Thursday, 29 April 2010

Carmargue Red Rice, Brown Basmati and Wild Rice

What a marvelous mixture of different rices! 

Now for a tiny bit of trivia!
Carmargue Red Rice - Grown in the wetlands in the Carmargue region of Southern France.

Brown Basmati - Provides protein and carbohydrates as well as B-vitamins which aid digestion.  

Wild rice - is any of the four species of plants that make up the genus Zizania

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Jan's Chicken, Leek and Ham Pie in a Cheese and White Wine Sauce

  Make another dinner from a dinner!  Make a pie from your left over Sunday roast chicken.  It's really easy to do too.

Nice tender bits of chicken and ham with leeks in a cheese and white wine sauce, topped with crispy puff pastry!

Friday, 23 April 2010

Bubble and Squeak with Bacon and Fried Egg

Bubble and squeak is a traditional English dish made with leftover vegetables from the Sunday Roast.  The main ingredients are potato and cabbage, but you can add whatever you fancy - or have leftover!
 So, be making extra potato and veg when you're doing the Sunday roast this week and you have Monday's dinner sorted!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Old Bay Seasoned Crispy Crumb Chicken

Crunchy crispy chicken with Old Bay seasoned crumbs.  Totally yummy served with whatever you fancy, or my roasted vegetables and mozzarella from my previous post.

Old Bay Seasoning is marvelous stuff, it can be used for all sorts, seafood, meat or poultry.  I got a tin from eBay from someone selling it in the UK.  I paid about £5 with postage.  They'd obviously brought it from the States as it's almost impossible to find over here.  Well worth buying a tin as it lasts ages. 

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Eat More Veg! Easy to do when Roasted with Mozzarella Cheese!

Mediterranean vegetables roasted and topped with oozy melty mozzarella, equals double yum!
Made up from stuff in the fridge, all I had to buy was the mozzarella.  I served the vegetables with crispy crumbed chicken, recipe in the next post. 

So easy to do and can be prepared ready to cook later the same day - just cover in cling film and pop it into the fridge.  I'd remove it an hour before cooking as the baking tray will be so cold.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Dan Dan Mian or Dan Dan Noodles

It seems there are so many versions of Dan Dan Mian or Dan Dan noodles you wouldn't believe it.  I first came across it over at Kevin's blog, I made it and was hooked on it.  
Since then I've made it many times and have titivated it a little bit.
A nice tingly heat of the Szechuan peppercorns, although you can of course put in as much or little of them as you fancy.
You can get the Szechuan peppercorns and Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) from either Sainsbury's or Waitrose.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Simple Stuffed Veg - from Jamie Does by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's latest book 'Jamie Does' goes on sale this Thursday 15th April.
You can order is here if you are in the UK or here if you're not!
As I said in the post before, it is a fantastic book.
I made one of his Greek dishes 'Simple Stuffed Veg' and I must say, it was total yum!  We loved the chilli Jamie added to this dish, along with the pistachios and feta.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Jamie Oliver's latest book titled - Jamie Does

Jamie Oliver's new book titled 'Jamie does...Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece and France' goes on sale 15th April
and I've been lucky enough to have been sent a copy!
I have to say, this book is in my opinion, his best yet. 
It's packed full of the most fantastic recipes and just reading it, makes you want to eat them.  I'll soon be posting a couple here, so watch this space!

Thank you Peter for sending me the book.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Pan Cooked Chicken, Asparagus and Smoked Bacon

 Soon as I saw Jamie Oliver making this on TV the other day, I had to make it.  
Crusty bread is necessary for dipping and mopping!

 Chicken with asparagus, smoked bacon and tomatoes - delish!
Mine doesn't look 'quite' the same as his did, but it was still lovely.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Syrup Sponge Pudding - 6 Minutes and it's Done

If you're in a hurry and want a super fast dessert this microwave syrup sponge pudding is the way to go!  I'm not normally a one for cooking things just by microwave. However, when you just feel the need to eat syrup sponge pudding and it can be done in 6 minutes in the microwave then you have to do it!

Syrup Sponge Pudding

Take no notice of the horrid looking custard - yes it was a packet mix, I was in a hurry!

To serve 4 you will need:
a glass 1 litre pudding bowl
150g self raising flour
a pinch of salt
50g caster sugar
50g Atora suet
1 egg
150ml milk

How to do it:
Mix the flour and salt, stir in the sugar and suet. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg and milk.
Mix to a soft dropping consistency.  Grease your glass pudding bowl with a little butter and put the syrup in the bottom (you could use jam if you fancy it).
Pour in the pudding mixture on top of the syrup or jam.
Microwave (based on a 1000w microwave) for 6 minutes on HIGH.