I’ve been hearing a lot about these ‘Jelly Worms’ recently – a great looking pile of bloody worms that are really made from jelly shaped by bendy straws – it’s the sort of photo recipe that is shared on Facebook a lot. Oooh look at this simple, fun idea that anyone can do and will really make your Halloween go with a swing kind of thing…
It had been suggested to me by various people that I at least give it a go. And so I did, last night on the Eve of All Hallows Eve I prepped my items.
Sadly Toys R Us didn’t sell normal straws, they only had these massively long novelty neon ones which seemed a rather expensive investment for Jelly Worms, but beggars can’t be choosers etc.
As they were far too long for even the longest non-arthropod invertebrate I had to chop them all into three. And because it was nearly Halloween I DID IT WITH A BLUNT CLEAVER. Well this was only because my kitchen scissors were in the dishwasher but it did add a certain frisson to proceedings:
I used to have this little egg poaching pan, it had four small plastic tubs that sat in a ring above a shallow pan of boiling water. It was efficient and worked but the eggs usually came out uniformly rubbery and in the the shape of helmets.
Poached eggs need to be cooked direct in water I believe and have always preferred them so, but of course I am unable to make these myself. However, without my little pan and some spinach and bacon in the fridge what was I to do? I had to give it a go…
Here are my poached eggs:
Yes I created a little spinning funnel of boiling water, yes I added a little vinegar, no it didn’t work.
I managed to salvage a whole yolk from this pan of what looks like Chinese soup without any ingredients in and had another go.
This time it worked to a fashion, and so I managed to fashion this:
It wasn’t what it looked like in my head but it was edible.
Look at that little lonely yolk that lost all its whites down the sink…
Look at this lovely new book I’ve been sent! It’s called Homecooked by Donal Skehan, and is apparently ‘as seen on TV’.
Because look at him, look at Donal, does he look old enough to have a cook book out? I’m surely old enough to be his mother?
Well yes he obviously is because it’s actually rather good – and no it’s not filled with space food, or popping candy or whatever it is the youngsters are eating these days. It’s actually full of rather traditional and dare I say it quite old fashioned dishes such as roast pork, fish & chips and creme brûlée. But there are some lovely twists on the traditional and various influences from around the world. There is also a fantastic ‘Fast & Healthy’ section, (which you know I might need now I am advancing in years).
As soon as I can get over my jealousy at this young over achiever already being a far better cook than I will ever be I shall be looking forward to trying a few of these recipes out. I feel a Celebrity Cook Challenge coming on…
‘Homecooked’ by Donal Skehan is out now.
That’s a rubbish joke.
Do you know what else is rubbish?
My Mexican night.
I’ve discussed my love for food from this country before here. So I won’t do it again. But I do love it…
I decided a TexMex night was way overdue (and I do love my themed nights) so bought an Old El Paso nachos kit (no sniggers at the back please) and some chicken, corn and rice, I mean how hard could it be to throw all that together?
I also had some hot sauce so knew whatever happened I could just smother everything in that.
In celebration of Jean leaving EastEnders this week I made my very own take on her signature dish of Sausage Surprise.
I don’t know what the dish or the surprise is so I just did what I usually do when I have some sausages and can’t be bothered:
- I put them in a bowl with a tin of tomatoes and then put them in the oven for an hour.
I’m a bit of a fan girl, if I love a film or TV show I’ll happily buy into the whole thing. I have a Game of Thrones mug (Lannister House of course), Breaking Bad t-shirts and once dressed up as Harry Potter to get into a midnight bookstore opening. So I was very happy to be sent the True Blood: Drinks & Bites Cookbook.
It will go marvellously well with my Merlotte’s Bar & Grill Waitress t-shirt and ‘I Want To Do Bad Things With You’ shopping bag (don’t judge me).
Or I’m not sure if celebrate is the right word for this?
Yesterday was National Burger Day (special foodstuff, special day) and to mark such a momentous occasion I decided to get some out of the freezer. Well it was actually by co-incidence because it was all that I had but the timing of the date wasn’t lost on me.
(And I really do love a burger, I can’t get enough of these new, trendy burger joints springing up all over the place. Although I can’t resist telling these new young upstarts that some of us have actually been eating burgers for years)
And so I give to you… my dear readers… this:
If you want to know what happens when you don’t make (buy) enough mashed potato to cover your shepherd’s pie then let me show you…
It goes in like this:
Just back from my holidays (ate lots of good food).
Just wanted to let you know that normal service has resumed:
Anyone know how to oven cook chips (specifically french fry style) so that they don’t end up burnt to a crisp on the ends while still slightly wet and raw in the middle?
W0uld love to know how you cook evenly throughout so all are the same amount of crispy.
Look, why does one always go black?