Rice with Kale and Sweetcorn

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and thank you to my new followers 🙂

I’m always looking for ways to add more vegetables to my meals, and the addition of kale and corn to the rice was such a good idea. The crisp, sweetness of the corn and earthy taste of the kale gave the rice so much more flavour. Also, sweetcorn is a good source of vitamin C and dietary fibre, whilst kale is a good source of vitamin C and A both providing the body with nutrients. This recipe makes a great side dish and can accompany many meals. The measurements below are only a rough guide depending on how many people you make this for.

Recipe: Rice with kale and sweetcorn (serves 4)

Ingredients

Rice for 4 people

Large handful of kale

100g sweetcorn

1 tsp butter

Method

  • Wash the rice thoroughly until the water runs almost clear.
  • Place the rice in a pot and pour in enough water the same depth of the rice.
  • Wash the kale and add to the pot along with the sweetcorn and butter.
  • Allow the rice to reach a gentle simmer, then keep the heat low and let the rice finish cooking until fluffy.
  • Check the rice and stir everything until gently combined.
  • Serve once cooked.

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Cabbage and Saltfish

Hello everyone, how has your day been? We have such lovely weather here in the UK, it’s about 25 degrees which is perfect 🙂

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe, it’s quite popular in our household and commonly eaten in Jamaica, usually served with fried dumpling or rice. People make it many different ways, for example bell peppers, more tomato or garlic may be added.

Recipe: Cabbage and Saltfish (serves 8)

Ingredients

3 tbsp oil

1 garlic – crushed

1/2 onion – finely diced

1 tomato – finely chopped

3/4 cabbage – finely sliced

1 tsp mixed

Sprinkle of chilli powder

Sprinkle of black pepper

200ml water

1 pack of cod salt fish – boil and remove bones

Method

  • First thing is to prepare the vegetables and set aside on a plate.
  • Then wash the saltfish and boil, then wash again in cold water.
  • Heat the oil a pan, once hot add the onion and garlic. Cover with a lid for a few minutes until soft then add the tomato and carrot stirring well.
  • Add the cabbage and cover with the lid for 5 minutes then add the saltfish and mix.
  • Pour in the water and cover with the lid again until the cabbage is cooked.

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Pizza Twists

Hello everyone, I hope you are off to a good week. Being back at work has given me less time to prepare food photo’s especially for my Instagram but I’m posting 2 days each week to keep me somewhat consistent. Today I thought I would try something a little different with pizza dough. It’s pretty simple, just twisted to create a more unique appearance. These Pizza Twists would be perfect for a buffet, kids party or even as a snack.

Recipe: Pizza Twists (makes 4)

Ingredients

125g strong bread flour

Pinch of salt

Pinch of basil

Pinch of oregano

3g dried yeast

70ml warm water

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

50g cheddar cheese – grated

Method

  • To make the dough, place all of the dry ingredients (flour, salt, yeast and herbs) into a bowl. Slowly pour in the water and mix with a spoon until it starts to form a dough.
  • Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and leave to rest in a bowl for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil an oven tray.
  • Roll out the dough into a rectangle shape and slice into four strips, spread tomato ketchup and sprinkle cheese over each piece.
  • Take each strip holding from the ends and twist a few times, then place on the baking tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

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Garlic Herb Pitta Bread

Hi everyone, how has life been treating you?

Since the ‘lockdown’ I have really been into making bread varieties. Usually, I would just stick to a pizza base dough, but I’ve made a plain bread loaf, flat bread, tortilla wraps and pitta bread over the months. To be honest they are all quite similar using mainly flour and water but they all taste so different and each complement a range of dishes. Since these are homemade, I opted to make them as healthy as possible, and as you can see in the images below, they are not covered in oil but tasted so good.

Garlic Herb Pitta Bread recipe (makes 6)

Ingredients

225g strong white bread flour

7g dried yeast

Pinch of salt

Pinch of sugar

1 tbsp oil

130ml warm water

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and lightly oil an oven tray.
  • Place all of the dry ingredients into a bowl making a well in the centre and pour in the water and oil.
  • Use your hands or a wooden spoon to form a dough and knead for 5 minutes. Shape into 6 circles, place on the tray and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and set aside until needed.

What is your favourite type of bread?

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Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce with Prawns

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been well. I am officially back to work this week and it’s nice to have a sense of normality again.

I’ve got a great recipe here if you love prawns, combined in a delicious sweet and chilli sauce. I would usually make curry prawns but I decided to go for something different. Overall, the sauce tasted amazing, had lots of flavour and complimented the prawns really well. I ate the prawns with brown rice which is more nutritious than other paler varieties.

Recipe: Sweet Chilli Sauce (serves 2)

Ingredients

1 tsp ground giner

2 tsp tomato ketchup

1/2 tsp chilli powder

2 tsp soy sauce

2 tsp soft brown sugar

1/2 tsp dried parsley

100ml water

2 tsp oil

2 garlic cloves – crushed

1/2 tsp corn starch

Small handful of spring onions

Method

  • In a small bowl, mix together the first 7 ingredients.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the garlic, keep on a low heat and once the garlic is slightly brown and the liquid mixture and turn up the heat to a gentle simmer.
  • Stir in the corn starch and wait a few minutes until the liquid reduces slightly.
  • Add the spring onions and prawns, cooking for a further 5 minutes or until the prawns are piping hot.

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