Showing posts with label Spicy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spicy. Show all posts

American Hot Pizza Pie - Jamie Oliver

Jamie's latest book titled 'Save with Jamie' is aimed at shopping smart, cooking clever and having less waste.  With 120 money saving meals there's bound to be loads you will want to make.  Covering a wide range of lovely ingredients you'll find recipes to suit every-ones taste. 

American Hot Pizza Pie
 
The TV series to accompany the book 'Jamie's Money Saving Meals' currently showing on Monday nights on Channel 4 in the UK.

I've just had a go at making the American Hot Pizza Pie and the recipe was easy to follow and since the recipe makes four good sized pizzas so you can cook one or two and freeze the others before the cooking stage.
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Moroccan Style Butternut with Spiced Tomatoes and Feta

Soft sweet butternut with harissa spiced tomato sauce along with tangy feta and crunchy pumpkin seeds.  Oh yes, this is good food.
In my opinion Marks and Spencer are simply the best for their fantastic and top quality range of food.
After spying this dish from their recent 'Dine in for Two' menu, I had to have a go at making it.


I made the sauce from tinned cherry tomatoes and added rose harissa, oregano and a splash of sherry vinegar along with a couple of other bits and bobs.  Of course you can find the recipe if you continue reading.
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Bombay-style Potatoes - Jamie's Great Britain

After seeing Jamie cook up 'Empire Roast Chicken' on the Channel 4 series 'Jamie's Great Britain' for his latest book of the same name, I just had to make it. It has to be said he comes up with some amazing ideas - these Bombay potatoes are the best! 


Bombay-Style Potatoes

Who can resist these?
Jamie said: "Ask any British person what their two favourite meals are and I reckon most people would say their mum's roast chicken, and a curry. Well, welcome to Empire Roast Chicken, a combination of both of those things. Your friends and family are going to love it. I love it. You will love it."
I agree with him, his Empire Roast Chicken was so, so good and will be my very next post. 

As there are only the two of us, I did a smaller amount of potatoes, 4 cloves of garlic and only one tomato, but I used the same amount of everything else.

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Indian Style Fish and Chips - Tesco Real Food Cook Off

Last nights episode of Tesco Real Food Family Cook off saw Kate Watts up against Banita Ludhor.
I thought they both did really well and I loved everything they cooked!
    Before I'd seen the show last night I'd been asked to pick a recipe and cook it! As I'd previously cooked Banita's Spicy Chicken Kebabs, I went for Kate's 'Indian Style Fish and Chips'.
I didn't have a picture to go by but Kate's recipe was really easy to follow and I have to say I will be making it again.  
By the way, the Tandoori butter that goes over the fish is soooo good!
 The twist to this dish is said Kate, there is no batter and no chips!
 As both teams ended up drawing with the same overall score, it was down to celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott to make the final decision.
As a result Banita's team have now gone through to the final which will be shown next Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel 5 where Banita will be up against Filipa Kay.  Readers of this blog will know I cooked Filipa's Piri Piri Chicken.
I was sorry to see Kate go but well done to both teams - excellent recipes! 

If you'd like to make this dish, pop over to Channel 5 and have a look at Kate's recipe.

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Nicely Spiced Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Preserved Lemons

A nicely spiced, easy to make, very tasty Moroccan chicken dish.  Just the right amount of sweetness and great for a dinner party.
I think a Tagine looks impressive taken straight to the table and dinner served from the Tagine.
Don't you just love the combination of fruit and nuts used in Moroccan cooking?
 So - here's my much titivated 'made up as I went along' recipe that turned out very nice indeed!

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Jan's Indian Style Chicken Curry - so easy to make at home

 I've posted many curry recipes before.  Although this is almost the same as my Chicken Balti recipe, I wanted this post to be a reminder that it really is worth a little effort and having a go and making your own curry at home.  
You'll find it's far nicer than from a takeaway or a jar.  
 With a tiny bit of planning you can get everything ready to go:
Start preparing all the bits beforehand.  For example, seeing as all the dried spices go in at once, you can have them measured out into a pinch pot or cup, then all you have to do it tip them in. 
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Very Lazy Caribbean Chicken!

English Provender.co have recently added another cooking concentrate to their 'Very Lazy' range of cooking concentrates 'Caribbean Chicken'. 
I must admit I don't usually buy ready made sauces etc, but having tasted this I will be buying it again.  It was honestly and truly delicious, we loved it - very nice and spicy!  Just the thing for when you're in a hurry too.  All you need to add is chicken, pineapple pieces and coconut milk and in 20 minutes you have a lovely, very tasty dinner - just serve with rice. 
Caribbean chicken is a doddle!
 Very Lazy Creamy Chicken and Posh Sausage Casserole were the first to hit the supermarket shelves and now there's Very Lazy Beef Stoganoff too.
Thank you to Joanna for sending me some to try.
  
