Thursday’s Children, Nicci French

Thursday’s Children opening line: It started with a reunion and it ended with a reunion and Frieda Klein hated reunions.

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Thursday’s Children

If you had read my review for Waiting For Wednesday you would probably wonder why I chose a second Nicci French book, but it was not until after I read Thursday’s Children that I went back to read my review of Waiting For Wednesday. Having read the book that preceded Thursday’s Children made it much easier to read. I understood the story better and I understood Frieda better.

This book took me two days to read and it delved into Frieda’s past and explains what makes her so intimidating in her present. It is about how our lives always connect with people we once knew, and how dangerous people are lurking amongst the shadows. Frieda is given the chance to heal her past, and solve a crime that should have been taken seriously when she was 16.

If you want to read this book then do yourself a favour and get the ones before it to better understand all the characters.

First published in Great Britain by the Penguin Group in 2014

ISBN number 978-0-718-15700-5

Paperback – 421 pages

Disclaimer: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This disclaimer is in line with my blogging policy.

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Recipe For Oregano Oil

Many people think that taking a tortoise out of the wild and bringing them home is a great idea. What they do not know is that these tortoises cannot be re-introduced into the wild in most circumstances. In 2007 Cape Nature gave me two tortoises to home. They had been taken out of the wild and kept in captivity by someone who had ‘lost interest’ in looking after them. She had five tortoises and all five needed to be rehomed. One of the conditions of rehoming them is that we do not allow them to breed. You cannot stop them from mating, but Cape Nature asked that we destroy the eggs. We took home two females, one of which had already been ‘covered’ by the male. Unfortunately, I did not know she had laid a clutch of eggs, and I only discovered this when I found a baby tortoise. We had really bad rain storms and she drowned as a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as a part of my garden flooded.

Stanley Recipe For Oregano Oil

Stanley

A few years ago a friend told me they had found 4 tortoises on her father-in-law’s farm. He had brought them back from the West Coast over a period of time. My friend had plans to just return them into the wild but I told her this was not a good idea. I took 3 of them to keep but nature has intervened here. We had devastating wild fires in our area and the eagles moved closer to the village to catch their prey, and the very small tortoises became an easy target for them.

Now, the purpose of this post is not about my tortoises but on why they need to be left where they are – or kept in captivity. Tortoises can only be released into the wild into the region they originate from. Ordinarily, if a tortoise is to be released, it needs to be released into the exact region they come from as determined by genetic testing. Tortoises cannot be released into the wild if they are ill, or are suffering from an incurable disease or terminal illness. They cannot be released into the wild if they carry a transmittable disease, have parasites or are injured. Furthermore, if a tortoise has been kept in captivity – even if free to roam in your garden – for more than two months, it cannot be released into the wild. If you know for a fact that the tortoise has been out of its own environment for less than two months it still needs to be quarantined before being released. And, an expert needs to determine the best area for release so that the tortoise is released into a friendly, safe, and healthy environment.

If you find a tortoise in your garden and do not know what to do with it, please contact your local Nature Conservation Society. The most important factor here is to rather leave the tortoise where it belongs, in the wild. As I want my tortoises to be as close to their natural environment as possible I grow herbs and plants in my garden that they would find in the wild. I have a lot of indigenous plants and I know that this will provide enough food for them. I do however keep a bird bath at ground level full of water so that they have ready access to it.

One of my most prolific herbs is oregano and so as to not share all of it with the tortoise, I used some up to flavour extra virgin olive oil. You can use any herb of your choice here so let your imagination run wild!

Oregano Oil Recipe For Oregano Oil

Oregano Oil

Oregano Oil

Herb oils are easy to make and so versatile to use. Here I provide you with a recipe using fresh oregano but you can use any herb that you have growing in your garden.

Ingredients:

  • 5g oregano leaves
  • 150mls olive oil

Method:

  • Place the oregano leaves into a mortar
  • Add 15mls olive oil and bash the leaves with the pestle
  • Add a further 45mls of olive oil and mix in
  • Pour into a sterilized glass bottle
  • Top with the rest of the olive oil
  • Leave to stand for 24 hours before using
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Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

Situated 11 kilometres from our house, The Restaurant at Waterkloof Wines is our destination of choice when dining out. This year we have enjoyed Greg’s food on 6 occasions at the restaurant as customers and once as members of their wine club. The wine club event was hosted by Paul Boutinot who refers to himself as the custodian of the estate. Paul explained how he wanted specific factors when choosing where in the world to grow his grapes and make his wines, and I for one am extremely grateful he chose the slopes of the Schapenberg Mountains. These are the mountains I gaze upon from our balcony at home.

