Friday, 20 May 2016

Tortilla pizza

These are so easy and delicious.

Tortilla pizza

Tortilla wraps (any size)
Grated cheese either mozzarella or a mixture of mozzarella and strong cheddar
Pizza sauce or tomato puree or use some barbecue sauce or salsa for a change
A selection of whatever you like on pizzas so pepperoni, mushrooms, chopped peppers, chopped chilli, ham, pineapple, tuna, prawns, tomatoes, bacon, chicken, olives
Dried oregano
A dash of olive oil

To make
Spread your tortilla wrap out on a baking tray.
Spread on the sauce of your choice.
Sprinkle on the ingredients of your choice.
Sprinkle the cheese over the top
Sprinkle the oregano over the top of the cheese.
Put a few drops of olive oil over the cheese.

Pop into a hot oven about 200C for literally a few minutes (check everything is piping hot). You really must watch this because it can cook so quickly.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Spanish Chicken

The inspiration for this dish came from the Hairy Bikers. I adapted (as you do) to make it even more delicious. This is a very healthy low fat dish.

Serves 4 people

You will need:

8 chicken thighs (skinless and boneless) although any chicken pieces will do really.
500g potatoes (I used a mixture of sweet potato and new potatoes)
3 onions
10 cloves of garlic
75g chorizo
1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1/4 pint of chicken stock
1 tin of tomatoes
10 cherry tomatoes
1 pepper ( I used yellow and red because they were quite small)
Black pepper
Spray oil

Turn the oven to 200C

Spray the baking tin with spray oil
Chop the potatoes into chunks and add to a large baking tin.
Quarter the onions and toss them in too.
Throw the garlic in unpeeled.
Pour in one tin of tomatoes and add the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
Put this into the oven for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes take out the tin.
Peel and slice the chorizo into thin slices and add to the potatoes.
Put 2 or 3 slits into the chicken thighs and put them on top of the potatoes and chorizo.
Sprinkle the oregano and smoked paprika over everything.
Put back into the oven for 20 minutes.
Take out of the oven and add 1 quarter of a pint of chicken stock and sprinkle the Sliced pepper over the top.
Turn the oven up to 220C and ut back into the oven for about 20 minutes until the chicken and potatoes are cooked.
Serve with crusty bread.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Pork pie

I love pork pie and find it is one of those things I buy especially around Christmas time. It's a treat and delicious with pickles and chutneys. I decided this year to have a go and make my own. I used a combination of recipes to create something I think would be just perfect for ease of making and for taste.

Preheat the oven to 180 C
250g of smoky streaky bacon (you need the fat for this recipe)
Approximately 1200g total of minced pork (I used a combination of 20% fat and 5%fat) to get that mixture of lean and fatty meat.
A good tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme,
Half a teaspoon of mace
A tablespoon of chopped fresh sage
A good teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper.
Half a teaspoon of white pepper.

Chop the bacon up into small pieces and add to the minced meats along with sage, thyme, salt, pepper and mace. Get your hands in and mix it all together. That is your filling! If by some chance it won't all fit into your pie tin then form into burgers and pop into the freezer. They will fry up lovely at a later date.

Hot water crust pastry
200g of lard
220g of water
575g of plain flour
A good pinch of salt

1 beaten egg for sticking and glazing

A 7 inch cake tin or thereabouts (the pie will be huge!) you could perhaps use 2 x 1lb loaf tins although I haven't tested this. Grease and flour the tin ready for use. Use a loose bottomed tin so that it is easy to remove the pie from the tin when cool.

Pop the water and lard into a pan and melt. When melted through and brought up to bubbling point tip into the flour and mix with a wooden spoon. Mix until you have a smooth dough and then tip out onto a worktop. Now it will be hot so be careful! Allow it to cool a little but not too much. Cut off a quarter of the dough and put to oneside. Using the rest of the pastry pop it into the bottom of the cake tin and with your fingers/knuckles press it all over and up the sides of the tin. It is a bit fiddly and you must avoid any tears in the pastry.

Pile the filling into the pastry. It is amazing how much will go in. Press it down firmly. Then roll out the remaining quarter of pastry and make a lid. Brush egg all around the rim and seal it tightly. You really don't want any leaks. You will be putting some jelly once it is cooked. You can decorate the lid with any trimmings. You will now need a steam hole in the top. I just used straw to poke the hole.

Pop into the oven at 180C for 30 minutes to begin with and then reduce the heat to 160C Bake for 90 minutes. Take it out of the oven and then brush the top with the remaining beaten egg. Put back into the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown. Take out of the oven and leave to cool off a bit in the tin.

It might look a bit mess on the top. You cannot avoid the meat juices escaping out of the steam hole and running over the lid then evaporating but it adds to the charm and rustic appeal of this wonderful pie.

Now you need to make some jelly to fill the pie.
I used Dr Oetker gelatine sachets. One sachet sets a pint of liquid. I made a pint of chicken stock with a good quality stock cube and followed the instructions on the gelatine sachet.

Now this is the tricky bit. Filling the pie with as much stock as you can get in. Clear the hole with the straw and use a funnel to very carefully add the stock. You might need to do this over a period of time. Allow the stock to sink and then add a bit more. Try and get as much as you can in. 

Leave the pie to cool and then pop it out of the tin and pop into the fridge overnight to allow the gelatine to set.

You will have the most delicious pie that will feed loads of people.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Pulled pork

2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Shoulder joint of pork

Take the rind off the pork. Mix all the ingredients together and rub all over the pork. Leave to marinate overnight. Next morning place in the slow cooker and cook on high for approximately 7 hours or until the pork is soft and flakes easily.

Flake the pork with two forks. Serve with wraps, grated cheese, salsa, jalepenos, sour cream and salad.