Short Beef Ribs

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Bit of a meat fest here!

I like my meat falling of the bone with these cuts. And ribs lend themselves to long slow cooking. I also like simple pan juices for gravy and these juices are fab!

I tend to double up in the oven when I’m doing slow roasts, so these ribs cooked along with a pork shoulder for the first six hours and I then popped them into the fridge to reheat a couple of nights later with their pan juice.

Serves 4-6 depending on sides.

Ingredients

2kgs short beef ribs, in one or two pieces

30-40 mls olive oil

salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 130 degrees Centigrade.

Rub the beef all over with oil and then season really well with salt and pepper.

Pop into a snug fitting roasting tin and cover tightly with foil.

Place in the oven and bake for 6 hours.

After six hours, drain off all of the fat and juice.

Increase the heat to 210 degrees centigrade.

Baste the top of the ribs with the fat that has been skimmed off and return to the oven.

Bake for a further 45-50 mins, basting regularly.

Allow to rest for 20mins before serving.

Baked Salami Eggs

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As popular as bacon and eggs are I think that a really good, home style salami can be a knock out with eggs.

This is a great way of using up the last few slices of salami to make a filling meal, serve with a green salad and maybe some baby potatoes and for breakfast, asparagus spears to dip are a treat!

If we are having these at home, I bake them for 12 minutes for a soft yolk, for the lunch boxes and picnics they get 17minutes to avoid burst yolks in the lunch boxes, there is nothing worse apparently!

The salami slices will shrink considerably so make sure you have a bit of over hang, large muffin trays work well too.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

12 large slices of salami

4 eggs

40g gluten free breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

1 teaspoon olive oil

salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Centigrade.

Line each hole of the Yorkshire pudding tin with three slices of salami, spread out to come up the edges.

Break an egg into each salami case.

In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parsley, oil, salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the breadcrumb mix over each egg.

Pop in the oven for 12-17minutes depending on how soft you like the yolk.

Spinach and Lentil Salad With Apple and Persian Feta

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Another favourite salad that is surprisingly filling thanks to the lentils.

You can use tinned lentils if you prefer, probably two tins, drained and rinsed well.

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

100g dried brown lentils

200g baby spinach leaves

1 Granny Smith apple, finely sliced

100g Persian marinated feta

4 tablespoons oil from the feta

zest of a small lemon

2 teaspoons lemon juice

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped roughly

Method

Pour the lentils into a pan and cover with at least double depth of water.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 35-45 minutes until cooked through but not squishy.

Drain in a colander and then run cold water over them to cool down quickly. Set aside to drain completely.

Make the dressing, combine the oil from the feta, lemon juice, rind, salt and pepper.

Plate up the salad, spinach followed by lentils, apple and then feta.

Drizzle over the dressing and then sprinkle with the fresh dill.

Yakitori Chicken Wings

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Obviously not authentic barbecued yakitori chicken here but still delicious and rather moreish with the sticky sweet marinade.

I use Tamari or gluten free soy sauce but regular works too and you can cook these on the barbecue for a more authentic flavour.

Leftovers, if you have any, are great for lunch boxes.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1.4kg chicken nibbles, tips removed and wings halved at the joint

60mls gluten free soy sauce or Tamari

60mls mirin

80mls maple syrup

2 spring onions, very finely sliced

Method

Combine all of the ingredients, except a few slices of onion, in a zip lock bag and allow to marinade for 2-8 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade and line two baking trays with baking parchment.

Lay the chicken on the baking trays skin side up and scoop out the spring onion slices and spread them over the top.

Pop in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, basting regularly , first baste with the leftover marinade and the remaining bastes with the pan juices.

Keep and eye on the chicken, towards the end it will want to burn!

To serve, pile the wings on a plate and then sprinkle over the reserved spring onion.

 

Oregano Bread Stuffed With Slow Roast Lamb

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Otherwise known as the leftover “manwich”, guaranteed to fill the hungriest of teenage boys stomachs with a bowl of soup on the side! Also super for school lunch boxes and picnics!

