Cheese and Dried Tomato Banitsa

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This recipe is courtesy of Kristina’s Mum. Kristina was the poor Bulgarian lady who was thrown in the deep end….. she ended up having to work in my team. Not only did she have to put up with me, she had to put up with a bunch of Spaniards who, perhaps unsurprisingly, tended to talk in Spanish. She did a fantastic job and ended up being a valued member of the team.

Over the months we worked together we occasionally touched on the subject of food. She mentioned that Bulgarian recipes used “white” and “yellow” cheese. I feared something had been lost in translation, until I received a Bulgarian cookery book that used ingredients called”white cheese” and “yellow cheese”. If more proof were needed, relatively recently I had to go to the dentist’s for some treatment. To recover from the shock I went into a delicatessen near the dentist’s looking for something interesting to eat……. and found to my surprise that they sold Bulgarian white cheese.

01 White Cheese

Kristina also introduced me to a new herb, Summer Savoury. I must admit to never having heard of it before. I found I liked the flavour very much and often sow the herb in the garden, using it fresh or drying it for use at a later date.

08 Summer Savoury

Although I have many hundreds of business-related trips I only ever visited Bulgaria once, visiting the capital, Sofia…………….

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Polvito Uruguayo (Caramel, Cream, Meringue Delight thingy!)

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The pudding this week is simply delicious. It has got to be one of the easiest puddings to make and it looks great. You won’t see me using much hyperbole on this blog, but today is an exception. Trust me….. you have to try this one!

I was recently in (San Cristóbal de) La Laguna in Tenerife with most of the family.

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La Laguna

We had just come out from visiting the church “Iglesia de la Concepción”, we were hungry and it was raining lightly.

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Iglesia de la Concepción

We made a dash for the first restaurant just across the square.

We had and would visit some fine restaurants during our stay on the island, but this one stood out from all the others. Exquisite food, great staff and very reasonably priced. Over the coming months I plan on publishing three recipes from our time in Tenerife, two of which come from this restaurant. So if you are out that way then let me recommend to you the “Tasca-Mesón Guerea

The name of the pudding might lead to some mirth from my Spanish-speaking readers and, due to the double entendre in the title,  I feel completely incapable of translating it into something English and repeatable! If however you serve it at your next candlelight supper, just feign innocence and introduce it in Spanish………………

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Farmhouse Whirls

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I thought of this recipe for a couple of reasons

1 – The temperatures here in Spain

2 – The pastry making from last week’s recipe

Last week I encouraged you readers to have a go at making pastry. I also suggested a recipe that should help with the technique of “rubbing in”, something common to many types of pastry. Today’s recipe also helps to practise the basics as well as being one of the easiest pastries to play with. It is a robust type of pastry requiring little care when being rolled out.

As most of you will have gathered by now, I live in Spain. Last week the highest temperature ever recorded was reached, 47ºC. Climate Change I hear you ask?…. who knows. As per my comments in the past I think we should take care of our planet, climate change or no. It just doesn’t seem like we ought to risk the only planet we have! I always have something baked on-hand for a nibble mid morning or mid afternoon. We find this recipe is good for hot weather as these whirls keep much better at this time. Other cakes and biscuits I make are more liable to go off.

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Winewall

The name of the recipe itself takes me back to the farms and farmhouses of Winewall and Colne, the area where I grew up. Although I am talking of the 1960’s and 1970’s, in many ways these farmhouses had remained stuck in time. The next door farmer for example used a Victorian washing dolly to wash his clothes then a mangle to extrude the water. A man, who we called “Dan Dan the Lavatory Man”, would come by from time to time and empty out the long drop toilet from the farm and indeed some of the houses just down the road…………….

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Grandma’s Minced Meat Pies

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The idea for today’s recipe comes from my Mother. She was telling me about the minced meat pies that her Mother used to make. She didn’t have the original recipe, so I made this one up inspired by what my Mother could recall. She told me that they:

  • Were individual pies – ACHIEVED
  • Made with minced meat and onions – ACHIEVED
  • and nothing else – NOT ACHIEVED
  • Were moist pies, not dry at all – ACHIEVED

Sorry Mum, but I just couldn’t resist adding in a few extra ingredients. In some cases I can use the excuse that I had them growing in the garden and just wanted to use them up, but other items I went out of my way to buy…….sorry.

