Monday, 23 May 2011

Jackbit - Liver and Onions

One of my favourite dishes, made very quickly and ridiculously cheap, comfort food at its best.

Liver and Onions (serves 2)


360g Lamb's liver
1 large onion chopped
2 rashers bacon
8 chestnut mushrooms, sliced.
olive oil
1 x beef stock cube
1 x lamb stock cube
1 1/2 pints of hot water to make stock.

In deep frying pan fry the 2 rashers of bacon until golden.  Set aside on kitchen towel leaving bacon fat in pan.  Cut the bacon into thick ribbons.

Gently fry chopped onions in bacon fat, add salt, black pepper and pinch of sugar, fry until soft and golden.

Whilst onions are frying, rinse liver and pat dry with kitchen towel, trim if necessary, slice any thick pieces horizontally so all pieces are no more than 2cm thick. Flour liver on both sides, gently shaking off excess.

Once onions are golden, remove from pan, add more oil if necessary and fry the floured pieces of liver.  Do not overcook the liver, fry for about 1 minute per side.

Remove liver from pan, add onions back to the pan with sliced mushrooms.  Once mushrooms are golden add 1 tbsp of flour and mix in well, cook for 2 minutes.  

Slowly add stock to form onion and mushroom gravy, then return the sliced bacon and liver to the pan.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Taste and season again if necessary.  

Serve on hot plate with either mashed potatoes or boiled new potatoes and spring greens.  Sprinkle with fresh chopped flat leaf parsley.


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

This is Wigan

Not had chance to put a few pictures I took on a recent day out at Haigh Hall, Wigan and thought I'd share them today.

It was one of those wonderful last minute decisions, the weather was beautiful and we just wanted to nip somewhere nearby for a pleasant walk.

We decided to park outside the Infirmary and just walk through the plantations to the Hall, grab an ice cream and walk back through the plantations.

The walk to the hall through the plantations is about 4 miles there and back, you can read a little more about Haigh Hall here


The plantations are lined with so many Rhododendron bushes and pools of bluebells, Honey Bee and the Little Man couldn't resist hiding amidst one of the many batches of blue.

 Haigh Hall is surrounded by 250 acres of park and woodland and the Grade II listed Hall dates back to 1840, you can feel the history as you walk through such established woods and huge trees.

  lots of places to explore
enjoy a little rest

and relax

It's easy to forget such wonderful places that are on your doorstep.


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