British Classic Mixed Grill – Low Carb Style

For those of you not of our shores, a Mixed Grill is basically a meat fest, a combination of several cuts of meat served on one plate, generally, but not exclusively a piece of Steak, Lamb, Pork, Sausage generally served with a pile of chips, grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and a little salad in an attempt to look healthy 😉

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A few weeks ago I bought these meat packs from Iceland, and at £3.00 each thought they would make a welcome addition to Hubby’s BBQ menu 🙃 Since then the weather has been, well, pants….

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We will be having this cornucopia of meat served with balsamic Slow Cooked tomatoes, padron peppers, homegrown roasted radishes, some Rocket leaves and maybe a jacket potato for Hubby.

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The meat is being BBQ’d by my beloved

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One of the great things about the Low Carb way of eating is that I can continue to eat most of my favourite things (sorry Homemade crusty bread, I still love you) including cheese, eggs and above all meat.  As much as I enjoy Meat Free Monday, I tried living without meat for 6 months several years ago and was lured back by a bacon butty….

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I am also having a sweet treat, by going back to the 70’s and making sugar free orange jelly with tinned mandarin pieces – Aldi do a tin of these, in natural juice for 44p and a block of orange jelly for 32p

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it’s a frugal and tasty way to have a sweet treat for just over 12p a pud (I make 6) 😇

Reminds me of meals with my grandparents – a dribble of condensed milk and I’d be back at their table swinging my legs at the table with pure joy 😊

 

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.

IMG_4139for at least an hour, overnight would be good

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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.

 

 

 

Party Time… 🍸🍹

Just a brief one today, we have been busy getting stuff sorted for the party – I don’t think the queen has this much fuss – I know it’s self inflicted, no sympathy required 😋

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Hubby is on garden duty, the gazebo is up, chairs and tables ready to positioned, electric is available for the DJ boyfriend- neighbors have been warned/invited – thankfully  sadly this will all be over by 10pm at the latest 🤣🤣

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I have been baking, which is lovely on the hottest day of the years so far 🌋

As I said yesterday I use Nigella’s cupcake recipe, it’s simple and tastes great

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for 24 cupcakes I mixed 250g unsalted butter with 250g sugar and a blob of vanilla bean paste, till light and fluffy, add 4 eggs, one at a time to the mix, then add 250g of self raising flour about 1/4 at a time – add a little milk till the mixture is ‘dropping constantly.

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Spoon into the cases, don’t overfill them, half to 3/4 full is enough

IMG_4100Into a preheated oven (200) for 15 minutes, then leave to cool.

 

I made the icing sugar yesterday, the buttercream icing is simple, add 250g unsalted butter to the mixing bowl with a small blob of vanilla bean paste, beat till pale, then carefully add 500g of icing sugar, a bit at a time so it doesn’t look like a snow storm in the kitchen.  You can colour this at this point – I am making 2 batches, one natural, one pale pink.

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Spoon you icing into a large icing bag, with a star nozzle at the end, in today’s heat I popped this into the fridge for 20 minutes to firm a little.

IMG_4106I start with a blob of icing in the middle of each cake, and with a continuous swirl.

Decorate to suit – these are truly easy to make and look lovely, even if I do say so myself – great fun to make with kids 🤗

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The salads are finished off.

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The watermelon sliced and plated.

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The cakes arranged.

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Cocktails are go…

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Hubby is Grill King

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Lets Party……….

 

 

Party Prep 🥂

Tomorrow we are hosting a Birthday BBQ for our Daughter and her friends for her 21st.

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Today is prep day and we have been out shopping, the BBQ meat is from Iceland, as I saved some vouchers especially for this purpose- just the normal Burgers, sausages plus spices Chicken Wings and Tiger Prawns as they are her favourite – we are not going OTT. I have some Field Mushroom and Halloumi for the Veggies 😋

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I also got some frozen Macaron- they are so pretty and taste amazing and at this price I couldn’t make them.

