Showing posts with label Starter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Starter. Show all posts

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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Egyptian Spice Mix - Dukkah Recipe

Spices are AMAZING and are used in many dishes; of course just because the word spice is mentioned it doesn't mean your food has to taste spicy hot.  Think of Moroccan Tagine Recipes where a mix of delicious warming spices such as cinnamon and sweet paprika are used along with honey to create easy mouthwatering, one-pot meals that are a delight to eat.  Meat or chicken cooked in a Tagine is really tender and the aroma when cooking is just fantastic.

Dukkah (pronounced Doo-kah), is an aromatic blend of seeds, spices and nuts; it originates from Egypt and can be sprinkled on all sorts of dishes.  It's also delicious served alongside a small bowl of really good olive oil and some nice bread.  Just dip the bread in the oil and then in the Dukkah. Impress your guests at a dinner party by serving it as a very simple but different starter course - you could add small bowls of olives to nibble on too.

Dukkah recipe

There are many, many variations of Dukkah recipes.  The basic recipe is a mixture of nuts and seeds long with dried herbs such as mint or for more heat you can add Baharat or Ras el Hanout; go with whatever takes your fancy.

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Tefal ActiFry - Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings

Much excitement in our house when a Tefal ActiFry arrived last week.  I've wanted one for an age as I've been curious to see if the ActiFry really is as good as people say.  I mean really?  Chips cooked in just a spoonful of oil can't taste good can they?  Fact is they do!
Chips was the first thing I cooked - within an hour of this machine arriving chips had to happen.  Soft and fluffy on the inside, crispy (yes really) on the outside, but we'll talk about chips another day.....

Chicken wings with a nice sweet and spicy coating topped with toasted sesame seeds are so good to eat.  But for good measure I wanted more - how about if they were coated in a Chinese Five Spice batter, fried using hardly any oil, and then coated in Sticky Sweet Chilli goodness - how does that sound?    


Would the batter actually stay on the wings or would my bright idea turn into a disaster?  Read on to find out.

My ActiFry arrived as a result of a challenge set by Tefal which was to cook my guilty pleasure.  The lovely Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All was sent an ActiFry for the challenge.  Once she had cooked her guilty pleasure she had to nominate someone else to take on the challenge and she chose me - Cheers Camilla!

On with my Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings. You will notice the batter is quite thick - I decided it would have more chance staying on the wings once cooking in the ActiFry.

Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/tefal-actifry-sweet-chilli-chicken-wings




You will need a Tefal ActiFry:
20 chicken wings
40g plain
40g cornflour
1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
1 egg - free range of course and lightly beaten
50ml water

*You will also need 1 tablespoon oil for cooking in the ActiFry

The sauce isn't anything tricky - mix together in a small bowl and set aside:
100ml (half a bottle) Sweet Chilli Sauce (Blue Dragon original dipping sauce) available in any good supermarket.
1 tablespoon Ketjap Manis - Indonesian sweet soy sauce - just use dark soy if you can't get it
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
a couple of tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds to sprinkle

How to do it:
Put the flour and cornflour into a bowl along with the Chinese Five Spice and add the egg and give it a good mix.  Add the water and whisk till there aren't any lumps.  The batter will be quite thick but fear not - it will be fine. No need to add salt to this mixture just the five spice will be fine.  

Trim the very end part (the bit with no meat) off of each chicken wing and discard.  Pop them into a large bowl and pour over the batter.  Mix using your hand to coat each wing well.
Add the wings one at a time to the ActiFry.  Drizzle with one spoonful of oil, shut the lid and set the time to 30 minutes. 

Now after a few minutes of cooking I thought I'd done a wrongen - oh my, the batter wasn't looking good in the ActiFry.  BUT after 15 minutes it all looked okay and although the wings didn't stay perfectly coated they were looking good.
In any case these wings were going to get a coating of sticky sweet chilli goodness and since they weren't being judged by Monica on MasterChef it really didn't matter.

Once they emerge from the ActiFry using tongs as they are piping hot, coat each wing in the sticky sauce and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.  The wings were perfectly cooked and not at all dry.  Yep we're very impressed with the Tefal Actifry. 


