I just love my relaxing Sunday mornings, today the sun was out and I felt great, the sun beaming into my kitchen through my living room. It’s amazing how a little bit of sun makes you feel, especially after our really bad and long winter.
Feeling good I decided to experiment, I was sent an idea recently….omelette in bread….brilliant, easy, tasteful, quick and simple cooking. Loved this.
There are so many combinations you can do, I went with cheese and tomato.
2 Slice of Bread – Thick slice is best
2 large eggs – whisked
2 tomatoes – sliced
Gouda cheese – small handful grated
- Heat a little oil in a fry pan and gently cook your filling ingredients, in this case I gently fried the tomatoes.
- Cut out the centre of the bread and set aside.
- Arrange the filling in the pan to the shape of the centre of the bread, then place the outside of the bread in the pan.
- Gently pour some of the egg mixture into the centre of the bread covering your filling. Do this slowly so it sets. Then sprinkle the cheese on top
- Allow to set slightly, then place the centre of the bread on top and flatten down. Then flip over and cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove and serve…so yummy.
This week we have had nearly 2 foot of snow fall, so not able to get out for a couple of days, there was no other option than to make some bread as we had just about ran out of food in the house. I have to say this was my best for a while, flavour and structure was perfect.
Makes 2 small (250g) loaves
250g Strong White Flour
250g Strong Wholemeal Flour
1 packet 7g yeast
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
300ml warm water (not boiling)
- Sift flours into mixer bowl, add in the salt and sugar to one side and the yeast to the other. Make a well in the middle.
- Pour in the honey and oil and gently start to bring together. (If using a mixer, use the dough hook and mix on level 2)
- Gently add in the warm water, little at a time until you get a smooth dough.
- If you having a rising setting on your oven, select and prove for 2 hours. Alternatively, place a damp tea towel over bowl and leave in a warm place to prove or until double in size.
- Punch down the dough a couple of times, empty onto a floured surface and shape into you bread. I cut dough in half and made 2 small loaves, 1 round and 1 oblong. Trick is when shaping, make sure dough is tight, place hands facing up at the bottom of dough and bring together underneath.
- Place onto a well floured tray or bread tin and prove for a further 1 hour.
- Preheat your oven to 200 deg, place a tray with cold water on the top shelf (this prevents the crust for over crisping), then bake your bread on 1st or second level of oven for about 30 minutes or until the bottom sounds hollow.
- Allow to cool. Serve with plenty butter……….ot whatever you like. Yummy!
I just love Sunday Brunch time, no alarm, lay in, relaxing morning and a fantastic big breakfast that will keep me going until my Sunday dinner. I couldn’t decide between sweet or savoury this morning, so why not both?? This was an absolute treat and so glad I had some fresh tomatoes as this jam just nailed the dish.
Makes 2 portions
For the Jam
10 cherry tomatoes – 1/4
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 red onion – finely chopped
For the French Toast
2 slices of bread (I used wholemeal)
1 tbsp butter for frying
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large handful of kale – I steamed cooked mine for 4 minutes, perfect.
1/2 Avocado – sliced
- To make the jam:- Heat 1 tbsp butter and some spray oil in a fry pan
- Saute the onion on medium heat until tender about 5 minutes
- Add brown sugar, stir and cook for a further 3 minutes
- Add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm
- To make the French Toast:- Heat 1 tbsp butter in a fry pan.
- Whisk the eggs and season with salt & pepper
- Place the slices of bread in the egg mixture and allow to soak for a minute, then place into the hot pan and fry on each side for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
- Steam cook your kale.
- Place kale onto toast, then avocado slices then top with the jam.
- Serve…….so Yummy!
We were planning a Gothic Style Hogmany this year and part of my menu required pitta breads for my chilli, and the only decision that was easy was they had to be black. They turned out rather good I have to say, it creates a great visual and talking point at the table, so here is the recipe.
7g dried yeast packet
300ml warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
250g plain flour
250g wholemeal flour
3 tbsps activated charcoal powder
- Mix the yeast and water together and leave to stand until frothy (about 10 mins), then add the oil
- Sieve the flours into a mixing bowl with the charcoal powder and salt then mix.
- Slowly add the wet mixture and knead for about 10 mins (preferably in a mixer using the dough hook)
- Cover and leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size (approx 2-3 hrs)
- Preheat your oven to 230 deg and heat either a pizza stone or flat baking tray
- Once proved punch the dough down and divide into 12 pieces, allow to prove for a further 30 mins-1hr
- Roll out each piece to about 1cm thick and cover with a damp tea towel until ready to bake
- Place each piece onto the preheated tray or stone and allow to puff up in oven, this should take about 3-5 minutes depending on size and thickness.
- Remove and allow to cool then gently let out the hot air.
- Ready to serve. Yummy!
So my experimenting with Black Food continues……………another successful outcome! Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together nicely.
