Showing posts with label Vegetables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vegetables. Show all posts

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Chicken with Bacon Saffron Tomato and Potato - One Pot Meal

 Readers of this blog would have seen my recent review of the beautiful cook book 'Café Kitchen' by Shelagh Ryan.  As soon as I opened the book I knew I had to make this dish.  This is a lovely recipe full of flavour and easy since it's all cooked in one pot.  Suitable for everyday eating but I say would go down a treat at a dinner party too.


As I've already said Café Kitchen is a truly lovely cook book.  I did slightly titivated the original recipe as the book doesn't mention whether or not the potatoes should be precooked or not.  I decided they wouldn't be cooked through simply by adding them in the last 20 minutes of cooking as the book suggests and so I par boiled mine first. I also used one tin less of tomatoes and less chicken stock and wine.  I still had plenty of liquid so I've decided that's the way to go but of course it's just down to personal preference.  The recipe says it serves 8-12 people using eight to twelve chicken thighs - we are greedy so I used 9 to serve two people.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Pan-fried Pork Steak Feast - Entertaining Made Easy

An easy dinner which not only looks good but is also quite simple to make.  Lovely thick and juicy pork steaks smeared with good quality olive oil, seasoned with sea salt and black pepper and pan-fried. 
Turn this meal into a feast by adding a couple of side dishes as shown - one of which includes potatoes but if you still think you need to add more, then of course fresh crusty buttered bread is always a good thing.


 Entertaining made easy:
Since the vegetable dish can be prepared in advance (just don't add the feta until your ready to pop into the oven) this makes entertaining family and friends easy.  The corn can be prepared too to the stage where that has to go into the oven.  All that's left to do then is pan-fry your pork steaks at the last minute.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Tuscan inspired Chicken Dish - Easy to Make Recipe

Just recently Filippo Berio launched their premium Gran Cru range of Extra Virgin Olive Oils and having been sent them to try, I couldn't wait to use them.  For this dish I used Gran Cru Toscano - a chicken dish which just seemed to happen, purely because I happened to have some lovely peppers and tomatoes in the fridge but also because I was feeling inspired by the wonderful oils I'd been sent. 
Nothing but good fresh ingredients, it's easy to make and ended up as something quite wonderful. 
Tuscany is somewhere I've always really fancied visiting - in fact Italy in general really interests me and the food always looks so, so good. 

   
  Just for the record, I'm not claiming this to be authentic Tuscan food, just Tuscan flavours and something I made up as I went along.

 About Filippo Berio:
 Filippo Berio, of Lucca, Tuscany, has been dedicated to Olive Oil since the 1800s and selects the very best and most distinctive regional Italian oils. Filippo Berio is therefore a true expert, with oils ranging from their standard Extra Virgin Olive Oil to this super premium Gran Cru range. 



The Gran Cru range is a selection of three regional Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Each of the three Gran Cru oils - Dauno, Monti Iblei and Toscano have their own unique characteristics.

Filippo Berio Gran Cru Toscano:  Produced in Tuscany from Frantoio, Pendolino and Leccino olives, this delicate green Extra Virgin olive oil has a strong aroma and a well-balanced flavour; a ripe, sweet and fruity taste with a peppery finish. The mainstay of many traditional Tuscan recipes, it is excellent with fish, soups, vegetables and fresh salads.  Perfect for pasta, pulses and barbecued meat too.

Filippo Berio Gran Cru Monti Iblei:  Produced in the Monti Iblei area of Sicily and made using Tonda Iblea olives, this Extra Virgin olive oil has an intense aroma, reminiscent of tomato leaves. It has a full-bodied, intense flavour and is excellent with salads, fish and shellfish.  Perfect with white meat and boiled or grilled vegetables, it is also spectacular on fresh Pecorino and salted Ricotta.    

