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Chicken & Vegetable Broth Recipe

Chicken & Veg Broth, photo by PH Morton

 

Chicken & Vegetable Broth Recipe

October might be autumn in the UK but there is already a touch of the wintry weather especially at night.  We even have had to turn on the gas central heating to take out the the chill in the house.

Last night, it was fairly chilly again and thank goodness, we have the ingredients to make a chicken and vegetable broth for an easy supper.  A liberal sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper (as seen of the photo above) added heat to a delicious soup.

 

Ingredients

  • 2oz butter
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 100g kale, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2oz plain flour
  • 2 pints chicken stock
  • 1lb cooked chicken, skinned and shredded
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method of Preparation:

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat and gently fry the onions, celery and carrots until they start to soften.  Then mix in the kale.

  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring as you do so. Season with salt and pepper, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering and simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

  3. Add the cooked chicken and cook until heated through. Adjust the seasoning, stir in the parsley and serve.

  4. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper 🙂

Mango & Sultana Jelly

Mango,

Mango & Sultana Jelly

This is a refreshingly delicious dessert that would delight even the most fastidious eater.

If you can find a ripe carabao mango, please do so.  It is apparently the sweetest fruit ever.

Anyway this recipe is called mangga gulaman in the Philippines and the recipe has been tried and tested and of course tasted a million times.  🙂

 

Ingredients

• 1 large mango, peeled and chopped in small pieces but not too finely

1 heaped tablespoon sultanas or raisin

1 packet plain jelly

Water

2 tbsp sugar

 

Preparation:

  • Pour boiling water into a measuring jug; the amount of water should correspond with the jelly packet’s instruction.
  • Pull apart the jelly and place on a mould or an heatproof serving dish.
  • Pour the measured boiled water over the jelly. Add the sugar.   Mix until everything has dissolved.
  • Leave to cool a little then add the mango and raisin.
  • Leave covered to cool completely and then refrigerate until set.

Minted Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes
by Jean Morton

Mashed potatoes is a popular English potato recipe.  It is very versatile at it goes with so many cooked recipes such as fried meat & fish, sausages and stew.  It is also easy to make and yield delicious creamy potato dish.

Minted Mashed Potatoes

  • Using a large pan, boil the potatoes in salted water for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes have softened.
  • Drain using a colander.
  • Return the potatoes into the pan and mash with a masher 🙂 or a fork while still hot.
  • Pour in the olive oil and stir in the butter or margarine with the mint sauce.  Mix well until properly incorporated.
  • Add the nutmeg and season with salt.
  • Scatter the chopped mint leaves on top.

Serve with grilled meat, fish, stew or sausages.

 

 Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs white potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 oz softened butter or margarine
  • 1½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp mint sauce
  • small pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • salt & pepper

 

Soda Bread Recipe

Soda Bread, Photo by Jmorton

Soda Bread, Photo by JMorton

Soda Bread Recipe

 

Soda Bread is an Irish bread.  Delicious smothered in real butter.  Perfect accompaniment for meat stews to soak up all the lovely gravy off your plate.  Yum.

The recipe below is adapted by a Tesco recipe.

Soda Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 500g plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 284ml pot buttermilk

Method of Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/Fan 180°C.
  • Tip the flours, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Then use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until evenly dispersed.
  • Stir in the sugar.
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the buttermilk until you get a soft dough.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 1 min until smooth, then bring together to form a flattened round about 5cm thick and 15cm across.
  • Place on a lightly dusted baking sheet. Dust with a little plain flour if you like. Use a large sharp knife to cut 2 slashes across the bread to make an ‘x’. Bake in the oven for 35 – 40mins until well-risen and browned. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool.

Pork Stewed in Tomato Sauce


Pork Stewed in Tomato Sauce

This is a delicious family.  It is very filling and perfect served with freshly boiled rice or steamed new potatoes or even mashed potatoes.

Ingredients

400g pork shoulder, cut into fairly large pieces about 1½ inches chunks
3 tbsp. Extra virgin Olive oil
8 sprigs thyme, hard stalks trimmed, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
2-3 bay leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. saffron
170ml. red wine (cheap plonk) 🙂 decent one for drinking 🙂
1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
400g fresh chopped tomatoes or 1 can of chopped plum tomatoes
1 medium size green or yellow marrow sliced
150g. flat green beans, topped and tailed and cut into 2 inches lengths

How to make:

  1.  Pre-heat the oven to  gas mark 180ºC.
  2. Using a casserole pan, heat the olive oil  over medium heat.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add the thyme, garlic, onion and bay leaves. Fry for a minute.
  4. Add the pork and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Stir until the pork has turned golden brown all over.  This may take about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the saffron.
  6. Pour in the wine, vinegar and chopped tomatoes.
  7. Stir all the ingredients well, cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Cover the casserole pan and then put it on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven.  Leave for 1 hour.
  9. Check and adjust the seasoning.  Also add the marrow and flat green beans.
  10. Cook for a further 40 minutes at a lower temperature of 160ºC.

