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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Classic Cottage Pie

Hi everyone, Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Today’s recipe is such a classic, especially here in the UK and surprisingly I’ve not made it before. It’s pretty simple and mostly consists of mash and meat, however over the years there have been many adaptations in the ingredients giving it much more flavour. I looked around online for inspiration and basically combined a bunch of recipes together and the end result was delicious. I ate it on it’s own but you could always add vegetables on the side like broccoli, carrot or cauliflower.

Classic Cottage Pie recipe (serves 6 hearty portions)

Ingredients

1kg minced beef

3 garlic cloves – crushed

Seasonings: Salt, pepper, chilli, mixed herbs, paprika and turmeric

5 large potatoes – peel, chop, wash

50g butter

Splash of milk

1 tbsp oil

1/2 onion – finely diced

Splash of red wine

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp tomato puree

600g chopped tomatoes

1 stock cube

1 tsp sugar

50g peas

100g sweetcorn

1 1/2 carrot – grated

Dried parsley

Methods

  • Firstly, marinate the minced beef with the seasonings and garlic a few hours before starting the cottage pie.
  • Peel, chop and wash the potatoes, then put them to boil until cooked. Once cooked, drain off the water and cover with the pot lid.
  • Put the oil in a frying pan and add the onion with a little salt, cover with the lid for a few minutes until soft and add the minced beef. Turn up the heat slightly and cook for 7 minutes until the beef is brown and the liquid has reduced.
  • Add the splash of wine and again letting the liquid reduce before mixing in the flour, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, stock cube and sugar.
  • Let the mixture simmer on a medium heat for 15 minutes and preheat the oven to gas mark 6.
  • In the meantime, add a splash of milk and butter to the potatoes mashing it all together until smooth.
  • Turn the heat off from the beef and stir in the peas, sweetcorn and carrot. Pour this into an oven tray, cover with the mashed potato and use a fork to design the top.
  • Sprinkle a little dried parsley on top and bake in the oven for 50 minutes until golden at the edges.

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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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I’ll just have a salad

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. If you’ve seen my previous posts you’ll know I’ve posted quite a few salad recipes before because they are healthy, easy to make and look really colourful. Every since I was a kid we have always had salad along with our Sunday dinner and naturally I’ve always enjoyed making it. No cooking is required just the basic skills of peeling, grating and slicing. Over the years I’ve changed the way I prepare it and my current favourite is to grate and cut the salads fairly small then mix everything together. Posting earlier because it’s so warm outside and this is a great side for your dinner, especially in this UK summer heat.

Side Salad Recipe

Ingredients

Lettuce – shredded

Carrot – grated

Raddish – grated

Method

  • Take out the amount you want of each salad, depending on how many people are eating.
  • Wash everything thoroughly and prepare everything, I like to leave the lettuce to dry on a paper towel.
  • Add everything to a bowl and serve alongside your favourite meal.

Remember salads are supposed to be healthy and by adding oils, dressings, croutons and other food item makes it less nutritious overall.

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