Mammoth Amounts of Food, Southern style!

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I have friends visiting at the moment and I wanted to cook for them. I mulled over what to cook long and hard as there is a fussy eater in the bunch (naming no names) and I didn’t want to be locked in the kitchen for too long.

So I went for Pulled Pork (courtesy of Tom Kerridge) with sides of Coleslaw, Home made baked onion rings, home made sweet potato fries, soured cream and corn on the cob

As the pork took around 6 hours to make in total Icooked it the night before. It was tasty but you know when you have been looking at something for too long and you loose enjoyment? That’s were I was at. Everyone else had seconds though so it can’t have been half bad!

I also forgot to take a picture but this is half way through….

   

 

The return of MOVIE NIGHT!

Food

For anyone who has read my blog before you may have seen that mid week I have a Movie Night. For me, Movie Night is an excuse to stray away from healthy eating and to have a little splurge on the dark side!

Last night however, the meal wasn’t too unhealthy but it still felt naughty enough to be indulgent.

  

Chilli and home made nacho chips

This was a hodge podge recipe really, made up of things I had to hand.

  • I fried some onion, Chilli and Tomato. 
  • Made a base using beef stock, chili powder and paprika and let this summer for 30 minutes
  • Added the onion mix to the stock along with kidney beans, a dash of ketchup, bbq sauce, worstershire sauce and Quarn mince. I let this simmer for 40 minutes to infuse
  • Boiled some rice
  • Cut plain white wraps into triangles, coated in olive oil and Paprika and baked on 180 for 10 minutes
  • Served! (With sour cream)

Firstly, this could have been made quicker but depth of flavor may not have been as strong.

Secondly, Quarn mince is great! Gav didn’t even know it wasn’t beef.

Third, these home made chips are amazing. Crisp, flavor full and lower cals/fat than bag bought.

A tasty night indeed!

Chilli Beef Couscous

Beef

Get home.

Starving.

Feeling zonked.

Dinner in under 10 minutes? Yes indeed!

  

  1. Boil the kettle
  2. Mix couscous with Chilli powder, paprika, salt and pepper
  3. Add the boiling water, cover and leave to soak up the moisture 
  4. Fry red onion, Chilli, tomato and Beef strips in olive oil for 5 minutes
  5. Serve the Couscous and Beef mixture with a sprinkle of Corrinder 

Boom! 10 minutes down and a healthy, flavorful tea ready to devour!

A smoothie a day keeps the chub away

Breakfast

My thing right now is breakfast smoothies, in fact it’s been my “thing” for a few months now.

I make myself a beast of a shake and consume it after the gym, normally over the duration of a couple of hours. They are so filling they keep me hungerless until way after lunch time and they taste great to boot!

  
The mixture changes daily but basically consists of:

  • A flavored low fat yoghurt
  • Almond milk
  • Banana/avocado to thicken
  • Whey powder (currently cookies and cream)
  • Fruit/peanut butter/coffee/green leaves/anything really

They are honestly wonderful and the peanut butter ones really keep you going! Today I had mango and Passion fruit and it was a winner!

Pasta a la Monday!

Food, Pasta

After a 5.45 am start, a 90 minute gym session, a long day in the office and a pitch black dog walk…tonight my body craved carbs!

I whipped up this simple yet tasty tomato and chicken pasta (it would have been 100% healthy too if not for the cheeky addition of creme fraiche) 

  

  • Boil some Whole wheat pasta
  • Whilst it boiling fry Shallots and Courgette in Olive oil
  • Add a tin of chopped Tomatoes
  • Season
  • Stir in cooked chicken breast pieces and the Creme Fraiche
  • Mix into the pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan to taste.

Easy peasy and done in under 20 minutes. It doesn’t lack on flavor either however if I was dining alone I would have been tempted to slip in a full chili!! 

Happy Monday!

Singapore street food: Fruitful! 

Fish

It’s been about a month since my break in Singapore and I’m not yet tired of looking at my snaps! I found these pics of us enjoying the street food from the outer edge of the marina…

   
    
 
I can’t recal exactly what we had now but I’m readonably sure mine was pineapple fried rice (the pineapple bowl is a giveaway right?), we were at a fish counter where they killed and cooked the seafood of your choice in front of you. I could quite stomach that and so opted for fish less! Gav however braved the prawns!

Cooking Veal for the first time

Beef, Food

I accidentally bought Veal, I thought I was buying venison but when it arrived it my house, it was veal! So last night was my first time cooking with veal!

I treat it just like I would a steak really, they were quite thick in portion and so I seared them on a high heat for 3 mins each side and set to rest.

To accompany the Veal I made a port and red currant reduction (400ml port, 100ml grape juice, 2tbsp red currant jam left to simmer for an hour, or until thick), roast parsnips and a black pudding and garlic potato hash.

A filling hearty meal. However, don’t freeze garlic mash potato, when it defrosts the consistency is not pleasant!!!!

  

Kitchen surprise: Breaded chicken wraps

chicken, Food, Foodie

I raided the kitchen and whipped up this tasty, slightly naughty dinner last night. I’d treat myself to a tipple of wine and so didn’t want to be in the kitchen an age, but I was hungry and needed substance!

Breaded chicken wraps with rocket and sundried tomato salad

 

Super easy:

  • Cut a chicken breast in to slices, coat in flour, egg and breadcrumbs (I mixed paprika in with my bread crumbs) then gently fry
  • Fry onions and peppers 
  • Place the chicken, onions and peppers in your wraps and pop under the grill to toast
  • Mix up your salad: I used rocket, sundried tomatoes, olive oil, lemon and seasoning
  • Serve!

Really easy. Relatively quick. A taste of slight guilt food for a Friday night!

A rare night of not cooking..

italian

Last night I rang Gav…. I said “can’t be bothered to cook, go get some wine, pick up some food too” (with maybe a few pleasantries slotted in also)

He came home with wine (2 bottles) and a pizza and garlic bread combo from the Co op. Normally I’m not a fan of ready made pizza but the Kashmiri pizza from the co op is my guilty pleasure. Nom! Only problem was, I had to share!!

  

Tatton park gardeners cottage 

Cake, Food, Food general, Foodie

As a belated birthday treat I met a friend at the Gardeners cottage at Tatton Park, Knutsford.

We enjoyed a scrummy afternoon tea and a much needed catch up.

For the second time now we each had the Gardeners tea: £10 for a choice of two bloomers, cake/scone and tea/coffee. For the second time, neither of us finished it due to the portion size. This place really is great value and top notch quality.

If ever you are around the area you should treat yourself to to a visit, not only is it great value and tasty, but the surroundings are truly beautiful.