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How the buggery do I cook polenta without it tasting like wallpaper paste?

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LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 20:41:36

confused Stupid me went into Carluccio's to buy some bread and came out with a packet of this as well. It's quick cook stuff but we've eaten it before (thanks Jamie Oliver) and it was vile. I never learn! sad

FannyBazaar Sat 20-Apr-13 22:32:13

LadyMary I think the stir frying was my own invention, did you find anything googling it? Cubes of polenta, small broccoli florets, quorn (I suppose you could substitute chicken), lemon rind and garlic, I think I use sesame oil, then a bit of stock and lemon juice then a bit more stir frying.

My simplified version of Nigella's lemon polenta cake:

For the cake:
200g sugar
200g ground almonds
100g polenta
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
200ml light and mild olive oil (or other vegetable oil)
3 medium eggs
2 medium lemons (zest - save juice for syrup)

For the syrup (optional):
2 lemons
125g icing sugar

Preheat oven to 180g, grease a cake tin if not using a silicone pan. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl then in a separate bowl or jug, beat the eggs and add the olive oil, beat together. Pour the eggs and oil into the dry ingredients and mix to combine, add the lemon rind.

Pour into cake tin and bake for about 40 minutes.

For a truely sweet sticky cake, make the syrup by heating the icing sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved then pierce cake with cocktail stick and pour over the syrup to allow it to soak in.

This cake can be sliced up when cool and frozen in pieces ready for packed lunches. It is quite sticky and crumbly with the syrup but utterly delicious, without the syrup is still worth making and easier to handle for a packed lunch.

Nigella may shop somewhere where ground almonds are sold in 200g bags but mine come in a bag of 150g so I use half ground almonds and half polenta.

gomummygoes Fri 19-Apr-13 23:08:09

I cook it with chicken stock, parmesan cheese and quite a lot of chili flakes. Then chill to set, cut into cubes. Toss cubes in olive oil and grated parmesan and roast or fry until crispy on all sides.

The cubes make great bases for appetizers, go well with goat cheese & prosciutto & a grape tomato/olives/artichokes, etc.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 22:58:24

Place was empty apart from the hot waiter

I like their biscuits and chocolate - interesting things like chocolate coated gingerbread, and good quality choc with nuts smile
Veg always good too, and ours has just opened a little on-site bakery too - great for choc croissants and such like smile
Still think a Carluccio's could add a touch of class though !

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 22:40:49

She puts ground almonds in it. envy

I have some jars of sundried tomatoes. I may take a trip for some wine though. I don't like Tesco. It's the principle of it they are taking over the world

No, no mash. The potatoes are sprouting. sad

starfishmummy Fri 19-Apr-13 22:38:01

Chuck it out and have mashed potatoes instead.

EggsEggSplat Fri 19-Apr-13 22:31:15

Oh, and I'm not sure if Lidl does it, but if you want cheap polenta, go to the world food aisle at Tesco and look for Jamaican cornmeal. It is basically the same thing.

EggsEggSplat Fri 19-Apr-13 22:28:25

Lidl is really good for things like jars of antipasti (sundried tomatoes, posh mushrooms in oil etc) that go really well with grilled polenta. Also some cheese. I'm veggie, so I wouldn't really know, but my parents (usually Waitrose shoppers) swear by some of the Lidl smoked salmon and salami-type stuff. And the wine.

marriednotdead Fri 19-Apr-13 22:26:30

Far too much loveliness for my waistline! But more importantly, the rest of the ingredients for Nigella's cake (can't remember if they sell polenta though).

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 22:19:54

There's a Lidl down the (very long) road. What do they sell? Anything tasty?

marriednotdead Fri 19-Apr-13 22:18:35

Cheap chick here, nothing in there I didn't get in Lidls grin

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 21:57:05

Nigella ads all sorts of expensive stuff to her food. Dare I look??

marriednotdead Fri 19-Apr-13 21:54:02

Nigella's lemon polenta cake is scrummy.

EggsEggSplat Fri 19-Apr-13 21:53:35

Or lemon polenta cake is good.

EggsEggSplat Fri 19-Apr-13 21:52:11

I always grill polenta (brushed with olive oil). When it's just cooked it's a sloppy mess.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 21:51:53

sad Bugger! I wil find something tasty to make with this. People must buy it and like it, they wouldn't import it otherwise lives in denial

NorbertDentressangle Fri 19-Apr-13 21:49:34

Don't be fooled into thinking that just because the word 'cake' or 'muffin' is included in the recipe title that it will be nice.

We had polenta in a savoury, veggie dish and it was shit. To use up the rest we found a Polenta muffin recipe and......they were foul. Even the DC wouldn't eat them.

We put the leftovers in the freezer ( leftover muffins are unheard of normally!), ignored them for about a year and then binned them.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 21:43:03

Roast potatoes sound lurvely. It's only a 500g bag, I may need some more and I ate all of the bread blush

I'm determined to make it tasty.

Hmm, the crunchy roast potato idea sounds quite good.

Or you could always be really brave and take it back as good excuse to hear the sexy Italian waiter again smile

idiot55 Fri 19-Apr-13 21:34:32

dont , it does taste like walpaper paste.
chuck, in the bin or feed to ducks

StiffyByng Fri 19-Apr-13 21:32:55

Coat parboiled potatoes to make extra crunchy roast potatoes.

Yes, I think ready made and then sliced and fried (or grilled ?) is the easiest way forward with polenta. But I'm sure it shouldn't be too hard to get the same effect with the natural variety, and probably actually a superior flavour ?
A picture would be great smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 21:24:00

Don't like mushrooms and ds doesn't like anything spicy sad

I'll check out HFW's recipe's though, thank you smile

LordEmsworth Fri 19-Apr-13 21:22:47

Only? Online!

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 21:22:37

I would have stayed in there longer, Juggling, the waiter had a voice I could listen to for hours! wink

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