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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food


Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt

If you like spaghetti bolognese you will love this, it's kind of an upmarket version.

I like to think so anyway.

You will need;

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food400 Gm – Beef Mince
1 – Onion (finely chopped)
3 – Cloves Garlic (crushed)
1 – 400 Gm Can Chopped Tomatoes
4 – Red mini Peppers (de seeded and cut into 8 circles)
150Gm - Pasta
150 Ml - Red Wine
70 Gm - Tomato Paste
30 Ml - Tomato Ketchup
½ teaspoon - Dried Basil
½ teaspoon - Dried Oregano
½ teaspoon - Dried Parsley
½ teaspoon - Dried Thyme
¼ teaspoon - Freshly ground Black Pepper
100 Gm - Mozzarella

Mix all the dried herbs and the black pepper together in a small bowl.

Bring the mince beef to the boil in a pan of water then drain, I do this just get rid of a lot of the fat.

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food

Put the beef, onions, garlic, red wine and herbs in a large saucepan and cook for 5 minutes on a medium to high heat stirring all the while, the turn to a low heat and simmer for 30 minutes covered.

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food







While the beef is simmering put the pepper rings under a medium to high grill for about 10 minutes turning once until soft, and then set aside.

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food







When the beef mix has simmered for 30 minutes add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and ketchup stir well and simmer for a further 30 minutes on a medium heat uncovered, season to taste half way.

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food







Cook the pasta of your choice to your preference; try to time it to be ready when the beef mix is done.

Place the pepper rings on a grill tray and ¾ fill each one with the beef mix, top with mozzarella and place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted.

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food


Serve as below for a great tasting, great looking dish. Go on .... Impress your guests.

Pasta Beef Mozzarella Melt ~ Simple Food


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns

Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns ~ Simple Food


Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns

This soft cheese and mushroom sauce mixed into the spaghetti like a carbonara, is the perfect match for prawns. The Dijon mustard and the garlic marry up with the gentle soft cheese to coat the spaghetti and bring it to life.

Very poetic Mr Rose.

 What I mean is.......It’s really really nice.

For 2 servings  
You will need;

150 Gm - Raw King Prawns (peeled and deveined)
Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns ~ Simple Food150 Gm - Spaghetti

For the sauce

150 Gm - Closed Cup Mushrooms (chopped)
2 or 3 mushrooms (quartered)
2 cloves – Garlic (crushed)
100 Gm - Soft cheese
50 Ml - Milk
80 Gm - Butter
1 teaspoon - Dijon Mustard
1 teaspoon - Cracked Black Pepper

Melt 40 Gm of the butter in a pan and add the mushrooms, garlic and a little salt then fry on a medium to high heat for 5 minutes.

Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns ~ Simple Food

Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns ~ Simple Food







Add the cheese and stir in well then add the mustard, pepper and milk then simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes.


Cook the spaghetti to your preference, and fry the prawns and quartered mushrooms until the prawns are pink.
Take the prawns out as soon as they are pink and leave the mushrooms for another couple of minutes.

Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns ~ Simple Food


Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns ~ Simple Food







Drain the spaghetti place in a bowl and mix the sauce in. 

Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns ~ Simple Food

Place the prawns and quartered mushrooms on top and serve.

Cheese and Mushroom Spaghetti with Prawns ~ Simple Food

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante

These sweet mini peppers are becoming more and more popular in supermarkets in the UK, but if you can’t get them where you are then regular peppers work just as well in this recipe.

You will need;

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food2 – Chicken Breasts
6 - Mixed Mini Peppers

For the Salsa Picante

2 – Green Chilli’s (deseeded and chopped)
15 – Ml Vegetable Oil
1 – Onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves – Garlic
1 400 Gm can – Chopped Tomatoes
2 tablespoons – Tomato Paste
Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Fry the onions and garlic for 3 to 4 minutes until soft.

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food


Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and chilli’s then mix well and simmer for 15 minutes.

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food

After 15 minutes let the sauce cool a little and then put it in a food processer and process until smooth, then back in the pan and simmer for another 15 minutes.


Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food


While the sauce is simmering pre heat your oven to 200 degrees, half and de seed the peppers put them in an oven tray and in the oven for 20 minutes.

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food







Griddle the chicken until cooked through.


Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food



Season the sauce then plate up and serve.

Griddled Chicken with Roasted Mini Peppers and Salsa Picante ~ Simple Food

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Friday, 25 October 2013

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice.



Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food


Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice.

Tuna steaks are just a joy, seared on the outside and pink in the middle. Accompanied with my own Mexican rice, what can I say .......... Just divine.
The tuna is juicy perfectly cooked and mild in taste, combined with the fresh tasting bite of the Mexican rice.

You will need;
Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food 
2 – Tuna Steaks
A Little Olive oil

For the Mexican Rice

200 Gm - Long Grain Rice
1 – Red Pepper (finely chopped)
1 400 Gm can - Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)
1 teaspoon - Chilli Powder
2 - Vegetable Stock Cubes
400 Ml – Water
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to Taste

Put the rice and 300 Ml of water in a saucepan and bring to the boil.

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food

Add the vegetable stock cubes, mix well cover and simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes.

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food

While the rice is simmering stir fry the pepper on a medium to high heat for 1 minute then add the chilli powder and fry for a further 2 minutes.

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food







When the rice has simmered for 10 minutes stir in the peppers and add a further 100 Ml of water and season, then simmer for a further 2 minutes.

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food

Add the beans and simmer for 1 minute longer, then keep warm while you cook the tuna.

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food

Now sear the tuna on a griddle pan for 2 – 3 minutes on each side, longer if that is your preference.

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food
Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food








Serve immediately with the rice.

Seared Tuna with Mexican Rice ~ Simple Food

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food


Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes

I love pancakes and I love sweet and sour, so what’s not to like about this. Beautifully soft pancake, moist sweet and sour chicken and crunchy bean sprouts.

You will need;

For 4 Pancakes

100 Gm – Plain Flour
2 – Eggs (beaten)
125 Ml – Semi Skimmed Milk
75 Ml – Water
Pinch of Salt

For the Filling
Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food


2 – Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into strips)
1 table spoon - Tomato Paste
25 Ml - Oil
Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
10 Ml - Malt Vinegar
1 desert spoon - Demerara Sugar
20 Ml - Honey
1 – Onion (sliced)
150 Gm - Bean Sprouts
20 Ml - Soy Sauce

Mix the eggs, milk, water and a pinch of salt together, add to the flour and whisk into a smooth batter then leave to rest.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food


Put the tomato paste, 10 Ml oil, lemon zest and juice, vinegar, sugar and honey in a bowl and mix well with a fork then add the chicken and mix in well.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food


Heat a little oil in a wok or large frying pan and stir fry the onions for about 5 minutes until soft.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food


Remove the onions with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Put the chicken mix in the wok and stir fry on a medium to high heat for 5 to 6 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food

Return the onions to the wok, mix well with the chicken then take off the heat and set aside.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food


Rub some oil on the surface of a non stick frying pan and pour in some batter for your first pancake, flip it over after 2 minutes on a medium heat and cook the other side for about a minute.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food

Keep your pancakes warm on a plate on top of a pan of simmering water on a low heat.
Put the wok of chicken mix back on the heat, stir in the bean sprouts and stir fry for about a minute.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food



Wrap some of the sweet and sour chicken mix in each of the pancakes and serve.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Pancakes ~ Simple Food