 

 

Biko From Alma’s Kitchen

Biko, photo by PH Morton

Biko From Alma’s Kitchen

My sister-in-law, Alma is a very capable woman.  A good example of a decent human being.  She is friendly, she is caring, she can’t do enough to be helpful to anyone.

She is well like by everyone.

Her abilities go on and on.  What I like most about her is her cooking.  She can really cook up a storm.

Her biko is to die for.  Peter, my English hubby, who do not usually eat anything made of rice love’s Alma’s biko.

The above photo was from Alma’s kitchen.  Doesn’t it look so delicious?  And it was so yummy.

Click here for the recipe!

Biko a a favourite of mine.  It reminds me of happy childhood and young adulthood in the Philippines. It reminds me of my loving family, cheerful, always ready for a laugh and adventure.

I remember my mother going to market and coming home with biko, which we would share and enjoy.

I remember my grandfather coming home with ‘pasalubong’ of biko, amongst others, when he goes out.

Biko is a symbol of halcyon days for me!

Egg & Tuna Salad

Boiled eggs

Egg & Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

6 eggs, hard boiled

1 small can tuna, flaked

2 stalks celery, sliced finely

4 tablespoon mayonnaise

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Procedure:

  • Remove the shell off  and then carefully cut into the pointed end of the eggs.  From this incision, delicately take out the yolks.
  • Set aside the outer egg white as these will be used as an outer casing for the stuffing later on.
  • Mash the egg yolks in a bowl.  Finely chop the egg whites cut off from the pointed end of the boiled eggs and then add these to the mashed yolks.
  • Mix in the tuna and celery.
  • Add the mayonnaise.  Give it a good stir.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Now divided this tuna and egg stuffing and use this to fill in the egg white casings.  Keep everything tidy.
  • Serve in a bed of shredded lettuce.

 

 

Homemade Baked Beans Recipe

Baked beans, chips and nuggets, photo by JMorton

Homemade Baked Beans Recipe

It is very rewarding, and not to mention delicious, to make your own dinner, especially if it is an old family favourite like the baked beans.

This is the important bit: soak the beans overnight.  Apparently this is to remove the phytic acid that beans contain which would make them more digestible.  I’ve always thought the soaking process was just to make them softer, ergo, would make them cook faster.

But apparently beans contain anti-nutrients, the phytic acid, and this can cause heartburn, indigestion, flatulence and reflux.  Ensure to discard the dirty soaking water afterwards.

Of course you can also get cans of beans in the supermarket, which is ready to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 400g dried haricot or cannellini beans  or two cans of ‘cooked beans”
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • 150g pancetta or smoked streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar

METHOD

  1. Soak the beans overnight. Drain them, place in a large casserole pan, cover the beans with water and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Keep removing any scum that gather on top.
  2. Cook for about 45 minutes-1 hour until tender, then remove from the heat and leave to drain in a colander for half an hour.
  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onions and garlic.
  4. Stir in the pancetta or bacon and cook for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and 400ml water, then tip in the beans. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1½-2 hours, stirring occasionally, until you have a thick sauce and tender beans.
  6. If you are using canned beans, start from No 3. 🙂

Enjoy

Breaded Garlic Mushroom Recipe

Garlic Mushroom, photo by JMorton

Breaded Garlic Mushroom Recipe

  • Ingredients

    For the mushrooms

      • 200g button mushrooms, do not wash, wipe off grit and dirt with a kitchen towel.
      • 100g plain flour, seasoned with 1/3 tsp salt,1/2 tsp garlic powder, freshly ground black pepper and a little pinch of chilli powder
      • 2 eggs, beaten
      • 100g breadcrumbs
      • vegetable oil for deep frying

     

Serve the garlic mushroom with the dip and a bit of salad for a delicious starter.

Enjoy!

Macaroni Cheese Recipe

Mac&Cheese, photo by JMorton

Macaroni Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • 300g macaroni pasta
  • 60g butter
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 475ml milk
  • 250g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp cooking oil

Method

  • Using a large casserole pan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.  Add salt and a teaspoon of  cooking oil to the water. (The salt will season the pasta whilst the oil will prevent the pasta from sticking together)
  • Add the macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but still firm to bite, al dente.
  • Melt butter with the remaining cooking oil (again adding oil will prevent the butter from burning) in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • Slowly pour milk into the butter-flour mixture while continuously stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbling, this might take about 5 minutes.
  • Add Cheddar cheese to milk mixture and stir until cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Fold macaroni into cheese sauce until coated.

Serve immediately!

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