Showing posts with label Lunch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lunch. Show all posts

Potato and Spinach Rosti with Pea Mash and Maple Bacon

Potatoes are extremely versatile whether you want to boil, mash steam or bake potatoes are really quite amazing. They're cheap to buy, they fill you up and the humble potato can transform even a basic simple meal into a feast. I particularly like the lovely deep red skins of  Albert Bartlett Rooster potatoes; they really stand out from the rest of other potato varieties.

Oh and they make proper crispy, crunchy golden roast potatoes and because they crisp up nicely and are perfect for making rösti.

Potato and Spinach Rosti with Pea Mash and Maple Bacon

Of course Albert Bartlett produces other kinds of potatoes. Look out for the new seasons crop now which are available now in supermarkets; they will be highlighted with stickers.

Here are just a few varieties - click on the link to see the full Albert Bartlett potato range.
Rooster is the classic, main crop potato. Red skin and great for mashing, roasting, baking, gratin etc.

Elfe is a more modern potato flavour, with a slight buttery-ness about the flesh. Yellow skin and great for mashing and baking.

Apache is a distinctive looking baby potato with red and white patched skin and is great for roasting whole, skin-on.
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Indian-spiced Lamb Meatball Pizzas

I especially like using lamb in Indian dishes as it can handle the lovely spices without them overpowering the lamb.  A really easy and tasty favourite of mine is to make these Indian-spiced meatballs and serve on a soft tortilla; kinda pizza style. Soft tortillas topped with tomatoes, cucumber and mango chutney drizzled with cooling riata.

They're so easy to make and take just 35 minutes from prep to table; the perfect starter to an Indian meal to celebrate National Curry Week with Tasty Easy Lamb (9th -15th October).

Spicy Lamb Meatball Pizzas

I use tortillas as they're much lighter than a pizza dough base so make a great Indian tapas/starter dish to an Indian meal or a light lunch. You could also serve these mini meatballs minus the tortilla in little dishes with a few different dips. Or you could half the amount of filling and make them into wraps.
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ActiFry Arancini - Tefal Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I competed against 5 lovely bloggers in the Tefal ActiFry Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge; we each cooked up our most favourite dish in the ActiFry. Ever since I got my ActiFry I've used it loads so I know what it can do and I was up for the challenge!

We absolutely love Arancini, it's an Italian dish of small rice balls made from leftover risotto which are then stuffed with a savoury filling and coated in breadcrumbs; we like a combo of mozzarella and red pesto.


Arancini are usually deep fried in oil, but making them in the ActiFry is a much healthier option and that means they contain far less calories too. I even made the risotto in the ActiFry and then let it cool. Cooking anything in the ActiFry doesn't compromise on taste either; just a few sprays of Frylight or similar and you're on the way to crunchy, crispy, cheesy rice goodness in every bite.

It's a shame I didn't get to take a picture of the inside as when cut open the mozzarella is lovely and gooey and pesto not only adds a bit of colour but tastes delicious too. I was so engrossed in cooking I didn't have time to get me camera.

We all know the ActiFry cooks fantastic chips but it can be used to cook far more than you'd think possible. I know as I was really surprised when I got mine and started experimenting. It's so versatile and you can cook almost anything in it. The only difference is your dishes will be healthier and contain a lot less calories which can only be a good thing.  

Anyway I really need your help to win the Slimmers Secret Supercook Challenge so to see my Arancini recipe.

Take a look at this video and then pop over to Tefal.co.uk/slimmerssecret and vote for me by clicking on the Big Red VOTE button underneath my video 😊 Just by voting you could Win a Luxury Spa Weekend Break for Two so please pop over now and vote; oh and a few people will each win a ActiFry XL so Good Luck Everyone!

#SlimmersSecret


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Flatbreads with JAZZ Apple and Goat Cheese

These lovely mini flatbreads are really easy to make and well worth the little effort they take. Of course you can use shop bought flatbread but  making your own is rewarding since they do taste a whole lot better.

Having been asked to make a recipe using Jazz Apples I immediately thought of goats cheese being a perfect balance of tangy yet sweet. I added a few chopped nuts along with pea shoots for colour.

Pea shoots are available in any good supermarket (in the bit where you find bags of salad leaves) they have a sweet delicate flavour so certainly wont take over power those lovely apples or goats cheese.

Flatbreads with Jazz Apple and Goat Cheese

Serve as a tasty lunch or serve as appetisers; whichever you choose I'm sure they'll be a big hit.

