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Showing posts with label Main. Show all posts

Chicken Parmentier - Great Dish for Leftover Roast Chicken

Now before I go on I must tell you I didn't imagine this dish would taste so good and therefore had no intention of writing about it. But after a quick taste when plating up, out came the camera and here we are with not the best photo but hey ho 😐 I was hungry and not in the mood for photography!

Chicken Parmentier I have to admit isn't something I'd heard of before; I know, call myself a food blogger, where have I been?  Anyway I received a box of wine the other day and one of the wines said it goes well with chicken parmentier.  So after having a bit of a Google there was the recipe along with loads of variations; in fact there were more recipes than you can shake a stick at.

Chicken Parmentier

But Rick Stein's recipe looked good to me but since I can't follow any recipe without interfering and doing my own thing I added smoked paprika which I'm sure neither Rick Stein or the French wouldn't approve of but I decided it would be a good thing, and as it turns out it was 😋

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Easy Dinner Idea - SPAM and Baked Bean Hash - Plus a GIVEAWAY

A can of SPAM® is such a useful food thing to have in the store cupboard, that little (or large) tin means you'll never be stuck for a quick and easy dinner.

SPAM® is so easy to cook; slice it, dice it, fry it, grill it the choice is yours.  Of course you can even serve SPAM® straight from the can as it's already cooked, just add egg and chips for a super fast dinner everyone will love.

But it's not all SPAM® and chips! There are so many options for fast and tasty meals.  Why not try my SPAM® and Baked Bean Hash for a easy, cheap, quick and filling dinner that the whole family will enjoy; especially the kids.

SPAM Hash with Beans

This recipe can easily be adapted for the whole family; just double the ingredients accordingly.

Top Tip!
You might want to buy the bigger 415g tin of beans, use half and keep half as they are cheaper to buy. The same goes for the SPAM as it is also available in a larger tin.  Just be sure to store correctly in the fridge and not in the tin.  They will both keep for a couple of days.  Read over the page for the recipe and a giveaway!

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Skinni Pork Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

Tray Bakes are one of the easiest and quickest meals you can make and anything with sausages has to be good in my opinion.  Of course the secret to good taste is to use quality sausages.

Okay readers of this blog will know I'm supposed to be trying to lose a bit of weight here - so whilst my recipe isn't exactly calorie free as it contains potatoes, the Skinni Pork Sausages I used are from West Coast Foods and are reduced fat and high in protein.  

There's certainly no faffing about with this recipe, it's ready to serve in just 45 minutes.  Pork Sausages, Onions and a mixture of Sweet Potatoes and Regular Potatoes, Apples and Sage; what's not to like?

Sausage Sweet Potato and Apple Tray Bake

The oven tray I used was a SCANPAN; you can read my review here.

All you need is a suitably sized non-stick oven tray that's big enough for the ingredients to be spread out.  If you don't have one then you can use one of the disposable foil ones from the supermarket; just be careful that is doesn't bend when removing from the oven.

If there's more than two of you just add more of everything including sausages; and of course you can cook this just for one person.
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Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe - No Need to Cook Pasta First!

This colourful comforting vegetable pasta dish was on the table ready to dive into in under 20 minutes; and that includes preparation.  And it was all cooked in ONE pot with no draining or need for another pan to saute the veg first, or even to cook the pasta first; bet you wouldn't believe me? Well it's all true and to find out more and for a giveaway read on!

Vegetable Pasta Bake

As part of my healthy eating plan and to lose a bit of weight for the #Jumpstart17 challenge I said I would have at least one meat free day per week.

You may have read my review of the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO - with this fantastic piece of kitchen kit you do not need to cook the pasta first; just add dry pasta straight from the packet! 
I mean how fantastic is that?

Optimum Pressure Cooker


Think how much time and washing up you save on, not to mention the mess of pots and pans everywhere.
  • I sauteed the chopped vegetables directly in the pan of the Pressure Cooker Pro.
  • I then added in a tin of tomatoes, plus herbs and seasoning along with 300 ml vegetable stock.
  • Add the dry pasta straight from the packet and pressed 'PASTA' setting.
  • 12 minutes later it was DONE and ready to serve!
Read on to enter the GIVEAWAY where one lucky reader will win one of their very own Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO!
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National Curry Week - Perfect Rosé Wine Parings from Provence Wines

Just in case you didn't know, it's National Curry Week.  Personally I can't think of anything better than a nice cold glass of Rosé to cool down a lovely spicy curry.  Provence Wines have come up with this really delicious looking recipe for Curried Mussels and they've also picked a few of their wines that are the perfect match with curry.


