Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie
Even the word pie is comforting. But then, it would be hard to deny the very real lure of pastry, especially when, as here, you know you're going to dunk it in gravied juices till its luscious lightness has become deliciously, soggily heavy. I concede, however, that making and rolling out your own pastry is not necessarily the speediest option, so I use bought, all-butter ready-rolled puff pastry and feel fine about it. I make the pie even easier, by browning the chicken and making the sauce…
Chicken With Spring Onions, Chilli and Greek Yogurt
The sauce borrows from the idea of tsatsiki and all those Middle-Eastern yogurt salads - it is a cool, pungent accompaniment to the tender, but not strongly flavoured, chicken. For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.
This is quick to make, absurdly easy in fact. The strange thing is that it is as easy to eat, even first thing. I can wolf this stuff down. For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.
You may have come across Sunblush Tomatoes in delis; these are my homespun version. I halve cherry tomatoes, sprinkle them with herbs, a little salt and a pinch of sugar and drizzle over oil, put in a hot oven which I turn off immediately, leaving the tomatoes to cook in the residual heat overnight, hence “moonblush”. The taste of even disappointing tomatoes becomes, transformed this way, bright and intense. Think very essence of tomato. Eat in salads, alongside cheese, in pasta or however…
Egyptian Tomato Salad
I found this salad in a lovely little book - 'a memoir with recipes' - called Apricots on the Nile, by Colette Rossant. And although it sounds a lot of bother blanching and peeling the tomatoes, all in fact it involves is leaving the tomatoes for a few minutes in a bowlful of just-boiled water, after which their skins will come off without any trouble. For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.
Home Made Instant Pancake Mix
I find this a real life-saver. I make a container full of this and then I just have to whisk in egg, milk and melted butter whenever I need a breakfast's worth of pancakes. Serve with the syrup of your choice. For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.
Scallops With Thai Scented Pea Puree
I love the bouncy sweetness of scallops and, although you might think the equal sweetness of the peas would be too much alongside, the deep flavour of coriander and chilli and the sharpness of lemongrass miraculously provided by the Thai green curry paste, make it a zingy and yet still comforting accompaniment. This is a real treat of a supper, both for the eater and the cook. For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.
Soft, richly flavoured caramelised onions are a wonderful accompaniment to cold meats, pates and terrines, and make a great base for savoury tarts. They're very easy to make at home - you simply cook the onions slowly to caramelise their natural sugars, while the brown sugar and balsamic help the process along. If you make a big batch, cover tightly and they'll keep for up to three weeks in the fridge.
New Orleans Coleslaw
This is my accompaniment of choice for the buttermilk chicken. Indeed, I have even converted fiercely committed anti-coleslawers with it. I can't remember why I call it my New Orleans Coleslaw now (I've been making it, or a version of it, for so long) but I think it has something to do with all the wonderful pecan trees I saw when I was there. Do serve a potato salad alongside if you want: you see, in the picture, some baby new potatoes doused in olive oil, salt and a little lime juice…
Japanese Skinny Soup
Serves 3 1 bag Skinny Dip Angel Hair 3 cups beef stock 2 oz silken lite firm tofu, sliced 1/2 cup baby spinach, chopped 6 snow peas, sliced diagonally 4 fresh mushrooms, sliced thin 1 green onion, sliced thin diagonally 1 star anise pod (optional) 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon miso paste (Asian aisle) In a m
This recipe is from Nigellas ‘Nigella Express’ book but thought it could be made slimming world friendly. I changed it very slightly and added a few more things to make it even more filling , Its been lovely to eat this during the recent horrible cold icy weather. Its a really easy to make soup […]
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Nigella's Budgets and Bargains: Tuna & Beans
This week we are cooking up Nigella Lawson's "Budgets and Bargains" over at I Heart Cooking Clubs, so I chose the Tuna and Beans from Nigella Express. It's an easy pantry meal that fits into the budget and is healthy and satisfying too. I eat beans with tuna fairly often but usually using cannellini beans or chickpeas, so I liked the fact that Nigella's recipe used borlotti beans, also called cranberry beans. The recipe called for canned borlotti beans but they are difficult to find here and…