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.

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Green is the new black

Vegetarian

This may be the greenest drink I have ever consumed. But green is good right? Green comes from grene rooting to the words grass and grow and its synonymous with spring and vitality! Green is good.

This drink is undoubtedly good…..
1/2 cucumber

1/2 courgette

Handful of kale

Handful of spinach 

A celery stalk

Bunch of parsley

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp maca seeds

Good, but not the tastiest! 😊

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!

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.

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!


Roly Pavlova…..it’s only blooming healthy!!!!

desserts, Fruit

Board? Yes.

What do I do when I’m bored? Get in the kitchen! 😄

I pulled out an old weight watchers recipe book and decided on a beautiful summer dessert in homage to the glorious weather we are having here in Cheshire, U.K.


This is such a satisfying recipe to undertake, watching the egg whites transform into a heavenly, shiny, marshmallowy mix is just such a great thing to experience. 


It’s slightly time consuming but really requires little effort….just some waiting. Once you have mixed the meringue you can take 60minutes for yourself (I watched some “4 in a bed”!) whilst you wait for it too cook and cool. Then it’s simply a matter of filling and rolling.


Now I’m normally quite good at weighting but I had to dive right in and cut a slice. Heaven!!!

It’s a really versatile recipe too, I think next time I plan to make this for friends but I’m going to fall to the darks side and use cream and caramel! 😈

Cod with a summer grilled salad

Fish

Summer is here, we have the reddened skin and smily faces to prove it, and one thing I love more than anything in summer, is the light tasty meals that keep us content. We don’t need steaming hot bowls of soup or the comfort of stodge, it’d s great time to feel healthy!

This dish is a summer doozy, it’s the epitome of simple and its fresh zingy taste makes it a great lunch or dinner for a high temp day.


All you need to do is:

  • Put the griddle on high, slightly oil your asparagus, chopped red peppers and Cod and when hot, griddle for about 3 minutes each side, turning everything in the pan for an even cook.
  • Meanwhile, slice some fresh avocado and a lemon
  • When the fish is cooked and the veg charred, serve it all together with a wedge of lemon and a drizzle of a sticky balsamic glaze.

Beautiful, refreshing and light!

Chicken Satay

chicken

Healthy and delicious midweek meals are not difficult when you put your mind to it.

This simple meal was completely satisfying on all levels. Tasty, filling, healthy, cheap and quick!

All you need to do is:

  • Coat the chicken in yoghurt, tikka sauce And lemon juice, then leave to marinate for as much time as you have
  • Chop up a salad of cucumber, tomatoes, green pepper, red onion and drizzle with a little good quality olive oil
  • Grill the marinated chicken for 5 minutes on each side
  • Griddle wraps to accompany the dish
  • Mix a little natural yoghurt with tikka sauce for a nice dip (spice it up with chilli sauce if you fancy!)

Easy!

Kale and olive omelette 

Vegetarian

A really simple and fast dinner tonight folks…..Omelette!

Healthy, fresh, tasty and easy. What’s not to like?

This omelette is made up of 4 eggs, a sprinkling of mature chedder, a handful of kale and few green olives. Totally tasty, the salty olives against the string cheese make for an exciting twist!

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