I was fumbling blindly for the on/off switch and missed it by an inch. Luckily I didn't press it hard against the ceramic, nor for any extended period of time, but it stings like a bugger. Meh.
Still nothing particularly interesting happening. I started a new embroidery on Saturday (or, well, I started sewing it on Sunday because it took so long to sort the threads out), a set of Christmas decorations, which hopefully I can finish by Christmas so we can use them. I need to buy another rolling frame, though, as the fabric is huge and my round hoop is unsuitable.
We wasted most of Saturday to sleep, apparently, not getting up until midday. I did us a roast chicken dinner (first time in aaaages) in the evening, including Experimental Potatoes courtesy of Jamie Oliver. Finally, here's a veggie-friendly recipe!
Well, really, it's potatoes and red onions coated in herbs and balsamic vinegar, the recipe / method for which I caught on Jamie at Home on Friday night. I added leeks, carrots and parsnips to mine, too. So:
2x large potatoes, peeled and halved
1 large red onion, peeled and quartered
3x cloves of garlic, peeled and squashed
1x leek, washed and chopped to your liking
1x medium-sized parsnip, cut into half and then each half quartered
1x large carrot, cut as for parsnip above
Butter and olive oil
Balsamic vinegar (CHEAP Balsamic vinegar, as you need a LOT)
Place a suitable large oven tray into the oven to warm up, 200 C (Gas Mark 6, I think...) I only did mine for 15 minutes and it wasn't quite hot enough, so I would think maybe half an hour to get it to a useable stage.
Place potatoes, parsnip and carrot pieces into a pan and bring to the boil, then cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Remove tray from oven and throw in a large knob of butter and a splash of olive oil. Hopefully the tray will be hot enough to melt the butter. If not, then I put mine on top of the hob just to keep the heat flowing. (This probably works better on an electric / hotplate type hob as they take ages to cool down, and I just used the one I'd had the vegetable pan on... Jamie heated his pan in a big wood-burning stove, so I stood no chance. :P)
Throw some herbs into the oil/butter, then throw in the potatoes, squashed garlic and raw onions. Stir to coat and drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top, and return to oven.
After 15 minutes, remove from oven again and add the par-boiled carrots and parsnip, and raw leek. Add a few more herbs, stir to coat everything, and add in LOADS more balsamic vinegar. I think I used about a quarter of a 250ml bottle, though Jamie recommended half a bottle - he was cooking twice as many veg, though. ;) (You needs lots because it evaporates like WHOA.)
Return to oven for a further 45 minutes, then remove and serve.
I think this might have worked better if I'd just left the potatoes and onion in for the full hour rather than having to take them out to add the other veg - I didn't want to incinerate the parsnips and carrots - or perhaps if I'd used more oil/butter... the potatoes didn't crisp up as much as I'd have liked, though the vinegar did caramelise quite nicely and formed a bit of a coating, and the flavour was AMAZING. The leeks went bright pink at one point (hee, pink leeks) but they crisped up. I might cut them smaller next time (I only quartered them) becuase they were difficult to cut up when eating, but I had no idea how they'd react to being roasted and soaked in vinegar (the first and only time I cooked leeks they were part of a pie and were fried to non-existence :P). Also I might put the parsnips in for the full hour next time because they weren't as well done as I'd liked, but I'm just fussy about my parsnips. ;)
This worked particularly well, time-wise, because the chicken itself took an hour and a half to cook, so timing it wasn't too difficult.
So, it needs some perfecting, but I'll definitely do this again. Maybe for Christmas, and definitely for next Mother's Day as it's my turn to cook. :)
Not much else to report, really. Some exciting things coming up:
16th October - my birthday. I'm at work on the actual day but my mum and David are treating Paul and I to a meal at Ponte di Legno, the Italian restaurant in Moseley which we have yet to try, which has received excellent reviews... hopefully it'll live up to its reputation. We're not seated unil 9.30, so hopefully I won't be too exhausted by then...
17th October - possibly some manner of pubbage, I'm still undecided... watch this space / Facebook.
W/C 19th October - NOT AT WORK! Yay!
23rd October - going to London to see Priscilla (OMGYAY), with a meal beforehand at our favourite Bistro (and buying Eni some food, too, as a thank you for the tickets). We have yet to book a hotel, though. Hopefully we can do a bit of exploring on the Saturday as I'd like to go to Portobello Road market and have a look-see, or maybe Camden again... Not that I have any money... hopefully I might get a bit of birthday money to spend.
Aaaanyway, this is me dropping in again, and I shall now drop out and find something to do. Bit quiet here this morning, hence the entry.