Finally, summer has decided to reappear here in Sheffield and along with the summer comes the desire to eat salads. A few years ago my good friend Anne Brand said to me “once you have made your own coleslaw you will never buy one from the shops again”. At the time I thought she was mad as we love a good coleslaw but Oh My she is soooo right!!! I have taken the recipe she suggested and merged it with a Nigella one and this is the result. The recipe is blindingly simple but this year I have had so many people ask for the recipe I decided to share on here.
Ingredients – (to serve 4/5 with left overs)
White Cabbage – half
Carrot(s) – one large one or a couple of smaller ones.
Onion – 1. (I usually prefer red for the visual effect, spring onions are fine, even plain white onions are OK if it is all that you have)
You will notice that all the ingredient amounts are all a bit vague. (I understand if this frustrates you – I would much prefer to have specific amounts but this recipe really does need you to decide what you prefer!
- Shred/ Slice the cabbage, best done using a big and sharp knife. Cut the cabbage into quarters and then cut the core out from each quarter. Finely slice. f you don’t like long slices of cabbage then keep rotating the cabbage and slicing from different angles.
- Use a vegetable peeler to “peel” and entire carrot or 2. Keep turning the carrot in your hand to get even slices. Again, if you don’t like long strands in your coleslaw peel the top half first and then turn it around and do the other end.
- If using an onion, top and tail, quarter and finely slice. If using spring onions you obviously don’t need to quarter them.
- If adding sultanas add a handful.
- Mix well. Personally, at this point I use my hands (quicker and easier!)
- Add a good splodge of mayo and a good splodge of salad cream – about the same size. Do not be sparing, you will almost certainly need more than you think you do!
- Add a good teaspoon of mustard.
- Mix well until all strands of the vegetables are covered with the sauce.
- Taste. You are looking for creamy, moreish, slightly tangy taste.
- More than likely you will need to add more mayo/ and or salad cream.
- Repeat 9 & 10 until you are happy.
The finished Tacos – Yum!
These are from the brand new Pampered Chef Season’s best recipe collection. They really are easy to make and they were gobbled up by the whole family (including my spice averse son!). My only error (I make the mistakes so you don’t have to!) was to not let the mince cook until nearly dry. My mince still had some juice left (see the picture below) which I then proceeded to spoon into the tacos. This made some of them go soggy on the bottom (and who needs a soggy bottom really?!) and the taco didn’t stay in tact which made for slightly tricky eating… we managed though!!!
12 crunchy taco shells
75 g medium Cheddar cheese (use straight from refrigerator)
1 onion, quartered
1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil
500 g turkey breast mince
1 packet (30 g – 35 g) taco seasoning mix
100 ml cold water
6 tomatoes, deseeded and coarsely chopped (optional)
300 ml soured cream (optional)
15 g fresh coriander, coarsely chopped (optional)
Per serving: Nutrition information per taco: Energy 730kJ/174kcal, Protein 14.7g, Carbohydrate 8.8g, Sugars 0.9g, Fat 9.1g, Saturated fat 2.4g, Fibre 0.6g, Salt 0.6g
Cook’s Tip: This recipe serves 4 – 6 as a main course with a green salad, or serves 12 as part of Mexican party buffet.
Guacamole can be substituted for the soured cream topping and tomato salsa for chopped tomatoes, if desired.
For a variation, add 1 can (400 g) red kidney beans in water, rinsed and drained, together with the onion in step 4.
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Chuck & Bung Sweet & Sour…. Yum!!
I have been given a new “Chuck and Bung” recipe by my Pampered Chef colleague Deborah and its a corker!! This is the easiest sweet and sour recipe I have ever tried and it tastes fabulous. Deborah did suggest that you can double the sauce ingredients (ketchup, vinegar & sugar) but on my first go yesterday I just made it as the recipe suggest. Next time I think I shall try the double sauce approach (sorry Deborah for not listening!!)
• 9 tbsp tomato ketchup
• 3 tbsp malt vinegar
• 4 tbsp dark muscovado sugar or other brown sugar
• 2 garlic cloves , crushed
• 4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
• 1 small onion , roughly chopped
• 2 red peppers , seeded and cut into chunks
• 227g 8 oz can pineapples pieces in juice, drained
• 100g sugar snap peas , roughly sliced
• handful salted, roasted cashew nuts, optional
Use the Measure All Cup to measure the ketchup and the vinegar, tip into Classic Batter Bowl.
Add the dark brown sugar, using the Adjustable Measuring Spoons.
Use the Garlic Press to add the garlic to the Batter Bowl
Use Forged Cutlery Utility Knife to chop the chicken and add to the mix.
Throw in any chopped veg as desired! Mix well with Small Mix ‘N Scraper.
