Oat Pudding.

Unsure what to call it. Not rice pudding as it was made with oat groats, but not porridge as it contained wholegrain oats. But it was nice.

Sort of fitting that an oats recipe goes up on Jon’s birthday. But I’m making a cake instead today. :p

Ingredients.

For the oats.

  • 2 cups oat groats
  • 1 cup porridge oats
  • milk to cover
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 1tbsp sugar

For the jam.

  • 3 cups raspberries
  • 10 plums
  • 1 stem rhubarb
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp paprika

Utensils.

  • large pot and spoon
  • chopping board and knife
  • small pot and spoon

Recipe.

  1. Soak the oat groats in milk with sugar.
  2. Chop the plums and rhubarb and mix with the raspberries. Put on a low heat to cook down.
  3. Slowly heat the oat groats to a boil and allow to cook.
  4. Mix the porridge oats into the groats and stir as they soak the remaining milk. You want a little bit of excess liquid when you turn the heat off.
  5. Add the butter on top of the oats and set aside to finish cooking in its own heat.
  6. Once the fruit is soft, add the spices and sugar and simmer, continually stirring, until the jam is thick.
  7. Serve the oats with a dollop of jam.

Oat pudding.

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Proteiny Low-Carb Tart Base.

I do get a few requests here and there to post more low-carb and high-protein foods. Ultimately, our diet is pretty low-carb, but the recipes aren’t much fun because there are only so many ways to say “vegetable omelette”, “avocado and egg salad” or “mince in wine sauce”.

BUT sometimes I do get a bit crazier with our proteins. So here’s a proteiny low-carb base for tarts. Can be made for savoury or sweet dishes, and used to lower the GI of open pies.

Ingredients:

Makes 1 thick or 2 thin 12 inch diameter bases.

  • 1 cup brazils
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 eggs
  • 2tbsp peanut butter
  • 2tbsp flour
  • flavourings as desired

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife (or food processor]
  • mixing bowl and fork
  • greased or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Finely dice the brazils and walnuts.
  3. Mix in the other ingredients until a thick paste is formed.
  4. Pat into the bottom of the tray.
  5. Bake at 200C for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Cool.
  7. Use as a pie base.

We used ours with a filling of stewed rhubarb, apple and bananas, so not a low-carb result, but would be pretty cool with a ham and cheese filling, or a tuna bake filling too!

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Wine Sauce For Braising Steak (or anything, really] in.

Just a simple recipe for a red wine sauce. We used it on steak, but you can probably use it on anything.

Ingredients:

  • 2 glasses red wine
  • 1/2 glass vegetable stock
  • 2tbsp black pepper
  • 2tbsp sage chopped
  • 1tbsp chives chopped
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cups of mixed vegetables, shredded (peppers, onion, beansprouts are a must, go wild with the others]

Utensils:

  • 1 small pot and wooden spoon

Recipe:

  1. Put the wine on to simmer. Slowly incorporate the stock, herbs and seasonings.
  2. Simmer until much reduced.
  3. Fry up the vegetables. Seal the meat in the same grease used on the vegetables.
  4. Add the wine sauce.
  5. Add whatever meat you plan on braising.
  6. Slow cook.
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Curry Trio: Basa Satay, Hummus Dahl, Saag Aloo.

Quick, tasty, go well together for an impressive meal.

Basa Satay.

Ingredients:

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  • 500g basa filets
  • 200g coconut milk
  • 200g peanut butter
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp ginger
  • 1/2tsp smoked paprika

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • poultry shears
  • large pan with a bit of butter or oil in the base

Recipe:

  1. Chop the onions and garlic.
  2. Place all the ingredients except the fish into the pan.
  3. Heat slowly and stir until everything is combined.
  4. Cook on a low heat until the onion is clear.
  5. Chop thebasa with the shears and add to the sauce.
  6. Simmer until cooked through.

Saag Aloo.

Ingredients:

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  • 400g potatoes
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 100g butter
  • 1tsp coriander
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp powdered ginger
  • 1tsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp mustard grain or whole grain mustard

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • small pot
  • frying pan

Recipe:

  1. Chop the onions and garlic finely. Combine with everything except the potatoes and spinach.
  2. Chop the potatoes 1cm thick and boil until just tender, but not cooked through.
  3. Heat the onion mix until the onions are clear. Add the potatoes and stir in thoroughly.
  4. Cook on a high heat until the potatoes are cooked through.
  5. Wilt in the spinach.

Hummus Dahl.

Ingredients:

  • 200g dried lentils
  • 1tbsp tahini
  • 1tbsp soy sauce

Utensils:

  • a small pot

Recipe:

  1. Put the lentils in boiling water that hardly covers them with the soy.
  2. Boil until the lentils absorb all the water. If they are not very soft, add a bit more boiling water and continue cooking.
  3. Once cooked, put to one side to cool down.
  4. Once warm, stir in the tahini.

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Yum!

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

 

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How To… make any jam.

This post is part of the Nutritional Health Series, check the tag for the other posts!

Jam is a great way to make use of large amounts of fruit or slightly damaged or defrosted fruit. Many people don’t think they have the time for jam, but really, it’s fast, simple and will save you a lot of money on wasted fruit and buying jams!

