Seeded Autumn Loaf.

Because however much I’m eating low-GI foods, there’s no way I’m going low carb with this appetite. :p And who doesn’t love a warm slice of bread and butter when the weather starts to turn cold? Just need to top it with some elderberry jam and pair it with a nice hot choc…

spiced autumn bread recipe

Ingredients.

  • 500g/17.5oz wholegrain flour
  • 1.5tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1-1.5 cups of nuts and seeds (I used walnuts, brazils, sunflower seeds and pinenuts in equal porportions]
  • 2 eggs
  • water as needed
  • 2tbsp honey (optional]
  • seeds for topping (optional]

Utensils.

  • mixing bowl and spoon
  • loaf tin

Recipe.

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly together.
  3. Mash in the egg and honey.
  4. Slowly incorporate cold water until the mix is a batter.
  5. Pour into a cake tin. Top with seeds.
  6. Bake until a skewer comes out clean. Ours took 45min, but it depends on how deep your cake tin is, how heavy your flour and how runny your batter. Far more variable than other loaves I have made!

Serve with butter and either cold cuts or jam. Or both.

Bonus: the last scraps from the garden. ^^

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WWW. BBQ Chicken and Piernik Brownies.

Another busy week with the new puppy. For something that spends so much time asleep, she really does add to the day! 🙂

But we did manage to have some treats and new things mixed up. Not least of all, a BBQ chicken pan roast that was so good we made it twice.

BBQ Roast Chicken.

BBQ Roast  Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • -8 pieces of chicken (thighs or breasts)
  • -300g celeriac
  • -300g potatoes
  • -300g carrots
  • -2tbsp chili garlic
  • -1tbsp soy sauce
  • -1tbsp brown vinegar
  • -1tbsp salt
  • -1tbsp sugar

Utensils:

  • -chopping board and knife
  • -large oven tray

Recipe:

  1. Slice the potatoes and celeriac into thin slices. Arrange them on the bottom of the tray.
  2. Arrange the chicken and carrots on top.
  3. Salt and place in the oven at 200C for around 20 minutes.
  4. Take out and rest a little. Add the sugar to the chicken skins. Leave to soak in.
  5. Add the vinegar and soy sauce to the whole dish. Drizzle with chili garlic.
  6. Roast at 160C until cooked through.

BBQ Roast  Chicken Recipe 2

Piernik Brownies.

Piernik Brownies Recipe

Piernik is one of my favourite things of all time. It’s basically Polish gingerbread and it’s delicious, especially with a bit of dark chocolate or jam. Dark chocolate, jam and piernik is a great indulgent afternoon treat.

This is a combination of two of those flavours: gingerbread and dark chocolate. I made a sugar-butter icing with cinnamon and cocoa powder as Jon likes baked goods to have some sort of icing, cream or custard on them, but they’re really delectable as they are.

Ingredients:

  • -2 cups plain flour
  • -3tbsp cocoa powder
  • -3tbsp sugar
  • -2 eggs
  • -1tbsp grated or chopped ginger
  • -1tsp cinnamon
  • -1/2tsp nutmeg
  • -1/4tsp cloves
  • -water as needed

Utensils:

  • -mixing bowl and fork
  • -greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Add more sugar to taste.
  2. Pour into the pan.
  3. Bake at 160C for 10-20min, or until spongy but cooked through.
  4. Serve with coffee.

And that’s what we liked the most out of our meals this week. What have you enjoyed cooking or eating this week?

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. Rich Risotto and Plum Tart.

Been a busy week for cooking. Risotto, mince stew, chicken, tarts, satay, bread, cupcakes…

Decided to write up the risotto, as I haven’t put  a risotto up before (I don’t think I have anyway), the plum tart and the walnut bread.

Risotto.

Ingredients:

(Serves 6.)

-300g rice

-3 parsnips

-6 medium carrots

-300g celeriac

-2 onions

-1 head garlic

-300ml double cream

-300ml red wine

-1tbsp sage leaves

-2tbsp salt

-1tbsp pepper

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-large pot

Recipe:

1: Peel and finely chop the onions, celeriac, parsnips and carrots.

2: Peel and crush the garlic cloves. Place all the vegetables in the pot.

3: Add the wine and set to simmer.

4: Salt, pepper, add the cream and stir well.

5: Once the cream and wine have combined and become more fluid, add the rice. Add the sage and keep an eye on it, stirring to make sure the rice doesn’t stick.

6: If it boils low, add a bit of very hot water and keep stirring until the rice is cooked.

7: Serve with pan-seared chicken.

Bread.

