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Spanish-style chicken bake September 17, 2012

Filed under: Chicken,Potatoes,Soups and Stews,Uncategorized — delishuss @ 8:25 am
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Hi folks,

Hope you didn’t miss me too much. This is my first, of I’m sure many posts from down under. I’m now living in Brisbane and looking forward to trying out lots of new flavours, ingredients and recipes. I promise I’ll share those with you.

This is a cracking recipe, good wholesome food. I realised as I was just about to make it, that I didn’t have any ovenproof dishes in my new home so I had to improvise and cook it in a saucepan. I’m not sure how the original recipe would have tasted but I reckon this is as good. I got the recipe from the Good Food Channel Website, it’s one from the Hairy Bikers. (http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/653540)

I’m not too keen on chicken thighs so I used skinless chicken legs, which worked well.

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

1 medium onion, cut into 8 wedges

1 medium red onion, cut into 8 wedges

500 g new potatoes, quartered lengthways

8 whole garlic, unpeeled

8 medium tomatoes, quartered

75 g chorizo, preferably picante

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken legs

1/2 tsp sweet, smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into strips

500 ml stock

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method

1. Heat a frying pan with half of the olive oil and brown the chicken legs.

2. In a large saucepan heat the remaining oil and fry off the onion, pepper and garlic. Add the chorizo and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the potatoes, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for another couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir.

3. Remove the chicken from the frying pan and add to the large saucepan with the other ingredients.

4. Add the stock to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about an hour and a half or until the juices have thickened. The chicken should fall off the bone.

You could add some crunchy bread to mop up the juices. A few olives might actually be nice in this too.

 

Crispy Potato and Meatball Pan Fry February 20, 2012

I tried this recipe today. I thought it was great. It’s another Weight Watchers recipe, from the Simply Enjoy cookbook this time. I think it would freeze quite well if you wanted to make it at the weekend and eat later or it would be a great one for a family. I’m not an expert but I reckon kids would like the meatballs and it’s a good way to introduce veg as well.

33 Propoints value per recipe

8 Propoints value per serving

Serves 4

Ingredients

400g potatoes, peeled and halved, if large

400g lean beef mince

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Calorie controlled cooking spray

1 leek, sliced thickly

1 courgette, sliced thickly

1 teaspoon cornflour

3 tablespoons red onion chutney

250 ml vegetable stock

3 long fresh rosemary sprigs

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

75g mozzarella light, torn into pieces

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add the potatoes and cook until tender, the drain and leave to cool slightly. Slice the potatoes thickly and aside. Meanwhile, mix the mince and thyme together, season and form into 16 walnut sized balls.

2. Heat a large, deep-sided, ovenproof, non stick frying pan. Spray with the cooking spray, add the meatballs and fry over a medium heat for 8 minutes, turning occassionally, until browned all over. Remove from the heat and set aside.

3. Preheat the grill to high. Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to the boil and blanch the leek and courgette for 2 minutes then drain and refresh under cold running water.

4. Stir the cornflour and chutney into the stock and pour into a small pan. Add two sprigs of rosemary then bring to the boil and season with black pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat and take out the rosemary and discard.

5. Arrange the tomatoes, leek and courgette in the frying pan with the meatballs. Pour the sauce over, then top with the sliced poratoes. Scatter the mozzarella over the top and grill for 6 minutes or until golden.

6. Chop the remaining sprig of rosemary finely and scatter over the top before serving.

 

Beef Goulash February 13, 2012

Filed under: Meat,Potatoes — delishuss @ 11:03 pm
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I had some beef in the freezer so I decided to give this recipe a go. It kind of ended up tasting like a brown stew as I would call it. I had a look at a number of recipes on the Internet and they had varying ingredients, so I just took the most common ones. It’s good winter grub. Hope you enjoy.

 

Ingredients

500g stewing beef

2 onions, chopped

1 large carrot, chopped

1 tbsp tomato puree

200g tinned tomatoes

3 tbsp paprika

1 tsp caraway seeds

1 tsp mixed spice

400g baby potatoes

500ml beef stock

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary and thyme

2tbsp oil

1 oxo cube

20g flour

Salt and pepper

 

Method

1. Place the flour on a plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Coat the beef in the flour.

2. Heat the oil in the large pot. Add the onions and the carrots and fry off for 4 minutes. Remove the veg and set aside.

2. Add the beef and fry until browned. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes making sure it doesn’t burn.

3. Re-add the veg. Stir in the herbs and spices and cook for another minute or so. Crumble in the oxo cube and stir.

4. Stir in the tomato puree and the tomatoes. Add the potatoes and the stock making sure that there’s enough liquid to cover and cook the potatoes. Add more stock if necessary.

5. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for an hour or more if you can. The longer you leave it the more tender the meat will be.

 

 

Baked Sweet Potato with Sweetcorn and Crispy Bacon August 11, 2010

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Potatoes,Uncategorized,Weight Watchers Recipes — delishuss @ 9:09 pm
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Yet another Weight Watchers recipe for you 🙂 I promise I don’t have shares.

5 ½ points per serving

Serves 4

 

Ingredients

4 x 250g sweet potatoes

110g low fat soft cheese with garlic and herbs

4 spring onions, chopped

125g drained canned sweet corn

Low fat cooking spray

4 rashers lean back bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200 degrees Celsius/. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and cook for 30-40 minutes until soft inside (insert a skewer to test). Remove from the oven, leaving it on.
  2. Halve the potatoes and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Mash the flesh, then stir in the soft cheese, spring onions and sweet corn. Season, then spoon the flesh back into the skins and return to the oven for 5 minutes to warm through.
  3. Meanwhile, mist a small frying pan with low fat spray and heat. Add the bacon and cook over a high heat for 2-3 minutes, turning regularly until the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon and chop into small pieces.
  4. Serve 2 halves of baked potato each topped with the bacon, with some green salad on the side.