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Roasted quail October 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — fortheloveofpie @ 1:13 am

My mom’s telling me to eat food that’s easy on the spice for a while. She has her reasons, but I absolutely refuse to give up spices just because I have to lay off the chillies. So, today I made myself a lovely dinner featuring some fresh quail I got at my supermarket, with a version of the ‘Awesomely Easy Potato Appetizer‘, and some green beans. The quail recipe was really simple, but I got a chance to use the wonderfully fragrant herbes de Provence that my friends picked up for me on their honeymoon.

I do have a bit of a rant I’m going to go into about using fresh meat. If you want, you can skip ahead.

So, fresh meat. Loads of people eat meat. We also know, provided we have half a brain, that it comes from some animal, bird or sea faring creature. Those things are flesh and blood and they bleat, moo, poo, eat, sleep and possibly even dream. They also have to die in order for us to be fed. I think that we owe them the respect of not whinging on about how raw meat is ‘icky’. If you don’t have the bollocks (pardon the pun) to touch their meat, you don’t deserve to eat them. Simple as that.So grow a pair, touch it, and appreciate the sacrifice – willing or unwilling.

Anyhow, back to your regularly scheduled recipe.

Roast quail with potatoes and green beans

Roast quail with potatoes and green beans

Ingredients:

  1. 2 fresh whole quail with the tips of the wings and neck cut off. Make sure you clean it of any leftover feathers and whatnot. 2 quail make approximately one person’s entree.
  2. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tsp herbes de Provence
  4. 1 clove crushed/diced garlic
  5. Salt/Pepper
  6. 1 tsp butter (approx), plus two small wodges.
  7. 2 small bay leaves
  8. 2 small sprigs thyme (optional)

Method:

  1. Clean the quail thoroughly, pat dry with a paper towel
  2. In a bowl, mix olive oil with the herbes de provence, salt, pepper, diced garlic into a sort of wet rub.
  3. With your fingers, rub the mixture all over the birds. Let them sit for at least half an hour. Try to get the mixture between the skin and flesh as well, but remember, quail skin is very thin, so it might tear.
  4. While this is marinating, pre-heat oven to about 400-425 F.
  5. In the body cavity of each, place a wodge of butter, a bay leaf and the thyme. Rub a bit of butter on each of the birds, especially on the breast.
  6. Fold the legs of each bird, and tuck the knees under the wings. You could use kitchen string to truss them, but it’s too much work.
  7. Place them in a roasting pan, making sure they don’t touch.
  8. Roast without a lid for about 40 minutes, basting and turning over once in the middle.
  9. The quails are cooked when the juice runs clear if you pierce the fleshy bit. The skin should get nice and crispy.
  10. After they’re cooked, make sure you let them rest covered with a bit of foil for at least 10 minutes.
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Toasted almond and apricot bread pudding

Filed under: Uncategorized — fortheloveofpie @ 12:47 am

I love bread puddings. They’re fast, tasty and one of the most lazy-friendly desserts around. And, almost everyone has the ingredients sitting around in their fridge (yes, I know you have stale bread sitting in the bottom shelf there). So I just made it with a bit of a twist.

mmm mmm easy!

Toasted almond and apricot bread pudding

Ingredients:

  1. 8-ish slices of (at least) day-old bread
  2. 2-3 eggs
  3. 2 cups milk
  4. Sugar to taste
  5. 2 tbsp apricot jam
  6. A dollop of butter
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  8. A handful of sliced almonds

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to about 375 F.
  2. Whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and apricot jam together in a casserole dish.
  3. Break up the bread into bite sized chunks, crusts and all.
  4. Submerge the bread into the liquid. Use as much as will comfortably submerge – remember, the bread will soak up a LOT of liquid. Best to leave a little extra liquid in there.
  5. Let sit for about 10 minutes, let the bread do it’s day-old spongy thing.
  6. Cut the butter into tiny bits and sprinkle it all over the top. This will ensure a nice, golden crust.
  7. Sprinkle the almonds over the butter. Or under it. Doesn’t matter either way, just get ’em on there.
  8. Bake for about 25 mins, or until the crust becomes nice and golden. Keep an eye on the almonds, make sure they aren’t burning.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!