Recipes

Chicken kebab skewers; the perfect summertime meal

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 6:38 am

During the warmer months it is nice to be able to cook lighter meals for the family. Chicken skewers are a great option and are packed full of flavour when prepared correctly.

To make sure the chicken is tastier than ever, cut up the chicken into consistent cube sized pieces then marinade in your preferred choice of sauce overnight in the fridge. The longer you can marinade the chicken for the better the flavours. Make sure you keep some of the marinade to one side ready for dressing before serving.

Get yourself some metal skewers and alternative place the chicken cubes and peppers onto them. Two to three skewers tend to be enough per person. Cook on the BBQ until chicken is fully cooked, and then serve on a plate with the remainder of the dressing.

Add some freshly boiled rice to the side of your plate for a light yet tasty evening summertime dinner.

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High-Protein Breakfast: Tofu Scramble with Spinach

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

This easy to prepare breakfast combines the nutritional goodness of spinach and tofu to deliver a healthy dose of protein to vegans and vegetarians early in the day. Spinach is a very healthy green vegetable that is packed with vitamin A, vitamin E and other beneficial antioxidants.

Preparation

In a shallow pan over high heat, sautee tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil for two to three minutes. Add spinach, tofu, lemon juice and soy sauce. Reduce from the heat or turn to low and cook leave for five to seven minutes. Stir occasionally and add salt and pepper to taste before serving.

The tofu scramble and spinach is a high protein breakfast, giving you 350 calories and 26g of protein. If you want, you can tweak the recipe to make it more flavorful, by adding more lemon juice or more soy sauce. This recipe incorporates breakfast foods and they’re sure to satisfy any hungry friend or relative, no matter whether they’re vegan or vegetarian.

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Nut Allergies: Still a long way to go

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm

We all have that one friend who has a serious nut allergy right? It’s been a big issue here in the UK for a number of years and it’s sad to say that restaurants aren’t quite up to speed. Don’t get me wrong your big chains are usually pretty hot on this allergy, but many restaurants are still very behind. Too many state the menu listing ‘may contain nuts’ and that’s fine but half of them probably don’t include it and it would be nice if more restaurants could be precise, after all they should know what’s going into each item. The whole ‘may contain gluten or may contain nuts’ is usually laziness, but some restaurants are scared to say something definitely doesn’t contain nuts because one bad employee could cost them thousands of pounds in a court case. We do hope though that there will be a more positive and less skeptical approach from restaurants in the future.

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The rise of Ice Tea

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 1:33 am

It may be winter so we’re all craving hot chocolate, mulled wine and hot tea, but let’s take a moment to appreciate ice tea. It’s hugely popular in hot countries like Australia, Thailand and Bali, but it is growing in the UK too. Ice tea is one of the most refreshing drinks you can buy and it’s packed with healthy ingredients too. Rather than sipping fizzy drinks at work, home or at your favourite restaurant, give ice tea a try. You can now find that it’s available in most cafes and restaurants and it’s perhaps the large number of seasoned travellers who are making so popular here in the UK too. Fellow Brits who spend time in Australia quickly realise just how big it is out there; you can buy mango flavour, peach, lemon and even green tea flavours, and as we get more of these ranges come to the UK they’ll only get more popular.

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Making your own peppercorn sauce

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I’ve always loved eating steak whether it’s rump, sirloin or fillet, but whenever I have one of these cuts always cook it medium and have it with peppercorn sauce. To make this sauce you don’t need many ingredient, and the general ingredients are:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 60g butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 100ml brandy
  • 100ml beef stock
  • 60ml double cream

All you do is crush the peppercorns using a rolling pin, melt the butter in a heated pan and add the shallots and saute until soft. Once cooked nicely just add in the brandy and boil for three further minutes. Then it’s time to add the beef stock and boil for 3 more minutes and then you can add the cream.

Once heated through take it off the heat and serve. Such a simple sauce but one that’s worth learning if you’re a big steak eater.

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Italian Coffee at its Finest

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 9:06 am

Shopping for great and delicious coffee can be a daunting task when you have so many to choose from. You can find a wide assortment of sizes, styles, and brands available when shopping for the right press to enjoy your coffee with. Italy specializes in coffee and because of that, they know what the best coffees are. When you shop locally, you don’t have access to all the Italian brands you would if you were in Italy with the coffee connoisseurs. Even though you may not be in Italy to see the great selection of French presses and delicious coffees, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a great one. Here are some great Italian brand coffee that is sure to liven you up in the mornings.

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Spicy Chicken Recipe for Slow Cookers & Pressurised Cooking Pots

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 8:17 am

Chicken is one of the more favoured meats in the UK. It’s white succulent appeal combined with it’s many health benefits of containing high amount of rich protein and low in saturated fats (the fats that count towards cholesterol levels) spicy chicken has become an ever growing popular choice for many English residents compared to that of the traditional roast Sunday dinner.

The good thing about this particular recipe is that it is really east to make and can lead to your friends and family enjoying it greatly.

SImply add 3-4 chicken breasts into the slow cooker or pressurised cooking pot along with a teaspoon of paprika, hot curry powder and massage into the meat. This will give the chicken a fantastic colour. Then add a small amount of rice wine vinegar and again do the massage. Cook for about 15 minutes in the pressurised cooking pot and 2 hours in the slow cooker. Be amazed to this lovely meal.

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