Makes approx 12 Mini Buns
250g Strong White Flour
1 tsp salt
2tbsp activated charcoal powder
25g caster sugar
7g sachet yeast
70ml warm milk
2 large eggs
125g unsalted butter at room temperature
1 egg for wash with 1 tsp charcoal powder
Method for Brioche buns:-
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the charcoal powder. Add the salt and sugar. Mix together.
- Mix the eggs with the warm milk and add the yeast, allow to stand for approx 5 minutes until it starts to go frothy.
- Add the milk/yeast mixture to the flour and mix on level 2 of your stand mixer for about 2-3 mins. Then turn up to level 4 (medium speed) and mix for about 10 mins or until you get a glossy elastic dough.
- Add the softened butter and mix for a further 5 mins. If the dough is too soft and sticky just add some more flour 1 tbsp at a time.
- Lightly oil a large bowl and tip the dough into it.
- If your oven has a rising programme, turn on and leave to rise for about 2-2.5hrs, if not cover with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place.
- Punch down the dough and place onto a worktop, divide the dough into small sections about 22-25g sizes.
- Take into your palm and using your other hand roll to make a small ball. Place onto a baking tray with parchment paper, leaving enough space in between to allow expansion. Prove again for a further 2 hrs or until doubled in size.
- Mix the beaten egg with 1 tsp charcoal powder for the wash, lightly brush the wash over the buns.
- Preheat an oven to 180 deg and bake for about 15 minutes.
Chilli Chicken Burgers
2 Chicken Breasts
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp chilli flakes
1 tsp salt and pepper to taste
handful of breadcrumbs
- Place the chicken into a food processor and pulse until broken up – you don’t want it to fine.
- Add in all other ingredients and pulse to mix through
- Divide into equal portions to fit the burgers and place on a baking tray, place in fridge for at least 30mins -1 hr.
- When ready preheat the Crisper plate for 2 mins and place the chicken burgers on, using dynamic crisp setting cook for about 10 mins until browned and cooked. If you don’t have a Crisperplate either cook on hob using fry pan or grill under medium heat.
- Once the brioche buns are ready allow to cook then slice in half and start to assemble your burger.
- Top with some Smoked Beetroot Sauce from the Foraging Fox
Oh I do love the Autumn food, warm, comforting, delicious and homemade of course! You will love these traditional Scottish Scones as they come with history:-
Scones originated in Scotland, and Scottish scone recipes are the best in the world. (in my opinion…lol)
The correct Scottish pronunciation is ‘skon’ which rhymes with ‘gone’, and NOT ‘skoan’ which is the English adaptation of the word.
Originally a type of flat ‘cake’, made from oats or barley meal and cooked on an open griddle or in the oven, scones have been popular in Scotland for centuries.
Typically you just have them with butter, and loads of…yummy! However, should you wish to indulge you can of course have your favourite flavour of jam too. My preference is butter, always!
Makes 8 individual scones
120g of Self Raising Flour
60g Melted Butter
60g Rolled Oats – (Scotts of course)
40g Caster Sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg beaten
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, oats, salt, sultanas in a bowl and make a well in the middle.
- Beat the egg until frothy then add in the melted butter and milk, mix
- Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly until you get a dough like ball, its shouldn’t be sticky, so if it is add a little more flour.
- Empty onto a floured surface, roll into a ball then flatten with your hand until about 1/2 inch thick, place onto a greased backing tray and score into eight pieces.
- Brush with a little milk to add glaze.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 220 deg. I baked on convection bake setting to give it a lovely golden crust.
- Remove and allow to cool on a rack.
- Best bit…………………………add lashings of butter and devour!!!!
Saturday lunch in my house today was Focaccia, although it turned out to much more like a pizza….lol…..I couldn’t decide on my toppings so just put it all in. Was absolutely delicious. (although note to self…….less toppings next time!)
I decided to try it using my crisper tray and it didn’t fail me, results were amazing in just 15 mins.
400g White bread flour
300ml warm milk
1 sachet 7g yeast
1 tsp of dried Italian herbs (or you can use a mix of garlic, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper)
1 tbsp olive oil
Toppings of your choice………I used Mixed Piccolo tomatoes (halved), sliced roasted peppers, sauteed red onion, black olives, fresh basil leaves.
Salt & pepper to season
- Mix the yeast with the warm milk and leave for about 10 mins until it starts to froth.
- Mix the Flour, salt & herbs in a large mixing bowl
- Pour the milk into the flour and mix well. Knead dough for about 10 mins by hand or using a mixer for a few minutes until blended together into a dough.
- Let dough rise for about 1 hour. Use rising setting on Hotpoint oven.
- Preheat crisper plate for 2 minutes on Dynamic Crisp setting.
- Once dough has risen, place directly onto crisper plate and spread it out evenly to cover crisper plate.
- Place your toppings into the dough evenly and drizzle with a little oil
- Cook on dynamic crisp setting for 15 mins. (Or oven at 220deg for 20 mins)