32 years ago...

I was born! Yes this week I have celebrated my birthday and what a great week I've had! Bill brought me to my favorite Fernhouse Cafe for breakfast and my best friend treated me to a slap up late lunch in town...! It was a day of spoiling for me! 

I got some lovely presents, including some interesting new cookbooks! My brother gave me two, one entitled "Irish Recipes Yer Ma Used Ta Make" which is lovely and a fantastic huge almanac of desserts, some I've never even heard of (Chess Pie anyone?), which I'm sure I will make full use of! I also was lucky enough to get Gordon Ramsays latest, and last night I set about making something from it, to welcome in the last year of my early thirties! 

Gordon Ramsays Pork Stroganoff 
(He uses fillet, I used chops!)
You'll need
2 lge pork chops
200gms mixed mushrooms
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
50mls brandy
150mls sour cream
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 tsp paprika

Trip and chop the pork into small pieces. Heat your pan, oil it and fry the onions, garlic and mushrooms until soft.  Tip the contents of the pan into a bowl and put aside.  Add the pork pieces to the pan with some oil and fry until golden brown.  Return the onions, garlic and mushrooms.  Add the brandy and bring to the boil, then add the cream and the tsp of paprika. Season.  Serve with plenty of Rice and sprinkled with more paprika and parsely!


Beth said...

Oh, you've got to try Chess pie. It's amazing. I didn't know it came from Ireland. I always thought it was a southern dish from the U.S. Hope you enjoy it.


Lisa said...

Thanks Beth! I don't think its from Ireland, I probably should have been clearer though - I got two cookbooks from one brother, an Irish one and a Dessert one! On your recommendation I shall be making Chess Pie asap - I've never even heard of it so it will be interesting!

Michelle said...

Well, Happy Birthday!!!! Your picture does not look 32. I was thinking more like 25-26. Seriously!

I am expecting lots of yummy traditional Irish recipes.

Emily said...

Happy Birthday Lisa!!!

Lisa said...

Thanks Emily! Thanks Michelle - 25 I wish!

I will pop out a trad recipe now and again for good measure of course!

Lo said...

Lisa - Happy Birthday!! I'm a bit late, but we celebrate "birthday week" around our house. So, hopefully the festivities are still going strong!

I'm a sucker for stroganoff, but have never made it with pork. I might have to try this.

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday! I feel so bad I missed it. Glad it was a good one.