It’s approaching the Easter holidays and I’m excited for our holiday down south soon, but I was looking back over the sweet and savoury goodies I have made in my Caithness kitchen this month. Some are recipes out there on t’internet, but a couple are experiments of my own.
First up – a tagine from the Hairy Bikers. This beef and apple tagine was from their Meat Feast book from which I have cooked a couple of recipes, but this particular recipe is also online – just click on the picture to go straight to the recipe. We used some of our monthly beef delivery from nearby Cairn Hill Farm which we absolutely love, but both butchers in Wick are excellent too. Back to this recipe and it features sweet potato, chickpeas and prunes too, so lots of goodness in one recipe! The fried apple slices in honey give it a lovely sweet pairing with the fresh coriander garnish. I would always assume that apples go best with pork, but beef is pretty good too!
Next up is a regular make in our kitchen – especially when we have lots of leftover ingredients. We always have lots of eggs on the go, (again,and always free-range and local whenever possible) so Frittata is a relatively quick and easy dinner to make. This one had leek, potato and chorizo. I’m thinking of doing a post all about our frittata combinations in the next couple of months!
There’s still been a touch of winter weather hanging around, so I’ve been sticking closely to soup lunches, and I had most of the ingredients to make this Instant Pot sweet potato, red lentil and chickpea (I substituted cannellini beans for chickpeas) soup this week. I’ve been getting more confident with my IP as a kitchen gadget as time has gone on, so hopefully in the next few months I will be able to write a post about how I’ve got on with it!
However, I did venture to my first salad of the year this week, inspired by this list of halloumi recipes, I made a salad with fried halloumi sticks, roasted sweet potato, mixed greens with some seeds and balsamic vinegar scattered over.
Moving onto sweet recipes, I made some hot cross buns, which I have made before (I think that the 2018 versions shows a lot of improvement from my 2015 version, especially when you look at the crosses!). We are also regularly making our own bread which I think has helped us recognise when our bread and bakes are proved well (or not!) by the radiator in our kitchen. This time round I used Paul Hollywood’s recipe.
Finally I made these pear and ginger coins (or crisps). Baked on a low heat for 3 hours, these were an alternative snack when I was trying to avoid the biscuit tin at work!
This weekend we have a couple of church events, so I’m going to make these sweet treats:
- Lemon and blueberry cake with coconut crumble topping
- The classic Easter nests complete with mini-eggs
- Simnel Flapjack the idea of marzipan within flapjack intrigues me!
Look out for my Instagram to see the finished items! What have you been making in your kitchen this month? I’d love to see!