ALL · Healthy Eating Ideas · One Pot Wonders · sauces & dips · superfoods

Beetroot Hummus

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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

 

  1. Drain the chickpeas and keep the juice.
  2. Put the chickpeas, beetroot, lemon juice & zest, tahini, paprika, garlic and seasoning into a blender or food processor and blitz to a smooth paste.
  3. Gradually add about 1-2 tbsps of the chickpea juice until you get the consistency you want.

Serve as you please. Makes a great dip.

Healthy too at just 71 calories per 50g.

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ALL · One Pot Wonders · sauces & dips

Quick Chow Mein

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This is really quick and east to pull together and tasty too. Quicker than phoning out for a chinese takeaway…lol.

 

Serves 2 portions.

100ml oyster sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 clove garlic minced

2 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp of Hot sauce or Sriracha

300g Rice Noodles or any kind of thin noodles

4-5 Spring onions, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

2 Pak Choi – chopped

200-300g Beansprouts

 

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and Hot Sauce and set aside.                                                                                                          20190622_175627
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large wok over medium high heat. Add noodles and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes, set aside.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the wok. Stir in pak choi until just wilted, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in noodles and oyster sauce mixture until well combined, about 2 minutes. Stir in bean sprouts and spring onions.
  5. Serve. Yum.

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ALL · Bread · fish · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · sauces & dips

Chickpea Flatbreads with Roasted Tomato & Walnut Sauce

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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:-

Serves 2

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

300ml water

 

  1. 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.                                                                                                          20190414_131455
  2. 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.
  3. Serve with roasted tomato sauce, top with strips of cucumber and some smoked mackerel. Yummy!

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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

 

  1. Roast the tomatoes under the grill or in a pan until soft and slightly browned.
  2. Place all other ingredients into a food processor, add the roasted tomatoes and blitz until you get a smooth puree.

 

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ALL · sauces & dips · Scottish Cuisine

Whisky Cream Sauce

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Perfect Little Sauce for my Haggis Scotch Eggs. I always used to buy Whisky sauce ready made, but tonight I decided to give it a try & I’m so glad I did, so easy and so delicious.

Ingredients

1 shallot – finely chopped

1 knob of butter

15ml of Whisky

125ml beef stock

100ml double cream

1 tsp mace

Salt & white pepper to taste

1 tsp parsley to serve (optional)

 

  1. Melt butter in a pan, medium heat
  2. Add onions and sweat down
  3. Pour in the Whisky then add the beef stock, reduce to a simmer and let the liquid reduce to about 1/3.
  4. Add in the double cream and season with mace, salt & pepper
  5. Warm through and serve.

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ALL · Meat Dishes · sauces & dips · Venison

Sous Vide Venison with a Balsamic Wine Jus on a Sweet potato fondant

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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

 

  1. Season the Venison Steaks with Salt & pepper. Vacuum pack.                              20190128_122857
  2. Heat a large pan of water to about 58-60 deg C, immerse venison into the water and cook for about 1 hour.
  3. 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).                                                 20190128_144109
  4. 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.
  5. 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.                                                    20190128_144056
  6. Slice up the venison, place on top of the sweet potato and serve with the sauce……Yummy!

 

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ALL · dinners · Duck · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · sauces & dips

Sous Vide Duck Breast & Vegetables with a Blue Cheese Sauce

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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.

 

Serves 2

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

100-150g Mangetout

For the Blue Cheese Sauce:-

100ml Creme Friache

50g Blue Cheese (I used Roquefort)

1 tbsp butter

 

  1. Season the duck breasts and score the skin. Vacuum pack.                                          20190128_122845
  2. 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.                                                                                                          20190128_134121 20190128_125958
  3. Meanwhile vacuum pack all the vegetable ingredients and immerse this in the water at same temperature for about 45 minutes.                                                20190128_152907
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

 

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ALL · sauces & dips · Scottish Cuisine

Creamy Whisky Sauce for Haggis

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This little sauce is perfect with Haggis.

Makes enough for 4

2 shallots
A knob of butter
A splash of oil
15ml of Speyside Whisky (chefs feel that a Speyside Whisky works best to accompany haggis)
125ml of beef stock
100ml of double cream
Mace
Salt and ground white pepper, to taste
Chervil

1. Finely dice the shallots and sweat them in the butter and oil, using a small saucepan.

2. Add the whisky to your pan (watch out, this will produce a flame!)

3. Whilst it’s flaming, add in the beef stock.

4. Set to a good simmer and let the liquid reduce by a third before you add in the cream.

5. Season with ground pepper and a small amount of salt and mace.

6. Finish with some finely chopped chervil. (you can also use parsley or chives)

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