With successfully grown my own red onions this year, I decided to jar up some homemade caramelised red onion. Also a good way to get ahead when preparing some dishes or snacks as this recipe can be made in bulk and then frozen or kept in an air tight container for about 1 week.
These are wonderful with goats cheese on a pizza or in a quiche or simply used to top burgers, whichever way you decided to use them they will add so much flavour to an array of dishes.
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Large Red Onions, finely sliced
1 Tbsp Soft Brown Sugar
4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tsp dried chilli (optional)
1 Tsp Mixed Herbs (optional)
Heat the oil in a fry pan on medium heat and add the onions and herbs & chilli if using. Cover and cook for around 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft.
Remove the lid, reduce heat to a low heat and stir through the sugar and salt. Add the balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp water then cook for a further 5-10 minutes until the liquid has almost disappeared.
Set aside to cool, then place in a container or sealed bags to freeze or store. If freezing, defrost overnight in the fridge then heat through in a pan for a few minutes. (add a splash of water if needed)
Oh yum, this was delicious, chipotle is a smoky & spicy flavour from Mexico. A chipotle pepper is a dry, smoked jalapeno pepper. They are most commonly made from red jalapenos. However, you can also use ripe green jalapenos as well. Chipotle peppers are added to any dish that could use a smoky flavor with a little heat. For this recipe I used a Chipotle paste. A quick and easy full of flavour dinner.
2 Chicken Breasts
1 tbsp oil
1 Medium White Onion, diced
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Cumin
1 tbsp of Chipotle Paste
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
4 slices of Sourdough Bread or you can serve with Tortilla’s
For the Salsa:-
8-10 Cherry tomatoes – quartered
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp chipotle paste
1/2 red onion – finely diced
Freshly squeezed Lime & Lemon Juice
Seasoning to taste.
Using a Blender/Food processor, whiz up the chicken breast into a mince like consistancey
Heat the oil in a fry pan and brown the onion and minced chicken, breaking up the chicken as you cook
Add in the cumin, paprika, chipotle paste, vinegar, passata and sugar and mix through until chicken is coated.
Cook for about 10-15 minutes
To make the salsa, place everything in a bowl and mix together, set aside.
Toast your Sourdough bread, remove chicken from heat and serve on top of bread. Serve with Salsa.
A Simple basic recipe for White Cheese Sauce that can be used for Pasta Dishes, Fish Dishes, Vegetable Gratin dishes and so much more. The great thing is that it just takes 5 minutes to make, super simple and super quick.
Makes enough for 4 portions
4 tbsp Plain Flour
150g Mature Cheddar Cheese (almost any grated cheese works like Gruyere to Emmental)
Rainbow pepper to taste
Place milk, butter and flour into a large pan and heat on medium to heat. Start to Whisk and continue to whisk fast until the sauce starts to bubble and thicken, continue to whisk for a few minutes until your desired consistency (I like it quite thick so about 3 mins).
Add the grated cheese to the mixture and whisk through until the cheese melts.
Since watching James Martin on his Saturday morning show making his own butter, I have longed to try this. Just like JM himself I am a fan of butter, loads of it too. It looked easy enough to do and it was, I urge you if you have ever fancied trying this, you must do. My next batch I will add some flavours to try, thinking herbs & chilli.
Step by Step process:-
1 x 500ml double cream – good quality (makes 250g Butter)
General rule is whatever quantity of cream, you get 1/2 amount butter.
In a Mixer pour the double cream & whisk on medium to high speed until it resembles a whipped cream.
2. Keeping whisking, it will look like you’ve over whipped, but keep going……..
3. & keep whisking, soon enough you will see the butterfat start to separate from the butter milk. (sorry forgot to mention, cover top of your bowl with a splash guard or if you don’t have one a Tea Towel, as you can see if tends to splash everywhere)
4. Now that it has separated, drain the buttermilk through a sieve and keep to use later in another recipe.
5. Return the butter back to the bowl and you want to add about 200ml ice cold water and mix for about 20 secs, then drain again. This is to ensure to rinse away any buttermilk. Do this process 2 or 3 times until water becomes clear.
