Reidbury's Kitchen

Food thoughts, recipes and billowing smoke from a home cook's kitchen in London

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Meatballs, Stir-Frys and Roasts

Well this week I’ve cooked a lot less than usual – Paul and I were only at home together one weekday this week due to various plans (including me watching Take That – screeeeeam!). However, I cooked two meals worth noting.

The first was Pork, Lemon and Herb Meatballs with Orzo Sald from Olive Magazine, August 2011 (p.50). We’ve had some hit and miss meatball recipes over the last year but this one was an absolute winner! Really simple recipe but somehow it tasted way better than the sum of its parts – in the meatballs just pork mince, red onion, lemon and parsley with LOTS of seasoning. It’s served with an orzo and rocket salad (though I omitted the rocket and just had the orzo with red onions, lemon and oil) and a herbed yoghurt. I made a huge batch of the meatballs and they lasted us for 2 huge portioned meals! Really light, simple recipe and one that I’d definitely do again. KB rating: 9/10. PR rating 8/10.

Next was Sticky Ginger and Chilli Chicken from Delicious Magazine, August 2011 (p.29). Despite some good marinade ingredients, including soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, ginger and ketjap manis (I love the fact I have this in my cupboard, and it takes little encouragement for me to find a recipe to use it up!), this stir fry didn’t really meet the ‘sticky’ brief in the recipe title. I’m not sure if my wok isn’t good enough, but I had the oil heating for ages to ensure it was smoking hot, but somehow this seemed to steam and the sauce was barely noticeable. No sticky coating on the chicken which I wanted. Good flavours, but I think my own stir fry recipe is better! KB rating 6/10. PR rating 6/10

That’s all for this week – hopefully I’ll get a chance to try out some more recipes next week!

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Another food blog? Well, no.

What the internet needs is yet another food blog, right?! Thankfully I’m not aiming to be a food blog – I’m just using a blog format to remind myself what I’ve cooked, where I’ve eaten and what I’ve yet to try.

The reason I decided to set this up came from me spending an hour earlier today desperately trying to find a recipe I made last month. I realised that I don’t have any way of tracking what I’ve cooked at home, or where I’ve eaten out in London, and I thought a blog would be a good way of remembering. So this is for purely selfish reasons!

But in case you’ve stumbled across this, it’s probably fair to explain a bit about me. I’m a 29 year old living in the East End of London with my boyfriend. My list of hobbies generally seem to revolve around food and drink – cooking at home, eating out, reading about food/recipes in general and, of course, enjoying a drink or two along the way!

I moved from Bolton to London over 7 years ago now, and it took me a long time to get used to it.  But one of the best things about the capital is just how well you can eat on any budget. Yes, drinks here are expensive, but the quality of food available – from a market stall all the way up to a Michelin starred restaurant – is outstanding and offers great value for money. Thankfully I have a boyfriend who is just as interested in food as I am (well, more the eating than the cooking side of things!) so we get to try some great places together.

So hopefully I’ll update this blog weekly and, at the very least, find it easier to remember which recipes I’ve cooked and when!