Jazz™ are a cross of a Braeburn and a Royal Gala (two of the nations favourite apple varieties. Grown in the UK for taste, crunchiness and juiciness. The Jazz apple has all year-round availability too and is now grown not only in the UK but also in France, Italy, USA, Chile, Switzerland, Austria and Australia and New Zealand.

Jazz apples will easily keep for up to and over 4 weeks if they are correctly stored correctly; in a cool dark place or better still in the fridge.

Available in Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, Ocado, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys and good independent green grocers.
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Breakfast in a Jar - Overnight Oats with Berries

As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but so many people skip it because they say they don't have time. Totally understandable in this day and age (been there done that) but I can not function without breakfast.  Always hungry am I so actually I can't function without lunch, or dinner either for that matter.

Anyway, back to breakfast and I say breakfast in a jar is the way to go and is far better for you than a piece of toast. You could even eat it straight from the jar whilst on the train to work 😋 but if you drive to work, this is never going to be a good idea so please don't attempt it!

Breakfast in a Jar

Transform your breakfasts and make them not only wholesome and filling but healthy too.

Rolled Oats - Porridge Oats, what's the difference?
Porridge oats, usually, are not just flattened, but also ground so they are broken up into smaller pieces. The whole oat is still there, but the result is more powdery.  Rolled oats are good  for making a chewier and larger-textured porridge, and take slightly longer to cook. Oh yes, full of knowledge me.

So for this reason I say rolled oats such as Scott's or Quaker work better simply because after soaking they don't end up mushy. But with that said if you prefer mushy then go for porridge oats.  Just for goodness sake don't use Ready Brek or you'll end up with a jar of glue.
  • Fill a 500ml jar to just below half way.  Now add milk until the oats are covered plus a tiny bit more. You can of course use soy milk, almond milk or whatever it is you fancy.
  • Add a squeeze of of runny honey and throw in some berries such as raspberries and blueberries.
  • If you don't like honey, try adding cinnamon to sweeten.  You can also add a dollop of yogurt and a few nuts if nuts are your thing.
  • Put the lid on and pop the jar into the fridge.

Overnight Oats with Berries

If you really don't have time to eat it now you can eat it as soon as you get to work.

Top Tips!
You can make ahead a couple of jars at the same time, so tomorrow and the next days breakfast are sorted. But with that said this really does take two minutes so I'd say do it the night before for the next morning.

Prepare and leave in the jar for at least an hour but overnight for best results.  But actually you can eat rolled oats straight away as you don't have to cook them. In a list of questions and answers Quaker say 'Yes, you can eat rolled oats without cooking them as during the milling process they are cleaned and heat treated'.

If you don't like the idea of cold oats just pop the jar into a microwave (without the lid if it's metal of course) for a minute or so, remember they are already soaked so they just need warming.

You can add frozen berries if that makes life easier for you; whatever works for you, do it.

You can use any jar really as long as it's thoroughly washed and squeaky clean; but I like to be all fancy so I use Kilner or Mason  jars.
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Warm Potato Salad with Spinach Asparagus Tomatoes and Gremolata Dressing

We love potatoes in our house, especially new potatoes. I say new potatoes are just the best thing ever since you don’t even have to peel them!

Now that the baby potato season is now in full swing I was pleased to be asked to try 'Taste the Difference' British Gems Baby New Potatoes which are available right now until the end of August from @Sainsburys - give them a go, we're now hooked on them. Grown by British growers and freshly dug every day before being washed and packed and making their way to Sainsbury’s stores within 48 hours. They have a lovely buttery flavour and are perfect simply boiled and served with a nice salad.


Just recently we've also been trying to eat more spinach and so for my recipe I just had to include it in my warm salad with a gremolata dressing; extra vitamins and all that healthy stuff!

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Greek-Style Salad with Potatoes

You've gotta love the ingredients of a simple Greek salad.  But the other afternoon on day two of nice weather, instead of another BBQ I wanted something, quick, easy and relatively healthy.

Yes, yes I know it isn't traditional for a Greek salad to have potatoes or baby salad leaves for that matter, but that's what I fancied doing, so I did. 😊

Greek Salad with Potatoes

No point in me adding amounts since there's no real recipe for this - the amount you make is up to you.  If you can get them it is worth using those pointed red peppers as they are much sweeter and nicer than a bell pepper.  I love bell peppers but they are better cooked.
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Posh Bubble and Squeak and the New Radiant Range from Judge

I love bubble and squeak but since it requires leftover potatoes and greens we hardly ever have it; why? Because being greedy we never have 'leftovers' but if you do happen to have any leftover cooked potatoes then this is a great way to use them up.

