Thursday, 30 October 2008

Pear & camembert salad

Our plan to go for a long walk today and maybe find a pub for lunch along the way got scuttled by the weather. It isn't that cold, but it is grey and rainy and not conducive for the outdoors.

So when it got close to lunchtime I was thrown on the resources of pantry and fridge. And came up with a really delicious adaptation of this Delia Smith recipe.

Basically, a bag of mixed salad leaves and a diced ripe pear went into a bowl with a bag of baguette croutons (we hardly ever have bread in the house, so we don't have bread to go stale and get made into garlic croutons from scratch). Then in a small pan I melted a (rather nice, unpasteurised, very runny) ripe camembert with 3tbs of white wine vinegar and 2 chopped cloves of garlic and poured it over the salad when it fell from my whisk in creamy ribbons.

Delicious! And the sauce was so good it will probably get an outing poured over steamed broccoli. Or possibly on a steak if we decide our arteries aren't hardening fast enough.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Butternut muffins


It seems that at the moment you can't move on the blogosphere without bumping into a delectable pumpkin recipe. It strikes me that seasonal baking must be really integral to the American psyche, because everyone is pulling out all the stops to produce really amazing dishes.

If it isn't Esi's Pumpkin shortcakes with apple compote & vanilla honey icecream it is Susan's Pumpkin cheese pie with toffee caramel swirl or Kat's Pumpkin brown butter cupcakes with dulce de leche frosting or Natasha's velvety pumpkin pie. And of course all of the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers produced gorgeous Nutty pumpkin muffins.

There are probably a few savoury dishes out there too, but it is all the desserts that are really grabbing me!

So I decided to make a batch of my breakfast muffins but to add some butternut squash in a tribute to autumn and seasonal baking.

Butternut Breakfast Muffins
150g wholemeal S.R flour
60g oatmeal
1tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
40g soft dark brown sugar
50g demerera sugar
1 large carrot, grated (I leave skin on)
40g craisins
140g steamed, mashed butternut squash
120g seed mix (it's sunflower, pumpkin, flaxseed and sesame seeds)
1 bramley apple, grated (I quarter and core it, but leave the skin on - it ends up with some green skin in, but it sort of grates off the skin and is quicker than peeling first)
2 medium eggs
60g butter, melted (you can use veg oil if you prefer)
1tsp vanilla extract

Makes somewhere between 9-15 muffins, depending on your tin. I use a friand tin because I find they are the perfect size to just have one for breakfast.

Use a brush dipped in the melted butter to grease your muffin tins.

Preheat oven to 180C. Put the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon & salt into a large bowl. Add the sugar (the dark brown sugar clumps together, so stir it well into the flour), carrot, craisins, seeds, butternut & apple and mix until combined. Add eggs, the rest of the melted butter and vanilla and mix until combined. These are quite forgiving, you can mix them harder than average muffins and they don't go leathery.

Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes (depending on size), or until risen and browned. They don't rise that much because there is so much stuff in them!

Butternut Breakfast Muffins

It seems that at the moment you can't move ...

See Butternut Breakfast Muffins on Key Ingredient.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Royal Foody Joust - Squash Fritters

This month's Foodie Joust challenge was set by Susan from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy after she nailed the October joust with an amazing gorgonzola, pear and fennel tart.

And her three ingredients for this challenge were acorn squash, orange and sage.

This took a lot of thinking about! I couldn't remember even seeing acorn squash before, let alone eating one (although it turns out they stock them next to the butternuts in the supermarket, so I clearly wasn't looking too hard before!).

I had a few ideas but I couldn't really figure out how to marry up the orange and the sage. In the end I decided to make a squash fritter and flavour it with orange zest and dried sage.

In Italy you get a nut meringue biscuit called brutti ma buoni - which means "ugly but good". I decided that it was a pretty good description of my very delicious but not beautiful fritters!

Squash Fritters "Brutti ma buoni"

1 acorn squash, halved, seeds removed
slosh of olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1/2 tsp dried sage
Finely grated zest of an orange
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 eggs
salt & pepper
oil for frying

Bake the squash in a 180C oven for 1/2 hour or until a fork pierces it easily & allow to cool. When it is cool enough to handle, scrape the flesh out into a bowl and mash with a fork to a rough puree.

