Japanese Ramen Noodles with Chicken

I’m a huge lover of noodles. A fast and healthy dinner in minutes. A takeaway usually seems a good idea, no washing up and your dinner cooked for you however, if you make your own it’s cheaper, healthier and surprisingly quicker than you think.

So it’s Friday night, log burner on (a cool spring evening in England) in my comfy pants with the telly on. All cosy on the sofa enjoying this delight – Ramen Noodles with Chicken. Absolute bliss!!

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A household favourite now. This is my second attempt this week! I love it! The recipe I found is from BBC Good Food it turned out beautifully! I couldn’t find any seaweed paper so didn’t include this in my garnish. If you manage to try the recipe with the seaweed paper let me know what it’s like.

What a delight! I’ve had seconds already. Let’s just say, a night in is definitely required! Wine at the ready. Feel so relaxed. Don’t forget to slurp up the broth…best part!! Happy slurping.

Stephy xo

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Gnocchi, Tomato and Basil Sauce with Mozzarella

After a long week at work I wanted something tasty and comforting. Although here in England the nights are getting lighter (summer soon!) it’s been a dull, drizzly day. I soon cheered up to find my little niece was staying over so I was in need of a hearty but quick tea to satisfy a famished three year old as well as myself.

Italian food is always a good idea. It’s pronto food!! So here’s what I made;

Gnocchi drenched in tomato and Basil sauce with added mozzarella

Ingredients

500g Ready Made Gnocchi
1 Large White Onion
2 Tins Chopped Tomatoes
1 Handful of Basil Leaves
200g Ball of Mozzarella, in small cubes

Method

Firstly preheat the oven to 180degrees. Chop the onion and fry it for 5mins in a large frying pan. Add the tins of chopped tomatoes and simmer. Season it well with salt and black pepper.

Boil the gnocchi until it is cooked through (little tip, when it is cooked it floats to the top) and then add it to the sauce. Place it in the preheated oven for 15mins topped with the mozzarella cubes.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this and it had the approval of my niece too!! You could do different variations as well by adding bacon or serving it with a meat dish. I had mine with a lovely side salad and bread to mop up the sauce. Bellisimo. Buon appettito x x

Pesto Pasta with Spinach and Broccoli

After all the amazing food I ate in France, along with the many cakes, I have decided to go a little healthier. I believe it is good to have treats so I’ll still be baking cakes but it is lovely to eat colourful foods, fruit and vegetables to make you feel good.

I trawled Amazon for various healthy cook books and I stumbled across this gem ‘The Medicinal Chef’ by Dale Pinnock. His approach to cooking is extraordinary. He uses healthy food but makes it interesting, so you don’t really deprive yourself of anything. Just eat good food that’s healthy.

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The book contains different categories that target certain health issues including;

– Skin
– Heart
– Respiratory System
– Digestive
– Wellbeing
– Mental Health & Nervous System
– Joints & Bones

Within these categories he names health issues and informs you of the best foods to eat for the condition. It’s very interesting and it definitely works.

Here is a recipe taken from the book, a healthy tea, a real crowd pleaser. When I made it everyone had clean plates so it must have been tasty! In the recipe he only adds spinach but I added baby florets of broccoli and found that worked well.

Pesto Pasta with Spinach and Broccoli

Serves 4

Ingredients

– 180g Walnuts
– 50g Fresh Basil leaves
– 2 Garlic cloves
– 1tbsp Flaxseed
– 3tbsp Grated Cheese
– Olive Oil (In the recipe it said 1tbsp I found this was not enough so I probably added 8tbsp or more. Just get it to the consistency you most prefer. I like it quite loose, not too stiff. )
– 350g Spelt Pasta
– 3 Handfuls Spinach
– 100g Broccoli, in baby florets

Method

In a blender blitz the walnuts, fresh basil, garlic, cheese and add the Olive oil gradually to form a paste. I like mine fairly loose but if you like it a little thicker, add less oil.

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When the pasta and broccoli are cooked drain them and put them back in the pan mixing through the pesto and add the spinach to wilt it down.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Check out Dale Pinnock cracking chef, proving we can eat healthy but tasty appetising food.

Stephy x

Brasserie Georges, Lyon

Brasserie Georges is in the heart of Lyon city centre, conveniently situated near the train station. It was established in 1836, building an excellent reputation for first class service and gourmet food. A friend recommended this restaurant to me; what a recommendation.

Whilst in France of course, I sampled multiple patisseries and boulangeries but not eaten out in a traditional, historic restaurant. I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to visit Brasserie Georges.

We booked a table, as you can imagine it is very popular, so it gets busy. We were greeted by kind, attentive staff and were seated promptly. The menu was excellent with traditional French dishes, some local to the area and more less adventurous dishes – basically pleases all diners.

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The menu was written in French and English, this made it much easier!

