This is the friendship braid that has taken a while. Today this was quilted in a trailing vine design and then stipple in the border .It looks great despite a ripple in the backsheet that is going to wreakl havoc on the top piece if I frog it . So in it stays .
Ah the wild log cabin. A baby mat that is awating a friend ( quilt friend) not baby friend this new addition is underthe machine ( and the cat )
Now I ;ve also been nagged to include a couple of fav recipes.
So here you go .
Rachels Ginger and nutmeg chicken
1 chicken breast per person orportion .
3 celery sticks
6 large white mushrooms all finely chopped.
1 clove garlic lightly chopped.
light checken stock
2 pieces of stem ginger in syrup washed of syrup and finely chopped.
Soften all yr finely chopped veg in some oil and then seal yr chicken .
add the stock and the finely chopped ginger in syrup
Allow the chicken to cook through and reduce the sauce on a medium heat. if this is taking a long time then thicken the sauce with some slaked cornflower in water and allow to cook through.
Add a little single cream at the end and a good grating of finely grated nutmeg.
brilliant served with steamed fresh veg and tagliatelle ( noodles)
yum yum ...
You can make this without chicken to make a great soup. I know you can get stem ginger in syrup fromSainsburys .
Root veg bake with chilli cream
So simple and lazy .
large chunks of yr fav root veg and lotso f them .
I use potato
I have used butternut squash but it does go a bit soggy .
so pack yr veg into a deep roasting dish and then mix up
1/4 pt simple stock
about 1/2 pint cream ( double or heavy )
chilli sauce .. I like sweet tomato
mix it up and pour over the veg . Stick the roasting dish into a good hot oven and roast turning every 20 mins for approx 2 hours or until veg tender. This is gob scorching hot .... heat not spice but gets even better as it sits and develops some new depth of flavour . I love ot eat this the next morning ( piglet)~~
Thai turkey meatballs with noodles and doodles
1 pack of turkey breast mince ( ground )
1 /2 teaspoon thai 7 spice
finey chopped fresh coriander and parsley
1 tablespoon thick sweet soy sauce .
mirin 1 tablespoon
mix all togehter vigorously and then form small ( teaspoon sized) balls .
Poach in a light stock for 10 mins till cooked through .
Add to a great stir fry with loads of noodles and a good sauce and enjoy a steaming bowl of lovely comfort food ( realyl low fat too )
ok you need to find some Lebanese 5 spice which you cn get from ASDA and pomegraite syrup
ok onions and lots of them
can of good quality tomatoes chopped
small amount ( 200 ml ) stock
chicken breast sealed in a pan and add onions the lebanse 5 spice ( contains cinnamon )
this tends to go quite thick so immeadiately add yr tomatoes and stock and slap on the lidf of yr pan and allow to simmer slowly for 15 mins ... check it doesn't catch or burn so giver a stir every few mins but don;t keep pestering it .
add 2 tablespoons of pomegranate syrup and possibly a spoon of sugar to stop it getting too acidic .
taste and season .... fabulous served with cous cous and fresh herbs and salad .
Saffrom pilaf with cinnamon chicken
yoghurt with 2 tablespoons cinnamon stir in .
Marinate small cubes of chicken breast or boned chicken thighs for a couple of hours
you can fry them off gently or baked in the oven
saffron pilaff ....
few strands of saffron soaked in stock .
large quantity of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley, corriander , mint
rice .... ( you do double liquid to rice volume and use the same measure )
a micxture of lightly toasted and chopped or whole nuts . I like pistachios, pine nuts and cashews but you can use Pecans, flaked almonds and hazel nuts.
cooked yr rice gently .... I use 1 cup rice to 2 cups of liquid and let it simmer in a lidded pan turning the heat off half way through and letting it steam to completion. FLUFF ONLY WITH A FORK !
DO NOT STIR RICE when cooking it wrecks the grain and you end up with sludge .
when the rice is cooked stir in the herbs and nuts and pile onto a plate and then scatter withthe cooked chciken and top with more fresh herbs and pomegranate seeds ..... it looks glorious and gets snarfed down at arate of knots .