Jack Daniels BBQ Ribs!

Have you ever tasted the most succulent, tender, fall off the bone ribs in a restaurant and wanted to make it at home? Well now you can. I made these today and I can safely say that I had a very happy husband next to me. These ribs were effortless to make and so worth it. They were so tender that I struggled to slice the ribs off to take the picture! The meat was literally falling off the bone. Yes…

It’s a great dish to make when friends are coming over, as you can leave them in the oven to slow cook whilst enjoying a glass of wine with your guests and not be stuck in the kitchen the whole time.

Now this is my recipe, inspired by lots of other recipes and adapted to whatever I had in the house. So you can adapt it too. Put whatever you want on them, there is no right or wrong way of making them. I’m sure they will be delicious no matter what!

Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

2 rack of pork ribs

Dry Spice Rub:

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 heaped tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce: 

100ml Jack Daniels (you can use less or more depending on how much you like it!)

2 tbsp tomato ketchup

2 tbsp brown sauce

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp Tobasco

1 tsp english mustard

1 tsp honey

50ml apple juice

1 tsp smoked paprika

  1. Put all the dry spice ingredients in a pestle and mortar and beat to a fine rub. Use this rub to coat all over the ribs.
  2. Place ribs in an oven tray and cover with foil. Cook in the oven at 160 degrees for 2.5 hours or until soft and tender and cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile make the BBQ sauce. In a saucepan, add all of the sauce ingredients and mix together. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Leave to cool.
  4. Once the ribs are cooked, remove the foil and coat the ribs in the bbq sauce. Place back in the oven (uncovered) for a further 25 minutes until the sauce has cooked and thickened.
  5. Serve with coleslaw or any sides you wish!

Now I’ll admit, my measurements are estimations simply because they are not as important as other recipes. It doesn’t matter if you add a little more tabasco or a little less  apple juice. As long as you stick to the rough quantities then you will end up with a great sauce.

Get the napkins ready, this is a messy dish! Enjoy 🙂

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Hearty Chicken Soup

There is something about a warm bowl of chicken soup on a cold winter Sunday evening that makes you feel like everything is going to be okay. If you are feeling a bit under the weather, or just fancy an easy and tasty soup, then this recipe is for you.

It’s amazing how food can comfort you in many ways, and that comfort food does not always have to be unhealthy lardy dishes. Comfort food can also strike fond memories of your childhood, when your Mum would make you some soup if you are not feeling 100%. That first mouthful warms your insides and suddenly your spirits are lifted slightly, and that bond between mother and child is intensified just that little bit more. Thanks Mum.

So if you feel like making some soup for the soul, or you want to make someone feel a bit better, why not give this a try.

I am not ashamed to say that I took a massive shortcut in this recipe and used a rotisserie roast chicken bought from the supermarket. I love the taste of a rotisserie chicken compared to a home roasted chicken, but of course you can use either.

Ingredients:

1 carrot

1/2 onion

2 garlic cloves

1 chilli

A pinch of ground cumin

Sweetcorn (as much as you like)

1 rotisserie chicken (or any cooked chicken)

1 tbsp cornflour

500ml chicken stock

  1. Dice the carrot and onion and finely slice the garlic and chilli. In a pot, add a little olive oil and place the vegetables in. Sauté gently until softened.
  2. From your roasted chicken, remove the skin and shred some meat from the leg, thigh and wing (this meat is more tender and will not dry out.) Add the chicken to the pan.
  3. Season the ingredients in the pan with sea salt, cracked black pepper and a pinch of cumin.
  4. Add the chicken stock. In a water glass, mix the cornflour with a splash of cold water and then add to the soup to thicken it.
  5. Simmer for a few minutes. Serve with crusty bread.

Tip: I used a chicken stock melt with boiling water as my stock, these can be found in all supermarkets. If not, a stock cube or fresh chicken stock will work too.

