We were planning a Gothic Style Hogmany this year and part of my menu required pitta breads for my chilli, and the only decision that was easy was they had to be black. They turned out rather good I have to say, it creates a great visual and talking point at the table, so here is the recipe.
7g dried yeast packet
300ml warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
250g plain flour
250g wholemeal flour
3 tbsps activated charcoal powder
- Mix the yeast and water together and leave to stand until frothy (about 10 mins), then add the oil
- Sieve the flours into a mixing bowl with the charcoal powder and salt then mix.
- Slowly add the wet mixture and knead for about 10 mins (preferably in a mixer using the dough hook)
- Cover and leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size (approx 2-3 hrs)
- Preheat your oven to 230 deg and heat either a pizza stone or flat baking tray
- Once proved punch the dough down and divide into 12 pieces, allow to prove for a further 30 mins-1hr
- Roll out each piece to about 1cm thick and cover with a damp tea towel until ready to bake
- Place each piece onto the preheated tray or stone and allow to puff up in oven, this should take about 3-5 minutes depending on size and thickness.
- Remove and allow to cool then gently let out the hot air.
- Ready to serve. Yummy!
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
- Put all of above ingredients (except the chicken) in a bowl and mix together.
- Add in the chicken and toss to coat, leave in the fridge overnight preferably or for at least 4 hours to marinate.
- When ready soak the wooden skewers and thread the chicken onto the skewers.
- Preheat the crisper tray for 3 minutes, then place the skewers onto the plate and cook on crisper setting for 8 minutes…..no need to turn.
- Serve with some Peanut Dipping Sauce. (I used shop bought)
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)
For the Dough
150g plain flour
1 egg beaten
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
- 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.
- Remove from fridge and with floured hands knead for 30 secs. Cut into slices about 2cm thick.
- 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.
- Lay dough sheets onto a lightly floured surface and cut into rectangles
- 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)
- Place chicken mix into the mixing bowl, then add creamed sweetcorn, sauces, chilli, sesame seeds and salt & pepper, mix for a minute until combined.
- 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 me..lol) just roll them up and pinch the sides (almost like a spring roll type parcel). Repeat
- 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.
- To Bake….preheat oven to 200 deg, place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for about 12-15 minutes.
- I served with sweet chilli sauce (shop bought)……….oh so yummy!
After visiting a Thai restaurant a few weeks ago I was inspired to try my own version, so I decided on a Thai Massaman, absolutely delicious! (if I do say so myself..lol) I just love the freshness and spice at the same time. You could of course cook this with beef also, which would be nice. I decided on chicken as I had loads in my freezer to use up. So here goes:-
2 Chicken Breasts – cut into chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2cm piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1 stalk of lemongrass, finely chopped
1 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons massaman paste – I use a medium heat one.
1/2 block (100g) creamed coconut or 1/2 can coconut cream
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Handful of peanuts
1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple pieces (optional)
- Heat up the oil in a fry pan and add the diced onions, with the ginger, lemongrass and garlic until browned and aromatic.
- Add in the massaman paste and cook for about 1 minute
- Put in the chicken and brown on all sides
- Add in the rest of the ingredients, stock, coconut cream, sugar, soy sauce, cinnamon, and tamarind paste and mix. Gently bring to the boil and reduce to a low heat. Cover with a lid and slow cook for about 3 hours.
- 30 minutes before ready add in the pineapple (if using) and peanuts, stir.
- If there is too much liquid just gently boil for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens or add in a tbsp of cornflour mix.
- Before serving gently with 2 forks pull the chicken apart and mix through.
- You can serve with rice but we went for my Chapati’s instead…..ideal for soaking up the sauce.
I was inspired to give this a try after seeing and tasting it at a Kitchen Aid event I attended recently. Beautiful flavour, and perfect for my New Years Day steak pie. So I gave it a trial run…..delicious! I even went all out and made proper Goose fat roasties. Mmmmm.
Makes enough for 10-12 people
500g red cabbage – sliced
250g onions – chopped
250g cooking apples – peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 garlic clove
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 heaped tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- Preheat your oven to 150 deg
- Shred the cabbage then start to layer your dish, cabbage, seasoning, onions, apple, spices and sugar. Continue to layer up.
- Now pour in the red wine vinegar and top with the butter.
- Put a lid onto the casserole dish and cook for about 2.5 hours.
This is great as any leftovers you can pop in freezer for a later date or even use through a pie.
I so love this little Gadget that Hotpoint have invented, this little crisper plate is used with the Combi Microwave to cook/bake food in a fraction of the time but with oven ready results. The Chicken is still succulent, vegetables cook perfectly and potatoes nice & soft without par boiling. It is great for quick meals, especially during the week when your busy with work etc.
Come in from work today hungry and couldn’t wait, so this was the outcome tonight & in just 12 minutes………….YES…..just 12 minutes!
2 Chicken Breasts – Cut into 1 inch cubes or you could do strips
2 tsps of Harissa Paste
1 onion – cut into wedges
Selection of mini sweet peppers – cut in half
4 Charlotte potatoes cut into wedges
Salt & pepper to taste
- Season the chicken with salt & pepper then spoon the harissa paste into a bowl with the chicken and coat.
- Lightly oil the vegetables and potatoes then season
- Place everything onto the pre-heated crisper plate and cook for 12 minutes.
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