Welcome To Waterkloof Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

Welcome To Waterkloof

I was invited to a media lunch and it is the first time I have been to Waterkloof as a blogger. This offered up a unique experience for me as part of the day included a cellar tour, something I have not done before. While waiting for everyone to arrive we sat on the balcony overlooking False Bay on the new couches designed by Greg. We were offered the Circumstance Cape Coral 2014 to sip on. This rosé wine is made from Mouvèdre grapes and is naturally acidic with hints of strawberry and a very floral nose, hinting at the fynbos that grows all over the estate. I am currently savouring the 2011 vintage at home, often using it to marinade venison.

Circumstance Cape Coral Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

Circumstance Cape Coral

The next wine we were offered was the Seriously Cool Cinsault 2013. The term seriously cool relates to the wind and climate at Waterkloof, but to me this is a seriously cool wine and one of my favourites. It is dry with spices and licourice on the palate. Accompanying the wine were ploughman’s platters. These platters are served in the tasting room which is open from 10h00 to 16h30. Wine tastings start from R30 and the platter costs R130 and will easily satisfy two people. It comes with pork terrine, a variety of cheeses including Healey’s Cheddar, chutney, pickles, preserves and olives. Chat to Zandri in the tasting room for more information.

Seriously Cool Cinsault Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

Seriously Cool Cinsault

Nadia Barnard, the winemaker and cellar master at Waterkloof, loves the diversity of her work and it shows in her enthusiasm when she talks about what she does at the estate. Nadia showed us around the cellar, explaining in detail the ethos of wine making at Waterkloof. At Waterkloof, each block is separately fermented before blending. About 30% of the wines are barrel fermented and the Rhone varietals are treated differently to the Bordeaux wines. I will go into this in more detail in a separate post as the entire process is extremely interesting.

Nadia Barnard Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

Nadia Barnard

In the cellar we tasted the Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2014 which is grown on the south facing, slightly warmer slope of the Schapenberg. The wine has a very mineral nose and peach on the palate. Our first wine with lunch was the Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc 2014. I love that the label states that this is a wine of circumstance which ties it in to the Circumstance wines. This wine has excellent stone fruit on the nose and a crisp finish and is my second favourite of the whites from the estate. My first being the Viognier which has a lovely lemon hint to it, which we tasted at the One & Only dinner where Ruben collaborated with Greg to showcase Waterkloof.

Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc and Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc and Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc

Lunch was to showcase the spring menu that we can expect from Greg in the coming months, but as it is still not quite spring I expect that some of these dishes will change. Our amuse bouche was seared duck with an Asian broth and radish.

seared duck with an Asian broth and radish Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

seared duck with an Asian broth and radish

This was then followed by poached marron and langoustine served with a very light fennel panna cotta.

poached marron and langoustine Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

poached marron and langoustine

We were then given the maiden vintage of the Circumstance Cabernet Franc 2012 to accompany braised lamb with a hint of Moroccan spices. This varietal is grown on a site which has moderate temperatures and is picked early and then barrel aged for 15 to 18 months. It is full of black pepper on the nose.

Circumstance Cabernet Franc Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

Circumstance Cabernet Franc

This course was followed by a pre dessert and then dessert was served. A pineapple curd with guava foam and avocado ice cream. I ended my afternoon with a single espresso and some petit fours.

Sweet Endings Wine Tasting At Waterkloof

Sweet Endings

I hope that this will encourage you to take a drive to Waterkloof and sample some if not all that they have to offer.

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Recipe For Whisky Sauce

In my mind, the only thing that makes traditional haggis taste good is a whisky sauce. And for my whisky sauce I use a single malt whisky. Dave and I did a malt whisky tasting when we were in Scotland that was extremely informative and educational. At some stage I want to take this further but for now I am just appreciating our growing collection of single malts. If you want to do a whisky tasting at home, the first thing you will need is a Glencairn whisky glass.

