Bombay chicken salad

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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!

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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!


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!

Lamb….but better!

Lamb, Pinterest

Tonight’s menu showcased lamb again! But this time British lamb leg was the cut of choice and boy was it a sensation.

The lamb steaks (seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper) were flash fried for 2 minutes each side leaving them pink and soft throughout and I served the steaks with a great summer salad and Rosemary roasties.

The salad consisted of pomegranate, walnuts, pistachios, shallots, Chilli, parsley, green olives, olive oil and Lemon juice and was a sheer delight. Texture and taste packed!

This dish far exceeded what you would expect from a Monday night at home, a pretty great start to the foodie week.

     
 

Vegetarian samosasĀ 

Vegetarian, Weight watchers: Around the world

As I am alone this week I look on the opportunity to eat meat free, healthy dishes with out complaint from the Jones over the lack of meat.

I’ve looked over this recipe for samosas for some time now, passing it off as a starter and trying to keep it in mind for when the need for an Indian stater arises. But as I looked over it at the weekend I thought why not make it as a main with salad? And do that’s what I did!

It’s a rather hearty dish really, lots of veg with a dose of seasoning. I halved the recipe but still ended up with mixture to freeze…no bad thing.

It was great tasting and really nice, different lunch to take to work. Easy, cheap, different, what’s not  to like?

  


 

Angostura and lime chicken

Caribbean food made easy: with Levi Roots, chicken

Friday night comes and I just want yummy, slightly naughty, fast food. But, I don’t want a takeaway as quite frankly, those available to me are less than satisfying. So, I ponder through my recipe collection for something that ticks all the boxes.

I tell you ladies and gents, this dish does tick all the boxes!!

This requires the minimal prep of mixing up the marinade and leaving the coated chicken for 40 minutes to soak up all of the flavors. Then it’s simply a matter of baking, cooking some rice and chopping up a quick salad. Easy and no requirement for me to be stood in the kitchen for hours.

As far as levels of yummyness go, I really can not explain what a taste sensation this turned out to be. The chicken was sweet, sticky and wonderfully moist and the salad offered a sweet and zingy side.

This dish would be brilliant in a summer bbq.

   
    
 

Duck with melon? Yes

Cook book, Duck

Last night I pulled out the old Matt Dawson cook book (rugby pro turned mssterchef contestant) and through s process of picking one of the few recipes I hadn’t yet tried, chose this!

Duck and melon I thought? Hmmm. I mean I like fruit with meat but this seemed odd. Also, I don’t love rocket….overall one would wonder why I even bothered with it!

Well, I loved it and that is why I try new things! Turns out there is a time and a place for Rockett and the duck/melon combo worked well.

A delightful tasty, different salad for a Monday night. Go for it.

   
   

Fat Tuna

Fish, Gridling

I rarely eat Tuna steaks. My partner doesn’t like canned tuna and so is fearful of the whole tuna scene!

  But he is away and so last night I hashed up this unexpected delight! 

  • Tuna steak
  • Carrot
  • Cabbage
  • Soy sauce
  • Plum sauce
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning

Really simple, just:

  1. Shred the carrot and cabbage. Pop it in a hot wok with the soy sauce and plum sauce.
  2. Whilst that’s frying, cover the tuna in oil and lemon. Pop it on a griddle pan for 2-3 minutes each side.
  3. Serve with a smidge of seasoning

My Tuna was soo fat that it didn’t cook right through but actually that was really rather nice. Despite the chubby Tuna it resulted in being a quite refreshing dish with a subtle sweet taste. Healthy to boot!

Fruit and meat: CONTROVERSY!!!

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Dare I say it?

Well I just did. I’ve heard a lot of mixed views over fruit mixed with meat, I understand some people can’t stand the idea. Weird. I love fruit in a savory dish!!!

In an attempt to make a high protein lunch I made a chicken salad which included pineapple cottage cheese! It was rather marvelous, the sweet fruity punch with my tender moist chicken…a meal I’ll surely be repeating this week.

It simply consisted of:
chicken breast (cooked in oregano)
lettuce
pineapple cottage cheese
spicy chillies

High protein. Low fat. Just a shame I missed my morning gym session. Whoops!

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