Filippo Berio Gran Cru Dauno:  Produced in Puglia, in the heel of Italy, and made exclusively from Ogliarola and Coratina olives, this golden green coloured Extra Virgin olive oil is tangy, aromatic and intense. It is best suited to enhancing strong flavours such as game, bitter herbs, artichokes and turnips. It also goes well with vegetable soups and barbecued meat and fish.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Butternut Squash Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Looking at the ingredients list at first glance this may seem like a bit too much faffing about for your liking, but let me tell you the result is so worth it.
Panch Phoran is a bland of a few simple spices and doesn't require grinding - the spices are kept whole so it can be made very easily in just one minute.  Fantastic to keep in the store cupboard and will make a huge difference to any Indian style curry you make. You can see in a previous post of mine just how easy it is to make Panch Phoran - also known as Indian Five-spice.


The butternut adds lovely vibrant colour and a slightly sweet taste to this richly spiced curry.  Be assured that the word 'spiced' does not actually mean this is extra hot (as in spicy) this is just a lovely warming delicious and very tasty curry.  That said if you do want it hotter just add more chilli.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Chicken with Chorizo and Chilli - Ragu Pour Over Sauce

As someone that really enjoys cooking I don't often use ready made sauces.  That said, of course I do if I'm in a hurry or on a day when I simply can't be bothered.  Ragu have recently launched a new range of pour over sauces and I was sent some to try.  The sauces can be used with meat of your choice, chicken, fish or of course over pasta. 


There are four sauces in the range (although only three are shown in the lovely hamper I was sent) because one pot had sadly met with a bit of an accident in the post!



Each pot serves 2-3 and comes in a microwavable 370g pot and is ready to serve in just 2 minutes. With a RRP of £1.69 a pot I think that's excellent value - the range consists of:
Arrabbiata, Primavera, Sun-dried Tomato and Black Olive and Chorizo and Chilli.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Pork and Pepper Smoked Paprika Tray Bake

Tray bakes are so very simple to make and a great way to feed a crowd.  There's no real recipe since you can add whatever takes your fancy, although of course I'll tell you how I made this.  
Peppers, oh we love peppers and of course a tray bake is a brilliant way to get your 5 a day too.  You can add courgettes or aubergine and you can use chicken if you want to. 


 If you are vegetarian just leave the meat out altogether.
  Armed with stuff I already had in the fridge and a nice tray of pork steaks a tray bake came to mind.
Now you will of course need a nice big non-stick roasting tray or dish.  
    Having fallen in love with my James Martin Roasting Tin from his new Barkers Dozen collection by Stellar Cookware this tray bake was waiting to be made.  You can see my review here.
 As I said this is very easy to make, just pile all your nicely seasoned vegetables and pork or chicken into your roasting tin and cook.

 
 Print Recipe
https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/home/pork-and-pepper-smoked-paprika-tray-bake

 To serve 2 greedy people or 4 (not so greedy as we are) you will need:
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
a good amount of smoked paprika
4 nice lean pork loin steaks although a bit of fat round the edge is good
4 medium potatoes washed and sliced to about 1cm - don't bother peeling them (Maris Piper since they're great for roasting)
1 yellow, 1 red and 1 green bell pepper - cut into big bite sized pieces
1 large red onion - cut into wedges
2 fat cloves of garlic - flattened with the bake of a knife
a good pinch of dried oregano
1 lemon - sliced
a few sprigs of thyme 
flat leaf parsley - chopped

How to do it:
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6
Throw your sliced potatoes into your roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil, season well with sea salt and black pepper along with a good sprinkling of smoked paprika.
Mix with your hands to coat the potatoes well and pop into the heated oven for about 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and turn them over.  Add the peppers, onion and garlic and season with sea salt and oregano.  Rub each pork loin with olive oil and a good helping of smoked paprika and coat well.
Add the pork to the tin (on top of the peppers) along with the lemon slices and the sprigs of thyme.  
Pop back into the oven uncovered and leave to cook for about 20 minutes before jiggling everything about a bit.  Return to the oven to cook for a further I dunno, 25-30 minutes.  
I won't give an actual time as all ovens are different and it depends on the thickness of your pork and potatoes.  All I know is you need to make sure the potatoes are cooked though as well as the pork.  Sprinkle over the parsley and serve straight away.  

