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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Stokey Sue » Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:12 pm

New Year's Eve supper: fish stew, potatoes (looks like a lot but cut quite small), side salad, prosecco

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Gillthepainter » Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:04 pm

Tasty. What fish is that, Sue.
I like your tablecloth too. I've just changed my Christmas one, for a light grey linen one. Very subdued.

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby ZeroCook » Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:15 am

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You had fish, too Stokey. Do like a fish stew. :D What kind of stew did you make?

Lovely plate, Gill and I'm always nosey about your sauces! Sounds perfect. Bet Tony liked that. I could eat salmon fillet every night, but then I say that about gambas pil pil too! :lol:

I had some left over cooked venison that I'd set aside recently before going on to make a stew. It makes fantastic tamales, which is what I made last night. So simple, so good. Might post on the Latin thread - usually made with pork or beef, but venison is a real treat, so nice and also festive but lean and simple.

It was from a kg of frozen large pieces and too much for one dish. I did a basic browning with some bay leaves and wine/stock as a prep step to take off some of the very gamey flavour, one went on to become the stew and the other for something else.
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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Gillthepainter » Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:29 am

He's a meat eater convert, going from let's have meat for tea, to lets have salmon and a sauce.
Thank the Lordie.
Remind me how you make your gambas pil pil please?

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby ZeroCook » Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:07 pm

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Gill I prefer pan sizzled to the oven. 250g uncooked prawns per person is perfect. For 2 people, 500g prawns, peeled leaving tail, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp salt, coarsely chop a few garlic cloves, gently heat a good glug of evoo in a large heavy frying pan with a a little piece of butter for flavour, add garlic, sizzle for a minute but don't brown, add 1/4 tsp chili flakes or to taste, add prawns laid flat, turn up heat if needed and sizzle umtil they begin to colour and curl up, flip and sizzle for another minute or to until just cooked thru. sprinkle with some paprika about 1/2 tsp, serve with lemon wedges. We like rice as a side for a meal. :D


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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Gillthepainter » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:04 pm

Delicious!

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Amber » Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:43 am

We often replace garlic with ginger, for pan fried prawns/mushrooms/potatoes - very tasty.

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Gillthepainter » Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:38 pm

All the mince pies are gone. No more smoked salmon.

And this is the last of my seasonal cooking. Fillet steak rare with chips, and a pepper sauce.
And a modest couscous salad last night, accompanied by avocado and red & chilli pepper.

Back to my usual cooking.

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Pampy » Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:32 pm

Are they air fryer chips, Gill?

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Gillthepainter » Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:46 pm

They are, Pampy.
I took the time to slice thinly the maris piper potatoes, rinse them, parboil (in the microwave), toss in a small amount of sunflower oil. And open freeze.
(the advantage of a new freezer is I have space to open freeze)

And cook them in the airfyer direct from frozen of course.

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Amber » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:26 am

The chips look perfect!

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Pampy » Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:17 am

They do!

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Gillthepainter » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:23 am

Why thank you. Some go a bit wonky.
The trick is to shake them out into a bowl every 5 or so mins, to rotate them.
But the airfryer does perfect chips, it's an excellent gadget forrit.

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Earthmaiden » Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:20 pm

I made my 'Christmas pies' after Christmas (i.e pies filled with leftovers). I've only made them to bake and eat immediately before or frozen the filling to make a pie at a later date. This time, after chatting to you all, I made shortcrust pastry pies and froze the whole pies.

Would you cook from frozen or thaw first? I would always use a thermometer to check the middle was piping hot either way.

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Seatallan » Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:24 pm

I do similar and I thaw first just because I find it easier to guage when said pie is cooked through.
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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Gillthepainter » Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:51 pm

They sound the business, EM.
I'd say thaw them, too.
( I think you have to thaw frozen supermarket pies, don't you?)

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Earthmaiden » Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:25 pm

Thank you! Yes, I think large supermarket pies recommend it. I don't always but always use the thermometer. I wasn't sure if the pastry would be nicer one way or the other. Will report back!

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby jeral » Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:44 pm

If thawed overnight in the fridge and cooked directly from chilled, the pie isn't sitting around at room temp so no safety worry; also chilled pastry benefits from the shock of hitting the oven's heat blast apparently. An added benefit is less baking time from chilled and the top is less likely to burn before the inside is cooked through. Mmm pie....

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Amber » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:32 am

I would be worried about getting a ‘soggy bottom’ :lol: .

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Re: Christmas recipes foods, and cooking ideas

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:23 am

The pie has been thawing in the fridge overnight and the pastry has not gone soggy - it's just as it would be had it been left to chill after it was made. Looking forward to it later (and for several more days, it seems bigger than it did when I made it!).

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