Image supplied by Provence Wines.

Château La Gordonne, Vérité du Terroir, AOP Côtes de Provence, 2015 – £14.99 from Ocado

A bright pink wine showing notes of raspberry and redcurrant that seduces with its elegance and its freshness from the nose to the palate.

Manon, AOP Côtes de Provence, 2015 - £9 from Tesco

Boasting a brilliant pink colour, this delicious dry Rosé from sunny Provence is bursting with  aromas of  pit fruits and white flowers. The mouthfeel is rich yet refreshing with a silky structure and lingering finish.

Château d’Ollières Classique, AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence, 2015 - £12.99 from Selfridges

Château d’Ollières lies between Aix and Nice. Crisp, well balanced with a bouquet redolent of soft spices, this Provençal Rosé comes from a region that is synonymous with this style of wine.

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Tuna Napolitana - Quick and Easy Recipe

If you're stuck for ideas on what to cook for dinner and you're also in a hurry, this tasty Tuna Napolitana can be on the table and ready to eat in just 15 minutes; and most of the time I've quoted is bringing a pan of water to the boil to cook the pasta.

There are no fancy spices or expensive ingredients to buy either.  To find out what the big secret is please read on.......

Packet Mix

The secret is a packet mix!

Yep it's true - Knorr Naturally Tasty packet mixes have been designed to make authentic, great tasting meals that are quick and easy to prepare.  Of course I love cooking and so I wouldn't normally use a packet mix but having been sent some to try I have to say I'm impressed and love that they contain real vegetables and all the herbs, spices and seasoning.
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Thai Fish Cakes with Mango Salsa - Philips AirFryer

Week 3 of the 4 week #AirFryerTakeIn challenge given to me by Philips.  Using the AirFryer the plan is to swap a takeaway and get cooking using the AirFryer.

As the Philips AirFryer uses very little oil if any in many recipes (including these fish cakes) you can cut the calories without compromising on taste.


AirFryer recipe


I must say I think the AirFryer is a most marvelous invention. Yep I'm really loving this gadget as it can cook many things other low fat fryers can not cook and I'll be writing a detailed post on that soon.

So far in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge I've cooked Ricotta and Basil Balls and Mini Chorizo Empanadas and both were totally delicious.


AirFryer


These Thai Fishcakes are just 57 calories per Fishcake with Mango Salsa and Philips say a takeaway version (on average) would be 70 calories.

So how does the AirFryer work?
By using very little oil and something called Rapid Air Technology.  Rapid Air technology makes the hot air circulate very rapidly around the ingredients in the basket.  This heats up the ingredients in the basket from all sides at once, making it a healthy, fast and easy method to prepare tasty food. Food prepared in the Airfryer is crispy on the outside and without being dry on the inside.

Now I'm just saying, from my personal experience I say the non-stick Philips Grill Pan that isn't supplied with the AirFryer is seriously worth buying as my fishcakes did stick to the bottom of the supplied wire basket but the grill pan is non-stick and works perfectly.  Of course it's also useful for cooking many other food items too.

AirFryer no oil

There was no oil used to make these fishcake - the recipe is in the book that is supplied with the Philips Viva Collection AirFryer along with a good selection of other recipes that include a chocolate cake.  Oh yes CAKE made in the AirFryer!! 

Check out this and more Philips products over the Philips website.

Disclosure - I was sent the Philips AirFryer to take part in the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge along with a gift card for ingredients. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive. 
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Succulent Chicken Satay Skewers

What gorgeous weather we've been having lately!  With the summer now in full swing everyone's enjoying the chance to get the BBQ out and sit outside to eat; what a difference a bit of sunshine makes.  I like most people certainly feel better when we have nice sunny days!

BBQ

I'd never used black treacle in cooking before but this recipe from Lyle's was not only simple to make (and inexpensive) but it was also really, really tasty; yep this is a keeper.

Nothing says summer quite like the smoky-sweet flavour of a classic BBQ.  Black treacle is perfect in summer for BBQ glazes, marinades and sauces, adding a distinctively dark colour, delicious burnt caramel flavour and moisture to summer dishes.  Lyle's Black treacle worked really well in this recipe, it added a nice depth of flavour to the dipping sauce too.
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Spicy Beef and Bean Feast - No Chopping or Weighing Recipe

Frozen food is a life saver for those busy days when you just don't have time to cook.  With the family patiently waiting for dinner to be on the table it's brilliant to be able to open the freezer and gather a few simple ingredients together.  Along with a few store cupboard bits and bobs you can produce a tasty and filling quality meal in under 30 minutes - and that's from start to finish!

