Category Archives: For grown-ups

Quick chorizo and vegetable warmer

 

An ideal tasty and speedy winter lunch for two.

 

1 tbsp cooking oil

Half a large onion, sliced

Half a green pepper, sliced

Half a large carrot, sliced

Half a large sweet potato, boiled and diced

60g diced chorizo

Ground pepper

Garlic granules

100g grated cheese

Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

 

1) Pour the oil into a large frying pan and wipe around using kitchen roll.

2)Put the pan on a high heat, add the onion, pepper, carrot and sweet potato. Fry until starting to colour, then reduce to a medium heat. Stir frequently.

3) Add the chorizo, ground pepper, garlic granules and chili flakes, if using.

4)After a few minutes, when all the vegetables are browned, reduce to a low heat and stir through the cheese.

5)Serve hot, topped with jalapeno, if you like them!

 

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Easy-Peasy (not really) Carbonara

This lovely, creamy, scrumptious Carbonara is the ultimate comfort food. If you’re making this for pregnant ladies, or the under 1s remember to cook the eggs thoroughly when you add them. Otherwise, you can leave them rich and unctuous.

Serves 2 adults

Ingredients

180g pasta

4 rashers of bacon snipped into bits

2 eggs

100g grated cheese

4 tblsps olive oil

Pepper

Method

1) Cook the pasta as per packet instructions. Whilst the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon until browned and crispy, then drain on kitchen paper.

2)Lightly beat the eggs with the olive oil and a pinch of pepper. Stir in the grated cheese.

3)Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Stir in the bacon.

4)Pour the egg mixture over the pasta, and cook stirring over a low heat until rich and creamy. Serve with a crispy salad.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Meal Inspiration

You want to impress your beloved with a delicious meal on Valentine’s Day, but you’ve left it all a bit last minute, and haven’t got long to prepare. Don’t worry. You can still rustle up something that will impress. Here’s my suggestion…

Steak, Chips and Garlicky Green Beans

Steak

With simple meals, it’s all about the ingredients. Buy the best steak you can afford from the best butcher you can find. If you have to buy from the supermarket, go for the premium meat range.

1) Dry both sides of the steak with kitchen paper. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

2)Heat a little oil in a heavy-based frying pan. When hot, add the steak.

3)Cook for 2-4 mins on each side, depending on whether you like it rare or well done. Serve immediately.

Chips

In an ideal world, you would hand peel potatoes, slice them and fry them in hot oil. Here in the real world you’re running late and need to get dinner on the table, but don’t want to eat something that tastes awful. The key is to buy the best quality oven chips you can get your hands on. These should be made from whole potato and coated in nothing more than sunflower oil. Many supermarkets now have premium ranges that will taste great.

Garlicky Green Beans

Ingredients:

300g trimmed green beans

2 tblsps olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped

Method:

1)Steam the green beans for around 5 min.

2)Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small frying pan over a high heat. Add the garlic and fry until lightly browned. Remove from the heat and add a pinch of salt. Place the green beans on the plates, pour over the garlicky oil. Serve immediately.

Cheat’s fried potatoes

Fried potatoes are super yummy and great served with so many things. But who has time to boil, cool, peel and then fry potatoes? Here’s a cheat’s method that is fast but still scrumptious.

Serves 2 adults as a side dish

 

Ingredients:

2 tblsps olive oil

Half an onion, finely chopped

300g tin of small new potatoes, drained and halved

Half a teaspoon of garlic granules

Salt and pepper

 

Method:

1)Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan. When hot, add the onion and potatoes.

2)Turn down to a medium heat. Sprinkle with the garlic granules and season with salt and pepper to taste.

3)Fry until the potatoes are golden brown all over, turning frequently. Serve immediately.

Sea Bream (or Bass) oven steamed

For this recipe you can use either Sea Bream or Sea Bass, whichever is more readily available. It’s ideal for a quick, grown-up supper and super tasty. I wouldn’t recommend this for kids though, as these fish have lots of bones.

 

Ingredients:

1 whole Sea Bass or Sea Bream per person

Some white wine

Salt and pepper

Garlic granules

Chilli powder

 

Materials:

Aluminium foil

Greaseproof paper

 

Method:

1)Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Cover a baking tray generously with aluminium foil, then layer the greaseproof paper on top.

2)With a very sharp knife, cut the heads off the fish and throw away. Unless you like eating fish heads, in which case, leave them on.

3)Place the fish on the prepared baking tray and season liberally with salt, pepper, garlic granules and chilli powder. Pinch up the corners of the foil to form a tray shap, then pour one tablespoon of wine over each fish, and one into the baking tray.

4)Encase the fish entirely in the aluminium foil, sealing the edges tightly to prevent moisture from escaping.

5)Place in the oven and bake for 10 min. Open the aluminium foil, the fish should be soft and flaky. Serve with rice and fresh green vegetables.