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Sunday Lunch in a giant Yorkshire pudding

October 13, 2007

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This is what chilly sundays are all about. Warm, comforting roast dinners, lovingly made as a reward for getting through the week, and bolstering you for the week to come.

The meal featured here combines my and Mr Rice’s favourite sunday lunch elements, plus a surprisingly delicious new dish.

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Roast potatoes

Cut 6 medium potatoes into 1-1.5 inch chunks, then par-boil for ten minutes until soft. Drain the potatoes (keeping the water) into a sieve and shake them about in the sieve a couple of times, to loosen the outsides. This will give you extra crunchy bits when they are roasted. Drizzle 2 tbps of fat (see ‘Tips’ below) into a large roasting tin and place in the oven for 2 minutes to heat the oil.

Remove the tin from the oven and add the potatoes, stirring and turning until they are all well coated with the fat. Cook for 1 hour, turning every 20 minutes, until they are crispy and golden.

Tips:
– the best ever fat for roast potatoes is goose fat, followed by duck fat. If you’ve roasted one of these birds before and kept the fat then use this
– the other superb fat for roast potatoes is half butter, half olive oil. The butter creates a super-rich taste, and the olive oil stops the butter from burning
– save the potato water to make a really tasty, wholesome gravy
– keep the skins on for extra fibre
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Honey & maple glazed carrots

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Peel, top and tail 7 carrots, then add 1 tbsp of fat to a small roasting tin and put into the oven for 2 minutes to heat up. Remove the tin from the oven then toss the carrots in the fat until completely covered, then drizzle with 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp maple syrup. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring and re-basting every 15 minutes.

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Braised celery

Raw celery has never done it for me. The taste is just too pungent and sharp. But I have learnt over the years to embrace celery as a superb ingredient for adding flavour to sauces. So, when Abel & Cole sent us some celery one week, and I had used it as a sauce and also forzen some away, I decided to set myself a challenge to prepare it as a dish by itself.

Yet again, Abel & Cole came up with a corker of a recipe, this time for Braised Celery. I was staggered by how delicious it turned out to be, and how well it went with the rest of the sunday lunch I had prepared. The celery imparts its own flavour into the sauce, but also absorbs the flavour from the stock and the cheese, making it unbelievably delicious. And so easy too!

 Recipe for Braised Celery
1 head celery
240 ml chicken stock
2 tbsp olive oil
8 whole garlic cloves
1 pinch thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan

Cut the celery into thick matchsticks and chop the celery leaves too. Place the celery, stock, olive oil, garlic, and thyme in a medium frying pan over high heat.

Bring  to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 15-20 minutes, until the celery is tender and the liquid is reduced. Then remove the celery and put it in a serving dish. Keep the liquid in the pan and heat to reduce and thicken it, which should take about 4-5 minutes. Then pour the liquid over the celery and sprinkle the parmesan all over, ensuring full coverage. Then cook in the oven at 200°C for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is well melted and starting to brown. Remove from the oven and serve.

©Katheryn Rice 2007

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One comment

  1. What about the yorkshire pudding ????



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