The last ‘food diary’ post I wrote was back in May. I wrote about our family trip to Normandy and then I got carried away with the preparation for my supper club and just dropped the habit. I think it is about time I resurrected this series because apart from anything else, it’s a good way to keep a track of my successes and failures in the kitchen and plan my family’s meals better, therefore supposedly saving us time and money. But, I’d like to involve you more, so I thought if I give you a brief run down of what I’ve been cooking and/or eating each week perhaps you can tell me in the comments which you would like the recipe for. I will then publish the full ‘how to’ for the most popular dishes on the blog.
And now – wait for it – here is my round-up of this week’s more note-worthy meals.
When I was sixteen I worked as a waitress in a restaurant called Barker’s on Dukes Lane in Brighton. The menu was pretty much pasta and jacket potatoes. The food wasn’t bad but the only Barker’s dish I remember clearly was the vegetarian cannelloni made with pancakes in place of pasta. I love this variation because not only is it cheaper than buying pasta tubes, pancakes are easy to fill and keep the dish light. On Sunday I made cannelloni stuffed with the classic combo of spinach and ricotta and it went down a treat, although even for me, it was a bit of a lengthy procedure. I think it’s best to save making this dish for times when you have leftover pasta sauce or ragu in the freezer.
I’ve been house sitting in Brighton all week which has meant that I’ve been cooking for just me and my daughter most nights. I had some Jus Rol that needed using up so on Monday I made these really quick puff pastry tarts, so easy and just right for the heat.
On Tuesday I made linguine with crab and chilli which also couldn’t be simpler to make. Made with fresh crab this pasta dish is a modern classic made fashionable by the River Cafe, but I always associate it with my dad. Dad loved chilli but I was always surprised by his fondness for this dish because it has a much milder, more refined taste than most of Dad’s favoured foods. He was probably quite taken with the ease of its preparation though, and it’s very easy to budget for, ‘cos all you really need is a can of crab and some pasta.
Then on Wednesday I made this Espresso mushroom and ale pie. I developed this recipe as a vegan alternative to my first supper club dish of rabbit and Copperwheat pie. My recipe will be featured on the Espresso Mushroom Company website so I was keen to give the dish a final testing before submitting my copy. I think I’ve really nailed it this time, using mint in place of tarragon to balance the slightly bitter notes of the beer.
Also this week: thank you to Stephanie Jones-Berry and MyDiet.com for listing Gannet & Parrot as one of five food blogs ‘that inspire and challenge’.
If you would like the recipe for pancake cannelloni, crab and chilli linguine, cheese and tomato puff pastry tart or Espresso mushroom and ale pie, please let me know in the comments!
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About Chloe King
I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.
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