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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Spicy Chilli Slow Cooked ...

This is my Chilli recipes I use on cold winter days when I need to go out or busy throughout the day. I love my slow cooker for saving time at night cooking. This recipe is cooked in a large slow cooker.

Serves 4- 6


Ingredients

4 Tbsp Olive oil

2 Carrots chopped

3 Medium onions

1 Kg Mince beef

2 (400g) Tins of chopped tomatoes

3 tsp Chilli powder

3 Tbsp plain flour

5 Tbsp tomatoes ketchup

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

Salt and pepper

1Tbsp Thyme

Half a pint of beef stock

2 ( 400g) Tins of red kidney beans

Method

In a frying pan heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and fry the mince until all turned brown.

In a wok or large frying pan, Gently fry the carrots and onion in the last 2 tbsp of olive oil.

In a bowl mix the chilli powder, flour, tomato ketchup,soy sauce, salt,pepper and thyme and set aside.

Once the mince has browned drain the fat and place in the wok with the onions and carrots.

Mix in the chili paste and tomatoes

Stir well until all paste had mixed in.

Transfer into slow cooker on slow heat for about 6-8 hours

About a hour and half before serving add the red kidney beans into the slow cooker

Tip- if like out family only half of us like kidney beans, warm up in a pan 10 minutes before seving. Then serve up the chilli and add kidney beans once everyone who don't like them has got their dinner...




Saturday, 22 September 2012

Lovers Night In Wine Inspired Recipes‏...

Recipe and photo credit by - Sophie Michell and Blue Nun



Barbecued sticky Kung pao chicken with cashew, carrot, radish, cucumber and spring onion salad (Blue Nun Rivaner Riesling in the marinade)

Serves 4

Prep time 20 minutes, plus 1 hour marinating time

Cooking time 15 minutes

8 boneless/skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

Marinade

  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Sherry or for a lower sugar marinade use Blue Nun River Riesling
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp chili flakes

Salad

  • ½ head of Chinese white cabbage
  • 3 spring onions
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red chili (depending on level of heat required)
  • 50g roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

Dressing

  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Chinese rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Method

  • Firstly mix all the marinade together in a deep tray or dish and then add the chicken turn cover to coat in the marinade and then leave, covered in the fridge for as long as possible (up to 24hrs) and for a minimum of an hour.
  • Then make the salad. 
  • Peel and cut the carrots into very thin strips, and add to a large mixing bowl. 
  • Then cut the spring onions thinly on a sharp diagonal and also add to the bowl. 
  • Cut the Chinese cabbage down the middle, de core, slice to add to the mix and finally de-seed the cucumber, slice thinly and add too. 
  • Mix well. 
  • For the dressing, simply mix all the ingredients together and set aside.
  • When you are ready to eat, heat up a grill to very hot (or if you are barbecuing make sure it is hot and ready). 
  • Take the chicken out of the marinade and then place on a grill tray and cook for 8 minutes each side until cooked throughout and caramelised. 
  • Then add the dressing to the salad, mix well and serve a big pile of salad with the chicken on top.
  • Serve with a glass of Rivaner Riesling or the new lower alcohol Blue Nun Delicate drinks (5.5%)

Sophie adds:“The Rivaner Riesling is really is a super match for most types of Asian and oriental style dishes, which I find can be really hard to match a wine with and a glug of this fresh, fruity wine is great in the marinade too".

“There is a big trend for lower alcohol drinks at the moment, but some that I’ve tried are rather watery. However, the Blue Nun Delicate drinks (5.5% alc) however are packed with flavour & taste. They’re ideal for the lazy summer days, picnics and bbq’s, or to serve as an aperitif when you want something refreshing & light to serve to guests.

They’re made with full bodied, aromatic wine & delicious fruit flavours such as white peach, mango, raspberry and lychee, which taste delicious".


Blue cheese Endive and radicchio salad with caramelised walnuts and sourdough croutes (Vegetarian)

Serves 4:

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of sourdough bread
  • 2 heads of endive
  • 1 head of red Radicchio
  • 150g blue cheese
  • 50g walnuts
  • 1tsp sugar

Dressing

  • 1 tsp walnut oil
  • 2tsp mild olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  • Firstly cut the sourdough slices, into rough largish cubes, drizzle with olive oil and then grill until crisp and golden. 
  • Then add the walnuts and sugar to a small frying pan, and fry until golden brown and caramelised. 
  • Cool both the croutes and the walnuts.
  • Then mix all the dressing ingredients together and crumble/cube the blue cheese. 
  • When you are ready to eat mix the leaves, with the croutes, dressing, cheese and walnuts then serve.


Gold leaf sparkling jellies with iced frozen red grapes and creme Chantilly ( using Blue Nun Sparkling Gold)

 Makes 6

Prep time 20 minutes, plus 3 hours for setting (or overnight)

Ingredients

  • 600ml Blue Nun Sparkling Gold white wine
  • 50 ml Elderflower cordial
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 6 sheets gelatine
  • 200g green seedless grapes
  • 200ml double cream
  • 2 tsp icing sugar

Method

  • Firstly take the grapes and cut into little branches with 3 grapes per set, then place on a tray and pop in the freezer.
  • Soak the gelatine sheets in a small bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes until softened. 
  • Meanwhile, put 100ml of the Blue Nun Sparkling Gold and the sugar into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. 
  • Squeeze the gelatine sheets to remove any excess water and stir into the wine mixture until dissolved.
  • Then mix the heated wine mix in with the rest of the wine (500ml), add the elderflower cordial and pour into a large bowl and place into the fridge. 
  • Leave for at least an hour then check and stir. 
  • Basically you keep doing this until the mix has thickened enough for the gold flakes to not sink to the bottom.
  • When ready pour into four individual metal pudding moulds, about 200ml/7fl oz/generous 3⁄4 cup capacity, if you want to turn the panna cottas out onto dessert plates, or into four pretty serving bowls.
  •  Put in the fridge to set for at least 2 more hours, or overnight. 
  • Then pour the cream and icing sugar into a bowl and whip until soft peaks.
  • If the panna cottas are in metal moulds, pour boiling water into a bowl and quickly dip the moulds into the water before turning them upside down on to dessert plates. 
  • Then add a dollop of cream and some of the frozen grapes.
  • Serve with a glass of sparkling gold!

Sophie says:"The Gold Flecks were such a talking point for my girlfriends and I. I just adore the way the bubbles rise the gold flakes to the surface, very Glam!"

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