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Curried Lamb Shanks

Spring is here!

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.

Finger lickin’ good!

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Curried Lamb Shanks

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Curried Lamb Shanks

Ingredients

  • 1 tblsp ghee or 1 tblsp sunflower oil
  • 2 lamb shanks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 5 cm piece of fresh garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tblsps curry powder
  • 1 tblsp cumin powder
  • 1 tblsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder (or more to taste)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Seeds from 8 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tblsps tomato puree
  • 500ml lamb stock
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Heat the ghee in a frying pan and brown the lamb shanks on all sides.
  3. Remove the lamb shanks and place in an ovenproof dish.
  4. Add the onions to the frying pan and cook until just soft and golden,
  5. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a further two minutes.
  6. Add all the spices and mix well.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, stock and salt and bring to the boil.
  8. Pour the sauce over the lamb. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 2 - 2½ hours until tender.
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Curried Lamb Shanks

Enjoy!

I’m sharing this recipe over on the fabulous Supergolden Bakes Cook, Blog, Share  linky

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A Mummy Too’s Recipe of the Week linky

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and Honest Mum’s Tasty Tuesday linkup

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One Pot Chicken Chilli

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.

One Pot Chicken Chilli

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.
One Pot Chicken Chilli
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.

One Pot Chicken Chilli

One Pot Chicken Chilli

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

One Pot Chicken Chilli

Ingredients

  • Fry Light Cooking Spray
  • 1kg skinless and boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tblsp tomato puree
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 3 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 100g baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken thighs into smaller pieces about 3cm each.
  2. Spray a frying pan with the Fry Light and fry the chicken pieces in batches, until golden all over.
  3. Remove from the pan and set to one side.
  4. Add the 2 tblsp olive oil to the frying pan and fry the onion and red pepper over a gentle heat. The residue from the chicken should loosen up from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Once the onion is soft, add the garlic and fry for another couple of minutes.
  6. Add the tomato puree, the chickpeas, chopped tomatoes, chicken stock, chopped chillies and the Tabasco sauce and stir to combine.
  7. Add the chicken back to the pan, cover and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Add the spinach to the pan about 3 minutes before the time is up and stir through to wilt.
  9. Serve with rice.
http://mygoldenpear.com/2015/02/26/one-pot-chicken-chilli/

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.

One Pot Chicken Chilli

Enjoy!

 

Sticky Asian Pork

Sticky Asian pork is one of our standard weekly meals normally saved for a Saturday or Sunday night treat.  It’s good, really, really good!  The only thing I would say is that you have to choose your pork carefully.  Use the wrong cut of meat and it can be tough and dry.  I have suggested shoulder steaks which is our favourite but they do have a bit of fat on them which might not be to everyone’s liking.  A nice piece of pork fillet would work well too but is that bit more expensive.

Enjoy!

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Sticky Asian Pork

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 generous portions

Sticky Asian Pork

Ingredients

  • 2 tblsp vegetable oil
  • 600g pork shoulder steaks, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • 4 tblsp clear honey
  • 2 tblsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tblsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp chilli powder

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a wok, add the pork strips and fry for 3 - 4 minutes or until lightly coloured on all sides.
  2. Remove the pork and its juices to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add more oil to the wok if necessary and add in the onion and ginger. Stir fry for 2 - 3 minutes until soft.
  4. Stir in the orange juice, honey, peanut butter, soy sauce and chilli powder, bring to the boil and stir to combine.
  5. Return the pork and its juices to the wok and mix well. If the sauce thickens too much, add enough water to thin down.
  6. Once the pork is piping hot - serve immediately.
http://mygoldenpear.com/2014/03/02/sticky-asian-pork/

Sticky Asian PorkAs this is a super quick meal I am going to submit to Speedy Suppers which is run by Feeding Boys and a Firefighter and Dinner with Crayons.
speedy-suppers-veg-impand over to A Mummy Too’s Recipe of the Week link up.
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Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Half term is over and Spring is just around the corner.  I’m already starting to think of lighter, fresher meal options and this chickpea and spinach curry is one of my favourites.  It’s packed full of flavour and is so quick and easy to make.  A perfect mid-week meal – although I must admit that my kids are not yet convinced that ‘ the green stuff’ is edible.

It’s worth a try – enjoy!
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Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 portions if served with rice or 2 portions if served without rice

Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 tblsp ghee or sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • a small piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 tsps. curry powder
  • 2 tsps. garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tin (380g) chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tin (390g) chopped tomatoes
  • 4 medium sized (300g) potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 400 - 500ml vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100g fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Heat the ghee/oil in a large pan. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook until softened.
  2. Add all the spices and cook for a further 1 minute.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, potatoes, salt and about half of the vegetable stock. Stir well and simmer gently for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked adding more stock as needed.
  4. Add the spinach and cook for a further couple of minutes or until the spinach has wilted.
http://mygoldenpear.com/2014/02/25/chickpea-and-spinach-curry/

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Chickpea and Spinach Curry 7This chickpea and spinach curry is a substantial and delicious meal but it is also an extremely low cost main meal option which I am going to submit to this month’s Credit Crunch Munch challenge which is run by Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and which is being hosted by myself this month.
Credit-Crunch-Munch-Just-PicI’m also going to submit to Recipe of the Week over at A Mummy Too
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As this is also a healthy, low fat meal I am going to submit the recipe over to The Spice Trail’s latest challenge which is Temple Food.
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Chicken Paprika

Well My Golden Pear has had a good start to the New Year.  My January rating for Foodies 100 was high enough to push me into the top 500 blogs (just) which is a first for me and a great incentive to carry on.  My blog is purely a hobby but I use it to push myself to try new and interesting recipes and most of all it gives me a great subject with which to practice and improve my photography.  In January last year I set myself a goal to take part in some of the blogging challenges out there and I’m so glad I did.  It is a great way to get involved in the food blogging community and I have tried and discovered so many new things as a result of some of the themes that have been set for us.  I look forward to all the new and exciting themes for 2014.

Today’s recipe is not a new one to me but it is deliciously tasty and so easy and fits in perfectly with two of my favourite monthly challenges.   Succulent chicken thighs are coated in a mixture of breadcrumbs, cheese, paprika and garlic and baked until golden and crispy.  A grownup version of chicken nuggets, I guess.  You don’t get much sauce with this dish so I normally serve with a mushroom sauce and veggies.

Comforting, homely and quite delicious.
Chicken Paprika

Chicken Paprika

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Paprika

Ingredients

  • 1kg skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 egg
  • salt & black pepper
  • 60g white breadcrumbs
  • 40g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Lightly beat the egg together with a pinch of salt and pepper and set to one side.
  3. Mix the breadcrumbs, cheese, paprika and garlic together in a shallow dish and set to one side.
  4. Dip each chicken thigh into the beaten egg and then coat completely with the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Place the chicken into a baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumb mixture over the chicken and lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Cover and bake for 40 minutes.
  8. Remove the cover and continue to bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
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The theme for this month’s The Spice Trail challenge is cooking with Paprika and is hosted by Vanesther over at Bangers & Mash.
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Little Thumbs Up is run by Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite D.I.Y. This month it is hosted by Alice of  I Love, I Cook, I Bake and the chosen theme is cheese.
th_littlethumbups1-1The queen of frugal, Camilla of Fab Food 4 All, suggested I submit this recipe to the Credit Crunch Munch link up which she runs together with Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.
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