“Egg Cake” AKA Baked Omelet.

Jon’s expert analyses of these was “they are egg cakes” and that they were good with beans or salad, but he preferred them hot to cold. They’re a little based off spanish tortilla, only more layers and a bit slower and lazier for the cooking process.

No pictures because I kind of forgot them.

Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 150g potatoes
  • 100g broccoli
  • 100g bacon
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 crushed or minced garlic clove
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp salt – this may be a bit low for people who aren’t on restricted sodium!
  • dash of worcestershire sauce

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • small pot for boiling
  • pop-base cake tin, either greased, lined or nonstick, ours is about 4″ deep and 20″ across

Recipe:

  1. Wash and chop the potatoes and broccoli with a pinch of salt. Boil until fork-tender, but not too solid. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  3. Whisk the eggs with the milk and seasonings.
  4. Finely dice the bacon, bell pepper and onion. Sprinkle across the base of the tin.
  5. Add a layer of now-cool potatoes and broccoli.
  6. Give the eggs a final stir and pour over the vegetables.
  7. Bake in the oven until a skewer comes out clean and it no longer jiggles.
  8. Cool completely before reheating or serving cold.

The first beauty of this is that you can mix and match the fillers. As a rule of thumb: nonsweet fruits and scallions go in raw, starches are to be used sparsely and precooked, brassicas are to be precooked, cured meats and beef go in raw, seasoned and finely chopped, white meats and uncured pork need precooking.

The second beauty is that your total time used is around 5 minutes of chopping things, 5 whisking and 5 layering. The rest is all largely unsupervised.

A quality, high-protein, portable food you can make quickly and adjusted to your needs. I think it’s pretty awesome, anyway.

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

 

For help starting out homemaking, check out The ESSENTIAL Beginner Homemaker’s Guide. For help budgeting all your everday and not-so-everyday essentials, from food to transport to clothes, check out On A Budget: The good homemaker’s guide to economizing.

WWW. BBQ “Fried” Chicken and Pumpkin Banana Cake.

Another skipped week for WWW and FitFriday. Oh well, if I’m going to be lazy with something it may as well be writing and not something with “work” in it, like work, housework or my actual workouts.

Anyway, back on track this week with the best recipes of the week: baked “fried” chicken and a pumpkin and banana cake.

Banana Pumpkin Cake 2

Recipe 1: Pumpkin Banana Cake.

Ingredients:

[Serves 8.]

-6 bananas

-400g pumpkin

-300g flour and raising agents

-1/2 cup chopped brazils

-8 whole brazils

-50g butter

-1 egg

-5tsp cinnamon

-1tsp nutmeg

-1tsp ginger

-1/4 tsp cloves

Utensils:

-mixing bowl

-blender

-greased or nonstick cake pan

Recipe:

1: Blend the bananas, pumpkin and butter in a bowl. You may need to cook or freeze and defrost the pumpkin first to soften it, depending on the variety. Ours was frozen from Autumn and needed using up badly.

2: Stir in the egg and spices until the consistency is smooth again.

3: Add the chopped brazils and stir through. Pour into the tray.

4: Carefully press the eight brazils into the cake mass at an even distance from each other. They need to be quite deep but not buried!

5: Bake at 200C until a knife comes out clear. How long will depend on your tray and oven, but probably no more than 45 minutes.

6: Serve with spiced cream, icing, butter or peanut butter.

Banana Pumpkin Cake.

Recipe 2: Baked BBQ “Fried” Chicken.

Ingredients:

[Serves 4.]

-8 chicken pieces

-1/2 cup eggs

-1/2 cup BBQ sauce

-200g flour

-3tbsp paprika

-1tbsp onion granules

-2tbsp salt

Utensils:

-two wide-edged mixing bowls

-fork

-greased or nonstick flat tray or grill

Recipe:

1: Mix the BBQ and eggs in one bowl.

2: Mix the flour and spices in another.

3: Dry each piece of chicken carefully.

4: Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mix first before rolling it in the flour. Set aside.

5: Once they’re all dipped, go through them again to give them a second coating. Place on the baking tray.

6: Bake at 200C for 35min, or until the skin is crispy. The chicken fat should fry the skin on its own for you.

Our first batch turned out a little floury, but it was so good we forgot to take a picture of the second batch!

BBQ Fried Chicken

And those were our two favourite recipes for the week!

What have you been cooking and/or eating lately?

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. Pepper Salmon and Bacon, Autumn Veg, Pumpkin Cake.

20141105_130241

Grilled Pepper Salmon and Bacon.

Ingredients:

-2 salmon filets

-100g/3.5oz bacon

-3tsp pepper

-a squeeze of lemon

Utensils:

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Rub both sides of the salmon and bacon with pepper. I used a slab of bacon, but if you’re using sliced bacon you only need to pepper one side.

2: Place on a low heat under the grill until cooked-through and crisp on top.

3: Serve with lemon.

Autumn Veg Mix.

Ingredients:

-150g/5.3oz butternut squash

-100g/3.5oz pumpkin

-50-100g/0.5-3.5oz broccoli

-100-200g/3.5-7oz peas

-50g/0.5oz bean sprouts

-2 chillies

-the fat from the salmon and bacon

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-small pot

Recipe:

1: Chop the squash, pumpkin and broccoli.

2: Put on to boil in the pot with the chillies.

3: When the squash and pumpkin are tender, add the peas and beansprouts.

4: Boil until everything is tender.

5: Drizzle with salmon and bacon fat and a little onion powder.

20141103_131145

Pumpkin Cake.

Ours had A LOT of seeds, so maybe remove some if your pumpkin paste is too seeded.

