Breakfast, cake, Dinner, Food, Serves 2, super filling, Uncategorized

Bank holiday Best Eats: Brunches, Dinners and Bakes

So the spring bank holiday is coming to an end. Its dark outside. We are debating on if that was a bat or a bird we sort darting past the window… and i have to say it is one of the best dinner bank holidays that I can remember in a long time…. so heres a bit of a brag.

Roasted Harissa and Garlic Chicken in Pittas

It started with a Friday night: with a quick roasted small chicken dressed in Harissa paste, garlic, coriander and olive oil. Served in pitta breads with dips and some salad. Proper finger (licking) food that was really a bit of mucking about with the mortar and pestle, smothering the flesh and then letting it rock out in the oven while we (I) do the post work shake off and feet up and perhaps a bit of the ol’ red leg rum… Roast chicken doesn’t have to stay tucked away for a Sunday…

Saturday morning….

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Breakfast, Food, Serves 2, Uncategorized, Under 15mins

Sunshine Eggs

Good Morning Bank Holiday Weekend (in the UK) Today is not the day for cereal or limp toast. Put away your quick fix get out the door smoothie. Today is the day for brunch. Something fantastic and filling served a little later (because you’ve gotten up a little later).Something that will bring you some joy.

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I cannot guarantee the weather outside for bank holiday Britain I can put some sunshine on your plate. And if you can fry an egg… you can make these. Continue reading “Sunshine Eggs”

Dinner, Healthy, Serves 2, super filling, Uncategorized, Under 30 min

Sweet Potato Topped Indian Dahl

So we needed something warming and filling tonight. Something that’s not going to break the bank or take over the whole night to cook. And I’m not opposed to a veggie night – I don’t think there’s a need to eat meat every meal – nor every day- so here we have the solution to the above equations making one very tasty dinner ……

  • 650g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 onion, Sliced into fine half moons
  • 2 carrots, chopped in to finger length batons
  • 1 corgette chopped into finger length batons
  • Thumb of ginger + 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 100 split red lentils
  • good handful coriander- I use the frozen kind cos I always have it as a store cupboard staple – but fresh is going to be very good.
  • Greek-style yogurt – a good spoon full.
  1. Chopped sweet potato goes into a pan of boiling water ,cook for 15 mins, or until tender.
  2. While the ‘tatos are getting to the mash able state, heat the oil in a pan
  3. fry the onion and carrot, 2 minutes,
  4. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring for 1 min more.
  5. Stir in the curry powder,
  6. Mix the Stock cube, tomato puree to 750ml of  boiling water, add this with the lentils to the Veggie pan
  7. Cover the pan and rapid simmer for 20 mins until the vegetables are tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  8. Stir in the chopped coriander.
  9. When the sweet potatoes are cooked, drain and mash them with the yogurt and season
  10. Spoon the lentil mix into one big or individual dishes then top with the sweet potato-mash.
  11. Season with the coriander and pepper

wash up roll call-

1 deep fry pan, 1 sauce pan, 1 chop board, 1 knife (and peeler if you used it), 1 wooden spoon (masher if you use it)
whatever you serve it in and whatever you eat it with

Breakfast, Dinner, Serves 2, super filling, Uncategorized, Under 30 min

Middle Eastern eggs with merguez and Pistachios – Brilliant Brunch

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Found as I was flicking through one of my numerous cooking magazines- an April edition from a few years back- and He and I spy something that we both think “now that would make a good Saturday brunch.”

If he and I are both off on a weekend day breakfast normally rolls over into being some sort of brunch and its becoming as somewhat reliable tradition.

I confess that I did not actually use the sausages named in the title -merguez- which are a lamb and beef sausage from north Africa. I am sure I could have found some if I had looked harder – but what I found were some nice Aberdeen Angus beef sausages reduced down – have I mentioned He is Scottish?- and I cannot resist a good yellow label if I know I have a recipe it will work in.

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What you will need

Drizzle of olive oil / rape seed oil

1 red onion – chopped

6 merguez sausages (I ended up using Aberdeen angus and black pepper chipolatas.)

15 cherry tomatoes halved

Pinch of sugar (any sugar)

3 tsp harissa paste

2 eggs

2 wholemeal pitta breads

Pinch of paprika (apparently optional – I think not so optional-

2 tbsp. Greek yogurt

Few sprigs of parsley

Heat drizzle in heavy bottom small frying pan – cast iron if you have it. Something sturdy if you don’t

Add onion and cook for a few mins until soft, push them to one side. Add sausages and fry for 5-20 mins rolling them around in the pan till they get golden.

Add tomatoes, sugar, harissa, season well and add a splash of water – cook for 5-10 mins stirring now and again

The tomatoes will cook down into a nice chunky sauce

Push sauces to one side and create two large holes in the sauce so you can crack your eggs in. cook for 4-5 mins until whites are set and yolks are still runny – toast the pittas at this stage.

Sprinkle paprika on to eggs- just a pinch, dollop on the yogurt and sprinkle with pistachios and parsley

Serve with the pittas cut in half and on the side

Listen to something that makes you feel like you’re in the sun. Enjoy. This really was a treat for my taste buds. And His. And She came home and thought the house smelt delicious… WINNER

Wash up.

Chop board

Knife

Measuring spoons.

1 frying pan

Whatever you serve it in if you don’t eat it straight from your pan when you bring it to your table.

Nom nom nom

Dinner, Midnight Snack, Serves 2, Snacks, Uncategorized

Midnight Snack – Chinese Pizza Edition

Sometimes there are nights when you return from an establishment with a need to feed. To soak up some of that whiskey and wine. I have never really been a fan of the kebab van (despite the famous rivalry between the two on my home town high street) I am not suggesting that anyone should cook if they have imbibed so much that they are having to do the close one eye to focus on the phone screen face. At this point toast and a pint of water is probably my best advice.

If however you have some sobriety still about you. Here’s an option He and I came up with recently.


Chinese Chicken Pizza

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Now stop making that face because I am not talking about that faux Chinese flavoured rubber meat that has some sort of pinkish crust that various pizza shops sell as “Chinese chicken”.

This is some sort of mad backstreet baby of what happens if you mix the idea of a duck hoisin pancake and a pizza together

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  • Take one Flat bread (If I ever see one reduced down I nab it for the freezer for reasons just like this)
  • 1 cooked chicken breast  -sliced or torn up – not gonna lie tipsy me tares
  • Spring onions -2 – either sliced length way or on a long slant
  • Pepper – red  – sliced into lengths
  • Rich hoisin sauce
  • Cucumber- inch piece, deseeded +cubed
  1. Flat bread (does not need to be defrosted)
  2. Hoisin sauce- using back of spoon spread over leaving about 2 cm border
  3. Sprinkle onion, pepper and chicken
  4. Use the spoon to turn some of the toppings over so you get the glaze on top
  5. Oven 10 mins –
  6. Out of oven.
  7. Sprinkle over the cucumber
  8. Eat. It’s not the tidiest dish. Use a plate/knife and fork – or roll your slices like a Hench pancake

 

Soaks up a sozzled  stomach, hits the taste buds, stupid simple.