Peri Peri Chicken

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Who doesn’t love peri peri chicken???

I use jalapeño chillies for this just to reduce the heat a little for my sons but feel free to add more chilli or consider using the seeds.

I always roast two chooks, one just isn’t enough these days in my house, leftovers are great in quesadillas and nachos or topping a crunchy salad. Consider making stock with the bones, roast the chooks on the removed spines so they act as a rack and then all the bones can be used for stock, I like to make a sweetcorn soup with this stock.

Ingredients

2 x 1.4kg chickens, spines removed and butterflied

2 limes

8 large garlic cloves

4 green jalapeños, 2 chopped with seeds, 2 chopped with seeds removed

50mls honey

salt and pepper

Method

Prepare the chicken by removing the spines with poultry shears and then pressing down on the breasts to flatten.

Combine the lime juice, garlic, chilli, honey and seasoning in a bowl and then use a stick blender to process.

Pour the marinade over the chicken, cover and marinade for 6-24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Lift the chicken out of the marinade and lay in a roasting tin, reserve the marinade. Wrap a little foil around the wing tips if they are on the upper side of the chicken like mine.

Slide the chicken into the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, brushing regularly with the reserved marinade and pan juices. Towards the end of cooking, remove the foil from the wings and marinade with the rest of the chook.

Allow to rest for 10-20 minutes before serving.

Potatoes, Chorizo, Chickpeas And Eggs

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I love tapas and this dish has lots of Spanish influence in it.

As I make this for my boys I tend to buy my butchers mild chorizo so I can add the chilli later on. Something worth remembering for people with coeliacs is checking that your chorizo is gluten free, it should be but sometimes wheat is added.

This serves 10-12 as part of a tapas meal. When I make it for our dinner as the main dish I just serve it on thick slices of rustic bread for the non coeliacs in the family and coeliac son and I just have it as is! Leftovers are fabulous, reheated the next morning with a fresh egg on top.

Ingredients

500g mild Spanish chorizo, skin removed and sliced thinly

1kg potatoes, peeled and diced, 1cm

1 large onion, peeled and finely sliced

2 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced

2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2-1 teaspoon chilli flakes

3 teaspoons smoked paprika

400g baby tomatoes, halved

2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley

eggs

Method

I use a large, 32cm frying pan to make this.

Heat the pan over a high heat, add the chorizo and cook until crispy and the fat has rendered out.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the chorizo and then add the potatoes to the pan, stir well to coat in the fat and then turn the heat down to medium, fry, stirring frequently until fully cooked and crispy.

Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon and set aside with the chorizo.

Pour most of the fat out, return the pan to the medium heat and add the onion, cook until soft and then add the garlic, cook for 1 minute and then pour in the rinsed chickpeas, chilli,if using, and smoked paprika, cook, stirring frequently for 5 minutes. Add the halved tomatoes and most of the parsley. Season with pepper and check if you need salt.

Return the chorizo and potatoes to the pan, stirring well, heat through and then make wells in the mixture and crack however many eggs you need into the individual wells.

Cover the pan with a lid or foil and cook until the egg whites are cooked and the yolks are still runny.

Sprinkle over the remaining parsley and serve.

Barbecued Lamb And Haloumi Salad

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In a family of males, meat features regularly on the menu but this is a favourite, known as cave man salad by the boys and with the added bonus of bribing them to eat the salad as it has the meaty juices all over it!

Serves 6.

Ingredients

1.4kgs well trimmed lamb cutlets

4 garlic cloves, crushed

8 teaspoon zatar

2 teaspoons sumac

2 teaspoons ground cumin

zest and juice of 1 lime

50 mls oil

200g haloumi

200g mixed lettuce leaves

1 carrot, grated

1 capsicum, thinly sliced

6 tomatoes, quartered

1 pomegranate, seeds only

Method

Combine the lamb, garlic, zatar, sumac, cumin, lime zest and juice, salt, pepper and oil, allow to marinade for thirty minutes.

Heat the barbecue flat plate over a high flame.

Mix all the salad ingredients and plate up.

Cook the haloumi on both sides and then place it on the salad.

Now pop the meat into the BBQ and cook, turning once, to your liking.

Place the cooked meat on the salad, sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds and serve.

Cajun Chicken Schnitzel

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These are so popular, I could only take this fleeting photo before they were all eaten!

