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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Roasted Ramiro Peppers and Garlic Mushrooms in Parmesan Baskets

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food


Roasted Ramiro Peppers and Garlic Mushrooms in Parmesan Baskets

This makes a really nice starter and you can eat the bowl too, what more could you want.

The parmesan baskets are a bit tricky, you need to get them as thin as you can so if you don’t fancy that just serve the peppers and mushrooms and grate over the parmesan.

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple FoodTo make 2 baskets you will need

3 – Ramiro Peppers (or regular red peppers)
100 Gm – Button Mushrooms
100Gm – Parmesan Cheese
½ teaspoon – Dried basil
½ teaspoon – Dried Coriander
50 Gm – Tomato Paste
25 Ml - Red Wine
60 Gm – Butter
4 cloves – Garlic (crushed)

Grate the parmesan with the larger part of you grater so that you get long strips rather than powder, then arrange it in a circle on a greased baking tray.




Pre heat your oven to maximum in my case this is 240°c then place your baking tray into the oven. You must keep an eye on it at this stage, what you need is for it to reach the bubbling stage mine took about 10 minutes.



Now let it cool for a while, when it has cooled it should be soft and pliable so gently peel it from the baking tray and place it into the bowl that you are going to use as a mould gently pressing it to the shape of it then put it in the fridge while you get on with the rest of the recipe.

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food
Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food








Cut the peppers in half (or in quarters if using normal red peppers) and de seed them, then place them in a 180°c oven for 20 minutes.

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food

While the peppers are roasting put the tomato paste, coriander, basil and red wine in a pan.

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food

Mix well into a paste and simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes just to cook out the wine

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food


When the peppers are ready liquidise them, (save a couple of halves to use as garnish) add them to the pan mix well and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food
Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food







While the paste is cooling cook the mushrooms in the crushed garlic and butter and add salt to season.

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food


Line the parmesan basket with the pepper mix; put the mushrooms on top pouring over any excess garlic butter.

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food


 Serve as a starter or smaller portions as party nibbles.

Parmesan Baskets ~ Simple Food

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food


This is quite a fiery gorgeous tasting chilli sauce with a great tang of mango, great for burgers and hot dogs and according to one of my tasters its great with a chunk of camembert.

How to make Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple FoodYou will need

1 – Mango
3 – Cloves of Garlic (chopped)
3 – Red Chillies (chopped with seeds left in)
125 Ml – White Wine Vinegar
75 Gm – Demerara Sugar
180 Ml – Water
1 ½ teaspoons – Salt
½ table spoon – Corn Flour
28 Ml – Water (for the corn flour paste)

First of all this is the easiest way to peel and chop a mango to get the most out of it.

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food

Cut down the side of the stone at its widest on both sides then cut the flesh from the edges.

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food


Take each half and cut down to but not through the skin in a criss cross fashion then turn it inside out and cut off the cubes, cut the skin from the 2 smaller edge pieces  and chop.

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food
Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food








Place the chopped mango, chillies, garlic, vinegar, water (180 Ml) and salt in a processor and process until smooth.

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food
Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food








Put in a pan, add the sugar and bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food

Make a paste with the corn flour and the 28 Ml of water and stir it into the mixture after it has simmered for 10minutes then simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Place in a bowl, cover and allow to cool then pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid and keep in the fridge.


Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food

Time to light the BBQ.

Sweet Chilli and Mango Sauce ~ Simple Food

Friday, 11 July 2014

How to make a White Wine Creamy Sauce Base

How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food


This sauce base is so quick and easy to make and you can freeze it for later use. 

When you want to use it for that special meal just thaw it out and you can make a sauce by adding herbs and spices of your choice in no time at all.



You will need for aprox. 200 Ml of sauce base
How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food
30 Gm – Butter
100 Ml – Double Cream
100 Ml – Milk
50 Ml – White Wine
½ table spoon – Plain Flour






Melt the butter in a pan then sprinkle in the flour and make a paste.

How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food

Add the wine and cook on a medium heat for about 2 minutes.

How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food

Now add the cream and milk stir well and simmer on a medium heat for 5 minutes.

It’s as easy as that, allow to cool, then freeze for later use.

How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food

Here is an example of how to use your readymade sauce base straight from the freezer.
I took mine out of the freezer and put it on defrost in the microwave for 5 minutes and this is how I made some garlic, fennel and parsley sauce.

