Monday, August 20, 2018

Cooking the humble the oven

Saw this in today's online Good Food Guide

good tip - use an oven.

But I will add the following:

  1. best done with the really thick english beef sausages, and I like to brown first in a hot pan then transfer to the oven for 15-20minutes. I would use a light vegetable oil to brown, and drain off excess.  Some herbs sprinkled over the top will add flavour.
  2. Pork sausages I like to bake with white beans, fennel and tomato, again browning first in olive oil.
  3. Baked chicken sausages - never done, but you could experiment with flavours such as apricots, pine nuts. I generally find chicken snags a bit bland.
  4. I'm sure there are plenty of other styles of sausages that can be baked!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Warm Tuna, Brown Rice and Quinoa Salad

this is so easy, literally takes 5 minutes to prepare.  Serve as a side dish, or a meal for 2 on it's own.
1 packet Uncle Ben's 90second Brown Rice, Tomato, Basil and Quinoa
1 200g tin of good tuna in olive oil
1 tomato, diced finely
handfull of fresh chopped parsley

heat the rice in the microwave, according to directions
In a bowl, place all ingredients, mix together.


It's that simple!  And sooo tasty!!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Braised steak, onions and carrots

this dish is really simple, uses only 3 ingredients (ok not including olive oil and salt/pepper).

The secret is to colour the vegies and steak in the dish before slow cooking.

You will need

1kg of chuck steak (whole steaks, not diced)
3 or 4 carrots, sliced lengthways
1 or 2 brown onions, cut into pieces
olive oil
sea salt
cracked black pepper

roasting pan, tin foil.

Brown the onions, carrots and steak in olive oil in a good roasting dish. seasoning with salt and pepper as it browns.
Place 1 cup of hot water in with the steak and veg.
Cover the pan tightly with tin foil, place in a hot oven (say 250C) for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 160C.
Cook for 2 hours
Remove from oven and let the dish rest in a warm place, covered with a tea towel for 10 minutes.

Just help the meat fall apart into chunks, and serve with green vegetables and nicely mashed potato.

Bon Appetit!