Spelt Focaccia Bread

I’m no Paul Hollywood but I have to say I’m quite liking my bread making experience recently. For Christmas I got Ajay a bread making course. I thought it would be a nice brother sister bonding day making bread together…etc.etc. Although the class wasn’t as mind blowing as I thought but I did learn how easy Focaccia bread is to make!

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For me this is one of those things to make on a Sunday when bored! The smell the bread makes whilst in the oven is incredible! I know it’s strange to say but personally I feel like an old Italian grandmother when making this. You seriously don’t need any special equipment just the tools god gave you (your hands)!

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I think you can add anything to this bread…from peppers to oregano, even to different infused flavoured oils…it’s one of those chuck it all in and see what we get types of dishes!

 

Yeast mix

The base to every bread is Yeast, Sugar, Warm water and salt…then you’re ready to go!

 

Flour

As you can see the post is called ‘Spelt’ Focaccia so I’m obviously going to be using spelt flour. You can use normal white flour just be careful how much flour you add. And don’t panic if you get carried away with the flour, just add a drop of water. I am one of those, ‘Organic is best’- but if you cant get it don’t worry tesco values is just as good (I’m lying).

 

And no I don’t think your dumb if you don’t know how to knead. There is kind of an art to it! once you mix the dough till smooth, plonk it on the table. Make sure you’ve sprinkled a little flour on the table!

Kneading 1

Push the dough, using the bottom of your palm away from you.

 

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Then pull the furthest tip back toward you and repeat the process for a good few minutes. This is if you using spelt flour. If using normal white flour knead for 10-15 minutes! By the end of it you’ll have a good set of guns!

 

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You’ll notice you’re folding makes layers. With White flour the kneading makes the dough more stretchy, that will be the gluten-Food Devil. Why I think its the devil is because that is what bloats you, making it a bad carb! Yes my mum is a health food addict! she is the reason I made this with Spelt flour-so she could eat it!

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To make that authentic Focaccia style. you literally just dab 2 fingers into the bread, to create those dimples. Obviously you start from one corner to the other.

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Ingredients:

  • 200ml of lukewarm water
  • 1tsp of dried active yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (this is to feed the yeast and help it grow!)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Spelt Flour or Flour (Now I haven’t given a precise amount because it can vary. Just have at least 1/2 a pack at your side)
  • 1 Sun-dried Tomato
  • 5 olives (either colour)
  • A Few sprigs of Rosemary
  • Olive Oil/Rapeseed Oil (I use basil infused oil. Try Garlic oil or even chilli oil)
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning on top
  1. Add together the water, yeast, sugar and salt and whisk together. I would advise leaving it for a couple of minutes
  2. Gradually add the flour until a good consistency. You would rather add less flour to start so you can add more when kneading. Especially with spelt flour, use less flour and see.
  3. Now, use those guns and knead the dough for a good 3 minutes!
  4. Put in a bowl and cover with cling film. leave in a warm place for an hour. I usually leave the oven on and keep the door slightly open. that’s my warm spot!
  5. after 40 minutes place into square tray and flatten down. using your 2 fingers dab all over and sprinkle your delicious toppings and oil.
  6. Whack it in the oven on 200c for 30 minutes or until golden!
  7. leave to cool for another half an hour and enjoy!

 

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I love this literally cut up and served with Balsamic reduction and olive oil! you could even use chilli oil with some salt rocks in it!

 

The idea of this is to give you inspiration to jazz it up yourself. add more crushed salt, experiment with different herbs, go wild. Just don’t forget to mention me when you get asked for the recipe!

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Feta Filo Cheesecake

I came across this recipe through watching my all time favourite cook on TV…Nigella! Her version is called ‘Old Reg Pie’. Mine is slightly different but still just as good. I tweaked just a few things….mainly because my critics (AKA Family) are soo particular with their food.

