Some of the dinners we had this week:
Thai Red Chicken Soup
From Jamie Oliver’s latest ‘5 ingredient’s book’ – super easy, as long as you remember to put in on in advance, and liked by the whole family
Chilli – with all the trimmings
My chilli is a bit of a cheat – I use the schwartz packet mix and follow the instructions on the packet, although I did it with casserole steak and slow cooked it for the afternoon, to mix it up a bit. For us, chilli is as much about the bits that come with it. We always serve it with sour cream, grated cheese, chopped avocado, tortilla chips and a tomato, red onion and coriander salsa
Chicken and chorizo veggie fried rice
Just me and D2 one evening, who loves chorizo, so I fried up some chicken with some cooking chorizo, added a pack of whole grain microwave rice, some sweetcorn, chopped carrot and broccoli adding a bit of sun dried tomato paste mixed in water to make a stock to keep it all moist whilst cooking
Pasta with oil, garlic, chilli and parsley
A quick recipe that came in the magazine that accompanied my Hush clothes delivery last week. Very quick and tasty.
Chicken in sesame seeds
Another Jamie recipe – this time from his family superfoods book. Butterflied chicken breasts, coated in a little oil grilled, then sliced and sprinkled with sesame seeds, served with rice noodles and broccoli.
Slow cooked pork belly
Today’s snow meant we were housebound, so I marinated a piece of pork belly in tahini mixed with soy sauce, lemon and lime juice and then it cooked for 3.5 hours at 150 deg C, followed by 30 mins at 225 deg C to crisp off the crackling. Served with egg noodles and broccoli and edamame beans. The pork belly is a Nigella recipe – called slow roast pork belly, from her Kitchen book.
I think I might do a variation of this for Christmas Eve dinner. Same marinade but on a slow cooked pork shoulder and will serve with boulangere potatoes (which I can cook in advance and then heat up at the last minute) and probably the broccoli and edamame veg mix