Japanese Beef Bowl
So simple, chopsticks at the ready, feel free to swop the beef for chicken, pork or maybe prawns? Ooh salmon would be lovely but I think I've leave the mushrooms out?
300g thin slices of beef, cut into strips. A couple of cloves of garlic and a knob of ginger, grated. Finely diced de seeded chilli depending on your "hot" radar. A tin of mixed water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. Some Chinese mushrooms soaked in hot water for 2 hours. A couple of spring onions, ...
Gorgonzola Beef Burger
Easy Friday night supper and, bonus, I had too much meat so made double and froze the other 2 for another day.
To make 4 burgers:
500g good beef mince. 1 large onion, grate half and very finely chop the other half. Approximately 70g blue cheese, roughly chunked. I happened to have Gorgonzola left from the chicken recipe a few days ago. As much freshly ground black pepper as you like.
Mix together well, really squeeze the ingredients together and shape into ...
Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes
Made these yesterday as a thank you gift. I'm weird as don't like cake really but these smelled incredible and the Boss scoffed one as soon as they were cool enough to handle. My friends emailed asking for the recipe so here it is!
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Cream together 200g of softened butter and 200g of sugar. Beat 4 eggs and add gradually (if the mixture curdles just add a spoon of flour and be more patient adding the rest of the egg!). Gently fold in 200g of self ...
The Best Beef Stew, melt in the mouth good..
I'm pretty critical about food, food I cook anyway, often wondering what I could have done differently. Wow this was amazing, personally I wouldn't change a thing and the whole lot was devoured by just three of us last night.
Ingredients and method:
800g beef shin (I thought we'd have leftovers, boy did that meat shrink!) Dust the whole joint in seasoned flour and sear until browned evenly. Remove from pan.
2 large onions, 4 decent sized carrots, 4 sticks celery all ...
Let’s “tweak” that trusty Chicken Shnitzel, bring on the blue cheese and smoked ham!
Make ahead, takes minutes to cook and tastes really good. Definitely worthy of serving to guests!
Just the 2 of us so one plump chicken breast cut in half lengthways. Blitz some nuts (I only had walnuts) and mix with freshly ground black pepper. Press your chicken slices into the nut mixture then chill (so you can do this and veg n the morning then just cook chicken and reheat vegetables). If you don't like nuts use breadcrumbs!
Heat olive oil and butter hot, in ...
Pack your Veg with flavour please
I love vegetables, raw; steamed; baked you name it. That doesn't mean they can't get "dressed up" a little.
Gently simmering carrot batons with a tiny bit of water, a couple of fresh sprigs of thyme, some lemon peel and a small knob of butter made them smell amazing! Season to taste after cooking.
Drain the cooking liquid into a bowl. Dice an onion and some garlic, gently sauté. Chop some spinach or other leaves and add to the pan. Splash in a little of the carrot cooking ...
Slow cooked Belly Pork with Asian flavours
A much underrated and cheap joint of meat, yes it's fatty but that means you can cook for ages and skim the fat off yet it stays so moist and tender. Tons more belly pork recipes to come over the winter!
It takes just a few minutes to prepare then switch on the slow cooker and enjoy the really good aroma wafting away for best part of the day. (I'm a lazy cook so it seems..)
You'll need 500g or more of belly pork to serve 2 people, it shrinks when cooked!
Just chop an onion, bash a few ...
Tomato & Basil Soup
I truly love soups so welcome the onset of slightly colder days to enjoy them to the fullest. What can be better than a steaming bowl of goodness for a delicious and healthy lunch?
This one is simplicity itself!
Sweat down a diced red onion with a couple of cloves of garlic in a little olive oil, be patient as you want the flavour to be sweet. Add some very ripe freshly chopped tomatoes and simmer down until slightly pulpy. Secret ingredient here, a good knob of butter ...
Comfort Food Chicken Pie (effortless)!
So here's the 2nd meal from my chicken. Prepared in minutes, baked for less than half an hour. I could get used to this type of cooking :)
Sauté onions with a small pack of bacon lardons. Add some chopped mushrooms, a drained tin of sweetcorn and a small pack of frozen peas.
Shred some chicken and use some of the jellied stock. Add to the pan, season to taste.
Feel free to splash a little white wine in or chopped herbs (I just used a ...
Perfect Herb & Lemon Roast Chicken
The motto of "you get what you pay for" is true in many ways and definitely when it comes to good food. This free range chicken weighed 2.4kg and cost 8,47 euro. It's going to feed us the roast, then a pie, enough for a salad and then stock to freeze plus a good 3 days of chicken broth lunches. Happy days!
The Herb & Butter "stuffing"
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme chopped very finely. Mix with zest of 1 lemon (don't throw the lemon away) ...