Archives for the month of: February, 2016

  
When I was little my dad used to make the best ever pancakes. They’re big and thin and tasty. The recipe is also barely a recipe!

In a bowl whisk 1 cup milk, 1 egg and just under 1 cup of plain flour. The mixture should be quite liquidy. Butter a frying pan and put on a medium heat. Transfer the mixture a ladle at a time and flip once til golden.

Serve with Nutella, banana and syrup. Sod healthy pancakes today. Be naughty and enjoy it.

I’m a big fan of chilli but I find beef so heavy. Turkey meatballs are so easy to make and taste great with the chilli sauce.

[15 mins prep / 20 mins cooking / serves 2-3]

1) in a bowl, mix a packet of minced turkey with chopped coriander and black pepper. Form into balls and fry til cooked on the outside. Remove from the pan and leave to one side.

2) in the pan, fry half an onion, chopped carrot, mushrooms and any other bits of beg you have left over (I had cubed swede!)

3) add a tin of tomatoes, a tin of rinsed kidney beans and 1/2 cup of veg stock.

4) add good shakes of chilli powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper and a pinch of salt.

5) place the meatballs back in the pan, pop on a lid and simmer for 20 mins. In this time cook the rice.

6) to make the coriander rice, just chop some coriander and stir into the cooked rice.

I served mine with grated cheese and had the rest for lunch the next day.

  
I’ve had a banana turning blacker by the minute in my fruit bowl all week. I made it into a fruit flapjack which fuelled me through my hockey match today (we won 4-0, and secured promotion!). It’s so easy and relatively low on the sugar front too.

1) in a pan on the hob melt 1 dessert spoon of butter, 2 dessert spoons of coconut oil, 1 dessert spoon of honey.

2) in a bowl, mush 1 ripe banana and a handful of blueberries.

3) add 1 and 1/2 cups of oats to the banana, with a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp ground ginger.

4) pour over the melted butter, honey and coconut oil, mix together and pour into a lined baking sheet.

5) press down with the back of a spoon and bake on 170 degrees C for 20-25 mins til golden brown.

Leave in the pan to cool, then chop up and munch. 

  
Got home this evening and fancied deep fried fatty things. I haven’t eaten KFC in about 5 years and thought I’d have a go at making a healthier version myself. It turned out pretty good! And fried chicken balanced out by baked sweet potato fries and corn on the cob. Plus beans, I make that 3 of my 5 a day.

1) in a dish, mix up 1/2 cup of flour with good shakes of: chilli powder, cumin seeds, smoked paprika, dried herbs (thyme, sage etc), cayenne pepper. Add a pinch of salt and a good grind of black pepper.

2) whisk up an egg in a bowl.

3) chop a chicken breast into strips. Dip in the egg and roll in the flour mix and set aside.

4) pour sunflower oil into a frying pan 1cm deep, and put over a medium heat. Sprinkle some flour in to see if it sizzles, if so, it’s ready.

  
5) fry the chicken til golden brown and place on a baking sheet (I put sweet potato in the oven before starting the chicken, so I added the chicken to that baking sheet).

6) oven on 180 degrees C for 10-15 mins til golden and cooked through.

Serve up with corn on the cob (boiled in the pan for 10 mins and slathered with butter) and good old baked beans. My fave are tesco reduced salt and sugar beans – I find Heinz too sweet and sickly.

Happy home made KFC time!

  
I’ve been poorly lately with no energy whatsoever for cooking. This one pot was a warming dinner and lunch the next day, and happily took little effort.

1) heat oil in a heavy set pan on the hob and fry 1/2 red onion and a garlic glove.

2) add chopped pepper, 3-4 tomatoes (whatever ends of veg you have!) and fry for 2-3 mins.

3) pour in a tin of rinsed chickpeas and add spices: turmeric, cumin seeds, chilli powder.

4) pour in 1/2 cup of basmati rice, and 1 cup water. 

5) add 2 dessert spoons of garam masala.

6) bring to the boil, reduce the heat and pop the lid on for 10 mins.

7) once done, most of the water should be gone and the rice cooked. Stir through fresh coriander and enjoy. 

  I find it hard to eat fruit but I always buy it so I have to eat it. I’ve got better with blueberries but I had half a punnet to use up, and since it’s so cold today I thought I’d have them warm. This is so simple, it’s barely a recipe, and I baked it whilst eating my dinner, so I wasn’t waiting around for it to be done. The addition of frozen yoghurt was ridiculously good. 
1) grease an oven proof dish with butter.

2) place a layer of blueberries in the dish and lightly drizzle with honey.

3) in a separate bowl, mix 1/3 cup of oats with 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground ginger. I also added a few chopped nuts. 

4) sprinkle the oat mixture over the blueberries, and bake for 45 mins at 160 degrees C.

Enjoy hot from the oven with a spoonful of ice cream/ custard/ frozen yoghurt. Heavenly.

  
I’ve named these ‘tuna cupboard fish cakes’ because they are made with whatever was left in my cupboard and fridge. Cupboard a weird word. The more you look at it the more you think, that should be a board for cups. Anyway, these fish cakes are super quick and easy. I made four and saved 2 for another day. 

1) peel and chop 1 medium sized sweet potato. Place in a pan of water and boil til softened.

I also added 1 chopped brocolli floret to the pan as it needed using up. 

2) in a bowl, place 1 drained tin of tuna, and 2 chopped Spring onions.

3) mash the sweet potato and add to the tuna mix.

4) line a baking tray with foil, and heat the oven to 170 degrees C.

5) in a dish, bash up 3-4 crackers and a handful of mixed seeds.

6) form patties with the fish and potato mix, and roll in the ‘breadcrumb’ mix. Pat down and place on the baking tray.

7) oven for 20 mins (I also added frozen oven chips at this point because I didn’t have any real potatoes, sorry!)

8) for the mushy peas – boil in a pan of water on the hob, drain, mash and stir in some cream cheese like Philadelphia to smoothen it.

I served all mine up with a big dollop of tomato ketchup. Happy days. 

  

Whilst I’m not feeling great all I want is a satisfying carby dinner. I’m trying to cut down on meat and I had some soya mince to use up so the logical choice was bolognese. It turned out pretty tasty!

1) chop one small onion and fry in a pan on the hob.

2) add a handful of chopped mushrooms to the pan.

3) add 120g of soya mince and 250ml of veg stock. Season with salt, pepper and mixed herbs.

4) add frozen peas, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 cup of water.

5) squeeze in some tomato purée, stir and simmer on a low heat for 15 mins.

6) boil some spaghetti, once boiled, drain and stir in pesto.

Serve up with lots of Parmesan on top.