Oh yum! A lovely little healthy warming dish on a very, very cold day today.
Makes 2 servings
2 x cod loins
2 tsps Parsley
Butternut Squash – chopped into cubes
1 onion – finely chopped
1 clove garlic – crushed
1 tsp dried chillies (or 1 red chilli chopped)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dried coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp water
- Season the cod loins with salt, pepper & 1 tsp parsley each. Steam cook for 6 minutes in Steam pot or steam oven.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onion with the garlic for a few minutes, add in the chilli, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, 2 tbsp water & tin tomatoes, bring to a boil then reduce and simmer and cover for 20 minutes or until butternut squash has softened.
- Remove lid and place spinach into pan, do this in 2 batches, it will wilt down in a few seconds, simmer on low for a further 5 minutes.
- Serve with the steamed cod. Lovely healthy quick mid week meal.
Sous Vide, Sous Vide, Sous Vide……..oh yes, definitely my favourite method of cooking. This Venison was so succulent and juicy, the flavour was absolutely delicious.
Makes 2 servings
2 large venison steaks
Salt & Pepper to taste
For the Sweet Potato:-
1-2 large sweet potatoes
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oil
Few sprigs of rosemary
Salt & Pepper
For the Balsamic Jus:-
1 tbsp butter
2 shallots – thinly sliced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
125ml Merlot Red wine
Few sprigs of Rosemary
1 heaped tsp redcurrant jelly
- Season the Venison Steaks with Salt & pepper. Vacuum pack.
- Heat a large pan of water to about 58-60 deg C, immerse venison into the water and cook for about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, slice the sweet potatoes and place into a food bag, coat with 1 tbsp oil, salt & pepper and rosemary, ensure fully coated. Preheat Crisperplate (if you have one, if not roast in oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on thickness.) Place sweet potato onto crisperplate with butter and cook for 8 minutes, remove, turn over and cook for a further 3 minutes (depending on thickness).
- Remove Venison from the vacuum bag, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan on high heat and seal the meat about 1 minutes each side, remove and allow to rest for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, place 1 knob of butter into the same pan you seared the venison and melt, add in the shallots and soften. Add in the redcurrant jelly and rosemary and caramelise, pour in the wine and balsamic vinegar bring to a high boil and reduce for a few minutes until sauce thickens slightly.
- Slice up the venison, place on top of the sweet potato and serve with the sauce……Yummy!
I’m really liking experimenting with Sous Vide Cooking, Sous vide meaning under vacuum. There are many benefits to this method, here are some:-
Consistency. Because you cook your food to a precise temperature for a precise amount of time, you can expect very consistent results.
Taste. Food cooks in its juices. This ensures that the food is moist, juicy and tender.
Waste reduction. Traditionally prepared food dries out and results in waste. For example, on average, traditionally cooked steak loses up to 40% of its volume due to drying out. Steak cooked via precision cooking, loses none of its volume.
Flexibility. Traditional cooking can require your constant attention. Precision cooking brings food to an exact temperature and holds it. There is no worry about overcooking.
For the Duck:-
2 x Duck Breasts
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tbsp oil for searing
For the Vegetables:-
Handful of Cherry tomatoes
Few basil leaves
Couple sprigs of Rosemary
For the Blue Cheese Sauce:-
100ml Creme Friache
50g Blue Cheese (I used Roquefort)
1 tbsp butter
- Season the duck breasts and score the skin. Vacuum pack.
- Heat a large pan of water to between 58-60 deg C, place vacuum pack into the pan making sure its full immersed in the water, put on lid and cook for about 2 hours.
- Meanwhile vacuum pack all the vegetable ingredients and immerse this in the water at same temperature for about 45 minutes.
- Just before serving, melt the butter in a pan on medium heat, reduce to a low heat and gently heat through the creme friache (do not boil), crumble in the blue cheese and mix through until warm.
- Remove the duck breast from vacuum bag. Heat a little oil to high in a pan and sear the meat for about 1-2 minutes on skin side or until slightly crispy and 1 minute on other side, remove and allow to rest for a few minutes. Slice and serve on top of the vegetables with the sauce. Yummy!