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It’s quite strange but I had a weird craving to make this dessert literally because of watching ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ (one of my favourite films-mainly because her family and my family are so alike!). Plus Baklava is one of my faves! So this is very similar. I think this recipe is pretty much a Greek inspired cheesecake!

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The one thing I love about this, is that it uses a lot of Honey….and I love honey! I will without a doubt add honey into every dish I make. I even add it in my savoury dishes if I’ve added too much salt! I remember being about 5 and trying to make myself a honey sandwich.  I think it was from watching Winnie the Pooh. It was funny because every time I spread the honey on the bread, it would dissolve and I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t setting like butter. so my logic was to add more! When I eventually took a bite (after a few more dollops of honey) my mouth burst with this sickly sweet syrup. It was horrible. I was so heartbroken that I spent so long making this sandwich and it took me less than a second to realise it was disgusting and chucked it! You would have thought from this experience that I would detest honey but its only made me love it more!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of filo pastry (200g)
  • 150g Feta cheese
  • 100g melted butter
  • 2 big handfulls of pecans or walnuts or pistachios
  • 150ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • some good runny honey (at least half a jar)

Recipe:

  1. place a few sheets of filo pastry in a cake tin and brush with some melted butter. make sure the pastry is hanging over the edge-enough to fold over.
  2. add 1/3 of the sheets over the buttered sheets. Literally scrunch them and avoid flattening them. Then crumble half the feta, and half the nuts. Drizzle a few tablespoons of melted butter.
  3. Now repeat the process! With the left over pastry scrunch, tear throw it on to create more texture. Then fold the outer layers over and press slightly down.
  4. Mix the milk, eggs, vanilla and sugar and pour over.
  5. Let it sit in the freezer for 5 minutes or in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Add a spoonful of sesame seeds and place in the oven for half an hour. It should be golden and puffed slightly.
  7. drizzle 1 or 2 tbsp of honey and serve. Don’t forget you can add as much honey to this as you desire. Just don’t go crazy, cause you will regret it.

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I will warn you that the inside is a little stodgy. But sometimes that isn’t a bad thing! It’s like when Marry Berry and Paul Hollywood moan about a soggy bottom. I honestly don’t mind a soggy bottom on a pie…sometimes I crave it more!

 

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I would say a serving suggestion, a little creme fraiche would be nice. I literally only thought of it as I was writing this!

 

 

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Guinness Cake

Happy St Patrick’s Day All!

I’m not usually one to celebrate St Paddy Day, but I find the older I get the more I love! Obviously Pinterest is a big influence!

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OF Course I had to share this recipe with you guys. It’s kinda dead easy and not that long to do. I’m not going to lie, this cake is like Marmite in our house. Mum LOVES it, whereas Arji (the human dustbin) isn’t a big fan. Again in work some of the guys like it and some hate it. I have found the longer you leave the cake, the flavours mature and the Guinness really comes out. It’s quite surprising how much chocolatier and spongier the cake is with Guinness – {NERD ALERT} this is because the gas in the stout (No, Guinness is not beer!) reacts with the baking soda in the oven, causing the cake to rise more. Well this is what I’m guessing, but I did get a C in Science… so maybe don’t trust me!

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This cake is more than enough for 7-8 people. I use a 18cm Bundt tin which personally I think is the perfect size.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml Guinness (No other substitute…duh)
  • 125g Butter
  • 40g Cocoa Powder
  • 200g Caster Sugar (Yes Caster!)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g Yoghurt
  • 20g milk
  • 140g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of instant espresso coffee (Trust me it helps)

 

Recipe:

  1. place the butter and stout over the hob and heat gently until the butter is melted. Make sure its not on too high heat. (Don’t want to kill off all the alcohol now do we?)
  2. once melted let it cool slightly and add cocoa powder and sugar
  3. Again once that’s cooked out then you can add the egg, milk, yoghurt and vanilla.
  4. In a bowl sift all the dry ingredients (Flour, baking soda/powder) and slowly pour the wet mixture into the flour.
  5. Once all mixed pour in a bowl and bake for 35 minutes on 170c. (PLEASE make sure you have greased the tin well as this batter sticks)
  6. Top with a little cream cheese frosting (3tbsp of cream cheese & 150g icing sugar)
  7. Now you may enjoy!

