Usually with recipes you 'll have set quantities and instructions to follow , even if you have written the recipe yourself . Well the recipes below are mine but I didn't have anything set in stone I just went with the flow. The foods I used today were rhubarb , lamb and duck and spring greens. The only recipe I really followed was my Rhubarb crumble one and even then I left the ginger out of it.
You see in this household I often have to cook two dishes plain and simple for when you have aversions and sensory issues with food like my son it can be over whelming. I don't like to make a fuss of you will eat this or that or "in my day I ate what I got" with a little forward planning it isn't really an issue. Mr T on the other hand would like it if I didn't get every single pan and spoon out .....
"Do you have to get every pan and spoon out " Mr T ( a shade over 40)
"but they didn't say that to Michelangelo when he was painting the Sistine chapel ooooh no"
Mrs T age 21
Firstly I cooked my rhubarb crumble
Whilst this was cooking I prepared my potatoes for roasting , it was one of those days I could have done with a double oven.
Perfect Roast Potatoes
Preperation 5 minutes
Preheat your oven to 190 or gas mark 5
Then cut your potatoes up into quarters, depending on the size of the actual potato.
Wash your potatoes then place into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil.
Boil for no more that 7 -10 minutes otherwise your potatoes will disintegrate. ( Be sure to keep an eye on them )
Then drain in a colander and leave to dry for a couple of minutes.
Then shake up the potatoes in the colander just to rough them up.
Next the world is your oyster as here you make further magic happen you can add flavour to your potatoes by way of herbs etc or with your choice of oil. My choice of oil in this instance as part of the #rtchallenge I am involved in was Rape seed oil from Hillfield Farm.
A couple of glugs of the oil see rape oil combined with herbs is heavenly ( but you can make any combination)
Then place on a oven tray and cook for 4- 45 minutes till they are cooked until you like.
Crunchy munchy !
Rhubarb Crusted Duck
Rapeseed oil to sear the duck in
2 duck breasts
enough brown sugar to coat the breasts
About 8 pieces of cubed rhubarb
Take the 2 duck breasts and score the duck on both sides.
Then sear the duck in a frying pan
Coat both sides with brown sugar.
Place 4 pieces of cubed rhubarb on each duck breast.
Place in the oven
180C/160c Gas Mark 4
For 30 minutes test for doneness
Serve with some fresh sliced green beans and of course some rocking roast potatoes.
Lamb & Spring Green Stir Fry With a Rhubarb Splash
Preparation 5 minutes
Enough lamb for 1 or 2 people
I sued lamb steaks
A packet of Spring greens
4 tablespoon of rhubarb juice or more according to taste.
Rapeseed oil for Stir frying lamb
Slice the lamb to slices.
Warm the oil in a pan.
Next add the lamb.
gently stir until the pinkness goes ( or cook according to taste)
Next add the Spring Greens to the pan this will take only 5 minutes to cook or less during this time at the splashes of rhubarb juice just before you plate the dish up.
I obtained my rhubarb dish after I roasted by rhubarb in the oven for the crumble.
Then serve with the roast potatoes.