Laphroaig Recipe For Whisky Sauce

Laphroaig

If you don’t have any of these glasses then use champagne flutes. Pour a wee dram into your glass and give it a swirl. This releases the smell, so now take a sniff. Don’t put the glass to your nose, rather keep it at chest height and tilt your head down. Now move on to tasting the whisky neat. Before you take a sip breathe in through your nose, then take a sip, roll it around you mouth, wait a few seconds and then swallow and only then breathe out through your nose. Add a drop or two of water to your whisky and repeat the process. You should now have a good idea of the taste and smell of your whisky. You may notice hints of vanilla, pear, apple or even straw. Some whisky’s are smoky and others have an oily feel to them. You can use these flavours and smells to decide which whisky to use in your sauce. I prefer the Talisker 10 year old as it has a hint of black pepper which compliments the haggis perfectly.

Haggis Recipe For Whisky Sauce

Haggis

Whisky Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 25g butter
  • 25g flour
  • 250mls vegetable stock
  • 25mls whisky
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

Method:

  • Place the butter into a small saucepan and melt over a low heat
  • Add the flour and mix in with a whisk making sure it does not form lumps
  • Gradually whisk in the stock
  • Add the whiskey, mix in and cook for 5 minutes
  • Season to taste
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Recipe For Cream Cheese Frosting

A while back I was contracted by a PR company to do 5 blog posts for Canderel. These posts formed part of a campaign which I hope was successful for the brand. Given that my blog is all about sucrose free cooking and baking I found these posts a pleasure to do. I do not usually use Canderel in my recipes as I prefer to use fructose. However, I am not adverse to using any sucrose substitute as long as it works. One of the hardest things to substitute is icing sugar in terms of texture. It has made icing a cake quite a challenge in my baking and more often than not I tend to melt some Canderel dark chocolate and pour it over my cakes to ice them. When the new PR agency for Canderel sent me a hamper to try out it contained sachets of the Canderel Vanilla, a sucralose based product. For those of you who are not aware, sucralose is sucrose based but this is a good alternative for people on a sugar restricted diet. I decided to use the Canderel vanilla in a recipe provided to me by the PR company. The recipe for cream cheese frosting was the icing for red velvet cupcakes. As I was baking a cake the same weekend as wanting to test the recipe, I decided to use it to ice my cake with, rather than bake cupcakes. The original recipe called for Canderel Yellow but I used Canderel Vanilla instead. It left lovely flecks of vanilla in the frosting and it melded into a beautiful flavour over the few days we ate the cake.

Olive Oil Cake with a Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe For Cream Cheese Frosting

Olive Oil Cake with a Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

This makes enough frosting to ice one cake

Recipe adapted from one provided to me by Canderel

Ingredients:

  • 150g good quality cream cheese
  • 37g butter
  • 2.5mls vanilla extract
  • 18g Icing Sugar – I used Canderel Vanilla

Method:

  • Place the cream cheese, butter and vanilla into a mixing bowl
  • Beat until completely mixed and smooth
  • Add the icing sugar and beat until the sugar has been completely incorporated and the frosting is smooth
  • Use a piping bag or palette knife to ice your cakes or cupcakes

Cooks Notes:

The Canderel vanilla was perfect for this frosting and showed off the beautiful specks of vanilla in the sugar replacement

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Samsung Smart Oven

The third and last challenge for #MissionSamsung is to complete a review of the Samsung Smart Oven, and to motivate why this oven should become a permanent feature of my kitchen!

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Background to my review:

In February 2005 Dave and I moved into our cottage. This is a converted garage, complete with garage doors, and I cook in a kitchen that is 7.5m². I have 8 cupboards and 5 drawers in this tiny space. Only 2 of the cupboards are for pots, pans, bowls etc. and so I have converted my stand alone oven into a cupboard. The oven part has my paella pan, wok and grill pan and the warmer drawer contains all of my baking trays and tins. So, without an oven that I could use, I had to purchase a smart oven. When the Samsung Smart Oven arrived at my home my current smart oven was relegated to the scullery of the house we are building and the Samsung took its place. I used it every night from when it arrived until today, when it is going back into its box and heading back to Samsung.

