Bonne Annee 2015!!!


So, 2015 is HERE! Whoop! Whoop!

We have officially started the New Year and one of my many resolutions is to do better at posting new recipes on this blog!

But before you “tut tut”, I’d like to inform you that my life has been for the past 6 months very interrupted, by families visiting from France, the release & PR of a book and a Half marathon…

The second half of 2014 was a logistical nightmare and that doesn’t include a full time job which demands regular travelling and few medical problems… A part from that, I have loved loved 2014 and can’t wait to see what 2015 has up its sleeve… in 11 months, I will 40 and very very very much look forward to it!

To wet your appetite on what is cooking in the next few weeks, check out these pictures and tell me what you see!

Bonne année 2015 and check you out later x

The Nutter In Chief

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Part 2/2 of The Nutter’s oils collection


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Hazelnut, Walnut, Almond, sesame seeds, ground nut, palm oil.

DSC02210 rotatedHazelnut oil… The thing with this oil is that it always reminds me of a Starbucks coffee I used to love… If I am not careful, I will end up drinking this oil like wine… the taste of hazelnut is so strong, it is amazing. This is probably due to the quality of the oil. I got this one from Marks and Spencer’s. It is great for baking (used as a replacement for butter). ; It can also be used to drizzle on Salads if you are using chopped nuts and flash frying. Hazelnuts are apparently rich in vitamin B6, B and proteins… suppa duppa. I like that! Try it in your homemade pesto the next time… fry you pancakes with it… so yummy!

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Walnut oil. I was really surprised to find this one, again from Marks and spencer’s. The taste isn’t that strong and I rather use it in Salads. The taste of walnut is so light that and heating it might just lose it. So, I just use it raw and … sparingly. 250ml costs between £2.00 and £5.00 depending where you shop. It is worth having it handy. The bottle can last up to six months if you are being really economical with it.

 

DSC02209 rotatedAlmond oil. Growing up, I used this oil to moisturise. When I saw it on the food aisle it was a “ding” moment… I love almonds, but I was disappointed by the oil… I can’t taste the nuttiness in it. Not sure it really plays role in my collection of oils, but it is a worthy replacement for vegetable oil or rapeseed oil. It is not as expensive as the hazelnut or walnut oil, but, it is not available everywhere either. The Turkish shop and the Indian shop round the corner will have it in stock.

 

DSC02208 rotatedToasted sesame oil. Now I love sesame, and if I could I would include it in all my baking and salads. But, for the sake of diversity…, I swap it for poppy seeds. Been a fan of this tiny little seed for ages. It was only natural that its oil should be included in my collection. The toasted sesame oil REALLY does tastes like TOASTED sesame… the taste is so strong, it would be a pity to heat it up for frying and lose all that taste. I recommend using it to finish off vegetable dishes and salads. It is widely used in south India, and I am sure that you have spotted it In the Japan centre in regent Street London.

 

DSC02206 rotatedGround nut oil. That is peanut oil or monkey nuts oil… not sure why this one has so many names… This oil is widely used in Asia and West Africa and is great for deep frying… Doughnuts and French fries. I bet this oil is much cheaper in Africa than it is here. I use it very sparingly in most cooking. I will not us it for deep frying because of its cost. It is apparently used as a biodiesel in some countries. It is a good one to have in the collection.

DSC02218 rotatedPalm Oil. Get this, you can find palm oil in Nutella and a lot of Palmolive products! Did you know that? I love the taste of this oil but, regular consumption of it isn’t recommended in this British climate which is very cold at times. This oil tends to coagulate very easily and is best suitable for really hot climates… Asia, south American and Africa.

