Holiday time!

So I’m heading off abroad for my holiday so I won’t be able to post anything this week. But do not fear, I will be back soon with more of my delicious recipes.

Stay tuned everyone and stop drinking, start cooking! 😀

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Homemade Peri Peri Chicken :)

Peri peri chicken. Yeh I know you love it, we all do, from the finger lickin goodness from Nandoes to the ones from our local chicken shop. But why not try make it at home? We’re gonna make it in the oven so it’ll be healthier than sticking it on the BBQ, but we’re not compromising on the taste here. It’s gonna taste just as good and even juicier.

Buuuttt, you can stick it on the BBQ if you want 😉

Let’s get started!

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 1 Hour, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

Ingredients:

  • Whole Chicken

Marinade:

  • Canned Chopped Tomatoes
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Chilli Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Onions (Roughly Sliced)
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • Paprika/Cayenne (Powder)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper

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Gourmet Choccy Ganache and Salted Caramel Tart!

I gave you a gourmet meat dish the other day so why not follow it up with another simple yet gourmet dessert. The only tricky bit here is getting the caramel right, but if you mess up it’s no biggie. Just pick yourself up and do it better next time.

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 1 Hour, Difficulty Level: 4 – Little Bit Tricky)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Ingredients:

Usually, I’d say add as much of this or that as you want, but seeing as it is dessert we need to be a little more precise, so I will include some specific measurements for some of the ingredients.

  • 200g of Dark Chocolate (Best to get some with about 70% or more cocoa in it. Keeps the dessert from getting overly sweet)
  • 75-100g of unsalted butter
  • 500g/2 tubs of double cream
  • Half to ¾ pack of digestive biscuits
  • ¾ mug of sugar (Avg sized mugs, but depends if you want lots of caramel or a little bit)
  • 1 level tbsp of salt
  • Icing Sugar (Optional)
  • Nuts (Optional)
  • Ice Cream (Optional)
  • Fruit (Optional)

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Juicy Breasts……Chicken XD

Who doesn’t love a bit of juicy, tender and scrumdiddlyumptious breasts….well chicken at that. How many times have you made chicken breast only for it to come out the oven dry as f**k?

I’m gonna show you how to keep your meat staying juicy and luscious and what’s more amazing, you can do this with fresh or frozen breasts. What more can you ask for? You can even get cheap, cheap, cheeeeaaaapppp frozen breasts from anywhere…..Iceland if you’re in the UK ;D

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I’m also going to go out on a limb here and say this is ridiculously easy to make. 10 minutes to prep and 10-15 minutes to cook, you can do this in your sleep!

(Preparation/Cooking time: 20 minutes, Difficulty Level: 1 – Sooper Easy)

Ingredients:

  • Medium/Large Chicken Breasts
  • Butter (½ tbsp per chicken breast)
  • Mixed Herbs (½ tsp per chicken breast)
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • Lemon Juice (½ a lemon)
  • Salt and Pepper

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HOW TO: Debone a Chicken Thigh, The Pro Way!

How many of you know how to debone a chicken thigh? I reckon most of you just buy boneless chicken breast or other boneless chicken and eat that instead, but we students are always on a budget and we like to save as much as we can, so use those extra pounds we saved to buy booze. 😀

So why not learn how to debone chicken yourself, especially chicken thighs. It’s incredibly simple, cheap and thighs are a lot juicier than breasts…..on a chicken of course…

Below is a step by step guide on how to debone a chicken thigh and come out with a large flat piece of juicy chicken to do whatever you want with it. Just remember to be careful with your knife and fingers as both are in very close proximity to each other.

Without further ado, let’s get on with it: Continue reading HOW TO: Debone a Chicken Thigh, The Pro Way!

My Crazy, Calamitous and Chaotic Pancake Cake

How many of you used to watch your mum bake and ask to help, but only end up making a right mess? I’m sure most of you have, so why not bring those memories back, only this time you’re actually trying to make something that looks like a total mess but delicious and fun to make and eat.

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 30 minutes, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

(Suitable for Vegetarians)

Now, the great thing about this is that you don’t actually have to copy any of my filling ingredients, because this dessert can be made with pretty much anything.