I use fresh gluten free breadcrumbs that I make myself with GF bread rolls, I never cut off crusts as the dark crumbs help to  give you a darker colour and the bread is so expensive I can’t handle any waste!

This recipe makes 12 schnitzel, you can freeze them uncooked, layered between baking parchment to save them sticking. Cooked leftovers are a treat the next day in a gluten free wrap with salad.

Ingredients

3 large chicken breasts, cut into four chunks

180g gluten free fresh breadcrumbs

2 eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

4 teaspoons dried mixed herbs

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Zest of one lime

salt and pepper

oil to fry

Method

Line your chopping board with baking parchment, place a piece of chicken on top, cover with another piece of baking parchment and whack it with the flat side of a meat tenderiser until thinner than 0.5mm. Repeat with the remaining chicken.

In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, paprika, cayenne, herbs,  onion powder, garlic powder, lime zest, salt and pepper, mix well.

Dip the chicken into the beaten eggs and then into the breadcrumbs. Set aside and repeat until all of the chicken is done.

Heat a frying pan with the oil and shallow fry the chicken in batches.

Serve hot with a wedge of lime.

Pumpkin And Parsnip Soup

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A very smooth soup deserves some garlicky crispy crumbs to elevate it to something really quite fancy!

I use gluten free fresh bread that I crumb but use regular if you can.

Serves 12 and leftover soup freezes really well.

Ingredients

50mls olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

900g pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and diced roughly

500g parsnips, peeled and diced roughly

275g potato, peeled and diced roughly

2 litres vegetable stock

salt and pepper

CRUMB TOPPING

100mls olive oil

4 garlic cloves, crushed

200g gluten free breadcrumbs

4 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley

salt and pepper

Method

In a large stock pot or pan, heat the oil and cook the onion until soft.

Add the garlic and cook for one minute, add the pumpkin, parsnip and potatoes, stir well and then cover.

Allow the veg to sweat for 20minutes stirring occasionally.

Add the stock, salt and pepper and bring up to the boil, simmer gently for 30 minutes until all of the vegetables are soft.

Allow to cool a little and then whizz using a stick blender until smooth.

To make the garlicky crumbs, heat the oil in a frying pan, once hot add the garlic and cook over a medium heat for around one minute.

Add the breadcrumbs and cook until crispy.

Stir through the parsley, salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the garlic crumbs over each bowl of soup.

Three Bean Chilli

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It’s always handy to have a good vegetarian chilli recipe and this one is a winner, we have it with a dollop of sour cream and a little grated cheese with rice or I thicken the sauce and use it as an enchilada filling, yummy!

If you can’t find tinned cherry tomatoes then tinned chopped tomatoes work just the same and I buy big jars of fire roasted capsicums as I’m lazy, you could char the capsicums over the barbecue and peel them yourself if you are that way inclined!

Serves 8-10.

Ingredients

A good splash of olive oil

1 large onion, finely diced

4 garlic clove, crushed

2 red chillis, deseeded and finely diced

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

4 Fire roasted capsicum, finely sliced

2 x 400g tin borlotti beans, drained and rinsed

1 x 425g tin black beans, drained and rinsed

1 x 400g red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 x 400g tin cherry tomatoes in tomato juice

500mls vegetable stock

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons maple syrup

salt and pepper

Method

In a wide pan, heat the oil and cook the onion until soft.

Add the garlic and chilli and cook for one minute.

Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring up to a gentle simmer, uncovered, simmer for 45 minutes until thickened.

 

Sticky Lime And Maple Wings

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It’s Friday night and chicken wings are the go!

These are a savoury version of lime cordial, if that makes sense??? Very much of the finger licking variety! And did I mention gluten free, egg free and dairy free!

Serves 6-8 depending on sides.

Method

1.2 kegs chicken wings, tips removed and cut in two at the joint

2 limes

30mls olive oil

150mls maple syrup

6 garlic cloves

3 teaspoons salt flakes

pepper

Method

In a large zip lock bag, zest and juice the limes. Add the maple syrup and oil.

Crush the garlic and salt in a mortar and pestle and add to the lime.

Pop the chicken into the bag, squish around and leave to marinade in the fridge for 2-6 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Line two baking trays with baking parchment.

Spread the wings out on the prepared sheets, skin side up.

Pour over the excess marinade.

Slide the trays into  the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, basting regularly.

Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.