Back in the Kitchen

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Thank goodness.


You've no idea how good it is to be able to stand at the kitchen counter and chop an onion.
It was nice to do a bit of baking too. The tin needed filling.


These are mincemeat muffins. I still have quite a lot of mincemeat but I don't want any more mince pies. I used my basic muffin recipe but reduced the sugar by half and stirred in a couple of big dollops of mincemeat. They have a very good texture, I think the suet in the mincemeat helps.
We had rather a lot of milk so I made a batch of yogurt and some of these as well.


Roast vegetables with chorizo
For dinner I cut up some potatoes, some sweet potatoes, onions and a red pepper. I tossed them in some olive oil, some smoked paprika and a little salt and roasted them for about half an hour.


Then I added some cooked chick peas and some chorizo to the roasting tin and put it back in the oven for another twenty minutes.


The best bits are the bits stuck to the bottom of the tin.























It's so good to be back.

29 comments:

  1. So glad the foot is better! Now would you stop showing me delicious food. Please.

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  2. Even with a (not quite as) dodgy (as it was) foot you are able to effortlessly cook a feast chez Quince Tree. I am quite sad I have started our supper as I need to taste that spud chorizo chickpea thing. And I am going to make mincemeat muffins tomorrow. I have quite a bit left-over too. Make sure you keep your foot a bit rested though. Think you need to delegate all washing-up and clearing away to the others... Ax

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  3. So glad to hear you are back able to do what you love most, cooking. You are most welcome in my kitchen any day. :)
    I was interested to see your mincemeat muffins as I have mincemeat to use up too. I chopped the top of my thumb the day before Christmas so there were no mince pies for us this Christmas past.
    Looking forward to seeing what comes out of your kitchen next.
    Anne xx

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  4. I don't know how you do it. Cook a fantastic meal, plus fill the tins, puddings and all. And photograph it all beautifully. I think I might be trying out creme au chocolat very soon.

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  5. Our life is never too full of recipes involving chorizo. Thanks for this.

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  6. Oh I got some lovely chirozo today definately having a go at that! Glad to see your feeling better. xx

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  7. Hello Sue
    Good to see you're getting on with it,but yes you must rest your foot too,great post as usual,think i'll try the mincemeat muffins as well
    Take Care
    sue xxx

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  8. This is definitely progress and it all looks so delicious, but please don't overdo it! We made a root vegetable crumble during the week and it was lovely. It was basically a mixture of root veg. with garlic and herbs, roasted, mixed with a dollop of pesto then tipped into a dish and topped with a savoury crumble made from porridge oats, oatmeal, wholemeal flour,sesame seeds, grated cheddar and some olive oil. Wonderful winter food!

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  9. Well done! (But don't overdo it!). I think I might give your mincemeat muffins a go - I've got half a jar of mincemeat that needs using up!

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  10. Many thanks for the Persephone recommendations. I love the sound of the cookery books ( you can never have too many ) and there are so many others. I'm just going off to bed with the catalogue.

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  11. I have only used Chirozo once, but am going to have to try this, it sounds delicious and I love roast veg, I roast veg a lot actually, and what is for tea tonight, Roast Chicken with roast veg..of course.
    Oh and yes do try honey on your burn, it works.
    x Sandi

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  12. A mouthwatering post and delicious photos.
    Muffins made today were raspberry and almond, yours sound delish.
    Your roast veg dish looks scrumptious shall file that one away for the colder weather.
    Glad your foot is getting better, amazing how much we appreciate the mundane little jobs such as chopping onions when you've been out of action for a while....

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  13. Glad to hear you are feeling better. The recipes look wonderful,I am certainly going to make some of your muffins.
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  14. oooh dinner looks yummy, so glad you are back in the saddle, I was missing your cooking x

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  15. I'm so happy for you :-) I can't imagine not being able to cook for so long... (though I think I might somehow secretly enjoy the time off from work ???)

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  16. Just thought you would like to know I just made the Mincemeat Muffins, very YummY! and very moreish!
    Julie xxxxxx

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  17. Pati from London12:24 pm GMT

    Sue, am sooo glad you are back, doing what you love the most: cooking! and wow, you didn't waste any minute, girl!! I will try your rosted vegetables and chorizo soon. As a Spaniard I always have chorizo at home. My cousin's dad is a butcher and I bring loads of his home-mad "choris" every time I go there...yumm, yummm.... We used them mainly with lentil stews and red bean stews but they are great with pasta and tomato sauce too. Am beginning to be hungry. It's chickpeas and butternut squash tagine for us today. Lovely to see you are feeling better, x Pati

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  18. Glad you are able to get back to your beloved cooking. I've just been catching up with your posts. Poor you, it sounds horrendous. Hope your foot continues to improve.

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  19. Oh Sue i`m so glad you are back in the kitchen. I`ve really missed your inspiring cooking photos. But don`t do too much standing, the skin on your foot will be very tender for a while.
    Take Care
    Love Carole from Rossendale xxxxxx

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  20. ah, that's better...i'm following you now, so won't miss any of your lovely posts.
    what a fabulous way to use up the mincemeat, wonderful idea! it's funny how when you don't think of these things you wonder why not when someone (much cleverer) does.

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  21. Hurray! You are up and about and ready to feed the army - I bet that the troops are relieved!

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  22. Hello. So glad to hear your foot is healing and you are able to get about your kitchen. For someone who has a passion for cooking and who cooks such lovely food, it must be a relief to be ablet o get back to it!

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  23. Hooray you're back in the kitchen! And you've been very busy too! I used up some of my mincemeat too, but more on that later on this week!

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  24. You've made up for lost time - and made me ravenous!

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  25. Thanks for the recipe idea.
    I already do roasted veg ala Nigella but have never thought to put the chorizo and garbanzos in.
    I live in Spain so easy for me to get these things.
    I'm making this tonight!

    Margaret

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  26. That chick pea dish looks amazing - might try making that this week. Also a big fan of the muffin idea, similar to the Rachel Allen muffins with christmas pud that I did with my leftovers - delicious.

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  27. I am going to try those chocolate like custard desserts. I am just drooling looking at them.

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  28. YUM ~ HAPPY ~ YUM ~ NEW ~ YUM ~ YEAR!

    Sarah x

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