 

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I hope you guys like this recipe! Maybe give it a go for next next year’s St Patrick’s Day…

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie is my all time favourite dessert – with ice cream = MY HEAVEN!

Arji requested this the other day, so I thought maybe I should also share with y’all my recipe. I have to admit…I did fuck up the presentation but this is what I get for trying too hard! Soz that it looked a little strange!

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I don’t know why but I have a weird obsession with pecans. At least once a day I will have a ‘small’ handful of pecans with another ‘small’ handful of salted almonds. I know it strange but its sooo good! thought I’d share that with you for no apparent reason!

 

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As you can see at the beginning it started of well…just…once it went through that hell of an oven it got worse…and worse.

I know people find it offensive using shop brought pastry but I’m sorry I seriously don’t think its wrong to by a pack of ready made. So bite me if you think I’m being too lazy! just remember Gordan Ramsey said there is nothing wrong with shop brought pastry! Just sayin!

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So I seen this style crust done on Pinterest and thought I’d give this a go. Looks good here but just wait!

 

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See the Leaf thing really ain’t working! At least now you know don’t try this as pastry does shrink and it’ll look ridic!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack/500g of shortcrust pastry
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 250ml of golden syrup
  • 60g butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 20g Dark Chocolate (70% is a must!)
  • 3/4 tsp of flaked salt
  • a pinch of grated lemon zest (4 strokes against the grater will do)
  • 120g pecans, chopped & some for decoration (like 12 halves)

 

Recipe:

  1. Roll out the pastry till thin enough (I would the thickness of £1 coin-that’s what Nigella says) then set aside in the fridge. Trust me this will help it later.
  2. Heat up the syrup and sugar on the cooker until the sugar has melted and leave to cool
  3. Beat up the egg and slowly pour the ‘cool’ syrup mixture into the eggs. make sure its steady and not all in one go otherwise you will regret this!
  4. Add your butter, vanilla, lemon, chocolate, salt and nuts! Then pour into the cold pie crust.
  5. Now you can whack in the oven for an hour. Make sure the oven is preheated at 170c.
  6. I would recommend that you leave this to set for at least 2 hours then demolish with ice cream. ENJOY!

 

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I genuinely love this recipe and have used it for soo many years so this is one you can actually use because its an actual recipe and not just me making it up as I go along!

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Hotel Praktik Bakery – Barcelona

Carrying on from my trip to Barcelona…

Its quite exciting this is my first hotel review I’m writing. but I’m mainly writing what you would see on tripadvisor just with extra pictures!

Anyway back to my experience The Hotel Praktik Bakery. You’ll notice the hotel from its famous yellow roof.  Honestly there was never moment where it was quiet in the bakery.

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I know you are probably going to hate me for saying this but when I’m in a foreign country I’m one of those typical ignorant Brits who cant speak a word of the language besides please and thank you and the odd hand gestures to ask for the bathroom. I have said this year I want to learn a new language, so Spanish it may be!

 

So every year my Christmas present budget for everyone is £40 as mum hates us spending too much on gifts (that’s more her thing). I still am in shock that that my trip cost me £150 for flights and hotel for THE BOTH OF US (for 2 nights, 3 day)! yes! I know! this amazing deal was found on lastminute.com by moi. I am advising everyone to have a look online if they’re looking for a small break.

 

I am 100% a lover for tripadvisor, from restaurant reviews to hotels; I would’ve most likely checked it out on tripadvisor before going. The review on here were majority positive but with the odd review moaning how busy and noisy it could be. Its a bakery in a hotel. What would you expect?!?