The #ActiFry Guilty Pleasure Challenge:
I'm nominating Jo over at Jo's Kitchen to receive an ActiFry from Tefal and take on the Tefal #ActiFry challenge - can't wait to see what Jo will cook!

Pop over to see how Camilla got on with the #ActiFry guilty pleasure over at Fab Food 4 All.

Do you have a Tefal ActiFry?  If so please tell me your favorite recipe in a comments below.

Disclaimer: Many thanks to Tefal for sending me an ActiFry Family along with a few goodies and a Salisbury's gift voucher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.  
  

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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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Greek Mezé and Entertaining Made Easy with Gaea

Beautiful Greek products from Gaea make it easy to create lovely Greek mezĂ© - we're talking effortless entertaining and perfect summer eating.  We love this kind of food, you can take your time eating, drinking and talking about your day together or of course with friends and family.



Having received some goodies from Gaea; Greek Olive Oil, Garlic Stuffed Olives, Flame Roasted Red Peppers, Sweet Pepper and Goats Cheese Tapenade and Green Olive Tapenade. I was instantly transported to Greece - Oh we love that place, but sadly we haven't been there for a few years now the last time we went it was to the Greek island of Thassos. 

Anyway, it was off to the kitchen to make some Chicken Skewers which were nothing fancy - peppers, onions and chicken which had marinated in the Greek Olive Oil with a good pinch of dried Oregano and just before cooking I added sea salt and lemon.  
I also pan-fried some leftover cooked potatoes in a mixture of lemon and oregano too.

Lovely fat olives stuffed with garlic along with some cubed feta.  The Gaea flame roasted peppers are another easy one as you just use straight from the jar.  We loved the sweet pepper and goats cheese tapenade which was delicious spread onto some Mediterranean bread.  
Top left of the picture you can see the popular Greek dip Htipiti which is so, so good, you can find out how to make it in a previous post of mine here.

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Gaea for the lovely products.  I wasn't required to write a post but chose to do so since I really like these products. 

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SousVide Supreme - Chicken and Black Pudding Terrine

Chicken and Black Pudding Terrine with Paprika Popcorn.  Any meat or poultry cooked Sous Vide is incredibly moist and tender.  I added a little duck fat to this chicken terrine and it tasted seriously good!  

Sous Vide

If you're serving something other than Turkey, for example Beef Wellington this is just perfect as a starter.  Or how about leaving out the popcorn and slice to serve at that Christmas or New Years Eve Party?
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Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflés - Easy to Make Recipe

These Twice Baked Cheddar SoufflĂ©s are so very easy to make and are great for a lovely light lunch or a starter course.  But it has to be said, using Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar really gives them a truly fantastic flavour.  


The Barber family have been making cheese at Maryland Farm in Ditcheat, Somerset since 1833.
Matured for a minumum of 24 months provides a cheddar that is powerfully intense and has an exceptional depth of flavour.  It has a slightly brittle and crunchy texture that is a result of it's long and slow ageing. 
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SousVide Supreme Party Food Made Easy - Indian Spiced Lamb Patties

Last month I made a selection of starter course dishes that were all ideal for entertaining and were made using the SousVide Supreme water oven.  For the month of November with Christmas and New Year coming up fast, I'm making party food and the main part of each recipe can be prepared in advance, ready to cook using the Sous Vide cooking method.

These Mini Indian Spiced Lamb Patties can be made now and frozen in the special vacuum pouches ready to pop into the water oven on party day.  To serve,all that's left to do is a 30 second turn in oil in a very hot pan to give the patties colour then pop each one onto mini naan breads, garnish and enjoy!



Sous Vide Party



The great thing about this method of cooking is these lamb patties can sit in the water oven for hours and they will still be cooked to a perfect medium-rare (or however you choose) ready to brown and they can be ready when you are.   

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SousVide Supreme - Entertaining Made Easy

Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply cooking meals for the family the SousVide Supreme water oven really is the bees knees of kitchen equipment.

