Monthly Archives: August 2012

Easy-peasy sweet & sour in under 30 minutes! who needs takeaway?

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Easy-Peasy sweet & sour chicken with rice.

I love chinese food, and we get chinese take away a lot.. Hoewever..when I found out how much salt, sugar and fat it contains..I decided to make my own version of sweet & sour, that’s low fat and doesn’t containt half a packed of sugar πŸ˜‰ let’s get crackin’!

To feed 4 people:

3 chicken breast- diced

3 bell peppers- red, yellow, green- diced

1 fresh pineapple – peeled & diced ( please make sure you use fresh and not canned, it makes a heck of a difference)

1 tsp of oil

2 tsp of tomato puree

2 tbsp of tomato ketchup

1 tbsp of corn starch

1 glass of pineapple juice

Juice of half a lemon

1 tbsp of white vinegar

1 tbsp of sugar or honey

100ml of water

1cm of grated ginger

Salt to taste

2tbsp of soy sauce.

So, first thing you do is heat up your wok so it’s piping hot. Sear your chicken until slightly golden add the soy sauce and wok for a further 1 min.Β  Set it aside on a plate. Fry your ginger and peppers for about 2 min. return the chicken into the pan and add the pineapple chunks. Wok for 1-2 min. Mix your sauce mixture in a seaprate bowl. Mix your water, pineapple juice, corn starch, lemon juice, sugar/honey , vinegar, tomato ketchup and tomato puree, season with salt to taste. Make sure the cornstarch disolved well. Add it into the wok and wait until it comes to a boil and thickens. Simmer for 10-12 min until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has reduced and become syrupy. Serve with white rice- I chose basmati. πŸ˜‰ here’s how it looked, hope you’ll enjoy it!

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No fuss-No bake, chocolate ganache and summer fruit tart

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No -fuss chocolate ganache and summer fruit tart

Why is this tart so great? Because it involves NO baking. If I can make it- anyone can. It’s full of flavour, very chocolate-y and simply delicious.

What you will need is:

400g ofΒ  dark chocolate

4 tbsp of confectional sugar (powdered sugar)

400ml of whipping, heavy cream

400g of chocolate cookies

150 g of unsalted butter

Fruit of your choice- I used blackberries, strawberries, red currants and blueberries. ( they all work well with chocolate because their acidity cuts through the richness of the chocolate.)

Start off by crushing your cookies into fine crumbs. Once they’re crushed, add the melted butter and mix until the mixture resembles wet sand. Once it looks like that, put it in a spring-form tin and press down to the bottom. That’s your crust. Put it in the fridge and let it set.

In the meantime prepare your chocolate filling. Melt the chocolate over a waterbath. Once it’s melted add the cream you’ve warmed before, add the sugar and whisk hard until the mixture is smooth. Poor over your crust and decorate with fruit. Let it set for about 2-3 hours. Then it’s ready to cut. Simply delicious πŸ˜‰

enjoy!

Fast & Furious smoked salmon spaghetti

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Fast & Furious salmon and dill spaghetti

This might sound complicated and labour intensive. Trust me- it’s not. I made this dish in 15 minutes and it tastes really great. It’s fresh,zingy and filling. I hope you give it a try.

What you’ll need is:

300g of smoked salmon

1 lemon

100 ml of cream

100ml of white wine

Salt, pepper

A tbsp of butter

Dill- fresh or dried, it’s up to you. Fresh would work best.

Spaghetti- or other paste of your choice.

So, while the pasta is cooking in seasoned water, you can make the sauce. First heat up the pan with butter in it. Once it’s hot, add thinly sliced pieces of salmon and let them cook for about 1-2 min. add zeste of 1 lemon and juice of half a lemon. Add the wine and let it evaporate a little bit. Add salt,pepper, cream and dill. Bring up to a boil and after 2 min it’s done. Mix with your pasta and serve. You can also add prawns to it- then throw them in when you add the cream and cook for 2-3 min until they’re pink. Easy, quick, full of flavour πŸ˜‰

 

 

Easy and Yummy chicken & thyme schnitzels

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Easy chicken schnitzels!

A schnitzel to me is a classic, something my parents used to make and serve it with a fresh, crunchy coleslaw or a squeeze of lemon Vienna-style. I like them, but sometimes breaded pork seems just a bit too heavy for my liking. This time I used chicken breast to make really easy and quick chicken schnitzels with fresh thyme. I hope you like them.

All you need is:

2 large chicken breast- butterflied.

1 egg

1 tsp of spicy mustard

1 cup of breadcrumbs

1 tsp of fresh thyme leafs ( you can use dried or any other herb you like-oregano, rosemary or mixed italian herbs work just as fine).

4-5 tbsp of flour

Salt, pepper

Sunflower oil to fry.

So, let’s start! What you will need to do first is tenderize your meat. How do you do that? By bashing it’s brains out with a meat-hammer. When your meat is nice and thin, season it from both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.

Prepare 3 dishes and start heating up your pan with oil in it. Put flour with some salt and pepper in 1 dish , mix it well.

Put the egg,mustard,some salt Β in the second dish, and whisk until well combined,

Put the breadcrumbs and thyme in the third dish.

First coat the meat in flour- do it evenly. Then dip it in egg, and lastly in breadcrumbs. Try pressing the breadcrumbs down,so they stick well. Once you’ve coated them, put them in the hot oil and the moment the bread-crust is golden on both sides- the meat is ready. Soak the excess oil on some paper towel, and you’re ready to serve πŸ˜‰ see? It’s really simple and very delicious. Hope you give it a try. You can serve them as they are, with fries or new potatoes, some salade or just a wedge of lemon. The next day they make a great sandwich topping with some fresh lettuce and tomato! Enjoy!