I hear you saying 'Under 30 minutes; yeah right, with all that chopping involved'??  But it's true, and whats more there's no need for a knife or kitchen scales anywhere in my amazingly simple and easy recipe.  No peeling, chopping or weighing ingredients!

Spicy Beef and Bean Feast

Having been asked to take part in the #PowerofFrozen campaign by Iceland Foods I took on their 'Cut the Hassle' recipe challenge and I came up this Spicy Beef & Bean Feast.

By using frozen food products that can be cooked straight from the freezer.  There's none of the tedious peeling chopping since it's been done for you!  Frozen food is not only convenient, but can actually save you money too; since you only use what you need from the packet and then just pop the rest back into the freezer.

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Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding - Cooking through the Decades

Rennie® have just launched a campaign called 'Cooking through the Decades' where they are challenging food bloggers to cook a recipe from Britain’s past or present over the past 100 years; from 1920's to 2010.  I was allocated the 60's which is great as I was born in 1962 (oh my I feel so old), but I do remember a quite a bit about the 60's and especially the food we ate.

My all time favorite dinner from my childhood has to be Bacon and Onion Roly Poly Pudding.  The pudding is  made with suet pastry, bacon and onions and then rolled up like a Swiss roll (think suet dumpling with a bacon and onion filling) steamed for about 2 and a half hours.

Nothing fancy is added and it's simply seasoned with white pepper; but this is good stuff.  Until this challenge was given to me I'd never made it myself before and it tasted just as good as I remember.

roly poly pudding

Each decade sees iconic dishes that were popular at the time, whether because of necessity.  Bubble and squeak came from the need to be thrifty in the Second World War or through economic factors; for example in the 80s the privileged few’s increasing disposable income allowed them to spend more on exotic foods.

In the sixties the younger generation were ready to start enjoying themselves again.  Music, miniskirts and swinging London encouraged people to spend more money, while cheaper flights meant more exposure to foreign influences; especially in the kitchen.

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Winter Vegetable Lasagne - Lower your Cholesterol with Flora ProActiv

High cholesterol is a major risk to heart disease as it contributes to the narrowing of vital arteries which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.  There are no obvious signs or symptoms with high cholesterol and HEART UK and Flora ProActiv are urging people to get their cholesterol level checked out.

If you do happen to have a high level of cholesterol the good news for most people is, there are simple and effective ways to lower cholesterol which include changes to diet and lifestyle.  Eating healthier, including super cholesterol busting food like plant sterols and getting more active helps lower cholesterol and most people will see an effect in as little as 3 weeks.

Simple diet changes are often all you need, check out this Winter Vegetable Lasagne recipe by Flora ProActiv.

Winter Vegetable Lasagne

The recipe was simple to make, tasty and very filling.  Fantastic for a midweek family meal and it's a great way to get kids to eat vegetables too!

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Bajan Prawn Tacos with Pink Florida Grapefruit Avocado and Black Beans

Florida Grapefruit has teamed up with celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine to create a number of simple, delicious recipes that use Florida Grapefruit.

Florida Grapefruit is a great way to brighten up your winter diet.  I had a go at making one of Gizzi's recipes and I must say these Bajan Prawn Tacos were really, really tasty.  As Paul (the husband) doesn't eat prawns I did the very same recipe but used chicken instead and it worked well.  A lovely mix of spiciness that works really well with the other ingredients. 

Bajan Prawn Tacos

Florida Grapefruit is like no other as it isn't bitter in taste.  Because of  Florida’s unique climate that includes both tropical and subtropical attributes, as well as sandy soil perfectly suited for citrus trees, that receive over 130 cm of rain per year; this makes Florida Grapefruit sweeter and juicier than their Mediterranean counterparts.

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli Gratin with Parmesan

Purple Sprouting Broccoli is at its very best between February and April; the stems are edible too so no throwing them away please!  Easy to prepare and cook, just trim any woody stem ends with a sharp knife and slice though thicker stems so it cooks evenly.  Rinse under cold water then either boil for around 5-7 minutes or steam for around 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of floret.

