Monthly Archives: February 2013

Baked sweet potato

Baked sweet potato

I was feeling lazy the other day so I cracked open a can of tuna, shoved a sweet potato in the microwave, threw lots of sweet chilli sauce over everything and filled up a bowl with spinach for a salad.
Oh, and I made a cup of tea.
Easy lunch.

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Awesome sandwich

Awesome sandwich

I made a really quick lunch the other day.
First I sprinkled a thin chicken breast with garlic powder and pepper which was then pan fried.
Next I built up the sandwich with the addition of cucumber, red onions and spinach. As I don’t like raw onions, I let the slices sizzle in the pan beside the chicken, which made them nicely soft but not too crispy.
This was then all topped off with a generous drizzle of sweet Thai chilli sauce and sandwiched between lightly toasted wholemeal bread.
I’ll admit it was one of the messiest sandwiches I’ve eaten due to chilli sauce dripping out as I ate it, but at the same time it was one of the most satisfying I can remember having in a long time.

Alone on a hill

Alone on a hill

I just wanted to share something I once wrote. I think I must’ve been on one of my long train journeys and I just wanted a bit of quiet.
The picture was one I took a few years back when I walked up a hill near uni with some friends to catch the sunrise. It was one of the best moments of my life and I thought that it went perfectly with the little paragraph I wrote.

Chicken & Prawn Noodles

Or as it said in the Tesco leaflet, Chicken and Prawn Chow Mein.

I picked up the February/March free recipe booklet when I went shopping last week and left it in the living room. One of the guys I live with, M, decided that the recipe was simple enough and we ought to try it out. There’s only three of us in the house and the recipe said it served four to six, but we eat a lot.

The recipe below is what we did, which is a slight adaptation from the original as we weren’t able to get exactly the same ingredients. Amazingly, it all only cost us just under £10, which is far less than what we’d pay at the local Chinese takeaway. Continue reading Chicken & Prawn Noodles

Sort of Chinese sandwich

Sort of Chinese sandwich

As tomorrow is the first day of Chinese New Year, I thought I’d write about my lunch today, which was inspired by Chinese flavours.
I’d roasted a chicken earlier this week, seasoning it very simply with salt and pepper and since then I’ve been using the meat in a variety of recipes, of which this is one.
All I did was reheat some breast meat in the microwave, seasoned with a little five spice powder, pepper, a dash of light soy sauce and a drizzle of sesame oil. Then I served it up in (and on) some warm, toasted wholemeal pitta bread with slices of cucumber and a healthy dash of mayo.
This was possibly one of the quickest, simplest ways to recreate all the flavours of a Chinese meal in the convenience of a sandwich.
And to all the Chinese out there, 恭喜发财!

Blue skies and whole wheat apple muffins

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Last week I found that I had a surplus of apples which coincided with an odd muffin craving. Even though I didn’t have any paper cases I wanted muffins so much that I risked baking them straight into my non-stick silicon muffin tin. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as non-stick as I thought it was; however I managed to rescue most of the muffins.

I followed the recipe, which I found from Smitten Kitchen exactly as it was posted, with one exception: I mixed a little demerara sugar and oats and sprinkled this mixture on top of the muffins just before I put them in the oven. I rather like extra texture it gives, and besides, it just looks plain nice!

The muffins were lovely and moist and using dark brown sugar gives them an extra level of flavour that regular castor sugar just doesn’t have.

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As for the picture of the blue sky, I took a few pictures in the morning just after I ate breakfast the other day and I thought the sunrise was worth sharing. I love the way the clothes pegs hang at different angles – their silhouette and those of the bare trees stand out so well against the tail end of the sunrise.

Lentils, carrots and crème fraîche

Lentils, carrots and crème fraîche

All the meat I have is frozen and I wanted to make something quick for lunch, so I used some lentils I’d boiled up yesterday and made it into this lovely, creamy pasta dish.
The sauce was simply some crème fraîche and mustard stirred into what can only be described as a spaghetti, lentil, carrot, onion and garlic stir-fry. Finally I topped it with some dried chilli flakes for extra spice.
Quick, easy and a lot more filling than I expected!