Posted in My Favourite Dishes, Quick Cook

Pesto Coated Cod with Harissa Veg

pesto cod

 

Super quick, healthy and very tasty. Although with pesto and harissa it is quite oily so you don’t need to add any more oil while cooking but a nice way to put a twist on oven cooked veg. Simply omit the chorizo for a meat free version.

25 mins

frozen white fish (any will work), pesto, carrots, sweet potato, onion, kale, broccoli, chorizo, harissa, salt, pepper

 

Start by defrosting a piece of white fish, I used cod but any type works well. Now peel a carrot, sweet potato and an onion and slice into batons. Arrange on a baking tray with a handful of kale, some broccoli, some sliced chorizo if you are feeling fancy and a tbsp of harissa mixed in with the veg. Top the fish with a thin layer of pesto and place on the baking tray and cook at 200c for 20 mins, season and enjoy.

Posted in Slow Cook

Proper Tomato Sauce with Pollock Wrapped in Bacon

Pollock with name

pollock (or any white fish), bacon, tomatoes, tin of tomatoes, frozen spinach, black olives, garlic, oil, basil, capers, red wine, sun dried tomatoes (only if you have them already open), salt, pepper, chilli flakes, carb to serve with I went for garlic bread

40 mins

I have recently bought a food processor, so as you might see from now on absolutely everything will be whizzed! This is a super quick tomato sauce, that requires no cooking or faffing about but is really yummy. Sorry the photo is awful!

Start by putting tomatoes in the oven at 180c with a little oil and sugar for about 20 minutes. When they are soft put them in a food processor with 2 cloves of garlic, a tin of tomatoes, splash of wine, a tsp of capers, tsp black olives, 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes, a few bundles of frozen spinach, 4-5 sundried tomatoes and season with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. If you want the tomato sauce to have a bit of a fisher flavour add a fish stock cube here. Then place the sauce in a pan with a lid that can go in the oven (or a dish and cover with foil). Put the sauce in, the the pollock wrapped in bacon. Heat through for 20 minutes until the fish is cooked and serve with carb of your choice and a bit of fresh basil.

Posted in My Favourite Dishes, Quick Cook

Chicken Fajiatas

Fajitas

An excellent treat dinner that is actually pretty healthy, lots of washing up too but seriously yummy. Prep is the key for making this stress free. You can also make you own salsa and guacamole, or just zizz up some pre bought ones to save a bit of time.

chicken, tortilla wraps, peppers (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green) onions, garlic, lemon, paprika, ground cumin, chilli flakes, pepper, salt, olive oil, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese, peri peri sauce I cheated and used pre bought salsa and soured cream.

30 mins + marinade

Enough for 2 very greedy people with leftovers, perfect for 3.

Start by slicing 4 chicken breasts into strips, place in a bowl with 2tbsp of smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp of ground cumin, 1/2 a squeezed lemon, a crush garlic clove, generous glug of oil and a bit of salt and pepper. Cover and leave in the fridge for as long as possible.

I gave shop bought salsa a bit of extra life by adding: glug of peri peri sauce, half a sliced onion, some sliced tomatoes, salt, lemon, oil. To the sour cream, some lemon juice, pepper and a few chilli flakes. Then slice up the 3 peppers and one onion and fry over a hot heat with some oil. Be careful to keep them moving so the peppers don’t burn but chargrill, note that onions burn more easily so make sure you are moving everything around. At the same time put your chicken on to fry on a high heat and keep it moving too. After about 15 minutes vigorous frying they should be done. Serve with warmed tortillas, all the yummy add ons and some sliced iceberg lettuce (and tequila!)

Posted in Other Stuff

7 reasons why I won’t be detoxing

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black background

Happy new year all! I hope you all had a great time celebrating and getting back into normality isn’t too tricky.

Every year we all wish for happiness and health, pretty good wishes in my opinion. However, the start of a new year also sees the well promoted start of new lifestyles, be it wheat free, detoxing, spinning, juice cleanse, 5:2, the list could go on and on. Now here, let me quickly establish that I have no issues with people trying to make 2015 a healthier year. But here are 7 reasons why I won’t be instagramming my new sugar free breakfasts, becoming friends with you on myfitnesspal or stepping anywhere near a juicer. Life is for people to enjoy, can we all not just do that normally and stop with the January guilt tripping?

1. Detoxing from ‘bad foods’ is a total myth. It is not how the body works, even I know this and I failed biology. Here the lovely people at the guardian explain much better than I could why the only thing you can detox from are drugs and booze, not chocolate: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/05/detox-myth-health-diet-science-ignorance

2. The obsession with food and fitness for a very concentrated amount of time suggests that being healthy is something that can be picked up and put down. Being healthy is constant and enjoying things in moderation.

3. People already have enough pressures their lives, without feeling that they are somehow failing if they’re not starting a new January health regime.

4. I refuse to buy a juicer and spend money on kale and almond water.

5. January is bloody miserable as it is. Why on earth would you stop eating carbs in the most rubbish month of the year?!

6. I like to look at social media because there are pictures of funny cats, drunk people and interesting political debates. Not to see how great someone I went to primary school with is now feeling because they are sugar free.

7. I’m quite happy with my body. If I do feel like I need to lose a few pounds from the excess turkey I will try to eat a bit less and move a bit more. A mantra that would probably benefit a few people that struggle with maintaining a healthy body, mind or weight. If this simple idea was promoted over detoxing- the perfect antidote to our fast-food, heavy boozing lifestyles people might actually be a little healthier.

Posted in Quick Cook

Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese

First off I hope you all had a great christmas and newyear! Sorry for the lack of Christmas posts.. I have been cooking lots of yummy things, but have been totally hopeless and photographing them.

Now the long cold month of January is ahead a good bit of classic comfort food is a winner and nothing says comfort food like macaroni cheese.

30 mins

macaroni, cheddar (for a bit of a twist experiment with half cheddar and half blue cheese), milk, flour, bacon (optional), butter, tomatoes, pepper, nutmeg, chilli flakes

Start by putting your macaroni on to boil which should take less than 10 minutes. In the mean time fry a few slices of chopped bacon, when cooked add a small knob of butter, allow to melt then add a tbsp of plain flour and mix together. Depending of how much sauce you want to make, add more flour. Slowly add milk to the bacon and stir over a high heat, continuously adding milk until you have enough sauce to cover the macaroni. Now add a decent pile of grated cheddar to the sauce (leave a bit behind to cover the top at the end), 1 tsp of nutmeg, a generous amount of pepper and a little sprinkle of chilli flakes to add a depth of flavour and keep on a low heat. Once you macaroni is done drain and put into a dish, mix the sauce and top with the remaining cheese and some halved cherry tomatoes on top. Grill for a further 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbling away and golden brown.