Sunday, 11 December 2011

All I Want Faux Christmas ( 1 )

Well it's been one heck of a busy year and between you and me and the gatepost, not the most joyous one on record.
So as I'm just not feeling that Christmassy yet , I'm going to fake it till I make it. A couple of quickies before I deck the halls.
 
I've been inspired by my BF's cue for Christmas, sausage rolls, the only time of the year that she eats them and great with my rose martini.
My version is a kinda fake Bastilla, fake in a good way like buying a real ' Hermes ' handbag on Canal Street and only telling the BF where you got it.
 
Large sheet of ready made puff pastry, 500 grams of minced lamb, 2 tablespoons of dried currants, heaped tablespoon of sauteed shallots, tablespoon of cumin, teaspoon of cinnamon, a crumble of saffron,egg for washing, salt n pepper. Squish the lamb and bits together, make 18inch  by 1 inch sausage, wrap in pastry, wash with egg to seal, cook for 40 minutes in a medium oven ( 180 f ) until golden,slice into chunks on the diagonal.
 
Serve with homemade ketchup.
Large can of tomatoes, half a cup of water, half a cup of white or red wine vinegar, heaped tablespoon of sugar, 3 cloves, 1 star anise, 1 small onion chopped, 2 crushed cloves of garlic,
simmer in a heavy based saucepan for 40 mins, stirring occasionally . Check seasoning, strain through a sieve and serve or store in fridge.
 
Rose Martini
 
25mls Stolichnaya vodka
15mls Lychee liqueur
10mls Grenadine
 
Shake with a ton of ice cubes, pour into a chilled martini glass and top with a rose petal.
Ps. It's only 105 kcals!
 
Next blog is all about the duck, one of my favourite things to eat, especially at Christmas.
Am starting to lose that bah humbug feeling * grins *.
 
Love Food X
 

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