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Stir it up magazine Jan Feb 2015

COOKS CALENDAR venison mackerel Man up! >> Manchego is one of Spain’s best known cheeses and is produced in the La Mancha region. It’s made from unpasteurised sheep’s milk and sold fresh or slightly aged in olive oil. It has a deep yellow rind, which is inedible, and a creamy white interior. It’s firm to the touch with a buttery, nutty taste that’s slightly sour. Manchego cheeses are best paired with a sherry. There are three types of Manchego: • Semi Curado – Young Manchego cheese which is aged for around three months. Supple and moist, their flavour is fruity, grass, hay with a tangy note. • Curado – Aged for six months, this cheese acquires a caramel and nutty flavour. • Viejo – Aged for a year, resulting in a crumbly texture and a butterscotch colour. It has a sweet, lingering taste. Serving suggestions: • Lamb-stuffed aubergines with spices (try cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, chilli and paprika) topped with manchego. Halve the aubergines and fill with lamb ragu and top with Manchego. • Stuffed Portobello mushrooms – fill with a mixture of onion, garlic, thyme, breadcrumbs, smoked bacon and manchego for a delicious starter. • For a yummy vegetarian meal try olive, edamame beans and manchego risotto – use black olives, chopped sun-blushed tomatoes, garlic and red onion for lots of colour. • For dessert, TV chef James Tanner suggests honey-baked figs topped with manchego. 04 JAN / FEB 2015 Cooks calendar... January February In season... turkey cauliflower purple sprouting brocolli rhubarb oysters 1 British Yorkshire Pudding Day 2-8 Bramley Apple Week www.bramleyapples.co.uk 14 Valentine’s Day 16-22 Chip Week www.chips.lovepotatoes.co.uk parsnips 23-8 Fairtrade Fortnight www.fairtrade.org.uk 25-26 Casual Dining Show, Business Design Centre, London March 1 St David’s Day 2-8 British Pie Week www.britishpieweek.co.uk 13 Red Nose Day www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday 15 Mothering Sunday 17-18 Hotel & Catering Show, Bournemouth International Centre www.hotel-expo.co.uk In season... celeriac cockles cabbage rabbit kale 14-22 English Tourism Week www.englishtourismweek.co.uk 17 St Patrick’s Day 17-18 Northern Restaurant and Bar Show, Manchester Central www.northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk 22-25 The International Food and Drink Event, ExCel London www.ife.co.uk leek In season... potatoes Guinea fowl Brussell sprouts beetroot 1 New Year’s Day 12-18 National Obesity Awareness Week www.noaw.co.uk 18-20 Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, The SECC, Glasgow www.scotlandsspecialityfoodshow.com 18-20 Hospitality 2015 Birmingham www.hospitalityshow.co.uk 25 Burns Night 25-31 National Farmhouse Breakfast Week www.shakeupyourwakeup.com 26 Top 50 Gastropubs Awards, Hitchin www.top50gastropubs.co.uk 26 National Potato Day


Stir it up magazine Jan Feb 2015
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