Thursday, 11 November 2010


Wikipedia, that fount of knowledge, states that Bubble and Squeak is "a traditional English dish made with shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. The chief ingredients are potato and cabbage..... The name comes from the....sound it makes as it cooks."

In reality, bubble and squeak is any combination of leftovers, chucked into a pan with some oil, and fried. Potatoes are a crucial ingredient, either mashed or whole, and bacon can be used for flavour. One could add an egg.  My version today comprised chorizo sausage, leftover baked potatoes, and a handful of Cavolo Nero darling. I fried the chorizo until it was just turning crisp around the edges, then flung in a baked potato, sliced, and finally the fancy cabbage, which, when fried, began to take on the texture and flavour of that Chinese restaurant standby starter - crispy fried seaweed (which, as we all know by now, is not seaweed but dark green cabbage). I added a small amount of chopped garlic and a pinch of chili flakes. And, as you can see from the pic, I topped off the whole lot with some chunks of St Agur cheese. Naughty - but nice.

Eating it while multi-tasking (making almond chocolate brownies - to be blogged at a later date - and listening to the lunchtime news while contemplating piano practice and teaching later on), I am happy to confirm that the combination of ingredients I selected was perfect. The cats were pretty keen on it too!

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