Sautee the onion in the olive oil until translucent, then add the sage and stir a minute more to get the oils coming out of the dried sage. Allow to cool and then add to the squash along with all the other ingredients. Shallow fry spoonfuls of the mixture on both sides until well cooked. Makes about 10 fritters.
The first night we had these with some delicious wild boar and apple sausages, and a simple tomato mozzarella salad. The sweetness of the squash with the earthiness of the sage and the highnotes of orange zest were just perfect with the meaty sausages.

The next night we reheated the leftover fritters and had them with venison haunch steaks and an edamame bean salad, and again they were a great accompaniment. I think they would reach new highs with pan-fried duck breasts, or as a breakfast dish with some thick slabs of crisp bacon. So. Not pretty, but very, very good!

Saturday, 25 October 2008

2 steak dinners






As well as the lovely piece of fillet that we bought for the beef wellington last weekend, we also bought a beautiful forerib steak, figuring that it would be enough for a couple of meals for us. And in fact it made 2 dinners and a lunch. Fantastic value, when it cost £10.

So on the first night we just roasted it in a hot oven, carved it and served it with vegetables. A piece of beef like that is so good that it really doesn't need a sauce or too much fuss. In a perfect world we would have barbecued it over charcoal but the weather was a bit crap for that.
Then on the second night (after Paul had snacked on cold roast beef with mustard for lunch), he made a steak sauce for pasta. He really makes a lovely pasta sauce! He says the key to it is letting it take its time.

This time he sauteed diced onions in olive oil until they were really well browned and sweet (which I have learned makes such a difference), added loads of dried herbs (oregano, marjoram and rosemary, I think), a lot of minced garlic, the diced beef and a jar of tomato and basil pasta sauce.

After simmering a few minutes he added some soaked & drained dried mushrooms (leftover from the wellington). When it was really thick, rich and delicious he tossed some wholemeal spaghetti through it, allowing the sauce to soak into the pasta over a low heat for another minute or so.

We didn't have any parmesan in the house, unfortunately, so we made do with a bit of grated cheddar. A very comforting dinner on a cold night!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Tuscan Wine Dinner

Another month, another wine tasting dinner at the Rose & Crown. This one was on a Tuscan theme, and I was pretty excited because the rep at the previous one had assured me that there would be a proper pudding wine, so we wouldn't have the same dessert iss-yews that have plagued some of the recent dinners.

And indeed, there were no such problems this time.

We started with the iconic Tuscan soup pappa al pomodoro - which I tried in Florence last year and loved. Who would have thought that a thick puree of tomatoes and that horrible Tuscan saltless bread could be so delicious? This version wasn't quite as thick (I suspect pandering to conservative Rickmansworth tastes) but perfectly seasoned and an amazing accompaniment to the 2007 Beguardo Rose. It really was one of those moments of alchemy when both the wine and the food are better for the match.

As my next course I had what they called Ravioli Nudi - which I would call gnocchi gnudi. I have made something similar following a River Cafe recipe, but it's similar to this - gnocchi made from ricotta and spinach bound with eggs and a bit of flour and given some oomph with parmesan. These were lovely. Light and not at all cloying. It was paired with a 2006 Campo Ceni which was quite robust and fruity - lots of ripe berry flavours. Not quite the perfect accompaniment but a very nice wine!

The "meat" option for that course was a stuffed pepper (which I didn't choose because the ingredients were too similar to the vegetarian main that I wanted). I'm often a bit dubious about stuffed peppers because the stuffing is so often rice-based and really heavy, but this one was filled with a lovely light diced vegetable mix and topped with a bit of cheese. There was some proscuitto in it, which is why it counted as the meaty option.

For the main course they brought out the big guns. A 2003 vernaccia di San Gimignano made by Panizzi. It was absolutely lovely. The time in the bottle had aged it to a deep gold colour and it had that beautiful buttery finish that you get with aged Hunter Valley semillon. Apparently a lot of people complained about it because they like their white wines young and flinty. Pinheads. I like a pinot gris as much as the next girl but a slightly older white wine like this is an entirely different kettle of fish.

