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Meatball Traybake

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This is another super simple, and cost conscious recipe adapted from The Sainsbury’s magazine.  I don’t know whether I have raved about this publication before but if I have I’m going to again.  If you are in the UK and you like food then I rate this magazine over all other offerings.  As the mag was originally launched by Delia all recipes are triple checked and I have NEVER found a fault with any of them.  In fact, it has been known for me to host a dinner party and make 3 completely new recipes straight out of the magazine! It hasn’t failed me yet!!!If you are outside of the UK – you can get a subscription… and it’s worth it in my humble opinion.

Anyway, back to the recipe.  This is a fabulous Rectangular Baker – one pot recipe ( and you know how much I love those!).  If you don’t have one of those you could use a Deep Covered Baker or even a Deep Dish Baker.  The ingredient list may seem a little longer than some of my normal recipes but most of them are things that I already have in the house – so I don’t feel it is heavy on the shopping list.

Ingredients

1.25kg potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1x 500g Carton Passata
1 Chicken Stock Cube or melt, dissolved in 200ml of boiling water
150g slightly stale Bread (the original recipe states white but I rarely eat white – so whatever you have in your house works)
150ml Milk
1 x 500g 20% fat Beef Mince
1 Egg beaten (medium is suggested but I only seem to buy large so…!)
1 small Onion, chopped finely with Food Chopper
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
1 tsp Smoked paprika
1 Lemon
1/2 pack of cut coriander
100g Green Beans, top and tailed, cut in half

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C, Fan 180, Gas 6.  Wedge the potatoes, using the Veggie Wedger, and put into the Rectangular baker.  Add 1tbsp oil and toss the potatoes to coat them.  Add the pasta and stock.  Stir.  Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Whilst the potatoes are baking, make the meatballs.  I use either my Food Chopper or Microplane grater to make the breadcrumbs.  If you want to make your food processor dirty then, by all means use that instead!  Add the breadcrumbs and milk to a Classic Batter Bowl (CBB).  Leave to soak for 5 minutes; add the beef, beaten egg, chopped onion, crushed garlic and paprika.  Use the Microplane Zester to zest the lemon and add to the CBB.  Pick the leaves from the coriander stalks, roughly chop them and keep to one side.  Finely chop the coriander stalks and add to the CBB.  Season the mix and get your hands in there!!  (I often ask one of my kids to help me to make these. This is their favourite activity – getting their hands well and truly involved in making tea!!)  Roll 28 or so walnut-sized meatballs and put on a plate.
  • Take the potatoes out.  Stir.  Add the meatballs.  Cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Blanch the green beans for 2-3 minutes, until just tender.  For me, that means popping into a Micro-Cooker with a tiny splash of water and giving them a 2 minute blast.  If you don’t have a Micro- Cooker, then just add the beans to boiling water for  the necessary time and then drain well.
  • When the meatballs have had their 20 minutes, add the green beans to the baker and bake for a further 10 minutes.  By this time the potatoes will be tender and the meatballs goldenand cooked through.
  • Drizzle over the remaining 1tbsp oil, scatter over the coriander leaves you kept from earlier.  Take the baker to the table and serve along with quarters of the lemon from earlier.

 

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Jo Murphy’s Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is a slightly different version of a sweet and sour “Chuck & Bung”.  I really like the warmth from the chilli and using the pineapple juice makes this a really juicy family meal.  Try it – you will love it!

Ingredients

4 Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 Medium Onions
2 Peppers (any Colour)
225g can Water Chestnuts, Drained.
3 Cloves Garlic
1 Small piece of fresh Ginger
Freshly Ground Pepper
640g of Tinned pineapple in Juice
4 Tbsp Corn Flour
260ml water
4Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
4Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
4Tbsp Soft Light Brown Sugar
4Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1 Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
Small Bag Basmati Rice

