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
  • 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

Fajita Mix
  • Serves: 4-6
  • prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook time: ** minutes
  • Total time: 5-10 minutes
  • 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!

  • Serves: 4-6
  • prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total time: 60 minutes
  • 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.

Deep Fried Brie

This is a real treat dish, and one of my fav’s and this is very easy to prepare.
Best served with baby leaves salad and chilli jam!

  • Serves: 2-3
  • prepTime: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:40 minutes
  • 2 Eggs (you may need extra)
  • Plain Flour (side dish)
  • Breadcrumbs (best if you make your own but store brought crumbs will do)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sun flour oil (enough to deep fry your Brie chunks)
  • 1 wedge Brie (cut in to chunks)
Preparation method
Step 1 To start off place around two table spoons of flour on to a side dish Flour
Step 2 Place the breadcrumbs in a bowl a season with the salt and pepper 20130322-134155.jpg
Step 3 Crack the eggs in to a bowl and beat together add some pepper 20130322-134134.jpg
Step 4 Cut the Brie in to bit size chunks. 20130322-134032.jpg
Step 5 Now to egg and bread you Brie.
Here’s the trick to egging and breading!Take a chunk of Brie with your left hand and roll in the flour.
Step 6 With your left hand place the floured Brie chunk and place in the beaten egg and roll around so that it is completely cover in the egg. 20130322-134335.jpg
Step 7 Still with your left hand place in the bread crumbs. Now using your right hand roll the Brie around in the breadcrumbs until completely coated still using your right hand transfer to a plate. Complete this for all Brie chunks.. 20130322-134358.jpg
Step 8 Right now to double dip! Complete the process again for all the chunks but leaving out the flour dip. Trust me the double dip makes this!
Step 9 Once finished place the place of Brie into the fridge until ready to cook.
Step 10 To cook deep fired brie. heat the oil in sauce pan, when oil is hot add breaded brie two or tree chunks at a time and leave in oil until golden brown (45seconds – 2 minutes) remove from sauce pan and drain on kitchen paper and serve hot.

Simple Chocolate Muffins – that you can make with the Kids

Nice and easy muffins that you can make with the kids on a wet day!

chocolate muffin
  • Serves: 12
  • prepTime: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • 125g Plain flour (For mixing bowl)
  • 25g Coco powder (For mixing bowl)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder (For mixing bowl)
  • 1 Egg (For jug)
  • 60g Sugar (For jug)
  • 2 tablespoons Oil (For jug)
  • 100ml Milk (For jug)
  • 500g Icing sugar (For Icing)
  • 0.5 – 1 tablespoon warm water (For Icing)
Preparation method
Step 1 Pre heat oven to 160
Step 2 Mix all the ingredients in to a bowl that are described as “For mixing bowl” and mix together.
Step 3 Mix all the ingredients in to a jug that are described as “For Jug” and mix together.
Step 4 Now pour the jug ingredients in to the bowl of ingredients and mix. (add chocolate chips if you wish.)
Step 5 Spoon mixture in to bun cases and place in the oven for 20 minutes at 160 degrees. When the cracks appear on the top and you can put a cocktail stick in to the muffin and the stick is clear the muffins are done. Ta-dah!

Chilli Jam

Our chilli jam is ideal partner for cheese. You can even use this chilli jam in your sandwiches. You can even serve our chilli jam with our deep fried brie.

 Chilli Jam
  • Serves: 6 Jars
  • PrepTime: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
  • 150g red chilli’s (Deseeded and roughly chopped)
  • 150g red peppers (Deseeded and roughly chopped)
  • 1kg jam sugar
  • 600ml cider vinegar
  • 6 sterillised Jars
Preparation method
Step 1 Start by sterilising your jars. (Wash them well and place in a pre heated oven at 140 deg for 20 minutes  Jars
Step 2 Put the chilli’s and the red peppers in to a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped.  Blitz chilli and red pepper
Step 3 Place a pan on a low heat, dissolve the sugar in the cider vinegar  Vinegar and sugar
Step 4 Once the sugar is dissolved add the chilli and the red peppers to the pan and bring to the the boil. Once boiling bring to a rolling boil (103 -105 C) for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and let cool.  image
Step 5 The liquid will start to become syrupy.
After 40 minutes or so you will notice that the syrup has become a lot thicker, the chilli should be evenly distributed in the liquid and should not rise or fall when gently stired. Transfer the Jam in to your sterillised jars and seal tightly.

bruschetta with tomatoes

Great starter and very simple to do and can pack loads of flavour. Can be prepared in advance.

