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Italy Inspired Fish Dinner

Serves 2—or as usual 1 and 1 LUNCH

The pasta base

well this is always difficult to measure

I usually take a handful of spaghetti this time I had macaroni

Fishy Ingredients

1 Haddock filet

2 handful of mixed frutti de mare (seafood) … if you can get it fresh whoop hoop else scour your local supermarket (in the UK Morrisons & ASDA both offer this) for a frozen mix it contains mussels, calamari & scampi

Green Stuff

  1. 1/2 red onion
  2. 1 glove garlic
  3. 1 pinch of chilli
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. grate 1/2 a carrot (or 1 small one, I had some massive organic carrots so only used half)
  1. 6-7 slices off leek
  2. 1/2 courgette (Zucchini) … or one small one
  3. 5-6 cocktail tomatoes

1 handful rocket

Saucy Bits

1/2 pack of Philadelphia extra light fresh cheese

1/2 cup of dry white wine (or water)

Juice of 1/2 lemon (now if you do not use wine use more lemon juice and some water)

Tip: My niece and I LOVE lemon and we usually put so much lemon into things that you can really taste the zingy flavour. My sister always complains about this. So I try to tone down my measurements but if you are not sure try with half of the suggested amount and then add more as you like.

Putting it together

1st Step

As usual start with the base of the first 5 ingredients on the vegetable list

Tip: I have the carrot in there because if the carrot is immersed in the olive oil and browns a bit when frying, it quasi caramelizes a little and brings out the sweet tones in the dish.

2nd Step

Now add all the fishy bit & the wine (or water)

As well as the leek

These are the ingredients that take longest to cook

Let simmer until you are sure that the fish is done

Tip: When fish is done it easily falls apart

3rd Step

Throw in courgettes & tomatoes

Add the cheese & lemon

Crush some black pepper over it

Stir well

4th Step

Now add the Rocket

Stir well

And serve with the pasta

In using the low fat fresh (creme) cheese I am saving on using loads of olive oil, this way getting a lot of sauce without getting all the calories.

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Lamb Steaks with Rice

Lamb or mutton steaks I would usually marinade over night. Last week I just had taken the meat out at lunchtime so there is a change in the recipe.

 

1st Step

Cast Iron Frying Pan

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Glove Garlic

1 Teaspoon dry Rosmary

1 Pinch of Marjoram

Fry all this until garlic is golden brown

Take care not to burn the herbs

Take 2 lamb steaks and fry them in the pan about 2 minutes each side

meanwhile cook rice for 2 people

2nd Step Cast Iron Grittle

Put lamb steaks & some of the herbal oil in

Put into oven

Setting on grill & air fan on

Grill until done

 

3rd Step Hot Fennel-Tomato Sauce

Using the left over olive oil, garlic & herbs from the cast iron pan

Cut 1 piece of fresh Fennel

1/2 a small onion

1/2 a green chilli cut in slices

fry in until browned

add 1 cup tomato passata

(in summer  4-6 fresh tomatoes)

and fresh herbs

 

 

 

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Glutony Recover Soup

Feel you over-did the holidays a bit. Here is a hearty vegan soup that uses left-overs and is balm for your digestive system.

2 hand full of Brussels sprouts (I got a bag of fresh sprouts in special offer)

boil for 3-4 minutes before putting them into the soup

2 hand full of roasted veg (I had some frozen left overs)

1 carrot

2 small potatoes

1/2 or 1 small leek

1 piece of celery

1 piece from fennel bulb

1 small onion

1 glove garlic

1 piece of ginger

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 teaspoon rosemary

 

Fry onion + garlic + ginger + chilli

Add chopped potatoes fry for 4 minutes

Add the rest of the chopped veggies& spices

Boil for about 30 minutes & salt as appropriate

 

Serve with some Tabasco & Soy sauce or eat as is

 

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Why New Years Resolutions are Pointless

Because they are not real resolutions. Most ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ are vague or complex wishes of what you would like to change. A wish: I want to lose weight, I want to stop smoking, I want to be a better person—is not a resolution. Enthusiastic attempts to fulfill these so called resolutions usually cease after the first couple of months of the year and then all is back to normal.

If you really want to change something, you need tangible targets:I want to lose weight. How can I realistically go about this? Make a food diary, stop taking seconds, how can some more exercise fit into my normal life? Is there a walking club in my area I could join?

Make it feasible. Make a plan that fits into your life. If you want to change your life take it step by step.

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Leftovers Revisited

Haven’t shared recipes in a while and being completely into the whole “save where we can” thingy—not being able to even afford a stupid Döner/Kebab takeout—I went overcompensating with food recycling.

These are the recipes of this post:

  1. Pizza Dough Leftover—Apfelstrudel
  2. Stringy Tangerines/Oranges—Meringue Pie with a Twist
  3. Mashed Potatoes Leftover—Potato-Yoghurt Scones

1. Pizza Dough Leftovers

We made pizza last week (a simple yeast dough, look it up @ Jamie Oliver) so there was about a cup full left over we stored in the fridge, a couple of days later I took it out left it in the sun for half an hour to warm up.

  • Added about half a cup of flour
  • kneaded it thoroughly
  • rolled it out very thin
  • crate 4 medium sized apples it doesn’t matter if they are already a bit wrinkly for baking that means less sugar
  • mix 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon under the crated apples
  • spread the apples on the dough
  • sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of Demerara sugar over the apples
  • Roll all up and bake for half an hour at level 6 in the gas oven

It is a bit messy I made too much filling for my tiny form

2. Tangerines or Organges that were stringy but sweet

The Fruit Filling

So we had 6 Tangeringes left over that were really sweet but also stringy and messy to eat

I juiced those

added the juice of 1 lemon and

1 Cup of Demerara Sugar (you might want to add some more depending on how sweet the oranges are)

Put this all in a pot add 1 cup of water

and steer 2 tablespoons of Cornstarch into the mix until it boils and turns into a thick cream

Let it cool down

The dough

1 cup of flour

2 tablespoons cacao powder

1 Tablespoon sugar

add cold water until the dough is thick and dense like Plasticine

because you have to bake it into the ‘basket’ for the filling

roll the dough out thinly and bake for 15 min (gas 7) in a pie form

take it out and let it cool down

The Meringue

Whites of 6 eggs (I only had 4 left)

beat the eggs add 4 spoons of icing sugar or white sugar

keep beating until the mass is all fluffy

  • Once the dough is cooled down
  • fill it with 1. the fruit filling and then add the meringue on top
  • bake for 20 min on gas 5

You can see I baked them on the pizza trays because I love my scones crunchy on the outside

3. Leftover Mashed Potatoes & Yoghurt

The left overs:

1 cup of mashed potatoes

1,5 cups of yoghurt

2 egg yolks (from the meringue pie)

mix this all

then add 5 (to 6) cups of flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cream tartar

1 cup demerara sugar

1,5 cups of raisins

knead this all into a sticky but manageable dough form scones

bake for about 25 min on gas 6 (sorry I forgot to check the time if in doubt take one out and tear it open to see that they are done)

made 18 scones by the way

I hope you enjoyed the recipes, if you have any more food recycling ideas please let me know. F*&%^^$ student loans are really bogging us down … 😦