Archive | June, 2013

Chicken stuffed with Feta and Tomatoes

25 Jun

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This meal was inspired by the gorgeous Mediterranean flavours I ate in Crete, and in my opinion it is absolutely delicious!

It’s not the cheapest thing on the planet but it’s not too pricey, and for a special treat it’d be perfect. It’s a really quick and easy meal to make and it’s super tasty – just a few minutes preparation, cook, and then eat!

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for a day or two, but keep in the fridge and make sure the chicken is piping hot.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £2.17 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 75g (approx) feta cheese
  • Small handful of tomatoes
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cut a slit into the centre of the chicken breast, cutting almost to the end and close to both sides so that you have lots of room for the filling.

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3) Stuff the chicken breast with chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta and torn up basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle a little more basil on the outside of the chicken.

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4) Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the juices run clear. Serve with a salad for a light, summery meal.

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Rolo Cookies

25 Jun

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These are a delicious treat to make when you fancy something sweet, and they’re not too expensive to make either – far cheaper than buying a packet of fresh cookies in the supermarket!

I used a 50-50 mixture of rolos and milk chocolate in order to make the recipe cheaper, as the rolos are the most expensive part, but you could use just rolos if you wanted to make the cookies even tastier.

Tip: if you don’t have soft brown sugar it’s fine to just use caster sugar to replace it.

Makes: this entirely depends how big you make your cookies. I made mine huge, and I got eleven, but if you made them a bit smaller you could easily get 15+ cookies out of this mixture.

Cost per cookie: again, this depends how big you make them and so how many cookies you get out of the mixture. If you make fifteen cookies, that works out as 26p per cookie (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 350g unsifted flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g (4 packets) rolos
  • 200g milk chocolate

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 190C.

2) In a bowl combine the butter, caster sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Beat in the eggs.

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3) In another bowl mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Gradually stir this into the butter, sugar and eggs mixture.

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4) Break the chocolate into little pieces and stir it into the mixture. Cut the rolos in half and add them too. If you keep them in the fridge first they’re easier to cut in half because the caramel won’t be runny.

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5) Split the mixture into cookie-sized amounts and place on a baking tray, making sure to space them well apart – further apart than mine in the picture if you’re making huge cookies too! Make sure to grease the baking tray, and if you have greaseproof paper use it, as the caramel in the rolos can make the cookies quite sticky and a little difficult to get off the tray.

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6) Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or until golden.

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7) Leave the cookies on the baking tray until completely cool before removing. If, like mine, your cookies have turned into cookie traybake then cut them apart whilst they’re still warm, but leave to harden on the tray.

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8) Try not to eat all of them in one go!

Crete

24 Jun

I recently went on holiday to the Greek island of Crete, which was totally amazing. Greece is surprisingly poor for an EU country, but still astonishingly beautiful.

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The food there was awesome; classically Mediterranean, with lots of vegetables. A lot of the food was quite light, as you don’t want stodgy food in the heat! I’m going to be trying out some Greek-inspired recipes soon, but in the meantime here are a few favourites of mine.P1060528

Gyros kebab meat with tzatziki and pitta bread. Gyro meat is popular throughout Greece, Turkey and much of the Middle East. It’s a great combination, as the tzatziki makes the meat taste far less heavy and much fresher. I imagine it’d be really nice with some roasted vegetables added in with the meat as well.

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Saganaki, a type of fried cheese, which has several regional variations. It’s a very simple flavour, with just the cheese and the lemon (if you add it), but so delicious and moreish. It’s quite similar in taste to halloumi, but it has a much gooier texture inside and a crunchy, flaky texture on the outside.

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A Greek salad, which usually includes tomatoes (under the other vegetables in this picture), onions, olives, cucumber and feta cheese, dressed with olive oil and seasoned with oregano and pepper. This particular salad also includes carrots. It’s a fresh and simple dish which is easy to make and great for when you fancy something both healthy and tasty, and also ridiculously easy – no cooking time required!

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Loukoumades are a deep-fried pastry soaked in honey and cinnamon, or sometimes sugar syrup. In Ancient Greece they were served to the winners of the Olympics. I’m not sure how easy they’d be to make as they’re deep fried, but they’re so ridiculously tasty. I don’t usually like cinnamon but these were amazing!

Tuna Fishcakes

10 Jun

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This is a tasty and fairly simple meal to make, and it doesn’t take too long either. It’s also pretty darn cheap and very good for you!

If you wanted to add your own twist you could try adding finely chopped onions, spring onions or sweetcorn to the mixture, or a bit of extra chilli to give it some spice.

Tip: you could replace a little of the fish with more potato, to make the fish go further.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for a day or two, but keep them in the fridge and make sure they’re piping hot.

Serves: five people.

Cost per person: £0.69 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 250g potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 400g canned tuna, drained and flaked
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsps dried thyme
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper or chilli
  • 4 tsps flour
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes. Drain, mash and leave them to cool.

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2) Mix together the tuna, cheese, garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper/chilli and egg. If you want to add onions or sweetcorn (the sweetcorn needs to be pre-cooked) now is the time to do so! Season with salt and pepper.

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3) Mix the mashed potato into the tuna mixture, making sure it’s evenly mixed.

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4) Divide the mixture into four or five, and make into thick burger shapes. Sprinkle them with flour, salt and pepper on both sides and fry them in vegetable oil for around 4 minutes on each side, until golden. Be careful not too cook them too long or too hot – they burn very easily!

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5) Serve with potatoes and vegetables, or a green salad for a lighter meal. Et voila!

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Aside

Hello world!

10 Jun

Hello world! I’m Katie, a nineteen year old history student at Aberystwyth University. I started this blog after spending most of my first year of university eating food that, whilst being mostly quite healthy, got boring and repetitive very quickly – far too much chilli con carne.

I realised that it’s actually quite difficult to cook food that’s healthy, tasty and varied on a tight budget, so I thought I’d start this blog to share my ideas and recipes with you!

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