Amaretti Rocky Road (aka Strada Rocciosa)

Posted by KitchenGeek on Friday 17th Feb, 2012

While I’m not actually a huge fan of straight chocolate, I have a real thing for chocolate with stuff in it. Dairy Milk I could take or leave, but I adore Nestle Crunch – despite the fact it’s just dairy milk with a few rice crispies in it.

Which means that I love Rocky Road.

The problem is that my wife hates marshmallows and my best friend suffers from Coeliac’s. Not a great start for a dish that’s largely marshmallows and biscuits.

Then sent me inspiration in the form of a little punnet Hazelnut Espresso – a mix of cappuccino chocolate, mini amaretti biscuits, dates and hazelnuts. Could that make rocky road…? Well, yes. Read the rest of this entry »

Gluten-Free Amaretti Biscuits

Posted by KitchenGeek on Friday 17th Feb, 2012

Amaretti biscuits - photo by me...

I have a confession to make. I like almonds. No, that’s not true – I love almonds. If someone could come up with a balanced diet that allowed me to consume nothing but almonds, amaretto and marzipan, I think I’d marry them.

Oh, and amaretti biscuits…

Amaretti biscuits cost so much, they must be a bastard to make, right? Well, I made some and put them on this site, so they can’t be that difficult, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Banana Tempura Fritters

Posted by KitchenGeek on Monday 9th Jan, 2012

What do you do when you really want hot sweet food and all your other half can offer is banana and custard? Why, you remember that you cleaned the deep fat fryer at the weekend and you go searching the Internet…

This recipe is so depressingly simple, that I actually feel guilty about posting it here. You’ll need:

  • Some bananas, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup of sifted plain flour
  • 1 cup ice cold fizzy water
  • 1 medium egg
  • A little agarve nectar or light runny honey

Now, are you ready for this horribly complicated one?

  • Set the deep fat fryer to 180c / 350f
  • Beat the egg
  • Add the water to the egg
  • Gently add the flour to the eggy water, mixing gently and not caring too much about lumpy bits
  • Once the fat is up to temperature, dip the banana bits in the batter and put them in the fryer
  • About 2 minutes later, scoop the bits out of the fryer and let them rest on kitchen paper
  • Put them in a bowl and drizzle with the agarve nectar
  • Eat…

A very nearly Italian Ragu

Posted by KitchenGeek on Monday 18th Oct, 2010

I love cooking, but I hate cooking during the week. Put simply, when I get home from work, I’m normally starving hungry and want to eat something, anything, right now. That doesn’t lead to delicious meals.

Thankfully, it’s getting cold in the UK right now – which means that it’s time to get out the slow cooker and use my post food satiation to plan and prepare dinners for the next few meals. Once I’ve remembered where I can buy Puy lentils we’ll try some Cassoulade. But first, it’s time for an old favourite – Ragu.

Photo by JoeyWan under Creative Commons

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Shooter’s Sandwich

Posted by KitchenGeek on Friday 8th Oct, 2010

It’s all been a bit mad round here recently, what with selling my grandparent’s house and trying to work out why the electricity in my own kitchen keeps shutting down half way through cooking things, but here’s another fantastically simple one that’s kept me entertained – the Shooter’s Sandwich.

But first, a word of warning. This isn’t a sandwich you can knock up at 12.15 to eat at 12.20. It’ll take you half an hour to prepare and then you’ve got to leave it until the following lunchtime. It’ll also take a nice big bite out of your food budget for the week.

On the flip side, there’s no way you’ll eat it on your own in one sitting. Even for me, a world famous fat bastard, there are several sittings here – probably with an accomplice.

Shooter's Sandiwich, by Matt Perdeaux, under Creative Commons

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CousCous salad

Posted by KitchenGeek on Wednesday 5th May, 2010

It’s drizzling, which must mean it’s BBQ weather.

Yeah, I know it’s only May, but I’m already one BBQ into the summer which means we need simple quick food to serve up at the same time as all that glorious charred flesh.

Couscous is the obvious, simple, and surprisingly appealing answer…

  • 225g/8oz couscous
  • Vegetable stock
  • 1 good sized bunch of parsley
  • 1 good sized bunch of coriander
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 unwaxed lemon
  • ½ cucumber, de-seeded
  • 30g/1oz toasted sunflower seeds
  • 30g/1oz toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

I know how complicated these recipes get, so try to keep up…

Cover the couscous with twice the volume of stock made with boiling water. Leave it for as long as you want, but leave at least 10 minutes so that it has time to soak.

Juice and zest the lemon. Add.

Chop everything else finely. Add.

Store it in the fridge, but take it out at least half an hour before you eat…

Liver & Bacon, Kiwi Style

Posted by KitchenGeek on Thursday 1st Apr, 2010

At the risk of turning this into the world’s worst sales pitch, I rather like the idea of eating offal. In the same way that hardcore recyclers feel smug about turning the ring pulls from coke cans into necklaces, I always feel somewhat smug about the idea of making myself a dinner based on what other people would consider to be rubbish.

In fact, lambs liver is one of my favourite bits of meat (after the duck breast, lamb chop and beef ribeye) and is probably the one most frequently hated due to really awful school dinners.

Liver, by avlxyz, under Creative Commons

Lambs liver cooked properly is moist, tender, and flavourful. Add bacon and a few spices and it’s just fantastic… Read the rest of this entry »

Here but not here…

Posted by KitchenGeek on Monday 8th Mar, 2010

I’m sorry for not loving you. Health, then holiday, and then a wedding next weekend, mean that it’s going to be another couple of weeks before you have more recipes.

On the flip side, the holiday was in New Zealand and we came back with ideas and recipes…

Sit tight… we’ll be back.

It’s not all milk and cookies…

Posted by KitchenGeek on Monday 8th Feb, 2010

Somewhere there is a deity laughing at your KitchenGeek. Less than 3 weeks after this wonderful shiny new sites goes live, I’ve been told off. My blood pressure is down and the swelling in my gullet (caused by acid and caffeine) has gone down, but apparently my liver is developing the gentle marbling of a particularly appetising piece of ribeye steak.

And therein lies the problem. By choice, I eat lots of meat with gentle fat marbling; roasts with crackling; duck with – well duck with anything actually. And I don’t eat enough vegetables unless they are mashed or served with butter. So my Jeckyl and Hyde doctor has told me I need to lay off the saturated fats and start doing some exercise.

I did the only logical thing I could think of. I made cookies. Read the rest of this entry »

Garlic & Butternut Squash Soup

Posted by KitchenGeek on Saturday 23rd Jan, 2010
Butternut Squash Soup, by mhaithaca, under Creative Commons

Butternut Squash Soup, by mhaithaca, under Creative Commons

Weekends follow a depressingly boring rhythm at the moment… Wake up late; have breakfast at a supermarket cafe on the way to the old house (long story); get there some time after lunch; work until six; and then eat a kebab on the way home.

So, I hatched a plan. Get down there early and use the wonderful kitchen to make a healthy lunch. Butternut squash was obviously the answer… Read the rest of this entry »