I was watching Master Chef last week and was intrigued to see one of the chefs knock up a speedy and delicious looking Romesco sauce. Having never tasted this sauce myself, I set about doing a bit of research and seeing whether I could incorporate my own low point version of this into a delightful Spanish recipe.
Who doesn’t love a good paella?! Some people are often a little dubious about making it as they think of it as something time consuming and fiddly to prepare. This recipe is anything but that. As a one pot dish, its minimal washing up and the taste and flavour you get from it is truely delicious!
I love a good cooking programme but often find that the recipes that some of these TV chefs come up with are rather indulgent on the calorie front. This Gino D’Acampo recipe was no exception with over 100g of butter in the original. Nevertheless my mouth was watering as I watched Gino cook up this treat.
I love a risotto and love to find new ways to use sausage meat so I knew I had to give this recipe a go by adapting it. The original recipe can be found here however as I say, Gino uses rather a lot of oil and butter, as well as Italian sausages and radicchio, neither of which I could find in my local Morrison’s (use them if you can find them!) so I made a few of my own adaptations and additions.
We often take some meat out of the freezer in the morning and then I come home and see what I can create with it. One evening a few months back, having taken two chicken breasts out the freezer, I arrived home from work and thought ‘I really can’t be bothered to faff around’ so I looked into my fridge to see what else I could throw in with the chicken to make something quick, easy and tasty. This was result and I have to say it’s one of mine (and a lot of my friends) favourites. It’s all cooked within one pan so limited washing up is required. The pan needs to be covered while simmering however if you don’t have a lid, just use a bit of tin foil, that’s what I do!
I’m a little bit obsessed with chickpeas at the minute. They are quick to cook and so tasty so I’ve been experimenting with them in salad, stews and the like. Last night, after forgetting to defrost any meat, I thought I would try chickpeas in a stew with chorizo and this recipe was the result. It was so quick to make, absolutely delicious and a perfect ‘summery’ stew. I had it on its own but the OH had it with a little bit of quick cook fusilli. If you wanted to make it more substantial again, you could slice some new potatoes, par boil and then pop them into the stew just after you add the tomatoes or even just have some nice crusty bread (don’t forget to add the extra sp’s!).