Sunday, 21 November 2010

sunday lunch at mum's

... stuck in London this weekend due to work commitments and two 40th birthday parties!... why is it that i don't get invited to anything all year and then two friends decide to have a party on the same day?...

... did have a wonderful evening though... two very different parties, the first was my cousin Will's 40th, where, for a surprise my other cousins (Beatrice, Eddie and various wives/girlfriends/old-friends) formed a band to sing 5 of Will's favourite songs... it was very 'off-the-cuff' ... a bit like a scene from an indie movie... but totally excellent and everyone loved it... this was followed by our old friend Ben's party, which was a completely different affair...

... Ben is, well shall we say a 'celebrity hairstylist' to the likes of Victoria Beckham, Leona Lewis and Amanda Holden... his party was at the very glamorous Bloomsbury Ballroom and was fabulously sparkly... Leona even sang Happy Birthday to Ben... wasn't quite as 'off-the-cuff' as Will's party... a different kind of fun!

... sadly this also means no recipes from the kitchen this weekend...

... not ALL bad news though... it does mean I get to spend an unexpected Sunday with mum and the rest of the family... and this means mum's AMAZING cooking... genius!... and as you're probably all aware, I get most of my cooking inspiration from mum (and if you're not, then its worth a trip down memory lane here)... so it's always a special pleasure and wonderful treat to hitch myself onto a meal or two... I love sitting in the kitchen and watching her cook, it's like my own live TV show!

... on the menu today is chopped liver on sesame crackers, mum's classic marmalade chicken with mash potato, served with roast veg, glazed carrots and long-stemmed broccoli  followed by her open apple flan and  flour-less French chocolate cake... how lucky am I?

... even though i've not cooked any of these I thought i'd include the recipes because i'll be making them at some point anyway...

a lot of chopped liver

2 x 400g packs of chicken livers
2 medium onions - finely chopped
6 eggs - hard boiled

- saute the onions till soft, add the livers and seasoning and fry gently till done (I like mine slightly pink)

- pulp in a magimix... it's important that you don't blend... so you can use a grinder or ricer if you don't have a magimix... this is NOT a pate so don't make it smooth. (mum is talking to me as I write this and stressing this fact, which is why I keep repeating... don't BLEND....PULP!!!

- grate the eggs and fork them into the chopped liver

open apple flan

6 large Bramley apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a handfull of sultanas
apricot jam

- line a pastry tin with shortcrust pastry... mum NEVER blind bakes... do as you choose.

- stew 4 of the apples in large-ish chunks with the cinnamon until soft-ish, then as they're cooling down add the sultanas

- brush the pastry case with a thin layer of apricot jam, add the stewed fruit and then slice the remaining 2 apples and lay them creatively on top

- melt some more apricot jam and a little water in a pan and brush the top of the flan for that glorious glazed look... bake in an oven (180) for about 40 mins till golden and bubbly

french chocolate cake

6oz plain chocolate
4oz unsalted butter
4oz caster sugar
2oz potato flour
1 level tspn baking powder
4 eggs - seperated
1 tspn vanilla essence

- melt the chocolate and sugar in a microwave for 5 mins (I assume the French originally used a bain-marie... but you never can tell) then add the butter for a further 4 mins

- whip the egg-whites into a frenzy (stiff peaks)

- stir the egg yolks and vanilla essence into the chocolate mixture and then stir in the flour and baking powder

- finally, fold in the egg whites

- pour into a 8inch loose bottom cake tin and bake at 170 for 35-40 mins, leave it in the tin for 5 mins before you try anything clever... mum tops with a very basic chocolate icing recipe and some white chocolate stars


  1. what i would give for a sunday lunch cooked by my mum!! How do they do it all (2 desserts!! and nibbles!!) and make it seem effortless?? My mum is totally my inspiration! Here's to mums!!! :)

  2. Those are wonderful recipes - say thank you to your mum for letting you share them with us!

    Can't decide which I'll try first... the apple flan probably :-)


  3. Oh, to be stuck in London with a Mom who can cok like that! The apple flan looks beautiful! Party on, Dom!

  4. How does your mohter feels like adoption????

    Love that she never blind bakes!

  5. Wow, what wonderful cakes.
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  6. How great! I really look forward to going up to Yorkshire and having my Mum's Sunday lunches too- the crispest apple pies, the lightest Yorkshire puds....and I really fancy your Mum's marmalade chicken..

  7. You are one lucky boy! Your mum's recipes look fantastic! Sound like you had a fun time at your two 40th parties - I went to one 80th for my uncle last evening, we had a blast! Even though Uncle George is 80 you'd think he was 65ish - he is amazing! He has more energy than anyone I know. When he's not golfing in New England he's golfing in Florida! Have a fantastic week!

  8. That's lots of yummy food :D I like the apple flan, apple kind of dessert is always my fav.

  9. Seems like everybody is turning 40 this weekend. We had a surprise party for a friend last night at a mortuary dancing up a storm.
    Looks like a great weekend for you , too. Parties and all this delicious food form your mom. I especially like the french chocolate cake.

  10. How lucky are you! That flan looks amazing (not to mention the chicken!)

  11. Parties, puddings and cakes - sounds like a fab weekend. It's so nice to be cooked for. Must try potato flour in my cakes - got to find it first though.


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