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.

IMG_4211Beat 2 eggs, a little salt and pepper and pop onto a plate, another plate of ground almonds or flour, I have added some Oregano to this for flavour, and a third of grated Parmesan cheese.

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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?

 

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 😇

 

 

Steak and Salad Quick and Easy For this Hot Weather

Managed to get some sleep last night, by having all the window open upstairs, and wedging all the doors open, a slight cool breeze flowed over the bed, unlike the previous night, when I got so hot and bad tempered with myself, I took myself off downstairs so Hubby could sleep and surfed the internet till about 3 am, dozed for a while then finally got up at 5 – I do not do well on no sleep, was a bit of a dragon all day 😕 Hey Ho, am back to my usual happy self today 🤗

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Hubby requested Steak and Chips, so that’s what it will be – I grabbed some Iceland Frying steaks out of the freezer last night and popped them into the fridge – I normally buy these steaks for my Mongolian Beef Recipe, but as long as I have the heat high, and the pan smoking they should flash fry well.

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I am oven cooking some Aldi Sweet Potato Fries for the men, these go into a hot (200) oven for 25-30 with a shake about half time.

I lightly oil the steaks with a little olive oil, sprinkle some cracked black pepper on them, then just before the chips are ready, heat a frying pan or Griddle till really hot.

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Throw the steaks on, one at a time, searing, then flip over to sear the other – allow the pan to heat up between steaks.

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I am having mine with Aldi Super6 Lettuce and advacado with some quick blue cheese dressing – half and half mayo and crumbled blue cheese, a squirt of Worcestershire sauce and a squirt of lemon juice with a little black pepper, mix till it’s the constancy you like, done – yum….

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I sliced my steak, just so it’s easier to eat with the Romaine Lettuce.

 

 

Chicken Satay and Lettuce Wraps. Mid Week Meals

Back to work today, which was hard after a lovely 5 day break 😔

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Last night I took out 3 Aldi Chicken breasts from the freezer and defrosted overnight in the fridge. Satay chicken for dinner 😍 I would normally use boneless chicken thighs, but we have had BBQ a lot recently and the breast what what I had left.

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I cut these into large strips

IMG_4137marinated in chilli (as much as you like) 2 crushed cloves of garlic, soy sauce, a squirt of honey and a tablespoon of Veg oil.

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Thread these onto skewers ready to BBQ – you can oven bake or grill just as easily I am just taking advantage of Hubby’s BBQ addiction 🙃

For the Satay sauce I am using the Thermomix but this can be made in a pan, just takes more stirring.

 

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Into the bowl, I add a peeled, halved small onion and a peeled cloves of garlic and a s much Chilli as you fancy, whizz these on speed 4 for 5 seconds, then scrape down the bowl add a tablespoon of Veg oil and cook for 5 minutes, heat 100 speed stir (or finely chop the onion and garlic and sweat off in a pan)

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Add a heaped tablespoon of brown sugar, cook again at heat 100, speed Stir for 3 minutes. (Or add to pan and gently stir till sugar starts to caramelise) Add a teaspoon of dark soy sauce

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3/4 jar of peanut butter

IMG_4143and half a can of coconut milk, at this point it will look revolting and cook for 5 minutes heat 100 speed 2.

This sauce can be adjusted to taste, more soy, more sugar etc and can be cooked down to a thickness you like, or loosened up by adding more coconut milk.

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The Satay sauce keeps well in a jar in the fridge and reheats well. A good dipping sauce for crunchy Veg too 😉

IMG_4146We BBQ the chicken till cooked through then, for Aldi super 6 Romaine lettuce leave to wrap with the chicken and drizzled Satay sauce – I love this sauce – Yummmm….

 

IMG_4147Dinner is served 😍

The men had Wraps and salad.