There is nothing more I like than a lazy sunday morning breakfast (well after my little morning workout to wake me up). Good breakfast, fresh coffee and orange juice, catching up with the world, reading a little, planning my meals.
Today, I was using up leftovers in the fridge so pork sausages it was, with a little bit of cookingwithluce twist. 🙂
2 Pork Sausages (meat removed from skin)
1 tbsp scottish oats
1 tbsp chopped chives
1 tsp nutmeg
Salt & pepper
- Mix everything in a bowl, take a small handful and flatten to about 1cm thick
- I used my Crisperplate to cook these and it took just 6 minutes. (Turned after 4 minutes)
- I also added a few cherry tomatoes onto plate.
- I then added 1 large egg onto the crisperplate 1 minute before sausages were ready.
- Serve. Yummy good protein breakfast.
O.M.G! This little dish was delicious, rich and very tasty. Saw this on a social media video, my salavating at the video simply meant I had to give it a go. Changed the recipe slightly to suit our tastes.
Makes for 2
2 sirloin steaks – sliced into 1cm strips
2 tbsp plain flour
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large red onion
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 tsp chilli flakes
200ml beef stock
100ml red wine (I used shiraz)
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 large handfuls of grated cheddar
2 large handfuls of french fries
- Heat a little oil in a fry pan to a medium to high heat
- Place the steak strips into the pan and brown all over, add the flour, salt & pepper until coated and soaked up the juices then remove and set aside.
- Place another tbsp of oil in the pan and cook the onion with the garlic until softened.
- Add in the tomato paste, chilli flakes, beef stock & red wine, gently bring to boil then reduce to a very low simmer.
- Add back to the pan the beef strips and cook slow for about 1 hour (pan covered).
- Remove pan lid 10 minutes before serving and bring heat up a little to thicken the sauce if needed.
- Meanwhile, cook the french fries as per packet instructions.
- Place the fries on a plate, top with the cheese and melt under a hot grill for a few seconds then top with the beef strips….Serve. Oh so yummy!
It definitely makes a difference if you’ve got some good quality meat and cheese.
Its Burns Night tonight (25th January)……..Happy Burns Night Everyone!
To help celebrate we definitely had to have our haggis, neeps (turnip) & tatties (potatoes) dish. However, I fancied doing something different. I have never tried a Scotch egg before so this was what I set out to do. OMG! these were absolutely delicious and very easy to make.
300g Haggis (Good Quality one)
240g Pork Meat
1/2 bunch chopped chives
Sea Salt & black cracked pepper
5 Large eggs – (1 for the dipping)
1/2 cup flour
60g fine breadcrumbs
60g oatmeal (you can blitz scotts porridge oats into fine crumbs for this)
- Boil the eggs in a pan for about 6 minutes, then remove and place in an iced water bowl to stop the cooking process. When ready to use, peel shell.
- Mix together the Haggis, Pork Meat, Chives & salt & pepper in a bowl until combined.
- Get ready your little production line of whisked egg, flour and breadcrumbs/oatmeal mix.
- Take a handful of the haggis mixture and mould into your hand like a cup and place 1 egg on top, take another handful of haggis and mould around the egg, doing this very carefully of course. You can use your thumb to help smooth the mixture over the egg.
- Then place firstly into the flour, then the egg, then the crumb mixture.
- When ready to cook, heat a pan of oil to around 170 deg. Cook for about 7 minutes until golden brown. Remove and pat excess oil off with a tissue.
- Serve with neeps & tatties. Or whatever you like. A nice creamy whiskey sauce goes very well with this too. Find a recipe here:- Haggis Sauce
My healthier eating continues this month. I got some lovely bits of Scottish Salmon recently so came up with this idea of a healthier mash using whatever I had in my fridge. It was delicious. Best bit, it only took 6 minutes to cook and put together.
Makes enough mash for 2-3 people
80g baby spinach
50g garden peas – cooked
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp Sea Salt
Garlic clove – minced
1 tsp coriander – dried
1 tsp olive oil
(optional if you like spice, add in 1 tsp chilli flakes)
- Place everything into a blender and mix until just combined.
- Serve. Simple as that!
I steam cooked some salmon that I marinated in Teriyaki Sauce overnight. Yum!