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Steamed Chicken Meatballs with Peanuts on Spinach


So delicious! If you love peanut butter, you will love this.

With my new Hotpoint oven came a Steam pot so I’ve been trying to experiment with steam cooking, not only is it more nutritious but also so much more healthier. First, since food is cooked by direct contact between steam as well as the movement of the hot vapor through the food, no fat is needed to conduct the heat.  This makes steaming a lower-calorie, low fat cooking method.  Food stays moist, too, since it is being bathed in water vapor.  Also, since water soluble nutrients (namely Vitamins C and B) don’t leach out into vapor, steaming preserves up to 50% more nutrients than other moist heat cooking methods.

Just because steaming is a healthy way to cook doesn’t mean it has to be bland. There are many ways of adding extra flavor to steamed food during the cooking process. You can bring extra flavor to your food by adding all sorts of complementary herbs and spices to your cooking liquid. Further up the flavor by substituting stock, fruit juice or wine for water. The additional flavors will permeate the food as the steam cooks them.


Makes 9

2 Chicken Breasts

1 shallot

1 tsp garlic granules or 1 garlic clove

1 leek

40g whole peanuts

1 tsp salt & pepper

350ml chicken stock

1 tbsp peanut butter


1 tsp peanut oil


  1. Slice the Leek, using a bit with the green on
  2. Peel and slice the shallots
  3. Shell and peel peanuts (if not predone), blitz in a blender until fine  20180311_113325
  4. Cut the chicken into small pieces and season
  5. Add chicken, leek, shallots, garlic and seasoning to the peanuts in blender and blitz together.                                                                                                                                                20180311_113736
  6. With your hands roll into meatballs and place on a greased baking tray, then refrigerate for about 1 hour.                                                                             20180311_114223
  7. Pour the chicken stock into the steam pot and then place the meatballs onto the grid and place in pot, cover with lid. Set steam time to 10 minutes.
  8. 2 minutes before ready place the spinach in the pot also.


  9. When ready remove the chicken stock from the pot and place in a pan on hob. Reduce by half and then emulsify 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tsp peanut oil until sauce thickens. (about 1-2 minutes)                                                                           20180311_143128
  10. Serve meatballs on the bed a spinach and pour sauce over. Yummy!




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Chicken & Pasta Bake (with a mexican twist)


Two exciting things happened today, I used my new pasta toy from Kitchenaid and made fresh pasta for the first time, then I created an amazing bake and baked it using my automatic baked pasta setting on my Hotpoint oven……such a great day in my kitchen today. I love it when new Technology just work!


Serves 2 large portions or 4 smaller portions

150g cooked pasta (see my Fresh pasta Recipe)

2 chicken breasts – cut into bite size pieces

1 yellow and 1 red pepper – cut into slices

1 red onion – cut into wedges

200g Quark

120ml Chicken Stock

1 tsp dried garlic granules

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tin chopped tomatoes

Grated Cheddar Cheese – quantity to suit your tastes (We love our cheese here…lol!)


  1. Heat a little oil in a pan on the hob, medium to high heat.
  2. Gently brown the vegetables, chicken, spices and season.
  3. Meanwhile cook your pasta.                                           20180203_155437
  4. Spoon about 2-3 tbsps of the tin tomatoes into a baking dish, then start to layer up the bake. I put pasta on next, then chicken, then vegetables, then rest of tomatoes.
  5. Make up the stock and mix the quark in to make a thick sauce, then pour over the bake in the dish.                     20180203_160435
  6. Set your oven (if you have a Hotpoint Class 9) to Baked Pasta and Cannelloni setting. If not, try 180 deg for approx 25-30 minutes.                 20180203_170123
  7. When you have 15 minutes left, sprinkle on the grated cheese and bake until golden and crisp on top.                                      20180203_172013
  8. Serve. Yummy!




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Rose Harissa Chicken


This little dish is now becoming another go to dinner in my house, it so easy to prep, has a lovely taste and using my crisper plate is ready in under 15 minutes. I do love easy cooking sometimes.


Serves 2

2 Chicken Breasts

1 tbsp Rose Harissa

4-6 charlotte potatoes – halved

3-4 sweet peppers

1 red onion – cut into wedges

1 clove garlic – crushed

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Cut chicken into large bite size pieces and place in a bowl with the harissa, mix to coats evenly.
  2. In a separate bowl place the potatoes, onion and peppers with garlic, pour 1 tbsp olive oil then season with salt & pepper.
  3. Preheat your crisper plate for about 2-3 minutes on dynamic crisp setting
  4. Place the chicken and potato mix onto the crisper plate and cook for a further 12-14 minutes on dynamic crisp setting.
  5. Mix and serve. Yummy!




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Maple Bacon & Spinach Hasselback Chicken with Crisperplate potatoes


Having some Maple Bacon Jam left after Xmas, I decided to try it with Chicken and it was delicious, perfect combination. I also used my Crisper plate to cook some crispy potatoes, perfect accompaniment.


