Fresh Caught Sea Bass Fillets with Quinoa salad

This is a change from our planned meal, a friend of ours went Sea fishing today and left us a Sea Bass – he doesn’t like them (mad!) I would never turn down free  fresh food 🤗

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Having filleted the lovely Bass, I checked for pin bones, then dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper

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Lay them on a lightly greased layer of tin foil on the grill pan, and Preheat the grill to ‘HOT’

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When I went shopping last week at Aldi, I found something new, a pack of Mediterranean Quinoa, thismis carby 52g per 250g pack, but I am adding loads of salad, so will probably eat a quarter of this maximum.

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I thought this would go well with the fresh fish, with the addition of some finely diced onion, red pepper and fresh tomato with a good handful of chopped fresh coriander, and the remainder of the Rocket leaves

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A good stir through with some olive oil and the juice of half a lemon

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A few spoonfuls of Salad, topped with the Crispy skinned Sea Bass Fillets – nothing more needed than a squirt of lemon and a drizzle of Pomegranate Molasses.

Another simple dish, I don’t like messing with fresh fish too much, I want it to be the star of the production 😍

 

Meat Free Monday Fluffly Cheese Omelettes Low Carb and Lush

Monday again, why do they have to be so often 😏

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Wedges for the Men, Salad for me 😊

Tonight I am making something simple, but it can be messed up so easily, it should be light and fluffy, it’s not an Pancake – the humble Cheese omelette – it is one of my go to meals for something cheap, tasty and filling

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I am using 3 Aldi free range eggs each, (it is our main meal of the day) they will be whisked up with a little double cream, salt and pepper

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Into a medium frying pan I gently heat a little Veg oil, then pour the egg mix in

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leave for a few seconds for the base to start to set

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then with a silicone spatula, start to push the edges to the middle, leave for a few seconds more, repeat

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the idea is to get light folds of egg, so the end result is light and fluffy, not a pancake.

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As the top layer begins to firm, add a handful of grated cheddar – for me it has to be the strong kind, the type that makes your mouth pucker 😜 The Aldi extra strong is just right 👍

Gently shake the pan, to ensure the base is loose, encourage any sticky bits with the spatula

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then gently slide into your serving plate, folding in half has you go

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add a huge salad and a celebratory ‘Mondays over’ glass of wine and enjoy one lifes simple pleasures x

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I added some Potato wedges to the men’s plates

I think I could quite happily live off eggs for a week 😉

Smoked Mackerel Pate with Lettuce Wraps

Just a quick post.

I was scratching my head what to make for my work lunches this week, now that I am doing low carb.  The it struck me – I had the makings of Smoked Mackerel Pate in the fridge, and an Iceburg Lettuce, brilliant for wraps.

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Its so simple, just mix a pack of cream cheese,

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the flesh from a pack of Aldi Smoked Mackerel, a big tablespoon of horseradish sauce, salt, pepper and the juice of half a lemon.

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Thats it….  into the fridge in a sealed pot

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a few Lettuce leaves or crackers if you like

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Lunch 😇

Sunday Best – Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with Lemon Oregano Roasted Potatoes and Low Carb Salad Version for me

Hubby bought home some massive Local Pork Chops yesterday, they are huge 😋

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Still too warm for a traditional roast, so I will make Pan fried, Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops Lemon roasted potatoes for Hubby and Youngest and a big Spinach salad for all of us.

As I am Low carbing, I will use ground almonds instead of flour for the crust, so feel free to exchange that for plain flour.

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Take the Pork Chops, dip into the almond flour

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then egg, then cheese

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you might want to do this twice for a thicker crust.

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Toss some halved new potatoes in olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice, salt and pepper and into an oven proof dish and into a hot (200) oven for approx 30-40 minutes till crisp and golden – toss regularly

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Heat a frying pan till very hot, add some olive oil and butter and sear the crusted Chops on each side till they are a deep golden brown – they smell gorgeous.

