Archive for September, 2007

:: MUSHROOM SOUP!

Well Hello! I woke up this morning in high spirit’s and ready to take on the day, but it dawned on me that this most probably wouldn’t last unless I kept myself well fed. So with that in mind, I decided to make a very tasty soup, and it is that very tasty soup that I am sharing with you today!

I think for some people, mushrooms are like marmite, you either love them or hate them. The lovely Sofie claims she doesn’t like them because of the texture, a dislike she seems to share with many. For those people, please don’t turn your nose up because this soup is has dark, deep and salty quality to eat and you won’t be left disappointed!

MUSHROOM SOUP

  1. 2 Red Onions chopped into chunks
  2. 600ml of Veg Stock
  3. 4oz of Button Mushrooms
  4. 1 tbsp of Dried Oregano
  5. 1 tbsp of oyster sauce (or soya sauce)
  6. 1 tbsp of flour
  7. 2 tbsp of milk

I made this, this morning and it took me 5 Min’s of work, the whole cooking time is about 45mins but mostly your just checking on it and your definitely left with time to brush your teeth!

Add the red onion and about 1 tbsp of vegetable stock to a large pot and sweat for ten mins on a medium heat till the onion is soft.

Add the mushrooms, oregano, and 2tbsp of veg stock to the pot and sweat for another 10 mins.

Add the remaining stock and simmer for about 15 mins.

Reduce the heat and then add the flour to thicken, and the milk to make smooth and creamy.

I blend the soup but you can serve as is!

ENJOY!

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September 27, 2007 at 9:23 am 4 comments

:: ENTERTAINING MADE EASY!

Ok so hands up you got me, burritto’s are not exactly gourmet cuisine, but if you’ve been at work all day, and have little time to prepare for guests, sometimes this is perfectly acceptable. After all, if it’s healthy and fresh, there can’t be too many complaints really, can there? I have in the past spent a lot of time in preparing for having guests over, but as time has gone on the easiest and most enjoyable nights are the ones, that seemed almost efortless.

Here is a quick recipe for speedy burritto’s!

Mood Food Burrito’s!

  1. 250g of Minced Beef or a packet of Quorn Mince
  2. 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  3. 1 tablespoon of Chili Powder
  4. 1/4 tablespoon of Oregano
  5. A good pinch of salt and pepper
  6. Half a glass of water
  1. 1 Packet of Wholemeal Flour Tortilla Wraps
  2. 2 Peppers sliced thinly
  3. 1 Red Onion sliced thinly
  4. Punnet of Cherry Tomatoes halfed
  5. 1 bag of mixed salad leaves
  6. 1 Tin of Sweet Corn
  7. Half a cucumber sliced thinly

The only real effort in this dish is the browning of the meat and the preperation, apart from that you might as well put your feet up and wait for the guests to arrive!

To start, brown the the meat in a large frying pan, and season with the garlic, chilli, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the half glass of water and let simmer for about 8 mins.

Prepare the vegetables and heat the flour tortilla’s.

And that’s it, serve everything on the table and people can assemble their own burritto to their taste!

September 24, 2007 at 12:16 pm 8 comments

:: AUBERGINE PARMIGIANA PASTABAKE

GOOD MORNING! What a morning! It’s one of those days that you just know are gonna GREAT! For you, today I have another Aubergine dish, which is more of a adaptation of the Aubergine Parmigiana I posted about last month. This is more like a full meal version of the original recipe!

I have to admit ever since discovering Aubergine Parmigiana, I have been hooked, and am planning to blitz it at some stage and see if it works as a sauce also, stay tuned.AUBERGINE PARMIGIANA PASTA BAKE

  1. 5 dried tagliatelle balls
  2. 2 Large Aubergines
  3. A good splash of Olive Oil
  4. 2 Cloves of Garlic
  5. 1 Red Onion sliced thinly in half moons
  6. 2 400g Tins of Chopped Tomatoes
  7. 2 Teaspoons of dried Oregano
  8. 2 Teaspoons of fresh parsley finely chopped
  9. 1/3 of a cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Before you even put on your apron, put some water on the boil and cook the tagliatelle, and leave to the side.

Slice the aubergine in half length ways and scrape out the flesh, chop into chunks, and leave to one side. Oil and salt the skins and place on a baking tray.

In a large frying pan, fry the garlic in olive oil for about 30 secs then add the onion and fry for another 1 minute. Then add the aubergine chunks and fry till brown. Add the Tomatoes and Oregano and simmer for about 15 mins till reduced.

Add the pasta to the tomato and aubergine mix and make sure everything is combined well, then add the mix to the aubergine skins and top with shavings of a good quality Parmesan cheese.

Then pop the baking tray into the oven for about 30 mins at 200 Celsius.

September 24, 2007 at 12:15 pm 3 comments

:: Classic Dijon Balsamic Dressing


I would like to blame jet lag as the reason I didn’t really post last week, but it was really down to pure laziness! But I’m back and that’s what really counts. Saturday gave us the last sun, Ireland will probably see for the next 7 months, so we made the most of it and had a lovely salad on the balcony, which was actually the first time we have used it since we moved in!

I made a lovely salad with a dressing that I just had to share here!

Classic Dijon Balsamic Dressing

  1. 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  2. 3/4 Cup of Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 1 Tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  4. 1 Clove of crushed Garlic
  5. A good pinch of Sea Salt and Black Pepper

I used to have a handy little plastic dressing mixer, but it’s gone walking so if you don’t have one like me, just place all the ingredients in a small glass cover tightly with some cling film and give it a good shake. It’s ready to serve or you can store it in the fridge!

It can really bring out the flavours in a plain old salad and put a SMILE ON YOUR FACE!

I can’t guarantee the smile… but maybe!

September 24, 2007 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

:: BEVERLY HILLS BREAKFAST!

Well I’m back in the land of the living after a very spontaneous visit to the US, I booked the flights last Monday and found myself in LA the following day! It was my first time to visit LA and I had been promised it was the land of healthy eating, I later discovered this was pretty much as far from the truth as you could get. Perhaps it is the land of healthy eating in comparison to the rest of America, and that would be the only way I could believe this statement to be true!

I did finally make my first visit to the wholefoods market, which was an amazing experience and could have kept a foodie like myself entertained for hours! It’s just so huge, and has so much produce, I wondered why this sort of supermarket hadn’t been opened in Ireland, but I’m not sure we could actually get through the amount of fresh food that is available in the wholefoods markets. If you get a chance make sure to visit, it’s really worth the experience.

Apart from that, LA’s food, for me, left a lot to be desired, with many dishes coated in oil, however I did get a lovely breakfast at the poolside of the Beverly Hills Hotel, of Granola, soy milk, and mixed berries, now I know it wasn’t the most inventive dish in the world but it was definitely refreshing after the other heavy food I had during the week!

In other news I have lots of new recipe’s to post here so keep checking back, I’m also in the process of making the blog a bit more accessible, so it will be up and running as soon as possible!

September 18, 2007 at 5:40 am 4 comments

:: I’M IN LA!

Bear with me I’ll be back next Monday with some more!

September 11, 2007 at 7:10 am 1 comment


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