Red Leicester Cheese Pizza

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today’s post is one of my favourites…PIZZA!!

I always love making pizza and usually I would make a dough using yeast leaving it to rise, but occasionally I will use the recipe below for a quicker meal. Homemade pizza always tastes so good because you can add all your favourite toppings and make it just how you like. Today I added red Leicester cheese which is an English cheese similar to cheddar but has a distinctive orange colour.

Recipe: Red Leicester Cheese Pizza (makes 1 tray)

Ingredients

175g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tbsp oil

90ml water

Toppings: tomato sauce, spring onion, red Leicester cheese, kale, sweetcorn

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil an oven tray,
  • To make the dough, weigh the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and gradually pour in the oil and water mixing with one hand until it forms a dough.
  • Knead for 5 minutes and roll out until 1cm thickness, then place onto the oven tray.
  • Spread the tomato sauce then add the onion, corn, kale and cheese.
  • Place in the oven for 30 minutes until the dough is cooked and serve.

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Chocolate Crêpe

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog.

A crêpe is a thin pancake with its origin in France. Ingredients include flour, milk and eggs, and is usually eaten at any temperature. Of all the pancakes I’ve made, I never thought about making chocolate pancakes. I usually go for the simple crepe with lemon and sugar. These pancakes are super simple to make and they taste so good. The mixture was quite runny so be careful not to make them too thin because they will be crispy. These chocolate crepes are not too sweet and can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. Also, you can add a variety of toppings such as maple syrup, cream or fresh berries.

Recipe: Chocolate Pancakes (serves 2)

Ingredients

50g plain flour

10g cocoa powder

25g caster sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

140ml milk

1 egg

Method

  • Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • Whisk the milk and egg together and gradually pour into the flour mixture, whisk well until it forms a runny, smooth batter.
  • leave this to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, use a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
  • Whisk the crêpe batter again and pour an even layer into the hot frying pan.
  • Cook on both sides for a few minutes until cooked right through.
  • Serve warm with your favourite toppings.

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Simple Salad

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been great!

If you love salad as much as I do you’ll love this post something nice and healthy to incorporate into your meals. Salad hold so much nutrition and are really beneficial to the bodies health. From salads such as lettuce, carrot and cucumber your getting a good source of vitamin A and dietary fibre.

Ingredients

Red gem lettuce

Carrot

Cucumber

Method

  • Wash and prepare all of the salads.
  • Place into a pretty bowl and serve.

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Homemade Tomato Sauce

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all been keeping well! I’ve been using a lot of tinned tomatoes recently but I was really missing the really flavoursome shop brought pasta sauces. Tinned foods are very easy to accumulate and we had quite a few in the house that are often used in pasta dishes but because I was using spelt pasta I wanted a really good, rich sauce that would compliment the plainness of the spelt pasta.

Anyway, I came up with a great tomato sauce recipe that is easy to prepare, can be frozen for future use and could go well with many different cuisines. I think this sauce would also be perfect for the base of a tomato soup and overall it requires minimal effort to make. The image below is the chunky sauce before it was blended, but I would suggest leaving the sauce to cool before blending and then you’ll have a smooth consistency for a pizza base.

Recipe: Homemade Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

1 tbsp oil

1 small onion – roughly chopped

2 garlic – crushed

1 tin chopped tomatoes (500g)

2 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp basil

1/2 tsp oregano

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pan on a medium heat, after a few minutes add the onions and garlic, cover with a lid and leave to soften for 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the tinned tomatoes stirring well. You can also wash out the tin to get out all the sauce.
  • Add the brown sugar, salt and herbs then cover with a lid and leave to simmer on a gentle heat for 7 minutes until soft.
  • Leave to cool before blending for a smoother consistency.

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Minced Beef Kebabs

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a good day today. Today’s recipe is kebabs, I was seeing them on a lot of foods videos so I thought why not make them. I think the origin of kebab skewers are mostly from the Middle East (with other varieties around the world) and a lot of the recipes I found for inspiration were full of flavour and spices.

I had quite high hopes for these kebabs but when I was making them it was slightly stressful because I was cooking other things at the same time and when I was squashing the meat onto the skewers it was almost falling off but it all turned out okay in the end.

Minced Beef Kebab Recipe (makes 6)

Ingredients

500g minced beef

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp chilli

1 tsp basil

Oil – for frying

Method

  • Place the meat into a large bowl and sprinkle in all of the seasonings, then use your hands to combine everything together and leave to marinate for a few hours.
  • Soak 6 six skewers in water.
  • Heat a little oil in a pan and then equally divide the meat into 6 and squash each piece around a skewer.
  • Place into the hot pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.
  • Once there is colour on the kebab, put it on a tray and into the oven for 10 minutes.

Let me know your favourite kebab recipe below!

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