I have used leftover slow roast leg of lamb in this recipe but feel free to play around with it, I have used pulled pork, beef ribs and roast chicken before.

I make batches of caramelised onions to keep in the fridge as a quick cheat, the recipe is in the blog!

As for a vegetarian option, leftover roast pumpkin and goats cheese is a winner with the caramelised onions on the base.

Serves 8-10.

Ingredients

DOUGH

500g plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons instant yeast

4 teaspoons dried oregano

325-350mls warm water

FILLING

150g caramelised onions

250g lamb or your choice of cooked meat

2 large tomatoes, deseeded and diced

100g mozzarella, grated

TOPPING

1 egg, beaten

30-40g Parmesan, finely grated

Method

In a large bowl, combine the dough ingredients, making sure you get all the bits off the side of the bowl.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.

Flour the inside of the bowl you used to make the dough and add the dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and leave to rise for 1 hour.

Line a baking tray with baking parchment. 37cm x 24cm.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Once risen, tip the dough gently onto the floured bench and cut in half.

Roll one half out until it is large enough to cover the tray.

Gently lift it onto the prepared tray, spread the caramelised onions over the base, leaving a 3 cm gap around the edge.

Sprinkle over the lamb, tomatoes and cheese.

Brush around the edges of the dough with a little of the beaten egg for the topping.

Roll the second piece of dough out to cover the existing piece.

Lay it over, press down on the edges to seal and then nip and twist all the way around the dough to seal completely, the edges should look like a turned rope.

Brush with the remaining egg and sprinkle over the Parmesan.

Set aside in a warm place for 20-30 mins and then bake for 40-45 minutes until the bread is fully cooked and the top surface is golden.

Slide the bread onto a wire rack to cool a little before cutting.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

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In the good old days I loved tabbouleh made with burghul but since Coeliacs I’ve had to adapt and the family with me, most of the time!

Quinoa is a great alternative and really goes well with the fresh flavours. I do use large quantities of herbs, the weights given are for leaf weights, not the stalks! If you aren’t a huge fan of parsley or mint, just play around with the herbs until you get it the way you like it.

Serves 6. We often have tabbouleh with beetroot falafels and Greek yogurt. The boys have flat breads too.

Ingredients

180g white quinoa

500mls water

50g mint leaves, finely shredded

50g fresh parsley leaves, finely shredded

3 spring onions, finely sliced

4 large tomatoes, deseeded and diced finely

juice of 2 lemons

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper

Method

Measure the quinoa into a medium pan, add the cold water and cover with a lid, bring up to the boil and then simmer for 14mins. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before removing the lid.

Tip the quinoa into a sieve and run cold water over it to cool, allow to drain completely.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and allow to sit for 30minutes to allow the flavours to develop.

Serve with beetroot falafel.

Beetroot Falafel

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I love these, yet another sneaky vegetarian meal that seems not to be noticed as the boys eat these in wraps!

Served with quinoa tabbouleh and a good spoonful of Greek yogurt if you aren’t going all out vegan.

I have made the falafel into 40-50 g patties as they are inclined to crumble if you roll them as balls, this way they are easy to flip. I also start them in a pan and then pop them in the oven, you can make them a few hours ahead and then bake when you need them.

Makes 24 falafel.

Ingredients

2 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained, rinsed and mashed with a potato masher

650g fresh beetroots, topped and tailed and grated

1 onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

100g tahini

3 tablespoons ground cumin

150g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks, shredded

oil to fry

Method

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

Heat a large frying pan over a medium to high heat and add oil.

Take small handfuls of falafel and form into patties, fry in batches, just a a minute or two on each side.

Drain on some kitchen towel roll and then place on the baking sheets.

Once all of the falafel have been made, pop the trays into the oven and bake until crispy, 15-20 mins.

Chicken Meatballs with Hidden Veggies

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A great way to use fresh tomatoes, spinach and sweetcorn!

