Beef Mince with Pea’s

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Today’s post is a super tasty minced beef recipe. It is full of flavour and goes down well with rice. I was very happy with how it turned out and the recipe is simple, the type of dish that you can leave to gently simmer on the stove whilst you get on with something else for a little while.

Recipe: Beef Mince with Pea’s (serves 5)

Ingredients

500g Minced beef

2 tbsp oil

1/2 onion – finely diced

1 garlic – crushed

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

1 tsp flour

1 tsp chilli sauce

1 tsp tomato ketchup

50g garden peas

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pan, once hot add the onions and garlic frying for a few minutes until soft.
  • Add the minced beef and seasonings leaving to brown for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Next add the flour, chilli sauce, tomato ketchup and garden pea’s stirring well.
  • Leave to simmer on a gentle heat for 20 minutes allowing some of the juice to reduce.
  • Serve with rice.

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Beef Empanada’s

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been good. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I’ve made Emapnada’s a few times before however, today’s recipe is made using beef instead of chicken. You can find my recent Chicken Empanada recipe here.

I had so much fun making this meal and the end result was amazing!! Beef empanada’s are a staple food in Argentina and are enjoyed worldwide. I made the dough first and left it to chill in the fridge for a few hours. In the meantime I mixed the garlic, onion and seasonings together in a bowl to get prepared for cooking the dish as my beef was frozen. The one thing I really like about this emapanada dough in the yellow flakiness of the pastry, also the colour and flavour are both so rich from the egg yolk and butter you hardly need any salt.

Recipe: Beef Empanada (makes 15)

Ingredients for pastry

275g plain flour

Pinch of salt

50g butter – diced and cold

1 egg

90ml water

Method

  • Weigh out the flour, salt and butter into a bowl and combine with your finger tips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Next, add the egg and water moving your hands in a circular motion until it forms a dough.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  • Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, knead the dough for a couple of minutes and roll out to roughly 2mm thick and cut out 12 discs using a 12cm round cutter.

Ingredients for beef filling

400g minced beef

2 tbsp oil

1/2 onion – finely diced

1 garlic – crushed

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp flour

200ml of water

1 tsp brown sugar

Method

  • Combine the onion, garlic and seasonings together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry this season mixture until the onions are soft, cover with a lid for 3 minutes.
  • Add the minced beef to the pan and turn the heat up slightly cooking until the juices are reduced.
  • Sprinkle over 1 tsp of flour over the beef and pour in the water and the sugar.
  • Mix well, cover with a lid and leave to simmer on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool.

Making the Empanada’s

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly grease 2 oven trays.
  • Take 1 pastry disc and add a spoonful of the beef mixture to one side.
  • Fold over the pastry in half, making sure the filling is completely covered and crimp the edges with a fork.
  • Use a cocktail stick to pierce 2 holes on top of the pastry and place one the prepared trays. Repeat until everything is used up.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the pastry is lightly golden.
  • Serve with a salad.

*If you have left over mince like I did you can keep it in the fridge for up to 2 days and eat with some rice.

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Spicy Prawns, Rice & Broccoli

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog. The recipe today mostly focuses on the ingredients used for cooking the prawns. This has definitely got to be one of my favourite meals, I LOVE LOVE LOVE prawns, rice and broccoli!! It’s a nice meal to make and easy to prepare, I would advise preparing the broccoli and putting it into a pot ready to be cooked, then prepare your rice how ever you like and lastly the prawns. This meal tastes delicious, full of flavour with a spicy kick.

Recipe: Spicy Prawns (serves 2)

Ingredients

1 tsp oil

1/2 spring onion – finely sliced

1/2 vegetable stock cube

300ml hot water

1 tsp curry powder

Pinch of chilli powder

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp chilli sauce

1/2 tsp plain flour

Handful of sweetcorn

Sprinkle of garden peas

200g prawns

Method

  • Heat the oil a pan and add the spring onion. Mix 1/2 a stock cube and 300ml hot water together then pour into the pan.
  • Add the curry powder, chilli powder, sugar, chilli sauce and flour to the pan. Mix well and cover with a lid for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Add the sweetcorn and peas to the pan and cover again for a further 3 minutes.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, add the prawns and cover again for 2 minutes until the prawns are cooked through.

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Spelt Pasta Salad

Hi everyone, I hope your day have been well.

The main ingredient for this recipe is spelt pasta, which I purchased from Holland & Barratts in the UK. Spelt wheat is an ancient grain, a healthier alternative and less processed. It has a very healthy and wholegrain taste so it might not be everyone’s favourite but once you get used to it, the taste becomes familiar and also, it takes less time to cook. This is a pretty plain pasta that can be eaten hot or cold, depending on the occasion.

Recipe: Spelt Pasta Salad

Ingredients

Spelt pasta

Large handful of sweetcorn

1 tin of tuna

1 carrot – grated

Sprinkle of spring onion

Method

  • Put a pan of water on to boil, cook the pasta according to the packet and drain once cooked.
  • In the meantime prepare the sweetcorn, tuna, carrot and spring onion.
  • Once everything is prepared, place into a bowl, mix well and serve.

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Cabbage & Saltfish with Rice

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been good!! Today’s post is not a recipe but another example of what you could eat with saltfish and cabbage. I recently posted my Cabbage and Saltfish recipe that I ate with fried dumplings but it goes just as well with white rice and sweetcorn. Click here for the recipe!

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