  • Serves: 2
  • prepTime: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 minutes
  • Total time: 17 minutes
  • 4 medium Tomatoes (disgard middles )
  • 1 bulb Garlic (chopped or crushed as much or as little as you want)
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (enough to soak the Tomatoes once chopped)
  • 4 pieces crusty bread (home made ciabater is nice!)
Preparation method
Step 1 chop and quarter tomatoes – disgard middles ( use in Chilli or spag bol) chop the skins up to as small or large as you prefer.
Step 2 add garlic and balsamic vinegar to tomatoes and place in fridge to cool. Good Idea to cover with cling film.
Step 3 Serve tomatoes on toasted crusty bread.
Step 4 Try something different

Balsamic vinegar – if you look around you can find interesting vinegars. This is where you can experiment – try strawberry or raspberry balsamic vinegar.

Marinade for mexican style pork chops

This marinade has a Mexican style to it. The pork chops are nicely transform but you still keep the flavour of the pork coming through.

You will need to allow at least 4 hours to marinade.

  • Serves: 3-4
  • prepTime: 4 hours
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 4 Hours, 20 minutes
  • 3-4 pieces Pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 3 tablespoons distilled malt vinegar
  • 1 pinch chilli powder (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon thyme ((fresh or dried))
Preparation method
Step 1 Place the pork chops into the bag and set aside.
Step 2 Combine all the ingredients (except the pork chops) in to a small bowl mix together, test the marinade for flavour and adjust accordingly.
Step 3 When you are happy with the marinade pour into the bag with the pork chops and shake up the bag making sure the chops are completely coated.
Step 4 Seal the bag a place in the fridge for 4 hours or even over night if you have the time.
Step 5 To cook the chops remove from the bag and grill for 6 minutes on each side until cooked through and serve.

Perfect fluffy crispy roast potatoes

Fluffy and Crispy roast potatoes……what else could you want with your Sunday roast or any dinner any other day of the week for that matter!

What you will need:

  • Potatoes – white
  • Oil – I prefer Rapeseed but vegetable oil will do.
  • Oven preheated to 180 degrees
  • Baking tray warmed in oven
  • Sieve
  • Pot filled with boiling water.

What to do:

Peel and chop your potatoes in to quarters.
Give your peeled and chopped potatoes a good rise under the cold tap to wash away starch.

Add the potatoes to the pot of boiling water and let boil until they start to become slightly soft (no more then 10 minutes). You should just be about able to stab with a sharp knife.

Drain boiled potatoes in the sieve and leave in sieve for a minute or two.

Add potatoes back into the empty pot and poor over the oil. not to much , just enough to coat the potatoes. Put the lid on the pan and shake the pot up and down and from side to side. This will rough up the outside on the potatoes and will coat the potatoes with the oil.

Take the hot tray out of the preheated oven and empty the potatoes in to the tray. Please the tray back into the oven for roughly 30 minutes or until the potatoes crisp up and turn slightly brown.

What to server with:

They are potatoes so serve these on their own or with any meal that you would normally serve potatoes with.

Chilli con carne – My way

Every one makes their chilli differently so here’s mine!

Note – Serve with rice or plain nacho’s with melted cheese on top.

Dips – sweet chilli sauce mixed into Creme fresh.

I would suggest that you stay away from the powder flavoured nachos and go with the own brand type. Pick a decent farmhouse cheddar – one with a good bit of flavour!

cooking chilli con carne
  • Serves: 4-6
  • prepTime: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
  • 800g minced beef ((will serve 4 large portions))
  • 1 large onion (sliced the way you like)
  • 1 large green pepper (diced ( large or small again up to you!))
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 tin chick peas
  • 1 cup sweetcorn (frozen is fine)
  • 2 cubes beef oxo
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1 splash water (make it to the constancy that you like)
  • Optional – 2 heaped tablespoons savoury gravy
Preparation method
Step 1 Take large a pot / wok and fry onions off until soft and golden brown.
Step 2 Add mince and cook until brown.
Step 3 Add tomatoes, kidney beans, chick peas, green peppers, oxo cubes ,chilli powder, Chilli flakes, water, savoury gravy and sweet corn and stir.
Step 4 Bring to the boil and them simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 5 Boil the rice