Cajun Chicken Sandwich

It might not sound all that impressive but this sandwich is amazing. I made it for dinner on Sunday and served it with some sweet potato chips. Surprisingly enough, it was one of the nicest things I have had in ages and it really isn’t difficult.

  • Chicken breast
  • Cajun spice
  • Cucumber, tomato and salad leaves
  • Ketchup
  • Tsp mayonaise
  • Tsp natural yoghurt
  • Bread slices

Cover the chicken in the cajun spice and cook either in a griddle pan or in the oven. Mix the mayo and natural yoghurt together. Once the chicken is cooked, cut into slices. Place in the bread along with the salad, a squirt of kethup and the mayo/yoghurt mix. Enjoy!


Easy One Pot Meals: Lentil and Fish Coconut Dhal

So this is another one of those meals that I made sort of following a recipe and sort of just chucking things in the pan because there was stuff in the fridge that REALLY needed eating – as so often happens when I cook! Off the top of my head, this is what I put in and what I did. I assure you, whilst it may sound like a kind of muddled dish it was actually very tasty.

  • 75g red lentils
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 fillet of white fish, tore into chunks
  • 1/2 can of chick peas
  • 1/2tsp ground ginger
  • 2tsp ground cumin, ground coriander and mild curry powder
  • 1/2tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2tsp turmeric
  • 1 tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1/2tsp umami paste
  • 50ml coconut milk
  • salt and pepper

To make it up, fry the onions with the spices and umami paste for a few minutes until they have gone soft. Add the tomato and lentils along with 300ml water. Once that has started to boil, bring the temperature down and add the fish and the chick peas. Season and leave over a low heat for around 15-20 minutes. Check the fish is cooked through and add the coconut milk. Leave for 2 minutes or so and then serve hot.

Nice and easy, nice and tasty. Keeping it over a low heat should stop the lentils from sticking but you may want to go and have a peak around 10 minutes in just to make sure. Enjoy!

Welcoming the Year of the Rooster!

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese new year! Whilst far from an expert on Chinese food and culture, I can honestly say that my family and I are partial to a good Chinese any day. I wish I could go in to London to be around for the celebrations that I am sure will be going on but, because I can’t, I am instead going to celebrate by sharing with you a couple of my favourite, inspired dishes:

  • Pork Stir fry – there is something about this combination of ingredients that reminds me of a dish I have eaten somewhere else, but I still can’t place. I’ve tried, honest, I just have no idea where I have eaten this before! Even so, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying this. For one person use: 1tsp ginger, 1tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2tbsp rice wine, 1/2 tbsp umami paste, 1tsp sesame oil, 1/2tbsp honey. Mix these together, marinade the pork in it for at least 2 hours (for me alone, I use probably about 75g-100g of meat) and then just chuck it all in to a pan with some veggies. Serve with noodles or rice.
  • Chicken and Mushroom – it’s funny, I don’t really eat mushrooms but this is almost always my favourite dish from our local takeaway. I don’t eat the mushrooms they put it in either, but I just love the gentle flavour to the sauce. For one person use: 1tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2tsp sesame oil, 1tsp rice wine, pinch of sugar, 70ml chicken stock. Fry some chicken, onion and carrot together for a few minutes (and mushrooms if using them!) then when the chicken starts to brown add in the combination of sauces. Let the stock reduce down a little bit then serve with rice or noodles. Easy.

I hope you enjoy these recipes! Have a great day!

Easy One Pot Meals – Couscous Royale

I have said before that one of my favourite things about being on holiday in France is their cute little pots of sauce and couscous. Well, I finally got around to making my own version of the Couscous Royale and it is (in my opinion) just as good, if not better, than the one we get from the supermarket. To make the sauce you basically just chuck everything in to a pot and then leave it to simmer away! Serve it with couscous (which literally takes a minute to cook) and you’re off! This is for one person but should easily do two portions anyway. Even so, you can double or even triple things up and then freeze the sauce for a rainy day (so long as the meat was fresh when you made it).

