Jalfrezi Paste

If you like curries then you will love this paste. Nice and hot and one of my favorites. Don’t like it to spicy then reduce the amount of chilli – simples!

  • Serves: 4
  • prepTime: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb – sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 3 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder  (Easy on the chilli unless you want it hot!)
  • 1 tsp paprika

Spices to toast

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds (optional)
Preparation method
Step 1 Dry toast spices and grind in mortar and pestle.
Step 2 Add toasted ground spices to rest of ingredients and whiz in a food processor or hand processor.
Step 3 Either use straight away of store in a jar for later
Step 4 To use paste, Brown off one onion, add chicken (4 breasts chopped) and cook through, add paste and one tin of chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15- 20 minutes making sure chicken is cooked.

Guaranteed to rise Yorkshire Puddings

Ever dreamed of big Yorkshire puddings but yours always look deflated well try this recipe. This has not failed me yet! (you can change the quantity by reducing by half or quarter)

  • Serves: 16 puddings
  • prepTime: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 Pint of milk
  • 250g flour
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oil such as rapeseed oil
Preparation method
Step 1 Blend flour and eggs in to a paste.
Step 2 Add milk place in the fridge and leave as long as possible, preferably over night.
Step 3 When ready to cook place oil in bottom of each case filling the bottom completely. Place in a pre-heated oven (200C).
Step 4 When oil is hot, remove tray and fill each case to the top with the batter mix. You need to do this as quick as possible and get the tray back in to the oven.
Step 5 Here’s the trick DON’T OPEN THE OVEN ONCE COOKING! leave in the oven for 30 minutes and remove from oven and serve.

Chicken Fajita Seasoning

Simple to make and I promise you will never buy the shop packets of Fajita mix ever again.! You can double or quadruple the ingredients and store in an airtight container and keep for when ever you want Fajita’s

Mix
Fajita Mix
  • Serves: 4-6
  • prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook time: ** minutes
  • Total time: 5-10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Preparation method
Step 1 Stir cornstarch, chilli powder, salt, paprika, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin together in a small bowl.
Step 2 To use fry off 4 chicken breasts with onions and peppers. Add 2 teaspoons to the Fajita mix or more according to taste

Roasted vegetable soup with a chilli bite

Easy to make roasted vegetable soup. You can add any other veg that you have in the fridge that may be on the turn.  This is a great way to lose weight if you follow a point based diet as this can be 0 points!
If you substitute the olive oil with Fry Light mist spray this becomes Slimming World SYM free!

 Vegsoup
  • Serves: 4-6
  • prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total time: 60 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2-3 Onions
  • Peppers – Chopped in large chunks
  • Garlic Bulb – peeled
  • 1-2 Carrots
  • 6-8 Tomatoes – cut in to quarters
  • 1-2 Green or red finger chillies
  • 1-1.2 pints of chicken stock ( Vegetable if you prefer)
  • Olive oil
Preparation method
Step 1 Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Roughly chop the vegetables including garlic and chilli. Place in a oven proof dish / Roasting tray.  image
Step 2 Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables and toss.
Step 3 Place in the oven for 30 minutes.  You want the want the vegetables to part burn.  This adds the flavour.  image
Step 4 When the vegetables are done add the stock and stir, Now transfer to to a sauce pan, making sure that you get every thing out of the oven dish!  image
Step 5 Puree the soup to the texture that you like, Lumpy or completely smooth.  image
Step 6 Warm through and serve or divide out in to portions and freeze.