Here I've made three different starter courses, all inexpensive and simple to make but there's a difference to the norm, the chicken, peppers, egg and asparagus used in these dishes were cooked in a SousVide Supreme Water Oven.  Meaning you can cook ahead and without fuss, get on with your day and dinner is ready when you are.

First up - Sous Vide Indian-style Chicken and Pepper Tikka Skewers:


Sous Vide Soft Cooked Egg with Asparagus and Bacon Dust:


And lastly Goi Cuon - Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls with Pickled Cucumber:


Just recently I was lucky enough to be sent an absolutely fantastic piece of kitchen equipment in the form of a SousVide Supreme Water Bath.

After seeing the water bath method of cooking programs such as Masterchef, you've no idea how much I've wanted one since.  That said, the ones in professional kitchens are far too big to fit in my tiny kitchen.

But the good news is, SousVide Supreme have made a smaller version which is perfect for the home cook and big enough to cope with a dinner party.

What exactly is Sous Vide?
Sous vide (pronounced soo-veed) means “under vacuum” in French, and sous vide cooking is a gourmet culinary technique long used by chefs worldwide.

Instead of good cooking relying on perfect timing to cook, sous vide relies on precise temperature control, but once you've set the temperature on the machine you don't have to fuss about it anymore - just leave your food to cook.
 
So what was in the Box?
SousVide Supreme Water Oven:


SousVide Vacuum Sealer, which includes 10 pouches of different size, 2 boxes of vacuum seal cooking pouches, and the Easy Sous Vide Cookbook, a DVD and of course there are operating instructions for the water oven and the vacuum sealer.



How easy it is to cook with the SousVide Supreme?
In return for receiving the SousVide Supreme I have to create a variety of recipes, all using the SousVide Supreme water bath.  So over the next few months I will be showing you exactly how easy it is to use.  In this post I'll show you three easy to make recipes suitable as starter courses.
 
Whilst this method of cooking is totally different to the norm once you see how amazingly tender and so perfectly cooked a medium-rare steak turns out, I think you too will be converted it makes you look like a professional chef turning out some of the best food ever.   

So for example if you like your steak medium-rare the precise temperature that a 1 inch thick piece of steak needs to be is to 56.5 C / 134F so once you've set the temperature on the machine as long as the steak has had the minimum time to cook it doesn't matter if you leave it there for another hour, two hours or even most of the day, your steak will stay safe to eat and perfectly medium-rare just as you wanted.

And when you're ready to serve?
All that's needed is an extremely quick flash-fry of 30 seconds in hot butter which will ensure your steak browns and looks as good as it's tastes.  

Of course it's not all about steak!
Poultry, Game, all Meats, Fish, Vegetables, Fruit and Eggs can all be cooked perfectly in the SousVide Supreme.

Chicken breast for example which is known for very easily becoming tough during cooking, with the SousVide Supreme chicken is perfectly cooked, meltingly tender and so, so juicy.  Because when cooking in a vacuum sealed pouch there simply isn't anywhere for the natural juices along with any seasonings you might add to go.

Seriously the results are truly outstanding - SousVide also delivers healthier and more nutritious food.      
Timings and recommended temperatures for your chosen cut of meat, chicken, fish and vegetables and even fruit are all listed in a book as part of the kit.  But you can always check them here: 

Getting Started - Fill the Machine with Hot Water:
Fill to just below the 'Max' as when the food is in the water level will rise, you can either add a little more or remove some if necessary.


Seal the food to be cooked in the special food grade pouches which are designed to be sealed by the heat.  For example, place asparagus evenly in a pouch.  Add a drizzle of olive oil, personally I find it best to season after cooking.  Make sure the special food grade bag is straight, and with the top of the pouch laying on the rippled surface just touching the air portal.


Close the lid and press 'Vacuum/Seal' - the air with be automatically drawn out and the bag will seal afterwards.


Your food is now ready to be cooked in the SousVide water oven!

Four Easy Steps to SousVide Cooking are simply; Season, Seal, Simmer and Serve.

Season: Meat, chicken or fish or vegetables, fill the machine with hot water and set the temperature on the SousVide water oven.  Pop into the special food grade plastic pouches along with any chosen herbs you might fancy.

