A while back my friends and I got together for a big picnic. We made a deal that we would have the picnic in the park nearest to my apartment on the proviso that I brought most of the food. On the basis that I’ll rarely complain about baking I figured that was a pretty good deal! The weather was really not good, so we had to abandon the park after a while and head to the pub (which frankly no-one complained about), but we had enough time to fill ourselves with far too many delicious snacks. I didn’t want EVERYTHING to be unhealthy, so I did bring some crudites (carrots, cucumber, celery and red pepper), which we had with a range of dips.
One of the dips we had was taramasalata. I remember when I was at primary school we had this Greek food tasting day, and taramasalata was one of the things we were supposed to taste. The idea of it disgusted me completely (back then I didn’t even eat cod so the idea of fish eggs was hardly appealing) but you couldn’t get out of trying something by just saying you didn’t like it, so I said I was allergic to fish. My sneakiness worked and I didn’t have to taste it so that was a result at the time! Having now grown up (a little bit), I realise that tasting something you don’t like is hardly the worst thing in the world (doing this blog would be pretty awful if it was) so I’m much more willing to give things a try. I still don’t exactly like the taste of taramasalata, but it’s really not that bad.
540. Sausage Rolls
Sausage rolls on the other hand are delicious and I could eat them every day. Not the ones you get at the supermarket, those things on the whole are not good, but homemade ones with proper sausage and crisp puff pastry. To make my sausage rolls extra tasty, I get good sausage meat and mix it with wholegrain mustard and a little maple syrup. I also mix in just a splash of water (I learnt this trick from John Torode) as it keeps the pastry moist in the middle whilst it gets crisp on the outside. I would also consider mixing in a little ketchup but I couldn’t for the picnic as my friend is allergic to tomatoes. They all got gobbled up very quickly so I think everyone enjoyed them!
541. Raspberry Thumbprints
For dessert I made some thumbprint cookies. The list specified raspberry so I made some of them with raspberry jam, but I wanted a variety so I also made some with blackcurrant jam, blueberry jam, and nutella. I think the blackcurrant ones were my favourite.
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