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Spicy Italian Sausage Agnolotti with a Creamy White Wine Sauce

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OMG!…..I got my pasta maker a wee while ago and have been dying to try these.

Originally from Piedmont Italy, agnolotti are said to have been conceived at some point in the 14th century. The dish was so revered that it was named after the chef who created it.

Easier to make than its fiddly relatives ravioli and tortellini, agnolotti are small parcels made by piping dots of filling and folding and pinching it to seal. Normally around 3cm in size, miniature versions are also popular and are known as ‘Agnolotti del plin’, meaning ‘pinched’.

 

Makes 2-4 portions

To make the Pasta

275g ‘OO’ Pasta Flour

3 eggs

Salt

 

  1. Sift Flour and make into a ring on your worktop or put into a bowl of a mixer and make a well in the middle. Whisk the eggs and pour into the middle, add salt. Gently mix the flour and eggs together until you get a dough, knead for a few minutes until smooth.
  2. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

     

To make the Sausage mixture

1 packet of Italian Sausages or any of your preference. I found these in my local supermarket and they are super tasty.                                                                           20181003_113657

1 Leek – sliced

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a non stick pan.
  2. Break up the sausages and lightly fry until browned, remove to the side.
  3. Add a little butter to the pan and fry the leeks until slightly browned.
  4. Add both the sausage and leek to a processor and blitz until small pieces.              20181003_113913

 

To assemble to Agnolotti

  1. Remove pasta from fridge and cut into 4 pieces.
  2. Flatten each pasta piece with you hand and feed through a pasta machine. I used 5 passes on No. 1, 3 passes on No. 3, 2 passes on No. 5, 2 passes on No. 6, 1 pass through on No. 7.  You want it so the pasta is about 2mm thick and at least 30cm long.
  3. Take a small tsp of the sausage mixture and place onto the pasta in the middle leaving 1cm in between each spoonful. 20181003_125100
  4. Take the bottom end and fold over the mixture to make a tube like shape and press to seal along lengthways. Trim to neaten.
  5. Taking your finger,  press in between each section to make the individual parcels. Take the top section lengthways and fold back over the pasta to create a parcel.

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  6.  Using a cutter slice each section and place onto a tray.                                                 20181003_132206
  7. You can now refigerate until you are ready to cook.
  8. When ready, bring a larg pan to boil add some salt, cook for about 3 – 5 minutes until ready.
  9. Meanwhile make the sauce

 

To make the White wine sauce

1 x 18.7cl bottle of white wine

200g Creme Friache (I used low fat)

75ml Skimmed Milk

Salt & pepper to taste

Fresh Coriander – finely chopped

Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon

 

  1. Gently heat a non stick pan and pour the white wine in, bring to a boil and reduce until half.
  2. Add in the creme friache, milk, salt, pepper, lemon juice and coriander and continue to boil for about 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.
  3. When pasta is ready, drain and put into the pan of sauce and mix together.    20181003_182309
  4. I served on a bed a steamed vegetables.
  5. I have a steam pot, so I put some asparagus, spinach and sweet peppers in and steamed for 2 minutes.                                                                                               20181003_180254

 

If you have some pasta left over, you can wrap in cling film and freezer for up to 1 month.

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Spicy Sausage, Bean & Lentil Stew

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This was originally a slimming world recipe I found but thought it needed more flavour so I added my own spin on it. It was very delicious, if I do say so myself, and very filling.

I made some wholemeal baguettes to go with it too which went perfectly for soaking up the left over sauce on the plate.

