Spicy Chicken Kebabs – Monday Night

Do you know the one thing any good cook will tell you. I don’t know, but I’ll ask my wife and see if she can help. She put together this delight for me last night and I didn’t have to lift a finger, just a knife and fork. The greatest meals are the ones you haven’t had to cook yourself. As part of my continued acceptance speech, I’d like to thank the BBC website for providing Kate the recipe, which can be found here.

Spicy Chicken Kebabs

It is designed for the barbecue, but it works well being grilled. It’s also good to have a patient chef involved who can ensure it is appropriately marinated. I won’t lie, during the week when alcohol is mainly off limits, this can be a tall order, hence under the calm control of Kate it’s probably better. It provides a real kick as well, probably a 2 chilli rating, which is always good. When you see the photo below, it looks as great as it tastes. What the recipe won’t say is how great the courgettes (A flavour I’m really starting to like in my 30s) were grated with a vegetable  peeler , boiled for about 3-4 minutes and tossed in some butter and a sprinkle of pepper, or how the Chantenay carrots (The small ones with the stalks in) were halved, drizzled in Olive Oil, seasoned and grilled along with the kebabs. (Rice noodles for Coeliacs/Gluten Free) It was spot on, for a weekday meal and all the elements combined fantastically. She can make this for me again 🙂

Chicken Kebabs

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Prawn linguine with chorizo – 9 out of 10

Following on from a rather busy few days, there has not been an updated recipe, but the fact I can still eulogise about how good a meal is 4 days later is testimony that I’d struck gold. This is the last bit of praise I deserve. It was created by a lady called Lorraine Pascale, who I believe is a former model, but if she churns out recipes like this on a regular basis, she’s definitely the cooking world’s gain, and there must not be the pressure in this industry to maintain a perfected appearance 24/7. I didn’t even find the recipe. That accolade goes to my beautiful wife. The only thing I did was cook and eat it, but then maybe when I put together an IKEA cupboard with instructions, I try and seek some credit, so maybe I should revise my earlier statement and seek more credit :). To find the recipe, click on this link and it should take you to the recipe. (Bonus that I don’t have to type it out) The page should look something like the below:

Pascale

I agree with Lorraine’s verdict apart from one thing, if you can’t get your hands on a chorizo ring, the correct answer is “try harder, you haven’t looked hard enough. Waitrose, Tesco, ASDA, Sainsburys, Morrisons & Co-Op Food and many others all sell them.”

What made this so great was the rich full bodied tomato flavour, including red wine, which is  great excuse to open a bottle :), but with Chilli, Garlic and Chorizo as well it would be a spectacular effort to make it bland, although I have occasionally risen to the challenge. One thing we did, that you might consider is just buying cooked prawns and adding them about 3 minutes before the end. If someone else can cook them for the same price and same taste, don’t waste time. It can be better spent making Nigella’s instant chocolate mousse, which is likely to feature in a future post. (Incidentally Friday’s dessert)

All that remains is to sit back and enjoy, and for Coeliac/Gluten Free diets, use appropriate spaghetti – Heinz GF Pasta is a current favourite.gar

Chorizo yummu

 

It was all Greek to me.

Everyone who sets off with a target in mind has set backs where it doesn’t go to plan, and sometimes you can look forward to that perfect meal and be slightly disappointed. I had high hopes for my Greek pasta, and it tasted great, but there was a key ingredient I added that I couldn’t taste, namey the block of Feta that was added. Considering this is one of the strongest flavoured cheeses, it took a supreme effort on my part to nullify it’s flavour, but I managed it.

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The inspiration behind Greek Pasta was a lovely meal I had on a recent holiday in Zante, and like a lot of foodie’s when this happens you are naturally going to want to recreate it at home.

Basically, I needed to make the following flavours blend:

yellow pepper

Feta

Tomato

Onion

(Optional olives and capers, alas not unanimously liked in my household so not included tonight)

It DID have the most amazing tomato and pepper flavour, so for anyone Veggies and Vegans included, omit the feta, fry the onion, chopped pepper, carton of chopped tomatoes and half tube of tomato purée and mix through with the cooked pasta and it should do nicely for a week night. If it were down to me, bung in a few capers and chopped olives as well. In the revised format without feta, it also transforms into quite a healthy recipe, which is a bonus.

My wife is a coeliac, so we actually use Gluten free pasta as well. I will have another go in the future, possibly without the chopped tomatoes and just use a quarter of a tube of tomato purée. Anyone who reads several of my recipes will come to learn tomato purée is an ingredient I like to use. Strong flavour and dirt cheap.

If at first you don’t succeed, eat up as it was probably still a 7 out of 10.