Winter foods

NEW RECIPE: Chocolate Pudding!

As some of you might know, I’ll be off to Cyprus next week so this week I will be trying my best to uploaded as many recipes including requested ‘Turkish Chickpea Rice’ which hopefully will be up soon also.

 

For this post, I wanted to show you all an easy way to make chocolate pudding with simple ingredients from your cupboard and no eggs needed!

 

I came across this recipe when I had family staying over for the week and we all craved something chocolatey! And since I had no eggs in the fridge and the nearest supermarket is 5miles away from me, I had to research hard on what to make. Till I came across the most yummiest and delicious chocolate dessert that any chocolate-craving fanatic would love and satisfy their craving!

 

I have made this countless times and easy time it comes out a bit different but still with the same rich taste. I have also tweaked it a bit but you don’t have to be too fussy with the measurements.

 

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Preparation: 10mins

Cooking time: 35mins

Ingredients:

  • 100grams butter (doesn’t have to be unsalted, I use salted as that’s what was in my fridge!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup milk

For the last stage of the method, ingredients needed:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsps. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups. boiling water

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (Gas mark 4/350 degrees Fahrenheit) 
  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not overmelt.
  • Once butter is melted, place into large bowl.

 

 

Step1

 

  • Next add your sugar and cocoa powder and mix well.

 

Step3

 

  • Next add in your flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.

 

Steps

 

  • Then mix in your milk.

 

Steps2

 

  • Place into a baking dish. Make sure the baking dish isn’t too large otherwise the chocolate pudding will just be a thin layer. Not too small either as the step where you add 2 cups of boiling water will boil over the dish, we need this water for the mixture to soak it up and turn into chocolate sauce at the base of the pudding!
  • I used a oval Pyrex baking dish measuring: 10 inches wide (not including the handles) x 3 inches deep.

 

Steps3

 

 

  • Now with your extra ingredients that you have set aside, cover the mixture with the 4bsps. cocoa powder and 2/3 cup of sugar.

 

Steps4

 

 

  • Now it might seem weird, but now add 2 cups of boiling water! Use a ladle to gentle add the water on top. 

 

Steps5

 

 

  • Now add into the hot oven for 35minutes.
  • You’ll notice that the water at the top will now be at the base as chocolate sauce and the mixture would be cooked and on the top.
  • Serve warm and enjoy! Tip: always nice with a generous pour of double cream. Mmmmm…

 

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Simple Chickpea Curry Recipe – Vegetarian

 

Hi to all the cooking fans out there!

So sorry haven’t blogged for awhile, been another busy week. And unfortunately won’t be able to blog for another week as we’ll be visiting my motherinlaw but i’ll be recording some of her delicious foods!!

But for now, this post is dedicated to my version of the classic Chickpea curry. My husband and I are trying to venture onto vegetarian meals more and after realizing that I had a can of chickpeas in the cupboard, chickpea curry it was!

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Prep time: 5-10minutes

Cooking time: 30minutes (+45minute simmer time)

Servings: 2

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Ingredients1 onion
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2tsps. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  • hot water
  • 1/2 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

 

 

Method:

  • First start by preparing your ingredients, by finely chopping your onions and garlic. And wash and drain your chick peas. 
  • Also wash your parsley and roughly chop, including stalks.
  • Now start cooking by placing a medium saucepan with 3tbsps of olive oil onto medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, start by frying your onions and garlic till soft.
  • Next add your cumin powder, cinnamon, paprika and chili flakes. Stir and fry for a further 5minutes until the onions have browned from the spices.

Step2

 

 

  • Next add your chopped tomatoes and stir into the onions.
  • After, add in your chickpeas and stir thoroughly into the onion and tomatoes spice mix. Add hot water from the kettle to just cover over the chickpeas. 
  • Now add in your coriander powder, garam masala and salt & pepper to taste.

 

 

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  • Now add in your chopped fresh parsley, stir and lower heat to the lowest setting. Cover and simmer for 45minutes.

 

 

Step6

 

  • Serve warm!

 

If you want more spice, then add tad more garam masalan and chili flakes to enhance the chili!

This recipe is also under the Category of ‘Winter Foods’ as I find the spice in this curry helps to warm you up!

 

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Enjoy!

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NEW RECIPE – Home-made Fish & Potato pie – using Haddock and mixed veg.

Hi all, sorry haven’t been on here this week, been very busy and with the cold weather, had a few take-away nights so gave a little break from cooking!

Last week I went to local supermarket to get a few items when they had a good sale on fish, and remembering how my mum would cook a delicious fish pie, I decided to buy some and try to make my own especially in these cold winter months.

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Prep time: 10mins.

Cooking time: 35mins (+ 35mins oven time)

Ingredients:

  • 2 onionfish
  • 2/3 cup. mixed veg – I used frozen as didn’t have any fresh veg left!
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50g butter
  • Olive oil
  • 3-4cups of milk
  • 2-3tbsps. cornstarch/cornflour
  • 4-5 large potatoes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Fresh haddock – cut into chunks
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • Mushrooms – optional
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried basil
  • Handful of grated cheese (I used mature cheddar)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Prepare your ingredients, chop up onions and garlic, and wash and cut haddock into chunks.
  • While preparing the ingredients, add your milk into a large saucepan and place on high heat.
  • Next wash your potatoes and place in another saucepan with water and onto high heat. I didn’t bother peeling the potatoes as frankly, I’m really bad at peeling! So I just made sure that I washed the potatoes well.
  • Once you chopped your onions and garlic. In a frying pan on medium-high heat, add some olive oil and your butter. Once the butter melts, add your onions and garlic and fry until onions had softened. While frying also add in your chili flakes and stir in.
  • Next add in your haddock chunks into the milk and stir.

