Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Was really good and totally different to what I normally cook!
400g lean mince beef
2 finely chopped onions
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 peeled and grated parsnip
1 peeled and grated carrott
5cm of grated fresh ginger (I just used a pinch of dried stuff)
1 tbsp of finely grated lemon zest (I just used some lemon juice)
1 tbsp garam masala
60g of sultanas
100ml beef stock
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoons of mild curry powder
15g of flaked almonds
Pre-heat oven to 180C / 160C for fan / Gas Mark 4
Heat a large non-stick frying pan frying pan and add beef, stir frying over a high heat until browned
Add the onions, garlic, parsnip, carrot, ginger, lemon, garam masala and sultanas and cook for 3-4 minutes(until veg soften). Add stock and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Spoon the mixture into four individual dishes and place on a baking tray. Alternatively place in one dish pressing mixture down firmly and smoothing the top
In a jug, beat the eggs, butter milk, and curry powder together and season. Pour over mince mixture (making sure to divide it evenly if spread over indiviual dishes). Scatter almonds over the dishes. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set on top. Serve immediately
Edited to add recipe
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Paella with chizoro - Serves 4
15mins prep, 35 mins to cook
Low fat cooking spray
200g chicken breasts, cut into chunks
25g chizoro, diced
250g mixed seafood
1 green pepper, sliced and de-seeded
1 red pepper, sliced and de-seeded
1 onion - sliced
2 crushed garlic cloves
400g can of chopped tomatoes with herbs
450 ml chicken stock
175g dried paella / Arborio rice
Season / Garnish:
Salt, black pepper
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
Spray a large non-stick frying pan with the spray and heat until hot. Add chicken and stir fry until browned (5 minutes). Remove chicken and set aside.
Spray pan again and add onions and peppers. Cook for 3 minutes and and then add the garlic, chizoro and a small splash of water. Cook for a further 2 minutes and then stir in rice, tomotoes, stock, and chicken. Turn heat down to simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes (until the rice is tender), stirring occasionally.
Add the seafood and cook until hot (about 5 minutes, or longer if frozen). If becoming dry add a little extra stock or water.
Season and serve with the parsely.
Really yummy and filling!!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Blue (and gold) - My darling son in his Tipp jersey. It's a good job I bought the 6-12 month size or he'ld have grown out of it before the league even started. He's really grown in the last 4 months - the first one was taken while we were still in hospital and the second one today ! There's 17 weeks in the difference to the day.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Orange - Pureed sweetpotato! Meet my mini-blender, my best friend now we are weaning Conor. I spent the morning pureeing 9 different fruits and veg. My steamer decided it had had enough and died half way through so had to back to the old fashioned method on a saucepan. Still the freezer drawer is now full!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I'm a divil for cooking the same things over and over (legacy of a childhood where mammy would always say - oh you wouldn't like it ). I made a huge effort to change this when I did weight watchers to lose the weight for my wedding so now I'm back in again I'm going to try and make at least one new recipie every week. This was my first meal - an Italian one pot lamb meal from the plan. It wasn't bad but not something I think I'll be cooking regularly.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Some what related to yesterday's photo, this is a photo of my weight watchers gold card - I got it the week I found out I was pregnant. Have been back since Conor was six weeks but did a lot of damage over Christmas so it's time to seriously get my arse in gear and get back to my goal weight of ten stone. That leaves 2.5 stone to lose. I'ld love to have it lost before I have start paying for classes again but that's a pipe dream (35 pounds in 10 weeks) so I'm settling for losing it and having my maintainance done in time for my first wedding of the summer season in June.
Monday, January 3, 2011
This time last year I was as fit as I had been in a long time - one honeymoon and a pregnancy later I'm no where near that level. So it's time to get my walking shoes (well runners) on again, charge up my iPod and get out there.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Well if I'm going taking 365 unique shots I guess my first resolution has to be to take more photos. First picture had to be of my darling son. Going to retake this shot a few times during the year just to see if Conor or the hippo is growing faster!