Method

  • Put oven on to 200C/ 180 fan/ Gas 6.
  • Chop the chicken into bite size pieces using Forged Cutlery Knife on the Cutting Board. Add to the Rectangular Baker.
  • Using a knife, peel the onions and cut into quarters. Finely chop using Food Chopper. Add to the Rectangular Baker.
  • Using a knife, cut the peppers into 3cm pieces. Add to the Rectangular Baker.
  • Open water chestnuts using Smooth Edge Can Opener and drain using Stainless Colander. Slice water chestnuts horizontally using the Knife. Add to the Rectangular Baker
  • Crush the garlic directly into the baker using the Garlic Press.
  • Grate the ginger directly into the baker using the Microplane Fine Grater
  • Add freshly ground pepper using Grinder.
  • Open Pineapple tin using Smooth Edge Can Opener. Drain the pineapple using Stainless Colander pouring juice into Easy Read Measuring Cup.
  • Using large Adjustable Measuring Spoon add 4 tbsp of corn flour to Classic Batter Bowl. Add 3 tbsp of pineapple juice and mix to a paste using Mini Mix ‘N Scraper.
  • Add the remaining juice to the Batter Bowl, and add the water using the same measuring cup
  • Using Mini Easy Read Measuring Cup and both Adjustable Measuring Spoons add all remaining ingredients (except for rice) into the Batter Bowl.
  • Add the sauce to the baker. Mix together using Small Mix ‘N Scraper.
  • Place in oven for 30 mins – until bubbling nicely.
  • Boil full Kettle. Using Large Easy Read Measuring Cup add 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of boiling water to Rice Cooker Plus. Place in Microwave for 15 mins or until all the water is absorbed.

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Mushroom Risotto – Oven Baked… no Stirring?!!

Here is the second of my 2 surprisingly fabulous recipes I’m sharing with you tonight!!  Pampered Chef Stoneware is amazing stuff which allows you to do many “chuck and bung” meals, where you literally chuck the ingredients in the Stoneware and Bung it all in the oven to cook.  Risotto is one of those recipes which just looks like you are doing magic rather than just cooking!  Honestly, this risotto takes about 6 minutes to prepare (tops) and then you bung it in the oven until its done.  No stirring, no hassle, no waiting by the hob for half an hour – just Chuck and Bung!!  Plus, it actually tastes really, really delicious?!!  (That I wasn’t expecting!!!)  Enjoy.

Oven Baked Mushroom Risotto - No Stirring!!

Oven Baked Mushroom Risotto – No Stirring!!

Ingredients 

1 box Arborio rice (500g)
1 box closed cup mushrooms
1 box chestnut mushrooms
1 onion
Veg stock cubes
Fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic
100g grated Parmesan
Med. Pot double cream or crème fraiche

Method

  1. Boil the kettle and put the oven on at 200c.
  2. Finely chop onion using Food Chopper and add to Rectangular Baker.
  3. Using Egg Slicer Plus and/ or Forged Cutlery Knife slice both boxes of mushrooms. Add to Rectangular Baker.
  4. Add box of rice to Baker.
  5. Using Easy Read measuring Cup measure 1 litre of boiling water. Add double the amount of stock cubes than is recommended on the box (stops it being too bland). Add to Rectangular Baker.
  6. Put the coriander in the 250ml Prep Bowl and chop using the Professional Shears. Add to Rectangular Baker.
  7. Crush garlic using Garlic Press and add to the baker (no need to peel the garlic first!). Then using Mix ‘N Scraper stir risotto. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Whilst cooking grate the parmesan using Microplane Adjustable Fine Grater.
  9. When the risotto is cooked remove from the oven. Add parmesan and Cream/ Crème Fraiche. Stir using Mix ‘N Scraper and leave for 5 minutes. Serve.

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Vegetable Risotto

This is a really, really tasty risotto that even my meat-loving family enjoy!!  It is also really, really easy because it is another “Chuck and Bung” recipe where all ingredients are chucked in the Stoneware or RokCrok and then bunged in the oven… no stirring required at all!

Enjoy!

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250-300g cherry tomatoes
Olive oil
1 garlic clove
Baby spinach (good handful)
2 small red onions
1 small red pepper
6 small mushrooms
2 sticks celery
25g butter
225g risotto rice
250ml white wine
450ml boiling water with a vegetable stock cube added (I like Knorr Stockpots)
2 teaspoons sundried tomato paste
50g piece fresh parmesan plus 25g to shave over

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180/160fan/Gas 4
  2. Using Food Chopper, finely chop onions and celery.  Slice peppers and mushrooms with Utility Knife. Place in Large Micro Cooker with the butter, put lid on and microwave on high 2 mins. Take out and stir. Cook on high another 2 minutes until vegetables are softened.
  3. Measure stock and wine in Classic Batter Bowl and add with rice and vegetables from micro cooker to Deep Covered Baker or RokCrock. Press in the garlic with the Garlic Press. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and stir in with sun dried tomato paste and a grind of salt andpepper.
  4. Put Deep Covered Baker in oven for 40-45 mins until rice is cooked.
  5. Stir in grated cheese and spinach. Shave over remaining parmesan with Garlic Slicer and drizzle over a little olive oil.

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Homemade, super-easy Garlic Bread

The finished garlic bread - just before the hoards descend!

The finished garlic bread – just before the hoards descend!

