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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

American Pancakes

After not feeling too perky after my birthday I was lying in bed thinking of what would make me feel better and I came up with pancakes. I knew I had maple syrup and I then found out that the rest of the ingredients I had in the house any way which was perfect! These are so easy and with Pancake Day coming up I would urge you to make them, I got this recipe from good old Jamie Oliver.

Ingredients:
·        3 eggs (I like to use organic)
·        115g plain flour
·        1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
·        140mls of milk
·        a pinch of salt
·        A little melted butter



Recipe:
1.      Separate the eggs (put the whites into one bowl and the yolks into another) I find this easier to do with my hands but you can get little egg separator gadgets.
2.      Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks (when you can hold the bowl upside down and they don’t fall out!), set aside.
3.      In the bowl with the egg yolks add in the flour, baking powder and milk. Whisk into a smooth thick batter.
4.      With a large metal spoon fold in the egg whites carefully into the batter mix slowly so they stay nice and fluffy.
5.      Put a pan on a medium heat and add in a little melted butter (you can use a little oil as well to make sure that the butter dose not burn) so the pancakes do not stick.
6.      Spoon some of the batter into the pan depending on what size you like your pancakes. At this stage you can add in some blueberries, chopped banana or what ever you like!
7.      Using a spatula after a minute check and see if the underside is golden and if so flip over until both sides are golden brown.
8.      Serve with a little butter and maple syrup. I had chopped bacon with mine which was really lovely.

You can try anything you like with these so experiment! My partners mother evan serves pancakes with a fried breakfast which is lovely.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Celeriac and Potato Gratin

This is a new recipe I tried, my mum gave me a celeriac and I wanted to cook it along side a roast dinner. This is a great, quick and simple recipe which you can serve with anything. 



Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • Peeled medium celeriac
  • 4 peeled potatoes
  • 3 cloves of sliced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes or a chopped fresh chilli
  • chopped fresh rosemary (a few sprigs)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 300ml double cream
  • 300ml milk
  • Salt and Pepper
Recipe:

  1. Slice the potato and celeriac into slices as thick as a 10 pence and place in a bowl.
  2. To the bowl add in the garlic, chilli and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Mix the milk and cream together in a jug and set aside.
  4. Layer in the celeriac and potato mix into an oven proof dish, followed by the milk and cream and carry on until the dish is filled.
  5. Cook for 45 mins until golden and serve!



Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Mussels with leeks, dijon mustard and cider

I made these mussels for my dad a few weeks ago, he brought home some lovely mussels and I wanted to try something different with them. This is a great recipe with the sweetness of the leeks and the bold flavor of the dijon mustard. I would definitely recommend trying this one.




How to prepare mussels:
  • Make sure they are fresh and eat them on the day you buy them.
  • Throw away and mussels which are broken and ones which do not close if tapped or lightly squeezed.
  • Do not soak the mussels in water as they will drown, give them a few rises instead to get rid of any dirt or grit.
  • Clean the mussels under running water - take a knife and remove any barnacles from the outside shell, also pull out the 'beard' which is the fibers which emerge from the mussels shell (you can pull this out or cut it off with a knife).
  • You can store them in a bowl under a damp cloth in the fridge until they are needed.
Serves: 2 as a main or 4 people as a starter

Ingredants:
  • 1kg mussels
  • A small knob of butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 medium leeks, finely sliced
  • 200mls of cider
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2–3 tablespoons double cream
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped parsley

Recipe:

  1. In a large saucepan melt the butter with the olive oil, add the leeks on a medium heat and allow to soften (not to colour as they will get bitter).
  2. Turn up the heat then add in the cider and mussels and cook with the lid on for 2-3 minutes or until the mussels have opened up.
  3. The stir in the cream, mustard and season with salt and pepper. Stir though some parsley and its ready to serve with crusty bread to mop up that great sauce.
Enjoy :) 

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Marinated shark steaks

My dad loves fish and always goes to the market in Bury St Edmunds every Wednesday and Saturday to see what they have in. He brought some shark steaks last night so we tried them on the BBQ with this great marinade, you can also use this marinade for any fish or meat. The shark was lovely, a little like tuna but meatier. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Shark steaks
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 cloves of minces garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

Serves 2




Recipe:

  1. Mix all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl, pour over the marinade and leave for 1-2 hours. You can leave it longer or over night if you had the time.
  2. Cook on the BBQ or grill until the shark is cooked, this should take 10-15 minutes on the BBQ.
Serve with a fresh salad and enjoy!


Friday, 7 September 2012

Chorizo and broad bean bruschetta

I love broad beans and as they are in season right now I made this great bruschetta for dinner, its a really quick simple supper and its healthy too. Great also as a starter as a dinner party or a light lunch on a sunny day.

Ingredients:

  • 150g broad beans
  • 125g chorizo, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • Ciabatta loaf
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Parmesan to finish
Serves 2



Recipes:
  1. Double pod the broad beans and set aside, for more information on how to do this see my last blog post.
  2. In a frying pan cook the chorizo (you won't need to add any oil to the pan) and cook on a medium heat until it is crisp. Remove the chorizo and leave the oil in the pan.
  3. Then add a little more olive oil to the chorizo oil and cook the onion for 10 minutes untill soft, then add the garlic for another 5 minutes. 
  4. Add the broad beans and chorizo to the pan and warm through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Slice the ciabatta and toast.
  6. On a plate add the toasted bread and pile with the broad bean mix, drizzle over olive oil and finish with a sprinkle of  parmesan.
Enjoy!



Monday, 3 September 2012

How to double pod broad beans

I love broad beans but some people don't, I think that is because most people don't double pod them! If you don't they just look grey and their grey skins are not very inviting. So give double podding a try, you can then use them in soups, pasta dishes and much more. My next blog post will be a  and broad bean bruschetta which is a great and healthy meal.


  • First remove the beans from their pods.
  • Put boiling water into a pan and boil the broad beans for 5 minutes, then drain.
  • Place the beans into a bowl of cold water.
  • Then you can just pop the beans out of their skins, out will come 2 halves of bright green broad beans.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Creamy bacon, mushroom and asparagus pasta


I made this recipes up last week after deciding I wanted a cream pasta for dinner but couldn't find any recipes which weren't too heavy. I love pasta, and this is such a quick and easy dish. You can swap the asparagus for peas or anything you like. Great served with some garlic bread.

Serves 2 (can easily be doubled up to serve 4 people)


Ingredients:
  • Half a pack of smoked bacon chopped (you can use unsmoked if you prefer)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 small glass of cider or white wine (if you prefer not to use wine or cider you can use a little chicken stock)
  • Handful of chestnut mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 125g asparagus sliced into inch long pieces
  • 250g fresh pasta
  • 142ml double cream
  • Some fresh parmesan
  • a small handful of parsley chopped

Recipe:

  1. On a medium heat cook the bacon in a little oil until crisp and set aside.
  2. Using the same oil you used to cook the bacon soften the onions for 10 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes until the garlic is just beginning to colour.
  3. Add in the cider (of what ever you prefer) and allow for the alcohol to cook off (this should take 5-10 minutes).
  4. Cook the asparagus for 3 minutes and set aside into a bowl of cold water.
  5. To the sauce add the cream and mushrooms and allow to thicken for 5 minutes (do not cook for too long otherwise the sauce will split) then add in the asparagus so it can warm through. Season and add in the cooked bacon.
  6. In the meantime cook the pasta as pre the packet instructions and drain.
  7. Mix the pasta and sauce together and serve with parmesan and the parsley.
I hope you like this recipe as much as I did, please let me know your thoughts!