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D-Day Best Friends for a Potato

14th June 2014
Posted by Gateway 97.8


Hope you having a great weekend friends!

D-day passed on June 6th and with all the recollections and celebrations I could not fail to let Sunday Roast express our thanks to all those who contributed to Allied success on that fateful and historic day!

So hear some of the interviews with John Jenkins who served in the Pioneer Corps and with John Bell MBE,  who speaks about the spoof raid, Operation Taxable, an operation that took place on 6 June 1944 in which 16 Lancaster heavy bombers dropped ‘window’, clouds of aluminium foil cut strips that effectively blinded German radar with interference.

Or hear John talking of  the significant contribution made by the boys of the RAF on D-Day and why their contribution must never be forgotten.

Seventy years on Harold Bradley recalls the greatest amphibious landings in history.

The Gateway chef has also been busy today: we did these on the BBQ but you can also have this excellent dish from the oven also.

Baked Potato with Bacon, Taleggio and Leek

4 large baking potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
sea salt
25g/1oz butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
2 leeks , sliced lengthways then across into slices
75ml/2½fl oz white wine
300ml/10½fl oz double cream
150g/5½oz cheese, roughly chopped taleggio
8 slices streaky bacon
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Rub the potatoes with the olive oil, prick all over with a fork and place onto a little pile of sea salt on a baking tray.

Place the potatoes on the top shelf of the oven and bake until tender and the skin is crisp, about an hour.

Remove from the oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until medium hot. Add the butter, shallot and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the leeks and cook for another two minutes.

Add the white wine and cook until the volume of liquid has reduced by half. Add the cream and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until thickened. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.

When the potatoes are cool enough, cut them into quarters and place into an ovenproof dish. Pour the leek sauce over the top then add the taleggio pieces.

Heat a frying pan until hot, add the bacon and cook until golden-brown and crisp.

Roughly chop the bacon and scatter it over the top of the cheese.

Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden-brown and bubbling.

Today is National….Best Friends Day

Life wouldn’t be the same without best friends. They’re the friends that can be counted on to be there at a moment’s notice. The ones who love, laugh, support, and cherish – in both good and bad times. Friends can be celebrated on any day of the year, but what better day than Best Friends Day?

The day is largely unofficial, with no clear clue as to its origins, but that doesn’t stop the millions who mark the day each year from enjoying their best friends. Celebrations can be as low key or as flamboyant as desired. A picnic in the park, a get together over coffee, or a nice meal in a favourite restaurant are popular ways to celebrate a close friendship. Should distance keep best friends apart, it’s enough to pick up the phone to wish that special person a very happy Best Friends Day.

 Today is International…. Upsey Daisy Day

Upsy Daisy Day encourages you to face the day positively, and to get up ‘gloriously, gratefully and gleefully’ each morning.

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