Sunday Lunch

29 Jul

It’s not very often I get Sundays off work, so when I do I like to make the most of it in the kitchen. In our house, most Sundays start with an early start for Phil who normally heads out to American Football training or a match, so I like to try and have a nice meal for him when he gets back.

Today’s menu- Creamy Pork Medallions with Roast New Potatoes and Broccoli, followed by an Orange Chocolate Roulade.

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The Creamy Pork is something that my Mum used to cook when I lived at home. There’s never been a ‘recipe’ for it, and no two have ever been made exactly the same, but that’s part of what I love about it. It might sound like a bit of an odd combination; pork, red peppers and cream, but I promise you it’s delicious and very much a favourite in our house. Today it was served with new potatoes roasted in a little olive oil and rosemary and some lovely fresh broccoli, but it works great with mash, pasta, rice… It’s a really versatile dish.

Creamy Pork:

To serve two large people

4-6 Pork fillet medallions (or a similar cut)
1 Medium white onion finely chopped
1-2 Cloves garlic finely chopped
1 Large red pepper
Dried herbs (this normally changes, but today I used rosemary and thyme)
Red chilli to taste if you like a little kick
1 glass white wine
200ml Single or double cream
200ml stock (I use a dissolved chicken stock cube)

1. Sweat the onion, garlic, red pepper, herbs and chilli in a little olive oil and/or butter until lovely and soft.

2. Turn the heat up a bit and add the pork, cooking until slightly coloured.

3. Pour in the white wine and reduce down for a couple of minutes, then add the stock, season and pop in the oven on a medium-high heat for about 15 mins until the liquid has reduced by half.

4. Pour the cream in, stir and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Serve!

The dish is really simple to cook, but lovely and rich. Minimum effort, maximum results! Served up with another family favourite, a glass of Kourtaki Retsina, about £7 from Sainsbury’s, and such a wonderfully earthy and fresh white wine.

We followed that with another favourite of ours, and from the quick and simple, to the note so simple! Orange Chocolate Roulade. It’s actually a Christmas BBC GoodFood recipe, but we love it so much, that we’ll happy demolish it on a warm summer day!

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It’s not the most simple of bakes, requiring a lot of mixing and whisking (thank’s Dad for the Kenwood Chef!!), and the process of assembling it is rather stressful, but I promise you, the outcome is the most deliciously moist, rich, fudgey chocolate heaven! You can find the link here , and my one tip if you do try it yourself is to remember, when it cracks and falls apart, I promise that chocolate frosting will work like cement and glue it back together. When it’s all assembled it WILL look delicious and no one will ever know underneath is a small, but tasty, disaster!!

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Hope you’ve all had a lovely Sunday too! If you give either of those recipes a go, let me know! I’d love to hear how you got on!

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Camel Valley Vineyard

25 Jul

I’m counting down the days (20) until Phil and I load the car up and drive down to Cornwall. We’ve been together now for 3 years, and every summer we make the trip to Phil’s parent’s for a week away.

It’s always a really relaxing and lovely place to be, and it’s great to spend time with Phil’s family. One of things I look forward to the most is all the local produce that Cornwall has to offer. From pasties, to cheese, to fudge, you name it, Cornwall has it to offer. But the best bit HAS TO BE the booze. There really is something there for everyone, some amazing local ciders, some great ales, and the one that matters the most, wine.

Each year we take a trip to Camel Valley vineyard, and go on their tasting tour. For anyone who likes a good glass, I highly recommend it. The tour only costs about £12 per person, including wine (and there is a lot of wine!), and they guys at the family run vineyard always create a really interesting, light and humoured tour to follow as well.

And when the tour is finished, don’t forget to pop into the shop and stock up on your favourites. Being a traditional independent vineyard, their wine is stocked in a lot of Cornwall’s local wine merchants and restaurants, but it’s much harder to get a hold of when you’re back up North… so we always ending up leaving with quite a few bottles.

Each year my favourite seems to change. I started off very much an Atlantic Dry kinda gal, but last year I was all over the Bacchus Dry. It’s got some lovely citrusy notes, that I love to serve with Italian (or pretty much anything else!). If Phil had his way, he would drink nothing but Cornwall Brut, their delicious award winning sparkling wine (the boy has expensive taste).

But don’t take my word for it. Go on the tour, try it for yourself, and pick you’re own favourites! For more information, or to book a tour place, check out their website www.camelvalley.com , and maybe I’ll see you there!

Look out for more posts next month as I work my way through as much of Cornwall’s local produce as they have to offer on our little holiday!

Camel Valley Vineyard:

 Camel Valley Ltd , Nanstallon, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5LG

How Do You Eat Yours?

23 Jul

 

I’m talking of course, about scones! This is an ongoing argument in our house. Well, it’s a rather one sided argument, as my point of view is either way they taste great. However, my other half grew up in Cornwall and as a result has very strong feelings about the matter.

Apparently, if you’re a jam then cream person, you’re doing it the Cornish way (and therefore the more tasty way). The other way round, cream then jam, is how they do it in Devon (Phil insists the only thing Devon is good for is creating a bridge to get into Cornwall).

It’s very heated. On Saturday afternoon when we sat down to our Cream Tea treat, I did slightly fear for our relationship…

Like I say, to me, either way, you can’t beat a good scone, some proper clotted cream (Rodders-Cornwall- of course), and some lovely local jam.

But how do you eat yours?

The Reindeer Inn

21 Jul

We found this lovely little pub whilst exploring Nottinghamshire’s country side.

The menu is very small, but very good and incredible value for money. I had a Ham Hock Terrine which was served with an Apricot Puree and Rocket Salad to start, and a lovely little Shepard’s Pie for main, whilst Phil had Broccoli and Stilton Soup to start and a fillet of Ling with Chorizo, New Potatoes and Mange Tout.

All the food was delicious, and in total we spent about £25 including drinks.

Whilst the pub doesn’t look like anything special either inside or out (blink and you’ll miss it), the food was well presented, and staff were incredibly friendly. It was clear from the visitors around that it’s an obvious hit with the locals (always a good sign if you ask me!). My only criticism, if i’m being really picky, was that it took quite a long time to get the starters, but when you’re not in a rush, and the food is THAT good, who really cares?

If  you’re out that way, I would also highly recommend a visit to Gonalston Farm Shop. Wonderful meats, fishes, cheeses and general fresh country produce! Now that we’ve found this place, I expect my wallet to be much much lighter in the future!

The lovely Gonalston Farm Shop.

 

 

The Reindeer Inn: Main Street, Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7J7.
Gonalston Farm Shop: Southwell Road, Gonalston, Nottinghamshire NG14 7DR