6. Using a spatula remove the butter from the whisk and put into a muslin or clean tea towel and squeeze, just to make sure you have removed all liquid. Place onto a sheet of greaseproof (baking) paper and using the paper as a guide roll up into a stick of butter…..yay! You’ve made butter! You can now store in your fridge. This will keep for up to 3 days. If you add salt, it will keep a little longer, about 2 weeks in fridge.
Since in Lockdown I’ve had the chance to build & plant my first proper Vegetable Beds and today was my first harvest of my Radishes….yummy! There is nothing better than homegrown fresh food. The obvious choice is a salad as radishes are just so refreshing and add that bit of crunch. Did you know you can eat the leaves also? Chop them up add to potatoes or pasta or make a pesto!
Left Over Radish leaves – 2 handfuls approx
1 Garlic Clove
1 tbsp pistachios
30g Grated Cheese (Parmesan)
2 tbsp olive oil – good quality one for best flavour
2 tbsp creme fraiche
Salt & pepper
Thoroughly wash the green leaves and put into a blender or food processor along with the rest of the ingredients and blitz until smooth, if too thick add a little more olive oil.
I used mine to make a lovely radish & avocado salad for lunch. I will probably use the rest for some pasta later on in week. Cover and store in fridge for max 3 days.
Oh yum! I still had some pakora batter left so decided to try these little bites….super good and tasty.
150g gram flour
1/2 tsp chilli
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp gram masala
1/2 tsp Turmeric
2 cloves garlic or 2 tsp ground garlic
small handful coriander (chopped finely)
1. Put all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together, make a well in the middle and gently add water little at a time while stirring, continue to add water until you get a smooth batter, it shouldn’t be too thick or too runny. Set aside.
1 x Cauliflower, cut into small florets.
I steamed my cauliflower using my steam pot for about 6 minutes, but if you don’t have this, you can cook in a pan of salted water on a gentle heat for about 20 minutes then drain.
Dip into the pakora batter and fry gently at 180 deg in rapseed oil for a few minutes until golden. Remove and place onto some kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
In a bid to eat a bit healthier, this little dip was perfect as I love Beetroot and always looking for different ways to use it. I saw this from The Veg Space, a great website if you love vegetables, some great ideas too.
The great thing is you can freeze hummus, so I made a big batch and split into smaller portions for later.
Makes approx 600g
3 Large cooked Beetroots, diced
1 can 400g Chickpeas
2 garlic cloves, crushed
Juice & zest of 2 Lemons
4 tbsp tahini
2 tsp smoked paprika
Salt & Pepper
Drain the chickpeas and keep the juice.
Put the chickpeas, beetroot, lemon juice & zest, tahini, paprika, garlic and seasoning into a blender or food processor and blitz to a smooth paste.
Gradually add about 1-2 tbsps of the chickpea juice until you get the consistency you want.
Oh yum, this little Sunday lunch dish was super tasty and healthy too. Original recipe was adapted from Love & Lemons. I was trying to use up what I had in my fridge so roasted tomato sauce it was to go with. Topped with some fresh scottish mackerel this was so tasty and flavoursome.
For the Flatbreads:-
200g Gram Flour
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Dried Parsley
2 tsp Dried Coriander
1 tsp Ground cumin
1/2 tsp Chilli powder or crushed chilli
2 tsps Lemon juice
6 tsps extra virgin olive oil
In a large bowl, mix everything together, chickpea flour, salt, garlic powder, dried herbs, cumin, lemon juice, olive oil and water. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes.
Preheat a pan on the hob to a high heat with a little oil, pour half the mixture into the pan and cook for a few minutes until you see the mixture starting to rise. Flip over and cook for a further few minutes until slightly browned.
Serve with roasted tomato sauce, top with strips of cucumber and some smoked mackerel. Yummy!
For the Roasted Tomato & Walnut Sauce
12-15 cherry tomatoes – halved
1 tsp ground garlic powder
2 tsps powdered sugar
2 tsps sea salt
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
2 tbsps Walnut Oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Roast the tomatoes under the grill or in a pan until soft and slightly browned.
Place all other ingredients into a food processor, add the roasted tomatoes and blitz until you get a smooth puree.