I have always said put whatever or however much you want into your own dish, but literally this time stick whatever you want in it from fruit to sweets to cream, etc, because in the end it’s bound to be tasty anyway.

Below are the ingredients I used,  which I realised tasted realllllllll gooooddd. 😀

Ingredients:

Pancake/Crepe Batter:

  • About a cup of Plain Flour (Sieved)
  • 4 Eggs
  • Milk
  • Pinch of Salt

Filling:

  • Chocolate (Melted)
  • Double Cream
  • Bananas
  • Walnuts or any types of nuts
  • Ginger Snap Biscuits
  • Nutella
  • Bourbon Biscuits

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Chinese-esque Style Glazed Pork Belly!

Another Asian inspired dish for you today. We all love a bit of pork belly, it’s tender, juicy and actually quite cheap. One thing to note is that this dish takes quite a bit of time in initial cooking stage as you are required to slow cook the meat to make it soft and juicy, but don’t be scared and get lazy, I recommend you make this as it is fabulous and each slice you eat melts in your mouth. C’est Incroyable!!!

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 4 Hours, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

Ingredients: As always, measurements for ingredients is all entirely up to you, as you are the boss of your own food and you decide what flavours are best for you.

  • Pork Belly
  • Cinnamon (Whole or Ground)
  • Black Pepper (Ground)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Soya Sauce (Light and Dark)
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • White Wine
  • Sesame Oil
  • Ginger (Peeled and Sliced)
  • Spring Onions
  • Star Anise (Optional)

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The Poor Student’s Bacon and Roast Pepper Spaghetti

Have you ever had those days where you’re starving your ass off, got no money to buy food or let alone a takeaway and you’ve pretty much got nothing left in your fridge?

We’ve all experienced those times and they’re pretty dire and depressing. I was pretty much in that predicament not long ago cos I’ve been doing exams and hadn’t had time to go shopping. All I had in the fridge was a pack of bacon, some peppers and a few jars of sauce. Now, I wasn’t prepared to start eating spoonfuls of sauce so I had to make do with what I had around the house and cook something up. Simple right? YES, even you can do it if you follow my simple recipe below! ;D

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 30-45 minutes, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

Ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Peppers
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Spaghetti/Pasta/Penne/Fuseli (Your Choice or whatever you have left lying around)
  • Olive Oil (3-4 tbsp)
  • Egg (Optional)
  • Parsley (Optional)

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HOW TO: Cook Red Meat, The Easy Way!

Rare, Medium Rare, Medium or Well done (or as I call it…burnt). Everyone of us likes our meat cooked differently, but many of us don’t actually know how to cook meat to our desired ‘rareness’ which means sometimes we end up having it literally raw on the inside and burnt on the outside or just the whole thing absolutely charred and as tough as a m********er.

With my simple ‘How To:’ guides, I will show how to do simple things and teach you little tricks so you can look like an impressive chef in front of all your friends around the kitchen.

Today, I will show a simple technique, using just your hand, which will help you determine the rareness of any piece of meat you cook and I can guarantee it works about 99% of the time….ish. Continue reading HOW TO: Cook Red Meat, The Easy Way!

Gourmet Minty Lamb Steaks. Time to eat like Kings!

Empty fridges are never a great sight, but when parents come and visit you, you’re bound to get them to do all your shopping for you and somewhere on that list is some quality meat. For me, I managed to persuade my rents to get me some lamb rump steaks. So I decided, why not make something a little bit more gourmet and go for the classic minty lamb steaks? Simple, easy and as always tasty.

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(Preparation/Cooking time: 45-60 minutes, Difficulty Level: 3 – S’Alright)

Ingredients:

  • Lamb Steaks (Can be any cut really with a nice mix between lean and fat, all up to you).
  • Sweet Potato/Normal Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Mint Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Honey/Syrup
  • Garlic (Finely Chopped)
  • Onions (Finely Sliced)
  • Chicken Stock (1 cube of oxo or equivalent)
  • Red Wine (Optional)
  • Corn Flour (Optional)
  • Coriander (Optional)

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