Frozen Lemon Daiquiri

Everybody loves a sweet cocktail.

These are fantastic for the summer time but can be enjoyed all year round! All you need is 4 ingredients, a blender and some straws.

Lemon Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 300ml of your favourite Rum
  • 2 Table spoons of sugar syrup ( if you have none Honey is fine)
  • 2 Lemons peeled and deseeded
  • 4 cups of Ice

Serves | 4 cocktail glasses | 2 large cups

Directions

Tip the lemon, rum and sweetener into the blender. Blend until smooth then remove. In the empty blender, blend all of the ice. Blend to a smooth slush consistency, re-add the lemon mixture and whizz until completely combined. Pour into a glasses of your choice and enjoy!

Tiger Prawn Risotto

Upgrade your frozen prawn risotto to this mouth watering fresh fish delight. Don’t get me wrong, i do use frozen prawns for fish pies, thai noodles etc, but its nice to treat yourself every once and a while to some fresh shellfish.

Luckily we are living next-door to the Auckland CBD harbour so there is always fresh fish. Last sunday we went on a beautiful walk along the harbour side and whilst we were there i couldn’t resist a look in the fishmongers. The tiger prawns looked so big and fresh i just had to get some, that night we had a rich and creamy tiger prawn risotto. See below for the recipe, enjoy!

 

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Ingredients

  • 6 large fresh Tiger Prawns
  • 1 Cup of Risotto Rice
  • 1 Cup of Peas 
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • Large handful of fresh chopped Parsley 
  • 1 onion
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 100g Butter
  • Olive oil

Serves 2

Directions

Chop the onion and garlic. Pop into a deep based pan with olive oil then fry in a medium heat until soft and translucent.

Meanwhile, in a separate pan, put in the uncooked prawns and fill with water so that they are well covered. Add a tsp of salt and bring to the boil. Once cooked turn off the heat. This will become the flavoursome stock.  

Tip in the risotto rice into the pan of onions and garlic. Stir. Cook for a few mins until the rice has started to turn translucent. add more oil if needed.

Take a ladle of the prawn stock and pour it on to the rice. Stir until all of the liquid has been absorbed, repeat the process until the rice has cooked through.

When the prawns have cooked through and are a beautiful pink, remove from the stock and place into a bowl and cover. 

Tip the peas and half of the parsley into the risotto and stir in. Season to taste. I added a hefty amount of black pepper, yum! Once you are happy with the texture of the risotto. Add the butter and stir in, this gives it the rich and creamy taste. 

Serve with the remaining parsley and the prawns with the shells on or off.

 

True Italian Tomato Sauce

Here is an absolutely delicious recipe using simple key ingredients that we all know and love, made irresistible.

It’s so easy to grab a jar of ready made tomato sauce whilst doing your weekly shop, but this quick and healthy substitute recipe will convert you into a bellissimo cook-from-scratch chef in no time. You will find that probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards at home already!

 

Tomato Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 5/6 Sun-dried tomatoes + 2 TBSP of the oil they are kept in.
  • Herbs of your choice. 1 Handfull of fresh basil if you have it. Otherwise dried italian herbs are a good substitute (1 TBSP).
  • 1 onion
  • 1 TBSP of brown sugar
  • Salt & Pepper

Serve with pasta and cheese.

Serves 2  |  Suitable for Freezing

Directions

Fry chopped onions in the sun-dried tomato oil until they become translucent. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic, fry lightly until they start to gain some colour. Tip in dried herbs and stir. If you are using fresh herbs, add to the sauce before serving.

Tip all of the contents from the pan and the tin of chopped tomatoes into a blender and blitz until a smooth and silky. Transfer into a pan and heat the sauce through.

If you like a chunky textured sauce, skip the blender and add the chopped tomatoes straight into the pan of onions and sun dried tomatoes, simmer for 10 – 15 minuets until the sauce has thickened. 

Stir in a tsp of brown sugar (and the fresh herbs) a minuet before serving. The sugar is optional, it helps adds sweetness as the tomatoes can be quite acidic. 

Add cooked pasta to the sauce with a splash of the pasta water. The water helps combine the sauce and the pasta and stops the dish from drying out. Stir in the pasta until it is completely coated, this is the traditional way of serving pasta in Italy.

To finish add a handful of your favourite cheese, mozzarella is recommended for an authentic Italian taste. 

 

 

Tropical Smoothie

Are you feeling run down or in need of something that will tantalise your taste buds?

A super quick and cheap alternative to the shop bought bottled smoothies.

Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3 Kiwi Fruit
  • 1 Ripe Mango
  • 1 or 2 Passion Fruit
  • 500ml of Water or any left over Fruit Juice (apple is perfect)

 

  • You will need a Blender.

Directions

Peel, de-stone and scoop the fruit’s flesh away from its skin. Roughly chop and trow into the blender. Strain the juices from the passion fruit pulp if you don’t like the seeds, using a spoon and a fine sieve. Pop into a blender along with the other fruits. Add the water / fruit juice. Blend until you have reached the desired consistancy. If it is too thick continue to add juice or water.

Perfect for summer mornings.

If you don’t drink all of the smoothie, pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze for a fruity dessert!

