Food Blog
Tip for cutting onions

If you don’t already know the best way to chop an onion without crying - 

Peel the skin and DON’T cut the end that is the root. It does help a lot! I sometimes forget and end up with streaming eyes, so I try to remember to leave the root end attached leaving me with a tear free face (most of the time!) 

Yum! I love spag bog! 

Make it quite often as it’s gluten, egg, dairy and the rest of the things my boyfriend can’t have, free!! 

We get the pasta he can eat so we always cook two lots of pasta. He prefers the shaped (penne) pasta, me… the long messy spaghetti! 

My ingredients are varied depending what we have in.

  • 500g mince meat
  • teaspoon of oregano
  • teaspoon of basil
  • fresh basil too chopped finely
  • one onion
  • tablespoon of tomato paste
  • tin of finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • splash of red wine

I start with cooking the minced meat (rind/cow) 

Once it’s nearly cooked I tip in the onions and garlic and let the flavour soak into the mince. 

Then pretty much everything else goes in! Carefully if I’m wearing white :D 

Enjoy if you make it!! 

I eventually mastered the art of making a fantastic omelette !! Only taken me 15 years since I started cooking properly! 

The most important thing needed - A good pan!

Then prepare all your ingredients, I used

  • Eggs x4
  • Ham
  • Tomatoes
  • Camembert

Warm the pan on a gentle heat and add a small knob of butter/marg.

Whisk your eggs in a jug and if you want a fluffier omelette add a splash of milk.

I used heat 5 and once the marg was melted poured in the mixture. Left it for a few minutes then took a spatular and just moved the egde of the omelette slightly away from the sides, and shook the frying pan slightly to loosen under the omelette (with a good pan it will work!) 

Once it’s looking a little firmer around the edges tip in the ingredients that you want, and again leave it to cook. 

Leave on a low heat to cook.. again loosening the edge of the omelette from the egde of the pan. 

You’ll see the firmness forming and once you think it’s cooked (you’ll not see any runny bits!) carefully fold it over if you please! 

Tip it onto a plate and enjoy!

I add a little salad and dressing normally to mine. 

Banana Bread

So, looking for gluten, egg, dairy, wheat free recipes especially cakes is quite difficult to find.. slowly finding blogs using English/European measurements not cups of this. 

My ingredients for the banana bread

  • 2 bananas
  • vanilla extract
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 125g corn flour
  • sprinkle of cinnamin
  • hefe/back pulver (baking powder) teaspoon

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and cook for 45/50 minutes. 

If you want to add a splash of water for moisture you can do, I chose not to this time and it came out nicely. 

In another banana loaf I added sultanas which was rather tasty.

Method

Mash bananas

Add the other ingredients and mix well. 

Prepare a baking tray, I use baking paper to spread some marg around the tray so it doesn’t stick. 

Once all mixed and tray prepared pour the mixture in and pop it in the oven to bake! 

Chicken, mashed new taties and tomatoes

So I’ve been a bit lame with my food blog. Work and life busy and blogging takes the back seat! 

Made a lovely Chicken dish, courtesy of Jamie Olivers recipe. We had some friends coming over and we wanted a nice meal, simple but tasty and easy to prepare. I was sat watching some of Jamie Olivers videos this one was about potatoes and tomatoes I think. Anyhow, I jotted down the ingredients as he was talking and decided to try that meal in the evening. A test run! 

It turned out beautifully! 

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I used

  • 500g of chicken 
  • 2 handfuls of small baby potatoes 
  • 1 and a half handfuls of small cherry tomatoes

For the dressing

  • Rucolla
  • Extra virgin olive oil with some herbs and salt mixed in

How I prepared it

Boiled the baby potatoes until they were cooked but not too soft, whilst these are boiling I cut the chicken into chunks, and pierced the cherry tomatoes (this helps to take the skin off). 

So next step, now everything is prepared and the taties are nearly done, put the cherry tomatoes into the boiling pan for 40-60seconds and once that time is up drain the pan of the water and tip the contents into a pyrex dish (I found this was easier as my workspace is not large enough to tip taties and tomatoes onto it- that’s what J.O does!) 

Peel all the tomatoes, the skin should come off very easily after they’ve been boiled. 

And squash, using your thumb if you can handle the heat or with a blunt knife,  the new potatoes so they open up slightly. 

Now those two things are done, put the chicken in the pyrex dish and mix it all up! 

Pour some extra virgin olive oil over the dish and sprinkle some oregano over it too. Mix again so all things get mostly covered with the oil.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (fan assisted oven) and cook for 40-45 minutes… (until juices run clear in the chicken, normally this is enough time)

You can also add salt before putting it in the oven, but I chose not to as can add salt after!

So… 40 minutes later a delicious meal.

It’s comforting but light and tasty.

Add a salad for the side and if you want some soft bread. I made my own homemade dressing for the salad. E.v.Olive oil with oregano and black pepper mixed in well and also some fresh herbs I’ve been growing.

 

(I’ve search the site for the recipe but can’t find it… but there are lots of lovely recipes on here http://www.jamieoliver.com/ )

So for tea we had a lovely turkey curry that I prepared in about 25 mins .. Here’s the ingredients ..
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp chilli powder
¼ tsp garam masala
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice
450 g roast turkey, cut into 2cm pieces
1 tsp grated ginger, optional

And how to make it …

1.	Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Fry for 6-7 minutes untill the onion is lightly browned.

2. mix the tomato purée with the remaining oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala and salt to form a thick paste in a small bowl. Tip the paste into the onion mixture and fry for half a minute.

3. Stir in the turkey pieces and cook for 1 minute.

4. Add 200-400ml of hot water from the kettle and simmer for 3-4 minutes (depending on how thick/watery you want the curry) Mix in the ginger (if using) and the lemon juice.

Cook and serve.
Can use corriamder and yogurt to garnish :)

Figured this was pretty healthy and I know exactly what is going in. Good food for after a run! 

Hope your Friday night were good :)

So for tea we had a lovely turkey curry that I prepared in about 25 mins .. Here’s the ingredients ..
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp chilli powder
¼ tsp garam masala
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice
450 g roast turkey, cut into 2cm pieces
1 tsp grated ginger, optional

And how to make it …

1. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Fry for 6-7 minutes untill the onion is lightly browned.

2. mix the tomato purée with the remaining oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala and salt to form a thick paste in a small bowl. Tip the paste into the onion mixture and fry for half a minute.

3. Stir in the turkey pieces and cook for 1 minute.

4. Add 200-400ml of hot water from the kettle and simmer for 3-4 minutes (depending on how thick/watery you want the curry) Mix in the ginger (if using) and the lemon juice.

Cook and serve.
Can use corriamder and yogurt to garnish :)

Figured this was pretty healthy and I know exactly what is going in. Good food for after a run!

Hope your Friday night were good :)

"Food Glorious Food"

So, I make a lot of food and sometimes it’s really tasty. I figured I’d share some recipes on here and the pics of the nice food that I cook :) …

I try to cook healthy and without a lot of things that everyone eats every day without thinking anything of it. My boyfriend has allergies to many foods which are used in cooking… gluten, wheat, dairy (egg, milk etc), soya, nuts, sesame seeds… the list is quite extensive so I spend a lot of time looking on the internet for different food and good recipes! 

So there will soon be some of mine on here!