I ordered a Sirloin Steak (rare) with dauphoinse potatoes, a pepper sauce and green beans. Of course, a glass of red wine to accompany the meal.

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The dauphoinse potatoes were trés bon! I was very chuffed with the portions too; very generous!

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Of course, bread to mop the plate of the sauce. My plate was clean by the time I had finished. ‘Compliments to the chef.’

As the meal was large I didn’t want a huge dessert but craved something sweet to finish the meal off. I ordered a café gourmand which is an espresso with a selection of small pastries. Perfection!

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A tasty end to an exquisite meal. Mercì beaucoup Brasserie Georges!

If you’re ever in Lyon, sorry correction; when you are in Lyon, as you must visit, please, please go to Brasserie Georges to experience good food, good wine and good service! Viola.

Stephanié x x

Mega Sandwich- Chicken , Avocado and Rocket

One of the many pleasures in life is a proper sandwich to keep you fuelled through the day. I’ve become a little obsessed with avocados recently. I think I’ve been watching too much Nigella, as I know she is a huge fab of them and cooks regularly with them.

I love their marbled pea green colour, very vivid and a healthy food, high in good fats. I was struggling to think of how to use them other than for guacamole and then I thought how about as a sandwich filling?

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It was so delicious!!!! Mmmmmm….
I used a chunk of ciabatta bread, cut it in half length ways and put in my avocado (not mashed but still quite chunky) well seasoned with a hint of cayenne pepper for a kick. Next I added sliced cooked chicken and a good handful of fresh rocket. You could even add mayonnaise if you wanted.

It was sooooo tasty and now a favourite sandwich filling. Great to enjoy yourself or for packed lunches and lunch guests. A heathy, guilt-free option.

Enjoy! Stephy x x

Paella and Tapas Meal

Having travelled to the Canary Islands I have fallen in love with Spanish food. Although I’ve never been to mainland Spain (on my long list of places to visit) I thoroughly enjoyed the seafood dishes and of course, tapas. A friend found a guitar in a corner of the restaurant and just started playing a tune – even though it had a string missing! Hehe. What an atmosphere. We had an absolute scream. The staff were great and it really made the place come alive.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and lovely, warm welcome on arrival. Not a huge restaurant but big enough for a large party to be catered for. The decor was very Spanish, with terracotta colours and a two fab art designs of a black bull and a flamenco dancer…a real feast for the eyes.

We ordered tapas including, calamari, chorizo, king prawns in a garlic sauce and homemade bread with allioli. We enjoyed sangria to wash it all down…..yummy!

The star of the show though was the paella! It was absolutely fabulous, piping hot served straight from the pan. (The best bits were the chunks of rice stuck to the bottom of the pan, crispy and packed with flavour.) It contained meat, chicken, and fish, so it had the best of both worlds and it was such a crowd pleaser.

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Lovely meal with my family. 🙂

We were so full afterwards, didn’t have room for dessert. Churros is a must next time, dipped in chocolate sauce.

Highly recommend this place and it had definitely inspired me to get creative in the kitchen. I’ll be on the look out for a Spanish cookery book – to add to my ever growing collection. Well you never can have too many books.
Even better hopefully go back to the Canary Islands or even visit mainland Spain someday.

My Review
RATING: 9/10
ADDRESS: Espanol Restaurant, 4 Queens Square, Poulton-le-Fylde, England.
COMMENT: Muy buena comida.

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Jamie Oliver’s Cypriot Chicken

What a glorious day it is today; perfect weather to be cooking up summery food; no more pies and puddings.

I was flicking through my ever growing selection of cookery books and found this delightful recipe for Cypriot Chicken by Jamie Oliver taken from his 30 Minute Meals book. It was surprisingly quite simple. Although I’d never made it before, it turned out lovely.

Jamie Oliver pan fried his chicken completely but just to ensure it was cooked through I finished mine off in the oven. Plus my chicken breasts were larger than his so they took longer to cook.

It was really tasty and had the flavours of being on holiday. Yummy! A really summery dish for a gloriously sunny day – give this one a try.

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Cypriot Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients

Small Bunch of Flat Leaf Parsley
Small Bunch of Fresh Basil
1 Jar of Sun-dried Tomatoes in Oil
Garlic
Feta Cheese
Lemon Zest
4 Chicken Breasts
Fresh Rosemary

Method

I chopped the herbs, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, feta and lemon zest.

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Then I mixed them all together and stuffed into the chicken.

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I pan fried them in a hot pan to gain some colour and finished in a hot oven, to ensure they were cooked through.

I served it with Nigella Lawson’s New Orleans Coleslaw from her Nigella Express cook book. Find the recipe here.

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It was such a cracking meal, a real summery dish…more to come. Roll on summer!!!! 🙂
Have a good weekend everyone.

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