My Grandparents had a walled garden at the back of their house. My Grandmother would open the back door of a morning and feed “her” birds. She had all manner of birds come and visit her, to sample her breadcrumbs or small pieces of cheese. She seemed to have a special way with the birds, but then again she was of course a witch.

(To see my proofs of why I believe she was indeed a witch please click here.)

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My Grandmother always had these “Fried Egg” flowers in her garden!

One day she came scurrying back into the house with the tale of a large eagle perched on her bird table. We all rushed outside but there was nothing to be seen. We assumed she had imagined it, in spite of her being adamant of the contrary…………..

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Lemon Cordial

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An exceedingly simple recipe this week, but with the estival heat there is no better time to publish a recipe for a chilled, tangy lemon drink that goes down so well on a hot summer’s day. This one comes from my maternal grandfather……..

My grandfather liked his gadgets and was an early adopter of many, from video recorders to stylophones, bread slicers to blenders. My grandfather was a bank manager, but he was good with more than number. During the Second World War he was with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). He was good with his hands and he told me that whilst in training for REME he created a musical synthesiser. He told me that he wondered whether it was in fact the first and whether he could have been a millionaire!

He also played the violin, I guess that and his flirting with a synthesiser led him to buy a musical gadget called a stylophone. And just how many of you can recall Rolf Harris’ stylophone?………………

……………. So here is the original recipe, from some 40 years ago…… easy, delicious and perfect for the summer…………

 

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Ossobuco Chilli

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This is my quick and easy chilli recipe and, as it is cooked in the oven, you can more or less leave it and forget it! I will be making the recipe more or less from scratch, but  using jars and tins instead will give you a great tasting chilli with almost no preparation time. As long as you buy good ingredients there should be no problems.

Contrary to many recipes that use minced meat, I use a veal leg chop, or ossobuco, for this recipe. The name of ossobuco comes from the Italian word bone and hole. The reason is clear as this cut of meat has a cross-section of the leg bone right in the middle. I prefer this cut because it is cheap, full of flavour and because you know what you are getting…….

01 The raw meat

For the more than 25 years I worked in a large multinational, work that involved frequent trips abroad. I visited more than 20 countries and scores of hotels and restaurants. I have had food from across the globe, eaten in small traditional local restaurants or larger ones with menu choices dedicated to the tourist and business travellers. I have had some very good meals and, perhaps luckily, not so many bad ones. More interestingly perhaps is that I have sat down to eat with an almost infinite number of work colleagues and clients.

As I write this article today my mind wanders back to a conversation I had during a meal, many, many years ago with a young lady from the team. The lady in question is still in the company and has gone on to great things, I wonder if she still remembers the conversation? 

Basically the lady was averse to eating anything where she couldn’t see where the meat of fish came from. Basically she wanted to see a piece of meat or fish and was less inclined to eat things like meatballs or hamburgers where the meat has been minced up until it is no longer recognisable. Looking back now her comments were almost prophetic and I would suggest that time has proven her right.

Relatively recently in the UK there was the scandal of the use of horse meat in ready made meals that were labeled as made of beef………..

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White Chocolate and Wild Strawberry Muffins

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Quite a few years ago now I was sat on a plane, travelling back from a business trip in the UK. I started talking to the lady next to me, who happened to be an editor. Conversation turned to my interest in food and my interest in sharing recipes with the general public. She said I ought to start a blog.

Once home I decided to have a look at the possibility of starting a blog. The process of publishing a blog seemed easy enough, I am after all an IT engineer, but when I looked at the quality of the blogs out there I was dissuaded from giving it a go. I was particularly overawed by the overall visual content of the blogs and in particular the photographs on display. I realised I would have to up my game and invest a considerable amount of time, time which I did not have.

Fast forward several years, to just a couple of years ago. I suddenly had more time as I left full time employment. One problem solved, but what about those fantastic professional photographs, that if anything had improved over time? It started me thinking about what exactly did I want to publish, what was my goal? …………………

……………. These muffins can be made with fresh strawberries or indeed just about any soft fruit. If you choose large pieces of fruit, just roughly chop them first. Now is a good time for fresh strawberries be they wild or otherwise and these muffins also work well with raspberries.

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2017 Lincoln W. Betteridge