Seal: The pouch using a vacuum machine.
Simmer: Once your selected temperature has been reached, place the sealed vacuum pouch into the water bath by resting it in the rack.  Put the lid on along with the heat mat included and get on with enjoying your day whilst dinner is being cooked with the temperature being constantly monitored for you by the SousVide water oven.
Serve: When the time is up, take the pouch out of the machine and turn the machine off.  Open the pouch taking care of the hot steam on opening and you can either enjoy your beautifully cooked food straight away, or continue to cook further depending on your recipe. 
Leave the water to cool before emptying the machine.

Indian-style Chicken and Pepper Tikka Skewers:





 Print Recipe


Allow 1 chicken breast fillet and half of a bell pepper for every 2 skewers you want to make.

Skinless chicken breast fillets - cut into bite sized pieces
Red bell pepper - cut into bite sized pieces
Tikka Masala Paste (Pataks or Sharwood's are both good)
vegetable oil

How to do it: 
Mix the paste and oil together in a bowl - about 1 tablespoon of paste to a drizzle of oil is enough for 1 chicken fillet. Leave to marinate for at least half an hour.  
Thread the chicken onto wooden skewers alternating with pepper.
Pop the skewers into a pouch - best to roll the top of the pouch so the marinade doesn't get on the top of the bag, if it does it wont seal properly.


Seal the pouch and fill the SousVide water oven with hot water and set the temperature to 63.5C or 146F
Once the temperature is reached pop the sealed bags into the water and allow to cook for a minimum of 1 hour but I left mine simmering away for 2 and a half hours.
*This is the great thing about Sous Vide cooking, only the temperature and minimum time has to be paid attention to, then you can leave most foods simmering all day - until you are ready to eat*

Remove the pouch from the oven and remember the food will be perfectly cooked though but for visual presentation just pop the skewers either onto the BBQ for literately 30 seconds each side, or onto a VERY hot griddle-pan as I did to achieve a nice char-grilled look.  Now enjoy!


Sous Vide Soft Cooked Egg with Asparagus and Bacon Dust:





Print Recipe


Allow 1 egg and 4 or 5 asparagus tips per person and 1 rasher of bacon will make enough dust for 6 plates.

How to do it:

For perfectly cooked Asparagus Tips: 
Fill the machine with hot water and  at 88C/190.5 and pop in the vacuum sealed pouch and cook for just 5 to 10 minutes.  Remove and without opening the bag, see if it bends easily and when it does it's done.


I cooked the asparagus in the Sous Vide water oven the day before, since the eggs and vegetables need different temperatures it was easier.   Asparagus needs nothing but a tiny drizzle of oil added to the cooking pouch and I find it nicer if it's seasoned once it's cooked.  All vegetables keep their colour and look amazing.

Once it was cooked I plunged the bag into ice cold water and left it to cool. Wiped the bag dry and stored still sealed in the bag until the following day.

Wipe a non-stick frying pan with a tiny amount of vegetable oil and fry a rasher of smoked back bacon until it's really crisp.  Now wrap in a couple of sheets of kitchen paper and pop into the microwave for 30 seconds and it should be very crisp.  If not pop it back for another 20 seconds but take care not to burn it.

Leave to cool and crush in a pestle and mortar or with under another sheet of kitchen paper with a rolling pin and voi·lĂ  bacon dust!

Perfect Soft Cooked Eggs:
After a few experiments I found that a temperature of 65C and 45 minutes produced the perfect soft cooked egg and very fresh eggs work best.

There is no need to put your eggs in a bag.  Fill the Sous Vide with hot water and set the temperature to 65C/149F and once the temperature is carefully lower in your eggs one at a time and set the timer on the machine to 45 minutes.
Once the time is up the machine will give out a series of load beeps.  Remove the eggs and crack into a cup before placing on your finished dish, only because it's easier that way.  

Plate your dish up, add the egg and eat!


