Using some leftovers in my fridge, this is what I came up with for my brunch today. Yes brunch………I had a bit of a lay in this morning.”….I just love Saturday mornings……no alarms…..no rush to get up……no work……heaven.
100g diced chorizo
5 eggs – whisked
4 spring onions – diced
1 orange pepper – diced
1 red onion – diced
6 cherry tomatoes – quartered
parmesan cheese – about 2 tbsps
salt & rainbow peppercorns for seasoning
- Preheat your oven to 180 deg
- Fry in a little oil the chorizo and red onion – approx 5 minutes until browned
- Grease a muffin tin
- Place a spoonful of the chorizo in the tin, then sprinkle the peppers, spring onion and tomatoes into the tin.
- Pour in the egg mixture into each tin and then grate a little parmesan cheese on top and season with salt and pepper
- Bake for about 25 minutes
- Allow to cool slightly remove from tin and serve……..so Yummy!
On deciding what to do next using my crisper plate, I thought I’ve not really tried a cake?? Would it work?? Only 1 way to find out………………………..results were fab, tasty and baked in 10 minutes…….revelation!
200g Dark Chocolate – Melted (I used 70% cocoa)
170g golden caster sugar
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
- If you have an Induction hob, melt chocolate in a pan on No. 1, if not melt using a glass bowl over boiling water. Once nearly melted add in butter and melt through, stirring a couple of times. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Chop nuts into very small pieces or use a processor and pulse but make sure not to make into crumbs.
- Separate egg yolks from egg whites
- One at a time add egg yolks to the chocolate and butter mix, stirring continuously.
- Then stir in vanilla, sugar, nuts & flour
- Whisk the egg whites together until stiff peaks, then gently fold into your chocolate mixture.
- Pour the mixture onto the crisper plate and cook on dynamic crisp setting for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled remove from plate, slice and serve with some lovely whipped cream or ice cream if you prefer. YUMMY!!!!
I got a Steam Pot with my Hotpoint Combi oven, so I decided to try something different to the normal fish and vegetables. Steam cooking is such a healthy way to cook as it keeps all the nutrients, moisture and structure in the food.
For the Chicken:-
2 Chicken Breasts – season with salt & pepper & crushed spiced red pepper (or chilli)
- Place 200ml of water into the steam pot and place the grid in the pot.
- Place the chicken breasts onto the grid plate and put on the lid.
- Select Steam Cooking and steam for 10 minutes.
Result:- perfect succulent juicy chicken
For the Rice:-
150g of Long grain and wild rice (approx 75g per person)
300ml of Chicken Stock
- Place the rice into the steam pot (remove the grid)
- Pour the stock into the rice and cover with the lid
- Cook on the rice setting for 18 minutes
Result:- perfectly cooked rice
I slightly cheated and bought some ready made Chow mein sauce which I heated up in a pan for a few minutes and poured over chicken and rice…..so yummy!
Serve with a Fortune Cookie! (For a bit of fun!)
This is my take on Jamie Olivers 5 Ingredient Recipe on his new Channel 4 TV Show and from his new book. It was really delicious and so easy to make.
Makes 6 small pots (or 4 big ones, if you’re like me….lol!)
200g Dark Chocolate
1 jar Black cherries (about 400g) I only used half.
2 tbsp golden cast sugar
200ml double cream
- First melt chocolate on Induction hob at No. 1 (or in a bowl over water) Keep 1 square of chocolate back for decoration.
- Heat up the cherries in syrup gently for about 5-10 minutes
- Divide the whites from the yolks into separate bowls
- Mix the egg whites with a pinch of sea salt until stiff peaks
- Mix the cream until slightly thick, then add egg yolks and sugar, mix to combine
- Allow the cherries and chocolate to cool before adding
- Gently add the chocolate to the cream mixture and fold together
- Then gently fold in the egg whites to the chocolate mixture
- Place mousse into a dish, then cherries, then mousse, then cherries……layer up as much as you want.
- Grate some chocolate over top to finish……………devour!!!!
I do love a good roast on a Sunday, my choice today was a good beef brisket. I haven’t tried this piece of meat before and decided to slow cook. It was so delicious.
1 x Beef Brisket – I used 1kg size
2 Red Onions – sliced into wedges
150m Beef Broth
2 tbsp Worcester sauce
1 tbsp Soy sauce
3 garlic cloves – minced
Salt & pepper to season
1 tbsp oil
- Saute the red onions in a little oil on medium heat for about 20 minutes, remove from heat
- Pat dry the brisket and rub salt & pepper all over
- Heat a little oil in a fry pan to a high heat and sear the meat on both sides until browned.
- Mix together beef broth, Worcester sauce and soy sauce.
- Place the beef into a casserole dish (or slow cooker), pour the garlic and the red onions over the meat the pour the sauce mixture.
- Place the casserole dish in the oven on the Slow Cooker Setting for approx 8 hrs.
- Remove from oven and slice up meat or pull apart, serve with onions and sauce.
Inspired by Scottish Foods and a visit to a food festival recently I decided to try these little rolls myself. So yummy!
Makes about 10 mini rolls
200g Stornoway Black Pudding
2 x Granny Smith apples
1 shop bought ready rolled puff pastry (saves so much time)
Tomato or Brown sauce (whichever is your preference)
1 egg for wash
Salt & pepper to taste
- Cook the black pudding and haggis as per instructions, about 4 minutes on each side.
- Meanwhile peel off skin from apple and core, chop into small chunks. Caramelise the apple in a fry pan for about 15-20 mins.
- Roll out pastry and cut length ways once
- Once haggis and pudding are cooked, place in a bowl and mash up with apple and seasoning
- Spread the pastry with your choice of sauce about 3 tbsp each length then fill the centre of each length with the pudding mixture
- Brush the egg wash around the edges of the pastry then roll up the pastry and seal the edges. Use a knife of fork to seal gently.
- You can now cut into the size you desire
- I used my magic little Crisper plate to bake these but you can of course bake in a preheat oven of 190 deg for about 20 minutes. Using the crisper, preheat for 2 minutes on dynamic crisp setting. Bake on crisper for 8 minutes.
Perfectly cooked homemade Rustic Chips in just 12 minutes.
I love this little Crisper Plate from Hotpoint, it cooks most things in a fraction of the time and due to its non stick coating, you don’t need oil therefore its also healthier.
10 charlotte potatoes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp olive oil
- Wash and cut in half potatoes with skin on
- Place in a bowl or bag and season, mix to coat evenly
- Preheat the Crisper Plate on Dynamic Crisp for 2 minutes, place potatoes skin side up onto crisper and cook for 12 minutes on Dynamic Crisp setting.