Bread and Butter Pudding

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

What to do with leftover bread and custard? Bread and butter pudding! I made a tiny bowl, just nice for the 3 of us but Jeff was not very satisfied. I used ready made custard from Waitrose which was really really good - very thick and creamy.

  • Unsalted Butter
  • 400g Vanilla Custard
  • 3 slices of White Bread
  • 1/2 cup Dried Mixed Fruits
  • Brown Sugar

  • Lightly grease a baking dish.
  • Spread butter on both sides of bread.
  • Place a slice of bread on the baking dish. Sprinkle on some mixed fruits and pour 1/3 of custard on bread.
  • Repeat this with all ingredients.
  • Leave for about 30 mins allowing the bread to soak up the custard.
  • Bake in a bain marie at 180°C for 45 mins.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle on some brown sugar over the surface, caramelise with a mini blowtorch. (optional step)
  • Serve with ice-cream!


Couscous Royale

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Joyce tried a recipe of couscous royal and kept asking to try it. I finally had a go today. I couldn't get all the ingredients so I made some substitutions and added other ingredients that I think will go well with the dish. It's very tasty and very filling. The following recipe could easily feed a family of 10!

Ingredients: serves a lot!
  • 200g Chorizo - cut into large pieces
  • 500g Chicken pieces
  • 1kg Shoulder of Lamb - chopped into large pieces
  • 5 Carrots
  • 5 Turnips
  • 5 Tomatoes
  • 5 small Onions
  • 1 bulb Garlic
  • 1 Aubergine
  • 215g (wet weight) Butter Beans (canned)
  • 410g (wet weight) Chickpeas (canned)
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 35g Harissa Paste
  • 100g Concentrate Tomato Puree
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 tbs Cumin
  • 1 pinch Saffron

Couscous: serves 3
  • 1 cup Couscous
  • 1 1/4 cup Hot Water
  • 3/4 cup Raisins
  • 2 tbs Coriander - coarsely chopped

  • Brown chorizo in a pot (without oil).
  • Remove chorizo and brown chicken and lamb.
  • Add in all other ingredients except for butter beans and chickpeas.
  • Pour in a cup of water, bring to boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer until meat is tender.
  • Mix in butter beans and chickpeas, simmer for about 10 mins.
  • Add salt to taste.
For couscous:
  • Pour boiling hot water onto couscous. Cover for about 10 mins.
  • Mix in raisins and coriander.