I am not very good using yeast. Fermentation at home is a challenge, specially in winter. But I found a room upstairs with a constant warm temperature and my breads are now rising properly.
This one is just delicious and the nutmeg touch combines very well. It looks more complicated than it really is. give it a try and enjoy the process…and the result.
Today’s music. Sisters of Mercy by Leonard Cohen.
Going through the kitchen cabinets at home I spotted a couple of packages of oats. I like my porridge in the morning but it is going in seasons. I go mad for a week and I stock up for a month and then I get bored.
Let’s find a new life to those poor porridge oats hiding in the kitchen.
Mornings are definitely better with your own Granola!
A great song : The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen.
Intense and delicate. And very easy to make.
The main thing is to use a good chocolate. Valrhona is my choice.
Then, you can play around with ingredients: chopped almonds or hazelnuts, chocolate chips, a piece of candied orange or ginger in the middle….
Music… A Walk on The Wild Side by Lou Reed.
Escabeche (Pickled) is a traditional way of preserving food in Spain. This technique can be used for meats and fish. And not only preserves food, it also gives a beautiful combination of flavours to the meat.
Back at home, it was great to open the fridge and find those Trouts in Escabeche or Quails in Escabeche… Here in Dublin, I made before chicken and salmon in Escabeche and the result is always impressive. It is easy, healthy and handy as it last in perfect conditions in the fridge for more than a week.
Music by Fatboy Slim. Weapon of Choice…and Christopher Walken dancing.
Thanks Paul and Rosa for the rabbit!
It has been a very busy and interesting November. A few days of holidays in Spain, 2 weeks travelling in Northern India and a weekend at Ballymaloe Cooking School. I might post some of the India pictures soon…
It is time to go back to the kitchen. And, as Christmas is coming, I will start with a Spanish traditional Christmas sweet.
Mantecadas are made with lard (manteca). And it gives a different texture, they melt in your mouth.
Delicious with a good coffee. I had 7 or 8 since yesterday.
Not the healthier option but who is 100% healthy in this period of the year?
Music by Monster and Men…Little Talks.
Together with the cockles Empanada this is my favorite. I am mad about Salty Cod. It has a beautiful flavour and texture. Very different to the fresh one.
And this Empanada…with the raising contrast…and the Pimenton touch… And it gets better the next day when the pastry has absorbed all the flavours.
Enjoy it with a cold Albariño.
Music…Over and Over by Morcheeba
I have never tried to bake a “Brazo de Gitano” (“Gipsy’s Arm” is how we call a Swiss Roll in Spain) before. I thought is was more complicated but it is surprisingly easy.
The filling is something I improvised by looking around the kitchen. It was delicious. The beetroot doesn’t add much flavour but a nice colour to it.
Plenty of room to play around with ingredients: add cocoa powder to the cake, strawberries to the filling, cream or custard instead of mascarpone…and you could also cover the whole roll with chocolate…
Enjoy it anyway!
And your song for today: Layla by Eric Clapton and Mark Knopler.