With the vernaccia I had what they called Melanzane Parmigiana. It really wasn't what I think of when I say melanzane parmigiana, but it was fabulous. Thin slices of courgette and aubergine were layered with an intensely flavoured tomato confit and a round of softly melted goats cheese. Amazing! The panzanella on the side was disappointing - cubes of stale bread with a lot of vinegary onions and the occasional bit o' tomato.

Dessert, however, did not disappoint. A couple of cubes of a dense, orangey sponge, topped with a thick chocolate glaze, a couple of light, fluffy, Bramley apple fritters and a beautiful, ripe fig provided a whole symphony of flavours to match with the vin santo. None of it was too sweet, so the sweet wine was really able to shine. I'd have been happy just with the figs and maybe a biscotti with the wine, but the apple fritters were just the right balance of tart/sweet filling and hot crisp coating.

The wine rep was at the table next to us. Lovely girl - I got the impression she'd had a glass of each wine at every table - and a job well done.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Dinner with friends

Let's start with the less successful element of dinner first, shall we?

I decided that I wanted to make this gorgeous wholemeal salt-kissed buttermilk berry cake from Arika's blog. But instead of following the directions properly I substituted 1 cup of ground almonds for some of the flour, and decided that they would be a cute dessert done in my individual silicon rose moulds.

Fortunately there was too much batter for the rose moulds, so I also made 4 in friand tins, which is the only reason we were able to serve cake for dessert. I swear those rose moulds are getting kicked to the curb. This is the second thing I have made in them and the second disaster. They are not getting a second chance! I reduced the cook time slightly because I was doing smaller cakes, the knife tested clean, and then when I tried to turn them out they splodged onto my cake rack in a puddle of raw batter and dribbly raspberry juices. What a waste of ingredients!

The ones in the friand tin, however, turned out beautifully. The combination of sweet and salt was delicious - although I wouldn't want to eat a lot of it. And if I make it again I am definitely just making one big cake!

And on to better things...

One of our friends is quite a particular eater. She prefers lean meat, well-done, and will turn her nose up at the delicious crispy burnt fatty bits on a barbecued rib eye steak. Weird-o. So Paul decided to get a nice (and just quietly - hideously expensive) piece of fillet and make one of his famous beef wellingtons.
Although I can't quite figure out how he became famed for his wellington when I make the duxelles that makes it good...

So - I sauteed a punnet of chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped, in butter with some garlic & thyme, added some soaked, drained and chopped dried wild mushrooms (a mixture of porcini, chanterelle and a bunch of other stuff) and a slosh of JD and cooked it slowly until it was really dry, cooled it and then blended it to a rough paste with a spoonful of mustard to bind it. I thought it should have been Dijon mustard, but Paul insisted that hot English was the thing. So English it was.

Paul then panfried the piece of fillet really well to get it nicely browned and half cooked. The problem with a wellington is the pastry insulates the meat and it becomes much harder to judge how well done it is - but you don't want a totally cooked piece of meat to go in because it won't exchange flavours with the pastry properly.

The cooled meat went on a piece of all-butter puff pastry, rolled out quite thickly, then it was smothered in the duxelles.

Another layer of pastry over the top, some crimping and a bit of cute pastry doodad on the top and into the oven.

He started it at quite a high heat, then after about 15 minutes turned it down to 160C for another 35 minutes or so.

It was delicious! The meat was buttery soft, the duxelles added a rich foresty flavour and the pastry shows why butter puff beats the weird pre-rolled stuff with all the hydrogenated vegetable fats etc. Our friend totally demolished her portion, so we'd have to say that, despite issues with the dessert, this was a very successful dinner!

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Paul's Thighs

My husband is currently a gentleman of leisure, so you can expect to see quite a lot more of his cooking over the next while. He seems to think I am some sort of territorial lioness in my kitchen (I mean our kitchen, sweety!) so he needs to defeat me by stealth and cunning and cook before I get home from work.

He has been perfecting this chicken stirfry for years now. It is so delicious!

You fry the living hell out of chicken thigh fillets in a small splash of oil. Then you add some chopped garlic, some mushrooms and when the garlic is starting to brown you add quite a lot of soy sauce and reduce it really quickly to a glaze. I think reduced sodium soy would be the way forward, but we only have your basic Kikkoman.