1: The basics.

Jams come in three distinct forms. A jelly, made from only the juice. A jam, made from crushed fruit and juice. And a compote, a jelly with whole fruit preserved in it. They are all made largely from fruit and sugar, but sometimes use gelling agents like pectin or gelatine to help them along.

2: Fruit.

You need fruit for a jam or jelly. At least 500g or 1lb of fruit is needed to make a large portion of jam, but with the microwave method you can make smaller batches! Fruit juice is also an option.

In some jams, like marmalade, you use the rinds of the fruit as well as the flesh and juice.

3: Sugar.

The most efficient sugars for jam are crystal sugars, like white sugar, demarera sugar or brown cane sugar. But soft sugars like honey, palm sugar or maple syrup can work too, with a bit more patience.

The perfect ratio for jam is between 50/50 and 1/3 sugar to 2/3 fruit.

4: Gelling.

If you’re really not sure your jam will set, consider using a gelling agent.

  • Pectin is a natural fruit gelling agent you can use to firm up a jam.
  • Gelatine comes from animal bones and collagen, but may make your jam too solid.
  • Packaged jelly is easier to use for a bit of flavoured firmness.
  • Agar is a seaweed product that is used instead of gelatine in veg*n dishes.

5: In a pot.

The traditional way. You put your fruit in a pot and simmer until it begins to break down and release fluids. Then you add the sugar slowly, stirring the whole time. Reduce the jam and let it cool.

6: Microwave.

Small batches of jam can be made in the microwave. Just crush the fruit and sugar together in a microwave-safe bowl, cook for a minute at a time and stir in between until it becomes viscous.

7: Raw.

If you combine gelatinous fruit, like bananas, persimmons or lychee, with your sweet fruit and sugar of choice, you can make a tasty raw jam. Just blend 1/3 gelatinous fruit with 1/3 fruit pulp (mash the sweet fruit and squeeze the juice out) and 1/3 your sugar of choice. A viscous sugar like palm sugar, maple syrup or honey works best.

8: Jars.

Traditional jams can be preserved in a jar. Be sure to soak the jar in boiling water first and fill and seal it while it’s still hot. If you have a canning station, this may be the best option, but otherwise hot jam into a hot jar and seal works fine. My jams last a whole year like this without going off.

9: Fridge.

Microwave and raw jams are best kept more aerated in a bowl with a lid in the fridge. They keep 5-10 days, less if less sugar is involved.

And that’s how to make any jam you fancy. Almost all fruits can be jammed, but gelatinous fruits, apples, pears and berries will jam easier due to their high pectin content!

What’s your favourite jam or preserve?

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. MeatFeasts Wedding Edition.

Some select recipes from the feasting we did over the course of the wedding weekend.

Ham and Cheese Wedding Pie.

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Ingredients for the crust:

  • -500g plain flour
  • -3 eggs
  • -200g butter
  • -50g cheddar

Ingredients for the filling:

  • -500g gammon
  • -500g pork belly
  • -200g cheddar
  • -100g mozarella
  • -200g red leicester
  • -onion powder, caramelized onions or fried onions to taste
  • -bell peppers to taste (we used 2)

Utensils:

  • -mixing bowl and fork
  • -chopping board and knife
  • -deep pie tin with removable base

Recipe:

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  1. Mix the pastry ingredients until firm, dry and stretchy. Refrigerate.
  2. Slice the meats and cheeses so they can be easily layered.
  3. Roll out two thirds of the pastry so it’s large enough to cover the base of the tin, both sides and a few inches to spare. Roll into the tin.
  4. Layer the meat and cheese and onion.
  5. Top with peppers and/or spring onions.
  6. Roll out the remaining pastry and place as a lid. Mash and roll the spare edges and the lid’s edges together.
  7. Bake at 160C for one and a half to two hours.
  8. Cool before serving.

Ham and Cheese Pie Recipe

Pie Nutritional Info.

Whole Satay Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • -1 chicken
  • -300g peanut butter
  • -100g honey
  • -4tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • -2tbsp soy sauce

Utensils:

  • -mixing bowl and fork
  • -sharp knife
  • -baking tray with a raised floor, grill tray or large meat skewer

Recipe:

  • Mix the peanut butter, honey, chili and soy sauce thoroughly.
  • Slice every thick portion of meat on the chicken right down to the bone:
    • 4-8 for each breast
    • 2-4 for each leg quarter
    • 6 down the back
  • Cover the chicken in satay sauce, make sure it gets into the cuts.
  • Roast at 140C for 2-3h.

Turkey Giblet Gravy.

Ingredients:

  • -1 turkey neck, heart, liver
  • -1 cup caramelized or dried onion
  • -1 glass red wine
  • -2tsp english mustard
  • -1tsp salt
  • -1tsp pepper
  • -water as needed

Utensils:

  • -chopping board and knife
  • -saucepan
  • -blender

Recipe:

  1. Boil the giblets with the onion until tender.
  2. Remove the giblets from the water and chop them. Remove the meat from the neck and discard the bones.
  3. Return the giblets to the pan along with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once all cooked-through, blend the gravy.