I have to say that I like my soup with a little bit of a kick! I believe spice diminishes any nasty germs but maybe that is a myth. If you don’t want the soup to be spicy, leave out the black pepper, chilli and cumin. But I have to say that these are the best ingredients so please don’t blame me if it is bland or boring! :p

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I’m back! Did someone say Halloumi Fries?

Well I think it’s about time that I got this blog back up and running again. It seems as though I let work and well…life get in the way of what I really love to do, and for that I can only apologise. I forgot just how much I love to create my own images and make a big mess in my kitchen. So let’s get started!

A recent trend that I have picked up on is Halloumi Fries. I first tried them in Camden market (click here to see) with friends and I was blown away! Ever since then I have been wanting to make them at home so here it is.

Now I must mention that all the recipes I looked up had fancy spices like sumac and za’atar and pomegranate molasses in it, but unfortunately my kitchen cupboards are not that exotic, and I was too lazy to go out to the supermarket in the snow, so here is my version.

Ingredients:

1 pack x Halloumi

Spices: 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp plain flour

Pomegranate seeds (to garnish)

Plain yoghurt (to garnish)

Chilli flakes (to garnish)

Mint leaves (to garnish)

Oil (to fry)

Method:

  1. Slice the Halloumi into strips, making sure you don’t slice them too thin.
  2. Mix the smoked paprika, oregano, cumin and thyme together and coat the fries. Then coat them in the plain flour. Any left over spices can be mixed together with the yoghurt (optional). Shake off any excess flour.
  3. Deep fry the halloumi until golden brown and crisp. Place on a serving dish.
  4. Drizzle the yoghurt over the fries and garnish with the pomegranate seeds, mint leaves and chilli flakes. Enjoy!

Tip: Dry the halloumi with a kitchen towel before you flavour them, otherwise the moisture from the cheese will spit when frying. I found this out the hard way…

I realise that deep fried cheese doesn’t really fit into the theme of healthy eating in January but life is too short not to indulge now and again. This is one of my favourite recipes and I will defend it with all my might. The salty and crispy cheese paired with sweet pomegranate seeds and mint just creates an explosion in your mouth. A must try! Oh go on…

It feels good to be back. I learnt that you can’t let life get in the way of doing what you really love. For me it’s food photography, but whatever it might be for you, keep it up!

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Peri Peri Chicken Wings!

Yes that’s right…Peri Peri Chicken Wings! We all know and love the famous flavours of peri peri chicken from Nando’s but have you ever tried to make it at home? It’s delicious and cheaper!

Now if the weather was a little bit nicer, I would highly recommend cooking the chicken on the barbecue. But its a bit early for barbecue season so you can still make this in the comfort of your own kitchen. All you need is a grill pan and an oven! I blasted the wings on a very hot grill pan first to get that charred effect that gives great flavour and then whack them in the oven to cook through. Here’s how I made the marinade:

Blend together:

1 chopped onion

4 garlic gloves

2 whole chillies (or more/less depending how hot you like them)

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp oregano

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt and pepper

1 tsp oil

1 handful chopped parsley

Now you can adjust this recipe to suit your taste buds and experiment! Leave the skin on the wings and marinate for a few hours or overnight. Then when you are ready to cook, blast them on the grill pan either side and then cook them through in the oven. Serve with wedges and salad and enjoy!

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Chinese Won Tons

Are you bored of seeing diet recipes all throughout January? Yes me too. There is no reason why healthy food can’t be fun and exciting to cook and eat.

If you have some spare time, why not try making some Chinese won tons? If you are having friends over, they will love it! Also, they are surprisingly easy to make so don’t worry.

You will need to buy some Chinese won ton wrappers from a good supermarket, a Chinese supermarket or online. I filled mine with pork mince but you can fill them with anything you want. Here’s what I did.