So good! We had some frozen veg cooked in the pan juices, but a bit of steamed rice and gai larn would be a fantastic accompaniment.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Venison with quince sauce

The days are getting seriously short now, and we haven't got outdoor lighting, but a little thing like pitch-darkness won't stop my husband from firing up the Weber!

This was a gorgeous piece of venison fillet from Blackface (another fab online supplier - real world shopping is for wimps) just done really simply on charcoal with a bit of salt & pepper. Then to serve I melted a bit of my quince marmalade with a slosh of cheap brandy and a slosh of balsamic and reduced it to a thick, luscious sauce.

The meat was amazing! So fine textured it was almost like liver, perfectly tender and the right amount of rare. Seriously, the only thing a good beef steak has over this is the crispy fatty bits around the edge. Which I probably shouldn't eat anyway...

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Ask Foodycat V

Judith asks: "You've been in the UK for some time now. What is there foodie-wise that has knocked your socks off?"

This is such a great question, because it is something Paul and I were discussing just the other day.

It is easy to whinge about British food: the weird fascination with mixing tuna and sweetcorn (for the love of god - tuna, sweetcorn, mayonnaise and cold pasta is not a salad, not even if you dice some green pepper in); the difficulty in finding a bowl of pho or a good laksa; the fact that sushi is something you can buy in a chemist; the horrible bread; the sweet abomination that is a chicken tikka masala. But the fact is that the food here is superb. Our diet is much more varied and seasonal here than it was in Australia and we are constantly being amazed by the quality of the food.

I guess because there are much more definite seasons here, there are more seasonal food markers. In Australia we get very excited about mango season and cherry season, but here we wait for asparagus and soft fruits and brussels sprouts and game meat. There are these really clear markers, when all of a sudden you walk into the supermarket and there are pumpkins and chestnuts and six types of cabbage.

There are incredible traditional dishes here. I'd never eaten potted shrimp before - now it is almost impossible to get me to order something else if it is on the menu. That combination of sweet brown shrimps, mace and clarified butter is so delicate and so perfect. I hadn't had black pudding before - so tasty. Pies, pates and terrines of game meats that are so savoury and rich but don't taste "French" - the seasoning is different and very British.

And of course, the single best thing I have eaten over here - and I have had it about 4 times just to be sure - the muscat caramel custard from 32 Great Queen St. Definitely one to knock the socks off.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Biscuits II

This is more like it! Under that pile of very well fried eggs is another batch of biscuits. The last of my home-cured bacon on the side. Yeah baby! Now that is what we call breakfast! I had fewer eggs, sunny-side up, with my bacon & biscuits but the picture wasn't so good. Thanks again to Nikki for the biscuit recipe!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Biscuits


OK, I have done it. I have made biscuits and sausage gravy. I followed Nikky's directions for buttermilk biscuits figuring that this is a woman who gets paid to make biscuits therefore she has to be pretty good. I did go directly against her instructions by using half wholemeal flour (my husband thinks white flour is the scourge of society and usually moans if I bake with it)and I didm't cut out neat circles, I just patted it out and cut it (half recipe) into 4 nice biscuits.

And you know what? Divine. Light, fluffy and perfect. And then I went and ruined it with the sausage gravy. I could see that biscuits with a brown gravy made from stock would be tasty, but milk gravy? Really? The bites of sausage (and green tomato) that I started with were delicious, but then the gravy just tasted like peppery bechamel.

I have been told that I am more than welcome to make the biscuits anytime - especially with bacon and eggs - but not the gravy. It was a learning experience!

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Turkey blackbean chilli

In Sydney many years ago there was a chain of Tex-Mex places called Arizona's. That's right. Tex-Mex = Arizona. They made superb margaritas and let you shell peanuts right onto the floor and it was the first place I ever had a turkey chilli in a taco bowl.

Recently Joe at My Cooking Quest (the one I got those evil choux paste gnocchi from) has been working on some chilli variations which have looked so good that I got a craving. But instead of the careful spicing he has been doing - I took the easy way out.

Turkey Blackbean Chilli

Soak half a bag of black turtle beans in a lot of water overnight. I am a huge fan of the canned pulse, but this is not the time.

