Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Portuguese rice pudding



Sweet and very comforting...

Steak and Mushroom Pie

Indulgent, satisfying, delicious, melt-in-your mouth comfort food!

Toad in the Hole-Sausages in Yorkshire Pudding Batter

For kids and the kid in you. Yummy Scrummy! So easy...peasy lemon squeezy :)

English Beef Sunday Roast

It may appear as simple as they come but I wanted to make a point of showing all non-Brits that when people ask what English food is all about, for me, this is it! A good piece of meat, fresh veg, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. You cant get more English than this :)

Mood Boosters and cravings

How interesting! Just found out that the foods I've been craving for the most are part of the group of mood booster foods. Goes to show, you should always listen to your body's cravings :)




Feel-Good Foods: Mood Boosters


Lean Beef

Monday, 27 April 2009

Mood bosters


The weather has changed yet again and feeling the winter blues creeping up on me . Was wondering what foods (apart from chocolate-I must be the only female on the planet who has gone off chocolate) would you say are good mood boosters?

Sunday, 26 April 2009

All I need is...

Cravings




Some people crave chocolate, some people crave crisps (British chips). I am craving fish and shellfish like mad. to make myself feel better decided to download pics to drool over... any craving satisfying recipe suggestions are most welcomed!!

Portuguese Recipes-Salt cod fishcakes

Took them to work to give my colleagues a taste of Portugal. Huge mistake, had to solemnly promise to make them again very soon. They went down far too well he he

Portuguese Recipes-Fish stew (caldeirada)

An explosion of seafood flavours and incredibly moorish!

Portuguese Recipes-Chorizo bread








As with the fishcakes, decided to bake this and take it into work. By the end of the morning I was left searching for crumbs to satisfy my craving...None left, no bread, no crumbs, nothing but the faint scent of spicy chourico...

PORTUGUESE CHOURICO BREAD

1/4 lb. Chourico
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 or 8×4 loaf pan. Remove casing from Chorico and chop coarsely. In fry pan brown Chourico; drain and set aside.

Lightly spoon flour in measuring cup, level off. In large bowl combine flour, , baking powder, baking soda and salt. Blend well. Using pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until crumbly. Add eggs. Stir until well blended. Set aside and let it rise for at least one hour and a half.

Place the chourico in the middle and fold, making a loaf and keeping the chourico inside as a filling. . Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes on second shelf from bottom of oven. Remove from pan. Cool on wire rack.

As with the fishcakes, decided to bake this and take it into work. By the end of the morning I was left searching for crumbs to satisfy my craving...
None left, no bread, no crumbs, nothing but the faint scent of spicy chourico...

Portuguese Recipes-Clams with chorizo

Wow, this was truly truly delicious. The smokiness of the sausage complemented the seafood flavours in every way!

Ingredients

* 350g (12 oz) clams in shell, scrubbed
* 675g (1 1/2 lb) fresh chouriço, roughly chopped
* 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
* 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
* 450ml (16 fl oz) white wine
* 4 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation method

1. Wash clams well in a sink of cold water. Discard any clams that are already opened.
2. In a large stockpot with a tight-fitting lid, place the cleaned clams. Add the sausage, onion, tomatoes and wine. Cover and set over high heat. Steam until all the clams open up. Be sure to shake the pan often to insure even heat.
3. Drizzle olive oil over the cooked clams. Evenly divide all the ingredients into warm soup bowls. Divide the stock into side bowls for dipping.

Note:
Chouriço is simply the Portuguese chorizo. If you can’t find chouriço from Portugal for this dish, the more ubiquitous Spanish chorizo will do just fine.

Me

Addicted to experimenting with flavours.