This is one of those recipes where I threw random ingredients together, it worked out well and I’ll probably never manage to recreate it again 🙂
I am a happy meat eater, but I enjoyed this dish as much as one loaded with mince. This recipe stemmed from a surprise in defrosting: I defrosted mince and found out once thawed that it was actually beef sausages, so I made the chilli vegetarian 😀
Serves 2 large portions/4 sensible portions (which I don’t eat)
2 cloves garlic
a handful of mushrooms
half a chilli/1/4 if using chilli sauce in beans
1 tin of kidney beans (in chilli sauce if you like)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sugar
pinch of black pepper
1 square of milk chocolate (I used Galaxy :))
handful of fresh coriander
Chop onion, garlic, chilli and mushrooms finely. Fry in some olive oil. Once cooked, add the tin of tomatoes and the tin of kidney beans. This is important and sounds gross, but trust me – if you aren’t using kidney beans in chilli sauce, pour in the tin of beans with 1/2 the brine. It will thicken the sauce and give it better flavour.
Add cumin, salt, sugar, black pepper and garlic powder and turn down the heat. Add the square of chocolate and half the coriander and cook on a low simmer for up to an hour. Add water if the sauce is drying out. The longer you cook it for, the more the flavours will develop.
Serve with rice/tortilla chips and lots of cheese. Garnish with the rest of the coriander.
I never use the term “super” but for the sake of sibilance, I’m using it today. So if you think I’ve had a personality transplant, fear not. I made this soup today and it worked out pretty well. It was one of those days where you’re down to three items in the fridge and you either have to improvise or go outside. I chose the former. I usually come up with recipes I like when that happens; maybe I should use that as an excuse to avoid the dreaded weekly food shop and accompanying trolley tantrums.
5 small sweet potatoes (fewer if using larger sized ones)
1 litre chicken stock
1/2 tsp lazy ginger/ small piece grated ginger (it gives warmth without overpowering the soup)
Pinch of salt
Small handful of Coriander
Peel and chip sweet potatoes into fine slices/cubes. Add boiled water and salt, (and ginger if using fresh) bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer to stop sweet potato froth 🙂 Crumble in a chicken stock cube. Cook for 15-20 mins. (Add ginger at this stage if using from a jar.) Add coriander. Blend using a hand blender. Taste to make sure it’s ok before giving it to people and stuff.
This recipe is so simple to make and always goes down well with my kids. It sounds a bit strange, but when it is cooked the cornflakes don’t taste like cornflakes! They just make a crunchy coating.
8 Chicken legs
2 eggs, beaten
3 handfuls of cornflakes (I just value range ones and they work fine)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
I quite often cook the chicken in advance and then add the coating and heat it because I find it adheres better to the chicken legs, but you can just use raw legs.
Put beaten eggs in one large bowl. Crush cornflakes in your hands into another large bowl. Add all spices and seasoning to the cornflakes and mix well.
Turn one chicken leg at a time in the bowl of egg and then the cornflakes. Set on a baking tray. I sometimes grease it or use foil because the tray is not fun to clean after. Cook for 20-30 mins at 180c if the chicken was pre-cooked or 40-50 minutes if it was raw.
If you’d rather it wasn’t spicy, omit the chilli flakes.
This goes well with chips, wedges, garlic potatoes and vegetables. My kids always add their own thick coating of ketchup.