June 20th, 2011

Random - Foodie Love

Quick Recipe

I did this last night on a whim with our roast pheasant dinner, alongisde my first attempt at Dauphinnoise potatoes - they turned out okay but I don't quite know how you're supposed to cook them alongside anything else because you have to turn the heat right down for the last hour... I ended up having it slightly too high (with the potatoes in the bottom of the oven) because the pheasant needed a hotter temperature.

Maybe if you have an Aga or something. :P (The top oven smokes too much to be used as an oven proper. In the end I had to leave the potatoes in there with it turned off just to keep them warm as they were starting to burn.)

Anyway. Here's the off-the-cuff side I did with it. I think this should be veggie-friendly if you can find vegetarian-friendly hard cheese... Collapse )

On Saturday night we had a veritable cheese feast, thanks to visiting the International Food Festival after the gym that afternoon. We spent about £20 on cheese and £15 on hand-made chocolate, plus some very nice French bread. (Also got some duck and orange pate from Sainsbury's which is OMG amazing.) I went to the food fair specifically to get some more Gruyere, as the farm shop near Kings Heath sells it but it's not very good, and Capeling and Co very rarely have it in...

So we got some Gruyere from the French cheese stand, as well as some unpasteurised Pyrennian cheese and some Comté. And then some of the aforesaid Pecorino Romano from the Italian cheese stall, and some very expensive salami. The chocolate was also Italian (Bailey's, pistachio, mixed berry and orange flavours were our eventual choices) and is very rich so despite the price it'll probably last ages. Paul got himself some olives, and I had a kangaroo burger. :)

As ever, BCC failed to advertise said food fair until the very last minute - I spotted a poster about a week before and the marketing email came around at work the day before it opened, plus I'm sure it was on for longer than ten days last time. And of course they managed to time it perfectly to compete with the BBC Good Food Show. Seriously, is there not a big events diary somewhere that they could have checked? Stupid.

Nowt else to report except that I have to sign the letting agreement and sort out my passport tonight...