Potato, Butternut squash and Spinach cakes
Having cleaned my, ahem, well seasoned oven this morning I needed an experiment and am rather chuffed with the result.
To make 4 decent sized ones I used:
2 medium sized potatoes, (use sweet potato by all means) peeled and cubed. Half a small butternut squash, likewise peeled and cubed. Simmer these together until softened but still al dente.
Sauté a small finely diced white and red onion in a little butter. Throw in a couple of handfuls of chopped raw spinach and ...
Creamy Butterbean and Spinach
Truly enjoyed this and I reckon it would work perfectly with chicken or pork medallions. I happened to have salmon fillet and it was delicious.
Simply sauté finely chopped shallots with a little garlic in butter. Throw in lots of fresh spinach and wilt. Add a drained can of butterbeans along with about 50ml of vegetable stock and white wine. Simmer then roughly mash. Add a generous splash of cream, seasoning, chopped parsley, grated nutmeg and lemon zest. Reheat then top with whatever you ...
Sweet Potato Frittata
Sweet potatoes, red onions, bacon and tangy Parmesan cheese. Smells amazing and was all done in the same pan!
Simple as anything. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Simply peel and cube the sweet potatoes (use normal if you prefer) and par boil until slightly softened.
Gently fry sliced red onions and bacon until coloured. Add spinach and sauté until wilted.
Whisk 6 eggs, season and add a generous handful of grated Parmesan cheese. Pour over the ...
Southern Style Baked Chicken
Having lusted over making this for ages I stalked the internet greedily reading lots of recipes before coming up with this. I'm very happy with the result, truly drool worthy, but next time I'd suggest dipping in melted butter then in the coating twice to get a good covering that (hopefully) won't fall off in parts.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy! That's my poor pun at making the buttermilk to soak the chicken in overnight. If you can buy buttermilk go for it. Here we can't so into a bowl goes ...
Blue Cheese Burgers
Yay, summer is coming! Well it feels that way here in Sicily. Nights are brighter, food becomes lighter and these burgers were delicious.
Ratio of cheese to minced meat? I used about 25 grams to 100 grams of meat.
Basic recipe for 2 hungry people was: 400 grams minced beef; 100 grams blue cheese (I used Gorgonzola); a handful of finely chopped spring onion tops (or use chives); a dash of hot sauce; a tsp of mustard; a dash of Lea & Perrins; black pepper. Squidge it all together ...
Portuguese style Chicken Broth
This simple but full of flavour broth was definitely a favourite of mine when living in the Algarve. Just a few ingredients and time is all you need!
Start making chicken stock. I put the left over chicken and carcass from a roast chicken in my slow cooker, add a chopped onion; a few peppercorns; a couple of bay leaves; the rind from half a lemon and a few sprigs of fresh mint. Cover with water and switch it on. Mine cooked on low for 8 hrs, you could pressure cook it I guess?
Definitely not an authentic recipe, I played around with it and this with ground almonds is our current winner dinner! Creamy, spicy and tender - delicious. It takes a while but is very simple as long as you're organised. Marinate chicken overnight then just grill, set aside while making the sauce and combine.
450 grams to ½ kg chicken (or 1 lb.)
Juice of one small lemon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Chilli powder (hot or mild, it's up to you)
Tasty Pork Tenderloin Medallions
Cut the pork tenderloin into thick medallions. In a non metallic bowl mix together the following.
4 tblsp of Soy sauce, juice of one small orange, a couple of tblsp ketchup, good splash of Lea & Perrins, a tblsp of honey, a couple of tblsp of oil, grated garlic and ginger, some chilli flakes. Taste and adjust to suit you.
Marinate the pork for a good few hours. Remove pork, shake off excess sauce and grill for roughly 4 mins either side. Let the pork rest for a few minutes. ...