Chicken with peppers

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Pollo con peperoni – chicken at its most supreme

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Supper last night and I was in the mood for chicken…and for pasta…and I had some cream left over and a red pepper…so it had to be this dish…simple and such a refreshing change.

INGREDIENTS

400gm chicken fillet cut into strips

1 large red pepper deseeded and cut into strips

100 ml olive oil

2 small red onions peeled and thinly sliced

2 cloves of garlic peels and finely chopped

Teaspoon of dried red chillies

100 ml white wine

Salt and black pepper

8 cherry tomatoes quartered

Small bunch of flat leaf parsley finely chopped

150 ml soured cream – single would be fine too

METHOD

Heat half the oil in a large deep pan – a non stick wok with a lid would be dandy – or a stainless steel casserole pan. Add the onion and fry gently over a lowish heat for about 5 minutes until soft. Remove from pan into a bowl and put to one side.

Add the remaining oil – add the chicken – raise the heat to medium and brown the chicken for around 6-8 minutes.

Return the onion to the pan with the garlic and the dried chilli.

Pour in the wine and let it reduce by half. Add the red pepper slices.

Season with salt and black pepper. After 4 minutes stir in the tomatoes. 

Lower the heat, cover the pan and cook for around 25 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Remove the lid and stir in the cream. Add the chopped parsley and after a minute or so – serve with pasta.

A colourful southern Italian dish with more flavours than you could imagine.

Enjoy!

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Fresh Salmon and Red Onion Frittata

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FRITTATA DI SALMONE E CIPOLLE ROSSE

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Some say frittata some say tortilla! Well, the Italians and Spanish at least! This is my version of a recipe gleaned form the work of Gino D’campo. He uses cod and chives – but I reckon this one with salmon and basil is better! I love making these – not much work for lots of reward flavour wise and it looks so fab on the plate!

You can get at least 6 good portions out of this – or more if you want to serve it as a tapas cut into squares.

INGREDIENTS

300 gm of fresh salmon fillet skin removed

8 eggs – good ones!

Small bunch of basil leaves torn

Salt and black pepper

100 ml olive oil

1 large red onion peeled and thinly sliced

700 gm potatoes peeled and cut into 2 cm chunks

METHOD

Place the salmon in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes. Put to one side for a minute to cool, then strain and put salmon on a plate whilst you get everything else sorted.

Beat the eggs in a bowl – do not use cheap eggs – for what it is worth I used chestnut marines – anyway, the flavour of this dish is so much better with good organic ones. Add the basil and season. Stir.

Pour the oil into a non stick frying pan and pop onto a medium heat. Fry the onion for 4 minutes until softened, sit now and then with a wooden spoon. Add the potatoes, season with a little salt and a bit more black pepper. Continue to cook for 15 minutes more. Potatoes should be tender – might take up to 20 minutes. Flake the salmon and add to the pan and stir everything together. Now add the eggs and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes.

Preheat the grill. After the 15 minutes is up, pop the frying pan under the hot grill for about 3 to 4 minutes to allow the frittata to set  – the top should have turned a light brown colour.

Transfer to a wam plate and slice and serve. Crusty bread goes down well with this. I served a dish of melanzane parmigiana too. Good buddies!

A fabulous, light supper dish. Tasty and satisfying. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Flavour-filled Fish Pie

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Cold nights…only one thing for it – a fabulous fish pie!

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Another winter warmer of a dish and one that will leave all the family asking for more – so maybe make two!

This is easy and so good in every way – my two teenage children are not huge fish eaters but they wolfed every morsel of this.

It is based on a Jamie Oliver recipe but I have tinkered with it to suit my store cupboard and taste!

And you can play about with it further if so desired – for example, if you are keen to miss out carbs – replace the potatoes with cooked, mashed celeriac– or butternut squash or sweet potatoes- or a mix of both – or a mix of swede and carrot boiled and mashed – with a little butter or cream if you fancy. You get the idea!

