You will need Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise for this to taste right but it’s easy to get hold of, either a local Asian supermarket or Amazon will sort you out! I would also advise the chunkiest ham you can get, either go for trimmings or bake a ham joint and use some in this.
2 large floury potatoes
1/2 small tin Sweetcorn, drained
100g ham, chopped
1/2 medium carrot, julienned
1” cucumber, very finely sliced
6 tbsp kewpie mayonnaise
Pinch of salt
– Peel and chop up your potatoes and boil in a large pan of salted water for 20 minutes. Drain and return to the pan, let them air dry for 5 minutes.
– Mash the potatoes until smooth.
– Add your other ingredients and give a good stir through. Eyeball it, if you feel you want different proportions go for it! Alter it to your taste.
This is one of the simplest things I’ve made in ages and yet it packs a big flavour punch! My recipe for Red Onion Refrigerator Pickles pack a heck of a punch visually too, who can resist bright pink food? They are perfect paired with pulled pork as here, or even just in sandwiches (put them in a cheese toastie and be amazed!)
Darcy was poised and ready for any spillages!
3 red onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
~1 cup/250ml red wine vinegar
Put your onions in a sealable tub, jar or bowl.
Sprinkle with salt.
Cover with the vinegar.
Leave in the fridge for 2 hours – 2 weeks. Then enjoy!
Coming to an end of my Indian theme I wanted something quick and easy to accompany my meal, the Fritters were doing a good Yorkshire Pudding substitute but I just felt that it needed a flatbread to accompany it. I could have made up some dough without too much hassle but with everything else going on in the kitchen I just wasn’t in the mood. I had a can of bread roll dough in the fridge so I improvised!
They worked brilliantly! Perfectly portioned, beautifully fluffy inside. This is a cheat I’m sure to turn to again as it was effortless!
1 can of dough for 6 bread rolls
Roll out each “roll” on a lightly floured worksurface.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan.
Place the dough in the pan and fry for about 2 minutes on each side until the dough is firm and browned on both sides.
Place the cooked flatbread on a paper towel and keep on a plate in a warm oven until the rest are done.
Repeat with the remaining dough, topping up the oil as necessary.
I’ve never actually eaten Saag Aloo before so I don’t really know how this recipe compares to others. What I can say is that I found it absolutely delicious and I will definitely be cooking it again!
I will especially be deploying it when my dad cooks curry. I love spices and the breadth of flavours they bring. I am not a fan of blowing your head of with heat! My Dad believes that the hotter a curry is the better. The potatoes and spinach in this Saag Aloo work to cut down on the spice level but still with a fantastic depth of flavour in its own right.
A recipe with a bit of a Japanese twist today! This Grilled Salon with Miso Soba Noodles is quick (about 10 minutes to cook), simple and delicious! What’s not to love about that? Oh and it’s super healthy for you too!
You marinate the salmon the night before (or even for a few days, it won’t spoil it!) and then simply pop it on the grill while you cook your noodles. 10 minutes, done and dusted!
I actually made this for my lunches during what I knew was going to be a hectic week. I needed good quality food, full of nutrients that would tempt me to actually stop and eat rather than grabbing something worthless on the fly. This dish is delicious either hot or cold. If you haven’t had cold noodles during a heat wave I urge you to give it a go, they’re divine!
– Place your salmon in a sealable watertight bag and add the soy sauce and mirin.
– Leave in the fridge to marinate overnight or longer.
– When ready to cook simply place the salmon on a health grill or in a frying pan. If cooking in a pan remember to flip over then the colour has changed half way up. Pour the marinating liquid over the top (being careful of run off for the health grill!)
– Prepare the soba according to packet instructions (usually cook for about 4 minutes in boiling water).
– Drain the noodles (don’t be too thorough) and then add the miso paste and dried wakame and tofu bits. Add a little splash of hot water to slacken.
– Stir well to coat the noodles in miso.
– Serve with edamame if you fancy them!
This recipe is a nice, easy, way of pepping up your potatoes a little. For very little effort you get a whole lot of flavour and an absolutely gorgeous texture you usually only get with twice cooked chips!
The smell of the roasted herbs is amazing too! These were cooked alongside a roast chicken and the whole kitchen smelt so good!
– Take a bag of new potatoes and place them in a nice oven dish.
– Drizzle with olive oil (3 tbsp at least, be generous!)
– Sprinkle with a pinch sea salt.
– Scatter with sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme.
– Put in the top of the oven for 1 hour at gas mark 5.
– Done! Potatoes!
I LOVE Yakitori! But I often forget about how easy it is to prepare and how delicious it is to eat! It’s a mainstay of Japanese food found on street stalls and izakaya menus across the country. I have some absolutely perfect memories of eating Yakitori across Japan on my travels.
It’s usually served as a snack, side dish or a dish amongst many but you can make it as a main in its own right. I had it with a bowl of rice and some gyoza here. It’s a brilliant option for BBQs as something a little different and makes a great canape option too.
One of the great things about Yakitori is that you don’t need to marinate the meat. You just make the sauce and brush it on as you cook it. You could even make the sauce in advance (and soak your skewers) then it’s simply a matter of 10 minutes on the grill!
Makes 6 skewers (serves 2 as a main)
2 chicken breasts, sliced lengthways into strips (or chunks, whatever you prefer!)
1/2 cup mirin
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup granulated sugar
– Place your mirin, soy sauce and sugar in a small pan and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes on a low head but don’t let it get too hot or you will end up with salty toffee!
– Once the sauce is reduced and thickened (about the consistency of double cream) remove it from the heat.
– Reserve a little of your sauce for dipping once cooked
– Thread your chicken onto presoaked bamboo skewers.
– I like to give the chicken a quick coating of sauce before placing on the grill.
– Then put them on the grill and brush every minute or two with sauce.
– Give one final coating just before you serve for a glossy, sticky finish.
– Serve however you wish!
This recipe is easy peasy lemon squeasy and DELCIOUS! I have an unholy love for cauliflower and it all started because of this recipe!
So quick, so simple, so delicious! It makes an excellent side dish for any curry, or even just with a roast (with cumin or without,it’s up to you!) I confess, if I’m making this and there are leftovers I often just snack on this coldas I’m passing it in the kitchen, it’s so good!!!
Serves 4 (or 1 Anna)
1 large head cauliflower
1 tbsp cumin seeds
– Heat the oven to gas mark 6/200C.
– Chop the cauliflower into florets.
– Put it in an oven proof baking dish.
– Drizzle with oil.
– Scatter with cumin seeds and a pinch of sea salt.
– Roast for 30 minutes until browned.
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