Chuck everything into the Rectangular Baker and bung in the oven at 180 for about 35-40 minutes.
Serve with rice! Delicious!!
Options: change the veg above for baby corn, mushrooms & peppers and leave out the pineapple. Susie
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- Sweet & Sour Ready for the oven.
Filed under Batter Bowl, Chicken, Deep Covered Baker, Easy Cooking, Family Cooking, Garlic, Garlic Press, Mushrooms, Other, Pepper, Rice, Rice Cooker, Square Baker, Stoneware, Tomato
Hotpot ready to go in the oven
3 chicken breasts and 6oz to 8oz chorizo
Drop of olive oil
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!
Filed under Batter Bowl, Chicken, Chilli, Deep Covered Baker, Easy Cooking, Family Cooking, Food Chopper, Garlic, Garlic Press, Manual Food Processor, Other, Pork, RockCrok, Tea, Tomato
Here in the UK, The Pampered Chef are just about to launch a brand new type of Stoneware. It claims to cook just as fabulously as normal Stoneware but it is able to cook on a hob, on a BBQ, under the grill and be washed up in the dishwasher! Obviously, I needed to check these claims out and decided the best way was to try one of the recipes that comes with the “Dutch Oven Rockcrok”. As I had to feed at least 8 people I decided to start with this recipe.
This recipe is brilliant because it is quite simple, with a bit of pre-prep on the hob and then left to slowly cook in the oven until the pork melts and the sauce is absolutely gorgeous. Everyone in the family LOVED this. Suffice to say, I shall be making it again. And the RockCrok??? So far, so absolutely amazing! Plus putting it in the dishwasher afterwards was very pleasing!
3 tbps, plus 1 tsp sunflower oil, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped with Food Chopper
2 carrots, peeled and sliced (about 240g)
2 celery sticks, sliced (about 125g)
2 cloves garlic, pressed with Garlic Press
1.5kg diced lean casserole pork (I used Pork shoulder steaks as they were on offer!)
6 rashers rindless lean back bacon (150g prepared weight) cut into 5cm pieces
50g plain flour
250ml dry red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon)
2 tins (400g each) plum tomatoes
1 tbps dried mixed herbs
Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 170C/ fan150C/ Gas 3. Heat 1 tbps of oil in RockCrok Dutch Oven over medium heat for 3-5 mins or until hot. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook for 2-3 mins or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables to a plate; set aside.
- Add 1 tbsp of remaining oil to Dutch Oven. Add one quarter of the pork, cook uncovered, 3-4 minutes or until lightly sealed, stirring occasionally. Remove to a large dish. Repeat sealing of remaining pork, in 3 batches, adding 1 tsp of oil for each batch. Set pork aside.
- Add remaining oil to Dutch Oven, cook bacon, uncovered, 2-3 mins until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
- Return pork to Dutch Oven, stir in flour, mix well. Cook 1-2 mins or until lightly browned, stirring continuously. Stir in veg, wine, dried herbs and tomatoes. Chop tomatoes using Mix ‘N Chop. Increase heat to med-high; bring to the boil, stirring continuously. Cover; transfer to oven, bake 1.5-2hrs or until pork is tender.
- Remove from oven. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve with cooked pasta (I went for tagliatelle).
Nutrients per serving: Energy 1333kj. 319 kcal; Protein 36.3g; Carbohydrate 10.1g; Sugars 5.4g; Fat 13.1g; Saturated Fat 3.6g; Fibre 1.8g; Salt 1g.
This is an amazing revelation. There is another chorizo risotto recipe on here which can be made in the microwave. Last night, for the first time, I tried it at a Pampered Chef show in the oven. No stirring, no faffing, just Chuck in the ingredients and Bung in the oven! It worked perfectly and was absolutely delicious. So here it is just for you!
- 2 onion, (about 100 g prepared weight)
- 350 g Arborio risotto rice
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 200 g dry-cured Spanish chorizo sauasge, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1.5 l hot chicken stock
- 130 g sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (drained weight), drained
- 80 g Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- 2-3 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
- Finely chop onion using Food Chopper.
- Dice sun-dried tomatoes on Cutting Board using Utility Knife.
- Place onion, rice, olive oil, chorizo, stock, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic pressed using Garlic Press in Deep Covered Baker; mix well using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®.
- Put in oven at 200C with the lid on.
- Check at 35 minutes. It may need another 10 minutes. (I took the lid off for the last 10 minutes)
- Meanwhile, finely grate cheese using Microplane® Adjustable Fine Grater and chop parsley using Professional Shears and a Prep Bowl.
- Remove baker from oven; add grated cheese and parsley and mix well. Cover with lid; let stand 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and risotto has a creamy texture.