Ingredients:

-500g flour and raising agents

-3 eggs

-150ml milk

-1 cup walnuts

-1tbsp nutmeg

-1tsp cinnamon

-1/4tsp cloves

-water as needed

Utensils:

-mixing bowl

-greased loaf tin

Recipe:

1: Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly.

2: Incorporate the eggs and milk.

3: Add water whilst stirring until the mix is runny and fluffy.

4: Bake at 160C for 45min, or until a skewer comes out clean.

5: Remove from tin and cool upside down.

Tart.

Ingredients:

For the base:

-200g flour

-100g butter

-100g white chocolate

For the top:

-2 fresh peaches

-2 fresh plums

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-mixing bowl

-greased or nonstick tray

Recipe:

1: Chop the chocolate into crumbs.

2: Mash the flour, butter and chocolate together. Use to line the tray.

3: Slice the fruit. Arrange decoratively on base.

4: Bake at 160C until the fruit is soft but not too discoloured.

5: Serve with cinnamon-sugar cream.

Forgot to ask Jon to borrow his phone for the good pictures today, so will post them tomorrow!

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. Cabbage-Wrapped Chicken and Sticky Spice Cake.

No photos and late post as we were too busy. We didn’t even eat our WWW meal together. 😦 On the plus side I’m definitely prepared to take care of the home finances, as I have turned my bad days into £50+ days and worked out how to get veg on the cheap. Not only did I save a bad day, I made around 4-8 servings of salad for 30p. I am a genius.

Anyway, bragging aside, here are the recipes.

Cabbage-Wrapped Chicken.

Ingredients:

(serves 2)

-2 cooked or uncooked chicken breasts

-12 large cabbage leaves from 2 or 3 varieties of cabbage

-200g peas

-40-60g cheese

-25g butter

-a bit of onion

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-baking tray

Recipe:

1: Place the roundest, deepest four leaves as the bases.

2: Chop the chicken, cheese and onion. Add to the base.

3: Add the peas and butter.

4: Wrap two more leaves around the first leaf. Secure with oven-safe string if you have any.

5: Bake at 140C for an hour.

Sticky Spice Cake.

Load this with fruit, ice it and you’ll have a brilliant Christmas cake.

Ingredients:

-500g flour and raising agents

-350ml single cream

-3 eggs

-5tbsp palm sugar

-5tbsp honey

-3tbsp cinnamon

-1tbsp ginger

-1tsp chilli powder

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and spoon

-greased or nonstick bread tin

Recipe:

1: Mix the dry ingredients in the bowl.

2: Incorporate the wet ingredients and stir until smooth.

3: Add water to make up and pour into the tin.

4: Bake at 180C for 45 minutes.

WWW. Lemon Salmon and Mixed-Fruit Pie.

One hen is ill, the other is stressed. If they don’t resume laying soon it’s vets or put them down ourselves. Doesn’t discourage me from getting more as we were aware that ex-bats can have issues, but is a bit annoying. Depending on how they do I may write a review on how it went. We’re still looking for pullets that are unlikely to have as many issues as ex-bats.

Anyhow, today for lunch we had this.

Lemon Salmon Fry.

Ingredients:

(serves 2)

-2 salmon filets

-200g broccoli florets

-3 small carrots

-1 bell pepper

-100ml double cream

-1tbsp tahina

-1/8tbsp crushed chilis

-150ml lemon juice

-1/2tsp ginger

-1tsp pepper

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-frying pan

-cup and fork/whisk

Recipe:

1: Finely slice the carrots, pepper and broccoli. Pan-fry in a little butter.

2: Mix the lemon, tahina, chili and ginger in a cup.

3: Slice the salmon into strips. Add to the pan carefully, so it won’t disintegrate.

4: Once the salmon is sealed, pour the lemon mix over the top. Simmer until reduced.

5: Add the cream. Reduce further.

6: Right before serving, add the pepper and heat through.

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Mixed Fruit Pie.

I used home-made jams and elderberries and raspberries, but really any two fruit jams and two fruits will work.

Ingredients:

(one pie, serves 6-8)

-350g flour

-50g butter

-1 egg

-150g jam 1 (plum)

-150g jam 2 (strawberry)

-50g fruit 1 (elderberries)

-50g fruit 2 (raspberries)

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-greased or non-stick tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the butter, egg and flour. Add water until the dough is dry to touch and stretchy.

2: Roll it out and fit it to the pie-tray.

3: Bake at 200C for 10-15min.

4: Spoon the jams into the pie. Sprinkle the fruit on top.

5: Bake at 160C for 45min.

6: Reduce heat to 100-120C and bake until the middle’s firm.

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