  • chicken thigh (meat taken off the bone)
  • 75g beef, cubed
  • 1 chorizo sausage, diced
  • 1/2 carrot, diced
  • small white onion, diced
  • 1/2 courgette, sliced
  • 1/2 tin of chickpeas
  • 1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp coriander

Fry the onions and beef cubes for around 5 minutes. Add everything else in to the pan and leave over a low heat for 20-30 minutes. Serve with couscous and French bread.

Easy One Pot Meals: Texan Hash

This is a dish that I have been eating for quite a long time with my family. Now, it is a slight departure from a one pot meal but it is something that once you’ve done the first step you can just leave in the oven. Serve it with some salad (we often have cucumber, tomato, cold sweetcorn and cold new potatoes when we have it as a family, but for one person just use whatever you feel comfortable with!)

  • 75g rice
  • 1/2 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2tsp chilli powder
  • 75g mince

Fry the mince and onions together then when the mince has browned transfer to an oven proof dish. Add everything else into the dish, mix it up and cover with tin foil. Leave to cook for around 30-40 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the liquid and is cooked. How easy is that.

New Year, New Me?

The holidays are over and everyone has their resolutions all sorted and ready to break – I mean, try hard to keep… I normally tell people I don’t do resolutions and, to be honest, it is generally true. I set myself daily, weekly and monthly goals instead because I find those far more realistic than one big goal like lose a stone or go to x-place or do y-thing. Realistically, if I want to do something I don’t need to have it looming over my head to remind me. I’ll generally do it anyway. (FYI, none of my goals this year include losing weight. Not that you really care but I am happy as I am and know that eating as I do I will continue to stay this weight for the foreseeable future)


January’s PDF Recipe – slow cooked beef stew

So, is there a new me in sight? I very much doubt it. But, there is a new thing in store for all of you! Each month I am going to put up a PDF recipe of something that I think is really suited to that month. So, the January recipe is slow cooked beef stew. When I made it, I kinda forgot to write down exactly how much of what I was using (I have a tendency to do that…) so this is as best as I can remember it. I hope you enjoy it! Share it with your friends and let me know what you think!

I don’t have much else to share, other than this; As usual, when I came back to university I did a huge shop to basically set me up for most of the term. I got a lot of meat and a lot of vegetables so my freezer drawer is currently packed like the tightest game of Tetris ever played. Since coming back, I’ve made myself 2 separate types of curry, chili con carne and beef stew. I also plan on making a sweet potato tagine but there is NO room to keep it at the moment, so that’s been put on a back bench. I also cleaned and chopped up a kilo of chicken, 6 chicken thighs, mince, 300g of pork and 500g of bacon. I’m sure there is something else in the freezer too but it is a little to packed for me to fancy going and digging through it!

I also came back to uni with a very exciting new addition to the kitchen – a bread maker! My first attempt failed ever so slightly (read the instructions properly, kids) but the second was amazing and I ate the last of it today. After a few days it still tasted great and I can’t wait to set my next loaf on – waking up to the smell of fresh bread is indescribably amazing!

Not a lot else to share other than, if you have time, go and see Moana! It’s a great film and the soundtrack has been circling around my head now for weeks. If it wasn’t so good it would be quite annoying to have it stuck in my brain but I love it so there! Yeah… Have a great day!

Easy One Pot Meals: Pork and Apple Casserole

15327561_1427857493904731_1528281800_nMy second recipe in my easy one pot meals, I have for you today a pork and apple casserole. This is a really great dinner that you can prep quickly and then just leave in the oven for half hour as it cooks. I know that in the picture it looks a tiny bit anaemic but it is the taste that matters and this really is a fab tasting dinner.

For my version, I used pork loin which I bought months ago, cut up and froze in portions. Pork loin is cheap and tasty, which makes it perfect for students! I also used a gala apple, but I reckon any red apple would work.

  • 175g pork, cubed
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 small red apple
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sprinkle of Mixed herbs

Preheat the oven at 180C. Put the pork, onion and apple into a casserole dish.

Sprinkle the flour over the contents of the dish and toss together to make sure it is all covered. Season with salt and pepper and add the mixed herbs.

Pour the stock in and cook for 30-35 minutes or until the pork is cooked.

Tada! Easy peasy. I think next time I make it I will add in some leeks just for an extra set of veggies but do with this what you want and let me know what you think! Have a go and have a great day!