Serve. Yield: 8 (For 4 people halve ingredients and use Round Covered Baker)
Per serving: Energy 1278kJ/305kcal; Protein 9.4g; Carbohydrate 31.3g; Sugars 1.7g; Fat 16.7g; Saturated Fat 4.5g; Fibre 0.5g; Salt 1g
Diced Spanish chorizo sausage can usually be found in the fresh cooked meat section of supermarkets. Alternatively buy a whole chorizo sausage, remove any skin and dice the sausage before adding to the risotto.
Substitute the hot chicken stock with hot vegetable stock, if desired.
8th April 2014: Update…. I have recently been making this Chorizo in my Rectangular Baker (i.e. no lid) and just cooking it for approx 30-35 minutes until it is done. Just Chuck (it in the Stoneware) and Bung (it in the oven)!!!
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Susie Evans Independent Director for the Pampered Chef
Filed under Cheese, Deep Covered Baker, Easy Cooking, Family Cooking, Food Chopper, Garlic Press, Pork, Rice, Sausages, Tea, Tomato
So here is the first thing I have made from the fabulous produce out of my neighbour’s amazing allotment.
I have adapted this recipe from a BBC Good Food recipe so thanks to them for the inspiration.
- 1.6 kg cooking apples (peeled and cored weight) chopped
- 400g light muscovado sugar
- 500g sultanas
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped using Food Chopper
- 1½ tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp salt
- 500ml cider vinegar
Peel, core and chop all the apples (made really easy with the Pampered Chef Apple Wedger, Vegetable Peeler and Forged Cutlery Knives).
Add all ingredients to the large Stockpot.
Bring the mixture to the boil over a medium heat. Simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1-2 hrs, until thick and pulpy.
Remove from the heat, transfer to sterilised, clean and dry jars and seal. And enjoy a small sense of smugness at having started making Christmas presents!!
Note about sterilising jars. I know that you can put the jars in an oven for a while but I am always a last minute kind of girl! I therefore always sterilise jars the way Nigella Lawson suggests, which is to quarter fill each jar with water, Microwave on High for 10 mins. Job done!
So yesterday I had planned to make a roast dinner but with the sun out I fancied a lighter vegetable option. This ratatouille worked perfectly and was really, really simple to make.
A few mushrooms
Tin of Plum Tomatoes, roughly chopped
Pinch of herbs (I used Herbes de Provence)
Splash of Red Wine Vinegar (maybe about 2 tbps)
A bit of sugar (maybe about 1 tsp)
Garlic Clove or 2, sliced
Alternatives – you could include aubergine, celery, or really any veg which you have available. This is an ideal recipe for all you allotment owners too!
- Slice vegetables.
- Throw all ingredients into Stoneware Baker (I used my Square Baker but a Deep Dish Baker, Deep Covered Baker, Rectangle Baker or Round Covered Baker would work just as well) and stir.
- Put into the oven with roasting meat (therefore oven is about 165 fan/ 180C/ Gas 6)
- Cook for approx 40 minutes and serve.
This is a gorgeous recipe to serveat a party or buffet to serve up to 16, or as a starter to share between 4-6 people. Or you can use it as a pasta sauce, or with chicken. Its also a great way to get fussy eaters to eat vegetables!!
175 g/6 oz broccoli florets
55 g/2 oz onion
55 g/2 oz red pepper
25 g/1 oz fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1 clove garlic
115 g/4 oz cheddar cheese
60 ml/ 4 Tbsp half fat crème fraiche or sour cream
60 ml/ 4 Tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise
Freshly ground black pepper
Stoneware Pitta Crisps or Tortilla chips to serve (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas5. Chop broccoli, onion and red pepper using Food Chopper; place in Classic Batter Bowl. Grate Parmesan cheese using the Rotary Grater. Add 2 Tbsp Parmesan to vegetable mixture, reserving the rest for the topping. Grate Cheddar cheese using the Rotary Grater and add to the mixture. Crush garlic using Garlic Press, and add with the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
2. Spoon into Stoneware Baker. Bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese over the top and surround with Stoneware-Baked Pitta Crisps.
Stoneware-Baked Pitta Crisps
4 Pitta Breads
1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas 6. Cut each pitta bread in half horizontally using Utility Knife. Cut each half into 8 triangles. Arrange in single layer on Classic Round Stone.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Repeat until all chips are baked. Cool completely.
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Corned Beef Hash… Why have I never made this before? Soo simple and so tasty!!!
Peel, dice and boil potatoes for approx 20 mins. Meanwhile gently fry onions in some butter and oil until starting to change colour.
Add cooked potatoes, diced corned beef, good splash of Worcester Sauce and seasoning to onions. Fry until a crust is formed on the outside.
Serve with green beans and/ or peas.