Step 1

  • Once your onions have softened, add into your milk and fish and stir.

Step 3

  • While the milk is beginning to get hot and starts cooking the haddock, add in your frozen mixed veg. If using fresh veg (which is much better) chop them up and add in. Also if using mushrooms, add them in now. My mixed veg contains peas, cauliflower and carrots.
  • After 5-10mins on high heat, you will start to see the fish beginning to get flaky and peal away from the skin. This is when you know its done. Also the potatoes will be boiling now, you would need them to boil for 10-15mins till soft but not too soft as in mashed potatoes!
  • Next, drain out your fish and veg mixture into separate bowl but keep the milk and place back into the saucepan.
  • With the fish mixture, if using sweetcorn, add now and stir into the mixture. Season well and add in your dried basil.

step 4

  • Note: Some like to remove the skin left from the fish but I was a bit in a hurry so I kept it in and when it did come to eating the meal, was perfectly fine!
  • By now your potatoes will be done, so drain them out next and leave to one side.

step 5

  • Next with your pan of milk, place back onto the hob on high heat.
  • Then take roughly a cup of the mixture out and add in your cornstarch into the cup with the mixture and stir thoroughly.
  • Add this into the milk and stir continuously using a whisk until the mixture begins to thicken, so about 5-10minutes.

step 6

  • Once the mixture has thickened, season to taste and add in your grated cheese and stir.
  • Next add in your fish and veg mix and stir into the sauce.step 7
  • Afterwards, spread this evenly onto your baking dish.
  • Lastly, slice your cooked potatoes and place on-top of your fish sauce evenly covering all of the mixture.

step 8

  • Once completely covered, as an added extra, place knobs of butter around the dish.

step 9

  • Place into hot oven, middle shelf, for 30-35mins until the potatoes have gone golden brown.
  • Once cooked, take out of the oven and leave for 5mins to cool down then serve!

 

Enjoy!

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My chicken and mushroom pithivier with a courgette twist! – RECIPE & VIDEO

Hey guys, after making a yummy roast chicken dinner for family last weekend. I had leftover chicken, so decided to try a go at making Pithivier (French dish using puff pastry). Usually Pithivier is a sweet ‘pie’ but you can also make savory versions, so I made myself chicken and mushroom pithivier with some courgettes I had also leftover in the fridge.

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To my surprise, this dish is now my top 5 favorite meals!!

Prep time: 35-40mins

Cooking time: 35mins

Ingredients:

  • leftover chicken, shredded
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • hot water
  • handful of chopped mushrooms
  • spring onions, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • puff pastry – shop bought version (I know, bit lazy but perfectly fine!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 courgette, sliced
  • cooking oil
  • 50g butter

Method:

  • First preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius and start by preparing your ingredients. Such as, shredding the chicken, slicing the onions and garlic, mushrooms, the courgette and putting the kettle on!
  • Once those are done, in a large frying pan on medium-high heat add a bit of cooking oil just enough to cover the pan and start frying your onions and garlic, approx. 5mins.
  • Next add in your chopped mushrooms and spring onions into the frying pan and stir well.
  • Add your butter now and fry altogether for approx. 3mins.
  • While that’s frying, on the side, in a small cup add your 2 chicken stock cubes and add a 1/4 cup hot water, not too much as it’ll make the mixture wet once added. Stir until it dissolves and leave to one side.
  • Next add in your chopped courgettes and fry for 5mins approx.
  • Now add in your chicken stock and stir thoroughly into the mixture. You would want this to fry for 5mins with the aim of evaporating most of the water by drying out the mixture, but be careful not to burn. This will prevent the Pithivier having a soggy bottom.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and turn off heat and cover. Leave to one side.
  • Now it’s time to prepare the puff pastry, if your using ready made like myself, make sure it hasn’t been in the fridge for the past 2hours. This will make it much more easier to roll as it’ll be room temperature.
  • Divide the pastry in half, using the first half start rolling out your dough into a circle. The using a large salad bowl as a template, cut round the dough. If you don’t have a large salad bowl, don’t worry, you can always make a paper template, the diameter I used was 11inches wide.

  • Place circle into a prepared baking tray.
  • Next start making another circle with the other half of the pastry. But this time, cut 1inch wider from the salad bowl – 12inches.

  • Place 2nd circle to one side on a floured surface.
  • Any leftover pastry can be used for decoration on top of the Pithivier.

  • Now add your chicken and mushroom mix into the center of the circle in the baking tray.
  • With the 2nd circle, place on top and seal around the edges with water and pressing down with your thumb.

  • Add your decoration and seal them on using water again as the ‘glue’. Make sure you make a hole at the top of the pie as well.
  • Using 1 egg, whisk the egg in separate bowl and using a pastry brush, spread evenly over the pastry so it makes a golden crust once cooked.

  • Place in hot oven for 35mins or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm, enjoy!!!

Served great with potatoes!

For the VIDEO Tutorial which I also made for this recipe accompanied by lovely french instrumental music, visit:

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