I have to give all the credit for this brilliant idea to my good friend Gill.  She showed me how to make my own garlic bread and I have never bought shop-made since.  This bread is just as quick as pre-made, much more tasty and much cheaper and so is a complete no-brainer!!

Ingredients

Part-Baked Baguette(s)
Garlic Cloves
Butter (I recommend real butter rather than marg or spread), room temperature

Method

I use 1 garlic clove and 1oz (25g) butter per baguette,  Obviously if you prefer it to be more garlicky just add more.

  • Preheat oven to 180C/fan 170C/ Gas 6.
  • Add  butter to Prep Bowl, Press garlic clove using Garlic Press into the prep bowl. Use Spreader to mix them together.

    Mix garlic clove & butter together

    Mix garlic clove & butter togethe

  • Slice the baguette using Bread Knife.  Try not to slice all the way through keeping the loaf in tact (not always possible but worth it for aesthetics later!)

    Slice the bread, trying not to go all the way through.

    Slice the bread, trying not to go all the way through.

  • Carefully spread the generously between each slice.

    Spread the butter generously between slices.

    Spread the butter generously between slices.

  • Place baguette(s) on Stoneware (Pictured here is a Medium Round Stone with Handles but any will do).  Put Stoneware in oven.

    Bread ready to go into the oven on the Stoneware.

    Bread ready to go into the oven on the Stoneware.

  • Cook for approx 15-18n minutes until bread looks brown and toasty.
  • Devour!!!

    The finished garlic bread - just before the hoards descend!

    The finished garlic bread – just before the hoards descend!

 

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Smoky Chicken & Chorizo Hotpot

Hotpot ready to go in the oven

Hotpot ready to go in the oven

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts and 6oz to 8oz chorizo
Drop of olive oil
1 onion
1 red pepper
1 tin tomatoes
½ pint chicken stock
1 can chick peas (drained)
Salt and pepper
1 tblsp smoked paprika
2 large cloves of garlic
1 chilli (optional)
Good handful of fresh parsley
Crusty French bread to serve

1) Chop onion and red pepper (and chilli if desired) using Food Chopper or Manual Food Processor add to Deep Covered Baker / Rectangular Baker.

2) Draining chick peas using Easy Read Measuring Colander, add to Stoneware.  Add garlic using Garlic Press, smoked paprika using Easy Read Measuring Spoons and tomatoes (chop using Mix ‘N Chop)

3) Snip some fresh parsley using Professional Shears and sprinkle

4) Add ½ pint of chicken stock using Small Batter Bowl

5) Chop Chicken and Chorizo on Cutting Board using Forged Cutlery 13cm Utility Knife and put into Stoneware

6) All ingredients are now in Deep Covered Baker / Rectangular baker (if using a smaller baker just reduce ingredients slightly), stir.

Cook for approx 40 mins in oven at 180c / Gas mark 4

Serve with crusty bread

Hotpot after half was served!

Hotpot after half was served!

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Jamie Oliver’s Brilliant Bacon Pasta

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My blog has developed into having 2 purposes.  The original reason that I began writing was to have an easy reference place for my Pampered Chef customers to find as many brilliant Pampered Chef recipes in one place as possible.   Along the way a secondary, and very pleasing, purpose has blossomed into life.  My 2 eldest girls are now 11 & 13 years old and I have realised that I really do need to get on with teaching them how to cook before they get up and leave home!!  So, this blog has also turned into a repository of recipes that I make so that they can learn and make our favourite home recipes.

So, this is how you find a Jamie Oliver recipe joining the Pampered Chef ones!  This recipe is a really simple one pot recipe and, in the (longed for!) summer months is a great recipe for courgettes which allotment owners will appreciate!

 

Serves 4 (easily)

Ingredients

250g Smoked Streaky Bacon
2  Courgettes
2 Garlic Cloves
40g medium mature Cheddar
200ml Creme Fraiche
400g pasta (whatever shape takes your fancy!) I use Wholewheat pasta for the extra fibre.

Method

1. Boil a large pan of salted water and cook 400g  pasta , following pack instructions.

2. Slice 250g Smoked streaky bacon and fry in a Family Skillet (large frying) Pan until golden brown.  Slice 2 cloves of garlic using Garlic Slicer and add for the last minute or so.

3. Slice courgettes lengthways into quarters and cut into chunks. Add to the frying pan and cook for a couple of minutes with the bacon and garlic until they are slightly softened.

4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain in a colander, then put back in the pan. Add about half a tub of crème fraîche, some freshly ground black pepper and a handful of grated Cheddar. Mix together.

5. Gently fold the bacon and courgette mixture into the pasta and grate the remaining cheese on top.

6. Eat and Enjoy!

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