Sep 24 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on Why I Love Slow Cookers

A nice home cooked meal, something that has become a little bit of an anomaly in today’s society. Being a father of four, it can be tough to get a meal on the table that everyone loves, and has the nutritional value that I demand in my cooking. I do have one solution, though: bring in the slow cooker, to which for me is one of the culinary world’s greatest achievements. No longer was I being bombarded with time constraints and was able to give myself more freedom...

Sep 23 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on The Prons and Cons of Microwave Meals

Ask a father about the benefits of microwave foods and he will speak of them as a Modern Wonder of the World. Microwave meals are the quick and easy way for busy, tired parents to provide meals for their kids with minimal effort, and they certainly do have their advantages. Microwave foods have both some pros and cons. Firstly, leaving aside the cons, (why talk about negatives all the time?), I will talk about all the pros of microwave meals. The most obvious upside is that...

Sep 23 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on Leftovers Are Food Too

Being a busy working dad on a budget, it’s really important that I make the most out of every ingredient and prevent waste as much as possible. There’s such a temptation, though, to get rid of bits and bobs of food you don’t think you’ll use up, and really this is tantamount to throwing good money down the drain. So I’ve put together this article to offer ideas on how to use your leftovers in creative and delicious ways, and save yourself a pretty...

Sep 19 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on How to get Your Kids to Eat 5-a-Day

Kids can create a lot of stress. Fact. It starts when they’re born and they’re keeping you up all night. It continues when their poo comes out green, they put EVERYTHING straight into their mouths and they seem to pick up every cough and sniffle anyone within a 10 mile radius of your home has had. Then they start to walk and they become fascinated with plug sockets, the fireplace, cupboards, hot cups of tea, the letterbox, the stairs – basically anything and...

Jul 31 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on Boris Johnson’s cheese on toast

Ingredients Cheese, preferably cheddar Brown bread Butter and/or chutney Method 1. Cut a large amount of cheese, preferably cheddar, into slabs 2. Lightly toast some brown bread 3. Spread toast with butter and chutney 4. Cover toast with slabs of cheese 5. Grill until it gets all nice and scabby. ...

Jul 01 2014
by Johnny B |
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1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground allspice 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp garlic salt 4 lamb chops 1 Combine spices and garlic salt in shallow dish and coat lamb on both sides. 2 Cook lamb under preheated moderate grill for 12-16 minutes, turning once. 3 Serve with salad and crusty bread. Mark Sargeant is executive chef of Rocksalt in Folkestone (01303 212070). For more recipes, see simplybeefandlamb.co.uk ...

Jul 01 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on The only four recipes you’ll ever need: ice lollies

All recipes make 8-10 lollies Raspberry and lime 210g granulated sugar Finely grated zest of 1 lime 500g raspberries, rinsed 2-3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 1 Put the sugar, lime zest and 100ml water in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. 2 Put the raspberries in a food processor with the lime syrup and 200ml water and blend to a purée. Add 2 tbsp lime juice and taste to see if it’s sharp enough. If not, add a little more. 3 Pour the mixture into...

Jun 11 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on Red pepper and feta

All recipes serve 4 Red pepper and feta 350g shortcrust pastry 1 large knob butter 2 red peppers, sliced 1 onion, sliced 150ml double cream 150ml crème fraîche 2 eggs, beaten 200g feta, crumbled 1 handful basil, chopped 1 Roll out pastry. Grease 22cm metal flan tin and line with pastry. Line with greaseproof paper and baking beans and bake at 180C/Gas 4 for 15 minutes. Remove paper and beans and cook for 10 minutes more. 2 Heat butter in frying pan and gently cook onion and...

Jun 02 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on Aubergine pasta

Serves 6 Ingredients 3 medium-sized aubergines 30g of tomato paste 1 large clove of garlic (sliced) 1 shallot (chopped) 800g of dry linguine pasta 300g of parmesan cheese 20ml extra virgin olive oil 2 sprigs of thyme Salt and pepper to season Method 1. Slice each aubergine vertically in two and score with a knife. Add a dash of salt, pepper and thyme to each half with a slice or two of garlic and tightly roll each half individually in aluminium foil. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes...

May 28 2014
by Johnny B |
Comments Off on Grilled tuna steak with caponata

Serves 6 Ingredients 10 peppers (5 red, 5 yellow) diced 2 courgettes diced 150g raisins 1 litre water 100g pine nuts 6 portions of tuna steak (160g each preferably) 50g of honey 10ml of white wine vinegar Salt and pepper to season 30ml extra virgin olive oil Method 1. Soak the raisins in water for 30 minutes and then strain. 2. Heat 15ml olive oil in one pan and add the diced peppers; heat the remaining 15 ml of olive oil in a separate pan and add courgettes — cook both slowly....

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