Thursday, 19 April 2012

Other Blogger's Dishes: burgers, chicken, pie and snacks

As usual, a lot of the stuff we are eating day to day is inspired by my jaunts around the blogosphere. My usual sort of routine on a Sunday is to sit with blogs open in one tab, a menu plan in another and my grocery shopping in a third, so as I see something delicious I can make a plan to cook it immediately. I usually have a spreadsheet open at the same time, so I can note dishes that aren't for this week but I do want to make at some point. It can be a complicated business being a Virgo.

Technically, these burgers are another blogger's dish, although I actually saw them in Niamh's book, Comfort and Spice, not on her blog. She has blogged about them though, and indeed published the recipe in the Evening Standard! I am a bit of a burger purist, usually using only beef, salt and pepper in mine, but she is absolutely right that the earthy, sweet beetroot and clean, firey horseradish are brilliant additions. They are also a great way of using up the beetroot in the veg box! It's very Australian to put a slice of vinegary beetroot in a burger, so I knew that the flavours would work well. I confess that I didn't have fresh horseradish so I used a spoonful of jarred. Not ideal, but it gave a pretty good indication of what these burgers could be like. And the colour is fantastic.


These chipotle-garlic edamame from Esi at Dishing Up Delights are indeed a delight. Somehow I couldn't spot the ground cumin in the cupboard, so I made it with a spoonful of seeds and it was none the worse for that! It's such a good idea to take advantage of the way you scrape the beans from the pod with your teeth, and pile on spicy seasonings. They made a perfect little savoury snack for a weekend afternoon, alongside a beer.


Somewhat unusually, this bacon and egg pie looks very little like the bacon and egg pie that inspired it on Charlie's blog, Hotly Spiced. I thought her addition of a tomato-rich custard to the classic dish was absolutely brilliant, but I didn't have any tomatoes. Then I thought about how good spinach and eggs are together, and how much I love spinach and bacon together, and the fact that I had a bag of washed spinach leaves in the fridge. I scaled it up a bit, because I wanted 8 tidy portions, and I added a sprinkle of pil-pil mix and nutmeg to the spinach, and I used (bought) puff pastry instead of filo. But aside from that it is exactly the same dish! Anyway, it is really delicious. The mineral-y spinach undercuts the richness of the bacon and eggs and the whole thing is just wonderful. I can imagine the horror from my friend Penny who doesn't eat either bacon or eggs...


If you haven't read Hotly Spiced, I thoroughly recommend it. She's very, very funny. I am certainly going to try this pie using the tomato base too - it's a very good dish.


These hot wings from Emma's blog Souperior aren't precisely as written - Paul doesn't really care for chicken wings so I used drumsticks, and I used my home made smoked chilli sauce, cut with a little tomato ketchup to tone down the heat. It was a gorgeous, messy meal, although strangely my fiercely hot chilli sauce was possibly toned down too much. Next time (and there will be a next time!) I will use straight chilli sauce, I think. I added a big pile of carrot and celery sticks to make it a more balanced meal and we sat with the platter between us and a goodly supply of paper towels. Finger-licking is compulsory.


11 comments:

Suelle said...

The pie and burgers both look delicious!

I can't help laughing at the phrase: "But aside from that it is exactly the same dish!"!!;)

grace said...

i don't know penny, but i feel bad for her. bacon and eggs constitute a huge part of my diet. :)

Foodycat said...

Suelle - sometimes my recipe tweaking does get out of control!

Grace - it makes it very difficult for her to go out to brunch!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Love how you feature other bloggers food. It looks delicious1

Su-Lin said...

That egg pie looks fantastic!

Foodycat said...

Jersey Girl - thanks! I like to give credit where it is due!

Su-Lin - it's delicious, perfect picnic food!

sharonfruit said...

My Mum makes a mean bacon and egg pie - it's one of the few things she actually cooks well. Your post reminded me that I need to try making it myself at some point!

Deb in Hawaii said...

You have found and made some fantastic dishes. That spinach and egg pie is making me long for a slice for breakfast. ;-)

Elly McCausland said...

Great post! It's really good to hear about other blogs out there, always useful for inspiration! And those eggs waiting to be baked look so appetising...

Foodycat said...

Sharon - bacon & egg pie is underrated, I think.

Deb - it'd make a lovely brunch dish!

Elly - it's those Clarence Court eggs - they are so photogenic!

Hotly Spiced said...

I'm so glad you tried the bacon and egg pie and my mother used to make it using puff pastry so that's awesome that you tried it that way. I think adding spinach is a great idea and I love how you made eight tidy portions. Thanks for putting your own personal touch to the recipe and thanks for the huge compliment - I'm really, really touched xx

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