Comfort food cop out

Beef, Food, Kitchen, Pie

Last night we returned home at about 6pm after a weekend of 2 christenings, 1 wedding and a total of over 9 hours driving! Needless to say I was super tired and so rather than cook, I bought a pie from our local co op and put my feet up!

It was a steak pie and I accompanied it with some mini roast potatoes and sweetcorn. It was deliciously naughty but just what I needed after a busy weekend. Comfort food at its best!!!!!

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I wouldn’t recommend it!! πŸ˜•

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Kitchen, Pasta, Pasta: 100 every day recipes, Vegetarian

Last night I made this pasta dish.

To be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to it and I had hoped that we would go to the cinema and therefore avoid it. However we had to much to do (packing for our weekend trip) and so stayed home.

(Incase your wondering why I would make a dish I don’t really want to? I have a “thing” we’re I need to try EVERY recipe from my books…don’t ask 😏)

So I made it, and it was bland and boring and everything I expected.

I couldn’t bring myself to serve it to Gav and so I added some passata, cream cheese and Parmesan and it was transformed!

Still not amazing but at least it had flavor. (And I cracked open a bottle of wine so it wasn’t all bad!!)

Needless to say, I don’t recommend this one but below is the recipe should you wish to be strange! 😯

* recipe book – <strong>Pasta: 100 every day recipes

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Sweet an sour pork “not kebabs” πŸ’🍑

Cook book, Food, Foodie, Kitchen

For those of you who have read any of my recent post, you will note that I seem to have an aversion to the kebab format.

This really isn’t the case. I enjoy food on a stick as much as any one else but each time a recipe calls for “kebbabing” I just can’t bring my self to do it. What the point of sticking it on a stick only to then take it off again?

So last night, yet again I made a “kabab” but didn’t “kebab-it”!!!

This recipe was from the griddling cook book.

It called for a one hour marinade but I left it in longer and I have to say, the pork was super juicy and had distinct orange flavored.

The actual cooking itself was minimal, just chopping and griddling.

The overall taste was full on! Loads of flavor, big punchy doses of ginger, soy and sweet pepper. A really healthy but hearty dish for these dark winter nights.

I served this off the kebab and with brown rice so I guess you can just call it a sweet and sour!

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Coriander salmon….stupendous 🐟

Cook book, Fish, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

Monday nights dinner.

It needs to be healthy enough to start the week well but also needs to be tasty enough to satisfy my guttural feeding needs.

I motivated my self into a gym session after work yesterday which meant that by the time I was in the kitchen I was starving but didn’t want to destroy my calorie busting efforts!

On the menu…… Coriander salmon from Matt Dawson’s cookbook. The question however was do I add potatoes? The answer….no! I stuck with just the salmon and veg and although it was a terribly light meal, it was truly delicious and left me feeling good!

I also happened to cook the salmon with a crispy skin. Result!

Genuinely, this dish took less than 20 minutes to make and so if you are after a light, healthy week night tea. This should be on your menu!!!!

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A weekend of terrible attention to detail

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

I was on top culinary form this weekend but failed miserably in the documentation department 😟

I think this was possibly due tho the fact that Gavin was home from China and so I was a tad preoccupied ☺️

Regardless, here’s an update of my antics:

Saturday night: A light dinner of bruschetta and tequila prawns. (Bruschetta: raw red tomato, red onion and garlic, all mixed up with a tossing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Tequila prawns: prawns soaked in tequila, girdled with sweet peppers)

Sunday night: base burgers from the gourmet burger book. These were just a plain ham burger with all the trimmings.

Off the hook: I had some carrots and tofu which needed using or disposing of. So, I found a recipe for a tofu carrot cake! The tofu made the cake super moist!!!!

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Chicken, sweetcorn an noodle soup….it better be good because I have it for lunch all week!!!!

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen, Lunch

As per usual I try and make a batch of healthy lunches to carry me through my working week. I find this prevents me from:

A. Going out and making bad, hungry choices and,

B. Going out and SHOPPING!!! πŸ‘›

This week I used the “YUMMLY” food app that I’ve previously mentioned (it’s great) and made a chicken, sweetcorn and noodle soup.

As with most soups it was pretty much a one pot job. Chuck everything in a pot and leave it to work its magic.

A very simple recipe with a good outcome. The soup is tasty, perhaps a little salty, but offers me a good dose of protein and carbs to see me through my gym session.

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Despite my best intentions, I ate the soup today but still went out shopping!!!!! 😯

Sole florentine Thursday πŸŸ

Cook book, Fish, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

I absolutely didn’t want this.
I absolutely loved this.

I fancied dirty, grubby food tonight but as I hit the gym (hard) this morning, I stayed motivated and made the sole florentine.

It took 20 minutes and was very easy to prepare. The fish was delicate and light but the cheesy top added a creamy deep element which turned the dish from healthy and bland to healthy and warming.

As it happens, I have now almost completed every recipe from this book. Love it when that happens!

*weight watchers around the world

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Tuna Nicoise pasta salad lunch

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen, Lunch

With the aim of keeping healthy and not forking out for lunch at work I made a whole batch of this pasta salad last night.

The verdict: a little dry, I normally prefer a saucy pasta but I think with a dash of extra seasoning it won’t be a bad lunch for the rest of the week.

As you might expect it was rather easy to prepare, it really just took a little boiling and chopping, then hey presto, complete!

This recipe is courtesy of the 101 pasta dishes by good food.

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Kebab crazy

Cook book, Food, Food general, Foodie, Kitchen

This is my second kebab in two weeks and just like the last one I made, I opted not to put it on skewers….too much faff for just. One person I feel.

However I cooked it up, just as the recipe said and served it in a pitta as I felt the need for carbs.

This was an ok meal, I’m a little biased on this because I don’t always love lamb. However as lamb goes, it was ok.

If you fancy giving it ago it was very quick, very simple and relatively cheap for a week night meal.

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*griddling cook book