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Samsung Smart Oven In My Kitchen

Samsung Smart Oven Review:

This microwave size oven is way more than a microwave! It will fit perfectly into your kitchen and would even make a perfect accessory for a student. If you are in the market for a microwave then I would look at this oven and give it serious consideration.

using the microwave:

Every night we heat our plates using the microwave. After 90 seconds the plates are perfectly warm and ready for dinner. The quick start feature is perfect, setting the microwave in 30 second bursts. I also used the microwave to heat my bean bag, and for my ginger which I keep in the freezer. I microwaved some frozen peas the other night and they took 3 and a half minutes from frozen to ready for eating.

the control panel:

Is very easy to use and really self explanatory. There is also a ‘quick guide’ in the oven itself. There is a clock on the control panel which displays the time when the oven is not in use.

Inside The Samsung Smart Oven Samsung Smart Oven

Inside The Samsung Smart Oven

accessories:

The roller ring supports the glass turntable which is easy to clean and is left in the oven at all times to rotate what ever you are cooking. There are two metal racks which can be used when grilling and cooking convectionally. It also comes with a handy crusty plate and this is the one accessory I will go out and buy if I am not the winner of this challenge.

The Crusty Plate Samsung Smart Oven

The Crusty Plate

The two metal racks have one flaw in my opinion and that is that the legs are formed over the part where you are meant to place your cooking utensil.

The Metal Racks Samsung Smart Oven

The Metal Racks

I have test driven:

The smart cook feature to bake croissants and cookies,

Sablé Biscuits Samsung Smart Oven

Sablé Biscuits

and the slim fry feature to cook frozen oven chips and make oven roasted tomatoes.

French Fries Samsung Smart Oven

French Fries

I have loved the auto fermentation feature and given how much bread I make, I so want to win this oven so I can carry on enjoying this feature.

Gourmet Pizza Samsung Smart Oven

Gourmet Pizza

This oven can be used for convection cooking and to test how perfectly it works, I baked a lasagne to feed 4 people. I then put the lasagne into the fridge overnight and used the auto reheat feature for a ready meal. The lasagne took 18 minutes and 35 seconds to reheat.

Lasagne Samsung Smart Oven

Lasagne

I also decided to see how well the grill works by making myself a Welsh rarebit for lunch. I learnt that it is important to place what ever I am cooking into the middle of the oven. A bit of the cheese oozed onto the crusty plate and all it needed was a wipe with a damp cloth to get it clean.

Welsh Rarebit Samsung Smart Oven

Welsh Rarebit

plus features:

It takes 5 minutes and 55 seconds to heat to 200° Celsius and this is to me, one of the top features of this oven. Baking is a breeze when the oven needs no preheating for some programmes. There is a safety locking feature so that you can prevent someone accidentally using the oven (such as young children). The cooking time can be adjusted at any stage by a simple turn of the dial. You can open the oven door to pause the cooking process, or stop it completely before the time is up.

the beeper:

The beep function can be turned off but I would not do that! It beeps as soon as what ever you are cooking is done, and then only once a minute until you pay attention to the oven!

technical specifications:

Dimensions: (W x D x H): outside 523 x 506 x 309mm, which means it will fit into any pre existing kitchen space which is specifically designed for a microwave. Inside 373 x 370 x 233mm, which means it will not take a standard roasting dish. Volume 32 L. Weight 20kg

Why I should win this:

While I had the pleasure of the Samsung Smart Oven to use and review, my current smart oven was serviced by Dave. Sadly, the door is broken and the oven will need replacing soon. If that is not enough motivation then maybe I should say that the kitchen I am building is going to need a lot of appliances! We are going to need a smart oven as this is the most energy efficient way I know of cooking. I would love to win this oven but regardless of whether it goes to me, or any of the other 9 contestants, I can say that this would make a great buy!

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Recipe For No Knead Sandwich Bread

Are you a busy mom with no time on your hands and no idea what to pack your children for school lunch? Even though I am not that mom, I am a wife with a husband who eats lunch at work. Finding different things to pack for lunch can take up quite a bit of time, and that of course does not leave time for kneading bread dough. In my opinion, home made bread is the only bread to eat, unless you buy artisan bread from a bakery. Mass produced loaves just do not make it into our lunch boxes. Bread can be accompanied by so many toppings and here are a few for inspiration:

  • peanut butter and cheese
  • chicken with mayonnaise and green beans
  • tinned tuna with mayonnaise and corn
  • hummus and a crunchy vegetable such as radishes
  • avocado and feta
  • cream cheese and cucumber
No Knead Sandwich Bread Recipe For No Knead Sandwich Bread

No Knead Sandwich Bread

This no knead sandwich bread is not a quick solution to sandwich making but it is a hassle free solution. The dough gets left in the fridge overnight and needs time to come up to room temperature before baking. The time it takes will of course be weather dependant. But you can do the first bit on night one, and the second bit on night two and then start all over again before the loaf runs out so that you always have fresh bread in your bread box.

