HagelToast - tales from a tiny kitchen

Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconiles everybody. Samuel Pepys

Saturday, June 02, 2007

If you wander in or are wondering

life gets in the way of cooking and since i started studying through work and met my hunny i havent had timeto use the kitchen so much. as a result this blog fell by the wayside. Since i am trying hard ot lose weight i started low fat toast and a mixture of stuff is going to be on there. Weight loss stuff and foody stuff. Head back to my profile if you want to take a look.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

eat like a viking

there where things i didn't like about the dining experiance in denmark, like paying £4 ($7) for a beer, but the food, well principally they eat meat and cheese. I was in heaven. I love Shawarma anyway, tho i didn't get the chance to indulge on this trip (it's like a doner kebab but spiced and nicer) but the burgers... ah the humble beefburger, was an exqisite gourmet experiance. different and fabulous bread such as focacia replaced the humble burger bun, and the meat (note, meat, not fat and gristle) sat nestled in a salad, not a few limp lettuce leaves but a full and proper salad, dressed with thousand island or curry dressing or garlic mayo, all fresh and delicious and, just to top it off in perfection, cheese!!!!
My mouth is watering just typing it, oh burger king, how you have cheated me, now i know the joy of a real burger!!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

quiet time

Sorry about the lack of recent posts on this blog, I have been baking a bit, but I haven't generally been as happy with the results.
Non the less I did a coffee and blueberry cake a week or so ago that i really enjoyed.
Basic Principles, y'know flour, margerine, sugar and eggs, but I used demerara sugar, dark and soft. I then poured hot water on instant coffee, only about 1/4 cup of water with plenty of coffee and mixed it all in. Then stirred in some dried blueberries and threw it in a loaf tin and into the oven. I am not sure if I took pictures of this one, i will look later and let you know.

On the subject of food, The White Hart where we stayed on our Jaunt at the weekend served fantastic food. At lunchtime we just had baguettes with cold fillings, I went for cheese and onion, M had ham, but they warmed the bread, it was lovely and soft and tasty!! Then at dinner, we had a proper meal. M's ribeye steak dissapeared completely and the fries he had were the best ever, I think they must have just washed, chipped and deep fried the potatoes with out peeling them, at any rate i may well purchase a deep fat fryer this weekend, they were that good!!! I went for spicy meatballs on spaghetti, the meatballs were wonderful, real pieces of meat, fresh and delicious!! i am dubious about meatballs and burgers and the ike, although i love them occasionally for a really grubby sort of treat, but these were perfect, and then we shared a piece of white chocolate cheesecake with blueberry compote, yummmmm. I am sorry to say i didn't take pictures of this meal. But we shall be eating there again soon and I shall try to get photos for you.

In the meantime, check out this blog by the author of The Julie/Julia Project.

Sunday, April 09, 2006


I love Pizza, takeaway, frozen or fresh, but I lve to make pizza too,I can't think why i didn't do it for so long.

All you need for the base is 450g flour, 1/2 pint of warmwater, yeast, and a litle salt and sugar.
So, here's the dough, one still balled and the other thoroughly kneaded

and here are the pizzas ready for the oven, i used chilli oil instead of tomato paste,

and here is one fresh from the oven

I use a blend of half and half, plain white and plain wholemeal flour, gives it abit more depth of flavour, but I found all wholemeal too heavy. This time I loaded them down with a variety of spicy sausages and chicken tikka and went easy on the cheeses (by my standards). The boys were appreciative and two large pizzas were devoured between the three of us, with much lipsmacking and little finnesse. It's quick and easy, 10mins to prepare, leave somewhere warm for half an hour for the easy bake yeast towork and the bases to rise, slap on your toppings and bake for about 20 mins at a moderate temp.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

assorted musings....just add mayonaise

I have been thinking a lot about bolognaise. It's a perennial in my kitchen, and I have come across a lot of recipes for it recently. There seem to be as many variations as there are people who cook it, maybe more, apparently this is poften the case with Italian food, maybe that's the appeal for me. The same meal being made in a hundred different ways, it's free and easy cooking, just the way i like it. I even saw a recipe for Gothic Spag Bol, where you have a very red bolognaise anddye the pasta blackwith squid ink. I know what i'm cooking this Halloween then.
I make bologanise because I can do it in 15 minutes and create something delicious when my cupboards a nearly bare, i need mince, tomatoes, whatever else and my spice rack, on pasta. I did it last night for Mark and Phil, and it was delicious even tho i had no veggies to throw in it, the spice combination and quantities, no doubt never to be perfectly replicated, gave it a lovely flovour and we all enjoyed the meal, on the other hand i saw a fabulous recipe for bolognaise that requires simmering for three hours, never going to happen in my kitchen, but if anyone wants to invite me over i am happy to try it. :)

Someone posted on their blog about Jam the other day, how she's got so many pots qand loves it, but prefers her bread savoury. I am in the same boat. As I result i set about finding other uses for jam, and i reckon i've nailed it, Heat up some banana cake, out some cold jam on it in a dollop and devour.
I took a photo of my selection of sweet spreadables.

Last random thought today I promise.

I have been sorting and moving things inthe house, trying to tidy up, sort things for car boot sales to clear space in the house for Mark who is worrying about where all his things will go when he moves in. well he has a point if i'm honest. Anyway, the one thing I haven't tried to rationalise as yet is my cookery book collection, in fact the sneaky devil seems to be expanding.
Are you too addicted to cook books? How do you control your habit?
Here is the evidence of mine.
That's about 2 metersof cook books, and my booze cabinet. The bottomshelf that isn't fully inpicture is books i ammoving out of that room, hence the mess.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Cafe Italiano

Last weekend I went somewhere in leicester i had never eaten before, on the recommendation of a freind. Cafe Italiano, with it's almost minimal feel and singing waiter, seriously he'd burst into song ever so often, just a few lines, and banter with customers.
They don't take cards, just cash or cheques, which is unusual these days. It was a lovely restaurant and the food was good italian food, I shall go again soon i think.
Mark ordered spaghetti bolognaise, which is fairly normal, I went for the tagliatelle 4 formaggi, I love cheese!
Here is M enjoying his food.

and my tagliatelle and latte.

Friday, March 10, 2006

I just wanted to say, if you haven't already checked them out, the other food blogs i link to are well worth a look.