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Creamy Pumpkin Soup

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It’s Halloween Season, my favourite time of the year, beautiful crisp air, colourful leaves on the trees, dark cosy nights, everything spooky and weird, and amazing food flavours around. To be honest this is my first time with Pumpkin, I’ve never cooked it before myself, I thought I would try steam cooking it for more flavour and making a creamy soup as it was a really cold day here today. Was delicious.

 

Makes 1 large portion

250g chopped pumpkin

30g sliced leek

30ml double cream

300ml vegetable stock

30g Bulgur Wheat

Salt & pepper to taste

 

  1. Place the pumpkin and leeks with 100ml of the stock into the bottom of the steam pot and cook on dynamic steam for 8 minutes
  2. Remove lid and pour in the rest of the stock and the cream, season with salt & pepper and blend with a hand blender until smooth.
  3. Add in the Bulgur Wheat to the creamed soup and cook on microwave 900w for 3 minutes
  4. Remove from microwave and serve with some toasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.
  5. You can also add in some toasted croutons if you like.

 

 

 

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits

Chocolate & Almond Marble Bundt Cake

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Oh yummy! I fancied something a little naughty with my coffee this weekend so thought I’d try out my new Bundt cake tin. It was supposed to be marbled, however, I think I put to much chocolate into the mixture and swirled it too many times…….lol! The flavour was fantastic though.

A Bundt cake  is a cake that is baked in a Bundt pan, shaping it into a distinctive ring shape. The shape is inspired by a traditional European cake known as Kugelhupf, but Bundt cakes are not generally associated with any single recipe. The style of mould in North America was popularised in the 1950s and 1960s, after cookware manufacturer Nordic Ware trademarked the name “Bundt” and began producing Bundt pans from cast aluminium. Publicity from Pillsbury saw the cakes gain widespread popularity.

 

Ingredients for 1 Bundt tin

180g softened butter

225g caster sugar

3/4 tsp almond extract

2 tsp baking powder

180 g plain flour

75g ground almonds

3 large eggs

2 tbsp milk

3 tbsp cocoa powder with 3 tbsp water – mix to a paste

100g dark chocolate chips

Icing sugar to decorate

 

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180 deg or if you have a cake setting, set to Marble Cake setting. Brush the Cake tin with melted butter, ensure it is thoroughly covered.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, stir in the almond extract.  20190830_183238
  3. Mix together the flour, baking powder and ground almonds together. Beat in the eggs one at a time to the butter mixture with 2 tbsp of the flour mixture, repeat until all eggs have been added then fold in the remaining flour mix.
  4. Stir in the milk and mix, then spoon 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl and mix in the cocoa paste into 1 and the chocolate chips into the other.            20190830_184820
  5. Add spoonfuls of each batter alternately to the cake tin and drag a handle of a spoon through the mixture to create the marble effect, do not over do this.        20190830_185255
  6. Bake in the oven for about 40-50 minutes until a knife comes out clean
  7. Let it cool for about 10 minutes in the tin before turning out. Once cooled, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve. Yummy!

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ALL · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · lunch/ light bites · Snacks and nibbles

Quick Sweet Potato Fries

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My little Crisperplate from Hotpoint is fantastic, it cooks food so quickly saving time and energy. For more info click see Hotpoint video Crisperplate & Hotpoint website.

 

1 Sweet Potato (medium size)

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

Optional to add any herbs or spices (rosemary goes well as a herb and paprika as a spice)

 

  1. Cut off skin and slice into strips about 0.5 – 1cm wide
  2. Coat with the oil and season.
  3. Preheat crisperplate on crisp function for 2 minutes and place fries onto plate, bake for 8 minutes.

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ALL · chicken · Detox Plan · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Butterfly Chicken Pizza

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Friday night is mostly pizza night in our house, but as I’m on my Detox this week it was finding an alternative for me and why not Butterfly chicken? I have to say this dish was so delicious and very healthy and nutritious too. Win, win for me!