 

First of all the hotel location was too good to be true. Literally 2 blocks away from Passeig de Gràcia which personally I think is like our knightsbridge with shops, from Louis Vuitton to Stella McCartney. It is unreal! And the metro is soo easy to use. Again the station is on Passeig de Gràcia and is 2 stops away from Les Ramblas and 2 trains to Sagrada Familia. And the Metro Subway is so much cleaner than the London tube so I would honestly recommend it if you want to travel in Barcelona and so much cheaper (you can buy a travel card which has 10 travels for 10 euros)

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I have to admit it is a pretty unusual lay out. As soon as you walk in you greeted with the bakery and you’re not quite sure where the reception desk for the hotel is until you walk further down an notice the receptionist in a bright yellow blazer hidden on the of the counter shared with the bakery side. I will admit it was little annoying the fact that we arrived at the hotel 12ish and waited till 2pm to check in but our room still wasn’t ready. I guess it gave me more of a chance to try out more baked goods!

 

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This swirl in the middle was my FAVE! Cheese Bacon and puff pastry. That honestly is my heaven. The further you bite in the more cheesey bacony good is stuffed in there. I know you have 2 types of people in this world…those who like crispy bacon and those who like when the bacon is just cooked. I can’t really say I am just one. I mean I love crispy bacon with a fry up but I don’t mind a bit of just cooked bacon. This bacon was just cooked so the fat was still a little chewy which I love!

 

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Major PERK from staying here is that because the bread is baked freshly every morning, you get that freshly baked bread aroma oozing through the building. Seriously, what could be better than that? Nothing that’s what!

 

 

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This was my favourite part of the hotel- the lobby/bakery seating area. I just found it so soothing watching the bakers prepare the pastries and breads. I actually fell in love with one of the bakers. I seen him everyday whilst staying here and every morning he would smile whilst I creepily stared at him in awe whilst he rolled the pastries into cones to make croissants. Don’t worry this man was literally older than my dad with a peppered beard. I have to admit I feel like he looked like Pablo or maybe a Densel. I didn’t take a picture of him because well that’s a bit too far!

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This was my breakfast whilst at the Praktik Bakery. Toasted ham and cheese croissant. Sorry I’m just going to be showing my food!

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I loved loved loved their lemon cheesecake. seriously zesty and soo addictive!

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I know it’s so rude but no matter where I am, I always want proper cup of tea in the morning…PG Tips, milk, one sugar. This time at the bakery they did black tea (which is pretty much English breakfast), but with cinnamon. So I decided to go for an Earl Grey and I LOVED it! It basically a normal tea with a floral after taste! So now I just thought I’d share with you’s that I like a bit of Earl Grey (milk, one sugar).

Now for the Room itself although you could do what I did and stalk the reviews on tripadvisor but this just gives you an idea of what the rooms are like. from the reviews I think all the rooms are laid out the same just different views from the window.

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I love this picture! I love a town house. God knows why I find them ‘cultural’. I won’t bore you any more with my obsession of town houses.

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AND…

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Stepping out from the window literally you see this! Sagrada Familla.

I would honestly recommend this place to EVERYONE! from the price to the location. This is honestly one of my favourites and I am definitely returning next year (or even this year, maybe this summer…)

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Scoffing in Barcelona

As the Fabulous daughter I am, I decided to take my mum to Barcelona as her Christmas present! yeah I know, Daughter of the Year!

So the last time I was in Barcelona, was when I was 8 and all I remember is that awful football grounds. This time I wanted to return pretty much for the food. Not that I’m looking for the ‘perfect’ Paella just some good Mediterranean food for decent price!

I cannot explain how sick I am of food right now (which is seriously hard to believe). The first thing I did as soon as I came home was stand on the scales and wait anxiously to see how generous the scales have been to me-4 pounds in 3 days apparently! So currently I am on a detox as I am writing this to you!