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For a healthy sweet kick, sliced watermelon

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To go with savoury I am making 2 basic salads, one a giant Cous Cous Salad – I boil this in plenty of water for 10 minutes or until tender, drain and pop back into the pan with a good glug of olive oil to keep it from sticking together – I am leaving this to cool, and will add finely sliced spring onion, cucumber, red pepper and a whole pack of chopped coriander and mint, Stir though with salt, pepper and lemon juice till ‘right’

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The other a homemade coleslaw

IMG_4089I make this in the Magimix with the slicing and grating blades – I could make it in the Thermomix, but it Chops the veg and I prefer it sliced – this will be finalised tomorrow.

Instead of a Birthday cake, I am making 21 cupcakes, the base recipe I use is from Nigella’s Domestic Goddess book. These will be made tomorrow.

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I make my own icing sugar in the Thermomix a kilo of icing sugar costs £1.70 on Sainsbury’s website, a kilo of Aldi granulated sugar is 59p

IMG_4067I add 250g of sugar and a teaspoon of cornflour to the Thermomix bowl and whizz at speed 10 for 10 seconds, stop, shake the bowl, and whizz again for another 10 seconds – I pop a sheet of kitchen roll between the measuring cup and the lid to prevent a billow of icing sugar

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Repeat this till the sugar is used – hey presto – a kilo of icing sugar 🤗

I am keeping these simple with pale pink rosette icing with shop bought ‘toppers’

When Grace was tiny, she couldn’t pronounce ‘Grace’ and as everyone called her Gracie, she shortened her own name to Ce-Ce (see-see) that was lengthened to Cupcake – like Families do 🙄  So her birthday cake had to be Cupcakes 😇

IMG_4080For drinks, I said I would provide a toast drink, we are making Strawberry Dachari’s for those who like them from Homemade frozen Stawberry purée , vodka, Lime juice, crushed ice, whizzed up in the Thermomix 😉 Aparently Cocktails are very ‘in’, I personally would prefer an Expresso Martini 😇

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We also have a huge bottle of Prosecco to toast her with – I might even share it with others 🤣 Loads of soft drinks too

I am sure she will have a fab night, they are going onto a night club afterwards – we will be on Cleanup duty then flaking out 🤣 Just one more 21st to go (youngest) then they can arrange their own parties 🤗

Steak and Sunshine Eat the Rainbow Fruit Salad #WorldGinDay 🍸

Ahhh – The weekend – bliss ☺️

Hubby was up early, getting his concreting done to expand the base for the outside sofa area and patio. I will be on food and drink provision duty 😉

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Dinner tonight will be an Iceland Gaucho Steak on the BBQ Griddle – Hubby worn out and I, apparently, have not earned the right to use his new toy as yet 😏

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With Griddled Asparagus and a big old salad.

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Yummy 🙃

IMG_3991Dessert will be a lovely fruit salad, I have a Cantaloupe Melon, Nectarine, strawberries and a Mango to use

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all chopped up and popped into he fridge to chill down – this will be served with a spoon full of thick Greek Yoghurt 😋

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Just look at the colour of this Cantaloupe looks and smells like summer 😇

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Dinner is served…

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Photo from their website (see below)

As it is World Gin Day it would be rude not to take part, so a glass or 3 of our local Mermaid Gin – such a pretty bottle – and tastes amazing 😇 They also do an HMS Victory Gin and a Seasalt Vodka – go and have a look Here

Happy Gin Day 🍸

 

 

 

Spicy Pork steaks Cauliflower Rice Rainbow Salad

Having a ‘doing day’ today, catching up on laundry,, cleaning and some admin for Hubby’s business. Waiting for Youngest to get home around 6 this evening and we will go and vote, Daughter managed to fight through the festival crowds to put her cross in the box this morning.

Needed something quick and simple tonight, so Marinated Pork steaks with a rice salad, mine using the remaining Cauliflower rice from earlier this week.

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I am using these Spicy Pork steaks from Iceland, we did hope to cook them on the BBQ   but I think hubby has jinxed the weather by buying his new BBQ – so apologies 😊

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The steaks will be just grilled.

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The rice salad, is simply a mix of cooked, cooled rice and chopped Veg

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Then finely chop a selection of salad Veg, I am using bell peppers, cucumber, spring onion, tomato and chopped coriander

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Rice version for Hubby and Youngest

Stir this through the rice, adding a little olive oil and lemon juice

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Cauliflower Rice version for me

Season to taste

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