Just throw the pancetta or bacon into a pan; no need to add oil and cook until crispy then remove and set aside.  Add the cooked potatoes to the pan along with a teaspoon or two of smoked paprika and cook until heated through.
Add the bacon back in along with a handful of spinach (for good health 😊) and cook until it wilts. Season with black pepper and serve straight away with a nice fried egg; free range of course.

Apart from a quick lunch it was actually just a was a good excuse to try out my shiny new chefs pan from the Radiant Range by Judge Cookware!

Posh Bubble and Squeak with pancetta and fried egg

About the new Radiant Range from Judge:
New Judge Radiant benefits from Teflon’s very latest Radiance non-stick surface which is PFOA free. This is a 3 layer non-stick which uniquely integrates ferrous particles which accelerate heat transfer through the non-stick layer, creating a very even heat throughout the pan.
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Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

I love reading menus; I can't for the life of me read a book of any description, unless of course it has something to do with food.  I can sit and read cookery books and menus all day long.  Oh and maps! Yes maps, I LOVE reading maps.  Possibly I could be the next brain of Britain when it comes to knowing where most places are; very bothering I know 😨

Anyway, never mind all that!  The other week I went out for lunch with some good friends to the Novello Lounge in Southwater, Telford and the menu had so many delicious sounding dishes to choose from so we all took a while to decide what to have......

Ciabatta with Chicken Chorizo Red Pepper and Melted Cheese

But then I spied with my little eye; Chicken & Chorizo Panini with with red peppers, spinach and pimento soft cheese and that's just my kind of thing.  Yes, yes, I know it's probably not the healthiest thing to eat but hey ho it sounded good!

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Spicy Fried Eggs on Ciabatta - Stellar Cookware Chef's Pan

Just about everyone's into cooking these days; magazines are full of recipes and the television is pretty much non-stop cooking shows; which as far as I'm concerned can only be a good thing.  Everyone has to eat, but few people want to spend hours in the kitchen.

Fast food is what we all need after a busy day, something that can be rustled up in next to no time, tastes good and looks good.  So if it can be made using just one pan, surely that's even better?  My Spicy Fried Eggs take under 10 minutes to make including the prep!

spicy fried eggs

Not many people want to spend a fortune on fancy pot and pans either, but it has to be said a good pan will make all the difference to your cooking results.

Now, this is where the Chef's Pan from Stellar Cookware is fantastic as it's ideal for those that don't have much space in the kitchen as it can be used as a frying pan, saucepan, or a wok and it's a great price too.
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How to Make a Giant Crumpet Pizza Cat

Yes you read right, this post is about how to make a GIANT Crumpet Pizza Cat!  Warburtons are challenging consumers to get inventive with their Giant Crumpets in Dr Bunsen’s recipe challenge.

All you have to do is share your favourite Giant Crumpet recipe with him and his faithful assistant Beaker for a chance to WIN a Giant Crumpets Hamper, including a £200 shopping voucher or one of hundred runners up £50 vouchers that Warburtons are giving away!


This is not only a great way to get kids cooking but you could be a winner too!

Here's how to make my Giant Crumpet Pizza CAT:

Using kitchen scissors, cut your 'cat shape' out of the crumpet by removing a little bit to make the ears.

Spread the crumpet with pizza sauce (available in any good supermarket) then top with grated cheese.

Make the two cheeks, a mouth and two triangles for the ears, out of a slice of pepperoni.

The eyes are made from green olives and the nose is a black olive cut in half.

The whiskers are thin slices of red bell pepper and the eye lashes are thin slices of onion - simples!

Toast under a hot grill for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbling.


So are you ready to take on Dr Bunsen’s recipe challenge?
All you have to do it make your own Giant Crumpet topping recipe and enter; find all the details over on the Warburtons FaceBook Page.
 
In order for your entry to be valid please be sure to check out the terms and conditions.
 
Twitter @Warburtons #GiantCrumpets
Good Luck Everyone!