I really like the idea of minimal washing up so do consider cooking the onion and the reusing the pan for the meatballs, think of it as added flavour!

For my gluten free option, I bake a potato while the meatballs are cooking and have a potato topped with the sauce and meatballs.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons oil

4 onions , diced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh coriander

2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

500g minced chicken

250g sweetcorn kernels, fresh or frozen

salt and pepper

SAUCE

5 anchovies in oil, drained

pepper, freshly ground

5 large tomatoes, deseeded and diced

50g baby spinach leaves

100g mozzarella, grated

Method

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil and add the onions, cook until soft and beginning to colour, add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

Spoon 1/4 of the onion mix into a large bowl and set aside to cool.

Add the anchovies to the remaining onions and cook for 1 minute, add the tomatoes.

Spoon the mix into an oven proof dish. Keep the pan on the stove to cook the meatballs.

Once the onions in the bowl have cooled, add the fresh coriander and dill, chilli flakes, chicken, sweetcorn and seasoning, mix well.

Heat the pan to medium high.

Form the meat into meatballs and quickly fry them on all sides to colour them.

Sprinkle the spinach over the tomato mixture and spoon over the meatballs.

Top with the grated cheese and bake, covered, in the oven for 35-45 minutes until the meatballs are fully cooked and then bake, uncovered for 10-15mins to allow the cheese to brown.

To serve, top some hot cooked pasta with a handful of baby spinach, the sauce from the meatballs and then the meatballs themselves.

 

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Salmon and Dill Quiche

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This is a super creamy quiche that is lovely warm or cold with a salad.

Gluten free pastry is a pain to work with, you need to forget all that you have learnt handling regular pastry and just accept it for what it is, sticky and tricky so go for more of a rustic look rather than perfection!

I like to make this when I have some leftover poached salmon or alternatively, season  uncooked salmon and wrap in a foil parcel, bake at 200 degrees Centigrade for 15 mins, allow to cool in the parcel.

Serves 8.

Ingredients

Pastry

80g rice flour

80g buckwheat flour

80g polenta

30g ground almonds

Pinch of salt

160g butter, diced

1 egg

2 tablespoons water

Filling

5 eggs

220mls sour cream

220mls cream

350g cooked salmon

4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

salt and pepper

15g Parmesan, finely grated

Method

In a food processor, combine the flours, polenta, ground almonds and butter until they form breadcrumbs.

Whisk the egg and water together and with the motor running add them to the flours, process until the dough comes together.

Remove the dough, wrap in plastic wrap and pop into the fridge for two hours.

Take a 23cm wide, 3cm deep quiche tin.

Break small pieces off the dough and gently squish them into the tin until you have covered the base and sides, rising 5mm higher than the edge height.

Pop the tin into the fridge for 1-2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Remove the tin from the fridge, line with a piece of baking parchment and fill with baking beads or beans.

Place the tin on a baking sheet and bake blind for 15-20 mins.

Remove from the oven, still on the tray.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, add the sour cream and cream and whisk again.

Stir in the dill, salt and pepper.

Spread the salmon chunks over the base of the pastry case.

Pour the egg mix over the salmon and sprinkle the Parmesan over.

Bake in the oven for 25-30mins until the quiche is golden and the egg has only a slight wobble!

Allow to settle for 10mins before cutting.

Chickpeas with Chorizo

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 These are lovely as a side dish or part of a tapas meal.

I like the chickpeas to be really crispy but if you prefer them a little softer that works really well too, just cook the onion and smoked paprika first and then add the chickpeas to warm through followed by the cooked chorizo.

Serves 2-4.

Ingredients

60g piece of chorizo

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika

1/2 red onion, finely sliced

1 x 420g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed

salt and pepper

A little chopped parsley to garnish

Method

Heat a frying over a high heat.

Add the oil and once hot fry the chorizo on both sides. Remove and set aside.

Add the smoked paprika, onion and chickpeas, stir regularly until the chickpeas are crispy, return the chorizo to the pan and heat through, check for seasoning, garnish with  a little parsley and serve.