 

Obviously when in Spain you have to try a paella which I did. Unfortunately I didn’t actually take a note of where the place was (just  that it is in Les Rambles). It was nice but  I just wasn’t blown away with it. Dare I say this is the downfall with having all these amazing food markets in London, you don’t get the shock of being surprised with the unusual flavours, it just makes you feel like you’ve had it before.

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So the Famous Food Market, La Boqueria Market was amazing! I literally was just in awe whilst strolling past the stalls. I loved the fact that this existed…

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This is literally ham in a cone! obviously it had to be jamón ibérico

 

In the market they had these amazing kitchen/stalls where you could sit and have the fresh seafood cooked right in front of you. Unfortunately I have this huge fear of pigeons and in the market all the friggin birds were literally at your feet, scavenging around the floor. So the idea of eating there was a no go from me.

 

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So I seen three Mexican food stands in the market but I just couldn’t face another bite after scoffing taster after taster! At least I managed to take a picture of these weird yet cool breakfast burritos.

 

Speaking of Mexican, Mum was dying to have churros in Barcelona. God knows why but I thought churros originated from Mexico but apparently they’re just of a Spanish origin. NERD ALERT: apparently Churro means course, rough. Yup, Google is my friend! of course I had to search this up!

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Look at how thick the hot chocolate is! It literally was like drinking melted chocolate. As soon as I realised this was how hot chocolate was done here, it instantly reminded me of my cousin Beaky AKA Jenny. she is a MAJOR chocoholic in my family. Whenever Beaks and I go for coffee she will always order a slice of chocolate cake and hot chocolate. Then she will dunk that whole slice in the drink and almost make like a pudding and eat it like a dessert! so weird I know!

 

 

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As you can see I very much enjoyed them!

Through out the whole trip mum took the best mug shots of me eating literally majority of them are of me ‘enjoying my food’. This was the funniest one, I have to say! I kinda think my mum is a better photographer than me!

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Diwali

Happy Diwali! For those of you that don’t know what Diwali is- it’s the Indian Festival of light.

Every year round about Diwali time, in primary school, my teacher- Mrs Raj would read us the story of Rama and Sita.sita-ram-lakshaman

 

Once upon a time there was a great warrior, Prince Rama, who had a beautiful wife named Sita.

There was also a terrible demon king, Ravana. He had twenty arms and ten heads, and was feared throughout the land. He wanted to make Sita his wife, and one day he kidnapped her and took her away in his chariot. Clever Sita left a trail of her jewellery for Rama to follow.

Rama followed the trail of glittering jewellery until he met the monkey king, Hanuman, who became his friend and agreed to help find Sita. Messages were sent to all the monkeys in the world, and through them to all the bears, who set out to find Sita.

After a very long search, Hanuman found Sita imprisoned on an island. Rama’s army of monkeys and bears couldn’t reach the island, so they began to build a bridge. Soon all the animals of the world, large and small, came to help. When the bridge was built, they rushed across it and fought a mighty battle.

When Rama killed the evil Ravana with a magic arrow, the whole world rejoiced. Rama and Sita began their long journey back to their land, and everybody lit oil lamps to guide them on their way and welcome them back.

Ever since, people light lamps at Diwali to remember that light triumphs over dark and good triumphs over evil.

 

I get soooooooo happy hearing this story again. Makes me remember those days of sitting on the dusty parkay flooring in my Assembly Hall, cross legged on the floor. Ajay giving me the death stare warning me not to say a single word to him, as if we were strangers; even to this day he’s still like that!

I do get happy round about Diwali time as its pretty much about food. Dinnertime, we’d sit as a family on the dining table (where we only have Christmas dinner at). Mum will always make her speciality of chicken tikka, Kebabs and Chilli Paneer. And I would make my famous butter chicken and if I’m feeling adventurous I’d go all out with a few naans. As it is the festival of light its tradition to light candles around the house and leaving lights on, like the story mentions tea lights. And as soon as we’d get to my Gran’s after lighting a candle at the Guduwara (temple) we’d light fireworks and sparklers with my uncles and cousins. All of us kids running around the firecraker screaming like red Indians. Playing cards is a must in our house. The only rule is you have to play with pennies. Trust me, you feel like you’re balling when you put a few 50p coins on the table!

