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Potato Salad

IMG_3187Following on from the success of sharing my coleslaw I thought I would share the other side salad which is a mainstay of our summers and BBQs!  This potato salad is absolutely divine warm but also fabulous cold which means it can easily be made ahead of the day.  It is also ridiculously easy – ANYONE can make this and feel proud of their own homemade brilliance!

Now, as an ex-Pampered Chef consultant I use my Pampered Chef tools to make my life much easier but you can, obviously, manage without if you haven’t got a Micro Cooker!

Ingredients

Bag of Salad Potatoes – Charlotte or Jersey Royals are ideal.
Mayonnaise
Chives

Method

  1. Wash potatoes.
  2. Put bag of potatoes into Large Micro Cooker (I buy a 1kg bag), and put the lid on.  Cook in the Microwave on high for 10 minutes.  (If you don’t have a micro cooker, or even a microwave, then gently boil the potatoes on the hob until soft enough for a knife to be able to stab into them.IMG_3183
  3. Drain the potatoes and allow to cool.  If aiming to serve warm just cool until the potatoes stop steaming and are just warm.  If serving cold or later allow to cool completely.
  4. Chop the potatoes into smaller chunks.  How small you go is up to you.  IMG_3184
  5. Add large dollop of mayonnaise, be generous.IMG_3185
  6. Snip 2 or 3 ‘blades’ of chives into small pieces into the bowl.  IMG_3186
  7. Mix well. Enjoy!

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Coleslaw – Susie Style!

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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)
Mayonnaise
Salad Cream
Sultanas (optional)

Method

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!

  1. 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.IMG_3189IMG_3190
  2. 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.IMG_3191
  3. If using an onion, top and tail, quarter and finely slice. If using spring onions you obviously don’t need to quarter them.  IMG_3192
  4. If adding sultanas add a handful.IMG_3193
  5. Mix well.  Personally, at this point I use my hands (quicker and easier!)IMG_3194
  6. 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!
  7. Add a good teaspoon of mustard.IMG_3195
  8. Mix well until all strands of the vegetables are covered with the sauce.
  9. Taste. You are looking for creamy, moreish, slightly tangy taste.
  10. More than likely you will need to add more mayo/ and or salad cream.
  11. Repeat 9 & 10 until you are happy.
  12. Serve!

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Indoor/ Outdoor (Spiced Pork) Burger

This is a really delicious summer recipe.  These burgers are so easy to make.  The result is a succulent, juicy and slightly spicy burger.  I call it the Indoor/ Outdoor Burger because, technically these can be cooked on a BBQ but so far, as I do live in England where the weather just seems to KNOW when I am planning a BBQ, I have always ended up cooking it on a piece of Stoneware in my oven!!!  When I make these at shows I also make a fabulous Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Citrus-Curry Dressing.  YUM!!!

 Ingredients

2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
500g lean minced pork
50g fresh breadcrumbs
1 small piece fresh ginger
2 cloves of garlic,
1 egg
1½ teaspoons garam masala
¼ teaspoon salt

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200/fan 180/Gas 6.
    In Stainless 4-litre Mixing Bowl, place pork, breadcrumbs and egg. Chop coriander using Professional Shears, measure seasoning with Adjustable Measuring Spoons, press garlic & ginger with Garlic Press and combine using Mix n Chop.

    Burgers ready for the oven.

    Burgers ready for the oven.

  • Using the large scoop, form about 8-10 mini-burgers and transfer to Medium Round Stone. Place Measure All Cup over meat & squash into burger shape! Bake for 18-22 minutes or until burgers are lightly browned and fully cooked (juices should run clear when pierced with a knife).
All cooked and ready to eat!!

All cooked and ready to eat!!

 

These are delicious served with Roasted Sweet Potato Salad and Citrus-Curry Dressing.