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Chicken Cooked in a Roasting Bag with Rose Harissa

Another of my chicken cooked in a bag recipes!  Roasting bags can be found in any good supermarket and are a great way to cook chicken.  Your oven will still stay shiny and the chicken will be tender and moist - can't be bad!
 Serve with some nice rice to soak up all the lovely juices, although of course, you need not pour the whole amount of juice onto your plate.
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Bag Roasted Sweet and Sour Chicken

A good while back Jamie Oliver made a fantastic dish 'Pot Roasted Sweet and Sour Chicken', in which he uses a whole chicken.  Very nice it is too.  We're not talking the kind of sweet and sour you get in the Chinese with that very sweet red sauce.  Far from it, this is simply chicken cooked with delicious things; Red and yellow peppers, red onion, red chilli pepper, pineapple, ginger, crushed fennel seeds and sugar.  Once it's cooked you add Balsamic vinegar to taste.
I've cooked the whole chicken recipe, and then I made it using chicken portions which you can see here
 Last night I wondered (as you do) could it be done in a bag?  Yes it can!
Picture below - ready to go into the oven.
 Sadly my picture of it cooked is quite awful so it's on the next page instead of the first! 
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Ma Po Tofu - Chinese Spicy Pork and Tofu Dish

Now this dish is hot, spicy and in our opinion, totally delicious. There are so many different recipes for Ma Po Tofu, each one varying on the amount of peppercorns used and some using chilli powder and spicy bean paste.  Some using only chilli powder.

Ma Po Tofu
  
So, after studying several different recipes this is what I came up with. 
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Spicy Chicken Curry for the Slow Cooker

Nice and spicy Chicken Curry for when you're not in a hurry like Nigella Lawson!  This is probably the nicest tasting curry ever so it's well worth the little extra bit of effort toasting spices etc.  Oh, and it freezes well too.

slow cooker chicken curry

Adapted from a Gordon Ramsay's Spicy Beef Curry recipe from his book Healthy Appetite.  I decided that it could also be made with chicken.  So I followed it to a point, then put the lot into a slow cooker.

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Jerk Chicken with Rice and Black Eyed Peas

Nice and juicy, spicy chicken - adapted from Levi Roots recipe.
Top tip - be sure to wear rubber gloves when chopping a Scotch bonnet chilli as they are a bit hot!
Just serve with rice and peas.  You can of course add another chilli if you wish.

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Rogan Josh from Jamie's 30 Minute Meals


Last night I had a go at making one of Jamie's 30 Minute Meals from his latest book.  I made the vegetable Rogan Josh curry, with his Lemon Pickle and Carrot Salad
 
It can be done or so it seems - as you see Jamie do it on his Channel 4 television series to accompany his book.  However, in my tiny little kitchen, it is impossible.  The only reason I must point out is that I have to clear up as I go, or I'd seriously have no where to move.  An hour and 20 minutes later I was ready to serve!   
The only thing I added to this recipe was a tin of tomatoes and a pinch of dried chilli flakes.  I must say it really was a very tasty curry, but I personally felt it needed the tomatoes and extra chilli.
I think you'll agree it looks delicious.
Recipe taken from Jamie's book: 
Serves 4 to 6
You will need:
for the curry:
2 onions
1 medium butternut squash
1 small cauliflower
1 fresh red chilli (optional)
4 cloves of garlic
A bunch of fresh coriander
½ a 283g jar of Patak's Rogan Josh paste
1 x 400g tin of chickpeas - drained
**I added 1x400g tin of tomatoes and a pinch of dried chilli flakes
100g pre-washed baby spinach
1 x 500g tub of natural yogurt

For the rice:
1 mug of Basmati rice
A few whole cloves
For seasoning: Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper



How to do it:
Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Fill and boil the kettle.
Curry: Peel and slice the onions and add to a large lidded frying pan with a splash of water and a few good lugs of olive oil. Carefully cut the butternut squash in half across the middle (for speed I’m only using the seedless neck), wrap up the base and put in the fridge for another day. Quarter the neck length-ways, then slice it into 1cm chunks – no need to peel them. Add to the pan. Trim the cauliflower and remove the outer leaves.
Cut it into bite-sized chunks, and throw them into the pan. If you want some extra heat, slice up the chilli and add it now.  Crush in the un-peeled garlic (I peeled mine).  Finely chop the coriander (stalks and all).  Reserve a few leaves for garnish and add the rest to the pan with a couple of generous splashes of boiled water.  Add the Rogan Josh paste and the tin of chickpeas. **At this point I added a tin of tomatoes and a pinch of dried chilli flakes.
Season and stir well, then put a lid on. Cook hard and fast, stirring occasionally.

Rice:  Put the mug of rice into a medium saucepan with a lug of olive oil and a few cloves, then cover with 2 mugs of boiled water (use the same mug you used for the rice). Add a pinch of salt, then put the lid on and boil on a medium heat for 7 minutes. 

Curry:  Check and add a splash of water if it looks a bit dry. Stir, then replace the lid.
Rice:  By now the 7 minutes should be up, so take the rice off the heat and leave it to sit with the lid on for 7 minutes. This will let it steam and will give you beautiful fluffy nutty rice.


Curry:  Take the lid off. Do you need to adjust the consistency at this point?  If so, you can add a generous splash of boiled water, depending on whether you want it drier or wetter.  Or mash up some of the veg for different textures. Taste and add a pinch of salt, if needed, then add the spinach and stir through.