Do you make lunch box lunches?

Love The Crumb Structure Of My No Knead Sandwich Bread Recipe For No Knead Sandwich Bread

Love The Crumb Structure Of My No Knead Sandwich Bread

No Knead Sandwich Bread

This no knead bread proves in the fridge overnight and is great for sandwich making for lunches.

Ingredients:

  • 10mls salt
  • 500g bread flour
  • 10mls yeast
  • 475mls tepid water

Method:

  • Place the salt, flour, yeast and water into a bowl
  • Mix together with a spoon until completely mixed
  • Cover with cling film and place into the fridge overnight
  • Remove from the fridge and turn out into a loaf pan
  • Bring the dough up to room temperature
  • Preheat the oven to 200° Celsius
  • Spritz the dough with some water and bake for 1 hour
  • Turn out onto a wire rack and cool before slicing
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A Slice Of No Knead Sandwich Bread Recipe For No Knead Sandwich Bread

A Slice Of No Knead Sandwich Bread

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Recipe For Sablé Biscuits

Part 2 of this week’s #MissionSamsung challenge was titled baking bliss and we were tasked to give in to our sweet tooth and make decadent cookies. We had to do this using the Smart Cook Feature of the Samsung Smart Oven.

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This feature has a multitude of pre programmed cooking times which means you do not need to set either the cooking times or the power level. It is as simple as opening the door, placing the dish into to the oven, closing the door, selecting the programme and pushing start. You can use this feature for auto reheat as well as auto cook. When I was reading up how to use the cookie feature, I saw that there was an auto cook programme for croissants. By pure coincidence I had taken croissants out of the freezer for breakfast and so I decided to test drive this feature before I tackled my biscuit making. I placed the croissants on to the crusty plate and set it on the low rack. I left the kitchen to get ready for the day and after the first lot of time, they were not quite ready. The recommended weight is 150 – 300g and I had not weighed mine. I repeated the programme which took a total of 23 minutes. This feature determines the cooking mode by detecting the surface temperature of the food. I think I left the croissants in for a minute too long and had I been in the kitchen I would have seen the remaining cooking time begin its count down and I could have therefore checked on the croissants.

Croissants Recipe For Sablé Biscuits

Croissants

For the challenge I chose to make sablé biscuits as these are a cookie I have wanted to try out for quite some time now as they look really easy to make. Using the Smart Cook feature 100g of biscuit dough takes 10 minutes from start to finish. It certainly takes out the need to preheat the oven and wait for that and I found that part of the feature fantastic. I love that you can just pop the cookie dough into the oven when it is cold, press a few buttons and walk away until the oven beeps.

Sablé Biscuits Recipe For Sablé Biscuits

Sablé Biscuits

Sablé Biscuits

Adapted from Larousse Gastronomique page 665

Ingredients:

  • 250g flour
  • 125g butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 125g sugar - I used fructose
  • 2.5mls lemon extract

Method:

  • Place the flour and the butter into a large bowl
  • Rub together until combined
  • Add the egg, sugar and extract
  • Knead together quickly and shape into a ball
  • Place the dough into a lightly floured bowl
  • Cover with cling film and place the bowl into the fridge for 1 hour
  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface
  • Roll out to 5mm thick
  • Cut with a cookie cutter
  • Place the cookies onto a lined baking tray
  • Bake for 12 minutes
  • Cool on a wire rack
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Recipe For Braised Pork Cheeks

To me, the most important factor when shopping is buying regional produce. We are very fortunate in South Africa that our local Woolworths lets us know where the produce comes from. To that end I always buy fruit and vegetables that are labelled as being from South Africa. Of course, if I had any influence I would ask them to be more area specific as I live in farming country and would like to support my local farmers. But, at least I know that the fresh produce I buy is seasonal and that is the second most important factor to me. It is only after this that I look our for organic produce. That is the bonus factor to me and not the be all and end all of my shopping. When it comes to protein I want to know that the animal led a happy life. I buy our chicken from a local, free range chicken farm, and our venison from the local butcher. The venison is shot by the owner and hung and butchered properly. These pork cheeks came from Martin who owns Cure Deli. The quality is amazing, the price is perfect and the pigs have been treated with love before ending up on my plate. Given the success we had with making a pork belly in master stock I decided to do the same with the pork cheeks. I am not sure how easy they are to get hold of where you live, but do ask your butcher as I am sure he would be willing to help.

