Sunday, January 23, 2011

No tapas, but still, we have to eat...

Ratatouille with Chorizo-Butter-stuffed-Chicken

Not exactly a tapas post, but a post none the less. And we managed to get chorizo in there somewhere too! On a cold Sunday with a fridge full of veg, a sort of made up ratatouille was born. Simply sweat off your onion, celery and garlic until soft. Add your tomato paste, fresh tomatoes, chopped veg, whatever you have, we added some courgettes, mushrooms, and roasted aubergine (halve an aubergine, score the flesh, season and rub in some oil and roast alongside some garlic cloves. When done, simply scrape the flesh from the skin into the ratatouille). Add some chicken stock, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Cook gentle for about an hour.

We had it with champ, simply add some sliced spring onion to your mash. If you want to you can stuff a chicken breast with chorizo butter and roast it.

Chocolate Sponge Cake
(filled with with blackcurrant cream)

Salty Squid is partial to some sweet spongy cakeness. Not always, but sometimes. This cake was made by creaming equal parts butter and sugar (I used 125g) until pale and fluffy, like a ghost-sock. Add an egg, fold in 125g of self raising flour, sifted and about 60g of melted dark chocolate. Bake at 180 for about 20mins and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Slice in half and fill with cream, or if you want you can add some nice homemade jam to your cream and a little bit of Kirsch. A short but sweet post.

1 comment:

  1. Like a ghost sock is my new favorite way of describing just about anything.