Goi Cuon - Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls with Pickled Cucumber:



Print Recipe


To serve 4 you will need:
about 4 inches of cucumber - seeds removed and diced
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar 

1 x skinless chicken breast fillet - cooked Sous Vide with a tiny drizzle of oil and a splash of soy sauce - then cooled and thinly sliced
1 carrot, 1 spring onion - very thinly sliced into matchsticks
a few baby gem lettuce leaves - shredded  
8 Spring roll rice papers and Vermicelli Noodles - available in any good supermarket.

How to do it:
Fill the Sous Vide oven with hot water and set the temperature to 63.5C/146F
Once the temperature has been reached submerge the chicken fillet (prepared as above) into the water and as long as it's been simmering for a minimum of 1 hour, remember cooking Sous Vide means it can stay there all day if you wish without the chicken drying out, it will stay moist and full of flavour and is ready when you are.

Meanwhile, make the Pickled Cucumber:
Sprinkle the diced cucumber with the salt and leave for 30 minutes.  Once ready, pat dry with kitchen paper and put the cucumber into a small bowl.  Add the rice vinegar and sugar and give it a good stir.  Leave for an hour or so and to serve just drain from the liquid.

Once the chicken is cooked, remove and cool in ice cold water whilst still in the pouch.  Then remove the pouch and slice the chicken into thin strips.

For the Spring Rolls:
Pop the vermicelli noodles into a bowl and add boiling water, leave for 5 minutes then rinse and drain.

Place one spring roll rice wrapper at a time into a large bowl of warm water and leave for just a couple of seconds so the rice paper has softened.

Lay on a plate and add the chicken, carrot, lettuce and spring onion filling along with a few noodles, taking care not to over fill.

Bring the bottom of the rice paper up to cover the filling, fold the side in and roll.  Cut each roll in half when you're ready to serve.


Next time I'll be showing you three Main Courses including a selection of vegetables.
You can find more delicious Sous Vide recipes over at Karen's site;  Lavender and Lovage.

Disclaimer: I was sent a SousVide Supreme Promo Pack which consists of: a SousVide Supreme water oven, Vacuum sealer which includes 10 pouches.
2 boxes of vacuum seal cooking pouches, and the Easy Sous Vide cookbook
RRP: £506:98 (£422.48 excluding VAT) it is mine to keep in return for blog posts and a total of twelve recipes.
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Baked Fig and Goats Cheese with Parma Ham

This is one seriously delicious combination - tangy warm goat cheese, sweetness from the baked fig and a slight saltiness from the Parma ham.

Oh yes, this is just perfect as a starter for any good dinner party.

Baked Fig and Goats Cheese with Parma Ham

Easy to make and no need for any fancy equipment - just a non-stick baking sheet or very shallow tray.
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Salmon Ceviche with a Florida Grapefruit Dressing

 Salmon Ceviche with Cucumber, Chive and Florida Grapefruit dressing - sound good?  Then read on.......


You may remember a while back when I told you about a competition Florida Grapefruit were holding over at their FaceBook page.  Well last week I went to London along with a few other food bloggers and had a lovely day with the winner Victoria Ashley and Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner.
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Camembert Baked in the Box with Bacon Dust

Melty, sticky, gooey cheese that oozes from its box and topped with bacon dust.  Ready in no time and all that's needed is fresh crusty bread and you're all set to dive in. 
With some bacon in the fridge in need of being used up what to do but make bacon dust!

Camembert Baked in the Box with Bacon Dust

Having had a bit of a Google I think I just might have invented this as there seems to be no other baked Camembert with bacon dust recipes to be found. 
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Aubergine Tomato and Goats Cheese Stacked on Garlic Bread

Slices of aubergine, tomato and goats cheese all stacked together on toasted  garlic bread - a lovely starter to a meal.
In my fridge was a nice beef tomato an aubergine and one round of goats cheese, I came up with this.  It's really easy to do too.
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Leek and Carrot Soup

 I've had this recipe written down for an age but have only just got round to making it.  I now can't remember where I found the original recipe, so I'm unable to give the person or book a mention and give credit to them.
What I can tell you is it was delicious!  The addition of oregano I think really sets it off.