First of all you have to flavour your pork mince. Remember there is no strict recipe and you can add any flavours you want. To my pork mince, I added chopped garlic, ginger and chilli,  spring onions, sesame oil, chopped carrots, salt and pepper. Simple!

Then add a small amount of pork mince to the middle of the won ton wrapper, dip your finger in water and spread on the edges of the wrapper. Next, fold one corner to the other (diagonally) and then join the bottom two corners together and press firmly.

Now your won tons are ready to cook. You can steam them or fry them, but I did both! So I got a large pan with a lid on a medium heat and added some sesame oil. I placed the won tons in the pan and let the bottoms fry for a minute or two.

Once the bottom is crispy, add a large splash of water to the pan (be careful here) and then quickly put the lid on. This steams the rest on the won ton and you will be left with a crispy bottom and a soft top. Delicious!

Serve with a soy sauce dip and some vegetables. Its absolutely gorgeous, you have to try this! Go on…

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Winter warming apple crumble :)

I’m not sure about you but I am definitely feeling the cold! Dark mornings and frosty streets tells me that winter is upon us. I don’t mind the winter, as long as I am wrapped up at home with a blanket and a good book 😉

Something else I like during this cold season is a warm comforting dessert on a Sunday evening. Dessert after Sunday dinner is good for the soul, that’s what I think anyway.

Why not try a really simple dessert of apple crumble? Its something that can be whipped up in no time, or something that is good to get the kids involved with. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really use a recipe for this apple crumble because I only wanted to make enough for 3 people.

So all I did was chop up 3 small apples (with the skin left on) and put them in a pan with a knob of butter, a tablespoon of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon and ginger powder. Put the pan on a low heat and stew the apples for a few minutes, not too long though or you will have apple mush. You can add any flavour you want to your fruit, so be creative! I added raisins to mine (doesn’t sound very creative but it tasted lovely). Place the apples in a oven proof dish and place aside.

Then all you need to do is make the crumble mix. You can find lots of recipes online or use equal quantities of flour, sugar and oats, and half the amount of butter. For example, I used 40g of flour, sugar and oats and 20g of butter. Rub all the ingredients together until you have a breadcrumb like consistency and scatter over the fruit mixture. And there you have it! Place the crumble in the oven for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees C.

Serve with either custard or vanilla ice cream. Ooh its yummy! What other combinations do you like?

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Grilled Lime and Chipotle Salmon Tacos

I haven’t disappeared! I realise I haven’t posted anything for a very long time and I think it’s time I made up for that. How about something fresh and exciting? I love making Mexican food, but there is only so many chicken fajitas I can eat. So I thought I would give this a try.

I absolutely love salmon and could possible eat it everyday. So I decided to make soft fish tacos using salmon fillets. I marinated the salmon with rapeseed oil, fresh lime juice, smoked paprika and chipotle paste. You can find this spicy Mexican paste in any supermarket and it has a great smoky flavour to it. And then I placed it on a hot griddle pan and let it cook through. Delicious!

Then its simply about making the different fillings for your tacos. You can make whatever you want but I thought I would try a contrast between dark spicy beans and a light and fresh guacamole and a red cabbage and mango slaw.

For the beans I fried off half a chopped onion and a chopped garlic clove in a frying pan, and then added the black beans (these are already cooked from a packet). I also added a teaspoon of chipotle paste to give it some heat. Apparently black beans are incredibly healthy and have more protein than chicken! Win.

For the guacamole I roughly chopped an avocado, 2 small tomatoes, half a red onion, half a mild chilli, a squeeze of lime juice, coriander, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.

For the red cabbage slaw, I finely sliced red cabbage, added half a chopped mango, a squeeze of lime juice, a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.

I used soft tacos rather than the crispy shells and just heated them up on the hob to make them soft and malleable. And then you are ready to assemble! Top your loaded taco with yoghurt mixed with chipotle paste and spring onions.

It was absolutely delicious and very messy. Not recommended for first dates.

Thanks for reading!

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