Every year the day after Diwali you’d come home realising you have 4 boxes of mithai from relatives. Mum will always be the first to open them up and pick out the best of them all, personally-Besan Laddhu. You know when you’re just about to sit down with a cup of tea and a few chocolate digestives- trust me sitting down with tea and mithai is like that and more!

Unfortunately I haven’t got around to making some treats to celebrate Diwali. But I guess that’s what Ambala is there for!

Again Happy Diwali everyone! xx

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Blackberry and Onion Marmalade

I have been itching to use the blackberries I picked from my own garden-It’s literally a random bush that parts mine and my neighbours house. Knowing how lazy I am, I froze the berries, to use later. And now that time has come!

I’ve always wanted to be one of those jamming people. This to me felt like the perfect combination of testing out the jamming and finally using the hand picked blackberries. I didn’t manage to take a picture of the berries sorry.

How to freeze your berries;

  • Wash them thoroughly (I would say soak in bowl for couple of seconds, shaking them about) and repeat this a few times
  • place some kitchen roll on a plate and stick your berries on top; wack in the fridge for a couple of hours
  • By now they should be completely dry so stick them in a tub and leave in the freezer. (I would probably suggest to use them within a month or so)

 

 

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Ingredients

  • 3 large Red Onions (370g), Sliced
  • 100g blackberries
  • 2tsp dijon mustard
  • 1cm cube of fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves (Whole)
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 50ml Cider Vinegar

Method

  1. Wack everything in a saucepan, EXCEPT the vinegar
  2. leave it to boil until blackberries burst (roughly 15 minutes)
  3. Now add the vinegar and leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes
  4. Leave it to chill for 30 minutes and then place into STERILISED jars and seal tight and keep in the pantry cupboard.

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Way to sterilise your jars; Literally just place them in the dishwasher and don’t touch the inside!

 

Ways to server this marmalade:

  • Mum actually uses this as a dip for Pakoras. Yes trust me it works
  • spread a little spoonful on your cheese on toast- its lovely and addictive.
  • Since mum says it tastes like brown sauce, spread it on your toast before making a sausage/bacon sandwich.

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Just so you know this makes about 3 small jars. I seriously think this would be a cute gift to give during Christmas…and its cheap!

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Autumn Soup

Its officially Autumn guys! literally as soon as it hits September I’m all about making Butternut Squash soup every Sunday! usually I like it with croutons but being on a detox for the last 3 weeks and now on a strict no carbs diet I’m just thankful to be eating soup.

Not many people are fans of squash as it can be too sweet like sweet potato but seasoning it right hopefully I could convert you haters! This to me is one of those 15 minute meals you can whip up in the kitchen after a long day at work- I may be over exaggerating with the whole ’15 minute meals’, realistically it takes me 40 minutes.

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I topped mine with seeds and baked squash skin

Ingredients for 3 max.

1 Medium to Small Butternut squash
1 Small Red Onion, cut into medium size pieces
5 Cloves Garlic
A few sprigs of Thyme
1/4-1/2 tsp of Red Chilli Flakes (depending on your personal taste)
1/2 tsp of whole cumin
Pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp of Paprika
1 Organic Chicken/Vegetable Stock cube in 1 cup of boiling water
Enough boiling water to make the paste into a soup

Recipe

  1. Cut the butternut squash into medium chunks with the skin on!
  2. place on a baking tray with the small onion,Garlic cloves (with skin on), Thyme, spices and Salt’n’Pepper and drizzle in olive oil
  3. Roast in Oven for 30 minutes in high oven on 200c.
  4. once roasted leave to cool for 10 minutes (dont forget to take off the skin) then blitz up till a thick paste (add a spoon full of stock to make it a smooth paste). whilst waiting to cool stick the kettle on boil and prep the stock
  5. add the stock ladle by ladle to until the paste eventually becomes the soup like consistency.
  6. add a little more spice salt or pepper if need be.
  7. Pour into bowls and and top with croutons and sunflower and pumpkin seeds and a few chilli flakes and serve with 2 thick slices of warmed toasted fresh bread.