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Jan's Chicken Teriyaki Skewers

Now these were nice, very nice indeedy!  Moist tender chicken with lovely charred bits of sticky goodness.
They're really very easy to do and all you need to serve them is some nice pita bread and salad.  Although greedy us had some skinny chips with them too!
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Parma Ham Pizza with Two Cheeses, Pear and Honey Caramelised Onions

Discover the Origin is a campaign promoted by the European Union, Italy, France and Portugal and achieved by the office representative of five key European products: Burgundy wines, Port and Douro Valley Wines, Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. 
This scrummy Pizza was total yum on a plate!
Recipe taken from the book - Discover the Origin which sadly, isn't available to buy, I was very kindly sent a Promotional copy.
The aim of all of them is to enhance knowledge of the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) among consumers, distributors and food professionals and to educate on the benefits of the provenance indicator schemes, the relevant checks, controls and traceability systems that are put in place to ensure ongoing quality, and to differentiate the products and raise their profiles.
All five of these products carry a guarantee of their provenance and quality: the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) for Parma Ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, AOC for Burgundy wines and DOC for Port and Douro Valley wines.  If you see these labels on any food or drinks, you can rest assured that you will be rewarded with excellent quality.
Over at the Discover the Origin website you can learn more about the campaign and also watch a video of chef Lesley Waters making rather yummy looking 'Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parma Ham Polenta Muffins'
Thank you to Louise for sending me the book.
If you would like the recipe for the Parma Ham Pizza click continue reading:
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Spiced Lamb Koftas with Minted Yoghurt from Cookery School Book

I've very kindly been sent the Cookery School book by Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan.  Richard wrote the book to accompany 'Cookery School' the Channel 4 television series in which he stars along with Gizzi Erskine and is shown every week day at 2.05pm.


Scummy yummy lamb kofta kebabs with a mint and cucumber yoghurt dip.
The book is so easy to follow and as it's title suggests.  Many of the recipes and cooking techniques have step by step instructions with pictures. 

The only thing that the book is missing is a ribbon book mark!  But that's just my suggestion and no big deal at all, as it is of course, easy to use a piece of paper as a bookmark.
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Pork Chestnut and Madeira Terrine

 With Christmas almost upon us, why not start getting prepared now and have a go at making this terrine.  Full of lovely rich ingredients - Merchant Gourmet Chestnuts, pork, juniper berries and Madeira.  
Impress your guests, it's easy to make and would be an excellent starter for either Christmas or Boxing day, at New Year or of course, at any dinner party.
    This terrine can be made in advance as it will freeze nicely - just double wrap in kitchen foil.

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Camembert Baked in the Box with Tiny Bruschetta for Dipping

Sticky gooey Camembert baked and oozing from it's box.  Serve with tiny bruschetta for scooping or dipping, perfect for sharing.

Baked Camembert

Camembert in box 
Perfect for two to share:
250g Camembert in a wooden box
a very tiny amount of olive oil
1 peeled clove garlic
just a half a teaspoon of white wine

How to do it:
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
Remove the cheese from it's box - take off any wrapping then put the cheese back in the box.
This particular make has a sticker on the bottom of the cheese, so be sure to remove that too.  Make a good amount of tiny holes with a fork all over the top rind of the cheese.

Camembert
Rub the garlic all over the top of the cheese - the smallest amount of olive oil will help you to rub the garlic over the cheese much easier.

Camembert in wooden box


Drizzle the wine into the holes. Slice a small sliver of garlic and place it on top of the cheese.  Put the lid back on the box loosely and bake in your preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, until hot and bubbling.  Keep an eye on it though as you don't want over cooked or it will be running out everywhere.

Remove the slice of garlic and serve immediately while still lovely and gooey.

Baked Camembert

Tiny bruschetta:
You will need some (as much as you fancy making) day old small baguettes.
Cut into thin slices and drizzle a shallow baking tray with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.
Press each piece of bread into the tray and turn over. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and add a little more salt and pepper.
Bake in a preheated oven 200c/400f or Gas 6 for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden and crisp.
They emerge from the oven, crispy and crunchy and perfect for dipping.


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