Foodies Of Rome
I recently took a short trip to Rome, my fourth visit to one beautiful city. Here are just a few photos from all the delicious foods had during my time there.
Chicken Shawarma. Kingston
Boxing Day Foodies
Cranberry & Onion Pork Belly
In two weeks it’ll be Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve guys, can you believe it? I can’t, but boy I cannot wait for the Christmas foodies. The time to be with loved ones, having a good time, laughing, good food, literally ticking all my boxes. I love the lead up to Christmas, everyone out buying gifts and preparing the delicious treats for the big day. A tasty treat we have this week with this pork belly recipe, full of flavour and so very simple to make. If you’re feeling a richer flavour use a meatier stock, otherwise vegetable stock will work just as well.
- 600g pork belly slices
- 400ml stock
- 200ml cranberry juice
- 7-8 shallots, peeled and quartered
- 1 bulb of garlic, peeled leaving the cloves whole
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- Ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180 fan.
- Place your baking tray on the stove, add the garlic, shallot and oil and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Put the pork belly slices on top of the garlic and shallots, distributing them evenly on the tray.
- Pour in the stock and the cranberry juice, try to avoid touching the meat so that the fattier parts of the meat can render and become crispy in the cooking process. Season the pork with salt and pepper
- Put the baking tray in the oven and leave to cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Best served hot and with some mashed potatoes.
Lunch On The Go
Butternut & Bean Soup
Back with another recipe this week, a butternut squash and butter bean soup. Great for these colder and windy days we are having. Deliciously healthy, earthy and even creamy with the flavour of the butter beans.
- 1/2 a medium sized butternut squash
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 can (400g) butter beans, drained
- 700ml vegetable stock
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp onion granules
- 1 rosemary sprig
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Black pepper
- Start by preheating your oven to 200 (fan) and bake the butternut squash for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Once you’ve removed the squash from the oven, scoop out its contents, disposing of the skin and place in a bowl. Using the back of a fork, thoroughly mush the squash until it’s mashed but not fully puréed, then leave to one side.
- Get yourself a saucepan and on medium heat, start by frying the garlic in the oil for a minute.
- Then add the squash, add all the seasonings and cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the butter beans and fry for another 2 minutes.
- Pour in the stock, mix and leave to cook for 10 minutes.
- Add a generous sprig of rosemary, cover and leave for an additional 5 minutes and then serve.
The Elephant Restaurant
Blood Orange Sour
We are nearly half way through the month and let’s be honest, we are all preparing for the Christmas holidays. Preparation is well underway in our household and it’s kicking off with a banger. Starting with this glass of deliciousness; a blood orange sour. Blood oranges are just so so tasty, a beautiful dark red flesh with a sweet but ‘soury’ citrus flavour that is just too good! I’ve doubled the alcohol quantity on this one and believe me, you won’t be disappointed and nor will your guests be over the celebratory period.
- 100ml Blood Orange Gin ( I used Beefeater Gin)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (golden syrup will also work well)
- 350 ml smooth blood orange juice
- Ice … lots of it
- Using a jug mix the gin, syrup and blood orange juice together thoroughly.
- Take 2 tumbler glasses and a couple of rosemary leaves and rub around the rim of both glasses
- Place 3-4 rosemary leaves at the bottom of each glass and fill generously with ice cubes.
- Evenly distribute the gin mixture into both glasses. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve.