All posts tagged: cooking

A potato tasting challenge with Billy & Jack and Idahoan

My blog might be called ‘Got to Be Gourmet’ but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the more comforting foods in life. When I was a kid, one of my absolute favourite things to eat was ‘tuna and mash’ (and I’m not talking about freshly mashed up organic potatoes from the fields surrounding our house in rural Yorkshire. Oh, no. I’m talking the powdered variety!) I must admit, I hadn’t tucked into this particular food stuff since then (although I have a vague recollection of there being a bit of a phase at Uni!) so when I was invited to an event by Idahoan recently, I was more than a little intrigued. The food snob in me might have scoffed at going to an event about ‘powdered’ potato. But it sounded particularly interesting – Billy and Jack, MasterChef finalists (who I just adored during that particular series) and now successful supper club hosts, were going to cook a dinner with multiple courses, some of which would include Idahoan potato and some of which would include …

Cooking Cabrito Goat Meat and ‘Goatober’

Growing up in Cyprus, we were quite literally surrounded by goats – we didn’t eat them (that we knew of!), but we ate cheese produced from their milk on a near daily basis. I was therefore so saddened to learn recently that a huge number of male goats (estimated 40,000 per year) are killed at birth because they are simply not needed. Goats cheese is in such high demand that goats are being bred for the female goats to continue to produce milk. There’s an interesting article about this on Munchies here, if you’d like to read more into this (and I recommend you do). Now a number of companies, such as Cabrito, are encouraging people to eat goat meat and to ensure these billies aren’t dying in vain. I recently tried out goat meat for the first time at Gourmet Goat in Borough Market – an absolute must-try if you’re in the area. It was delicious with a unique and very ‘meaty’ flavour. After this, I was keen to try it out at home, …

Competition: Getting the most out of your herbs with NuCasa

I recently tried out a new Typhoon oil infuser and mezzaluna from NuCasa. I adore cooking with fresh herbs – it completely transforms a dish and I always use fresh herbs whenever possible. In Spring we planted lavender, rosemary and thyme in the garden, and it has been fantastic being able to pop outside and pick some for our cooking adventures. I’d been wanting to try out an oil infuser for some time now – I love flavoured oils and so being able to do the flavouring bit myself sounded like a lot of fun. The infuser from NuCasa is attractive to look at and very lightweight. The bottle and removable infuder section are made from mouth-blown, hand-finished glass, making each one unique! The bung is made from silicone and has a twist open and closed function, to keep the oil as fresh as possible. I filled mine with fresh rosemary, which was perfect for our Sunday roast lamb – I allowed it to infuse overnight and it was lovely! I also tried out a …

Pork Chops with Mango, Peach and Halloumi Recipe

Tim and I are very different cooks. He is meticulous in his cooking – he will scour our shelf of recipe books and peruse for hours (literally!) before deciding on one and buying all of the necessary ingredients. This always results in a perfect and delicious dish. I tend to wing it! I take a look in the fridge, see what we’ve got, and just chuck stuff together. Occasionally it doesn’t quite work, but thankfully it usually does! This happened recently, as I’d bought some Yorkshire Halloumi at the Malton Food Lovers Festival when I was up visiting my Mum. I was very excited to discover Yorkshire Halloumi and couldn’t wait to experiment with it, so this is what I came up with… Ingredients – serves two  1 red chilli 1 mango 2 peaches 2 pork chops 250g halloumi Salt and pepper Olive oil (for cooking) Method Pre-heat the grill to a medium heat (this is for the halloumi). Chop up the red chilli into small pieces. You can taste how hot the chilli is by …

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Recipe

I adore cooking with garlic and so I couldn’t wait to try out some recipes from my new cook book, quite literally titled ‘Garlic’ by Jenny Linford, published by Ryland Peters & Small. It’s such a pretty book, with over 65 recipes, broken down into six chapters: Mellow, Sunshine, Comfort, Fiery, Go Wild and Celebratory. I decided to try out a recipe from the ‘Mellow’ section – Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. Yes, you read that right, 40 cloves! Here’s the recipe: Ingredients – serves 6 1.8kg/4 lb free-range chicken 25g/1 and a half tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 40 garlic cloves, separated but unpeeled. 100ml/one third of a cup of vermouth or dry white wine freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon 200ml/1 cup good-quality chicken stock a handful of fresh tarragon sprigs salt and freshly ground black pepper A lidded flameproof casserole dish, large enough to hold the chicke Method Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the butter and olive oil in a …

Jamie Oliver’s BBQ Beans Recipe

Last weekend, we decided to crack out the BBQ and really fancied some home made baked beans to go with our meat. I remembered watching Jamie Oliver make some amazing baked beans when he was travelling across America years ago, and managed to find a similar recipe online. I decided not to include the sweet potatoes as we just wanted beans, and we didn’t do the bread and cheese stage as we were trying to be a little less indulgent than normal (!!), but it was absolutely gorgeous! Even if the pan did take a bit of a battering! My advice would be to allow it to cook in the oven for as long as possible. Ingredients (serves 6) 2 red onions 2 cloves of garlic 1 fresh red chilli 2 large carrots olive oil 1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika 1 level teaspoon cumin seeds 1 level teaspoon dried chilli flakes 6 medium sweet potatoes 1 x 700 ml jar of passata 2 x 400 g tins of mixed beans 100 ml BBQ sauce …

Cooking With Cheese Cookbook

Last weekend I fuelled my cheese obsession even further with a new cookbook – ‘Cooking With Cheese,’ published by Ryland Peters and Small. It’s just cheesy heaven, with over 80 recipes, and it’s beautifully put together. When looking at what to cook for this post, I eventually decided on Creamy Orzo Pasta Bake, with Comté Cheese and Courgette and it was DELICIOUS (even if it had about a 1,000 calories in it – it was totally worth it!) And it’s actually incredibly easy to do. Ingredients 250g orzo 400ml crème fraiche 1 courgette, roughly grated A large handful of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley leaves Grated zest of half a lemon 50g grated hard cheese – I used 18 month Comté Method Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Cook the orzo according to the package instructions, drain well and transfer to a mixing bowl. Pour in the crème fraiche and add the courgette, parsley and lemon zest. Mix well until thoroughly combined. Season well and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly and sprinkle over the cheese.  Bake …