Do you eat regional and seasonal produce?

Braised Pork Cheeks Recipe For Braised Pork Cheeks

Braised Pork Cheeks

Braised Pork Cheeks

Adapted from Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course recipe for slow-roasted pork belly on page 189

Ingredients:

  • 2kg pork cheeks (I used 5)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 6 baby fennel bulbs, thickly sliced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised and split in half lengthwise
  • 2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
  • 5mls cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2.5mls whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2.5cm fresh root ginger, thickly sliced
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 125mls white wine
  • 750mls master stock

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius
  • for the pork cheeks
  • Score the fat of the pork cheeks using a sharp knife
  • Place the pork cheeks into a cold roasting pan
  • Render the fat over a low heat for an hour
  • Remove from the pan and drain off the lard
  • Place back in the pan for another hour
  • Remove and set aside
  • Drain off the lard
  • for the lard
  • Place a coffee filter into a funnel
  • Place the funnel over a sterilized glass jar
  • Pour the lard into the funnel
  • Leave to cool before sealing and placing into the fridge
  • to braise
  • Season the skin of the pork cheeks
  • Pour the oil into the pan and increase the heat
  • When hot, add the fennel, lemongrass, garlic, cardamom, cloves, star anise, and ginger
  • Cook until you can smell the spices
  • Deglaze the pan with the white wine
  • Add the pork cheeks skin side up
  • Add the master stock making sure the skin is above the stock
  • Bring to a boil and then place into the oven and bake for an hour and 30 minutes
  • Remove the pan from the oven
  • Remove the pork cheeks and set aside to rest before serving
  • to keep the master stock
  • Remove the excess fat
  • Strain through a chinois and discard the aromatics
  • Bring to the boil and pour off some to serve with the pork cheeks
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Top up with water to 750mls and leave to cool
  • Freeze until needed
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Recipe For Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Last weekend when it was the Formula 1 race at Spa Francorchamps I served a traditional Belgium meal. For us that meant moules-frites. I steamed the mussels in beer as Alex was bringing Belgium beer for us to enjoy with our lunch. I had seen the slim fry feature on the Samsung Smart Oven that I have been sent to review, and so I used this to make the fries. I chose slim fries as this is what we always get when we are in Europe, or at a local Belgium restaurant. I served these up with my home made mayonnaise and the lunch went down a treat. This week our challenge for #MissionSamsung is one of two options, and the first option is Healthy Fried Food and Easy To Clean.

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I had already done French fries but needed no excuse to make another batch as the crusty plate that comes as part of the accessories with the oven is easy to clean – all I do is give it a quick wipe with a damp cloth that has been dipped into soapy water. I made 300g of fries for our supper last night and from frozen they took 26 minutes to cook up perfectly crispy. I served these up with some chermoula.

French Fries Recipe For Oven Roasted Tomatoes

French Fries

There are 10 slim fry features which provide pre-programmed cooking times which means you do not need to set the cooking time or the power level. All you have to do is select the type of food you are cooking and then the weight of the food. After that, you press start, and let the oven do its thing. I needed to make some oven roasted tomatoes for a recipe and I know these take 4 hours to make when using a convection oven. I decided to give the slim fry feature a go and used the option for sliced courgettes. After preheating the oven using the grill function for 4 minutes I placed the tomatoes into the oven and using the slim fry feature it took 24 minutes! This was two cycles of my selection. What a pleasure.

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 100g baby tomatoes, sliced into 1cm thick slices
  • salt to season

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 40° Celsius
  • Place the tomatoes onto a lined baking tray
  • Season to taste
  • Bake for 4 hours, turning half way through the baking time
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 Recipe For Oven Roasted Tomatoes

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Disclaimer: I was provided with the Samsung Smart Oven to use for this challenge. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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