Archive | October, 2013

Spicy Chicken and Feta Noodles

23 Oct

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This is a really tasty dish which is full of flavour, and has the added bonus of being extremely healthy. I love the combination of flavours in this recipe, which tastes kind of like a cross between a stir fry and a Greek salad.

It isn’t hugely spicy but it has a bit of a kick to it so the melted feta is great at balancing out the spice, and is definitely my favourite thing about this dish.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.86 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 vine (or similar) tomatoes
  • 25g baby spinach (about a large handful)
  • 50g feta cheese
  • 2 tsps cayenne pepper
  • 120g noodles (2 nests)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Chop the chicken and fry for around 10 minutes, until sealed and beginning to turn golden brown.

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2) Add the onions and cayenne pepper to the chicken, and fry for another 5 minutes.

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3) Chop the tomatoes in half and add them to the chicken and onions. At the same time put the noodles on to boil.

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4) Add the spinach and chopped feta to the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, or until the feta starts to melt.

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5) Serve with the noodles and enjoy!

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Meatball Carbonara

17 Oct

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I love spaghetti carbonara but I eat it so much that it can get a bit same-y and dull, and I thought that using meatballs instead of pancetta or bacon would be an interesting and tasty variation.

A lot of spaghetti carbonara recipes don’t use onion but I personally think it provides a great depth of flavour, as well as making sure the dish isn’t overly rich.

Serves: three people.

Cost per person: £0.63 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 12 meatballs
  • 1 small onion
  • 300g spaghetti
  • 3 eggs
  • 75ml double cream
  • 50g parmasan

Method

1) Fry the meatballs for 5-10 minutes, until sealed and starting to brown. Put the spaghetti on to boil.

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2) Add the chopped onion to the meatballs and fry for another 5 minutes, until the onion is golden.

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3) Whilst the onion, meatballs and spaghetti are beat the eggs and mix with the double cream and parmesan.

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4) Drain the spaghetti and add to the meatballs and onion, tossing it all together so the meatballs and onion are evenly distributed through the spaghetti.

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5) Turn the pan down to a low heat and add the sauce to heat through. Be careful not to have the pan too hot or the egg will scramble.

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6) Serve with a little more parmesan if you wish, and enjoy!

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Chocolate Orange Cake

12 Oct

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This is such a gorgeous cake to make when you want something a bit more special than a Victoria or chocolate sponge. The orange means that it isn’t quite as sweet as regular chocolate cake, and it is absolutely delicious. Mixing the candied peel into the mixture gives a lovely zingy taste and a great texture. Although it is a bit more fiddly and uses a few more ingredients than a standard chocolate sponge, the extra effort is definitely worth it!

Tip: I’ve used milk chocolate to make the ganache icing, but if you want to make your cake a bit richer then use dark chocolate, or a mixture of dark and milk.

Cost per slice: obviously this depends on how big your slices are! You should be able to get around twelve slices out of this cake, in which case they would work out as costing just £0.16 per slice, much cheaper than a shop-bought cake and far tastier too! (Price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g candied orange peel
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 150ml double cream
  • 150g milk chocolate
  • 2-3 tbsp apricot jam

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease two cake tins and if you have any line them with greaseproof paper.

2) Cream together the butter and sugar.

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3) Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

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4) Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder and baking power a bit at a time, and fold into the mixture.

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5) Cut the candied peel into as small pieces as you can.

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6) Fold the orange peel into the mixture, and add in the milk if needed.

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7) Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool completely before adding the icing.

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8) Make the ganache by putting the double cream and broken-up chocolate into a bowl over a simmering saucepan of water for around 10 minutes, until melted and smooth. Leave to cool and thicken up until it is a spreadable consistency.

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9) Whilst the ganache is cooling, spread the apricot jam over the top of both halves of the cake.

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10) Spread the ganache icing over the apricot jam and stick the two halves together. Decorate with a little more candied peel, if you wish, and try not to eat it all in one go!

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One Pan Egg and Potatoes

6 Oct

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This is a great dish when you want to knock something up quickly, because it’s all cooked in one pan and takes almost no time at all. It’s also really healthy!

Tip: this would also be tasty with some chopped cherry tomatoes added at the same time as, or instead of, the pepper.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.56 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 potatoes, cooked
  • 1 small onion
  • 1-2 small peppers
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Slice the potato and fry on a medium heat with the chopped onion and garlic for 5-10 minutes, until the potato is golden brown on both sides. Season with mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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2) Add the chopped pepper and fry for another minute.

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3) Make a space in the pan and add the eggs. Fry for 2-3 minutes, until the eggs are cooked.

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4) Tuck in!

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