Ice Cream and Cranachan Tower.

Our three ice-creams were peach, blueberry and raspberry&orange, but you can make any ice cream you like or even just assemble it with your favourite ice cream.

Ingredients for each ice cream:

  • -300ml double cream
  • -200g fruit
  • -100g sugar

Ingredients for Cranachan cream:

  • -300ml double cream
  • -3tbsp honey
  • -a dash of vanilla or whiskey

Utensils:

  • -chopping board and knife
  • -small pot
  • -blender
  • -mixing bowl and whisk
  • -tupperware, freezer

Recipe:

  1. Chop and cook the fruit until soft.
  2. Add the sugar and simmer.
  3. Blend with required cream. Pour into tupper and freeze.
  4. Whisk the remaining cream until stiff.
  5. Add honey. Whisk until stiff again.
  6. Add whiskey and/or vanilla. Whisk until stiff again.
  7. Serve three scoops of ice cream for every scoop of cream.
  8. Top with crushed chocolate and nuts (we used dark chocolate and pistachios).

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HomeMade IceCream Recipe

WWW. Beef Noodles and Cranachan.

The cooking lately has been very Jon-directed, largely because I felt I messed up a bit last week and wanted him to have whatever he wanted. So the big ones have been a beef noodles and salad meal and my first attempt at cranachan!

Black Pepper Beef Noodles and Salt and Vinegar Salad Recipes

Recipe 1: Beef Noodles.

First of all the beef noodles. We spied some reduced-price organic beef and Jon wanted to snap it up and make some black pepper steak, so that was what we did. 🙂

Ingredients:

[Makes 2-3 servings on its own, 5 servings with a side.]

-350g beef

-2 small onions

-4 cloves garlic

-200ml double cream

-2 servings rice noodles (soak or boil in advance)

-2tbsp butter

-black pepper to taste

-soy sauce to taste

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-frying pan

Recipe:

1: Finely slice the onions and mince the garlic.

2: Using 1tbsp of butter, lightly fry them until the onions are translucent and the garlic has lost its sharpness.

3: Chop the beef into small, evenly sized pieces. Add to the pan with the remaining butter.

4: Once the beef and onions are brown, turn up the heat and add the cream.

5: Once it has simmered a while, add the pepper, soy sauce and noodles.

6: Stir until the cream has reduced a bit.

Black Pepper Beef Noodles Recipe

Recipe 2: Salt and Vinegar Salad.

A perfect accompaniment for any BBQ, but also for this beef and noodles in black pepper sauce! Spotted some salt and vinegar potatoes in /r/food and improvised a recipe.

Ingredients:

[Makes 2-3 servings on its own, 5 as a side.]

-20 small salad potatoes (fit in a tablespoon)

-2 medium bell peppers

-1/2 an onion or 1 small onion, red or white

-3 carrots

-3 tsp salt

-1 tsp vinegar

-1 tsp chives or mixed herbs

-1tbsp butter

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-frying pan

-mixing bowl and salad servers

-grater

Recipe:

1: Melt the butter in the pan.

2: Slice each potato in half and place in the butter at a low heat.

3: As the potatoes cook, grate the carrots into the bowl.

4: Finely dice the onion. Add to the bowl.

5: Roughly chop the pepper. Add to the bowl.

6: Be sure to turn the potatoes!

7: When the potatoes are brown, add the salt and cook a little longer, to reduce moisture.

8: When they are cooked through and dry, toss them in vinegar and herbs.

9: Add the potatoes to the salad and mix thoroughly.

Salt and Vinegar Salad Recipe

Recipe 3: Cranachan.

This was great fun. Proper Celt food from Scotland. Saw it on a food show and had to try it because it sounded like something Jon would love. He says my end result needs less cream or less whiskey in the cream. He gives my serving a 6.5/8 and his own quantities a 7/8.

As the raspberries aren’t ripe here yet, I made it using our first batch of rhubarb pudding/jam.

[Makes 4-6 servings.]

For the rhubarb:

-6 thick stems

-3/4 cup white sugar

-1/4 cup palm sugar

-2tbsp butter

For the cream:

-300ml double cream

-80ml whiskey

-2tsp honey

-oats?

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-small pot and spoon

-large pot and whisk

Recipe:

1: Peel and finely chop the rhubarb. Place in the small pot and heat thoroughly.

2: Once the rhubarb is soft, add the sugars and keep heating.

3: Once it has melted, add the butter, stir and set to one side.

4: In the large pot, whisk the cream until it’s stiff.

Make a gap. If it doesn't close, it's ready.

Make a gap. If it doesn’t close, it’s ready.

5: Add the whiskey and whisk again until a peak is formed.

6: Stir in the honey.

7: If desired, add oats.

8: Serve with the jam at the base and the cream on top.

My choice of quantities and presentation.

My choice of quantities and presentation.

Jon's ideal mix: 2 digestive biscuits, 4tbsp rhubarb, 1tbsp cream.

Jon’s ideal mix: 2 digestive biscuits, 4tbsp rhubarb, 1tbsp cream.

And those are our favourite meals from this week! What were yours? Found any cool recipes lately?