Perfect for fish.

You will need

How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food1 teaspoon – Fennel Seeds (crushed)
1 table spoon – Fresh Parsley (finely chopped)
2 cloves – Garlic (crushed)
200 Ml – Sauce Base
15 Gm - Butter
Salt and pepper to season






Melt the butter in a pan and add the fennel garlic and parsley then cook for 2 minutes.

How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food

Add the sauce base and simmer for 5 minutes.

How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food
How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food









That’s your sauce done just like that, if you need to thin your sauce down add a little milk and adjust the seasoning.


How to make a Cream White Wine Sauce Base ~ Simple Food

Monday, 30 June 2014

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers ~ Simple Food


Chiquino peppers are mini sweet peppers and they usually come in red, yellow and orange.

Each whole trout used should serve 2 people, this dish is especially nice served with rice and mushrooms.

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers
(In a Garlic and Thyme Sauce)

If you buy a trout that needs cleaning and trimming find out how to do it here.

You will need

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers ~ Simple FoodWhole Trout (cleaned and trimmed)
200 Gm – Mixed Ciquino Peppers (de seeded and sliced)
20 Gm - Butter
100 Ml – Double Cream
3 Sprigs – Fresh Thyme
1 tablespoon – Fresh Thyme leaves (chopped)
2 cloves – Garlic (crushed)
100 Ml – White Wine
2 teaspoons – Plain Flour
½ - Lemon (sliced)
50 Ml – Water

Lay the trout on foil and stuff it with the peppers, lemon and sprigs of thyme, you won’t get all the peppers inside the trout so just lay them around and the wrap everything in the foil.

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers ~ Simple Food


Place the trout in a pre heated oven at 180°c for 20 minutes.

Now you can get on with making the sauce.

Melt the butter in a pan and gently cook the chopped thyme leaves and garlic for about 2 minutes on a medium heat.

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers ~ Simple Food


Add the flour and make a paste then add the wine, cook for about 5 or 6 minutes on a medium heat then add the cream and the water then mix well and simmer.

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers ~ Simple Food

Take the trout out of the oven after 20 minutes and give the foil a couple of minutes to cool, open one end and pour the juices into the sauce then mix well.
Scrape the skin from both sides of the trout and carefully remove the bone.

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers ~ Simple Food

Serve hot with the sauce.

Rainbow Trout with Roasted Chiquino Peppers ~ Simple Food


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Sizzling Tartare Butter

Sizzling Tartare Butter ~ Simple Food


This is a great alternative to tartare sauce and so quick and easy to make.

Sizzling Tartare Butter

A beautifully sharp zingy taste, perfect for fish.
Sizzling Tartare Butter ~ Simple Food

You will need

100 Gm – Butter
1 tablespoon – Capers
½ tablespoon – Chopped Gherkins
½ - Small Onion (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon – Dried Parsley
The juice of 1 Lemon





Melt the butter in a pan until it just starts to go brown.

Sizzling Tartare Butter ~ Simple Food

Add the rest of the ingredients, cook until sizzling and pour over your fish just before service.


Sizzling Tartare Butter ~ Simple Food


Told you it was easy.

Sizzling Tartare Butter ~ Simple Food



Wednesday, 4 June 2014

How to make Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish

 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food


This will make your burgers come alive, the great taste of roasted red peppers with a hit of fresh chillies.

How to make Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish

You will need
 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food 
2 – Red Peppers (de seeded and quartered)
2 – Large Red Chillies (chopped)
1 – Onion (very finely chopped)
3 – Cloves Garlic (chopped)
125 Ml – White Wine Vinegar
100 Gm – Demerara Sugar
180 Ml Water
2 teaspoons – Salt
1 table spoon – Corn Flour
28 Ml Water (for corn the flour paste)

Place the red peppers on a baking tray and put them in a pre heated 180°C oven for 20 minutes.

 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food


Now place the Chillies, peppers, garlic, vinegar, water (180 ml) and salt into a food processor and process until smooth.

 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food
 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food








Sweat the onions in a pan with a little water for a couple of minutes then add the mixture and the sugar, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food

 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food







Mix the corn flour with the 28 Ml of water then add to the pan and simmer for another 10 minutes.

 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food



Let it cool and thicken in the fridge.

 Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli Relish ~ Simple Food