#NYE new #ham #glaze

Baked another small ham today for picnics and snacking over the new year break! Glazed and baked ham is so good and I wonder why we don’t make it more often?

This ham bought from our favourite butchers Nicholas & Co at Edgecliff Shopping Centre was of the ver6 best quality and that shines through in the end product.

The glaze is a combination of a number of simple recipes and results in a delicious sweet, mustard flavoured ham which is perfect for just picking at or on a bit of good bread.

Prep time: 15 minutes cooking time: 1.15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kg ham off the bone
  • 2 tablespoons seeded mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smooth apricot jam
  • Cloves

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees Celsius

2. Remove skin and all but a very thin layer of fat from the ham, score ham to create a Criss-cross pattern that creates diamonds across the surface of the ham.

3. Mix up sugar and mustard together, smother ham in this mixture.

4. Stud the intersections of the diamond shapes with the cloves.

5. Pat on extra sugar, mustard mixture if any “gaps” appear.

6.place ham in a foil tin or a baking tray well lined with foil and baking paper to avoid glaze getting on your pan.

7. Cook ham in oven for 45 minutes.

8. Put the apricot jam in a microwave proof container and heat for 1,5 minutes until starting to melt. Mix with spoon and “glob” it over the ham so it oozes over the top without moving the sugar mustard mixture.

9. Bake for further 20-30 minutes until glaze is browned and “stuck” to the ham.

10. Allow ham to rest for a while until ham is cooled to warm. Place on platter or board in a handy location so passersby can slice and nibble. keep in fridge for handy family snack for upcoming new year’s festivities.

#merry #moroccan #christmas

Our family is away at a holiday house where most of us have gathered together for a week of festivities and relaxation together.

The week we have been balancing spoiling ourselves with eating well.

Tonight’s menu focussed on Moroccan themes once again using some tried and tested recipes and adding some new!

Also with the limitations of a holiday home pantry, some ingredients are substituted but the overall outcome was just as good. That’s how family cooking should be.

Menu:

Cauliflower and orange salad

Tonight was a great example of how ingredients can be mixed and matched , depending on what you have on hand catering to to different tastes e.g no coriander, and still having lovely meal.

Chicken B’stilla
Couscous with zuchinni and carrot

#Christmas #Ham #Glaze

Christmas lunch and leftovers would not be Christmas without a delicious glazed ham.

This is my late Friend Annie’s recipe which our family have been using now for more than 20 years. It’s simple and easy but imparts delicious cloves, sweetness to the ham.

Prep time: 20 minutes cooking time: 1 hour +/-

Ingredients

  • Half a leg of Ham on the bone (about 4-5kgs)
  • 500ml pineapple juice
  • 500g brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 3 tablespoons seeded mustard
  • Packet of cloves
  • 1 large foil oven baking tin

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius

2. Make syrup by mixing pineapple juice, sherry and brown sugar…mix well to dissolve sugar as much as possible.

3. remove skin from ham and take off excess fat.

4. Cross-hatch ham by making thin continuous “cuts” vertically and horizontally to create intersections in which to place cloves. don’t cut too deep as cloves will fall out. So make cuts shallower than the length of a clove. (Don’t know how else to describe this!)

5. Rub seeded mustard over ham trying to coat evenly.

6. Place cloves into intersections pressing them into the ham so they stay in when the meat expands away from the cloves.

7. Place in foil tin and cook for 20 minutes before basting with syrup, baste again after another 30 minutes. Cook for total of an hour or an hour and fifteen minutes for a larger size ham.

8. Allow to cool for at least an hour before slicing and enjoying. We make it late on Christmas Eve and then eat the next day.

Tie a ribbon around the end to make your ham truly festive!

#Seekh #Kebabs from Sinfullyspicy.com

This looks like a delicious recipe with excellent instructions from sinfully spicy.com…thank you! Yet to try but will be putting on my list.

The description of Old Delhi also brings back evocative memories of the spice laden air, colourful ancient streets and crowded markets.

Seekh Kabab

Seekh kabab could easily be one the most popular street foods across South Asia.A street food that instantly transports me to colorful streets of Old…

Seekh Kabab

Beef Wellington #easyaspie

Beef Wellington is one of those dishes that looks really impressive but is easy as pie to make.

This recipe can be prepared in just over an hour including making veggies on the side.

You can choose to also put a layer of pate between the beef and mushroom mixture but I don’t always include it as it does make it much richer.

Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 500g piece of good quality beef fillet , tied at intervals with string
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 10 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 6 large mushrooms diced very finely
  • 1 small onion diced very finely
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed to a paste
  • handful of thyme leaves stripped from the stem
  • 2 tablespoons butter and a dash of olive oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry defrosted
  • 2-3 potatoes peeled and chopped into quarters
  • Broccoli florets or green beans

1. Defrost puff pastry. Heat non-stick frying pan until hot. Sear beef for 2-3 minutes to brown and seal all sides.

2. Place beef on plate and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

3. While beef is cooling, Place peeled and chopped potatoes rubbed with olive oil on a baking tray and place on lower shelf of oven.

4. Then the mushroom mixture. Heat pan again and add olive oil and butter to melt, then add onion and cook until transparent, add garlic paste and thyme leaves and mix through, then add chopped mushrooms, season with black pepper until just cooked through and moisture evaporates. Mixture should be dry. Put on a flat plate and place in the freezer to cool for 5 minutes.

5. Remove beef from freezer, remove string, rub all over with mustard.

6. Lie prosciutto slices flat on a sheet of plastic wrap, overlapping the prosciutto to form a base to wrap the beef in. Place beef at one edge of the sheet of prosciutto and roll over using the plastic wrap to help create a neat parcel.

7. Place on piece of the puff pastry sheets with a slight overlap, sealing the two pieces together to create one large base sheet. Place beef on the pastry to encase it and seal the ends using a fork. Use excess pastry to create strips and pastry leaves to decorate the parcel. Brush with beaten egg.

8. Place parcel carefully on an oven tray lined with baking paper and bake in oven for 30 minutes until puff pastry is puffed and golden. Check potatoes and turn. While beef is cooking, microwave broccoli or green beans pieces until just cooked.

9. Rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing in thickish and serving with roast potatoes and broccoli. Dinner for 4.

Pink in the middle….

Marvellous Mudbrick Vineyard #waiheke #aukland #nz

Had a delicious lunch at Mudbrick Vineyard on Boxing Day after catching the ferry from Auckland on a beautiful day. Scenery and views from Mudbrick Vineyard across the harbour to Auckland are divine as are the vegetable and herb gardens and landscaping in general.

All makes for a stunning setting for lunch.

The menu has a really interesting selection of food with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and the NZ wine is lovely. Servings are very generous ..we tried the charcuterie board, shared antipasto, beef shin, steak, whole flounder and roasted octupus…but there were ten of us! Take a group so you can try more. See photos below.

Loved our visit and highly recommend you try it if in NZ anytime soon.

Kingfish with orange chilli and sesame seeds

Shared antipasto plate – enough for 3 people

Charcuterie board with fillets and terrines
Whole flounder
Delicious roasted octupus