Carmargue Red and Brown Basmati with Wild Rice Mixture

What a marvellous mixture of different rices! 

Carmargue Red and Brown Basmati with Wild Rice Mixture

Now for a tiny bit of trivia!
Carmargue Red Rice - Grown in the wetlands in the Carmargue region of Southern France.

Brown Basmati - Provides protein and carbohydrates as well as B-vitamins which aid digestion.  

Wild rice - is any of the four species of plants that make up the genus Zizania

Chicken Leek and Ham Pie in a Cheese and White Wine Sauce

Another dinner from a dinner; how about making a pie from your left over Sunday roast chicken!  It's really easy to do. Nice tender bits of chicken and ham with leeks in a cheese and white wine sauce, topped with crispy puff pastry; what's not to like?

Chicken Leek and Ham Pie

I love making another dinner from leftovers - I say it's the way to go 😋


Bubble and Squeak with Bacon and Fried Egg

Bubble and squeak is a traditional English dish made with leftover vegetables from the Sunday Roast.  The main ingredients are potato and cabbage, but you can add whatever you fancy - or have leftover!

So, be making extra potato and veg when you're doing the Sunday roast this week and you have Monday's dinner sorted!

Old Bay Seasoned Crispy Crumb Chicken

Crunchy crispy chicken with Old Bay seasoned crumbs.  Totally yummy served with whatever you fancy, or my roasted vegetables and mozzarella from my previous post.

Old Bay Seasoned Crispy Crumb Chicken

Old Bay Seasoning is marvellous stuff, it can be used for all sorts, seafood, meat or poultry.  I got a tin from Amazon; well worth buying a tin as it lasts ages. 

Roasted Vegetables with Mozzarella Cheese

Mediterranean vegetables roasted and topped with oozy melty mozzarella, equals double yum!
Made up from stuff in the fridge, all I had to buy was the mozzarella.  I served the vegetables with crispy crumbed chicken, recipe in the next post. 

Roasted Vegetables with Mozzarella Cheese

So easy to do and can be prepared ready to cook later the same day - just cover in cling film and pop it into the fridge.  I'd remove it an hour before cooking as the baking tray will be so cold.

How to Make Dan Dan Mian or Dan Dan Noodles

It seems there are so many versions of Dan Dan Mian or Dan Dan noodles you wouldn't believe it.  I first came across it over at Kevin's blog, I made it and was hooked on it.  
Since then I've made it many times and have titivated it a little bit.

A nice tingly heat of the Szechuan peppercorns, although you can of course put in as much or little of them as you fancy.

Dan Dan Mian

You can get the Szechuan peppercorns and Ketjap Manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) from either Sainsbury's or Waitrose.

Simple Stuffed Veg - from Jamie Does Book by Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's book 'Jamie Does' is a great book.  I made one of his Greek dishes 'Simple Stuffed Veg' and I must say, it was total yum!  We loved the chilli Jamie added to this dish, along with the pistachios and feta.

Stuffed tomatoes and peppers

Really easy to make and delicious too.

Jamie Oliver's latest book titled - Jamie Does

Jamie Oliver's new book titled 'Jamie does...Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece and France' goes on sale 15th April and I've been lucky enough to have been sent a copy!

I have to say, this book is in my opinion, his best book yet. It's packed full of the most fantastic recipes and just reading it, makes you want to eat them.  I'll soon be posting a couple here, so watch this space!

Thank you Peter for sending me the book.

Pan Cooked Chicken with Asparagus and Smoked Bacon

Soon as I saw Jamie Oliver making this on TV the other day, I had to make it.  Crusty bread is necessary for dipping and mopping!

Pan Cooked Chicken with Asparagus and Smoked Bacon

Chicken with asparagus, smoked bacon and tomatoes - oh yes this was seriously delicious.
Mine doesn't look 'quite' the same as his did, but it was still lovely.

Syrup Sponge Pudding - 6 Minute Microwave Recipe

If you're in a hurry and want a super fast dessert this microwave syrup sponge pudding is the way to go!  I'm not normally a one for cooking things just by microwave. However, when you just feel the need to eat syrup sponge pudding and it can be done in 6 minutes in the microwave then you have to do it!

Syrup Sponge Pudding

Take no notice of the horrid looking custard - yes it was a packet mix, I was in a hurry!

To serve 4 you will need:
a glass 1 litre pudding bowl
150g self raising flour
a pinch of salt
50g caster sugar
50g Atora suet
1 egg
150ml milk

How to do it:
Mix the flour and salt, stir in the sugar and suet. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg and milk.
Mix to a soft dropping consistency.  Grease your glass pudding bowl with a little butter and put the syrup in the bottom (you could use jam if you fancy it).
Pour in the pudding mixture on top of the syrup or jam.
Microwave (based on a 1000w microwave) for 6 minutes on HIGH.

Syrup Sponge Pudding
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