Sautee a diced onion and quite a lot of garlic in a little olive oil (we use a Le Creuset dutch oven for this), then add 500g turkey breast mince and brown well. When the meat is well browned, add a sachet of chilli seasoning, a good shake of Tabasco Chipotle sauce, a tablespoonful of sweet paprika, a can of chopped tomatoes and a can of water. Add the drained, rinsed beans. Cook for about an hour, covered, stirring occasionally until the beans are tender.

Serve with a lot of grated cheese, sour cream and salsa.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Fideua

This is not authentic, so don't come whining to me about me not having a clue. It is true. But there is a Catalan dish called fideua which is like a paella but with noodles instead of rice. I was going for that sort of effect.

Easy Fideua

Sautee some sliced chorizo in a heavy-based saucepan. When the chorizo starts to crisp and give off a lot of lovely red oil, add a bag of thawed seafood mix. As soon as the prawns begin to pink, remove the chorizo and seafood from the pan and set aside.

Add a diced onion to the saucepan, sautee in the chorizo/seafood juices until translucent, then add a can of diced tomatoes and some pasta. I used about 100g orzo, but something bigger would work better, I think. Add a cup of vegetable stock (I used a liquid vegetable stock concentrate and steeped a pinch of saffron threads in it). When the pasta is almost tender and has absorbed most of the liquid, add the reserved chorizo and seafood back to it and cook for another couple of minutes (stirring frequently because it catches like a bastard). I had some slightly fatigued basil in the fridge, so I finished the dish with a chiffonade of basil, but it didn't really add anything.

Serve with a lightly dressed green salad. Very filling!

Saturday, 11 October 2008

An Award

Laurie from That's Not What The Recipe Says has been very generous and given me this lovely award. Laurie makes the most delicious-looking food (and her daughter looks like Sarah Michelle Geller) and writes beautifully about the produce she gets and cooks with in her part of Massachusetts. Thank you Laurie!

It isn't a food blog, but today I have been reading Greenwords from beginning to end. Written by an Australian who has been suffering from M.E for over a decade, this is a warm and very intimate blog filled with the most beautiful observations. This really is rated E for Excellent.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Quince Marmalade


I know I have spent quite some time looking for ways to use up marmalade. So why on earth have I just made another batch?

Well, I just can't resist free food! In the garden we have 2 ornamental quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) bushes, that have been bearing lovely golden fruit. They are quite a bit smaller than true quince (Cydonia oblonga) and instead of the furry bloom they have funny waxy skin that feels almost greasy. They also don't have the strong perfume of the true quince.

And after reading that chaenomeles have more pectin than apple, I decided to make marmalade. Fun fact - the Portuguese word for quince is marmelo and the first marmalades were a quince preserve.

I sort of followed this recipe - even though it is for true quinces. I had a pretty big pile of quinces, 7 or 8 of them, but it didn't end up being that much prepared fruit - the core of these was pretty big and it took quite a lot of paring to make sure I didn't end up with toenail-y bits in my jam.

So really, I had about 2 cups of prepared fruit, but I had already measured the other ingredients into my pan, so I was crossing my fingers and counting on that pectin... got it to a rolling boil (in a very big pan so there was no chance of overflow) and got on with some other stuff. Fortunately I kept an eye on it, because after 45 minutes it was well and truly gelled and on the way to toffee.

I bottled it in a properly sterilised glass jar, because there is no way we will get rid of it all in 2 weeks. It is a wonderfully tangy marmalade with a very good flavour. I think it would be good as the jam component in a linzertorte and it will certainly get a run with some duck or venison. Or both. And maybe a marmalade rolypoly.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

From time to time I go into Stepford Wife mode and start to bake little treats for my husband to take to work in the morning. I know - I am faintly ashamed of it. But he is a bit prone to missing breakfast and then not finding anything nutritious for lunch... So I am always on the lookout for healthy things that won't get too squashed in his laptop bag.

