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Spinach & Pesto Stuffed Puff Chicken

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This was Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredient Programme. It looked and sounded too good not to try. However, I decided to put my own slight twist to it. This dish is so yummy and very filling too.

I think I’m going to try it next with Red pesto and chilli. Mmmmmmmm!

 

Makes 4

4 Chicken Breasts

1 Roll Puff Pastry

4 tbsp Green Pesto

1 egg for wash

Bag of baby spinach

Sat & pepper to season

Cherry tomatoes or vine.

 

  1. Preheat oven to 220 deg. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
  2. Firstly flatten out chicken breasts with a rolling pin, just so the fattest part is even with rest of the chicken as you want it to cook evenly through.
  3. Slice each chicken breast horizontally and stuff with some spinach leaves.            20180527_172930
  4. Cut the puff pastry lengthways once, then vertically 6 times to make 14 small rectangles.                                                                                                              20180527_173127
  5. Spoon 1 tbsp of pesto onto the chicken breast and place onto the backing sheet.                                                            20180527_173757
  6. Take the puff pastry strips and wrap around the chicken, overlapping each time. Brush with egg wash.                                                                                                   20180527_174643
  7. Place the chicken breasts on the centre shelf (No.3) then place the tomatoes in a pan on shelf level below (No. 1). Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Meanwhile steam cook the rest of the spinach. (3 minutes)
  9. Slice the chicken breasts and serve…….yummy!

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Pastries and Pies

Choux Bun Doughnuts

Looking for something nice to have with a coffee this afternoon, I decided to have a go at Choux Pastry again. The first time I tried they didn’t puff up, so I was so pleased when these came out lovely and airy. Thought I would try doughnut shape instead of the traditional way. Very tricky to eat this way but then again I did make extra large man size ones……lol!     They were absolutely delicious. Perfect for our afternoon coffee.

 

Makes 4

115g Strong Flour

4 tbsp milk

80ml water

Pinch of salt

Pinch of caster sugar

55g unsalted butter

3 medium eggs

Filling

300ml double cream

100g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract (or any other flavouring you wish)

100g Chocolate (if using on top)

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 deg.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and flour
  3. Put the water, milk, salt, sugar and butter into a pan and bring to the boil on a medium heat until the butter is melted.
  4. Remove from the heat and sieve in the flour and beat vigorously until it forms a dough then cook on a very low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool slightly. Beat the eggs then add in little at a time beating well between each egg. You want a smooth glossy finished dough.                                                    20180527_122131
  6. Spoon the dough into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 4 rings, approx 4 inch diameter onto the baking tray.                                                                                          20180527_122731
  7. Bake for 15 minutes at 200 deg then turn down to 170 deg for 10 minutes or until they have risen well and golden brown. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.       20180527_125438
  8. Meanwhile, pour the cream and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until just slightly thickened, then add the icing sugar and continue to whisk until desired thickness. Spoon into a piping bag with the star nozzle.
  9. Cut the cooked Choux in half and pipe the cream into the middle then place the top on. Dust with some icing sugar. If using chocolate, melt chocolate in a microwave for 2 minutes then spoon on top and refrigerate to harden (about 10 minutes). Serve.

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ALL · beef · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Meat Dishes · Scottish Cuisine

Rotisserie Beef

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I do love a good Sunday Roast Dinner. I got a lovely bit of Scotch Beef Topside and decided to cook it Rotisserie Style, O.M.G! it was delicious. Meat was still Juicy on the inside with a lovely crispy outside. If you haven’t tried this cooking method, you are missing out…..seriously this is the only way I will cook this now.

I am lucky as my oven has a built in Rotisserie to it, such a great accessory. Check them out here Hotpoint Rotisserie Oven.

 

1kg Topside Scotch Beef

Rock Salt, Cracked Black Pepper and a little oil to season.

  1. Rub the seasoning into the meat and leave at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. Skewer the meat onto the Metal Skewer and insert into the oven.
  3. Select Turbo Grill and a medium heat. Place a pan of water underneath to catch any fat (which can be used for the gravy).
  4. Cook for about 1 hr 15 minutes for medium.

I also cooked some crispy potatoes using my crisperplate in my Combi Microwave. Perfect match.

