Wild Garlic & Rosemary Oil Foccacia

Aside

An old one this, from the start of the summer. No wild garlic for months now!

The wild garlic got relegated to the fridge overnight yet was still in excellent nick the next day. I adapted the original recipe a little due to lack of ingredients (ahem, Parmesan) and availability of others (rosemary growing in the back green!).

Dough

  • 600g strong white plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 level teaspoons easy-mix dried yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 400ml warm water

Topping

  • 50g ramsons, washed and finely sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 30g of Galloway cheddar, yes my friends this is the most Scottish of focaccia
Rosemary Oil
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed with the blade of a knife
  • 3 or 4 strips of lemon peel (pare it off with a vegetable peeler)
 Instructions
  1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Add the liquids and mix with a wooden spoon. Knead that bad boy on the kitchen table for at least 10 minutes. I like this technique: 
  2. Once the dough looks good get it back into a clean bowl and leave it covered with clingfilm for a few hours til doubled in size.
  3. Now, our man says to line 2 baking trays that are about 22cm by 32cm  with baking parchment, I used one big one but there was a fairly high proportion of dough to crispy topping, and I think that splitting it between two smaller trays would be a better idea.
  4. Divide the dough into two and press into the trays. You’re going to leave it to puff up again so it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fill the whole tray. Sprinkle the prepared wild garlic and cheese over the top, and add plenty of salt and pepper. Leave to rise for about 40 mins.
  5. Preheat the oven to 220ºC gas 7
  6. Make the rosemary oil: combine everything in a pan and heat over a very gentle flame – nothing should be frying here, you just want to infuse the oil with the flavours of the other ingredients. 10 minutes should do it, then strain the oil into a measuring jug.
  7. Once the dough has risen, poke holes into its surface with your fingers and then drizzle with the oil, which will collect in pools in the depressions. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese has melted and the top is nicely browned. Lift out of the trays using the paper and place on a cooling rack, sliding the paper from underneath so the steam can escape and preventing the bread from going soggy.
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52 (c)love garlic chicken


 

Good day! Thursday’s endeavour was this long-hankered after chicken roasted with 100 cloves of garlic. Finance dictated a wee chicken and less garlic than the original. 52 cloves in fact. What a nerd to have counted the cloves… I fiddled about with various recipes – one was a decadent sounding French number (40 cloves) with cream and Cognac, the other was from the Leon fast food book 2 which had the full 100 cloves. In the end it was not as garlicky as I had wished for, though the roasted cloves were dynamite squeezed out into buttery mashed potato. Ate it with some squeaky green beans and a bottle of white wine – all in all a very civilized dinner.

 

  • 1 of your finest free range organic chickens…
  • 4 bulbs of garlic
  • 100g butter
  • handful of thyme
  • olive oil, lots of

A skoosh to make – smear the butter over the chicken, add a handful of fresh thyme, loads of salt and black pepper. Chicken slots into a wee roasting dish with the garlic around the base and then gets a hearty amount of olive oil over it. Roasted the brute at Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes then Gas Mark 4 for 1 hour 20 minutes (time depending on the size of the chick in question – Delia says 20 minutes per 450g plus 10-20 minutes extra) then let it sit for 10 minutes before carving.