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Turkey Meatballs and Italian Style Sauce

Turkey Meatballs and Italian Style Sauce, recipe, eat well on universal credit

This Yellow Sticker pack of Turkey Breast mince was £1.29. Probably the least inspiring and dry mince you can get? Well actually not.

Meatball Ingredients:-

750g of Turkey Mince
50g of Gluten free bread, wuzzed into Breadcrumbs
25g of Italian Style hard Cheese, grated
1 Onion, finelt diced
1 Egg, beaten
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp of fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp of fresh (Foraged!) Chives, chopped
1 Tbsp of Milk (Lactose free for us)
2 Tbsp of Margarine
1 Tsp of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to season

Sauce Ingredients:-

1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes + Water
1 Tbsp of Tomato Puree
2 Tbsp of Red Chilli Sauce (Sue’s secret, until I type the recipe up!)
1 Onion, diced
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Tsp of Mixed Dried Herbs
Oil to fry
Salt & Pepper to season

Sufficient Spaghetti to serve two, cooked according to the packet (Gluten free for us)

Method:-

(1) Combine all the Meatball ingredients and roll into small balls.
(2) Heat Oil in a frying pan on a medium heat and fry the meatballs until golden brown on all side and cooked through, turning as required.
(3) In a separate pan add Oil and fry the Onions until softened.
(4) Add the Garlic and fry for a further minute.
(5) Stir in the Tomato Puree, Red Chilli Sauce, mixed Herbs and season with Salt & Pepper.
(6) Add the Tinned Tomatoes and half a Tin of Water and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
(7) Cook the Spaghetti and drain.
(8) Serve the Spaghetti an plates, top with half of your Sauce.
(9) Add the Meatballs and then dress with the remaining Sauce.
(10) Garnish with Grated Italian Style Hard Cheese and fresh Parsley.

It fed both of us, Smooh the Cat and the Foxes. Not bad going and I’m guessing all humans and animals enjoyed it. There was certainly nothing left in the morning!

 

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Thai Cashew Chicken Stir-fry recipe, eat well on universal credit

We had a tub of cooked Glutinous Rice in the fridge, because we cooked far too much the night before! That was the foundation of this dish.

Stir-fry Ingredients:-

200g of skinless Chicken Breasts, sliced
A handful of Cashew Nuts
1 Onion, sliced
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Spring Onions, chopped
1 Chilli Pepper, sliced
Oil to fry
Salt & Pepper to season  

Sauce Ingredients:-

Combine the following:-


1 Tbsp of Oyster Sauce
1 Tsp of Soy Sauce (Gluten free for us)
2 Tsp of Fish Sauce
1 Tsp of Caster Sugar
3 Tbsp of Water

Method:-

(1) Add a little Oil to a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the Onions until softened.
(2) Add the Garlic, Whites of the Spring Onions, Chilli and fry for a further minute.
(3) Add the Chicken and season with Salt & Pepper.
(4) Stir and fry until no-longer pink.
(5) Add the Cashew Nuts, the greens from the Spring Onions and stir in the combined sauce.
(6) Simmer until the sauce thickens.

Thai Egg Fried Rice Ingredients:-

2 Eggs, beaten
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Spring Onions, chopped
1 Tbsp of Fish Sauce
A handful of fresh Coriander, chopped
Cooked Rice
Oil to Fry
Salt & Pepper to season

Method:-

(1) Add a little Oil to a frying pan oven a medium heat and fry the Eggs to something like a thin Omelette.
(2) Remove, set aside and shred.
(3) Add the Garlic and Spring Onions to the same pan and fry for 30 seconds.
(4) Add the Cooked Rice, Fish Sauce and Coriander.
(5) Stir fry until heated through.
(6) Return the shredded Egg and stir in. Season with Salt & Pepper if required.

We served ours with home fried Prawn Crackers and crispy Sea Weed.
 

Crying Tiger Beef with Nahm Jim Jaew recipre, eat well on universal credit


Sometimes amongst our evening collections we get on date or out of date meat. Generally if it’s cooked well even the out of date things are good for the Foxes.

On this occasion we took a bit of a chance on this Topside Roasting Joint. It was out of date so we couldn’t pass it on. So I trimmed all the outside away to create two thick steaks. The trim will be very much appreciated by the Foxes tonight.

This was actually one of the best meals we’ve had for a long time. The flavour combinations were incredibly good!