 

Serves 2

6 Chorizo Style Sausages

3 sweet peppers – chopped

1 tsp garlic granules

1 tsp dried chillies

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

500g passata

150ml chicken stock

250g red kidney beans (or any other bean can be used)

4 spring onions – chopped

150g red lentils

knob of butter

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

 

  1. Spray a large pan with little oil on medium to high heat, gently fry the garlic, peppers and onion for a few minutes.
  2. Add in the sausages and brown all over, about 5-10 minutes
  3. Meanwhile put red lentils into a pan and add about 5cm water, bring to the boil, once boiling remove the white foam then add the knob of butter and mix through, remove from heat.
  4. Add into the pan with sausages and vegetables the chilli, paprika, worcestershire sauce, passata, stock, beans and lentils then mix through. Gently bring to boil then reduce to a medium simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. If sauce is still too runny, bring to boil and boil gently for about 5 minutes until it thickens.
  6. Slice the sausages diagonally into thirds.
  7. Garnish with some parsley and serve.

 

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Stir Fry Spicy Beef Noodles

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Delicious quick Friday night dish, or any night for that matter. I do love a good stir fry. Good thing with this dish, is that you could add any type of spice and it would work.

 

Serves 2

400g good quality beef – cut into strips

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

3/4 spring onions, chopped

1 bag a pre mixed stir fry vegetables

1 bag a fresh egg noodles

2 tsp dried chillies

 

  1. Marinade the beef strips in the vinegar, soy sauce & worcestershire sauce for about 1/2 hour.
  2. Heat a tsp oil in a pan, add the beef and brown all over then add in the chillies
  3. Add in the noodles and cook for a few minutes adding in the remaining sauce mix.
  4. Then add in the stir fry vegetables, along with the spring onions, cook through for about 5 minutes. Serve. Yummy!

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Chickpea, Potato & Spinach Curry

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Oh Yum…yum…this wee dish was so tasty. Using up my home grown potatoes this little throw together dish was perfect and healthy too.

I made some of my homemade Chapati’s , which went perfectly. Oh…and a wee glass of Chardonnay too! lol!

 

Serves 2

1 can chickpeas

6 charlotte potatoes, cut into cubes

100g baby Spinach

1 can plum tomatoes

1 tsp cumin

1 onion, chopped finely

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp dried garlic

1 tsp chilli seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp gram masala

1 tsp dried coriander

1 tsp olive oil/fry oil

 

  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan, add the onion and cumin fry until the onion is golden. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli’s, coriander, turmeric, gram masala and chilli powder and cook for five minutes.
  2. Add in the cubed potatoes and fry until potato is slightly browned, season.
  3. Add in the plum tomatoes, chop up and mix thoroughly.
  4. Now add in the chickpeas and mix through, simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Throw in the spinach and cover with a lid to help wilt down. (roughly 5 minutes)
  6. Serve with Chapati or some rice.

 

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Sweet Chilli Salmon with Zingy Basmati, Quinoa and veg salad

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I got this little Jamie Olive cook book recently and have been trying out some recipes, which I have to say have been delicious. Tonight, I thought I would take my inspiration from Mr. JO but put my own twist to this. I have to say it was rather tasty…..Mmmmmm.

Using a combination of my Crisper plate and my steam pot, this little dish was made in under 20 minutes. Quick and easy meals.

 

Serves 2

80g Basmati & quinoa rice (I used Tilda)

2 x Scottish Salmon Fillets

4 tsp sweet chilli sauce (I always use Blue Dragon, I find they are the best)

2 tbsp sesame seeds

3 spring onions

1 fresh red chilli

60g sugar snap peas

2 carrots

4 springs of fresh coriander

2 tsp toasted sesame oil

1 lime (juice only)

80g smoked beetroot

1/2 cucumber

 

 

  1. Place the basmati rice into the steam pot with 200ml water and cover, cook on the Automatic rice setting on microwave for 18 minutes. Remove and keep warm (keep lid on till other food is ready)                                                                                       20180529_175113
  2. Meanwhile, rub the sweet chilli sauce into the salmon then sprinkle the sesame seeds over making sure they stick by pressing slightly.
  3. Finely slice the spring onions, sugar snap peas, chilli then julienne the carrot, cucumber, beetroot using a julienne peeler (if not you can coarsely grate). Place all into a bowl with the coriander.                                                                                     20180529_161951
  4. Place the salmon (skin side down) onto the crisper plate and cook on dynamic crisp setting for 7 minutes or until slightly crispy and cooked.
  5. Pour the basmati rice into the salad bowl and mix through with the toasted sesame oil, lime juice and 2 tsp of sweet chilli sauce.                                                             20180529_175433
  6. Serve up the salad and place the salmon when ready on top. Amazing, Tasty little dish. Yummy!

