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.

 

 

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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Bacon Wrapped stuffed Chicken Breast Asparagus and Poached Egg

It’s the end of my paid working week, and I am blooming hungry – the low carb thing is going well, but I forgot to take my lunch 😳 But my jeans already feel a bit more comfortable – I never weigh, I go by what I can fit into 🤣

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Tonight I am making Herbed cheese stuffed Chicken Breast wrapped in smokey bacon, Asparagus and Poached egg for me – jacket spuds and salad for the men.

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I started by defrosting 3 Iceland frozen chicken breasts – they are huge 😆

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I carefully make a ‘pocket’ in each one,

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add a 3rd of a pack of Herbed soft cheese. (I love this Aldi cheese 😋)

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Lay 3 or 4 bacon rashers out – depending on the size of your breasts (no sniggering at the back 🤣)

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place the Chicken ‘pocket’ side up onto the bacon, carefully wrap each Breast

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pop into a lined ovenproof tray.

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These can be cooked in a hot oven (180) for approx 30 minutes, till cooked through.

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I am steaming the Asparagus whilst the egg poaches, I use the Thermomix like I did Here

If you didn’t know, if you bend the Asparagus spear, it will break where the most tender part starts – don’t throw the ends, freeze and add risottos, soups etc

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the jacket spuds for Hubby and youngest spend 10 minutes in the microwave before going in with the chicken, on a separate tray for 30 minutes.

IMG_3972Serve up with the Asparagus first with the Poached egg sat on top next to the delicious chicken – a proper hunger killer 😍

 

Youngest is working 12 hr shifts for the next 4 days, so I have made his work food too.

Breakfasts – Greek Yoghurt and a little pot of granola
Lunches – Chicken salad wraps or Ham salad rolls
Dinners – Chicken Tikka and rice or ginger chicken and vegetable Cous Cous
Loads of fruit etc too

What would he do without me 🙄

Kerala King Prawn Coconut Curry and Cauliflower Rice

The weather has turned yuk, the wind was so strong last night I thought our house was going to be doing a ‘Dorothy’ from Wizard of Oz 🤣

Anyway, I want something warming and I found This Recipe on BBC food, and thought it looked good.

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I start by defrosting Iceland King Prawn, they take a few hours , or overnight in the fridge.

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When defrosted, drain and mix in the juice of half a lemon, and leave to marinate whilst you make the sauce.

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I am using my trusty Thermomix, but as the link shows it’s easy to make without 🙃

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Into the Thermomix bowl, I add a halved, peeled medium onion, 3 fat, peeled cloves of garlic, a peeled inch of fresh ginger

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whizz these at speed 9 for a few seconds, scrape down the bowl

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then add the stalks and a few of the leaves of a bunch of coriander and whizz again for 2-3 seconds at speed 4, scrape down again.

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Heat a little veg oil in a heavy bottomed pan, then scrape the onion/garlic mix into the land and gently cook till softening.

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Add a half teaspoon of turmeric, 6 cardamom pods, a teaspoon on cinnamon and enough chilli powder to please your palate

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Stir though and continue to gently cook.

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Add a can of coconut milk, stir in and cook again for a few minutes, till slightly reduced

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season to taste.

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Add the prawns, and cook for a few minutes till the prawns are pink and plump and just cooked through.

Whilst your sauce is cooking, make the Cauliflower rice.

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Now, if you have never heard of this, you must have been in hiding – I wasn’t convinced when I first heard about it- but it works, with a decent curry sauce, you really can’t tell the difference to actual rice 😊

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This is mega easy to make, take about 1/4 of a small/medium cauliflower per person and either grate,

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or put into a food processor and whizz for a few seconds till the Cauliflower looks like – you guessed it – rice!!!! 🤗

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I then pop the Cauliflower rice into a microwaveable dish and cook for 2 minutes, Stir though, and that’s it – ready to serve

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A spoonful or 2 of the cauliflower rice, topped with the creamy Prawn curry and a sprinkle of fresh coriander to finish 😇

I love Prawn curries, and will choose that above almost anything else on a menu – perfect midweek treat.

 

 

 

Smoked Haddock, Poached Eggs over Mashed Potato with Hollandaise Sauce

I hope those of you in the UK are enjoying the long weekend- we spent yesterday doing, well, nothing special – we just relaxed Hubby pottered in the garden, I grumped over the amount of summer clothes that I couldn’t wear 😎

Today needs to be a little more productive – washing done and out on the line between the showers, house vacuumed and tidied and dinner planned.

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As its just the 2 of us, I have defrosted some Iceland Smoked Haddock and will have with Poached eggs over a little mashed potato with a hollandaise sauce. I got the idea from Great British Chefs, but have changed it a lot 😉

Before you throw your hands up in horror, I don’t do low fat, at my peak fittest (and slimmest) I was on a high protein way of eating, so that’s what I plan to do – I am mourning the loss of bread already ☹️

My beloved Thermomix comes into play, but you can obviously make Poached eggs and Hollandaise the traditional way.

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To start I cut and mashed 2 medium potatoes, mainly for Hubby – I am sure you don’t need me to tell you how to boil spuds 😉 I made these in my chefs pan, then popped into a plastic tub to reheat in the microwave for a couple of minutes before plating up.

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In the same pan add a tablespoon of butter and 200ml milk, lay the smoked haddock fillets in skin down and gently bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.

IMG_3817In one Thermomix jug add 4 egg yolks (save the white for meringue) 160g unsalted butter, the juice of half a lemon and a little salt and pepper – put the whisk attachment in and set aside for when the next stage is complete.

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I heat 2 Litres of water in the Thermomix to heat 70, speed 3 – when upto temperature pop eggs into the rice basket and cook at heat 70, speed 3 for 10 minutes. These can be cracked like you would raw eggs on top of whatever you are serving and you will have perfect Poached eggs – so easy…..

Remove when done and immediately put the egg mix on for 8 minutes, heat 90 speed 3 for the hollandaise. Here is a Link to the recipe I use

Heat the Mash, de-skin the smoked Haddock and pop onto a plate. Now, all hands on deck to plate up.

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A spoon or 2 of mash – Topped with the fish fillets

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The Poached eggs ‘cracked’ onto the fish

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Finished off with a spoon of Hollandaise.

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It isn’t the prettiest dish, but it is delicious – this is Hubby’s plate, mine was fish with egg and a little sauce 😉