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Chicken & Bacon Stew… September 23, 2017

Comfort food at it’s best. Takes a bit of prepping but well worth it. You can halve the ingredients if you need but I’ve made a big pan full as this recipe is freezable once cold. I served with garlic bread but any crusty bread would be good, you’ll need it to mop up all that creamy sauce.

Serves 6-8

 

Ingredients

3 Tbsp olive oil

6  Chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces

140g Smokey Bacon, chopped

4 Carrots, sliced

2 Onions, diced

2 Tbsp Plain flour

1 Tbsp Tomato Puree

75ml white wine

1 1/2 pints Chicken stock

3 Bay leaves

4 Tbsp Crème fraîche

600g small New potatoes, washed & halved

200g Button mushrooms

Dried herbs, such as Parsley, tarragon

 

Method

 

Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the chicken pieces in batches for 5 mins on each side until lightly browned, then transfer to a plate. Sizzle the bacon in the same pan for a few mins until beginning to crisp. Stir in the carrots and onions, then cook for 10 mins until starting to soften. Stir in the flour and tomato purée and cook for 2 min more. Pour in the wine and stir well.

Put the chicken & other ingredients from the frying pan into a large saucepan. Pour in the stock, add the bay leaves, crème fraîche and seasoning. Add the potatoes & stir everything over a few times so that the potatoes are immersed in the sauce. Cover with a lid bring to the boil then simmer. After 30 minutes, add the mushrooms & herbs & stir in. Cover again and simmer for another 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and tender. You can now turn off the heat, and chill and freeze some or all of it.

Tip:

Defrosting

 

 

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Coconut Chicken Curry March 19, 2017

I do love a nice hot spicy curry but now and then I just like a mild curry, if mild but still tasty is what you’re looking for, this is it.

 

Serves 4

 

Ingredients

 

4 chicken breasts, cut into mouth-sizes pieces

2 1/2 tsp mild curry powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (14oz) tin coconut milk

2 1/2” piece fresh ginger, peeled

4 cloves garlic

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp turmeric

1 1/2 tsp coarse grain mustard

5oz spinach (I used the frozen type)

 

Method

 

Toss the chicken with curry powder, cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes.

Purée coconut milk, ginger, and garlic in a blender until very smooth.

Add chicken including any excess powder from the bowl and coconut milk mixture to pan along with the mustard and cook, tossing occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened, approx 10-15 minutes.

Fold spinach into chicken mixture and cook until wilted.

Serve on a bed of rice along with naan bread.

 

 

 

Chicken and Mushrooms with Dumplings March 5, 2017

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Ingredients

For the stew

 

6oz bacon, cut into 1/4” pieces

1/4 cup plain flour

2lbs chicken, I used a mix of thighs, legs & drumsticks

salt & pepper

1 1/2 lb mixed mushrooms

1 onion chopped

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 cup dry white wine

3 tsp thyme

2 bay leaves

3pints chicken broth

 

For the dumplings

 

1/4tsp salt & black pepper

1 cup plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

 

Method

 

Start by crisping the bacon in a pan, then transfer to paper towel.

Place flour in a shallow bowl. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Working in batches, cook chicken, skin side down, in same pan used for the bacon over medium heat until deep golden brown and crisp (do not turn), 12–15 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Working in 2 batches, cook mushrooms in same pan, seasoning with salt and pepper and stirring occasionally, until brown, 5–8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add onion and garlic to pan, cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent, 5–8 minutes.

Add wine to pot, simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, bacon, thyme, bay leaves, and broth, season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and gently simmer, partially covered, until chicken is falling off the bone, 2–2 1/2 hours. Add mushrooms and simmer, 10–15 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Make the dumplings

Whisk flour, baking powder, pepper & salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in eggs and milk (batter will be slightly lumpy), if it’s too runny add a little more flour. Put spoonfuls of batter into the stew & cook for a further 10 – 15 minutes.

Serve with mashed potato

 

Corned Beef Hash February 15, 2017

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A satisifyingly savoury winter warmer – just the job for chilly Febuary evenings.

