Category Archives: Recipes

Spicy Tomato Mocktail

Kitchen – None

Ingredients

  • 1 tin tomato juice
  • Worcester sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Celery stick to garnish
  • Pepper to taste

Equipment

  • Long glasses
  • Swizzle stick (or celery stick)

Method

Chill the tomato juice before use.

Wash celery and cut into sticks about 3 cm longer than the glasses being used.

Open the tin and pour tomato juice into glasses. – over ice if available.

In each glass add a generous splosh of Worcester sauce, three or four drops of Tabasco and a grind of pepper.

Add the celery stick (or swizzle stick) and serve.

Serve

A great brunch or lunch time drink with a buffet lunch or sundowner with snacks.

Anchovy Roast Veggies

Kitchen – Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 tin baby potatoes
  • 1 tin baby beetroot
  • Pickled onions
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • 1 tin anchovies
  • Olive oil.

Equipment

  • Roasting pan
  • Tin opener
  • Small sharp knife
  • Foil

Method

Drain anchovy oil from the can into the roasting pan and add a tablespoon of olive oil.

Open and drain potatoes and add to pan. Open and drain beetroots and add to pan. Depending on the size of the potatoes and beetroots you may need to cut them to ‘bite size’.

Add drained pickled onions.

Add whole cloves of garlic, 4 or 5 cloves or more depending on how much you like garlic,

Gently mix the veg to make sure all are coated well in oils and garlic mix.

Cover pan with lid or foil.

Roast in hot oven for 40 mins mixing gently every 15 mins.

Remove foil and roast for another 15 to 20mins.

Serve

This can be a meal in itself or  served with baked fish.

Red Bean Dip

Kitchen – No cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 small tin kidney beans
  • 1 sachet tomato paste
  • Italian herbs
  • Worcester sauce

Equipment

  • Handheld blender
  • Tin opener
  • Spatula
  • Serving dish

Method

Open the tin of kidney beans and rinse in fresh water. Place in blending jug. Add sachet of tomato paste, a generous portion of herbs and two teaspoons of Worcester sauce. Blend to a fine paste. Use the spatula to place in a serving dish.

Serve

Serve with warm flatbread and other dips.

This dip works as a pizza base as a change from a plain tomato sauce.

Chowder

Kitchen – Hob

Ingredients

  • 1 tin baby potatoes
  • 1 tin smoked tuna
  • 1 tin sweetcorn kernels
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Dill tips
  • Pepper
  • Chilli to taste

Equipment

  • Tin opener
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon

Method

Pour a small tablespoon of olive oil in the saucepan.

Peel and crush, chop or slice the garlic and add to the cold oil.

Heat the pan and cook until the garlic is slightly brown, stir occasionally. Add the chili and stir.

Open and drain the potatoes, halve or quarter if required. Add to the garlic, stir to coat all of the potatoes in oil.

Open the tin of sweetcorn and add to the potatoes including the liquid.

Open and drain the tuna and add to the saucepan. Add water if more fluid is required.

Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add two teaspoons of dill tips and half a teaspoon of pepper.

Stir and cover for 5 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as required.

Serve

Serve in large mugs or soup bowls with crusty bread or toast.

Hummus

Kitchen – No cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 tin chick peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic

Equipment

  • Handheld blender
  • Tin opener
  • Serving dish
  • Spatula

Method

Remove skin from garlic and chop roughly.

Drain the chick peas but do not rinse.

Place oil, lime and garlic in the blender jug.

Pulse twice to blend oil, lime and garlic.

Gradually add the chick peas and blend.

For a smoother blend add more olive oil.

Serve

Place in a shallow dish and serve with crusty bread, vegetable crudities, crisps and crackers.

To add spice sprinkle lightly with cayenne pepper.

Quick and easy flat bread

Kitchen – Hob

Ingredients

  • Plain flour
  • Baking powder
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Vinegar

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Frying pan
  • Paper towel

Method

Mix one cup of plain flour with half a teaspoon of baking soda and a large pinch of salt.

Make a well in the middle of the flour and add in two tablespoons of cold water. Mix until the mixture forms a rough dough. Oil your hands to prevent the dough from sticking. Knead the dough into a bowl in the mixing bowl. Do not over handle as this will make the dough tough. Form the dough into a ball and leave in the mixing bowl.

Dampen one square of paper towel with vinegar and lay over the dough ball. Leave for 20 mins to prove.

Once proven pinch off a lump of dough about the size of a ping pong ball. Roll the lump into a ball.

Sprinkle a light covering of flour onto a clean, flat surface. Dust the rolling pin with flour and roll the ball into a round about 0.25 cm thick.

Heat the frying pan. You can add oil but this will make the bread oily. Using a dry pan will give a dryer bread.

Brush excess flour from the surface of the bread round and place in the pan one at a time. Shake the pan to move the bread around. Once browned on one side flip onto the other side. If you wish to cook later do not brown fully. Place into a bowl or basket lined with paper towel or a napkin and cover as each of the bread rounds are cooked.

Serve

Slice into triangles and serve with dips.

Use as a base for a quick pizza or quesadilla.