Monday, 5 January 2009

Winter comfort food

As far as Winter comfort food is concerned, I'm in my element. Not for me a scrape of salady bits flown in from Kenya, but honest, cheap, traditional dishes using cheap cuts of meat and cheap winter veg. The thing about tonight's Lancashire Hotpot is that the lamb fat must percolate through to the sliced potatoes and make them at the same time both crisp and sticky. This is essential and non-negotiable. The stew beneath is covered in shimmering golden yellow globules of fat, the meat exactly between chewy and flaky and the plate crying at the end for bread to mop the last of its rich coating. Very simple, truly delicious.

9 comments:

hatfield girl said...

Close inspection shows rock salt, garlic, egg (or at least shell), and is that celery salt next to the rock salt? a cheese grater, pepper grinder. And other things not identifiable which could be, perhaps, dried thyme or marjoram. Hmmmm, lots of technical know-how input here.

We're going to need the knowledge cuisine until we get the knowledge economy in place.

Anonymous said...

Best comfort food for a cold wet British winter day: apple fucking crumble with custard.

Believe.

Blue Eyes said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm

I am a big fan of old-fashioned "stodge" of a winter's eve.

Tendryakov said...

In general I agree re winter comfort foods, but I find that when I've got a cold a real hot curry with green chillies has distinct medicinal benefits.
Incidentally, Raedwald in some posts on Ian Dale's site, you made some pertinent references to food security, and cited that we have to import 51% of our food. I understand this figure to be 40%. Do you know of any reliable sources for this? It's a topic which is going to rise to the top of the agenda in a decade or two.

Anonymous said...

Curry is shite.

Apple Crumble FOR GREAT JUSTICE!

TheFatBigot said...

Real food. Forget blackcurrant jus and drizzles of olive oil, give me hotpot or cottage pie any day. So simple to make, so cheap, so delicious and (with a few veg on the side) a proper balanced diet in one course.

Tonight it was cottage pie in FatBigot Towers, with savoy cabbage and carrots. You just can't beat it.

Rob Farrington in Manchester said...

I just put chili powder and garlic in anything put in front of me, whether it's soup, baked beans, or custard.

Tell me - and don't spare my feelings - am I an uncultured, unrefined barbarian?

Right, I'm just off to club the wife again. She's just turned the 50 inch plasma TV over from Big Brother Live to the shopping channel, the bolshy slag. Innit.

Raedwald said...

HG - close! No egg, but an unused spud I think, and a sharp mandolin, but both rock salt and Sel de Guerande (the tasty grey salt) in the background ...

TENDRYAKOV - 51% from DEFRA's latest figures; see my post of 14th December giving breakdown and link back to DEFRA's stats page

Anonymous said...

Rugelach are good too.