Omelette with a difference

Spicy, Vegetarian

Sesame seed crispy noodle omelet with charred sweet corn, mange tout and chilli oil.
A superb summer evening dinner.

Bombay chicken salad

chicken, Jamie's superfoods, Spicy

Hi guys, here is a little doozie from good old Jamie Oliver, this one is courtesy of his superfood book.

It’s healthy, tasty, so very fresh tasting and delicious! Try it!

Pasta day!

Pasta, Pork, Spicy

I love making pasta, it’s easy and fun with great results.

This Saturday I spent hours rolling and cutting and ended up with a delicate spicy sausage pasta.

The dough (serves 4): 250g pasta flour, 250g semolina,3 eggs, 8 egg yolks. Simply mix the flour, pour it on to a clean surface, make a well, add the eggs, gently incorporate it all together until it’s a dough you can handle. Then knead until it’s smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes) wrap in cling film and chill until ready to shape.


To shape, split the dough in half for ease and then roll one half until it’s thin enough to put through a pasta machine, it wants to be rectangle shape. Roll it through the machine gradually dropping through the levels for an ultra thin shape. Then cut, I did tagliatelle, and dry. Boil now for 3 minutes if your ready but if you have leftovers, pop them in the freezer!

For the sauce: 250g spicy sausage meat, 1 onion, 1 garlic clove, a knob of butter, thyme. 

Chop then fry, the onion, garlic and sausage meat. When browned add the thyme and butter. When cooked, add to the cooked pasta and serve!

Beautiful fresh pasta!

Vegtables lentil curry

Spicy, Vegetarian

Got to have those meat free nights, right?

Well this dish needs no meat, it’s hearty and packs enough flavour to make you kick meat to the curb.

It’s just a matter of banging a load of veg in a pan, add some lentils and a dollop of curry paste and simmer for as long as you can (30 mins will do but longer will boost its taste)

Chilli with a cheat

Beef, Spicy

I love a good chilli and it can’t be beaten when you have some lovely big nachos to scoop with! 

I’ve recently started making a cheats version of home made nachos, simply cut up some tortilla wraps, drizzle in oil (I use chilli oil) and bake for 5minutes on 180 fan. (Be careful as they can quickly burn)

 
They are totally tasty with a great crunchy texture.

Curried vegetable stew

Spicy, Vegetarian

It shouldn’t feel like winter but it does! And when it’s this blooming cold I simply want a wholesome, hot and comforting lunch at work.

This dish meets the brief plus it’s cheap and simple for added bonu points.


All you need to do is:

  1. Chop 1 onion and fry in olive oil until softened
  2. Add 2 chopped carrots, parsnips and potatoes to the pan and fry for a further 3 minutes
  3. Cover the vegetable mixture in 1litre of vegetable stock and mix in 1tsp of cumin, turmeric, chilli (amend to your taste)
  4. Leave to simmer until the mixture has reduced slightly and then it’s done!

*serves 4 portions

If you find its a little thin you can add cornflour to thicken. Plus if you need a heartier meal you can add rice, or a naan, or both!! Yum

Curried vegetable stew

Spicy, Vegetarian

It shouldn’t feel like winter but it does! And when it’s this blooming cold I simply want a wholesome, hot and comforting lunch at work.

This dish meets the brief plus it’s cheap and simple for added bonu points.


All you need to do is:

  1. Chop 1 onion and fry in olive oil until softened
  2. Add 2 chopped carrots, parsnips and potatoes to the pan and fry for a further 3 minutes
  3. Cover the vegetable mixture in 1litre of vegetable stock and mix in 1tsp of cumin, turmeric, chilli (amend to your taste)
  4. Leave to simmer until the mixture has reduced slightly and then it’s done!

*serves 4 portions

If you find its a little thin you can add cornflour to thicken. Plus if you need a heartier meal you can add rice, or a naan, or both!! Yum

Chili con tuna?

Fish, Spicy

This has been my dinner for the last two nights, it has very honestly been the result of a cupboard raid based on my lack of shopping!

It’s a typical chili dip with homemade tortillas but I lacked mince 

  and so opted for Tuna. Why not right?

Why not indeed. It was utterly delicious and presented a big punch of Protien!

Next time you do a chili, try the tuna!!!! 

The BEST Sprout dish you will ever eat

Cook book, Food, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's comfort food, Spicy, Vegetarian

Jamie Oliver’s Comfort food cookbook is one that I particularly enjoy but for quite some time I’ve flicked past the quesadilla recipe which features sprouts as the main ingredient. Sprouts. It’s really never appealed to me on any level.

Alas, Christmas came and went and I found I had a small stockpile of raw sprouts left and so it seemed fate was telling me that this recipe needed to be tried.

As I was cooking I genuinely wished we were having a different dish, I quite honestly couldn’t imagine an enjoyable taste and my stomach yearned for something higher scoring on the naughty scale. But something wonderful happened, as I started to cook the sprout mixture in the butter the most amazing smell took over the kitchen and I knew I had been wrong!

Wow. Seriously, wow. This quesadilla was the tastiest I had ever eaten. The mixture retained the strong savory, earthy sprout taste but engaged with a buttery creamy flavor which was out of this world. Mixed in with some fresh spicy sauce we really did have a winning dish and I will be making this for any lucky guests.

It just shows…don’t judge the sprout.

  

Diablo burger

Beef, Cook book, Hamburger gourmet, Spicy

I LOVE a good burger and I often buy Gav burger cook books as he LOVES them more than me (however I tend to book them so I guess really I’m buying myself the cook book!)

The most recent recipe tried from the Hamburger Gourmet cookbook was the Diablo burger, a hot and spicy beef burger. 

 
It was lush! For those of you who read my blog you will know I am partial to a spicy kick and this delivered.