It really really taste nutty, has the colour of saffron and colours everything it comes in contact with. If you are reading this based in the UK, you will not find it in supermarkets unless they have a world foods aisle like big Tesco supermarkets. Otherwise you may find it again, in the Turkish and Indian shops. I recommend the Nigerian variety as its colour seem to be the best and it stays liquidly for longer.  This oil is suitable for types of cooking and stews in particular. Do not use it for salads as it will coagulate as it get in contact with cold items. This oil is amazing and contains a whole lot of goodness including Q10, Carotene and vitamin B6…

That it is, this is my collection of oil. I did came across corn oil and rice bran oil too. They sound amazing, but I am running out of space in my kitchen for now…

All those oils seem to be full of great things… how amazing. Just with this I might manage to stay away from my doctor for the next 12 months.

I really hope that you will try some of these oil. Do come back and let me know what you think.

Hey do not try any of it if you are allergic to NUTS!

See you soon! The Nutter

Cooking oil, frying oil, salad oil… oil oil oil


Part 1/2 Mustard, Sunflower, Coconut, Olive & Rapeseeds oil.

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My full collection of cooking oils

If just looking at oils makes you put on weight, better not read this post… IT AIN’T RECOMMENDED to you.

This week I had a 4 days weekend. Since I had nothing better to do, I decided to count the oil bottles I’ve got in my cupboards. It turns out I am a collector… ahahaha… I would prefer a wine collection to be honest, but there is only so much cooking that you can do with wine. Besides, I am really proud to be a collector of OILS… I don’t know anyone who collects them… Do you?

I am writing this post just to tell you about my oil collection and would like to invite you to try some of them… or should I say “dare you”.

DSC02213 rotatedI am going to start with the love of my life… Mustard oil! Mustard oil can be used for cooking although heating it up to fry onion for example might lose the oil’s Omega3 content. I like using it to finish a dish or on salads.

This oil is the bomb! If poured on a hot dish, you better step away as the heat/fumes from it will make your eyes water. This oil is as hot as chilli pepper and apparently it is really good for your health too. The last time I used it, it was do make a vinaigrette; getting the mustard taste and heat with actually using mustard. This oil can be expensive for every day cooking. So, use sparingly. 250 ml of this oil costs from £2.00 to £5.00

The next oil is Sunflower oil… every one’s got this in their kitchen. It is good for general cooking , frying and Also salads. Nothing to write home about. You will usually be able to buy a litre between £1.15 and £2.99.

DSC02214 rotatedCoconut oil. I bought this one because it sounded great but I am not that impressed with it. I have used it to cook soups, broths and sauces. I have then had to top them with coconut cream to feel the full hit of coconut. This oil is also used as a biofuel in some country ahaha. … Fear not! It is totally edible. It is also used as a moisturiser for dry skins and as a hair product… It coagulates quite easily (like butter) and has to be placed in a very warm environment before using. I do not recommend buying in bottle format, but in jar. That way, you can just spoon the quantity needed as in when.

DSC02212 rotatedOlive oil. Every one rants about this oil and it is almost as if other oils do not exist. And just because it is so widely used, it isn’t my favourite… I love being contrary. Yes I know it is great for health, but here in the UK, we are not in the freakin’ Mediterranean country and we should moderate our consumption… Chefs in UK TV cooking shows pour this oil on their dishes as if it was water… DO NOT COPY THEM! We do not share the same climate. God want a fool when he placed olive trees in the Middle East and Mediterranean!!!

DSC02211 rotatedRapeseed oil. I quite like this one! It sounds great and make some wicked potatoes chips/French fried. I started using it because of it name and the 99p store used to sell a litre of it for £0.99p. Now, they sell it at the same price, but the bottle is much smaller (500ml)… Can’t fill my chip pan with this all the time… need to cut down on chips then.

See you soon for part with Hazelnut, Walnut, Almond, sesame seeds, ground nut, and palm oil.

Ciao!

Nutter welcome


Well, thank you for visiting the blog today. I am not sure yet how this is going to go, but will do my best to post at least once a month the dishes created on top of my kitchen sink. Yes my kitchen is so tiny and the best natural light is on top of the kitchen sink. That’s why most photos WILL feature my dear silver sink.

I will try to feature meats, fishes, desserts, vegan and vegetarian dishes.

I really hope that you will keep coming back for more and look forward to your comments too.

Best regards.

The Nutter