So my experimenting with Black Food continues……………another successful outcome! Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together nicely.
Makes approx 12 Mini Buns
250g Strong White Flour
1 tsp salt
2tbsp activated charcoal powder
25g caster sugar
7g sachet yeast
70ml warm milk
2 large eggs
125g unsalted butter at room temperature
1 egg for wash with 1 tsp charcoal powder
Method for Brioche buns:-
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the charcoal powder. Add the salt and sugar. Mix together.
- Mix the eggs with the warm milk and add the yeast, allow to stand for approx 5 minutes until it starts to go frothy.
- Add the milk/yeast mixture to the flour and mix on level 2 of your stand mixer for about 2-3 mins. Then turn up to level 4 (medium speed) and mix for about 10 mins or until you get a glossy elastic dough.
- Add the softened butter and mix for a further 5 mins. If the dough is too soft and sticky just add some more flour 1 tbsp at a time.
- Lightly oil a large bowl and tip the dough into it.
- If your oven has a rising programme, turn on and leave to rise for about 2-2.5hrs, if not cover with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place.
- Punch down the dough and place onto a worktop, divide the dough into small sections about 22-25g sizes.
- Take into your palm and using your other hand roll to make a small ball. Place onto a baking tray with parchment paper, leaving enough space in between to allow expansion. Prove again for a further 2 hrs or until doubled in size.
- Mix the beaten egg with 1 tsp charcoal powder for the wash, lightly brush the wash over the buns.
- Preheat an oven to 180 deg and bake for about 15 minutes.
Chilli Chicken Burgers
2 Chicken Breasts
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp chilli flakes
1 tsp salt and pepper to taste
handful of breadcrumbs
- Place the chicken into a food processor and pulse until broken up – you don’t want it to fine.
- Add in all other ingredients and pulse to mix through
- Divide into equal portions to fit the burgers and place on a baking tray, place in fridge for at least 30mins -1 hr.
- When ready preheat the Crisper plate for 2 mins and place the chicken burgers on, using dynamic crisp setting cook for about 10 mins until browned and cooked. If you don’t have a Crisperplate either cook on hob using fry pan or grill under medium heat.
- Once the brioche buns are ready allow to cook then slice in half and start to assemble your burger.
- Top with some Smoked Beetroot Sauce from the Foraging Fox
My new oven has a Rotisserie in it and I have to admit I have never cooked my chicken any other way now, rotisserie cooking keeps your meat so succulent and the skin…well what can I say…crispy…crispy…crispy…..so Yummy!
This is my favourite rub:-
- 2 tbs sea salt
- 2 tbs smoked paprika
- 3 tsp onion powder
- 1½ tsp garlic powder
- 3 tsp thyme
- 1½ tsp black pepper
- 3 tsp white pepper
- 1½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp crushed dry rosemary
Just put everything into a jar and mix. Store in a cupboard.
When ready, simply rub about 2-3 tbsp into chicken and under skin and cook…..Yummy!
If your anything like me……I Love peanut butter, so when I saw this recipe being executed on TV I just had to try it. I have adjusted the ingredients slightly to suit our tastes and I have to admit it’s bloody lovely! This will soon be a staple recipe in my household I think.
You can serve it with some rice for a dinner, or even just on a toasted open baguette (which we done) or even as a filling in a wrap for lunch, its very versatile.
Makes enough for 4 people
For the Chicken Thighs and marinade:-
500g chicken thighs cut into strips
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp peanut oil
For the Sauce:-
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (good quality one)
80g peanut butter – crunchy
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sichuan peppercorns – toasted and ground (you can use rainbow peppercorns too)
2 tbsp peanut oil
2 red chillies – chopped finely or 2 tsp dried chillies
4 spring onions – finely chopped
2 garlic cloves – crushed
1 inch root ginger, finely chopped
- For the marinade for chicken thighs – Mix the soy sauce, peanut oil and cornflour in a bowl, add the chicken and ensure coated evenly, allow to stand at room temperature for at least 1/2 hour.
- Meanwhile for the sauce, combine together balsamic vinegar, peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil and peppercorns until smooth.
- Heat a wok or large fry pan over a medium to high heat, add the peanut oil to heat through until pan is coated, then add in the chillies, ginger and garlic cook for about 1 minute.
- Add in the marinated chicken and cook until chicken is browned all over. Add in the spring onions and the sauce mixture coating all the chicken pieces, cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment.
This is my go to Pizza Sauce, ever since I started cooking I always look for healthier options to shop bought products and this is definitely one of them. Not only are your homemade options healthier but so much more tastier.
Makes enough for 2 large pizzas
250g of fresh tomatoes or 1 can 400g of chopped tin tomatoes. (I would urge you to try fresh it makes such a difference to the flavour.
4 garlic cloves – minced
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
salt & fresh cracked pepper
1 tbsp Olive oil
- First place the fresh tomatoes into a pan of boiling water to loose the skins (about 10 mins). Remove skins before placing into processor.
- Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Tasting through and adding more pepper or oil as required. If you prefer a really thick sauce, drain some of the tomato juice before putting into the blender.
- The sauce can be used straight away or chilled in the fridge up to 1 week.
Oh yummy…yummy…yummy! In a bid to try and eat a bit healthier, I decided to make some peanut butter hummus for my saturday night munchies, I got the original recipe from Nigella but tweeked it slightly.
Makes enough for a medium tub – about 400g
1 can chick peas drained
1 clove garlic – peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp greek yoghurt
1 tsp smoked paprika to serve
- Place everything (except paprika) into a food processor and blitz until smooth. If its too thick still add more yoghurt.
- Sprinkle paprika before serving. Tuck in with some fresh carrots or some healthy crackers.
Having some leftover beetroot and chickpeas in cupboard, it was an easy choice tonight to whip up a wee healthy snack after my gym session.
Makes a good size container – about 12 servings (depending on your serving size of course)
4 fresh beetroot – cooked and chopped
1 can 400g chickpeas – drained
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves – finely chopped
1 freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
- Put everything into a food processor and whip together until blended well.
Serve with some lovely crispbreads, crackers, carrot, celery the list goes on what this goes with.
I had some Garlic Bread left over from dinner last night, so I wanted to try something different with it rather than just heating it up. I just love spinach, so why not? It turned out absolutely delicious….if I do say so myself. lol!
Makes 1 small pot – about 1 cup
2 cups of fresh spinach leaves or 6 rounds of frozen spinach
1/2 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley. (you could use basil also)
1/4 cup of walnuts or pine nuts
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese – freshly grated
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
- Put everything into a food processor and blitz until blended together.
Serve up. I had mine on bread but you could use this as a base for pizza, in salads, so much more. Will keep in fridge covered for up to 3 days.