Home Cooked Heaven…. Lamb Chops

You will need:

  • Lamb chops
  • Two potatoes
  • Two carrots
  • Broccoli

Preparation Method:

  1. Firstly you need to bring your potatoes to boil for your mash this will take around 3o mins
  2. While this is cooking cook your carrots and broccoli, I cook them in the same pan which will take about 20 mins
  3. For your lamb rub salt and pepper each side
  4. Place your lamb chops into a hot pan with a little oil
  5. Fry each chop for approximately 3minutes each side (at most)
  6. By now your potatoes will be ready to mash, I like to add a little butter and a splash of milk when mashing.

Serve and enjoy :0)

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A Taste Of…. China

I love to cook chinese food mainly because it is quick and easy. This is a simple beef chow mein recipe.

You will need:

  • 225g/8oz egg noodles
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2½ tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • beef frying steak
  • 1 onion sliced
  • handful of mushrooms slices
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp  dry sherry
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp sugar

Preparation Method:

  1. Cook the noodles by boiling them for 3-5 minutes in a pan of boiling water. Drain and plunge into cold water, drain again then toss with a little sesame oil.
  2. Cut your steak into shreads
  3. To marinade your steak, combine with the light soy sauce, dry sherry, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl
  4. Mix well and leave to marinate for 20 minutes.
  5. Heat a wok until it is very hot. Add one tablespoon of oil and, when it is very
    hot and slightly smoking,  add steak shreds.
  6. Stir-fry the mixture for about two minutes, then transfer to a plate
  7. Reheat the wok, and add remaining oil. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 10 seconds. Add the onion and mushrooms fry for a few minutes
  8. Add noodles, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, rice wine, salt and pepper, the sugar and continue to stir-fry for two minutes.
  9. Return your steak to the mixture
  10. Continue to cook until your steak is cooked to taste

Home Cooked Heaven….Spicy Piri Piri Chicken

You will need:

  • Chopped Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 1 Chopped red or green pepper
  • 6 fresh red chillis
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1ooml olive oil
  • 500ml red wine vinegar

Preparation Method:

  1. To make the piri-piri sauce, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Place the chillies on a roasting tray and roast them for 10 minutes.
  3. Cool and roughly chop the chillies. Place the chillies, garlic, salt, oregano, paprika, olive oil and vinegar in a saucepan, and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool, then blend it to a purée.
  5. Marinade the chopped chicken breasts in half the sauce for around and hour.
  6. Fry up the marinaded chicken into a pan until cooked throughout.
  7. Add in the chopped onion and peppers.
  8. Now add the rest of the piri-piri sauce you put to one side
  9. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes
  10. Serve with rice.

Enjoy

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A Wintery Treat

Yesterday was cold and grey and pretty miserable. My mum asked what we wanted for dinner and I asked for one of my favourites…. Shepherds Pie

You will need:

  • 50g/2oz dripping
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 900g/2lb minced lamb
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 small tins chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 450ml/16fl oz lamb stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 700g/1½lb potatoes
  • 55ml/2fl oz milk
  • 75g/3oz butter
  • 1 free-range egg yolk

Preparation Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  2. In a large non-stick casserole dish heat the dripping. Add the onion and cook for five minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat a little olive oil and fry the mince, stirring, until browned all over. While the meat is frying, break up any lumps with the back of the spoon.
  4. Stir the onions and add the flour and stir. Mix well and add the bay leaves, thyme and stir.
  5. To the onion mix add the chopped tomatoes, stock (keep a little aside, for putting into the mince pan to de-glaze the pan) and Worcestershire sauce.Add the cooked mince and then pour the stock mixture into empty mince pan, scraping off any bits of mince left in the pan. Pour the remaining stock into the pan containing the sauce mixture.
  6. Bring the mixture to the boil, adding a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
  7. For the mash, boil the potatoes, then drain them in a sieve and place into a clean bowl. Add the milk, butter and egg yolk, and mash together. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Pour the meat into an ovenproof dish and spread the mash on top, smooth over and mark with a spatula.
  9. Put the dish into the oven and cook until the surface is bubbling and golden-brown.

Spicy Salsa

You will need:

  • 4-6 diced tomatoes
  • 1 diced red onion
  • 1 diced fresh chilli
  • 1-2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. of chopped coriander
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper

Preparation Method:

Once all your ingredients are prepared quite simply toss them together and set aside until ready.

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Spanish Omlette with a twist

You will need:

  • 1 tablesp. olive oil
  • 8 potatoes, cut into small dice
  • 1-2 onions, chopped
  • A handful of mushrooms
  • 1 chopped pepper
  • 100grams ham
  • 6 Quality Assured eggs, whisked in a large bowl
  • 2 -4 tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese
  • A little salt and black pepper

Preparation Method:

  1. Lightly oil a large non-stick pan.
  2. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onions, chopped peppers, mushrooms and hamand continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the mixture to the eggs, season and mix well together.
  5. Reheat the pan again with a little oil.
  6. Add the egg mixture.
  7. Cook until the under side is set.
  8. Put a large plate on top of the pan and turn the omelette onto it.
  9. Then slide it back into the pan and cook the other side.
  10. Top with cheese. Cook until cheese is melted.
  11. I like to finish my omlette under the grill.

I had chips and a salsa dip with my omlette

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Stuffed Aubergine Rolls

You will need:

  • 1 Aubergine
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red pepper
  • Goats cheese
  • Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Preparation Method:

  1. First to make the filling, chop you tomato and red pepper.
  2. Season to taste
  3. Slice Aubergine
  4. On your slices of Aubergine add goats cheese and your tomato and pepper mix
  5. Roll you Aubergine
  6. Place on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil
  7. Cook in a 200 degree pre-heated oven for approximately 20 minutes

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