Recipe Reviews

Good Food Sweet and Sour Ribs with Pomegranate Salsa
Last edited on: 10/02/2013 - 23:06

Here's something - ribs cooked in pomegranate juice, marinaded in pomegranate molasses, and served with pomegranate seeds. I'm inclined to believe that the recipe compiler has a terminal case of cystitis. Being thankfully free of such painful afflictions it is still worthwhile - pomegranate purports to be a super food which cures all complains in a most efficacious way. The first challenge was to source the molasses. In fact it was extremely easy - the first Arabic grocers I walked into on Northend Road, Fulham had it in a prominent, magnetic position, and was a reasonable £3.99.

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Good Food Salt and Pepper Prawns
Last edited on: 10/10/2013 - 14:45

This recipe called for another attempt at wok frying; it always strikes me as an extraordinary waste of oil, filling a couple of inches worth of vegetable oil in a wok that will have to be tipped away once used. Another problem is getting the temperature correct; I put my hob ring on 75% which I felt was safe enough to eliminate the possibility of it reaching a flashpoint. Prawns of course only require a minute or two so any frying is a speedy process, even if the prawns are cooked in batches.

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Good Food Balsamic Steak with Peppercorn Wedges
Last edited on: 10/10/2013 - 14:46

Midweek evenings (or even a Monday after a stressful day in the office) require something quick and easy, yet the chosen recipe must be something to looking forward to. The thought of getting home, with a requirement to do some work for another client, and no decent chow on the go would be distinctly depressing. So how about a balsamic steak with peppercorn wedges to brush away the blues?

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Delicious Welsh Rarebit
Last edited on: 03/02/2013 - 21:20

This is a recipe that takes me down memory lane. It was always a favourite of mine in days of yore, though for whatever reason I'd totally forgotten about it in recent years. In fact, I'd hazard it's about eight years since I last made it whilst I was living in Weybridge.

Delicious magazine have an interesting take on the classic - this Welsh Rarebit comes with Guinness, albeit a mere 60ml. Of course the problem is once the can has been opened, the rest of the black nectar needs shifting. Not great with a lunchtime snack.

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Good Food Boston Baked Beans
Last edited on: 10/10/2013 - 14:49

Yeehaw! Cowboy food partner! Eating this rustic dish I could imagine myself sat around the camp fire as the chef dishes out the beans and pork belly directly from the chuck wagon. It's certainly not a dish I remember having before despite many trips to Boston, but it made a welcome change, and was delicious served with thick bread and butter. To add some additional authenticity I drank a glass of Guinness with the dish in honour of the enormous Boston Irish community.

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Smashed Avocado with Crispy Chicken, Pickled Onions and Tortillas
Last edited on: 17/02/2013 - 13:41

Your very own Finger Lickin' Chicken! Yep, a take on Colonel Sanders southern fried secret recipe, but unlike KFC, this is served with red onions pickled and smashed avocado. Perhaps an unlikely combination, but wrap them all together in a flour tortilla and you have a lip smacking snack.

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Good Food Gunpowder Chicken with Dried Red Chillies and Peanuts
Last edited on: 17/02/2013 - 13:34

Any recipe named Gunpowder Chicken is going to catch my attention, so lo and behold when I spotted this one in February 2013's BBC Good Food magazine, it was a shoe-in. There were a few ingredient sourcing challenges - I managed to get a very large bag of Sichuan peppercorns from my perennially favourite Thai emporium, Thai Smile near Ravenscourt Park tube in west London, for £1.79. Bart's also provide these in their small spice bottles in Waitrose stores, although obviously at an astonishingly high pro rata rate.

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Good Food Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs with Rice and Greens
Last edited on: 24/01/2013 - 23:44

This recipe looked to me to be a lovely compromise between healthy and tasty. The Good Food magazine issue suggest there are 481 calories per serving, but since my portion was substantially smaller, I suspect I got away with approximately 375 or so calories. However, the reality fell well short of the dream. There were numerous problems with this recipe - the chicken was nowhere near cooked after the suggested 10 minutes, the sauce refused to become 'saucy' (sic) and remained distinctly thin as antifreeze, and the measurements didn't stack up to the portion in the magazine's picture.

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Good Food Miso Chilli Steak with Crispy Sweet Potatoes
Last edited on: 20/01/2013 - 22:35

Another Asian Fusion dish from those clever folk that compile the BBC Good Food magazine. This recipe was easy to put together, but did require the sourcing of miso paste. This would have been troublesome were it not for the fact that my usual standby, Thai Smile by Ravenscourt Park tube, stocked the stuff. It comes in two colours - an off-white and a light brown. I went for the light brown for absolutely irrational reasons - I decided on the fly the brown colouring must signify greater flavouring though suffice to say I have absolutely no proof to back up that nonsense.

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Good Food Crispy Chilli Beef
Last edited on: 20/01/2013 - 11:46

A 1970s / 1980s time-warp recipe! Or at least the requirement for 'minute steak'. I can't remember seeing that on any restaurant menus for a few decades, and my butcher equally had to search his memory banks for when it was last requested. Of course there is no such cut as 'minute steak' - it is merely your favourite cut of steak sliced very thin. So don't expect your local supermarket to stock this - it will need a trip to your nearest butcher; in itself no bad thing - you'll be contributing to the survival of a specialist service. Won't be cheap mind you :)

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