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  • Onion Chutney

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    So growing up in a house that LOVED cheese, having chutneys of all description was a standard. I think that my Dad had cheese and pickle sandwiches everyday for about 20 years! I’m not that boring but I love a nice platter with cheeses and pickle and tomatoes and the odd glass of wine :) So naturally after sucessfully making marmalade I figured why not give onion chutney a go. So here’s my go!

    1.5 kg of onions thinly sliced
    3 T olive oil
    300 g dark muscovado sugar
    200 ml red wine vinegar
    1 T crushed garlic
    1 T whole grain mustard
    1/2 tsp smoked sea salt
    1 t crushed chillies…or to taste…if you want kick ass then add more if not add less!

    Heat the oil in a large heavy based saucepan and slowly cook the onions until soft, but don’t let them brown. Stir in 3-4 T of the sugar cook for about 5 minutes until the onions have browned then chuck all the rest in and cook until it’s lovely and sticky and gooey and the liquid has reduced. I stirred it fairly regularly to stop it all from sticking and catching on the bottom of the pan. And voila! That’s it… now distribute into sterilised jars and you can keep for 6-12 months…that’s a laugh as there is NO way that it will stick around that long!



  • Portobello Mushroom Salad

    So with the thought that I need to shift some pounds I thought that lunch today needed to be healthy, tasty, and filling. So off to the fridge I go! This is what I came up with…

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    1 Portobello mushroom
    1 disc of goats cheese
    1 ramiro pepper or any kind of pepper you desire
    1 beef tomato
    2 rashers of lean bacon cooked until crispy
    small onion sliced and caramelised

    This is a serving for one…so adjust accordingly if you are extra hungry or not lonely!

    Get the grill fired up in your oven and take the stalk out of the mushroom and pop the goat’s cheese disc in the middle and pop on a baking tray and bang under the grill. Chop up the pepper and tomato and put on a plate. When the cheese is sufficiently melted take it out and put it in the middle of the chopped pepper and tomato. Crumble the bacon over the top then top with the caramelised onions.

    This salad needs no dressing as you have the creaminess of the goats cheese, the crunch from the crispy bacon…the sweetness of the caramlised onions…it’s heaven on a plate and no carbs!!!



  • Beef and Chorizo Stew

    Options, something we aren’t great with…having to make decisions isn’t our strong point…so with having different ways to cook this I went for easiest on the day! The ingredients are the same and it’s easy as pie!

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    400-500g diced stewing beef
    3 or 4 chorizo sausages
    250 ml red wine
    rosemary, thyme, cracked black pepper,and garlic to taste we used about 1T of each
    1 can of chopped tomatoes
    1 onion or 1 leek
    3 or 4 carrot
    2T corn flour

    Now…I put the beef in the red wine and spices to marinate overnight…it’s not necessary but adds flavour. The next day after work I popped the whole shebang into a crock pot, chopped up the chorizo into one inch pieces so you’d get about 4 or 5 to every sausage. Bang them into the pot, peel and cut the carrots to about the same size and bang them in too as well as the onion or leek…or hell use both. Then chuck in the can of tomatoes and mix it all throughly. Put the lid on and I put it on for 3 hours on high. About 30 minutes before you want it take some of the juice out of the cooker and mix it with the cornflour to make a paste and tip it back into the cooker and mix thoroughly. Lid back on and 30 minutes later….dinner! We had ours with mashed potatoes. Now as I said you can cook this a couple of different ways…in the oven at 160c for about 2 1/2 hours…or even in a heavy saucepan on the stove…but you’d need to watch it closely and stir quite often so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. I’m lazy so I prefer the crockpot method :)