   
For more information on James Marin's Bakers Dozen and other lovely products,
 pop over to Stellar Cookware.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Quinoa with Roasted Butternut - Healthy Summer Eating

With all this lovely hot weather we're having at the moment (which I've no doubt will end very soon since I've mentioned it) it is most definitely BBQ weather.
As a change and feeling in a healthy eating kinda mood, I felt the need to cook quinoa.  Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is marvelous stuff and although a little on the weird looking side, it is actually rather nice to eat and is good for you too.  That said, of course it does need some love to make it nice as alone it can be a bit tasteless.  But if you add a glug of oil (ha-ha) and some roasted veg along with a dollop of sun-dried tomato paste and it turns into a lovely thing indeed.

 
Now I have to admit to adding a little crumbled feta after this picture was taken but since I'm trying to come across all healthy and that - just don't tell anyone!

 A Quick Word on Quinoa:
Quinoa is a complete protein unlike wheat or rice and contains all eight of the essential amino acids.  It has been recognised by the United Nations as a super crop for its health benefits: packed with dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.  It's also gluten-free and easy to digest which all goes to suggest it is as close the most perfect ingredient you can get.
Before cooking it looks like tiny beads - you need to rinse it well or it will taste bitter.  Then pop into a saucepan (please note 1 cup of uncooked quinoa will turn into about 3 cups when cooked) so allow a big enough saucepan or you will have trouble!
Cover with plenty of water and bring to the boil then turn down to simmer and cook covered with a lid for about 20 minutes or until it looks transparent. 


Monday, 19 May 2014

Mediterranean Vegetable Moussaka - National Vegetarian Week

As we all know the popular Greek dish moussaka traditionally uses lamb, but as it's the start of National Vegetarian week (19th May to 25th) I thought I'd give moussaka a go using just vegetables.  Let me tell you it was truly delicious and every bit as tasty.
To make slicing, peeling, chopping and measuring easier OXO Good Grips kindly sent me a lovely range of tools for the job.

  
First up this rather useful hand-held mandolin slicer enabled slicing potatoes into even slices a doddle. 


An aubergine was sliced and ready to cook in next to no time:


 The hand-head mandolin is easily adjusted by a simple slider on the side so you have a choice of three different thicknesses from approx 1mm to 5mm.  One thing I will say is personally I would have liked the slicer to have one more thicker setting than the max it has of about 5mm.  After use the blade is set to the lock position making it safe to store with the guard in place.

Next up, the Herb Mincer - a fantastic little gadget.  The top opens up to allow easy cleaning and it can go into the dishwasher if you wish.  Safe to use since your fingers aren't near the blade when using.  It chops herbs in seconds just by rolling back and forth and comes with a blade guard for safety when storing. 


 Scrubbing vegetables is once again made easy with this comfortable to hold Vegetable Brush - I didn't need to scrub my potatoes as I was about to peel them for this recipe.


 The OXO Good Grips Y-Peeler is the very fellow for this - nice thin slices means there's no wasted veg:


  How many times have you gone to measure out a teaspoons of spice from a jar to find your measuring spoon will not fit the jar?   These slim measuring spoons are brilliant and the teaspoon easily fits into these slim spice jars that many of us I'm sure have in our cupboards.


All in all each of these products are of good quality as always from OXO Good Grips and you can find out more over at the OXO Good Grips website.  All products shown above are dishwasher safe.

  Now with my recipe!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Mexican-Style Coleslaw - Easy Recipe

Add a little spice to your life with this Mexican-style coleslaw!  Of course you can make it more or less spicy to suit your taste and it's ideal to serve at a BBQ or just as a change instead of regular coleslaw. 


Of course if you happen to have too much time on your hands you can make your own mayonnaise but I'm afraid I don't, and in any case I say good old Hellmann's mayo is the way to go.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Beef with Tomatoes and Sweet Paprika - Slow Cooker Recipe

My cute and dinky slow cooker from Judge Cookware is just 1.5 litres and I've found this size to be perfect as it stops me cooking far too much for two people.  I do tend to get a bit excitable and cook too much food.  You can read my review on the Judge mini slow cooker and find more of my slow cooker recipes here.

