Meal Planning Monday

I’ve just seen a little Meme over on The Singing Mummy‘s page and thought I’d join in….

So plans for this week are as follows:

Monday – Lamb Rogan Josh, need to get marinading shortly….

Tuesday – Off out to Buddies to celebrate hubby’s birthday!

Wednesday – Chilli and Rice, having just discovered he likes Chilli, the boy and me will be cooking together this evening.  He loves chopping!  (He’s 11)

Thursday – Let’s go Mexican with Enchiladas, with corn on the cob!

Friday – This is where I make an admisssion, every Friday a group of friends get together, three couples in total and frequent the treasures of the local Kebab Shop!  Now this sounds much worse than it actually is I promise.  They use the best cuts in chicken, marinated in spices and a little oil and cook on the grill, served with their home made chilli sauce.   It’s our guilty pleasure…

Over at Mrs M’s blog you can see lots more Meal Planning Monday ideas.  Click the logo above and go straight there.

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Sticky Chicken

When I first started dating my partner, this was the first ever meal I cooked for him, it’s ‘my signature dish’ if you like.  Tonight’s dinner, after walking the dog for six miles, then tidying the garden all afternoon (the sun was out all day we had to make the most of it!) was Sticky Chicken.

He mowed the lawns whilst I made the dinner.  This is how I make my Sticky Chicken….

Ingredients

Chicken pieces (you can make a veggie version by using the Quorn pieces that are shaped like Chicken, which makes a lovely meal)

Dark Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Malt Vinegar, Tomato Ketchup, Chilli Powder, Garlic (Optional), Fresh Ginger, Golden Syrup, Mixed Herbs, Onion and Pineapple pieces (Optional).

What to do

Take a large wok and add a little olive oil, take your ginger and garlic if using and grate into the oil and cook through.DSC07981

Roughly chop an onion and add, cook through, then chop up chicken pieces and add to wok to cook.  I usually cover with a lid and cook slowly whilst I make the sauce.

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In a jug mix, 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 4 tablespoons of Dark Soy Sauce, and a dash of Worcestershire Sauce.

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Add a good glug of Tomato Ketchup – say around 5 tablespoons, a teaspoon of chilli powder, a teaspoon of mixed herbs, finally add in 2 large tablespoons of Golden Syrup and mix thoroughly.

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Take the lid off the cooking chicken and add the sauce, coating the chicken really well.  Although the chicken is nearly cooked at this point, I usually let it cook on a medium heat for a further 2o minutes with the sauce, so the sauce can become sticky and gooey!  (allowing me time to make chips in my Actifry!)

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Around five minutes before serving, you can add some pineapple chunks to the cooking mixture.  It a real sweet comfort food, and one to get quite messy with, so have serviettes ready just in case!

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Total Cheat’s Bread – Oat & Marmite Crust

This is my Marmite and Oat Crust bread….  looks fab and tasted fab but I have to admit to being a total cheat…

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I was in a rush (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) so headed to the larder for a packet mix, I keep a host of bread packet mixes in case of visitors, as the whole thing is much quicker from dry ingredients to cooked treat than making bread from scratch.

We don’t buy any bought bread at all any more, as I make my own every other day.  We once saw a TV programme about the enhancers in shop bought bread being chicken feathers (YUK!) and have not bought bread since!  Anyway, as I was saying, I decided to rustle up a quick loaf from a packet mix, it was Oat and Linseed Bread (from Wrights).

I’d watched Paul Hollywood the night before making an oat crust bread and thought, hmm… I have oats in the cupboard I could decorate this loaf and make it look ‘home made’  not that I’d ever lie of course!!!  To stick my oats to my uncooked bread I decided to use Marmite, I thinly spread Marmite over my loaf, sprinkled Oats all over the top and patted them on.

After leaving to rise for 30 minutes, then cooking for another 30 the bread was truly scrumptious, the Marmite was a subtle salty hit.

I’m rather a bread making fan so please check my blog regularly for my bread recipes.

Bread Maker Bread

As I gain in confidence with my baking, I’ve ditched the bread maker.  This is the final loaf cooked by machinery…

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From now on, its my own fair hands!

I’ve always been a good cook (even though I say so myself!) but baking has, in general, mystified the heck out of me.  I see cooking as an art but baking as a science, I’ve always been better at art!  I love cooking and have a knack for mixing the right flavours to create a good dish each time.

More recently though, I have left a full time job to set up my own business from my little office at home, meaning I get more time in the house and a much better work life balance, so stay with me and watch my journey as I learn to bake better, and share my cooking recipes with you.

Spish is in the Kitchen!

 

Cooking and baking, making and eating has been my therapy, my solice and my belonging.  I love to cook, ever since I was a child helping my mum or older sister in the kitchen, but working full-time I’d lost my mojo.

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It’s back, with fewer hours in the office and a renewed love for proper food, my cooking mojo has returned.

Please check back regularly and see my recipes, snippets, photos and all things foodie!