Saturday, June 22, 2013

My home made tomato sauce!!

Making your own pasta sauce is easy, cheap and definitly more tasty than the shop bought jars!!
All you need is
Tin tomatoes (plum, whole, chopped, whatever)
Garlic (powder or fresh)
Belle Pepper
Tomato paste
Basil & Oregano
Salt & Pepper
Olive oil
Chop the onions and peppers to the size you like (some people dont like big bits of either in there food and if you dont like any bits but still want the taste you can blend them once they are cooked with the tomatoes!!)
Fry them in a pan with a tbls of olive oil until they are tender. If using fresh garlic add 2-3 tsp (depending on how much you love garlic and I LOVE IT) at the end and alow to cook for just a min.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, a tsp of basil and oregano, about 2-3 tsp of garlic powder, a tsp of sugar and mix together.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Allow to simmer for about 10 min
You can add ground beef, chicken, vegetables, tuna or you can even use this as a pizza sauce!!

Kidney bean meat loaf

I love meatloaf and it always goes down well with my fella when I make it. But I wanted to try somthing different, A way to make the loaf healthier and go farther. So I thought to myself kidney beans!!
Take a tin of kidney beans (drain off the liquid) and pop them an egg and half an onion into a blender and blend till mush.
Add about 2 cups of breadcrumbs 300g of ground beef 2 tsp of salt, pepper and either garlic powder or fresh garlic.
Mix it all together and turn out onto a sheet of greese proof paper.
shape into a foaf shape and pop into the oven 200 degrees for an hour.
This meatloaf is moist and tasty and instead of  my normal meatloaf which per slice would be 23g of fat this is 15g or fat and double the protine per slice!!
I served it with penne in a homemade tomato sauce!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cornflake Chicken

Lower in fat than KFC

I love KFC well any kind of crispy fried chicken really but Im tryign to be good and eat less fatty food so when I saw this chicken on Not My Mothers Recipies on the Food Network I just had to try it!
I got 6 chicken thighs and pulled all the skin and membrane and yuckky stuff off them rinsed them and put them into a baggy with low fat milk (Bobby Deen used buttermilk but I had none) salt, pepper, garlic powder and mild chilli powder. I left this in the fridge for a few hours. I smashed up some cornflakes in a bowl till they were crumbs. Then I dipped my chicken into the crumbs to coat them all over with the crispy cornflakes and placed them into a baking dishontop of greaseproof paper. I popped them into the oven for 50 min to cook and then I served with wedges and a big salad!! yummers!!!!

Easy Peesy Pizza

This is a recipie I learned of my Bro when he was living with us. Its a super easy pizza and its sooooo good!!

Put a sachet of yeast into warm water and let it sit for 5 min (or you can get instant use yeast so skip this step)
Put 300g of flour a desert spoon of salt, sugar (and garlic powder if you like for flavour).
Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the yeast onto the dry mixture and mix with your hands. 
Add water as needed till the dough comes together in a ball.
Leave to rise for about 30 min and then knead the dough.
Leave to rise for 15 min.
Then roll out onto greese proof paper.

While your dough is rising you can make the sauce. 
All I use is a tin of tomatoes blended down.
Put into a pot and put on a high heat.
Add a tsp of salt, pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, tomato paste and a dessert spoon of sugar.
Leve to simmer for about 10 min.
Allow to cool.

Pour the sauce over the rolled out dough and spread it out.
Cover in mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and then add your fave pizza toppings!!!
Cook for about 30 min at 200 degrees


Tweeking sauces

Ok so your making dinner with a jar of sauce or a dry packet (cause ur feeling lazy) but you know it never tastes as nice as when you make it yourself.
Well here are a few things I do to tweek jar/packet sauces.
I always (and I mean always) add garlic either powdered or fresh it boosts the flavour of most sauces.
If lacking in flavour add a tsp of sugar, salt and pepper it always brings out the flavours already in the sauce.
Add a squeeze of tomato paste to deepen the tomato flavour in marinara sauce.
Add basil and/or oregano dry or fresh to marinara sauces.
If using the stirfry sauces to give better flavour and make it go farther I add a stock cube to the sauce and a little soy sauce too.
To chicken gravy I add sage thyme and rosmary to give a real home made taste.
To sheppards pie or beef gravy add a beef stock cube and thyme.

What to you add to sauces to make them better???

Decaf Ice Tea


I have been a little obsessed with Lemon Ice Tea latley!!
Aldi was selling a big 6 pack for 2.50 and it was so tasty I drank sooo much!! The only problem was I cant handle caffine very well I can only have decaf tea and coffee so you can imagine how buzzed I was after a few bottles!! So so cut out the caffine and save a bit of money I decided I wanted to try out making my own Decaf Ice Tea!
It is actually super easy to do!!
All you need to make a jug is ..
5 tea bags (regular or decaf)
A cup of caster sugar
1 and a half large lemons
and water enought to fill your jug ;)

Boil some water, pour it into a bowl (just a regular breakfast/soup bowl) and pop in the tea bags.
Leave that to stew for about 3-5 min.
Juice the lemons (I pulled all the pulp out of the lemon and soaked it in some of the cool water to get all the lemon flavor)
Add the cup of caster sugar to the lemon juice and mix to help the sugar dissolve.
Take the teabags out of the water (dont squeeze the tea bags this releases tannins which make the tea bitter)
pour the tea into the jug and top up with the cool water.
Add the lemon sugar mixture and mix well.
Leave to cool in the fridge and serve with ice!!
mmmmm refreshing

Hello and welcome to my food blog! The idea to start this blog came from nowhere even thought it has been staring me in the face for years! I love food! I love cooking, baking, going to resturants and just generally eating so this blog will be full of my recipies and resturant reviews! I am always trying out new recipies and ways to tweek the food and drinksI make so there will be recipies from scratch and also tweeked recipies using packaged food!! I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I know I will enjoy eating the food and tasting the drinks Im going to write about!!