potatoes dauphinoise with embedded ham

I bought a gammon from Iceland for the Christmas festivities – it was … OK, but not great, and very salty, so it languished in the fridge. There was also half a chunk of Gruyere, as I had done dauphinoise potatoes with the Christmas lunch, and some cream. So last night, Pete sliced potatoes very thinly…

pasta with green beans

This was quick, simple and delicious and we’ll make it again! I had some green beans from my sister-in-law’s garden; we normally stir fry them with mustard seeds, but I thought I’d be a tad more Reactive last night! Topped and tailed the beans, cut them into chunks,m and simmered until they were al dente…

mushrooms and tagliatelle

We had some button mushrooms and a little cream waiting to be used up, and this seemed an ideal way to do it on a hot day. Finely chopped two shallots and three cloves of garlic, and cooked them down in olive oil. Added some chopped rosemary and thyme from the herb garden^H^H pots, which…

pork with leeks, sour cream and cider

I looked in the fridge before we went out yesterday, and found a number of things that needed using up: a head of broccoli, some cooked new potatoes, a rather wizened leek, some cream that had gone over. So I got a pork steak out of the freezer with the intention of cobbling something together…

chicken and fennel with pasta

Our local Co-Op had special offers on chicken last week – two packs of diced breast for a fiver, and the same for whole breast.  I picked up two packs of each and stowed them in the freezer, not least because I’m trying to cut down my red meat consumption. There was also a head…

pork and leeks with calvados

Still using stuff up before we move in a fortnight, we invited some friends for supper last night, and fed them with the two small and one huge pork fillet in the freezer.  I normally do this recipe with cider, but we didn’t have any in, so I improvised. I cut the pork into chunks,…

potato and leek bake

[Sorry – no photo] Using up: elderly spuds, some cream Scrubbed potatoes (we never bother with peeling) and sliced very thinly.  There was a bit less than we hoped for because one spud had gone over, unfortunately. Washed one leek – a handy tip from Jamie Oliver is to slice the leek in half lengthwise…

beef stroganoff

Using up: ribeye steak, mushrooms Along with the three sausages, we also returned from Summer Camp with a heap of ribeye steak, which simply didn’t get eaten.  I flung it in the freezer in the general melée of dealing with wet tents, missing cats, etc., but a carton of organic mushrooms in the fridge gave…