timscience: (fondue)
Inspired by Sainsbury's game casserole mix. Ingredients roughly in order of being put in the pot.

1 pack Sainsbury's game casserole mixed mystery meat
2 rashers bacon
2 tsp cumin seed
- coat the meat in flour and lightly fry along with chopped bacon and cumin seed.
1 ltr veg stock
4 tsp sumac stirred into the veg stock
1 small white onion, very coarsely chopped
1/2 dozen new potatoes
1 small handful chantenay carrots
1/2 small butternut squash, cut into 2cm cubes
- this really seemed to make a difference. Up to you with the butternut though I guess. Don't bother to peel it, the peel will go soft enough to eat.
2 cloves smoked garlic
1 tsp smoked garlic powder
1 chipotle chilli, chopped
- the smokey flavours really seem to work although you could probably sub in regular garlic if you must.
1 tsp spice parisienne (mainly paprika and nutmeg with some peppercorns, cloves and thyme)
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1 tbsp sieved flour, to thicken
1 sprig rosemary

Cook in the oven in a casserole dish for at least 1 1/2 hr at gas 3. Serve with dumplings (parmesan dumplings work fine but I think thyme dumplings would also be good).
timscience: (strange food)
Last night J and I decided to try the new shish place that's replaced Joe's cafe. It's called Oxford's grill and looks a bit shit from the outside. This is deceptive as it's actually very good.

It seemed totally deserted, which we figured might be a bad sign, until we realised it was Ramadan and before sundown so a lot of the clientele might not be eating just yet. Generally speaking delicious, with generous portions. Fans of the old Cafe du Liban will know the style although the food is Turkish not Lebanese. I reckon you could do a proper mezze meal from teh starters if you wanted which is half the point of this kind of place.

I had Liver fried in spices as a start and Iskander, a mix of meats on top of a pile of cubes of bread soaked in spicy tomatoes,as a main - both were excellent. We also tried Cankaya, a spicy dry Turkish white, which was well tasty, and finished on a good Turkish coffee. You can get a two course set meal and a free glass of wine for £9.95 which is pretty good - otherwise reckon on about 20 -25 quid per person including wine.

Anyone who misses the Euphrates might want to give it a try - the style is different but it kind of fills the same space on Cowley Road.

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