Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Duck Breast with Black Pudding and Apple Cabbage, Blackberry Vodka Gravy - Sunday Nov 27th

Roast Duck Breast with Black pudding, apple slices and green cabbage, mashed potatoes and a Blackberry Vodka gravy.

I fancied a change from fish and rice, so delving down into the depths of the freezer, I discovered a couple of Gressingham duck breasts. 

And I had some black pudding slices. Bury black pudding, rather than my usual delicious Ramsay of Karluke version.  A sincere thank you to Helen at A Forkful of Spaghetti for mentioning that Bury pudding has a relatively low fat profile, which, allied to the fact I can get it at Sainsbury's, is a win in anyone's book.

Black pudding needs sauteed apple slices in my opinion.

And mashed potatoes. 

With a rich gravy sweetened with some blackberry vodka I made earlier this year. 

You can get the feel for the comfort food I was wanting can't you?

So you will be pleased to know that I trimmed the fat off the duck before eating it, but it did look nicer in the photo with it still on...

Monday, 28 November 2011

Even more Fish & Rice! Kedgeree & Risotto November 2011

I am loving my fish and rice.  My stomach and gall bladder seem to be calming down, though I suppose I shall still have to have something done about the gallstones. But not this side of Christmas I think...

So in the meantime, I am being relatively careful with what I eat, which means only half an ounce of butter on my crumpets instead of half a pack. Only the odd square or two of chocolate instead of the entire bar. And still plenty of fish and rice.

This week, the fish and rice dinners were

Kedgeree (you can find out how to make this over on A Greedy Piglet...)
Prawn, leek and pea risotto  (recipe here on A Greedy Piglet..)

Friday, 18 November 2011

Fish and rice... and more fish and rice...

You may have noticed (or more probably not...) that I haven't been here for ages..

My poor mum has been in hospital having broken her hip, and the stress of worrying about her seems to have brought on a gallstone problem for me.

So my diet has been rather boring. I find that I can't have much fat in any day at all. Saturated fat in particular doesn't do my gallbladder any favours, so I have been largely keeping my fat allowance for a square or two of chocolate with my afternoon coffee.

Which leaves me with a rather limited choice of food for dinner.  I have found that white meat is okish, but that fish is the better way to go. With rice rather than potatoes. Ho Hum.

This does limit my choices. And makes for a rather boring picture. So I have only a few to show you from these last few weeks.

You will notice that I am using a lot of fruit vinegars at the moment, they don't seem to affect my insides, and are fat free and very delicious. Try some! 

Griddled Tuna with Orange and Mace Dressing from Womersley Vinegars , parsley rice, green beans and peas
Ceviche of Trout , Rice Vermicelli salad with Tiger Prawns & home made Grapefruit Vinegar, with crunchy julienne vegetables, dressed in lime juice and coriander
Pan Fried Mackerel Fillets dressed in Golden Raspberry & Apache Chili dressing with Wild Rice and Green Beans.

And I also made some Chicken and Mushroom soup to have something to eat at lunchtime, butter being out, so sandwiches rather boring...

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Jules' Game Faggots, spiced red cabbage & roast potatoes - Weds October 12th

 Jules' Game Faggots
spiced red cabbage
roast potatoes
green beans

The only other meal of any note this week, I bought these faggots when I was in Wells-next-the-Sea recently on holiday, from Jules at  The Norfolk Deli , really delicious, firm solid meat, I fried them and then cooked them in the oven in some nice gravy.  Very Autumnal.

Dan's Pie with Autumn Coleslaw & Tomato Salad - October 10th Monday

Dan Lepard's Ham and Potato Pie (cold)
Autumn coleslaw
Tomato salad

This week has been rather boring food wise, but two meals have been rather delicious, Dan's Ham and Potato Pie that we had hot on Sunday we had cold on Monday with a shredded autumn vegetable coleslaw (onions, carrots, celery, red peppers, dressed with a light vinaigrette and poppy seeds) and a tomato salad, made with tomatoes from the garden with fresh basil and some balsamic vinegar.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Dan Lepard's Ham and Potato Pie with Marmalade Pudding - October 9th Sunday

Okay, okay.  I know.

The title of this blog is Lynne's Slimming Diary... ( editors note 1/1/2012:  hahaha I decided that so much of what I was eating was not slimming in the slightest any more, so the Slimming part of the title has been expunged. Just enjoy the dinners! )

So don't look then...

Dan Lepard's Ham and Potato Pie with courgettes and green beans
followed by
Marmalade and Syrup Pudding with vanilla icecream.
(Home made Grapefruit & Lemon marmalade from The Greedy Piglet recipe)

Ooof. God bless my belly as my Mum used to say.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Courgette Tarte , Tomato salad and Potato wedges - 6th October Thursday

I had some puff pastry left over in the fridge, so this was rolled and cut into 2 flat rectangles, spread with tomato and olive sauce from a jar (Sacla stir in pasta sauce) topped with courgettes also found in the fridge, and sprinkled with a rather nice washed rind cheese whose name I can't remember....(also found loitering in the fridge)

It was a use-em-up day :)

Lumaconi pasta shells with tomato and basil sauce -

From the Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range, these Lumaconi pasta shells are massive, I want to try stuffing them like ravioli one day, but today was fast and furious.

Pasta tossed with a sachet of tomato and basil sauce with shredded fresh basil and grated gruyere cheese.

