I love cooking, and would go so far as to say that I am an OK cook.
HOWEVER. This past weekend I tried out some new recipes from a couple of well known chefs and NOT a bloody one of them turned out!!
Firstly, on Saturday night I thought I would cook Ian a delicious and labour-intensive meal. My menu plan included two recipes from Gordon Ramsey’s book, A Chef For All Seasons.
For our starter, I made potato gnocci. I have made gnocci before with great success with a different recipe, and the photo on this one looked gorgeous. HOURS later, having followed the recipe to the very letter (which is really unusual for me!) I discovered that the gnocci disintegrate to the consistency of wallpaper paste upon contact with boiling water. This did not amuse me because seriously, the recipe took an AGE to prepare.
For our main course, I made chicken tagliatelle, which was much nicer. The sauce was lovely, but I had to substitute a different kind of mushroom for the morels listed in the recipe as I couldn’t get any in Belfast. I was still a bit disappointed with the results though because the ingredients were very expensive and it didn’t TASTE expensive, if you know what I mean!
For pudding, I made chocolate mousse. This was my own recipe, and was the nicest thing about the meal.
I love the look of Gordon Ramsey’s book- but find the ingredients hard to come by in Northern Ireland. There are other recipes I will definitely try though. I don’t know what I did wrong with the fecking gnocci, but there is a note written in the book now to remind me- something I often do! 😀
THEN- last night I baked myself a trout, and used a recipe out of one of Rick Stein’s books. I love his recipes and they have never yet let me down. His recipe for mussel tart was a knockout on Boxing Day last year when I cooked for my family!
However I was in the middle of making the tricky and heavily butter-infested sauce for the fish when my gorgeous younger son started screaming down the monitor at me! Needless to say, by the time I came back downstairs, the sauce had separated and my temper evaporated!
Poor Ian. He has had to put up with a whole weekend of poorly cooked food and even poorer temper! 🙂