I Eat your greens! (In a risotto)

Vegetarian

This is a great summer dish which offers a fantastic way to load up on your 5 a day.

Take an arm full of veg. On this occasion I used sugar snap peas, courgette and leaks

Chop your veg! I kept it chunky.

Start to cook your risotto in a stock and wine combo. Do it in the normal way, cook off the rice in butter first for 60 seconds then add a slash of the stock. Stir snd let it soak up, then add more. 

When half of the stock mixture is used, chuck in the veg and continue to ladle the stock (season as you go).

Then serve!


A beautiful, tasty and filling dinner.

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Summer flan

Vegetarian

Summer nights call for light scrumptious dishes and this meets the brief. This tomato and rocket flan throws fresh, vibrant flavours at you and treats you to a naughty pastry punch.

You can of course make your own pastry but in this case I didn’t…..hands slapped!

So all you need to do is:

  1. Put your pastry in your dish and blind bake for 10 minutes with baking beads, then bake for a further 5 minutes without the beads
  2. Whilst baking whisk 4 eggs with 150g chedder cheese, 150ml double cream, salt and pepper 
  3. Also roast 250g cherry tomatoes in olive oil
  4. When ready, fill your pastry case with as much rocket as you desire, plus the cooked tomatoes 
  5. Then fill the case with the egg mix and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden
  6. Serve with a simple side salad!


Pineapple custard

desserts, Fruit

Happy Wednesday foodie friends!!

If you need a little boost to get over this midweek hump, why not try this little tiddler of a dessert?

OK, it’s ridiculously simple and you would be forgiven for thinking…..boring, but give it a chance and I promise it will deliver!

All you need to do is:

  1. Place a couple of ladies fingers (sponge fingers) in the bottom of a glass.
  2. Layer on some pineapple pieces (tinned are fine) and even pour in a bit of the juice.
  3. Later with custard (homemade, tinned, low fat, full fat…its up to you!)
  4. Refrigerate until you ready to consume!


It offers you a sweet little pudding with different textures and tastes which combined, compliment each other really well. It’s also quite light and makes for s nice little summer treat.

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.

Nommy nom nom salmon

Fish

Ummm ummmm ummm this sweet salmon with sticky coconut rice and fresh greens tasted soo good that I lost my ability to speak!

Easy, nutritional, healthy and quick…a fantastic post work out meal!

Simply make a marinade of:

  • 1tbsp runny honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil
  • 1tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 chopped garlic clove

And marinade the salmon for an hour if possible.

Boil 75g per person of basmati rice, when cooked add salt, pepper and 100ml coconut milk and cook for another 5 minutes.

Whilst the rice is cooking boil some broccoli and green beans for just 2-3 minutes, keep them fresh! 

Also grill the salmon for 4 minutes each side. Then serve!

A really light but supremely flavoured dish, the garlic and ginger really zing on your tongue and the creamy rice just takes off the edge. As i said…..nom!

  

Chorizo pate perfection!

Pork

Movie night food this week was AMAZING!

I made a chorizo pate and served it with some thick crunchy bread and a sweet tangy beetroot relish.

The chorizo was definitely the star of the dish and it was super simple to prepare, simply whiz all of the following together and chill:

  • Chorizo
  • Cream cheese
  • Cream
  • Basil
  • Tomato pur√©e 

It was thick, creamy and meaty! Nom city.

  

Lamb pasta???

Lamb, Pasta, Uncategorized

I have often bypassed this recipe for no other reason that lamb seems weird with pasta….right?
I know it shouldn’t. We have meat with pasta in many dishes but I’ve just never had a lamb pasta dish and I couldn’t quite get my imagined taste buds around it!
However, I took the plunge and I finally cooked this dish and much to my delight and surprise, it was spectacular!
The sauce was savory and rich, oozing a meaty depth after simmering with the lamb for 45 minutes. The lamb was tender and buttery and this combination paired with a fresh pasta base was throughly enjoyable.
The added bonus was that the recipe calls for wine which meant we had an open bottle that needed drinking!
Worried about eating lamb and pasta? Worry no more.
  
  

Not just any Smoked salmon sandwich 

Fish, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's comfort food, Uncategorized

This recipe is curtesy of the well known Mr Jamie Oliver, it offers a speedy dish with a naughty, satisfying feeling!

I cooked this on a Friday night knowing that I wanted a treat, something tasty but something that wouldnt require huge amount of prep work. This recipe was perfect for that, you could smoke the salmon your self but on this occasion I opted not to. I did however make the basil mayonnaise which is really delicious.

When you bite into this mammoth sandwich you instantly get the feeling of indulgence, soft smoked salmon, sticky sweet bacon, oozing creamy mayo….a total delight. 

Make it, eat it, enjoy!

   
 

Bake of broccoli and blue cheese

Vegetarian, Weight watchers: Time to eat

Here is a rather easy mid week meal which aside from the blue cheese, is reasonably healthy.

Simply par cook New potatoes and broccoli, mix up a simple ruxe using butter, flour and mustard powder. Mix together, coat with breadcrumbs and grill for 5 minutes.

   
 
Pretty yummy

Spanish style pasta

Good food: 101 hot and spicy dishes, Pasta, Uncategorized

Chorizo is delicious isn’t it? 

I wanted a tasty dinner to end my working week but by the time Friday hits me I need a dinner which quite frankly doesn’t take too much effort. So, I found this easy and fast pasta recipie which has chorizo in and thought, perfect!

Cooking this simply entailed frying and boiling, it could not have been more simple but the outcome was deceptive! A spicy, moorish hug in a bowl.