Disclosure; I received supermarket vouchers to cover my time and ingredients.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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How to Make - Leek Brie and Bacon Quiche using a Pie Maker

Regular readers will know all about my amazing, life changing pie maker from Judge Cookware! 
Now, my first attempt at quiche wasn't brilliant as the filling didn't cook enough while the pastry was getting a little too done for my liking.  Well I've been experimenting and after a couple of attempts, I think you'll agree I've now perfected quiche. 


Of course you can use Cheddar cheese if you don't like Brie.  I just happened to have some in my fridge left over from my Moroccan dinner party the weekend before; and yes I know Brie isn't in any way very Moroccan, but after dessert we ended our meal with cheese and biscuits.


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Tarte Flambée with Goats Cheese

The nice people over at Expedia recently asked me to create a French recipe for their #expediaworldonaplate challenge.  Each month Expedia’s World on a Plate Challenge focuses on the cuisine of a different part of the world and this month it's France.

Having very little knowledge of French cooking I came across the French equivalent to pizza, Tarte flambée from Alsace; a northeastern French region on the Rhine River plain.


Alsace borders Switzerland and Germany and there's a south German version called flammekueche and flammkuchen; which in German means 'flame cake'.  Anyway, Tarte flambée looked and sounded good to me so I had a go at making it!
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Carrot and Ginger Soup - Made using the Optimum 9200 Power Blender

When reading the Optimum 9200 Next Generation Power Blender could make hot soup by friction heat alone (caused by the fast spinning blades) my thinking was it would be lukewarm at best.  As it turns out I was wrong. 


Running on high speed the blades rotate 44,000 rpm which creates friction heat and the Optimum 9200 will raise the contents of the jug by 4 degrees every 30 seconds.  In order to make hot soup it has to be running for approximately 5 to 6 minutes depending on the amount of vegetables in the jug.

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SPAMTASTIC™ Brunch Frittata with Potatoes Spring Onions and Tomatoes

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta.  Easy, filling, delicious and takes next to no time to make.


Did you know it's SPAM® Appreciation Week?
Oh yes indeed - from 2nd to the 8th March 2015 the annual SPAM® Appreciation Week brings together fans new and old to celebrate the world’s most famous meat.  For 2015 it’s time to celebrate just how perfect SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is for a hearty and delicious breakfast.
After all, no other meat can claim to have such an incredible 78 year history and still be as popular to this day around the world.
So what really makes SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham stand out from the meat crowd and have its very own appreciation week?

Here are some facts about SPAM:
More than eight billion cans of SPAM® Products have been opened since its launch back in 1937

They may only be islands, but Hawaii and Guam go crazy for SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  In Aloha State more than 7 million SPAM® products are sold per year and Hawaii even hosts its own annual SPAM JAM® festival in Honolulu.  While in Guam an average of 16 SPAM® products are consumed by every person per year.  

SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is made from more than 90% prime shoulder pork and ham

In South Korea, SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham is considered a gourmet delicacy and is often given as a gift.


Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/spam-brunch-frittata-with-potatoes-spring-onions-and-tomatoes




Serves 6-8
340g can SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham - cut into 2cm cubes
7 large free range eggs
4 tablespoons milk
a few leftover cooked new potatoes - halved
6 baby plum tomatoes - halved
4 spring onions - finely sliced
50g Cheddar cheese - grated
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
a couple of pinches smoked paprika
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

How to do it:
Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the milk and the salt and pepper and mix well using a fork.

Get yourself a nice big frying pan add in the cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham.  Add the cooked potatoes along with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.  Fry until golden and lightly browned.

Now add the oil into the hot frying pan and pour in the egg mixture.  Keep bringing the cooked egg and SPAM mixture into the centre of the pan and swirling the mixture around until the egg has formed a “pancake” but is still soft on the top.  Make sure the SPAM and potatoes are evenly distributed
Scatter on the tomatoes and spring onions.  Top with the grated cheese and another sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Pop under a hot grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling and the egg is finished cooking.

Cut the frittata into slices and serve hot straight from the pan and enjoy!

You can find out more about SPAM and the different varieties available over at the SPAM website.

Disclaimer:  I was compensated to cover my time creating this recipe.
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Best Recipe - Cheese Onion and Tomato Quiche

I'm gonna say it!  This quiche was Delicious, yes with a capital D - just the right amount of cheesiness with beautifully softened onions topped with sweet baby plum tomatoes.  And the pastry was perfectly cooked and crispy too.


