A Week of Comfort Food …

We all need comfort food at some point, I’m sure! Anyone one who says they don’t is probably only kidding themselves. Last week was a case in point for us. Not only had the beautiful snow turned to ice and slush but the weather remained bitterly cold all week. As I mentioned in a previous post, we are all very concerned for a dear friend and her family. It was very hard to carry on as normal as she was and continues to be (rightly) uppermost in our thoughts. It was good to chat things through with my family, around the table over some plates of warming and indeed comforting food:

This Lemon Drizzle Cake was without a shadow of a doubt the best Lemon Drizzle Cake that I have ever made. The recipe is from Paul Hollywood and he uses home made lemon curd in his recipe, this made the sponge incredible lemon-y and it also gave the cake a real depth of flavour. The cake baked evenly too, which is always a bonus!

IMG_2332I also cooked from my ‘Spice Trip’ recipe book this week and the following were a real hit with everyone – my son who will quite happily eat a raw chilli or two, loved this chilli dipping sauce. Not only were there chillies and sugar in the recipe, there was also Thai fish sauce, rice wine and rice wine vinegar. We still have a little left in the fridge, having used it instead of ketchup on many occasions this week.IMG_2330 My other son is not such a fan of hot, spicy food but he loved this shallow fried chicken as it was coated in a delicious spice mix which included freshly ground cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick and fennel seeds. This is definitely one meal we shall be having again soon.IMG_2331Later in the week, we had some ‘open’ sausage rolls:

As I mixed the sausage meat to break it up a little, I managed to add onions, mushrooms and celery, without either of my boys noticing and they cleared their plates!!

To follow our main course, we had pancakes. It’s been a while since I used my ‘go-to’ recipe for pancakes so I thought it was time to give it a whirl. We had our lovely pancakes with thinly sliced banana, caramalised apples and a dribble of maple syrup – yum! IMG_2343 To finish off our week of comfort inspired food, we had Lemon and Lavender Chicken. This is a very simple recipe from Rachel Khoo’s ‘Little Paris Kitchen’ and although I didn’t have any fresh lavender seeds to hand, I used some heavily lavender infused honey which worked really well as a glaze on the chicken. I had run out of kitchen foil and so covered the chicken, quite tightly in baking parchment. It really worked – as the parchment became damp it kept the chicken really moist. It’s great when you discover something new completely by accident!IMG_2337That’s it for our ‘comfort food eating week’, I’m sure there will be some more next week too.

 

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