To serve:  Tip half the tub of yogurt into a small bowl.  Drizzle over a little extra virgin olive oil and take to the table.  Transfer the rice and curry into large serving bowls.  Spoon the remaining yogurt over the curry, sprinkle with the rest of the coriander leaves and take both bowls to the table.
 
 
 The rice came out perfectly too.  Jamie's 30 Minute Meals really is a book worth buying.
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Nice and Spicy Beef Curry - Gordon Ramsay

Nice steaming hot beef curry, but it's only going to be good if the beef is so tender that it melts in your mouth.  If you like a bit of heat to your curries then you will love this one.

Having made this I think it would actually work in a slow cooker.  Just follow the recipe up until the lid goes on and it cooks on the stove top for 3 hours or so. Cooked in a slow cooker I would imagine it would have to be on 7 or 8 hours.

Spicy Beef Curry


Once again another bad picture due to the flash having to be used - am not very happy, but what to do?!  If you haven't got a spice grinder I can recommended this one by Krups and you can see my video review here!

Print Recipe





To serve 4 you will need:
1kg good quality braising steak - cut into cubes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoon garam masala
2 tablespoons natural yogurt - full fat
a couple of glugs of olive oil
2 large onions
2 fat cloves garlic
a knob of fresh root ginger - grated to make about a tablespoon
2 good squirts of tomato puree (paste in the US)
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 x 400g tin of good quality chopped tomatoes
400ml beef stock - made from a Knorr beef stock cube
small handful of coriander, leaves separated, stalks finely chopped
5 cardamon pods - bashed lightly so they just split
a small handful of dried curry leaves
4 fresh green finger chillies - cut in half

To make the spice mix:
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 a teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 tablespoon Madras curry powder

Method:
Cut the beef into bite-sized cubes and throw it into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the garam masala, add the yogurt and a good glug of olive oil.  Season with a little salt and a good amount of black pepper.

Give it a good mix so the beef is coated well.  Cover with cling film and leave to marinate for as long as possible. Over night is good but if not at least an hour.

In a dry frying pan over a high heat, toast the cumin, coriander, fennel and fenugreek seeds keeping them moving so they don't burn.  Just a couple of minutes will do - so they are start to smell nice.
Now put them into a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder. Stir in turmeric and curry powder and mix well - set aside.

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large cast-iron casserole (of heavy based pan that can go on the stove top).  Add the onions, garlic, ginger and a little seasoning.  Give it a good stir and then cover and cook for about 10 minutes until the onions are soft, giving it a stir a couple of times.

Now, over a medium high heat, stir the sugar, spice mix and tomato puree.  Stir for a minute before adding the tomatoes, stock, chopped coriander stalks, cardamom pods, curry leaves and chillies.
Throw in the beef including it's marinade.  Give it all another good stir, then cover the pan with a lid and simmer very gently, stirring occasionally, for approximately 3 hours or until the beef is really, really tender.

Serve immediately with rice.  Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves on top.

Recipe from Gordon Ramsay's Book 'Healthy Appetite.'
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Easy Chilli with Vegetables and Puy Lentils

We went camping last week and I wanted to take something that was easy to heat up that night.  So, the day before we went I made a huge pot of vegetarian chilli.  
I was surrounded with chilli so I froze some and have since discovered it freezes very well.
I wouldn't have posted this seeing as the picture is so bad, but it was so tasty I decided to anyway. 
Since the nights get dark so early here now, my picture doesn't do this dish justice as I had to use the flash.  
And before anyone suggests it, I will not get involved with a buying a day light bulb and all that malarkey just to take a good picture.  When food is ready I want to eat it - no messing about for me, I always too hungry! 

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Beef Rendang

This is a Rick Stein recipe from his book Far Eastern Odyssey. There are many versions of Beef Rendang and this is more of a Malaysian 'wetter' version of the Indonesian dry rendang.
 I'd never had Rendang before and have wanted to make it for ages.  It does seem a bit of a faff, but it is worth it as it really is rather very yummy indeedy.
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Meatballs in Tomato and Chorizo Sauce with Spicy Potatoes - Gastropub

Another of my Marks and Spencer copy cat recipes from the Gastropub range.  Every mouthful is totally delicious.  

Meatballs coated in a rich and tasty tomato and chorizo sauce, accompanied by crispy, spicy potatoes.
If the list of stuff looks long and too much to do, it's only because I've broken it down into three parts for each bit of the meal.

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Tandoori Style Chicken Skewers

A perfect starter to an Indian meal which is easy to make and looks amazing.

Marinading the chicken in the lime juice makes the chicken nice and tender.
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Cayenne and Chive Potato Wedges

Nice and crispy outside, soft on the inside and with a nice heat from the Cayenne pepper.  
Nothing else needed apart from a bowl of sour cream and chive dip for dunking.
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Beef and Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce

Beef and green peppers in black bean sauce, totally delicious and just like it is in the Chinese restaurants here in the UK. 




Black beans are usually preserved in ginger and salt, they will need rinsing and soaking before use. 
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