Serves 2

For the Chicken

2 Chicken Breasts

1/4 jar of Maple Bacon Jam – bought from The SweetBeet Co. Maple Bacon Jam

50g Spinach

Salt & pepper to taste

For the potatoes

6-8 charlotte potatoes – cut into quarters or halves (depending on size)

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 200 deg
  2. Make openings in the chicken breast 3/4 way down, don’t cut all the way to the bottom                                                                                                                                                20180113_164845
  3.  Wilt the spinach on the hob and mix in a bowl with the maple bacon jam.
  4.  Stuff the mix into the chicken slits and then season the chicken with salt & pepper.
  5. Wrap the chicken losely in tin foil and bake in oven for 30 minutes. The last 5 minutes of cooking, open up the foil to allow to brown slightly.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat your crisperplate for 3 minutes on dynamic crisp setting (hotpoint oven only).

  7. Place uncooked cut potatoes into a food bag and pour olive oil in with plenty seasoning and shake to coat. Pour onto preheat plate and bake for about 12-13 minutes.
  8. Serve both together….yummy!   I used a drizzle of Maple Syrup over my chicken…delicious!


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Pearl Barley, Leek & Bacon Casserole


This is a proper little winter warmer dish. While away in our Xmas holiday cottage it was a chilly -3 with frost on the ground, while we were feeling cosy in our warm cottage we wanted something filling and warm in our bellies, so using up some of my store cupboard ingredients this little dish was perfect. (p.s. don’t forget the glass of chardonnay…..perfect match, I think…!)

Makes 2 servings

1 tsp olive oil

1 large leek, thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

150g pearl barley

2 carrots, cubed

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

500ml Chicken Stock

2 Chicken Breasts – chopped to bite size pieces

150g savoy cabbage, finely shredded

100g smoked bacon, chopped

Black pepper and salt for seasoning


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and gently fry the leeks, bacon, chicken and garlic until browned.
  2. Add the pearl barley, carrots and mustard, then pour over the chicken stock. Season with plenty of ground black pepper and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the cabbage and cook for 5-10 mins until cabbage is wilted and tender.
  4. Serve. Yummy!


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Satay Chicken on skewers


Decided to have a chinese nibble tonight, and you can’t have chinese without peanut satay….I just love peanut sauce.  Having my Crisper plate I decided to try this plate instead of on my griddle and yip it cooked the chicken amazingly well, in only 8 minutes too….browned on both sides.


Made 6 skewers

2 Chicken Breasts cut into large strips or small pieces

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp squeezed lime juice

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp Sriracha sauce

2 tsp ground ginger

2 cloves garlic minced


  1. Put all of above ingredients (except the chicken) in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Add in the chicken and toss to coat, leave in the fridge overnight preferably or for at least 4 hours to marinate.
  3. When ready soak the wooden skewers and thread the chicken onto the skewers.
  4. Preheat the crisper tray for 3 minutes, then place the skewers onto the plate and cook on crisper setting for 8 minutes… need to turn.
  5. Serve with some Peanut Dipping Sauce. (I used shop bought)




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Creamed Sweetcorn &Chicken Wontons




I was so excited last week as I received my Pasta Maker Attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I decided to give Wonton wrappers a go…….well what can I say, I just love this little gadget, so easy to use and perfect wraps. I decided to cook them 2 ways, 1 boiled and 1 oven baked for a crispy texture.

Unfortunately I didn’t cut them big enough for actual wonton shapes so wonton rolls/parcels it was……lol. (lesson learned)


Serves 2

For the Dough

150g plain flour

1 egg beaten

pinch salt

1 tbsp oil

2 tbsp hot water

For the Filling

1 tbsp oil

3 spring onions – chopped

250g chicken – minced

2cm ginger – finely chopped

1 clove garlic – finely chopped

2 heaped tbsp creamed corn

1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce or kepcup manis (if you can get it)

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 tsp dried chillies


  1. Using the flat beater on your mixer, mix together flour, salt, hot water, oil and egg for about 2 minutes, change to the dough hook and knead until you get a soft silky dough, approx 8-10 minutes. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for about 30mins-1 hour.                                                                                                                                                                                           20171211_123915
  2. Remove from fridge and with floured hands knead for 30 secs. Cut into slices about 2cm thick.
  3. Attached the pasta attachment and flour, firstly put dough through on level 1 then pull through and fold then put through on level 2 twice, now turn to level 4 and turn through twice again, then finally turn to level 6 and turn through 2 or 3 times until the dough is almost see through. & repeat.                                                                                                                    20171211_174254
  4. Lay dough sheets onto a lightly floured surface and cut into rectangles                                                          20171211_141554
  5. Meanwhile, heat oil in a fry pan and gently fry the spring onions, garlic, ginger and chicken mince until browned. (if you have breast just use a processor to blitz into mince)                                                                                                                        20171211_143043  20171211_142024
  6. Place chicken mix into the mixing bowl, then add creamed sweetcorn, sauces, chilli, sesame seeds and salt & pepper, mix for a minute until combined.
  7. Lay dough sheets out and take 1-2 tsp of mixture and place in centre, lightly moisten the edges with water to help seal and pull up the edges to make a wonton, make sure it is tight and no air, if you’ve cut the dough too small (like just roll them up and pinch the sides (almost like a spring roll type parcel). Repeat     20171211_145905
  8. To boil….bring a pan to boiling point reduce by 1 and place each wonton in to cook for about 3-5 minutes depending on size.                                                                20171211_180433
  9. To Bake….preheat oven to 200 deg, place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for about 12-15 minutes.                                                                                              20171211_180450
  10. I served with sweet chilli sauce (shop bought)……….oh so yummy!