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.

 

 

Prawn Cocktail British Classic Eat the Rainbow Salad

I am of an age where I remember most restaurants serving a selection of 3 starters, half a grapefruit with half a cherry on top, a glass of orange juice or a prawn cocktail.  Although the 1970’s British menu was a thing of derision, in retrospect, done well, we had some classics, who doesn’t love a Black Forrest Gateaux or a Steak Dianne 😉

A delicious, but updated version of one of these ’70’s Classic inspired our dinner tonight – a King Prawn Cocktail – Eat the Rainbow Salad 😍

IMG_4052I have defrosted half a bag of Iceland king prawns, mine were raw, so once defrosted,

IMG_4053I plunged them into boiling water for a couple of minutes, till their blue grey turns a beautiful pink,

IMG_4054then straight into chilled water to stop them cooking further

IMG_4055drain and set aside in the fridge till ready.

IMG_4059My salads comprise of Aldi Super6 Romaine lettuce, Red peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, radish as well as celery, grated carrot, Sweetcorn   – cut and pile into a bowl.

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For the ‘Marie Rose’ sauce, I take 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, a squirt of tomato ketchup, a shake of tobasco (pepper) sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper – mix together, taste and adjust to your taste. Mix this mayonnaise mix with the king prawns, and add some finely sliced Spring onions.

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Add a generous spoonful of the prawn mix to the salad, serve with a wedge of lemon and (for the menfolk) a buttered bread roll 😍

Light, bright and fresh 😋

Cauliflower Tikka Masala – Meat Free Monday – World Meat Free Day

Monday again, very busy week ahead…. 😏

Anyway, dinner, fancied a curry, so thought I would try Cauliflower Tikka Masala, I found the recipe Here and by pure coincidence they have a lovely video of their trip to the Isle of Wight, so if you are interested in our little piece of the world, do have a look 😊 Its on the right hand side of their page

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Now onto food… the original recipe is for 6 people, so I have halved it and, of course fiddled to use what I have

I am making the sauce with the help of my Thermomix, but this could easily be made with a knife and some patience 😉

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Into the Thermomix bowl, I added a halved, peeled large onion, 2 cloves of peeled garlic, a good inch of peeled ginger, a fat red chilli (I used chilli flakes as didn’t have fresh) and whizzed on speed 8 for 5 seconds, scrape down the bowl and add the stalks and some leave from a bunch of coriander – whizz for another few seconds.

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Into a large pan, add a splash of Veg oil, gently heat, then add the aromatic mixture, stir through till starting to cook.

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Then, add a big blob of tomato purée, 1 teaspoon each of Garam Masala, turmeric and half a teaspoon each of ground coriander, paprika and cinnamon.

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At this point

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add a tin of coconut milk

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Stir together and let it simmer for a few minutes to let it reduce a little – season to taste – I added some lemon juice to brighten the flavours a bit.

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I took a whole Cauliflower and cut into medium-sized florets,

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popped into the sauce to cook through and thicken up 10 minutes or so should do it.

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Serve with whatever you fancy – Poppadums – rice – naan – a big old salad

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I am adding a spoon of Greek Yoghurt (which means it’s no long vegan) and a good dusting of chopped fresh coriander 😍

Chicken, Chorizo and Sweet Potato Tray Bake

I love Sundays, lazy mornings, pottering around the house and garden and something tasty in the oven 😊

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Chicken, Chorizo, Pepper and Sweet Potato tray Bake – all from Aldi (not sponsored post)

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I start by peeling 4 medium sized Sweet Potato’s and chop them into chunks

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I then peel and quarter 4 small white onions (would have like to have used red onions but didn’t have any)

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I bought a bag of ‘wonky’ peppers, mostly red and orange, 6 of these get cut into chunks too.

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Peel the skin off of a Spicy Chorizo ring (adore Chorizo)

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and, again cut into chunks.

IMG_4013A pack of Aldi Chicken Thighs get scattered, skin side up into a large ovenproof dish,

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drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper, add the sweet potatoes, onions and chorizo and sprinkle with a teaspoon of smoked paprika and garlic granules.  Pop this into a preheated oven (190) for about 20-30 minutes

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Stir round and add the chopped peppers, and I chucked in some baby plum tomatoes that needed using.

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Stir through and Back into the oven for another 20-30 minutes till all golden and cooked through.

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Very easy, very tasty and by me not having the sweet potato is still low carb 😊

 

Steak, Fries and Lunch Box Fillers

Hubby is happy pootling around the garden tending his young Veg plants, I am getting us all ready for work tomorrow.

Dinner is simple, steaks with a few Sweet Potato fries (just a couple) for me and jacket potatoes for Hubby, salad with both

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I have put salad in separate box for him

Yougest is working a late shift, 3-10:30, so he will have the Chicken breast BBQ’d yesterday, with new potatoes and salad for lunch, with Tuna Mayo sandwiches, fruit and popcorn for his ‘supper’, Hubby will have same for lunch tomorrow.

I don’t want to turn this blog into a diet blog, so I will just sum up below quickly.

My lunches, as will all of my meals, will be as low carb as possible. Tomorrow’s breakfast (I start very early) will be full fat Greek Yoghurt with a handful of blueberries.

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Lunch will be the remaining tuna mayo with some iceberg lettuce leave to use as a wrap – if anyone is cutting back on carbs, lettuce leaves are a brilliant replacement for sliced bread or rolls 😉 Most meals will be protein and salad, with a few ‘treats’ thrown in ie a square or 2 of very dark chocolate, some fresh berries with a little double cream – high fat, low carb – but not obsessively.

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Now dinner, Muscle Foods Rump Steak on the BBQ – Hubby has a new love, his BBQ 😉

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When it has reached a decent heat, on go the steaks, we like them rare, but as you like it 😋

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Jacket and sweet potato fries in the oven.

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Serve with a salad, I have gone for a spinach, radish and avocado, and a bit of dolcelatte cheese 😉

Fresh berries for pud, with some natural yoghurt 😋