As our chops are really thick, I am putting them into a lined oven proof tray to cook through for 5-10 minutes and then take out to rest.

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Hubby’s version

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I take baby spinach and add chopped tomatoes, finely sliced spring onion, sliced radish and drizzle with a dash of Raspberry Balsamic

Simple and tasty- how do you like your Pork Chops?

 

Cocktail Hour 🍸 Aldi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Frozecco 🍹

As you know, for my Daughters Birthday I made Cocktails for them – I thought this weekend I would make some more – for us this time 😋

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Aldi kindly sent me a bottle of their gorgeous Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, I am not just saying that because they sent me it, it’s something I buy whenever we have something nice to celebrate – for £7.99, to me it tastes as good as any Champagne 🥂 They asked me to try one of their Cocktail recipes ‘Frozecco’  🍹

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Frozecco 

Ingredients
· 150ml Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Aldi, £7.99
· 20ml fresh orange juisce
· 1 cup frozen whole strawberries
· 1 teaspoon honey
· Garnish with fresh strawberries or oranges
Method
· Blend all ingredients together until smooth
· Garnish with orange slices and/or strawberries as desired
· Serve immediately

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This is lovely and refreshing, like a grownup slushy

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don’t forget to top the strawberries and freeze them overnight.

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Perfect for a summer evening in the garden with friends – Cheers!

Kir Royale

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For another Prosecco combination, what about a Kir Royale, this traditionally is a French aperitif made with Champagne and a splash of Creme de Cassis in the bottom of a champagne flute

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It is just as fabulous with the Prosecco – an amazing aperitif for a summer dinner party 🍾

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As I was in Cocktail making mode, I will also share one of my favourites too – this is a strong one, not for the feint hearted 😜

Expresso Martini

250ml Frozen good quality coffee
100ml Vodka
30ml Coffee Liqueur
30ml Franjelico (Hazelnut liqueur) *optional

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You could use 50ml very strong expresso and 200g icecubes – I froze 250ml strong coffee overnight.

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I add all of this to the Thermomix and whizz for a few seconds on speed 7

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Pour into glasses garnish with a few coffee beans and enjoy…..

Here are some other Cocktails I have made A White Lady and Cocobay Mojito

what are your favourite Cocktails?

Please note We are having food with this – just burgers and salad for me, jacket spuds for Hubby – well you have to have a balanced diet 🤣

 

Fabulous Frittata – Bacon, Blue Cheese, Mushroom, Pepper, Spring Onion

Been a bit manic today, a good clean through, it’s been a bit hot to do more than a flick round recently.

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I had a good clear out of the fridge too, lots of salad and veg bits that need using up.

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I am making a Bacon, Mushroom, Pepper and Blue Cheese Frittata , delicious, easy and tastes delicious 😊

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I start by frying off chopped spring onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, smoked bacon (only as I have a couple of rashers to use up) – you can use whatever you have, courgettes, Spinach, onions blah, blah blah, the list goes on – just go for it

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In a separate bowl add 8 whole eggs, A splash of double cream (or milk) a pinch of salt and pepper, whisk with a fork till blended then add the Veg and bacon mix, stir through.

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Add to this some chopped flat leaf parsley, and diced Aldi Gorgonzola cheese (any cheese will do) – gently stir through, and wait till the Frittata starts to pull away from the edges of the pan and starts to firm.

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Pop under a hot grill till cooked through.

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When done, remove from the grill and leave to cool for 5 minutes then invert into a plate (please be careful) then turn back over.

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I have used a sad looking half of advacado  to make guacamole mix the advacado with diced spring onion, chopped coriander, chopped tomato, juice of half a lemon, salt, pepper and stir together

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I like mine chunky, but make it how you like it.

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Whilst this is cooking, I boil some new potatoes for Hubby and prepare a lovely salad  for all of us to have.

IMG_4186Grub up, fridge tidier, tummies filled 😇