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Chicken Cannellini and Chorizo One Pot

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This is a perfect mid week supper – simple and satisfying with sufficient zing to warm up your engine!

 

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INGREDIENTS for 4

2 tbsp olive oil
500g chicken breast cut into chunks
4 shallots, sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped
Splash red wine
275g chorizo, thinly sliced
1 x 400g  can chopped tomatoes
200ml  chicken stock
1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Handful chopped fresh coriander
Crusty bread or a good warm flat bread, to serve

METHOD

  1. Heat half of the  oil in a large pan. Add the chicken, grind over some black pepper, and fry, turning frequently, until lightly browned all over. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
  2.  Add a little more oil to the pan, then fry the chorizo until crispy, add to the warming plate with the chicken.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, celery and chilli and cook for five minutes in the juices left over. Add a splash of red wine and simmer until reduced by half.
  4. Add the can of chopped tomatoes to the pan with the vegetables, stir and bring to the boil. Cook for five minutes, then add the stock and bring back to the boil.
  5. Add the browned chicken, the cannellini beans and the crisp chorizo and half the chopped coriander – simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked through –  no lid. Season, to taste, with a tiny bit of salt if needed and a little more ground black pepper.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining chopped coriander and serve with crusty bread.

This went down well last night and was hoovered up very happily by the family.

 

 

Fagiano al vino rosso

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Another perfect plate for this chilly dark season!!

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Pheasant…red wine….game set and match!

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The Italians love game…especially the northern folk….I love game…and I’m northern….so it is not just for the posh folk! A lot of people shy away from cooking this wonderful bird..or partridge…or quail….they are so succulent and rich…and so good for your health! And these pheasants go a long way! You will be surprised, if you have never had them, how much meat they render. One pheasant is perfect for two people. If you have never cooked them…please….please do…and they are so the right thing for this time of year.

FOR 4

2 pheasants

Fresh rosemary sprigs or a good tablespoon of dried 

2 garlic cloves peeled

60gm butter

Olive oil

3 stalks of celery cut into finger long pieces

4 long shallots cut in half lengthways

4 Chantenay or small carrots halved lengthways

150 gm of pancetta cut into pieces

6 mushrooms of choice cut…

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Keep soup in the loop….Devilled Pepper, Courgette and Ham Soup to be specific…

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And everyone needs a bowl of this at this time of year!

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Keep soup in the loop....Devilled Pepper, Courgette and Ham Soup to be specific...

Midweek and with odd jobs of all sorts to do and to drive away the thought of the grim reaper weather lurking outside – mind he did have an anorak with him – I decided to go for a soup with a kick and a sense of heart too. Something to make you feel toasty inside.

So give this a go – especially if you ever have some ham left over from a joint.

For 4

1 courgette, sliced and diced
1 pepper – mine was yellow – but a red or orange one would be dandy
2 red onions finely chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
Some dried chill flakes to taste – or a chopped deseeded red chilli
Black pepper
1 litre of chicken stock
Whatever ham you can muster – I used three slices chopped.
Olive oil

In a deep pan, fry the onion, courgette, garlic and…

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Simple Salmon says…eat this….!

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Simple salmon supper!! Super!

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Simple Salmon says...eat this....!

Ok…a few quick fire posts…last night we had 4 gorgeous salmon fillets to deal with and my kids wanted pasta – so I did a version similar to another earlier dish on this blog but with a few differences. Firstly, it was fresh salmon which I wrapped in foil with a little unsalted butter and baked for 20 minutes at 160c. I then skinned it and flaked it. In a frying pan I popped a carton of crème fraîche and 50 gm of unsalted butter and stirred over a low heat until it melded together. I then added a teansy weansy dash of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper and about a teaspoon or so of dried tarragon-fresh would have been better but forgot! I then added the flaked salmon and stirred it gently once more.

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Spinach, Goats Cheese and Walnut Pasta

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A winter wonder to wow all the family!

