Meat Free Monday Fluffly Cheese Omelettes Low Carb and Lush

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

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Wedges for the Men, Salad for me 馃槉

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 馃槣聽The Aldi extra strong is just right 馃憤

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 馃槈

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. 聽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…. 聽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 馃槆

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 馃構

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Still too warm for a traditional roast, so I will make Pan fried, Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops聽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?

 

Cocktail Hour 馃嵏 Aldi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Frozecco 馃嵐

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 馃構

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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 拢7.99, to me it tastes as good as any Champagne 馃聽They asked me to try one of their Cocktail recipes ‘Frozecco’ 聽馃嵐

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Frozecco聽

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

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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 馃槣

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聽A White Lady聽and聽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 馃ぃ

 

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聽馃槉

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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 聽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 聽for all of us to have.

IMG_4186Grub up, fridge tidier, tummies filled 馃槆

 

 

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 馃槙聽Hey Ho, am back to my usual happy self today 馃

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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聽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 馃様

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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 馃槏聽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 馃檭

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)聽Add a teaspoon of dark soy sauce

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3/4 jar of peanut butter

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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 馃槈

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 馃槏

The men had Wraps and salad.