ALL · breakfast · lunch/ light bites · Snacks and nibbles

Chorizo Egg Breakfast Muffins

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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.

 

Makes 6

100g diced chorizo

5 eggs – whisked

4 spring onions – diced

1 orange pepper – diced

1 red onion – diced

6 cherry tomatoes – quartered

spray oil

parmesan cheese – about 2 tbsps

salt & rainbow peppercorns for seasoning

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 deg
  2. Fry in a little oil the chorizo and red onion – approx 5 minutes until browned
  3. Grease a muffin tin
  4. Place a spoonful of the chorizo in the tin, then sprinkle the peppers, spring onion and tomatoes into the tin.   20170923_095338_001
  5. Pour in the egg mixture into each tin and then grate a little parmesan cheese on top and season with salt and pepper
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes
  7. Allow to cool slightly remove from tin and serve……..so Yummy!

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Combi Microwave Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes

Chocolate Nut Cake

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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!

 

Serves 12-16

200g Dark Chocolate – Melted (I used 70% cocoa)

240g butter

45g Walnuts

45g Hazelnuts

45g Almonds

170g golden caster sugar

1 tbsp flour

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch salt

 

  1. 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.  20170917_181232
  2. Chop nuts into very small pieces or use a processor and pulse but make sure not to make into crumbs.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites
  4. One at a time add egg yolks to the chocolate and butter mix, stirring continuously.
  5. Then stir in vanilla, sugar, nuts & flour
  6. Whisk the egg whites together until stiff peaks, then gently fold into your chocolate mixture.                                                             20170917_181713
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crisper plate and cook on dynamic crisp setting for 10 minutes.
  8. 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!!!!

 

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ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Meat Dishes

Steamed Chinese Chicken & Rice

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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)

  1. Place 200ml of water into the steam pot and place the grid in the pot.
  2. Place the chicken breasts onto the grid plate and put on the lid.
  3. 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

  1. Place the rice into the steam pot (remove the grid)
  2. Pour the stock into the rice and cover with the lid
  3. 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!)

 

 

ALL · Desserts

Cherry Chocolate Mousse

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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.

4 eggs

2 tbsp golden cast sugar

200ml double cream

salt

 

  1. First melt chocolate on Induction hob at No. 1 (or in a bowl over water) Keep 1 square of chocolate back for decoration.
  2. Heat up the cherries in syrup gently for about 5-10 minutes              20170910_193858
  3. Divide the whites from the yolks into separate bowls
  4. Mix the egg whites with a pinch of sea salt until stiff peaks             20170910_193850
  5. Mix the cream until slightly thick, then add egg yolks and sugar, mix to combine
  6. Allow the cherries and chocolate to cool before adding
  7. Gently add the chocolate to the cream mixture and fold together             20170910_193843
  8. Then gently fold in the egg whites to the chocolate mixture
  9. Place mousse into a dish, then cherries, then mousse, then cherries……layer up as much as you want.
  10. Grate some chocolate over top to finish……………devour!!!!

 

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ALL · beef · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Slow Cooker Scottish Beef Brisket with Caramalised Red onions

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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

 

  1. Saute the red onions in a little oil on medium heat for about 20 minutes, remove from heat                                                                                          20170910_115746
  2. Pat dry the brisket and rub salt & pepper all over
  3. Heat a little oil in a fry pan to a high heat and sear the meat on both sides until browned.                                                                                                        20170910_122250
  4. Mix together beef broth, Worcester sauce and soy sauce.
  5. 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.                                        20170910_123123
  6. Place the casserole dish in the oven on the Slow Cooker Setting for approx 8 hrs.
  7. Remove from oven and slice up meat or pull apart, serve with onions and sauce.

 

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ALL · Black pudding/ Haggis · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes · Meat Dishes · Pastries and Pies · Scottish Cuisine

Black Pudding, Haggis & Apple pastry Rolls

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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

200g Haggis

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

 

  1. Cook the black pudding and haggis as per instructions, about 4 minutes on each side.                                                                                                  20170910_120656
  2. Meanwhile peel off skin from apple and core, chop into small chunks. Caramelise the apple in a fry pan for about 15-20 mins.            20170910_121201
  3. Roll out pastry and cut length ways once
  4. Once haggis and pudding are cooked, place in a bowl and mash up with apple and seasoning                                                                         20170910_121957_001
  5. Spread the pastry with your choice of sauce about 3 tbsp each length then fill the centre of each length with the pudding mixture                                                  20170910_122554
  6. 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.                                                  20170910_123713
  7. You can now cut into the size you desire                                                                   20170910_124019
  8. 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.
  9. Serve….yummy!

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ALL · Combi Microwave Ideas · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes

Homemade Chips on the Crisper Plate

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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

 

  1. Wash and cut in half potatoes with skin on
  2. Place in a bowl or bag and season, mix to coat evenly
  3. 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.