Richard Corrigan Demonstrates How to Cook Game

Richard Corrigan

I was recently very privileged to be invited to a feast event at Sainsbury’s head office in London with none other two Michelin star chef Richard Corrigan. Richard was there to help promote and inspire home cooks about the new range of game products Sainsbury’s will be launching in November.

Drawing on influences from South America and Spain we were in for a treat. As you can see from the photos the food looked fantastic and tasted out of this world.

The first recipe Richard prepared was Venison Ceviche with Crab Apples. This was a stunning dish using a loin of venison and I think would make an amazing starter if hosting a dinner party at home.

Venison Ceviche with Crab Apples

Venison Ceviche with Crab Apples

The next recipe Richard rustled up was a Venison, Red Cabbage Slaw and Walnuts. Using a haunch of venison steak this time roasted in the oven until medium rare. This dish had a real zing to it from the orange zest, which I loved.

Venison, Red Cabbage Slaw and Walnuts

Venison, Red Cabbage Slaw and Walnuts

My favourite dish of the evening was this incredible Grilled Partridge with Sweetcorn, Preserved Lemon and Chorizo. For me anything served with chorizo is going to be good. I’ve never eaten partridge before and I’m definitely going to eat it again.

Grilled Partridge with Sweetcorn, Preserved Lemon and Chorizo

Grilled Partridge with Sweetcorn, Preserved Lemon and Chorizo

The final dish of Poached Pheasant with Apple, Chestnut and Pickled Pumpkin had an autumnal feel. Richard used a technique of poaching the pheasant in a freezer bag with orange zest, Calvados, chocolate, cinnamon and chilli resulting in a succulent piece of game.

Poached Pheasant with Apple, Chestnuts and Pickled Pumpkin

Poached Pheasant with Apple, Chestnuts and Pickled Pumpkin

Having never eaten any game before I was unsure what to expect but I was open to trying new taste experiences and have been won over. I will definitely try game when I see it on the menu in a restaurant and I plan to try venison sausages soon.

Thank you Richard Corrigan and Sainsbury’s for a very enjoyable and enlightening evening.

Until next time.

Julie
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Giveaway: Win a signed copy of Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect

I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you this truly amazing giveaway, a signed copy of Mary Berry’s latest book Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect courtesy of DK. One very lucky reader will win a copy of this brilliant book featuring all new recipes.

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect is a cookbook packed full of enticing recipes you’ll just want to try. With clear instructions and beautiful photography for each recipe, this cookbook is a must for home cooks. Do take a look at my recent review to find out more.

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The giveaway is open until 00:00 on 10 November 2014 and is open to UK entrants only.

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Julie
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Apple and Sultana Sweet Soda Bread

Apple and Sultana Sweet Soda Bread

A few weeks ago, I experimented with a sweet soda bread recipe. I wasn’t quite right but I knew that it had the potential to be really tasty. So after a bit of tinkering I came up with this delightful apple and sultana sweet soda bread recipe. Packed full of flavour from the fruit and a subtle hint of mixed spice making this sweet soda bread a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. I recommend you serve it sliced spread with a little butter, although it is moist enough to eat without.

This recipe is so incredibly easy and super quick, as it contains no yeast. In fact you don’t knead the dough at all, it couldn’t be simpler. I think you’ll enjoy it too.

Apple and Sultana Sweet Soda Bread

Here’s my recipe for Apple and Sultana Sweet Soda Bread.

Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)

400g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1½ teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 Royal Gala apple
125g sultanas
40g golden caster sugar
300ml buttermilk
1 teaspoon demerara sugar

Method

1. Pre heat your oven to Fan 200c and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

2. Peel and chop the apple into 5mm dice.

3. Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice, diced apple, sultanas and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Then, make a well in the centre.

4. Pour in the buttermilk and stir the mixture, finally bring the dough together with your hands.

5. On a floured surface shape the dough into a ball and then flatten. Place on the lined baking sheet and sprinkle with the demerara sugar.

6. Using a sharp knife cut across the dough vertically and horizontally, forming a cross in the dough.

7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake for a further 10 minutes.

8. Once baked the loaf will be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Apple and Sultana Sweet Soda Bread

I’m currently reading Dan Lepard’s book Short and Sweet, which I’m finding really inspiring. Have you read it? Please let me know if you recommend a particular recipe, as I can’t decided which to try first.

Until next time, happy baking.

Julie
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Trio of Chocolate Recipes

Did you know it is Chocolate Week? Well, it certainly is and to celebrate there is a Chocolate Show being held at London’s Olypmia this coming weekend (17th to 19th October). Sadly, I can’t go but to get into the spirit of all things chocolate (like I need much encouragement), I’ve compiled a trio of my favourite chocolate recipes for you.

