Chicken Laksa

This is a personal favourite of mine that I used to make with my mum all the time when I still lived at home. But since I moved out I’d completely forgotten about it – it’s so easy to just have a general list of recipes that you just go over and over without having to think about it after work, that you can forget about some corkers!

So I’m taking time this Saturday evening to sit down, have a glass of wine and rediscover an old classic!

If you want to do this with prawns, or even vegan, replace/ remove the chicken and add good quality king prawns or more sweet potato and the chicken stock with fish/vegetable stock!

Chicken Laksa

Creamy, coconutty chicken curry packed with veg!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 red chilli
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 100 ml chicken stock
  • 100g green veg (I used kale and tenderstem broccoli)
  • 1×400 ml tin tin coconut milk
  • 150g sugar snap/ mange tout peas
  • 1 tbsp tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Handful of coriander, chopped (to serve)
  • Handful of lightly toasted cashews

Instructions
 

  • Blitz the onion, ginger, chilli, 3 garlic cloves and coriander seeds in a food processor.
  • Whilst blitzing, chop the sweet potato into cubes and roast in the oven on 200C for 15 minutes.
  • Once you have your onion/ginger/chilli/garlic paste, heat some oil (olive or coconut) in a pan, and add the it in with the lemongrass and turmeric (you can bash the lemongrass a bit before adding for more flavour, but not a necessity). Soften over a low heat for 3 minutes.
  • Add in the chicken thighs and coat in the spice paste and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the sweet potato and red pepper and soften for 3 mins, and then add in the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer on a low heat and cook for 15 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked).
  • Meanwhile in a separate pan, blanch your tenderstem broccoli for 3 minutes and add in your kale at the end for one and a half to two minutes. Transfer to a frying pan and lightly fry with the remaining garlic clove for flavour.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through, add the coconut milk, sugar snap peas, the lime juice, the soy sauce and half of the coriander and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your mange tout.
  • Serve with noodles of your choice (I prefer rice noodles with this), with the greens on the side and scatter the remaining coriander and cashews on top!
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Dijon Mustard and Red Onion Roast Rib of Beef

Dijon Mustard and Red Onion Roast Rib of Beef

If you’re making a Sunday roast, and you fancy beef it has to be a rib as far as I’m concerned. Yes it’s more expensive, but it more than makes up for the cost in terms of quality and flavour at the end of the roasting session. This recipe is kind of a one-stop shop for making your gravy and roasting your beef in one! This concoction is a taste sensation even if I do say so myself. 

Dijon Mustard and Red Onion Roast Beef

Sunday staple for the perfect family meal
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg beef
  • Wholegrain dijon mustard
  • 2 red onions
  • Salt and pepper
  • Beef gravy granules/ beef stock

Instructions
 

  • Slice two red onions into eighths and lay along the bottom of your baking tray. Drizzle lightly with oil.
  • Salt and pepper both sides of your beef and lay on top of the onions.
  • Spread the mustard generously over the fatty side of the beef.
  • Cook at 200C for 20 minutes. Then flip the beef and cook for a further 20 minutes at 160C (Both temperatures for fan ovens).
  • After 40 minutes pour a glass of decent red wine into the roasting dish and roast for a further 20 minutes at 160.
  • Take the meat out of the oven and stand for 15-30 minutes.
  • To make the gravy, add a teaspoon of dijon mustard, 2 tea spoons of gravy granules and two tablespoons of water into a pan on a low-medium heat. Pour in the juices and the red onions from the bottom of the roasting dish and allow to thicken gently. Serve generously on top of the meat.

Notes

For beef, it's essential to cook on a high heat for 20 minutes to start off with. If your meat isn't exactly 1kg, in addition to the initial first 20 minutes, roast for 15 (rare) or 20 (medium) minutes per 450g.
 

Let me know what you think, and if you have any go-to Sunday roast tricks up your sleeve!

Enjoy, Millie xx

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Avocado Hollandaise

Avocado Hollandaise

Sooooo, here we have the answer to all your indulgent but still healthy breakfast needs! Avocado hollandaise! Pure stroke of genius this one, it’s easier to make than regular hollandaise, better for you and actually tastes better in my opinion!

 

Avocado Hollandaise

Healthy alternative to the breakfast favourite!

Ingredients
  

  • Half an avocado
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half to a whole lemon
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add everything into a blender and whiz up.
  • Start by adding the juice of half a lemon and add more to taste. I like mine quite lemony, so add a whole lemon's worth of juice.
 Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Millie xx

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Low Fat Cheesy Leeks & Spinach

Low Fat Cheesy Leeks & Spinach

This is one of my greatest culinary achievements! No sacrifice on flavour, just avoiding all the rubbish that is often put in a cheesy béchamel sauce! Cheesy leeks have been my favourite accompaniment to a Sunday roast for years, but I quite often found them a bit sickly… so here you have it, the best damn cheesy leeks (and spinach) I’ve ever tasted!! Plus it takes two seconds to make, so winning all round! 

Low Fat Cheesy Leeks and Spinach

Perfect accompaniment for meat or fish, epic with a Sunday roast too!
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 leek
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 4 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Heat some oil in a pan.
  • Finely slice your leek and heat in the pan for one minute. Add the spinach, creme fraiche and parmesan and season well. Cook for a further 4 minutes or until the spinach and serve up and enjoy!
 So there you have it, so quick and easy, it’d be rude not to try it!

Enjoy, Millie xx

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Chicken and Roasted red pepper pesto rescue pasta

Chicken and Roasted red pepper pesto rescue pasta

So as I said on my Instagram, this pasta will save your life. It’s saved mine many a time, when I’ve been a bit down in the dumps and feeling generally shite. There is nothing cheesy (fake) carby goodness can’t solve in my honest opinion. It’s simple and easy to make and can be made entirely at home without much faff… just what you need when all you want to do is curl up on the sofa and watch the Great British Bake Off (this isn’t me right now…).  So enjoy the recipe and I hope it gives you as much assistance as its given me!

Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Rescue Pasta Sauce

Whether it's work, a break up, terrible Mancunian weather or a terrible case of the sniffles this sauce will save your life.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 shallot
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp roasted red pepper pesto
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche
  • Sizeable chunk of courgette
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • A handful of spinach

Instructions
 

  • Lightly fry the onion and add the chicken (chopped into bitesize chunks). Fry until white on the outside.
  • Add the pesto, tomato purée, water and creme fraiche and heat until the sauce looks thick and creamy. Cook for 5 minutes
  • Add in the veg and cook for a further three minutes (or until the spinach has wilted down).
  • Serve with wholemeal pasta or courgetti, depending on how dire your day is!

Notes

Extra red pepper chunks added to the sauce with the other veg is also a winner!
Also, topping with cheese and baking in the oven for half an hour does this saucy number absolutely no harm!
 In the photo I served mine with courgetti, but only because we had no pasta in the house, which was pretty devastating. Obviously you don’t have to be in a crisis to try this bad boy, but when you’re needing a bit of tlc and have nobody at your disposal, this bad boy will help a sister out!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to let me know how it goes!

Millie xx

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