Onion Bhaji

I’m not posting this because it’s the best thing I’ve ever cooked but I’m posting it because I just thought it was a bit exciting. I’ve wanted to try making onion bhajis for years and finally got round to it with Josh the other day. We combined a few recipes from online but didn’t use the right flour and didn’t exactly follow the right method. So they weren’t the best onion bhajis I’ve ever tasted but they were definitely passable, and a good place to start. I will make it my ambition this summer to perfect it and eventually get a recipe up.

Quiche

Quiche is another thing on a long list of things I’ve wanted to make for ages but never got round to. I ended up on YouTube one day watching this video, and the guy just made it look so easy that I thought I ought to try it.

It was pretty easy apart from a couple of super-sticky dough issues, and the filling came out really well – the custard part was great. I put two of my favourite things in – bacon and leek – so it couldn’t go too far wrong. Another great summery lunch.

Blenheim Palace Food Festival

For mum’s birthday this year we headed to a food festival at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. It was pretty giant and there was a great mix of places to get hot food for lunch and places that sold oils/sauces/salamis and other things to take home for the store cupboard.

My favourite thing was obviously pizza, but this was actually some of the best pizza I’ve had for a while. It was made by the Secret Pizza Society, who had a super fancy van. The pizza had gorgeous black bubbles on the crust and some top-notch salami on top. Big thumbs up.

Other highlights were a great hog roast by Orchard View Farm, and some amazing paella with giant chunks of gorgeous chorizo (will add a link if I find the name of the people).

You can see the website of the people who organise the festival here, so if you get a chance to go to one of their events then I couldn’t recommend it more!

Spicy Prawn Stir-fry

Guess what…Madhur Jaffrey is back in my life. This time I went for a Spicy Prawn Stir-fry with a Goan-style Dal Curry with some chapatis that Lloyd Grossman lovingly made.

The lentil dal was good but I put way too much tomato in which wasn’t great. The prawns took all of about 4 minutes and were absolutely delicious, so they’d make a really great summery lunch if you served them with some salad. All you need to do is put some oil and spices in a pan, add a bit of garlic, then put the prawns in and fry for a couple more minutes. But seriously, get the book.

Soppressata

I was really starting to crave pizza yesterday having not had any for a good couple of days, so I decided to make some. I did my favourite skillet-broiler method (first time with my cast iron pan) and it was all so lovely and easy. I used loads of semolina flour on the outside of the crust so it really crisped up and was glorious.

But of course the real exciting addition this time was the soppressata I topped it with. Soppressata is an Italian salami that makes a pretty great pepperoni alternative, and I’ve been looking for it for aaages so I was super excited to see it in Waitrose.

Here are all the recipes I used:

Chicken and Leek Crumble

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I did a post a while back about savoury crumbles but since I’m having a big leek phase at the moment, I thought I’d do a repeat crumble post but with leek in this time. We had some leftover chicken after a big roast, so I chopped it up, mixed it with some leeks, bacon, gravy and cream, then sprinkled some crumble over the top (half butter, half flour, rubbed together until it’s crumble). Then I popped it in the oven. Simple!

And don’t be weirded out by having crumble as a savoury thing. It’s pretty great.