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

Double chocolate banana cake

This is an utterly delicious and moist chocolate cake, that your family and friends will love. So, if you have any bananas that have seen better days I recommend you make it.

Milk Chocolate and Walnut Biscuits

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These biscuits are totally scrummy and worth making a pot of tea or coffee for. If you take a batch into the office I promise you’ll be the most popular member of staff.

Rocky Road Bars

Rocky road bars

I’m sure Rocky Roads are every child’s favourite. I’ve made these a little special with a couple of magic ingredients, Turkish Delight and dried mango.

I hope you enjoy this trio of chocolate recipes.

Until next time.

Julie
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Garam Masala Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

Garam Masala Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

Oh I do like a bit of spice in a bowl of soup, not too much but enough just to waken those taste buds. This is my first soup for autumn and I wanted to experiment with my fail safe carrot soup recipe, which is utterly delicious too I must add. Anyway, I think you’ll agree this tasty carrot and lentil soup, spiced with garam masala, fresh coriander and chilli is a real winner. Healthy and full of tantalising flavours, this is no boring lentil soup. It’s worth making just for the beautiful smell of the garam masala wafting from the kitchen. Enjoy!

Garam Masala Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

Here’s my recipe for Garam Masala Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup.

Ingredients (Serves 3 to 4)

400g carrots (chopped in rounds)
100g red lentils
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Pinch of chilli flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
600ml hot chicken stock (or vegetable stock if you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
Salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
1 red chilli (sliced in rounds)

Method

1. Heat the olive oil in a large lidded casserole pan and sauté onion until soft.

2. Add the carrots, chilli flakes and ground coriander. Sauté until the carrots just start to soften.

3. Add the hot chicken stock, lentils and a grinding of black pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes.

4. Stir through the garam masala and continue simmering for a further 10 minutes.

5. Allow to cool slightly, then transfer to a blender with an additional 100ml of water. Blitz until smooth. Check the seasoning, add salt and pepper if necessary.

6. Just before serving, stir through the fresh coriander and top with fresh chilli rounds, if you like. The fresh chilli will make the soup fiery hot, just omit if you don’t want the soup too hot.

Garam Masala Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

This carrot and lentil soup would be great served at Bonfire night celebrations and will certainly keep you warm. I hope you like it.

Until next time.

Julie
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Giveaway: Culture Vulture Gourmet Cheese Plates and French Salts

Gourmet Cheese Label Plates

Gourmet Cheese Label Plates

French Salts

French Salts

I’m delighted to bring you this fab giveaway from the lovely people at Culture Vulture Direct, an online shop selling artisan products for you and your home from around the world. The giveaway includes a set of 4 fine bone china plates decorated with classic cheese label designs, a jar of truffle and black pepper salt plus a jar of fig, onion and 5 peppers salt.  I think you’ll agree the prizes are lovely and would make ideal gifts.

To be in with a chance of winning this giveaway you must complete the Rafflecopter entry form and leave a comment on my blog. Plus, there are further chances to win, once you have left your blog comment.

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Julie
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Green Veggie Spelt Spaghetti

Green Veggie Spelt Spaghetti

Last week I managed to find a real gem of a cookbook in a local charity shop, River Cottage Veg Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for only £1.50. Yes, you read it right, only £1.50! An absolute bargain and in pristine condition too. Feeling a little inspired by Hugh’s book, I made this quick and easy veggie pasta dish using a mix of frozen broad beans, edamame soya beans and peas for my lunch one day. It was really tasty and it felt good to go meat free for a change.

For this recipe I’ve used spelt spaghetti which tastes very similar to wholewheat spaghetti and has twice the fibre of standard pasta, so I really recommend you try it.

Green Veggie Spelt Spaghetti

Here’s my recipe for Green Veggie Spelt Spaghetti.

Ingredients (Serves 1)

100g wholegrain spelt spaghetti
100g frozen mix of broad beans, edamame soya beans and peas
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon half fat creme fraiche
Salt and black pepper
Parmesan cheese (grated)

Method.

1. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water cook the spelt spaghetti and frozen mixed beans and peas.

2. Cook the spaghetti until it is al dente, then drain the spaghetti and vegetables and return to the pan.

3. Stir through the pesto, creme fraiche and a grinding of black pepper.

4. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Green Veggie Spelt Spaghetti

Until next time.

Julie
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1st Blog Anniversary

Sweetie Vanilla Cupcakes

The end of September marked the first anniversary of Julie’s Family Kitchen. I thought it worthy of a mention now and a chance to reflect on some of my favourite recipes. Before I do that, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the trouble to read my blog, it means a lot. Thank you so much.