A nice slice of this with a cuppa will do the trick as a snack or of course served with a side salad makes the perfect lunch.
Readers of this blog may have seen my post about my fancy new Stoves Sterling Oven which has a rather marvelous 'Intensive bake' option which is perfect for cooking quiche and tarts since it eliminates the need to 'blind bake' the pastry first.  Using base and top heat with fan, it is for me a good thing since I'm put off of baking because of the faff of having to part cook then return to the oven - it's too much of a botheration!  
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Sandwich Idea - Chinese-style Chicken with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Having recently been set a challenge by Warburtons which was to create a healthy sandwich using their Sandwich Thins, here's my sandwich!
Chinese-style Chicken with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Baby Leaves tucked between Warburtons Seeded Sandwich Thins.  Healthy and delicious.


Warburtons sandwich thins are available just 100Kcal per thin.  They're pre-sliced too which makes them ideal for rustling up a super quick sandwich.  There are four varieties to choose from; white, brown, seeded and half and half.
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Vegetable and Barley Soup

A good bowl of soup is always a good thing and a great way to eat lots of lovely veg if you are someone that usually doesn't.  Add pearl barley and I say this soup just has to be good for you.  Pearl barley is similar to wheat in its caloric, protein, vitamin and mineral content and is great for adding to soups and stews.

Vegetable and Barley Soup

Pearl barley does take a bit of cooking though so you will need to rinse it then into a saucepan with plenty of cold water.  Cover with a lid, bring to a boil for 10 minutes then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until tender before adding to your soup.
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Red Pepper Soup with Sweet Paprika

Rich, vibrant, thick and creamy warming soup is perfect for these cold 'almost winter' like days.  Homemade soup is really easy to make and the best thing is you can make up your own flavours combinations.  With good quality ingredients soup takes no time at all to make especially in a soup maker. 


Make the best of those bargains you see in your local supermarket or better still your local farm shop or greengrocer. Whether you use a soup maker to do the work for you, or manually cook your soup and then blend with a stick (immersion) blender is up to you.  I used a soup maker by Judge Cookware and the result was excellent.  Soup can be frozen too so you always have some ready for for lunch on those lazy do nothing days.
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Weight Watchers Feel Good Food Blogger Challenge

I was recently asked to join in the Feel Good Food Blogger Challenge organised by Weight Watchers.  For us to take part in their challenge they sent over a whole bunch of goodies!  Everything needed for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner including a few more treats too.

Pictured below, left to right - the Weight Watchers Goodies, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  
   Weight Watchers Meals

The challenge was to share our day with video clips starting with breakfast of course.  Oh my I'm not really a one for making videos but since I've now done a few I'm getting much more used to it - Paul however wasn't too keen on being filmed so we only done a few minutes of him!  

 We were both really pleased to see we could still have our Saturday night Indian Curry with poppadoms too!

Weight Watchers Curry

I'm glad I took part in the challenge as I've actually learnt a few things:
The Weight Watchers ProPoints system looks easy to follow - much better than trying to fathom out the back of packaging to see how many calories you're eating and attempting to add them up.  I just don't have the patience for all that and would soon loose interest.  Okay for me to talk, we're lucky in the fact that we've never had to go on a diet but if I ever did then I think I would honestly choose Weight Watchers.

I love the fact that you can still have pretty much the kind of food you're used to eating - or want to eat.  Biscuits and cakes are still allowed you just have to be sensible - unlike Paul who actually managed to eat 5 cakes in one go - I really don't think he could do a diet if he had to, he is a worry!

Liven up Food with my Top Tips!
There's nothing wrong with Weight Watchers Tikka Masala sauce but like any sauce in a jar it doesn't have to be cooked on the hob just because the instructions on the back say so - it works just as well in a slow cooker, in fact I'd say the chicken will have more taste if done that way. 
I say you can liven up any ready made sauce or other foods without adding very much in the way of calories.  Diet or no diet - food should be enjoyed and I personally think if you get into cooking you can dabble about a bit and liven up any diet without going over the top.

Now for the video of our Feel Good Food Day:
See my Top Tips including a couple of side dishes for Indian curry that wont get you piling on the pounds!


For more information on Weight Watchers pop over to their website or follow on Twitter @WW_UK
#WWFeelGoodFood and #TweetWhatYouEat

Many thanks to Weight Watchers for the goodies - we really did enjoy our day.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a hamper of goodies and a supermarket voucher for other ingredients used to make the meals complete.  I was compensated to cover time filming, photographing and writing up this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   
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