Marinade Ingredients:-

2 Steaks

1 Tbsp of Oyster Sauce
1 Tbsp of Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp of Soy Sauce (Gluten free for us)
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Tsp of White Pepper
1 Tbsp of Brown Sugar

Nahm Jim Jaew Ingredients:-

2 Tsp of Glutinous Rice (Raw)
1 Tbsp of Tamarind Paste
3 Tbsp of Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp of Lime Juice
1 Tbsp of Honey
1 Tbsp of Chilli Flakes
2 Tsp of finely chopped Coriander
1 Shallot, diced

Method:-

(1) For the marinade mix all the ingredients and massage into the Steaks. Place in the fridge fully immersed for at least 2 hours.
(2) For the Nahm Jim Jaew dry fry the Rice until it starts popping.
(3) Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
(4) In a grinder, grind to a fine powder.
(5) Combine with the other ingredients and add to the plates as a dipping sauce.
(6) Fry your steak to your liking. We like ours quite rare.
(7) Allow to rest and then slice thinly.
(8) Boil and present your  Glutinous Rice using a ramekin to form into a tower.

We served ours with baby Sweetcorn, Mangetout and a slice of Lime. 

Pancake Cake recipe, eat well on universal credit



This believe it or not, should have been a Frittata. But we had one the last time we had lots of Eggs which were short dated. So the idea mutated from Frittata, through conventional savoury Pancakes to this monster!

Gluten free Pancakes are a bit tricky to flip, but this recipe works well and will make 10 fluffy Pancakes. You can halve or quarter the quantities as required.

Ingredients:-

400g  Plain White Flour, Gluten free for us
4 eggs
1L of Almond milk
2 Tsp of Baking Powder
2 Tsp of Salt
Oil, for the pan

Method:-

(1) Mix and whisk your batter.
(2) Heat a small frying pan with a little Oil. It’s best to use this batter as soon as you can as the Baking Powder is only active for a short time.
(3) Fry on both sides until golden brown and lay on baking parchment to separate.
(4) Cook your fillings. We used Onions, Mushrooms, Red Pepper, Ricotta, Crispy Bacon and Chorizo. But that’s up to you.
(5) In an oven proof dish layer your Pancakes with your filling between each one.
(6) Dress with Cheese and place in the over at 170c until the Cheese melts.

This was much better than the intended Frittata. But man it was filling! We’ll have the other half cold with some Salad tomorrow!

Cachopo recipe, eat well on universal credit

This is  our take on a traditional dish from Northern Spain - Far from traditional in our case….

Ingredients:-

4 Slices / Steaks of Rump (there’s a story about how we came by rump steak, perhaps for later….) Beaten out with a meat hammer and seasoned with Salt & Pepper
Slices of Polish Garlic Sausage
Sliced Chorizo
Sliced Emmental Cheese
Batter (Gluten free in our case)
Breadcrumbs (Gluten free in our case)

Method:-

(1) Lay one of the Steaks on a board.
(2) Layer the Cheese, then the cured Meats, followed by a second layer of Cheese.
(4) Place the second Steak over the top.
(5) Immerse in Batter so it is evenly coated.
(6) Dredge in Breadcrumbs.
(7) Deep fry at 170c until golden brown.
(8) Drain and cut diagonally.

We like our Beef quite rare. If you prefer it well done your Cheese will melt more.

Battered Minted Peas recipe, eat well on universal credit

Sometimes an experiment works! This was supposed to be a food joke, but actually we both really liked them!

Ingredients:-

50g of Frozen Peas
2 Tbsp of Gram Flour
2 Tbsp of Cornflour
1 Tbsp of Mint Sauce
1 Tsp of Dried Mint
1 Tsp of Garlic Granules
1 Tsp of Baked Powder
½ a Tsp of Turmeric
Soda Water
Salt & Pepper

Method:-

(1) Mix the dry ingredients.
(2) Add the Soda Water, enough to make a thick batter.
(3) Add the Peas.
(4) Spoon into a fryer in small batches and fry at 170c, until they float.
(5) Drain on kitchen paper and re-dunk when you’re ready to serve.

Although this is an obvious sign of our (OK my) decent into madness. It’s actually well worth the effort and really tasty…...

Serve with Fish & Chips with DIY Tartar Sauce. Jobs a good un….

 

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