OMG!, these were absolutely delicious. I don’t normally eat pastries but I was trying out some new recipes for an event and my first idea didn’t go to well, so I got my thinking cap on and tried out these instead……oh wow! they were so tasty. I was so naughty though as I couldn’t stop my hand from grabbing one then another then another….lol! But we are allowed on occassions……aren’t we?
1 x ready rolled puff pastry
2 tbsp grated gruyere cheese
1 tbsp creme friache
4-6 smoked bacon rashers – chopped into bite size pieces
100g baby spinach
2 large eggs
Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat a little spray oil in a pan and cook bacon until slightly brown, remove with slotted spoon and keep to the side.
- Place spinach into the bacon and wilt down (will take a few minutes)
- Meanwhile mix the grated cheese with creme friache
- Beat the eggs and season well, pour over the wilted spinach and stir until scrambled in pan, remove from heat.
- Cut the pastry into 12 small squares about 4″ x 4″ roughly
- Place 1 tsp of the cheese mixture on base, then top with bacon and spinach mix, season well.
- Wet your finger in water and run your finger along outer edge of pastry square, carefully lift 1 corner and pull over mixture making a diamond like shape, take the opposite corner and pull over the pastry corner you have just moved and seal. Make sure they are sealed well or they will open when cooking.
- Refrigerate for about 10 minutes as this will help the pastry puff better.
- When ready to cook preheat your crisper plate for 2 minutes on dynamic crisp setting and then bake for 7 minutes or until browned. If you don’t have one of these, then you could cook on baking tray at 200 deg for about 16-18 minutes or until golden.
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.
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
- Marinade the beef strips in the vinegar, soy sauce & worcestershire sauce for about 1/2 hour.
- Heat a tsp oil in a pan, add the beef and brown all over then add in the chillies
- Add in the noodles and cook for a few minutes adding in the remaining sauce mix.
- Then add in the stir fry vegetables, along with the spring onions, cook through for about 5 minutes. Serve. Yummy!
As you know I recently harvested my tatties (potatoes), so my brain got working on some tattie (potato) recipes. This one is a classic spanish dish, mostly a tapas type dish. I also recently purchased some new Kitchen Aid Skillets (pans), so I was keen to start using them, I have to say they are fabulous, very robust and non stick so I don’t need any oil when cooking…perfect! This dish was a quick 25 minute dinner. I do love quick and easy meals.
6 charlotte potatoes – cut into small chunks
150g chorizo – cut into 1 cm chunks
1 red onion – diced
1 green pepper – diced
2 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 garlic clove – crushed
100ml red wine (I used cabernet sauvignon)
2 tsp dried parsley (fresh is better, but I didn’t have any)
400g tin plum tomatoes (I find you get better flavour from plum than chopped)
- Bring to the boil a pan at slightly salted water and boil the potatoes for about 5-6 minutes. Drain and leave to cool slightly.
- Heat the chorizo in the pan on medium to high heat and add in the potatoes, cook until slightly browned all over. Remove with a slotted spoon.
- Put the onion, peppers and garlic in the pan and saute. Add the red wine and reduce. Then add in the dried chilli flakes and stir through.
- Add in the tin tomatoes, cutting them up, stir and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add in the potatoes and chorizo, mix through and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Serve and sprinkle the parsley on top. Yummy!
We have had a rather wet weekend here in Cumbernauld, Glasgow, so nothing better than getting in the kitchen and baking! Wanting to carry on with the summer, I decided that we were going to have an indoors picnic. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe from Jamie Oliver for a while now so today was that day. It was absolutely delicious, so refreshing and light, perfect for my picnic.
250g unsalted butter at room temperature
250g Golden caster sugar + 4 tbsp for syrup
4 large eggs
275g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g poppy seeds
- Preheat the oven to 180 deg. Grease a 23cm cake tin and line bottom with greaseproof paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs in 1 at a time, mixing thoroughly before adding each one.
- Grate in the zest of 2 lemons then squeeze in the juice and combine.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold gently until combined.
- Add in the milk and poppy seeds and mix through.
- Pour mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
- Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and place on a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, slice very finely the other 2 lemons.
- Put 4 tbsps water and 4 tbsp caster sugar into a pan, add the lemons and heat gently on a medium to low heat for about 15 minutes or until the lemons are translucent and you have a lovely syrup.
- Spoon the syrup over the top of the cake and serve.
Having loads of bananas left, I decided on my favourite Banana Bread Recipe . This time I tried my Automatic settings on my oven, and it baked perfectly. I do love new technology.
These Automatic Recipes are a full proof way of cooking if your not sure, I love them and I’ve learned to experiment with recipes I might not have done before.
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.
115g Strong Flour
4 tbsp milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of caster sugar
55g unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
300ml double cream
100g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or any other flavouring you wish)
100g Chocolate (if using on top)
- Preheat your oven to 200 deg.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and flour
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spoon the dough into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 4 rings, approx 4 inch diameter onto the baking tray.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
O.M.G!! What can I say………….this little creation is my best yet……absolutely delicious! 10/10 my boyfriend said….lol!
I just love a relaxing saturday afternoon baking, while my boyfriend was watching the Rugby I was listening to my favourite tunes by Imagine Dragons and creating some little afternoon delights.
140g Golden Caster Sugar
140g Self Raising Flour
5 tbsp milk
100g milk or dark chocolate drops (whichever you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp almond extract
250g icing sugar
Green food colouring
- Preheat oven to 160 deg.
- Line a Muffin tin with cases.
- Blitz the pistachios in a blender under finely chopped. (keep a little back for decoration)
- Mix flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, vanilla essence, almond extract and pistachios in an electric mixer until well blended and smooth.
- Divide the mixture between the cases and then push some chocolate chips into each one.
- Bake in the oven for about 23-25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Leave to cool on a rack after.
- Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add 1 tbsp at a time of water until you get a thick but still slightly running texture. Then drop 1 or 2 drops of food colour into icing to make a pale green colour.
- Melt some chocolate in the microwave for the decoration. About 1 minute – 1m30secs.
- When cakes are cool, top with the icing, then left over pistachios and drizzle with the chocolate. Refrigerate for about 1/2 hr to harden.
- Then just devour! Oh so Yummy!