Avocado & Artichoke heart salad


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Ingredients:

  • 4 parboiled small potatoes
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • A handful of artichoke
  • 1 avocado hass
  • Leftover roast chicken (Exclude for vegans)
  • 2 small garlic
  • Salt & black pepper

Method?

Just watch the pictures speak! Am sure you won’t eat the avocado with it skin.

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Go Create! No rules

Go Create! No rules

Note: The artichoke can be found in the same section as olive and sundried tomato in olive oil. This salad does not require a vinaigrette. As you can just drizzle the flavoured oil from the Artichokes jar with a squeeze of lemon.

This salad is to die for!!!

Bon appetit!

Rough potato mash & spinash


Heart attack in a plate... so tasty!

Heart attack in a plate… so tasty!

Dinner for 2 – oozing with herbs & garlic butter 

Ingredients: 200grs mince beef – 1 small onion – 4 garlic kernels – Salt & white peppers – 6 medium unpeeled potatoes – 10 cubes of frozen spinach leaves – Hand full of chopped parsley. 

Prepare the mince beef steaks: Peel and finely chop ½ the onion & 4 garlic cloves. Add both to the mince eat with a pinch of white grounded pepper & Salt. Mix well using your hand and then, form two steak s from the mix. I do not use egg to keep the mince together as I believe the meat has it own binding agent.

Into a hot frying pan, put a knob of butter. Once melted, place your two steaks and cook each side for about 3 minutes depending of how well cooked you like your meat. I like mine well dead!

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It is burning! I got distracted… Doh!

DSC01749Once you turn the steaks to cook the other side, make some space in the pan and add the unfrozen spinach. This way, the spinach will cook while absorbing the flavours from the meat. Remember to salt and pepper the spinach and stir with a folk from top to bottom. By this time the steak should be cooked on both sides.  Remove the pan from the fire and cover. This way, the spinach will finish cooking with the steam.

For the mash: Wash, cut and place the unpeeled potatoes in a pan with some salty water. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes until really soft (the cooking time will depend on the thickness of the potatoes cuts).

Remove from fire and mash with a knob of garlic butter. This is a rough mash and doesn’t need to be smooth. Feel free to add some tangy cheese too if you’ve go some.

This dish is full of butter and fatty stuff. So, for the next few days, stay away from overly sweet and creamy stuff. This makes for a balanced diet and maintaining a regular weight.

Bon Appetit! 🙂

Roasted Chicken w/mustard & garlic


Few weeks ago, I became a blogger. I stated blogging because I was doing an extreme vegan experience over 40 days. To see the daily posts, please copy this link http://nashdoes-a-daniel.blogspot.co.uk/. From then, I have been itchy and looking for excuses to have regular blog. After my vegan experience which finished on 12 April, my first meaty meal was this!

Garlic & mustard roasted chicken w/potatoes & plantain

Roasted mustard & garlic chicken with fried potatoes & ripe plantains tossed in fresh garlic & parsley.

The proportions here are for a meal for six. The chicken weights 2.500 kgs.

 The roasted chicken ingredients:

The chicken of course – 20 cloves of garlic; peeled and cut length ways (eachDSC01642 clove cut in 4 at least) – 150 grs of French mustard – 30 cl of Mustard oil – Black pepper – 2 chicken stock cubes & salt (don’t have to use both).

*Wash the chicken, remove all the greasy bits around the neck and bum. Remove all the baby feathers, rinse again and lay it on a cutting board.

*Crush the chicken stocks and mix it with a bit of salt. Rub the mix on the chicken, then, also rub the mustard all over and inside.

*Use the tip of the knife to stab your chicken. In each hole you make insert a piece of garlic. Do this all over the chicken.

*Wrap the chicken in kitchen foil and leave to rest for an hour.

During that time tidy up the mess and get the accompaniments ready.  

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the biggest I’ve ever cooked

*After the hour, unwrap the chicken and place it on the oven dish. Insert a whole medium onion inside the chicken, drizzle it with mustard oil.

*Put it in the oven thermostat 200 ® for 2.5 hours… continuously check your chicken and base it with the juice from the tray as the chicken cooks.

 For the accompaniments you’ll need:

4 ripe yellow plantains; peeled and cut in chunks (like D) – 5 medium potatoes; peeled and cut in exactly the same size as the plantain – 1 medium red onion; again peeled and cut in the same way as the plantain and potatoes – A small bunch of parsley; finely chopped – 3 cloves of garlic finely cut – Half a litre of Sunflower oil for the chip pan.

*Mix the plantain, potato and onion together in a container.

*Pour the oil in the chip pan and wait for it to hit up.

*Fry the plantains, potatoes/onion by portion until golden (it should take 4 to 6 minutes to cook).

Repeat until all is done.

*When all has been fried, add the chopped garlic, parsley, and toss. That part is ready. Keep it warm in the oven.

The thing about mixing potato and plantain is, if you are not looking at what is on the fork, it is always a surprise in the mouth… I just love that.

 Now time to prepare the sauce.

*Get the onion out of the chicken. It should be really soft now after all that cooking.

*Pour the juice from the oven tray in a pot and put it on the heat to reduce with the onion from the chicken derriere.

*Now, mush the onion and add a tin of chopped tomato.

*Leave to cook until ready to your taste.

Done. serve.

This is obviously a heavy meal. Check your portion and don’t blame me for ya weight!

The Nutter 🙂