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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast)

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food


This is a gentle wonderful tasting Chow Mein that is so quick and easy to make.
Saying that, most of the time is taken up making the stock so if you decided to buy in the stock it would be super quick.
As long as you stick to the basics of the recipe you can put your own spin on it, like buying in the stock, dark soy instead of light, steam the chicken and so on.
Anyway here it is, please try it and let me know what you think.


You will need;
450 Gm – Fresh Egg Noodles
5 tablespoons – Garlic Oil
4 – Chicken Thighs (skin on bone in)
2 – Chicken Stock Cubes
115 Gm – Fresh Beansprouts 
Pinch – Sea Salt
½ tsp – Soft Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon – Chinese Rice Wine
3 tablespoons – Light Soy Sauce
1- Onion (finely chopped)
150 Ml – Chicken Stock


First off we’ll make the stock, start by skinning and de-boning the chicken thighs.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food


Heat a little garlic oil in a pan and fry the skin a bones for about 10 minutes.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food


Make up 250 Ml of stock with the stock cubes and freshly boiled water.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food


Drain off the fat and add a splash of white wine vinegar to de-glaze the pan
then add the white wine and simmer on a medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food


Now add the stock and reduce for 15 minutes, this will make 150 Ml of stock.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food


While all that is going on mix the noodles with 1 tablespoon of the garlic oil and put to one side,
then chop the chicken into 1 centimetre pieces.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food
Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food








Heat 3 tablespoons of garlic oil in a wok and fry the chicken for 5 minutes, now add the onions and beansprouts and cook for a further 2 – 3 minutes then add the salt, brown sugar, rice wine and half the soy sauce and blend well.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food
Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food








Add the noodles, the rest of the soy sauce and the 150 ml of stock then mix well and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food
Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food



Serve with a rice of your choice or if you are like me you’ll have it on its own.

Chicken Chow Mein (super fast) ~ Simple Food

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Chilli Con Carne (made with premium homemade cook in sauce)

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food


I have made this guide in two parts; the first part is the sauce which is a good very fiery stand alone chilli sauce.

If you don’t have any chilli oil and you don’t want the bother of making any use olive oil but you will have to up the quantities of chillies and chilli powder, but because the chilli oil is so easy to make I would encourage you to make some.

 The second part I have used the sauce to make a beautiful deep flavoured beef chilli, for this I had great plans I wanted to do so much to this to make it the Carlsberg of chillies. Then I found that I didn’t need to because the sauce did it all for me, it made it ........ PROBABLY the best chilli ever.

Chilli Con Carne (made with premium homemade cook in sauce)



For the sauce

You will need
 
2 – Large Red Peppers (deseeded and quartered)
3 – Large Beef Tomatoes (halved)
1 – Head of Garlic
1 – Red Chilli (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon - Hot Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon – Dried Oregano
1 teaspoon – Dried Coriander
1 – Beef Stock cube
100 Ml – Red Wine

For the beef chilli
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food 
You will need

400 Gm – Good Quality Mince Beef
1 – Onion (finely chopped)
200 Ml – Red Wine
200 Ml – Sauce (see above)
400 Gm (1 can) – Kidney Beans





So, let’s get on with the sauce.


First of all put the peppers, tomatoes and garlic onto an oven proof tray making sure you cross the top of the tomatoes for easy peeling and slice the top off the garlic. Drizzle over some chillioil and place them in the oven on 180°c for 20 minutes.

As I said at the top if you haven’t got chilli oil then use olive oil but you may have to up the quantities of chilli powder and chilli’s.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food









After 20 minutes take them out of the oven and after they have cooled a little take the skin off of the tomatoes.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food









Now put the peppers and tomatoes into a liquidiser and squeeze in the insides of the garlic.
Now liquidise until smooth.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food


Put a little garlic oil or olive oil in a pan and add the chilli powder, coriander, oregano, red chilli and stock cube then cook on a medium heat for a couple of minutes.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food









Then add the red wine and cook out for 2 – 3 minutes.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food









Now add the liquidised peppers, tomatoes and garlic then simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. This makes around 700 Ml of sauce.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food


You now have a premium stand alone homemade cook in sauce.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food


When it has cooled transfer to containers or jars for later use or get straight on with your chilli con carne as follows.

First off put the mince into a pan of water and bring to the boil, this gets rid of most of the excess fat.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food









Now drain and rinse well and chop it up well so that you don’t have any big lumps of mince, that way all the flavour gets into every grain of the meat.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food









Add the onion and cook on a medium heat for a few minutes to soften the onion.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food


Then add the red wine and cook on a low heat for at least 30 minutes or an hour if you have the time.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food









Now add this wonderful sauce that you have made, stir it in and simmer for 5 minutes. 200 Ml was enough for me but you can add more if you like.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food
Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food


Add the kidney beans stir in and after simmering for a few minutes you’re ready to serve. Don't forget to taste as you go and season.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food


Serve with rice and a little sour cream.

Chilli Con Carne ~ Simple Food



Friday, 11 December 2015

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food


I know that cauliflower cheese is a relatively simple dish but like all simple dishes if you don’t put that extra love and care into it, it will remain just that.....................A simple dish.

I f you haven’t tried roasted cauliflower then you are missing out, the roasting takes out the moisture and leaves the flavour.

For the sauce I have left it plain and simple, beautifully smooth with a hit of cheddar and mustard leaving the gorgeous taste of the roasted cauliflower to be the star of the show.


Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple FoodRoasted Cauliflower Cheese

You will need

50Gm – Butter
50Gm – Plain Flour
450Ml – Warm Milk
1 teaspoon – English Mustard
2 – Egg Yolks
100Gm – Cheese

1 – Cauliflower

Blanch the cauliflower florets in boiling water for 5 minutes then take them out and drain well because you won’t want any water there when you roast them.

Arrange them in a roasting dish, drizzle with a little olive oil then roast them in a 180° oven for about 25 minutes.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food


Melt the butter in a pan then add the flour and mix until you get a stiff paste, take a few minutes with this because you will want to cook the flour through.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food
Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food








Now add the warm milk a little at a time until you get a lovely smooth sauce.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food
Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food








Add the cheese and mix while it melts in.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food


Now the egg yolks and the mustard then whisk well and simmer for about 5 or 6 minutes.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food
Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food








When the cauliflower is ready put it in a heat proof dish and pour over the sauce.


Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food

Then under a hot grill to brown and you are done.

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese ~ Simple Food