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Without Words: Almond Biscotti

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Food I made last week

Here are some things I made last week that didn’t quite make the cut of having their own blog post.

Cheese and chive bubble & squeak: These were so tasty! And they did make it onto Facebook, if not onto here…

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Spiced carrot and tomato soup: Made with vegetable stock created from the odds and ends of vegetables sitting  in the bottom of the fridge – leek ends, floppy celery, old cherry tomatoes! Eaten in the sunshine:

Biscotti: Made according to a recipe that I cobbled together from reading various recipes and articles. I made half traditional almond (so yummy!), and half Chinese five spice. I really wasn’t sure about the Chinese five spice – too fennel-y for my tastes – but my housemate really liked them dipped in tea. I’m thinking I might do a biscotti feature properly in the future. We shall see!

Teriyaki salmon parcel: This was loosely inspired by a BBC Good Food recipe but it definitely needs work. The shredded cabbage cooked perfectly, but the broccoli was a bit too crisp even for me. And the sauce I made wasn’t great. I do think I’ll try again; it does feel like the concept has promise.

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Cheese and tomato quiche: This is the first full-sized quiche that I’ve made; I’ve always been a mini-quiche kind of girl. 😃 I went for blind baking the pastry, smearing on some tomato purée, and then adding a mixture of eggs, milk, salt & pepper, tomato, fried red onion, cheddar cheese and chives. The only problem was that I over-cooked it, which meant the pastry on the edges was dark and brittle, and the quiche’s texture wasn’t quite right. I still took it to my friend’s Sugar Free-themed birthday party – it was too late to make anything else! – and it all seemed to get eaten.

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Soy and honey marinated stir-fry steak: This is a recipe I made up a few weeks ago, and I’m still tweaking it. Currently, I cut the steak in strips against the grain of the meat (so that it’s easy to chew). Then, I marinate the steak pieces in corn flour, light soy sauce, a little honey, and lots of black pepper, for just half an hour at room temperature. Next, I chop up my vegetables, blanch them quickly (this time I didn’t do it quickly enough!), and keep them ready in cold water. The cold water stops them over softening, at least in theory. Once the meat’s done marinating, I fry the steak in a hot pan until just browned, before adding the veg for a couple of minutes.

I definitely sprinkled too many spring onions on top this time. I could taste them until bedtime! But the sesame seeds added some visual interest. 😊

So that’s what I’ve been up to. What have you guys been cooking this week? I’m always ready to be inspired.

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