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!

Cured eggs: Day 5

Vegetarian

So yesterday, day 4, the eggs were ready to be removed from the salt and sugar curing mixture.

You need to carefully scoop them out, gently rinse off the remains salt and then dehydrate them in the oven for 2 hours at 50 degrees F.


Then that’s it, you have cured eggs! They can be stored for a month in an airtight container in the fridge.

Enjoy. I know I will 😊

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.

Cured eggs: Day 1

Vegetarian

So after recently learning about cured eggs, and happening to have some spare yolks going today, I’ve decided to give it a go!

  • Mix 250g of sugar and 250g salt
  • Put 1/2 of the mixture in a bowl 
  • Lay the yolks gently on the mix
  • Cover the yolks with the final 1/2 of the salt mix
  • Wrap in cling film so it’s air tight and chill for 4 days.

Now the wait begins, I’ll let you know how it goes folks! 

Root beer cake

Cake

I like to please the fella every once in a while and as he is fond of root beer, I thought I’d envelope it in to a cake!

Super simple, just use the usual sponge cake recipe but add 3tbsp of root beer to give the sponge that added flavour.

Also, whip up a typical cream cheese frosting but again, add root beer to taste. Be careful here, add it slowly. If you add too much it will be too runny to use!

A naughty little fakeout 

Pizza

Fancy something naughty but not TOO naughty? Fancy something cheesy? Fancy something similar to a pizza but not a pizza? Well your luck is in! Try these…..


* This was my portion for 1!

  • 2 English muffins, halved and toasted
  • Spread a mixture of tomato purée and BBQ sauce on the toasted muffin
  • Add ham and cheese and then grill

Easy peasy pizza squeezy!

Really fast to make….5 minutes tops!

These are actually not too bad on the fat and calorie count and as you can imagine, are open to your own interpretation. Next time I’ll be jazzing mine up with spice!

RAMEN ROMANCE

Cook book, Jamie Oliver, Jamie's comfort food, Uncategorized

Well chaps and chapets, its been another 1st for me with this dish. Yes, can you believe I have never had Ramen before? Seriously, if you read my blog you will know I love noodles and so to have never had Ramen seemed an insult to the noodle lords!

So I recently pulled out Mr Olivers comfort food cook book and I made my way through this little beauty of a recipe. Its a somewhat complex recipe, it takes time so be prepared to enjoy your kitchen for a while but its defiantly worth it!

I really enjoyed the whole mix. The soft noodle soaked up all of the delicious salty broth and the runny soft boiled egg was beautiful against the tender flavorful meat. I even enjoyed the crackling (which I don’t normally), although it was a little awkward to eat and I resulted in diving in with the fingers!

Gyoza virgin no longer

Jamie's comfort food, Pork

I love weekends which give you the time to experiment in the kitchen and that’s exactly how I used my time this weekend.

Yesterday I decided to try making Gyoza for the first time. I wasn’t alone, alas Mr Oliver helped me through the media of his comfort foods book.

  
I found it a really straight forward recipe to follow but you defiantly need a good hour or two for the prep.

I enjoyed making the Gyoza dough but found it a real workout session trying to get it nice and thin.

  
But it was all totally worth it!

   
   
The Gyoza were perfectly formed and perfect in taste. They were nice and light (which meant I ate about 15!) and they were fantastic in the dipping sauces (although they were equally tasty without!). The ginger and spice really fired through, a taste sensation!   

   

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.