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I’m not sure if you’re weird like me and have a ‘special spoon’ to eat your soup out of. This spoon to me is The One. I literally hide this in the drawers just to make sure I can use this spoon! It has the perfect hold and the perfect dip. God knows why I’m explaining this to you, but just so you know!

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If your wondering where this hipster bowl is from and where you buy it from-you’ll need a ticket to Japan as this was a cool gift from Ajay on his journey to Tokyo.

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Personally this soup to me is my tomato soup-just pure comfort in a bowl. I would honestly flask this up and take it to work everyday! (Plus this can be Vegan friendly so this works for everyone!)

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Literally Sickly Chicken Kiev’s

Chicken Kiev’s are my childhood favourite, that and fish pie with extra cheese on top. I thought I’d treat my family and make them a proper dinner since we’ve all been too busy to eat together. I literally thought everything went well. I made the Kiev’s from scratch using fresh chicken thighs, hoping to keep them succulent and proper mash. Turns out it was that good I gave my mum and younger brother FOOD POISONING! They were literally sicking up this yellow bile from 6.30am-11pm. Arji even managed to sick up on the carpet which mum was not happy about. This is where I need help-I really don’t know where I went wrong? Apart from the food poisoning it was actually really nice. My excuse as to why they received food poisoning is because they were the two greedy bastards who had 3 pieces of chicken whereas my dad, Ajay and I only had 2 pieces. I think the fact that they were fried maybe I just didn’t drain them enough, especially with the garlic and herb butter oozing out. That was also another problem I did, once I fried the chicken in breadcrumbs I baked them for them after to properly cook them. Without realising once they were done I stabbed them each to check no salmonella I forgot I was letting the butter leak out. I guess I really did ruin chicken Kiev’s for myself.  I did take good pictures though so at least I have that!

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So the recipe for this dish is:

Ingredients;

6 Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

Garlic and Herby Butter
40g really room temperature butter
6 cloves of garlics crushed
1/4 lemon juice
handful of fresh Parsley, Chopped
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and Pepper

Breadcrumbs
3 slices of granary or white bread , toasted
the 1/4 lemon zest
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
Handful of crunchy nut/cornflakes
salt and pepper

Egg
Flour

Instructions on how to get the poisoned chicken Kiev’s:

  1. Mix all the garlic butter ingredients together in a bowl
  2. open out the thighs and place a tsp of butter right in the center. Then using toothpicks pin the sides down.
  3. once completed all 6 thighs coat in flour, egg then breadcrumbs-this is known as panè to the french.
  4. Fry the chicken until the breadcrumbs are really golden brown in a large frying pan with a cm of hot olive oil.
  5. turn after a minute on each side, 3 times to make a triangle. Sounds weird but it locks the butter in.
  6. place in a 200c oven and let it cook for 35 minutes.
  7. DONE!
  8. I strongly advise you do not use this recipe yet but hopefully this can give you and idea on how to make them. I will try and perfect this to give you guys the proper recipe!

 

Butter

There will be extra butter made so keep in the fridge and add to mash or even use it to butter you toast or English muffins.

Egg and crumbs

A bit of professional photography

Raw Chicken

Stuffed raw chicken, again I’m trying it!

mash potatoesSo this is what I mean by adding the extra butter into the mash!

The last mealThe last of the pictures.

If anybody can seriously understand how I managed to give my family food poisoning please tell me! Like I promised I will try and perfect this dish, it might be a little too soon now, maybe in a couple of months/years!

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