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Bacon & Vegetable Quiche

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Sometimes you want home cooked food without the hassle of trying to decided how to cook it and what temperatures etc to use, this was one of those days for me. Sundays are generally my lazy days, a day for recharging the batteries so to speak. I wanted a good home cooked quiche and decided to let my oven do the rest of the work and thinking. Hotpoint have designed a range of ovens with Automatic Recipe settings, the settings are already pre-programmed to control temperature, function and browning control……amazing, I know….right? Oven Range

I used the quiche setting and it was cooked and evenly browned perfectly due to the Multiflow Technology

I also used the Combination Oven with the Crisperplate to cook crispy potato wedges in just 12 minutes, perfect with a tasty quiche.

 

Makes 1 quiche

1 ready roll puff pastry

200g smoked bacon – diced

1 leek – sliced

handful of asparagus – chopped

200ml milk

200ml single cream

150g grated Gouda cheese

4 eggs

Salt, Pepper & Paprika to season

 

  1. Grease a quiche tin and lay pastry in covering base and edges.                                  20180819_171101
  2. Gently fry the smoked bacon until slightly browned, remove from pan. Add to the pan the leek and saute for a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile blanch the asparagus in a pan of salted boiling water.
  4. In a bowl whisk the eggs with the milk and cream.
  5. Start to layer up the bacon and vegetables on pastry, then some of the cheese                   20180819_171204
  6. Then pour in the egg/milk mixture and rest of the cheese to top, generously season with salt, pepper and paprika                                                                 20180819_171534
  7. Place on shelf 3 in oven and select auto recipes, quiche setting. The oven comes up 43 minutes but will sense temerature and auto adjust if necessary.

    8. Serve….Yum!

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Chickpea, Potato & Spinach Curry

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Oh Yum…yum…this wee dish was so tasty. Using up my home grown potatoes this little throw together dish was perfect and healthy too.

I made some of my homemade Chapati’s , which went perfectly. Oh…and a wee glass of Chardonnay too! lol!

 

Serves 2

1 can chickpeas

6 charlotte potatoes, cut into cubes

100g baby Spinach

1 can plum tomatoes

1 tsp cumin

1 onion, chopped finely

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp dried garlic

1 tsp chilli seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp gram masala

1 tsp dried coriander

1 tsp olive oil/fry oil

 

  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan, add the onion and cumin fry until the onion is golden. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli’s, coriander, turmeric, gram masala and chilli powder and cook for five minutes.
  2. Add in the cubed potatoes and fry until potato is slightly browned, season.
  3. Add in the plum tomatoes, chop up and mix thoroughly.
  4. Now add in the chickpeas and mix through, simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Throw in the spinach and cover with a lid to help wilt down. (roughly 5 minutes)
  6. Serve with Chapati or some rice.

 

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Patatas Bravas with Chorizo in Red wine sauce

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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.

 

Serves 2

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)

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.                                           20180712_183546
  3. 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.                            20180712_184423
  4. Add in the tin tomatoes, cutting them up, stir and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add in the potatoes and chorizo, mix through and cook for a further 5 minutes.   20180712_185946
  6. Serve and sprinkle the parsley on top. Yummy!

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Home Grown Potatoes

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I have always wanted to grown my own vegetables, but having a concrete and stone garden it was going to prove tough to do…….until I discovered potato grow bags….who knew?? lol!

I planted the potatoes the last week in April and they started to flower about 3 weeks ago, I left them a bit longer and decided this weekend to harvest them.  It was so exciting to discover that you have loads of potatoes in the bag, I was so amazed, some small, some large but none the less loads of potatoes (or in Scotland we call them TATTIES!)

I purchased a hessian bag to store them in, but cooked some that night. OMG…so delicious and fresh.

I was one proud and excited little lady.

 

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Smoked Herby Cod & Chorizo Tray Bake

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Oh I do like a nice piece of fish. I picked up some lovely smoked Cod from my fishmonger and decided to do a tray bake with it.

This dish was so delicious and full of flavour. I mixed up the Chimichurri sauce by adding rocket leaves….delicious!

 

Makes 2-4 portions

4-6 Smoked Cod portions

6 Charlotte potatoes – quartered

1 red pepper – sliced

1 red onion – cut into wedges

100g chorizo – cut into 1cm cubes

Salt & pepper to season

For the herb crumb

2 tbsp dried parsley

1/2 tbsp dried oregano

1 slice of white bread

1 tbsp olive oil

For the Chimichurri dressing

2 tbsp dried parsley

1/2 tbsp dried oregano

1 tbsp dried coriander

1 garlic clove

1 tbsp dried chilli

handful of rocket leaves

Juice of 1.2 lemon

3 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp water

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC fan.
  2. Toss together the potatoes, seasoning and 1 tablespoon of oil in a large roasting tray. Bake for 12 minutes, then add the chorizo, onion and peppers and roast for a further 15 minutes.                                                                                                 20180528_173438  20180528_150322
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the fish. Blitz together the parsley, oregano, bread and remaining oil to form coarse breadcrumbs. Brush the top of the fish fillets with a little extra oil and press on the breadcrumbs.
  4. Give the roasting tray a good shake, then place the fish and tomatoes on top and roast for a final 15 minutes, until the fish is cooked.                                                       20180528_174944
  5. Meanwhile make the chimichurri dressing. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blitz to combine. Drizzle over the tray bake to serve.                                                20180528_150329

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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.!

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Pesto Potatoes

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If you have read my last few posts, you will know I got a massive 2.5kg bag of potatoes for 29p last week……I know right….so cheap!  So my task this week was to use them all…lol!  Today I had to use up some leftover vegetables so I decided on pesto Potatoes……this was so delicious, nutritious and a filling meal.

 

Serves 2

4 Maris piper potatoes – cut into bite size pieces (I left skin on, more flavour)

Handful or Broccoli

Baby Spinach

Salt & pepper

Green Pesto – 3 tbsps (see recipe below)

 

Pesto Recipe

clove of garlic crushed

Fresh Basil – large bunch

handful of pine nuts – about 100g

Parmesan Cheese – grated

Olive oil

Lemon juice

  1. Place garlic and basil leaves in a blender and pulse until chopped
  2. Add in the pine nuts (toasted) and parmesan and pulse to blend
  3. Slowly add in some olive oil, just enough to bring it all together, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Serve.

 

Potatoes

  1. Cook potatoes through until soft, you can either boil or steam cook, 4 minutes before you think they are ready, pour in some peas to the potatoes and simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, Steam cook your broccoli and spinach for 3 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes and put into a large bowl, add in the spinach and broccoli
  4. Spoon 3 heaped tbsp of pesto and mix through, season
  5. Serve into a bowl or plate and top with some pine nuts for extra crunch.

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