 

Avocado & Tuna Pasta

A nice healthy alternative to the bog standard tuna and mayonnaise.

Avocado & Tuna

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 tin of Tuna flakes
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (flavours the pasta)
  • Seasoning
  • 200g Penne Pasta
  • A drizzle of Olive Oil

Tip all of the dried pasta into a large pan of boiling salted water. Crush the garlic and roughly chop, then add to the pasta. Whilst the pasta is cooking peel and stone your avocado. Leave a few slices to decorate your dish, then mash the rest. Add the drained tuna flakes and a good drizzle of olive oil to the mashed avocado, then combine together. Season to taste (I added lots of crack black peppercorns. Mmmm..). Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water. Once the pasta is completely cool, mix in the avocado and tuna. Pop on to a plate and decorate with your beautifully sliced avocado!

Sticky shredded chicken stir-fry

 

This healthy cook at home alternative is a very simple recipe that uses ingredients that you’ll already have at home. Get the kids involved. One that all the family will love including students on a budget. So put that takeaway menu down!

At home chinese

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1 Broccoli
  • 1 Large Onion
  • Chicken (enough for 4 mouths)
  • 4 TBSP Oyster Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • Black Pepper
  • Pinch of chilli powder / flakes

- Serve with rice or noodles

Finely cut the carrots into strips. Chop the broccoli into bitesize pieces and the onion into half moon slices. In a large frying pan (or wok if you have one) heat a good glug of oil in the pan evenly coating it. You want the pan smoking hot like Gerard Butler. Chuck in the onions and break then up into strips using your utensil of choice. Once the onions have started to soften add the carrots and broccoli. Stir fry for a couple of mins making sure they are getting a nice colour. Its okay if they start to brown, it adds flavour. Pop the chicken into the pan. I used left over chicken from a roast and shredded it. If you are using raw chicken repeat the same process but add the chicken after the onions. Wait until it is cooked before you add the rest of the veg. Chicken thighs are tender and cheap and would be delicious in this recipe. Add the honey, black pepper and chilli. Stir. Add the oyster sauce. Stir. You should have a nice and shiny, thick and gloopey sauce. Lower the heat. If the sauce gets too thick add some water to loosen it. I didn’t add any salt as the oyster sauce is already quite salty. If you want to add salt, taste first, because you can’t take it out once you have put it in! Serve on top of rice or mix in with noodles. You can add and takeaway any veg dependant on what you have in the fridge. Enjoy :)

Banana Flapjacks

So easy, so delicious & so moreish!

Banana Flapjacks

Ingredients

  • 250g Porridge Oats
  • 125g Butter
  • 125g Brown / Caster Sugar
  • 4 TBSP Golden Syrup
  • 1 Ripe Banana (mashed)
  • Large handful of Dried Banana Chips

Pre-heat the oven to 180c. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. In a pan on a medium heat, add the sugar, syrup, butter and mashed banana. Stir and simmer until it has dissolved into one. Take off the heat and tip in all of the porridge oats. Stir until the oats are completely covered. Tip into the lined tray and flatten with the back of a spoon. Pop the flapjack into the oven for roughly 15 mins until is golden brown and smells absolutely delicious! Take out of the oven and leave to rest until completely cooled. Once cooled, cut into even squares and top with a blob of sticky golden syrup then a banana chip on top. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.. if they last that long!

Bitter Chocolate Orange Peels

This recipe is so easy and so simple.

Wrap up and give as edible presents or for an unconventional chocolate snack!

Chocolate Orange

Ingredients

  • 2 Large thick orange peels (I used Jaffa)
  • 250g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Dark Chocolate

You can cut your peel however you like. I would suggest that it is no bigger than your thumb. Remove any remaining pith on the peel with a sharp knife or peeler. Pop the peel into a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Let the peel soak for 5 mins. Drain then repeat once more. In a pan add 250ml of water and the caster sugar. Allow the sugar to dissolve and then add the orange peel. Leave to simmer for 10 mins. Remove the peel from the pan and leave to dry over night. Once dried completely, in a bowl melt the chocolate. Dip the orange into the melted chocolate and then rest on greaseproof paper until the chocolate has hardened. There you have it.. Delicious chocolate orange.

Keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Cranberry & Chocolate Oat Cookies

C IS FOR COOKIE!

A very tempting, sweet and comforting cookie.

COOOOOOKIE

Ingredients

  • 175 g Flour
  • 100g Rolled Oats
  • 200g Butter
  • 100ml Golden syrup
  • Large handful of Dried Cranberries
  • 100g Chocolate of choice (i used milk)

Pre-heat the oven to 200C fan/ Gas mark 6. Add the flour, rolled oats and cranberries to a bowl and mix. In a pan heat the golden syrup and butter. Stir until combined, do not boil. Allow to cool. Pour the syrup mixture into they dry ingredients. When mixing you might need to use your hands so it holds together. Once the mixture is complete and is a dough like consistency, roll into balls then flatten. Pop them onto a baking tray and leave in the fridge for 5 to 10 mins. Once the time is up, remove from the fridge and straight to the oven. Cook for around 15 mins until golden brown. Allow to cool. Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the cookies. When the chocolate has set.. dig in!