 

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Nigella’s Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken – Stoneware Style

IMG_4296This fabulous recipe is Nigella’s which I have adapted for stoneware use.  This essentially means it has become a “Chuck and Bung” recipe with no need to return to the oven until its cooked – my favourite!!

The fabulous smell as this cooks is really summery which, obviously right now is perfect, though I am convinced I shall be making it in the depths of winter too as it is a real hit with ALL the family!

My final comment on this recipe is that it has completely removed the fear of boning a whole chicken myself.  I followed a brilliant video that The Pampered Chef team posted (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiwHpDtZHOE) and I LOVE that I have gained a new skill in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken (approx. 2.25kg / 4½lbs) cut into 10 pieces
  • 1 bulb of garlic (separated into unpeeled cloves)
  • 2 unwaxed lemons (cut into chunks using Veggie Wedger)
  • 1 handful fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 150 ml white wine
  • black pepper

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 145°C fan/ 160°C/gas mark 3/325ºF.
  2. Put the chicken pieces into Rectangular Baker and add the garlic cloves, lemon chunks and the thyme; just roughly pull the leaves off the stalks, leaving some intact for strewing over later. Add the oil and using your hands mix everything together, then spread the mixture out, making sure all the chicken pieces are skin side up.
  3. Sprinkle over the white wine and grind on some pepper.IMG_4295
  4. Pop into the oven for approx 1 hr 45 mins.  Serve with new potatoes and green beans.

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Pampered Chef Strawberry Amaretti Pastries

Strawberry Amaretto Pastry... YUM!!!

Strawberry Amaretto Pastry… YUM!!!

This recipe is just a fantastic taste of Summer.  Strawberries, Cream, puff pastry… yum!!!  Next time I make them I WILL take a photo and not just wolf it down!

Ingredients

1 Packet (375g) chilled fresh ready-rolled puff pastry (1 Sheet)
60g flaked almonds, divided
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 orange
1 carton (284ml) double cream
85g sifted icing sugar, divided
115g mascarpone cheese, softened
12 large ripe strawberries, sliced
1 tsp almond extract

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/ Gas 6.  Unroll pastry sheet onto Rectangle Stone.  Trim pastry edges to make rectangle measuring 30 x 23 cm; discard trimmings.  Finely chop 40g of the almonds using Food Chopper.  Combine chopped almonds and 2 tbsp of the granulated sugar; sprinkle evenly over surface of dough.  Lightly press almond mixture into dough using Bakers Roller.
  2. Using Pizza Cutter, cut dough lengthways into three even strips; cut crossways into four even strips, making a total of 12 squares.  Separate squares and position evenly over surface of baking stone.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until cooked, puffed and golden brown.  Remove from baking stone to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely.
  3. Zest entire orange using Zester/ Scorer.  Combine zest and remaining granulated sugar in Prep Bowl; set aside.
  4. Pour cream into Stainless 4-Litre mixing Bowl; add 45g of the icing sugar and the almond extract.  Whip using Double Balloon Whisk until cream forms soft peaks.  Combine remaining icing sugar and mascarpone cheese in Stainless 2-litrs Mixing Bowl using Master Scraper.  Add mascarpone mixture to whipped cream; whisk until combined and cream mixture is smooth and thick (don’t over-whip).  Slice strawberries using Utility Knife.
  5. Split each pastry square in half; arrange half of the strawberries into bottom of each shell.  Top each with about 2 heaped tbsp of the cream filling and sprinkle with chopped toasted almonds.  Top with remaining strawberry slices and sprinkle with sugared orange zest.  Place tops of pastries over filling.  Serve immediately.

Yield: Makes 12 Pastries

Per serving: Energy 1257 kJ/303 kcal; Protein 2.7g; Carbohydrate 19g; Fat 25.5g; Saturated Fat 11.5g; Fibre 1g; Salt 0.3 g

Cooks Tip: Other small whole fresh berries such as raspberries or blueberries can be substituted for strawberries, if desired.  Try using lemon or lime zest in place of orange zest.

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