Ingredients:

-the fibrous centre and seeds from 2 large pumpkins

-250g/8.8oz flour (self-raising or with agents)

-2tsp cinnamon

-5tbsp sugar

Utensils:

-scissors

-mixing bowl and fork

-greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Cut up the pumpkin. Remove excess seeds.

2: Mash with sugar and cinnamon.

3: Mix in the flour. Add water as needed.

4: Pour into the tray.

5: Bake at 200C/390F for 35min.

WWW. A Bake in a Pumpkin.

Yes, lunch yesterday was baked in half a pumpkin. Because we’re getting all Autumny. 🙂

 

Ingredients:

-lower half of a 4kg pumpkin

-4-5 chicken thighs

-300g butter beans (soaked)

-200g green peas (fresh or soaked)

-1 small aubergine

-2tbsp chilli paste

-1tsp pepper

-1tsp salt

-water

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-baking tray

-tin foil

Recipe:

1: Place the pumpkin into the tray, skin-down. Prick the flesh but not through to the skin.

2: Pour the beans and peas into the pumpkin. Cover with water. Salt and pepper.

3: Cut the aubergine into 1×1 inch squares. Add onto the legumes.

4: Rub the chicken with the chilli paste. Place beside or on the pumpkin. Buttering everything optional.

5: Pre-heat the oven to 200C.

6: Cook the pumpkin until the chicken and pumpkin have browned.

7: Take out, cover with foil. Return to the oven at 250C for 20min.

8: Serve with a sauce.

20141029_130205

20141029_130220

WWW. Chicken, Hazelnuts and Wine, Apple and Blackberry Crumble.

Two posts in one day? Why yes!

Baked Chicken in a Wine and Hazelnut Sauce.

Pictured also: swede chips and the bread in the recipe below.

Pictured also: swede chips and the bread in the recipe below.

Ingredients:

-2 chicken quarters

-2 small onions

-100g/3.5oz shelled fresh hazelnuts

-250ml/1 cup wine

-2tbsp vinegar

-2tsp dijon or english mustard

-6 leaves sage

-1tsp salt

-2tbsp olive oil

-50g/1.7oz butter or chicken skins

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-deep baking tray

-glass and spoon

Recipe:

1: Finely dice the onion.

2: Place the onion and chicken in a baking tray. Place in the oven at 200C/390F.

3: Mix the wine, vinegar and mustard. Chop the sage and add to the mix.

4: Add the hazelnuts and butter/chopped chicken skins to the chicken tray. Pour the wine mix over everything.

5: Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with olive oil.

6: Bake at 160C/320F for 40min.

Spiced Bread.

Ingredients:

-300g/10.5 flour

-raising agents

-1tbsp paprika

-1tsp salt

-1tsp pepper

-1tbsp green chilli sauce

-water as needed

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the flour and other ingredients.

2: Slowly add the water.

3: Pour into the tray.

4: Bake at 160C/320F for 25-35min.

Apple and Blackberry Crumble.

20140913_163338

Ingredients:

-100g/3.5oz plain flour

-30g/1oz oats (optional, amount for one serving)

-100g/3.5oz butter

-1 braeburn apple

-150g/5.3oz fresh blackberries-2tsp brown or palm sugar

-2tsp honey

-1tsp cinnamon

-100ml/40% cup tropical juice

-water as needed

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-terrines

Recipe:

1: Mix the flour and butter until crumbs are formed.

2: Slice the apples. Layer them with the raspberries in the terrine.

3: Mix the honey, juice and cinnamon. Pour over the fruit. Add water to cover.

4: Sprinkle the crumbs over the fruit. Add oats if wanted.

5: Bake at 160C/320F for 40min.

WWW. Chicken Sage & Onion Pie and Chocolate-Chip Flapjacks.

Back to routine cooking again. And with it comes the wok.

Jon and I had something a little different this week. Rather than cook from scratch I used some leftovers and bits to cook a wholesome, rich meal and a tasty pudding.

Recipe 1: Chicken Sage & Onion Pie.

20140618_125549

Considering the success of sage and onion stuffing for roast chicken, I decided to try it as a flavouring for this pie. It was actually rather mild, but Jon liked the fact he could alter the flavour himself a bit more than usual.

Jon’s rating: 8/8.

Ingredients:

-300-400g/10.6-14.1oz cooked chicken

-3 small carrots

-200g/7oz broccoli

-1 medium onion

-400g/14.1oz potato

-400ml/14.1floz double cream

-5 leaves of sage

-1tsp salt

-1tsp pepper

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-small pot

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Slice the carrots, onion and broccoli finely. Boil until softer, but not quite tender.

2: Dice the chicken and mix it with the vegetables in the baking tray.

3: Put the potatoes on to boil.

4: Finely slice the sage and add it to the chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle the salt and pepper on top.

5: Pour the double cream over the mix.

6: When the potatoes are softened, layer them over the chicken and vegetable mix.

7: Bake at 160C/320F for 30min, or until the potatoes are golden brown.

20140618_193918

Recipe 2: Pumpkin Seed and Chocolate Flapjacks.

Another calorie dense Celt-cake, seeing how fond Jon is of them. Reduced the size this time, seeing as he doesn’t eat his sweets half as quickly as I do!

Ingredients:

-200g/7oz self-raising white flour or flour plus raising agents

-200g/7oz porridge oats

-150ml/5.3floz cold water

-3tbsp sugar

-3tbsp pumpkin seeds

-40-50g/1.4-1.8oz chocolate (I used a mix of sugar-free white chocolate, 90% dark chocolate and 85% chocolate with raspberry bits)

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and spoon

-greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the flour, oats and sugar.

2: Stir-in the pumpkin seeds.

3: Roughly break the chocolate and stir it in.

4: Add any raising agents and the cold water. Mix well.

5: Pour into the baking tray.

6: Bake at 160C/320F for 10min.

20140618_125610