Egg and Tuna Salad - October 4th Tuesday

Hot day today, maybe the end of the Indian summer, so a salad seems in order

Simple HB eggs and canned tuna, with mixed salad and new potatoes

Monday, 3 October 2011

Monday Leftovers.. Roast Beef Bubble and Squeak - October 3rd Monday

Lovely Monday leftovers from Sunday's roast.

Cold rare roast beef
Bubble and Squeak
Garlic Mayo and Hot Horseradish on the side

Proper Sunday Roast Beef with all the trimmings - October 2nd Sunday

Rare Roast Beef
Roast Potatoes
Home made Yorkshire Puddings (No frozen ones allowed! )
lashings of gravy
Hot horseradish sauce


Grilled Lemon Sole with UseItUp Salad - October 1st Saturday

Delicious grilled Lemon Sole on the bone, just brushed with butter & olive oil and under the grill under golden. I don't skin mine, the crispy grilled skin is delicious I think.
Fresh Tartare Sauce
New Potatoes
UseItUp Salad - anything in the fridge that can go in a salad, chopped and put in a bowl! Frugal and it clears out the fridge in readiness for restocking tomorrow.
This one has romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, sliced and blanched runner beans, cucumber, celery and mustard and cress

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Nigella's Blinis with Forman & Field Smoked Salmon, HB Eggs, Creme Fraiche & Dill - Sept 29th Thurs

I was really lucky to be sent a pack of Forman and Field London Cure smoked salmon to taste - I will be telling you about it in detail on A Greedy Piglet, but in the meantime, I shall say this.

Run to the F&F website. Click on Buy. Wait anxiously for the postman. Eat. Repeat instructions.

Nigella's Blinis - little homemade buckwheat yeasted pancakes
Forman and Field Smoked Salmon
Hard Boiled Eggs
Creme Fraiche with fresh dill
Green salad

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Luganega alla De-Lish with Camargue Rice & Courgettes - 28th Sept Weds

Thanks to winning a competition for a length of fab Wells-next-the-Sea sosij from Jules, the amazing sausage and salame charcutier at Norfolk's De-Lish, I bring you

Luganega da pozzi vicino al mare  (Italian sosij in Wells-Next-The-Sea style) with cannelini beans, red peppers and barbecue sauce
Camargue red and Basmati Rice
Sauteed Courgettes

Lovely Leftovers - September 26th & 27th Mon & Tues

Lovely leftovers time -

Monday we had the rest of the Roast Norfolk rib of beef with Slimming World Herby Wedges and Paprika Peppers and Courgettes and a salad of Romaine and shredded Basil on the side.

Tuesday was the turn of the Norfolk Bunny with mashed potatoes , carrots and runner beans.

Both really mmmmmm

Monday, 26 September 2011

Norfolk Braised Wild Rabbit in Cider, spring greens & mash - Sun Sept 25th

Excellent wild rabbit from Norfolk, braised with cider, celery and carrots
Mashed potatoes
Spring greens

Autumn on a plate!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Norfolk Roast Rib of Beef - Saturday Sept 24th

Fab piece of Roast Rib of  Beef from Wells in Norfolk
with roast potatoes, peas, carrots and runner beans

(p.s. it might look overcooked that is my camera.. it is beautifully pink and juicy..)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Dinner Round Up 7th-12th September

Still chasing my tail so forgive the roundup format at the moment...

Sausages with Fregola and ratatouille
Kedgeree with prawns and smoked cod
Roast Pork Belly slices with runners and new potatoes
Braised short ribs with butter beans, beetroot and green beans

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

September 6th Tuesday - Pork Chop with Grain Mustard Gravy

Delicious grilled pork chop with wholegrain mustard gravy, sauted courgettes, carrots and new potatoes

Late Dinners! Aug 23rd to Sept 5th

Gosh it has been a busy month this one... hopefully with my Mum safe now in her care home, I can get my blogging act in order and keep up!  At least I managed to take the photos for some of my dinners, so here is the rough roll call..

Pea and Feta Tortilla, salad and SW chips
Cumberland Sausage, new potatoes and spring greens
Herby Roast chicken breast, SW chips and fresh peas and runner beans
Cold Herby Roast Chicken Breast, Porcini mushroom risotto and salad with a sprinkle of gremolata
Greedy Piglet Chorizo and Chickpea stew with rice
Pork Tenderloin with green peppercorn and caper sauce, new potatoes carrots and spring greens
Pea Tortilla (2nd time in a fortnight! ) with salad
Left over Tortilla, parma ham and salad, with a second course of stir fried veg in oyster sauce
Roast Chicken with lemon and tarragon, celery runner beans and cabbage, new potatoes

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Most of August...

It's been a rough old month, not really concentrating on what I am eating, grabbing stuff on the run, sorting out carehome for my elderly mum...

So here, without any further ado, is a gallery of various dinners from during this time, no dates, no packdrill..  You will note the easy quick getitonaplate-ness of a lot of these.

Gnocchi with pesto
Salade nicoise
Ham egg and SW chips
Thai prawn curry
Smoked mackerel with Puy lentil salad
Pan Fried Duck Breast
Mince & Tatties
Chorizo Paella
Rabbit braised in cider
Roast Shoulder of Lamb
Roast Neck of Pork
Pie, Quiche and Orzo salad