 

Makes 2

2 x Chicken Breasts

1 onion – chopped

handful of sweet peppers – chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

1 tsp Italian herbs

1 tbsp tomato paste

Salt & pepper to taste

30g Goats Cheese

 

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  2. Add the chopped onion, peppers, chilli flakes, olive oil and all seasonings into a food bag and make sure all are coated.
  3. Take 1 tsp and spread onto each chicken breast evenly                                        20181130_180704
  4. Next add the onion & pepper mix and spread evenly
  5. Preheat your Crisperplate for 2 minutes on crisp setting then place the chicken breasts on and cook for 5-6 minutes (depending on size of your chicken)                                                                                                      20181130_181046
  6. Remove crisp plate and crumble on the goats cheese evenly, put back into the oven and cook on crisp for a further 3 minutes.                                                      20181130_181803
  7. Serve. Yummy!

(If you don’t have a crisper plate, bake in oven at 200 deg for about 15-20 minutes)

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ALL · Detox Plan · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes

Stuffed Peppers

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These were delicious and very healthy too. My Hotpoint oven has automatic cooking programmes, so I used the Stuffed Pepper setting and these baked to perfection.

 

Makes 3-4

2 onions – chopped

6 Sweet Peppers – chopped

1 can chopped tomatoes (400g)

3-4 large peppers – colour to your choosing.

200g kale

1 tsp chilli flakes

1 tbsp olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

 

  1. Heat oil in a pan
  2. Add all ingredients to the pan except the large peppers and cook for 5 minutes  20181126_154609
  3. Cut the tops off of the large peppers and de-seed. Place in a roasting tin.
  4. Fill the peppers with the mixture and place the tops back on.                          20181126_155213
  5. Select Auto recipes, side dishes then stuffed peppers and bake for approx 35-50 minutes (depends on size of peppers)                                                  20181126_155425
  6. Serve. Yummy!

 

 

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ALL · Combi Microwave Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Pastries and Pies

Eggy Puff Breakfast Baskets

Another quick yummy breakfast for a sunday morning. I always try to use up leftovers, so having some puff pastry left this is what I decided to do this morning. Again I used my lovely little Crisperplate to cook these. Have I told you how much I love this little bit of Technology?? I do love gadgets that simply work in your favour to help save time in the kitchen. You can get more information here

 

Makes 6

1 Roll of Puff Pastry

7 eggs (1 for wash)

Grated Cheddar Cheese (I used 1 tbsp per basket)

Salt & pepper

Flavourings as per your choice (I used smoked paprika, but you could use chives, chilli, parsley, the list is endless)

 

  1. Preheat your Crisperplate for 2 minutes on Crisper setting.
  2. Place a sheet of greaseproof on the plate once heated.
  3. Roll out the pastry and using a round cutter, cut out 6 circles.
  4. Using a smaller circle cutter, gently press into the middle of the circle pastry – dont cut right through. (This makes the outer edge of the basket)
  5. Using a fork, press the centre to prevent it from rising too much. Brush with egg wash.                                                                                                       20181125_101734
  6. Place the pastry onto the crisper plate and cook for 4 minutes.
  7. Remove and gently edge the inner circle using a spoon and press down to make bottom of basket.
  8. Place your cheese into the basket and flatten, crack the egg in, gently using a knife pierce the yolk (this prevents it from popping) and season with your flavourings.
  9. Place back into the Combi Oven and bake for a further 2.5 mins – 3.5 mins, depends how you like your eggs cooked.  Serve. Yummy!

 

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · One Pot Wonders

10 minute pineapple cake

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Oh I know I keep going on about it, but this Crisperplate is just magical, it has saved me so many minutes in my kitchen and has given me perfect cooking results every time. This time it was a little afternoon treat.

 

Makes a 12″ cake

150 g Caster Sugar
225g Self Raising Flour
100ml milk
110g butter softened
2 eggs
1 tin of pineapple rounds (drained)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whipping cream to serve
1. Mix everything together (except pineapple) in a mixer until smooth
2. Preheat Crisper for 2 mins, then pour on batter evenly
3. Place pineapple on top
4. Bake on Crisp setting for 10 minutes.
5. Serve with a large dollop of whipped cream.