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

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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Delectable Dinner

Just had to share this lovely meal I had. It isn’t dead fancy or ‘posh’, just simple home cooking, really delicious and comforting.

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Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Mozzarella, Potato Wedges, Onion Rings, Roasted Vegetables and a Corn on the Cob

For dessert;

Tangy Tarte au Citron served with.....Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream!

Tangy Tarte au Citron served with…..Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream!

This dish is such a crowd pleaser and can easily be made with food from the cupboard. I’ll definitely be making this again.

Not forgetting an important part of the meal though…..

A Bottle of Red Wine 😃

A Bottle of Red Wine 😃

Sublime Sunday Feast

I’ve just enjoyed the perfect Sunday afternoon; family, a food feast and fun!

Sunday Dinner

We have enjoyed a roast chicken with lemon and herbs, cous-cous with cumin and chilli and vegetables, potatoes with rosemary, baked tomatoes, broccoli (you have to have your greens!), corn on the cobs with butter and a green salad with cucumber, onion, olives and cheese. 😃

If that wasn’t enough, we had a toffee and pecan roulade with strawberries and cream ice cream. Awesome!!

Wish I could live like this everyday!!

Hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend. 💋

Pasta and Meat Sauce

There’s nothing more comforting to me than a big bowl of pasta after a long day. Lovely served hot with garlic bread or delicious with a simple side salad.

I’m not professing this dish matches how the Italians make it, but it’s great as a quick supper. This is one of my favourite Italian dishes due to its simplicity and comfort factor. There is no comparison but it reminds me of some fabulous pasta and meat sauce I ate whilst I was in Italy last summer, sublime. This is my attempt at recreating that…….trying to anyway!! 😃

Pasta and Meat Sauce

Pasta and Meat Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients

500g Good Quality Beef Mince

1 Onion, peeled and chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

2 Tins Chopped Tomatoes

Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped

300g Tagliatelle

Method

Heat a large, heavy based frying pan. Add some oil and fry the onion for a few minutes. Add the garlic and meat and cook until the meat is slightly coloured. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 20mins. Season generously with salt and black pepper.

Meat Sauce Simmering

Meat Sauce Simmering

Cook the pasta in boiling, salty water.

When the pasta is cooked add the basil leaves to the meat sauce and stir through. Serve the pasta and meat sauce and top with grated Parmesan. Buon appetito! 😃