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You can of course marinade the beef the night before in any spices you like, but I believe that when you have a really good bit a meat, salt & pepper is all you need.

 

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ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

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!

 

 

 

ALL · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Meat Dishes · Pastries and Pies · sausages

Breakfast Tartlets

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This was a quick throw together breakfast this morning. Being out the night before, we woke quite hungry and a simple bowl of cereal or toast was not going to cut it….lol! It’s amazing sometimes what you can put together when you just take 2 minutes to look in your fridge and cupboards! Using my crisper plate these little tartlets baked in just 8 minutes.

 

Makes 4

1 Roll of Puff Pastry

4 Chipolata Sausages or Wee willy winkies (cocktails sausages!)

4 tsp tomato pasta with Chilli

4 medium eggs

handful of tomatoes (small) halved

8 rashers of smoked bacon

Salt & pepper to season

 

  1. Preheat the crisper plate for 2 minutes.
  2. Place bacon and sausages onto plate and cook for about 3 minutes                                 20180513_120523
  3. Meanwhile, cut the pastry into squares and with a sharp knife score a 1cm border around the pastry, like a picture frame. Do not cut all the way through.                                                                                                         20180513_121538
  4. Remove the bacon and sausages to a plate and wipe dry the crisper plate
  5. Spoon 1 tsp of tomato paste over the centre of the pastry.                                      20180513_121658
  6. Chop the cooked bacon and sausages into small pieces and place onto the tomato paste, leave room in the middle for the egg later.                                                          20180513_122110
  7. Place onto crisper plate and bake for 6 minutes, the edges will start to puff up.
  8. Remove plate and crack the egg into the middle of the pastry, add the tomatoes and season. Bake for a further 2m 30 secs. or until desired egg setting.                              20180513_123031
  9. Remove and devour! Yummy!

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ALL · breakfast · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · One Pot Wonders

Bacon, Egg & Hashbrown Bake

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I love breakfast time, my favourite meal of the day. I am always looking for new things to try with my Crisperplate and this little recipe was delicious and baked in just 15 minutes too.

 

Makes 4 servings.

4 Charlotte potatoes – grated with skin on (more flavour in the skin)

8 slices of smoked bacon – back or rashers either is fine

Cheddar cheese – grated (amount to your preference)

6 green spring onions – chopped

6 large eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1 tbsp flour

salt & pepper to season

 

  1. Grate potatoes and squeeze out excess water, pat dry and sprinkle the flour over to soak up any water.                                                                                                  20180512_090407
  2. Preheat the crisper plate for 2 minutes then evenly lay the grated potatoes onto plate and season. Leave some spaces on the plate as this allows the potatoes to crisp up better. Cook for 6 minutes                                                                                                      20180512_092051
  3. Place the bacon onto the potatoes and cook for 3 minutes or longer if your prefer extra crispy bacon.                                                                                                       20180512_092237
  4. Meanwhile whisk the eggs with the milk and season
  5. Evenly spread the spring onions and cheese onto the bacon and potatoes then pour over the egg mixture and season.                                                                                                                         20180512_093117 20180512_093227
  6. Bake for about 6 minutes or until desired browness.
  7. Serve. Yummy!

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Grow your own

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This is something I have always wanted to do but never got round to it, so this year I decided to give myself a kick up the ass and get it sorted….lol!

Off to the garden centre I went, so much to choose from but I had to consider our weather climate too, after all I do live in Scotland where we’re not known for our sunny warm weather….lol!

To start me off I went with potatoes in a grow bag and some Tumbling tomatoes in a hanging basket. My garden is small and covered with slabs and stones so this was the easiest option for me.

These grow bags are brilliant idea for potatoes, especially as I’m just starting out. I went with Charlotte potatoes as these are one of my favourites.

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Above was mine all finished, just a few months to wait and I hope it ends up looking like this…….                                                                          download1

 

I have to admit, I really hope my tomatoes grow, I decided to go with red and yellow tumbling toms for extra colour in my garden. I also planted some basil with them, perfect partner for tomatoes. I’m so excited about these. Fingers crossed.

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Think I’d like to plant some spinach and lettuce leaves next………..oh the list is endless.

Happy planting.!