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Bolognese Pasta Bake

Bolognese Pasta Bake

Now the evenings are drawing in and there’s a little chill in the air at night, it’s lovely to come home to a bowl of comforting pasta. So when Sainsbury’s asked food bloggers to get creative using some of their SO Organic own label range for #OrganicSeptember, I thought it would be a good idea to make a Bolognese Pasta Bake. With over 250 SO Organic products available, there’s plenty to choose from. My Bolognese Pasta Bake has a rich and intense meaty bolognese sauce flavoured with Cabernet Sauvignon and oregano. It was a real success with all the family, so I’m pleased to be sharing it with you.

Bolognese Pasta Bake

Here’s my recipe for Bolognese Pasta Bake

Ingredients (Serves 4 to 6)

2 small onions*
1 large carrot*
4 medium mushrooms*
1 tablespoon olive oil
500g mince beef (15% fat)*
150ml Cabernet Sauvignon* or other red wine
250ml passata*
400g chopped tinned tomatoes*
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar*
Salt and black pepper
400g penne pasta*
50g mature cheddar cheese*
25g Parmesan cheese

*From the SO Organic range

Method

1. Heat the olive oil in a large lidded casserole pan. Finely dice the onions and carrot, then sauté in the oil until beginning to soften.

2. Chop the mushrooms into quarter slices and then add to the pan. Add the mince beef and brown all over.

3. Add the wine and bring the bolognese to the boil, keep on a high heat for 5 minutes stirring frequently.

4. Then, add the chopped tomatoes, passata, balsamic vinegar and oregano. Season well with salt and black pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer with the lid partially on for 1 hour. Stir every so often to check it’s not catching on the bottom of the pan.

5. Meanwhile, cook the penne pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for about 8 to 10 minutes (you want the pasta under done).

6. Pre heat the oven to Fan 180c. Drain the pasta and add to the casserole pan of bolognese sauce, stir to combine. Grate the cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and then sprinkle on top. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the top begins to crisp. Enjoy with a green salad and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bolognese Pasta Bake

To make life a bit easier the pasta bake can be prepared earlier in the day and stored in the fridge until ready to bake. I’d suggest increasing the baking time to ensure it is heated through properly.

Bolognese Pasta Bake

Until next time.

Julie
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Pasta Masterclass with Giovanni Rana

Giovanni Rana Pasta Masterclass

I was totally thrilled when I received an email saying that I’d won a place for me and a guest at a Pasta Masterclass with Giovanni Rana in his London restaurant. The competition was organised in conjunction with Foodies 100 and required entrants to create a dish using Giovanni Rana’s Italian Indulgence fresh pasta. Take a peek at the my competition entry, Chicken with Rosemary Ravioli with Tomato, Mushroom and Rosemary Sauce.

My mum and I headed into London to the Giovanni Rana restaurant located in the newly developed area of Regent’s Place. The restaurant is contemporary styled and perfect for a city lunch or family meal. I didn’t realise but I managed to snap Mr Rana sitting down when I took the photo of the outside of the restaurant.

Mr Rana lives in Verona, Italy and had come over especially for these masterclasses. He doesn’t speak any English but his very lovely daughter in law Antonella acted as translator and demonstrator for the class. We were shown how simple it was to combine two ingredients, flour and eggs and turn them into fresh pasta dough.

Giovanni Rana Restaurant

It was great fun participating in a small and friendly class environment, I really felt that I learnt a lot about making fresh pasta by hand. As I kneaded the dough, Mr Rana who was stood next to me said ‘Perfetto’, which I was delighted with.

As were going to make tortellini and ravioli, we made a tasty filling of fresh spinach and ricotta cheese. We then proceeded to roll out the dough into a large circle and cut out smaller circles for the tortellini to fill and shape. We later made ravioli using the same filling. For some reason I found the tortellini much easier to learn, so I’m planning on creating my own recipe soon.

As a wonderful treat we then dined in the restaurant enjoying an amazing three course meal and of course a glass or two of wine.

Our starter was a selection of Italian cured meats and cheeses served with a fruit chutney, which was sublime. I also got to try Porchetta for the first time.

For my main, I opted for the Pappardelle with Duck Ragu as I’d heard duck ragu was delicious. I wasn’t disappointed, it tasted divine and was not like any other ragu I had eaten before.

We were then brought a selection of sweet filled ravioli, one of which had an apple sauce filling that was simple gorgeous and a chocolate filled ravioli too. Then, followed a tasty apple cake and a chocolate lovers dream dessert, a jam jar filled with white chocolate panna cotta.

After an inspiring and truly enjoyable day, we didn’t leave empty handed we were given a fab goodie bag filled with lots of wonderful products. Thank you so much to Giovanni Rana, Antonella Rana, everyone at the Giovanni Rana restaurant, Wildcard and Foodies 100 for the most incredible experience.

I’m hoping that I can make some fresh pasta very soon, so watch this space.

Until next time.

Julie
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