisk milk into the flour/butter roux a little at a time until thick and creamy)
100g butter
100g flour
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 egg yolks
100g grated Kefalotyri Greek cheese

Directions
1.Preheat the oven to 200°Centegrade .
2.Heat the oil in a frying pan, fry the eggplant in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden and softened. Remove and set aside. Alternatively slice and toss the Aubergine and the potatoes, if using, in olive oil and roast in an oven until softened and golden in colour.
3.Heat a little oil in a separate saucepan and fry the onion and garlic 5-10 minutes, on a low heat until softened.
4.Add the minced lamb and cook, stirring continuously, until browned. Now stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes and herbs. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on. Add a splash of water if the meat starts to dry out.
5.Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook for a further 5 minutes.
6.Mix the yogurt, egg yolks and cheese together with some pepper and a touch of nutmeg.
7.Layer an 8 inch by 8 inch by 3 inch deep casserole/Pyrex dish with the fried aubergines (and potatoes if using) and top with a layer of the meat sauce then repeat until all ingredients are used up.
8.Spread the yogurt mixture over the top. Or the B├ęchamel Sauce mix if making this topping.
9.Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and  little more nutmeg if desired.
10.Bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden.