Archive for May, 2009

May 28 2009

Involtini di Pollo alla Salvia

I decided to move away from Jamie Oliver for once, and went back to ‘The Silver Spoon’, which is still one of my favourite recipe books. Inspired by ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ (long story) I settled on Involtini di Pollo alla Salvia, which is ‘Chicken Roulades with Sage’, but it sounds a lot more impressive in Italian.

It’s actually a pretty simple recipe. A quick web search actually found someone who is as much of a geek as me, and blogs their recipe attempts as well – so thanks to Sara for giving a good description of the process.

I decided that just having sage in the middle might be a bit ‘ordinary’, so I decided to ad some mozzarella as well. So here we go.

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I really liked this, especially as it was so simple to make. Lisa thought the sage was quite strong, but I didn’t get that at all. You could clearly do all sorts of different things in the middle of the chicken – maybe something spicy with chilli or peppers. I’ll definitely try a variation on this again.

May 26 2009

Fillet Steak Poached in Red Wine

A bit of a change of direction for this one. I was really just reading through my recipe books trying to get inspired, when I came across this recipe in Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’.

We don’t normally eat fillet steak, as we prefer ribeye – more taste basically, and poaching steak just sounds wrong somehow. A point Jamie addresses in the book 🙂 Still, I decided to give it a go as it sounded quite nice. I did change one aspect and did normal potato mash rather than celeriac as Lisa isn’t keen.

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This was very nice. Not quite what I expected maybe. The steak didn’t take on as much of the liquid taste as I might have expected, but it certainly had more taste then fillet usually does (in my experience) and too much would probably have ruined it. I did cook this for a bit longer than I might have done normally, but Lisa really doesn’t like steak anything other than ‘well done’ so I had to make sure. This is actually one of the easiest recipes I’ve followed, and while it’s not going to replace ribeye in my favourites list, it’s a different take that I will definitely use in the future.