Serves 4.

 

Ingredients

 

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 onions, diced

1 Tbsp parsley

4 large potatos

1 beef stock cube

340g corned beef, diced

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp coarse grain mustard

1 clove of garlic, crushed

Poached egg to serve

 

Method

 

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, fry the onions & parsley for 5 minutes over a medium heat.

Add the diced potato, garlic & crumble in the stock cube.

Add 350ml boiling water & simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, until the potato is tender & most of the liquid boiled off.

Stir in the corned beef, Worcestershire sauce & mustard & leave to heat through while you poach an egg for 4 minutes to top it off with.

 

 

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne (2) (Winter Warmers) January 20, 2017

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Ingredients

2 lrg onions

2 clove of garlic, crushed

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 kg stewing beef, cut into small cubes

2 tsp sweet smoked paprika

1 – 2 tsp hot chilli powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3 Tbsp tomato puree

2 red chillies, deseeded & chopped

2 400g tins chopped tomatoes

2 red peppers, deseeded & chopped

1 x 410 tin red kidney beans, rinsed & drained

1 x 410g tin black-eyed beans, rinsed & drained

2 squares good quality dark chocolate

 

Method

In a large pan heat the oil & brown the onion & garlic on a low heat for 8-10 minutes, scoop onto a plate & return pan to the heat.

Brown the meat in 2 -3 batches, if need be.

Put the browned meat along with the onion & garlic into the slow cooker, add the spices & the tomato puree, stir all together.

Next add the chillies, tomatoes, red peppers & a generous pinch of salt. Half fill one of the tomato tins with cold water & add that too.

Heat on High for 1 hour then turn to Low & leave for 6 hours, then stir in the beans & leave on low for another hour.

Taste to check if you need more seasoning, add the chocolate & stir it through.

This can be served with rice or chips along with fresh chopped coriander leaves, soured cream, finely chopped red or green chilli & lime wedges

 

Pork Chops with a Creamy Apple Sauce January 6, 2017

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This is a lovely tasty way of doing pork. Serve with creamy mashed potato and savoy cabbage for a great meal.

Serves 2

Takes about 30-35 minutes

 

Ingredients

 

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 pork chops, or you can use pork loin chops as I did because that’s what I had in the freezer

1 sml onion, diced

300ml apple juice

1 eating apple, I used Royal Gala. No need to peel but core and cut into wedges

1 clove of garlic finely chopped

2 Tbsp creme fraiche

1 Tbsp whole grain mustard

1/2 tsp dried parsley (optional)

 

Method

 

Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan and brown the chops for about 4-5 minutes each side, then transfer to a plate and set aside.

Soften the onion and garlic in the same pan, then return the chops to the pan with any juices from the chops.

Pour in the apple juice and bring to the boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, turning the chops halfway through.

Transfer the chops to a plate again and add the apple wedges to the pan, stir in the creme fraiche, mustard and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then simmer to reduce and thicken the sauce until the apples are tender.

Return the chops to the pan and simmer for another 5-10 minutes and sprinkle on the parsley, if using.

 

 

Slow Cooker Smoked Pork and Vegatables November 27, 2016

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Smoked pork gives a lovely amount of smoky flavor. Cooking it in a slow cooker only requires a few ingredients to produce a flavorful dish. You can add just about any veggies to this dish, cabbage, bell peppers, onion, and anything else, and wait for your meal to be ready.

Just a shame I didn’t have any celery or garlic to add to it as I think it would have been even better!

 

Ingredients

1 medium savoy cabbage, shredded

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

1 onion, diced

450g smoked pork, diced, but not too small

300g potatoes, diced, but not too small

300ml cold water

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1 Oxo cube, or similar

 

Method

 

Pour the water into the slow cooker, crumble the Oxo cube over the water.

Add the peppers, onion, pork and potatoes, season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.

After that, add the cabbage and continue cooking for 1 more hour.

 

 

 

 

 
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