One of the things I love about cooking is the presentation of the finished article. I’m quite happy pottering away in the kitchen working on the finishing touches but with two young kids it’s become less and less about good looking food and more about speed and shortcuts. This mushroom & cheese tart looks very rustic but is the perfect quick tart. A couple of minutes to fry some mushrooms and onions, mix up some eggs, cheese and herbs. Unwrap some ready made puff pastry. Throw it all together and into the oven and by the time you’ve cleaned everything up you have a delicious tasting tart. Perfect to take on a picnic, a light lunch with a mixed salad or even as a starter.
Mooching around doing housework, getting the kids to do their homework, looking out at the garden and wishing it was a lovely sunny day. But it’s not to be. It’s cold, windy and very grey. A day to be indoors messing around in the kitchen I think. After a quick check to see what I had in the fridge all I could rustle up were some fresh lemons so a lemon pudding it would have to be.
There is nothing fancy about this lemon pudding but it is deliciously moist and tangy and very light. I used to make it at school so it uses the most basic of ingredients and is very simple to make. It is a pudding of two layers – the top being a very light sponge and the bottom is a thick custard/mousse like consistency.
Simple and delicious! I serve mine warm with pouring cream (because everything tastes better with cream – right?) but it would be just as good with ice cream or even just on its own.
Well I’ve finally succumbed to all the gorgeous cocktails that Lucy of Supergolden Bakes teases us with every week. When it comes to cocktails I normally stick to a few safe options which I know will hit the spot but if you are a regular reader of Supergolden Bakes (and if you’re not then you should be) you will be tempted with something new almost every week.
Of course, making cocktails is not a cheap exercise and I certainly don’t have the choice of drinks that Lucy has but I do have some of the basics. After a bit of research I found that I could rustle up a Classic Brandy Sidecar. My first attempt was good but just a touch too sour for my liking. I added in the orange juice to sweeten it slightly and rimmed my glasses with sugar which made it very drinkable.
So, not quite a classic Brandy Sidecar but if like me you prefer something slightly sweeter then this version is worth a try.
Mmm I might just have to try another one to make sure It is the holidays after all.
Blossom on the trees, fresh green leaves making an appearance, pinks, purples, gorgeous yellows, warmer weather, longer days, lighter days ….
Well, that’s the theory. I’m still in hibernation – hesitant to switch off the heating, peering out my windows through the toxic smog which has descended upon London, jackets, scarves and gloves still at the ready and still craving warm, hearty food.
And let me tell you these curried lamb shanks are just what the doctor ordered. Slow cooked lamb in a spicy tomato based sauce until the meat is so tender it falls off the bone. Served over a bowl of rice with a generous helping of naan bread on the side to mop up all that lovely sauce.
Well it’s taken me a while to get back into blogging again and I have done so on one condition – I had to join Slimming World.
You see, for every recipe on this blog, I make and test it three times. Now my hubby doesn’t eat desserts or cakes and I don’t want to be giving them to my kids every other day so ….. Well you guessed it. I was eating my fair share and giving the rest away to my hubby’s co-workers. Not the ideal way to live a healthy lifestyle.
So Slimming World it is for the foreseeable future and hopefully more healthy meals on the blog with the occasional treat (or two).
This recipe for a one pot chicken chilli is a delicious family dinner and so tasty. It is one of those meals that gets the juices flowing as it simmers away on the stove top. It is hard to resist and that comes from someone who had to resist while taking these photos.
I love using spices when I am watching the calories and one of my most pinned recipes is my chickpea and spinach curry so I thought this chicken chilli would be a good one to share with you.
I have stated that each portion is equivalent to 2 Syns and that is because I choose to use olive oil to fry the onions and peppers. I just find it easier than trying to use the low calorie spray. I do use it for browning the chicken though.
If you have more success with the Fry Light oil then you could leave out the olive oil and use the low cal spray and the chicken chilli would be completely Syn free.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
1. The reason the preparation time is so long on this recipe is because I use chicken thighs which tend to have quite a bit of fat on them. I take the time to trim this all off but if you wanted to save some time you could use chicken breasts which are much leaner. You would however compromise on the taste and tenderness of the meat.
2. I would try and get as much colour on the chicken in the browning process because chicken thighs can look a bit dull and grey if you leave this process out.
3. I have stated 300ml of chicken stock (I use 1 stock cube) but this will depend on the pan you use, if you use gas or electricity and how fast your simmer rate is. If the sauce looks too dry towards the end of cooking time – add more water. If there is too much liquid – take the lid off and simmer for a couple more minutes until you get the correct consistency.
4. How spicy do you like it? This is a difficult one to put down in a recipe because there are so many different varieties of chillies out there. I use a medium strength chilli but if you’re not sure then try with one less and add more the next time you make it.