Saturday, 1 November 2014

Do what I say not what I do in action

Party Food in Normandy and a Rice Pudding Experiment

Today I'm showing you some food pics from a fabulous birthday party we went to in Normandy not long ago. The food was just delightful.

How about these skewered shrimps on pineapple wedges – so pretty.

And this ham had all been sliced up and then put back together to look like a whole ham – clever.

The langoustine tower looked spectacular too.

In addition to the catered food, some neighbours brought a a home-made rice pudding which was universally acclaimed.  Unfortunately I didn't taste it but heard all about it the next day.  One of the guests had asked for the recipe and this is it.

Recipe for rice pudding

1.5l full fat milk
80g 'normal' rice
100g sugar
sachet of vanilla sugar

Bring the milk and sugar to the boil, put in rice and cook on simmer for an hour and a half or for 4 hours in 160 C oven

We had some debate about what normal rice meant in this context – I think it means short grain rice.

I decided to make it for myself – I also found some other recipes so I decided to do two for comparison purposes.    Jama from Jama's Alphabet Soup used a different recipe for Rice Pudding.  Hers had a few more ingredients including nutmeg which appealed to me.

French rice pudding after burnt top removed
This experiment cannot be said to have been a resounding success.  The French version was inedible – clearly I got the proportions wrong.

American Rice Pudding
Jama's version had a good flavour but was also a bit dry.  I wonder whether that was the rice?  I looked for short grain rice but could only get medium.  So the best one was the American recipe.

Rice pudding is, however, definitely still a work in progress.

Friday, 31 October 2014

This one's a bit weird...

Food on Friday: Pizza


This is the second time around for this wonderful theme – Pizza!  The first time was in June 2012 so I know there will be lots of new pizzas out there just begging to be seen – and eaten.  If you would like to have a look at the first lot, just head on over to this Pinboard.  There are about 50 of them on the board.

To add your Pizza, just put the name of the pizza together with your blog name/name into the first Mr Linky box you will find below.  Then paste the url for your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning the links to this Pinboard – this is a quick way for you to scan the dishes and choose which ones you want to check out in more detail.