I prefer to steam broccoli as it keeps its colour and also the vitamins are preserved rather than washing them down the drain after cooking.  Once cooked season with a little sea salt and it is truly delicious with butter a knob of butter and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Brocolli



A bit naughtier but nice way to serve is to make my gratin with garlicky cream topped with crispy crumbs and Parmesan.

Brocolli Gratin

Purple sprouting broccoli can also be used in a quiche and is great in pasta dishes too.  Another  favourite way is to do as Nigel Slater suggests; in a shallow pan, fry a little garlic and torn pancetta in olive oil.  Add the purple sprouting broccoli which will take just 3 or 4 minutes to come to tenderness.  Add a scattering of Parmesan, grated finely, over the top and serve with thickly cut bread and butter.
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Vegetarian Stew with Peppers and Cannellini Beans - ThermoCook Recipe

An easy to make, vibrant vegetable stew packed full of flavour.  The addition of cannellini beans makes this a filling meal especially if served fresh crusty bread for dipping and mopping.   Of course you don't have to own a ThermoCook to make this recipe, but it does make it extra simple to make and really does cook stews perfectly.


All stews taste even better if reheated to following day making this the perfect quick mid week meal or to take to work for a tasty lunch; just heat it up in a microwave.
Of course the ThermoCook can chop everything but since we want chunks of vegetables rather than finely chopped for this recipe it's better to cut them by hand.
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SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese

SPAM® have a lovely selection of really easy to make recipes that can be made and served in next to no time.  So once you're fed up with eating left overs from that huge Christmas dinner you made, why not have a go at this filling and comforting SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese. 


Of course I'm not saying you have to wait until after Christmas to make this, give it a go tonight; kids and adults alike will love it!
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Sweet Potato topped Sausage and Kale Cassoulet

I do love a good, hearty and warming Crock-Pot dinner.  Crock-Pots (the original slow cooker) are fantastic and perfect for busy people and families.  Once all the ingredients are in the Crock-Pot, it can be left alone and dinner will cook itself - marvelous!

Having been asked to be part of the Collective Crock Challenge meaning myself and a few other bloggers had to name an ingredient that we'd like to see included in the Collective Crock-Pot recipe.


I was asked to name the main ingredient and I said sausages.  I say there's nothing like a proper good quality sausage; sausages in a Crock-Pot say winter is here.  None of us knew what ingredient each other had said and the people at Crock-Pot came up with this collective cooks recipe.
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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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Good and Filling - Sausage and Vegetable Crock-Pot Recipe

My favorite Crock-Pot recipe has to include sausages, good ones though; only proper butcher's sausages will do.  My one-pot sausage and vegetable recipe served with a good dollop of creamy mashed potato makes for perfect comfort food and is the very thing for cold weather days.

Crocktober is an exciting (and rather tasty), 30-day event to promote and celebrate all things slow cooking.  As part of the Crocktober recipe challenge, here's my latest sausage Crock-Pot or slow cooker recipe.
  

An easy, one-pot, no fuss, good and filling dinner.  Crock-Pots are fantastic since they cost very little to run making them far cheaper than having then oven on for hours.  Also as dinner cooks without you having to tend to it, Crock-Pot cooking is the way to go - marvelous!




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Tefal ActiFry Recipe - Slightly Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken

I must say I really do love my Tefal ActiFry and I have to admit before I had one I thought they were all about chips; but I was wrong, check out my Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings recipe.  The ActiFry is fantastic for cooking speedy and healthier meals; my sweet and sour chicken cooks in under 30 minutes.  Armed with my now ageing Tefal rice cooker cooking the rice for me, dinner was served in next to no time and was virtually fuss free. 


Please note; I used the Tefal ActiFry Express XL for this recipe which does cook up to 30% faster than the ActiFry Family.  Therefore timings may have to be increased by a couple of minutes.

I used Ketjap manis which is Indonesian sweet soy sauce but you can use dark soy sauce if you don't happen to have any.  I really like it as it's thicker and sweeter and it can be found in any good supermarket in the World foods section if it isn't with the Chinese ingredients.
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Meat-free Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet

We keep being told we're going to have a heat-wave here in the UK; but it has to be said I'm thinking they are perhaps talking about next year!  So with summer sadly not too on the summery side at the moment, how about trying my meat-free sausage and white bean cassoulet?  This easy one-pot meal is made with Quorn sausages which are high in protein and fibre but low in saturated fat this is a nice and filling but healthy kind of meal.


Personally I'm not a huge fan of Quorn sausages but their 'Chef's selection are far nicer than the regular ones and make a meat-free meal in next to no time.
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