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INGREDIENTS FOR 4

400 gm pasta of choice 

Olive oil and a knob of butter

An onion finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic finely sliced

200ml chicken or vegetable stock

200 gm of spinach uncooked

3 tbsp of crème fraîche

100 gm soft goats cheese

Tsp of chilli flakes

A handful of basil leaves torn

2 tbsp of chopped walnuts

Method

  1. Put your pasta on to cook.
  2. Heat a little olive oil and the butter in a large frying pan or wok
  3. Add the onion and sauté gently until softened then add the garlic. Fry for a minute. Pour in the stock .
  4. Add the spinach and cook  for a minute, then add the crème fraîche and stir in. Season with black pepper.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, drain well and add to the creamy mixture. Crumble in the goats cheese.
  6. Add the chilli flakes and the torn basil leaves, then the walnuts. Stir gently.
  7. Check for seasoning.

A fabulous dish for late autumn and you can play about with it as you wish. Use different greens – maybe rocket – maybe savoy cabbage finely shredded or even crumbled broccoli. You could use pine nuts too. Tis up to you!

But you MUST try it!

Brazilian prawn and coconut moqueca

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A stunning fish stew unnamed-1 I enjoyed this dish at my sister in law’s on Christmas Eve. It is such a fabulous dish and one that is perfect for this time of year and full of flavours – you could use any white fish of choice but salmon certainly hits the spot. I will be cooking this one a lot this coming year. (Serves 4)

Ingredients

2 large salmon fillets

Juice 1 lime

2 tbsp olive oil

400g large raw prawns

1 large onion, diced

1 green chilli, deseeded and chopped

1 bulb fennel, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 green pepper, diced

1 x 500ml carton tomato passata

200ml coconut milk

400ml vegetable stock

6 spring onions, sliced

Lime wedges to serve

Fresh coriander to garnish

For the rice

1 onion, finely diced

300g brown basmati rice

200ml coconut milk

400ml vegetable stock

1 x 400g tin black beans…

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Easy Portuguese Tarts

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A real favourite of mine at anytime…and especially with a cup of coffee!

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I was proud of these as I confess to being no baker…I leave that to my daughter, Hannah, who has the touch with pastry. I am more usually of a starter and mains man….but I eat these a lot when I visit my favourite coffee shop in Stockbridge, who make very gentile smaller versions. These are not as delicate but boy are they delicious! The recipe i pinched from Jamie Oliver and it was a fun recipe to follow. The ingredients make enough for 6 tarts. And they last up to two days in the fridge…though none of mine made it beyond day one!

INGREDIENTS

Plain flour

375 gm of pre rolled puff pastry

Ground cinnamon

125 gm crème fraîche

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

5 tbsps caster sugar

1 orange

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200c. Dust a clean surface or chopping board with some plain flour. Unroll the sheet of puff pastry – cut in half. You should end up with 2 2o x 20 cm squares of pastry. You only need one – pop the other away in the fridge for your next batch!

Sprinkle over a dusting of cinnamon and then roll into a swiss roll shape. Cut into 6 rounds. 

Put these into 6 of the holes of a muffin tin and using your thumbs stretch out and mould the pastry into the holes so the bottom is flat and the pastry comes to the top.Put in the oven and cook for 8 minutes until lightly golden.

Now spoon the crème fraîche into a small bowl. Add the egg, vanilla and 1 tbsp of the sugar plus the zest of the orange. Stir well.

After 8 minutes take the tarts out of the oven and use the back of a spoon to press the puff pastry back to the sides and make room for the filling. Spoon in the filling equally into each one and pop back in the oven on the top shelf for another 8 minutes.

Put a small pan on a high heat and add the juice of the orange and 4 tbsp of the sugar. Stir all the time until you get a nice sticky caramel.

Take the tarts out of the oven after 8 minutes and pour a drizzle of the caramel over each one. Put aside to cool.

These are sooooo tasty! Give them a go…I beg you!