Esi's Oatmeal Breakfast Bars certainly fit the bill. I left out the lavender because it smells like my grandmother and tastes like soap... and I made a few other changes to fit what I had in the pantry. So instead of pistachios I used a mixture of sunflower and pumpkin seeds (maximum nutrition and fibre!) and instead of honey (because I would have had to open a fresh jar) I used Seville orange marmalade.Very successful! Chewy, moist and satisfying. There won't be any left by the time Monday comes around, so I might have to buy some more yoghurt and make another batch. Maybe with some dried sour cherries and the pistachios, and trying using honey as per the original recipe this time!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Crispy chicken thighs

So can you tell I opened a bag of panko recently?

These crispy thighs are amazing. I can't remember where I originally got the recipe, but I have made very few changes.

Crispy crumbed chicken

Cut skinless chicken thigh fillets into chunks (I usually cut each fillet into 3) and marinate in Greek yoghurt flavoured with crushed garlic and lemon zest for as long as you've got (I put these into the marinade before work with the intention of eating them that night but then ate them the next day).

Remove the thighs from the marinade, toss in seasoned breadcrumbs (yay panko!) place in a single layer in a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and bake at 200C for about 30 minutes or until cooked through and crispy. Serve with a lemony salad and a squeeze more lemon juice.

I also had some mushrooms sauteed with bacon and garlic on the side because I had a rasher left over from breakfast the other day that I couldn't freeze again and wouldn't waste.

Minimum effort and very tasty - a real crowd pleaser. We agreed that next time I made this I would put some grated parmesan in with the panko.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Greek Garden Pesto

For more than 2 months now I have been fantasising about this recipe from Peter at Kalofagas. Instead of basil, parmesan and pinenuts using basil, mint & parsley, with feta and almonds. How amazing does that sound?

I held back because Paul is something of a stickler for tradition when it comes to pesto. He will accept a variation on the cheese (I've done goats cheese before and been encouraged to do it again) but the basil and pinenuts are sacrosanct.

But now Peter is back from his summer in Greece and his amazing fresh-looking dishes are shining out across the blogosphere again. So it had to be done.

Sadly it is all store-bought herbs. I roasted some cherry tomatoes with a little salt & pepper and a sprinkle of oregano to add a little colour and sweetness to the plate (and it stays with the Greek theme).

I thought it was delicious. I thought the basil still stood tall but the mint provided an interesting little zing. Paul said he would accept the addition of parsley but that the mint out-competed the basil. What a fuddy-duddy.

Still, it was a nice little last taste of summer before we get completely stuck into the stews and casseroles of winter.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Pork Chops Lyonnaise

My fondness for Jude's Thighs has been remarked on. It is such a simple delicious recipe that I make it about once a fortnight. And I liked it so much that I bought Diana Henry's Cook Simple, the book the thigh recipe was originally from.

And as is so often the way with me, the book got a bit of a look when it arrived, but hasn't been consulted again.

Until now.

I had a bit of a cull of some cookbooks last week and decided that everything that remained had to pull its weight either with actual recipes or inspiration. Or by being so beautiful that I just don't care...

So I had another look at Cook Simple and was taken by her recipe for pork chops Lyonnaise (as far as I can see Lyonnaise always means "with onion".

Very easy. You brown pork chops (although I think I would use a boneless cut next time) and put them in a baking dish. Cook onions in the pan you fried the chops in until they are really soft but not yet browned, add a bit of thyme and a spoonful of Dijon mustard and put it over the chops. Top with breadcrumbs, bake until golden. Yum! My only wobble from the recipe was adding some sauteed apple slices (because I had an apple that wanted using).

I served it with some wilted rocket & beet greens (a bag of salad that had seen fresher days) and it was delicious. I think with chicken breasts or pork escallops it could be a really good family supper dish.

Another win for Diana Henry!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

I got soul but I'm not a soldier

I've noticed that a lot of my fellow bloggers react with sadness and pity when I confess to not having tried things. And the most pity comes when I admit to not having tried various classics of Southern soul food.

I haven't tried collard greens, grits (although I am a polenta fan), biscuits, country-fried steak, hushpuppies, peas & dumplins or red velvet cake.

But as of today I can hold my head high and say I have had fried green tomatoes cooked in bacon grease. What's more, they were homegrown tomatoes, the bacon was home-cured and it was all delicious.

I used panko breadcrumbs because I didn't have any cornmeal, but apparently that is an acceptable variation.

Now that I have started on this journey, my only problem is deciding what to try next.
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