Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Winter is for.....

Stews, pies and puddings...oh yeah!

I can feel winter in the air in the morning and evening and we even had our first light rain today.

Last night I made a delicious Daube of Beef and Olive Baguette (for mopping up the gravy) from Harvest.

I used our olives we cured last autumn. I still have loads of them and must start using them up.

The bread dough has more olive oil than normal bread. Once risen I split the dough into two and pushed them into rectangles. Topped with pitted halved olives and some rosemary, rolled up into a sausage, brushed with egg and baked until golden. I gave one to my neighbour and she gave it the thumbs up!

Tonight I made a yummy steak pie and finished the meal with Gordon Ramsey's plum crumble...from his book "Cooking For Friends" (thanks Cath :-))

The crumble is just sugar, flour and butter rubbed in. He also adds 100g of ground almonds to the crumble mixture. But it's the plums that were so delicious...Gordon has you stew them whole in a bit of water for 10 mins. Drain and cool, then simply break them up with your fingers and take the pip out. Sprinkle with sugar and lemon zest and place in a greased oven dish. Then sprinkle the crumble mixture over and bake until the plum juice oozes through the crumble layer.

Superman's son said a pudding like this isn't complete without custard so he made a double portion of custard to go over...I must say it was a delicious decadent dinner.


Lois Evensen said...

This looks SOO good! :)

Cath said...

mmmm yummy comfort food.