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Smoked Herby Cod & Chorizo Tray Bake

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Oh I do like a nice piece of fish. I picked up some lovely smoked Cod from my fishmonger and decided to do a tray bake with it.

This dish was so delicious and full of flavour. I mixed up the Chimichurri sauce by adding rocket leaves….delicious!

 

Makes 2-4 portions

4-6 Smoked Cod portions

6 Charlotte potatoes – quartered

1 red pepper – sliced

1 red onion – cut into wedges

100g chorizo – cut into 1cm cubes

Salt & pepper to season

For the herb crumb

2 tbsp dried parsley

1/2 tbsp dried oregano

1 slice of white bread

1 tbsp olive oil

For the Chimichurri dressing

2 tbsp dried parsley

1/2 tbsp dried oregano

1 tbsp dried coriander

1 garlic clove

1 tbsp dried chilli

handful of rocket leaves

Juice of 1.2 lemon

3 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp water

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC fan.
  2. Toss together the potatoes, seasoning and 1 tablespoon of oil in a large roasting tray. Bake for 12 minutes, then add the chorizo, onion and peppers and roast for a further 15 minutes.                                                                                                 20180528_173438  20180528_150322
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the fish. Blitz together the parsley, oregano, bread and remaining oil to form coarse breadcrumbs. Brush the top of the fish fillets with a little extra oil and press on the breadcrumbs.
  4. Give the roasting tray a good shake, then place the fish and tomatoes on top and roast for a final 15 minutes, until the fish is cooked.                                                       20180528_174944
  5. Meanwhile make the chimichurri dressing. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blitz to combine. Drizzle over the tray bake to serve.                                                20180528_150329

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One Pot Chicken & Lentil Dhansak

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My partner always orders a Dhansak from our local Indian Takeaway, so I thought I would try a homemade version! He thought it was delicious! Result! Not only was it so tasty it was also less calories and more protein. A much healthier version of his favourite takeaway.  I made my homemade Chapati’s to serve with it too. Perfect Fakeaway dish.

 

Makes 2 Servings

1 red onion – chopped

2 garlic cloves – crushed

1 tsp ginger

1 tbsp light brown sugar

1 red chilli – finely diced

1 tsp mustard seeds

4 cardamon pods – crushed

2 tsp mild curry powder

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground cinnamon

100 g red lentils rinsed

2 chicken breasts

4 tomatoes – chopped

1 tsp tomato paste

300ml vegetable stock

Juice 1/2 lemon or lime

fresh coriander to garnish

salt & pepper to season

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a deep pan, fry the spices, ginger and chillies for a minute or until mustard seeds start to pop.
  2. Lower the heat and add in the onions and garlic, cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Add the red lentils and mix.
  4. Then add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar, bring to the boil. Gently lower the chicken breasts into the sauce. Lower the heat and simmer covered for about 1 hour.
  5. Add the juice of the lemon or lime. Take 2 forks and shred the chicken breasts, stir and cook uncovered on a higher heat for a further few minutes. If the sauce is too runny just bring to the boil to thicken for a few minutes or add cornflour to thicken.
  6. Remove the cardamon pods and serve onto plates. Garnish with coriander. Serve with the Chapati’s.
  7. This recipe also tastes even better the day after. Yummy!

 

Dhansak is a popular Indian dish, originating among the Parsi Zoroastrian community. It combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Dhansak is made by cooking mutton or goat meat traditionally with a mixture of lentils and vegetables.

You could try this recipe also with prawns or lamb. Yummy too!