About this recipe for Beef and Tomatoes - I meant to use a red peppers, but for some reason I seem to have got side tracked and found myself chopping a carrot instead!  Anyway, I used the carrot and left out the red pepper (since the two together is a bit odd, I think) and it was fine, but when I make it again I will use a bell pepper instead.


Whatever you do please try to use sweet paprika as it will give a far nicer taste.
Of course if you wanted to you could put this in a casserole and pop it into the oven at say 180C/360F for about 3 hours, or until the meat in nice and tender.  The only problem is with the oven it does tend to need checking on more often as you will most probably find you need to turn the oven down at some point.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Simple Recipe Ideas - using Maille Vinegar Mustard and Oil

Maille are are famous for their outstanding range of mustard's, vinegars, oils, dressings and pickles and they recently sent me a few products to try.  
I'm already a huge fan of Maille Dijon Mustard, Wholegrain Mustard with White Wine and Black Olives and also their Balsamic Vinegar. 


I must admit I'd never tried Maille Tomate Séchée - Sherry Vinegar with Sun-dried Tomatoes or Maille Ail et Citron - Mustard with White Wine, Lemon and Garlic and I couldn't wait to give them a go.

So what to make using these lovelies from Maille?  
  I marinated chicken pieces in Maille Ail et Citron Mustard (mixed with a tiny splash of olive oil) for about 30 minutes before threading onto skewers along with red and yellow bell peppers.  I then char-grilled them on a very hot griddle pan - Simple, and very tasty.


Of course I also wanted to try the Tomate Séchée.  I rather fancied some sauteed peppers, onions and tomatoes so I added a splash of the tomato vinegar during cooking which really gave the pepper mixture a lovely slightly tangy taste.  In a separate pan I added a little olive oil and over a high heat, stir-fried some cubes of ciabatta bread to make croutons which I then tossed through the cooked peppers, onions and tomatoes.  The whole thing took under 15 minutes, if that.


  Maille Velours de Balsamique - This Balsamic Vinegar Glaze is perfect for making a balsamic dipping oil for bread.  Just mix together 1 part Maille Balsamic Glaze with 2 parts of extra virgin olive oil and serve with chunks of ciabatta along with a few olives.  A perfect pre-dinner appetizer. 

  
Maille products are easily available in the UK and they’ve even opened their own Mustard Boutique which can be found in London’s Piccadilly Arcade.  Or you can pop over Maille and order online.

This post featuring Maille products was commissioned by Maille for a fee.  I was sent the Maille products mentioned to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, 10 February 2014

How to Make the Perfect Sunday Roast

No matter how busy or hectic your week might be, the perfect Sunday roast is a highlight to look forward to, and one with a lengthy tradition. Whether you go with a juicy, succulent joint of beef, or maybe a roast chicken with all the trimmings like roast potatoes, there are some things that just can’t be messed around with.


To make sure you create the Sunday roast you've been dreaming of all week, here are a few things to think about:

Friday, 7 February 2014

Easy Chicken Casserole - Stellar Cookware Induction Hob and Pan

 Here in this video I make a really easy chicken casserole - it's nothing fancy but it's tasty and is the very thing for this horrid weather we have here at the moment.  All you need to serve is either mashed potatoes or you could have some nice crusty bread.
I'm using an induction hob from Stellar Cookware and the pan I used is the Stellar 5000 induction saute pan which is suitable for all hob types.  I wanted to use the timer function on the hob which I did and it works a treat.  I stirred the casserole from time to time and to check how it was going.


About the Pan and Induction Hob:
The Teflon Platinum Pro triple-layered non-stick.  Mirror polished high quality 18/10 stainless steel, Cast stainless steel riveted handles, with anti-slip, stay cool, soft grip handles. Dishwasher and oven safe up to 180ºc, Stellar lifetime pan guarantee, with a 10 year non-stick guarantee. 

I absolutely love this pan and have used it a good few times now.  The pan I was sent it 28cm and is a good size.  So very easy to clean and although it is dishwasher safe I have so far just needed to wash in hot soapy water, rinse and dry.  Nothing seems to stick to it, it's brilliant.  Although it is a little heavy I found it easy to lift due to the extra helper handle.  The glass lid allows you to see what's happening to your cooking and is ventilated too. The pan is available in 24cm too if 28cm is too big for your needs.  There are 12 items in the Stellar Induction 5000 Cookware range, saucepans, frying pans and a stock pot and casserole.   

For anyone that hasn't already seen my review of the Stellar Touch Control Portable Induction Hob you can see it here.

Where to Buy:
Available at Harts of Stur, all good cook-shops and Amazon


Many thanks to Stellar Cookware for sending me the Induction hob and pan.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.  I only ever post reviews on products I like the look of, and therefore would buy myself.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Save Money on Supermarket Shopping

Now, it has to be said since we all have to eat, it's fantastic to be able save money on food, but of course we also want it to be good food.  There aren't really any veg markets neaby that are convenient to go to as they would almost certainly be cheaper than in a supermarket.
Aldi have just opened a store near us so yesterday I popped in to see what it was all about.  I'm not going to talk about anything other than vegetables since that's all I bought, but I was amazed at how good the quality is, and just how cheap it is compared to other supermarkets.
Just as an example this is my shopping:


Items listed below marked with a star had 30% off and that price is shown in the cost I've given.  Now they were in first class condition and didn't appear to be 'sell by that day'.  I say 'they didn't appear to be' because the odd thing is I can't see any sell by or best before dates on any of the items.
*Stew pack containing a swede, parsnip, carrots and onions weight 1.5kg - cost 97p
Net of 4 good sized onions - cost 89p
Pack of 3 mixed bell peppers - cost 99p
*Celery - cost 48p
*Pack of 3 Leeks - cost 62p
250g Chestnut mushrooms - cost 62p

Total Cost was just £4.57
The cost before the 30% reduction of some items would have been £5.11

Compare this with one of the top big supermarkets in the UK, I added the same items to my 'shopping basket' online......
However, there was 1 onion less (they sell them in packs of 3 not 4) and 0.5kg less veg in their stew pack.  As you can see the total cost came to £7.55
Please note although it says 'guide price' this was the actual price as all discounts had been taken off - it always says guide price as it's not sure if you want it delivered or are going to pick it up or if there are any other discounts to be applied - in this case there wasn't.

  

Total Saving on this small amount of shopping was £2.98
So, it just goes to show with a little shopping around you can save money.  Do you have any Money Saving Tips for Supermarket shopping?

Disclaimer:  I was not approached by Aldi to write this post, I just felt it would be informative news to share with my readers.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

SousVide Supreme - Mediterranean Style Cod

 Having experimented quite a bit now with The SousVide Supreme water oven, I've had a go at Starter Courses and Party Food and Everyday Dinners but until now I hadn't tried cooking fish apart from salmon fillets.  Cooking in the SousVide Supreme keeps vegetables vibrant and meat and poultry succulent, juicy and totally delicious but what about fish? 


Personally I'm not keen on salmon cooked sous vide, probably it's just a matter of taste but I found the salmon lost texture and became slightly mushy despite trying different temperatures and cooking times.  That said, it must just be me as others have been successful with salmon.
Cod fillets however are not only a doddle to cook sous vide, but they came out perfectly cooked and flaked beautifully and were full of flavour.  My photo really doesn't do this dish justice - hurry up the brighter weather I say.  Since I made this dish up as I went along I was so pleased with it I will make it again.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

SousVide Supreme Dinner Made Easy - Tarragon Chicken

Readers of this blog will know I've recently been experimenting with The SousVide Supreme water oven.  Starter Courses, Party Food and now Everyday Dinners all cooked Sous Vide.  
Cooking in the SousVide Supreme keeps vegetables vibrant and meat and poultry succulent, juicy and totally delicious.


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.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

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 just 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: 
Sous Vide Cooking Times and Temperatures Reference Guide.

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.
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·là 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 enjoy!


Goi Cuon - Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls with Pickled Cucumber:


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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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