Wednesday, 1 October 2014

WIN tickets to the BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes show in October!!


Competition time!!

How would you like to win 2 tickets to the BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes Show?

This fantastic prize gives one lucky winner a pair of general admission tickets for a day of your choice.

And as a bonus I will be giving the winner a box of 6 cupcakes to be collected from my stand at the show!


To be in with a chance of winning, comment on this post below or retweet on twitter

For more details on the show, to see who is exhibiting and which celebrities will be getting their bake on, visit the BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes Show website

Good luck!!

These are general admission only which means they do not include a theatre seat. A seat in the Bakes & Cakes theatre can be purchased on the day however these are subject to availability.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Recipe for Orange Sriracha Chicken

I'm always checking out the speciality ingredients section in Tesco, looking for inspiration and something new to try. I picked up a bottle of Sriracha sauce a little while ago and after a quick Google, found some recipes which combined lime and honey in a glaze for chicken. Only having orange juice to hand, I adapted the recipe to include this instead.

Sriracha is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt.
The result; a deliciously moreish, sticky chicken that my boys couldn't get enough of.
Serves 4
Chicken:
  • 12 chicken drumsticks 
  • 2 tsp sea salt
Place the chicken drumsticks in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and set aside

Marinade:
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 120ml orange juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Place all the marinade ingredients into a blender or food processor, puree until smooth.
Pour the mixture over the drumsticks, turning to coat.
Pop in the fridge and marinate for at least an hour, or overnight if possible

Orange Sriracha Sauce:
  • 120ml orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha (available from Tesco)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)
Add the orange juice, honey, sriracha and butter to a pan and bring to the boil.
Once at a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes until thickened.

To cook the chicken 

Preheat the oven to 200.
Place the drumsticks on a wire rack, covering with a little of the marinade, and cook for 35-40 minutes, turning half way through, until the skin is golden brown.
Brush some of the orange sriracha sauce over the chicken pieces and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven and brush with more sauce, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds to serve.

I made this to accompany my Wakame and Miso Udon Noodle Soup

Monday, 22 September 2014

Recipe for Wakame and Miso Udon Noodle Soup with Clearspring Organic

I was recently sent some Clearspring Organic Japanese products to create some delicious recipes with. Not knowing what would be in the box until it arrived, it was a little like Ready, Steady, Cook! You do remember the TV programme with Ainsley Harriott where guest chefs were given a bag of food to create a dish with??? Good :-)


So when my box of goodies arrived I was happy to find in there some brown rice udon noodles; should be fairly simple to create a dish with. Silken tofu; I've cooked with firm tofu before but this variety would be a first. And finally, (dried) wakame flakes; an edible seaweed which starts out as tiny flakes and once soaked in water, results in beautifully soft, sweet tender fronds. Wakame has huge health benefits, it is extremely high in nutritional value while being low in calories and minimal in fat content.

Before
After
I think I could eat like this every day... so light, fresh and flavourful.

Recipe notes:
You could also add prawns or roast chicken to make this a more substantial meal.
I also made orange sriracha chicken to eat alongside the soup.

Recipe for Wakame and Miso Udon noodle soup
serves 4
Ingredients
  • 20g of Clearspring Wakame Seaweed
  • 40ml of light soy sauce
  • 2tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 packet (300g) Clearspring firm silken tofu, cubed
  • 200g Clearspring udon noodles
  • 3 pints of water
  • 3 tbsp miso paste
  • 3 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 50g mange tout
  • 50g baby sweetcorn quartered
  • 50g sliced mushrooms
  • 50g brocolli
  • 1 red chilli deseeded and finely sliced
  • Spring onions to garnish
Method
  1. Soak the seaweed in a bowl of water for five minutes. 
  2. Place the cubes of tofu in a bowl and pour in the soy sauce and sesame oil. Leave to marinade whilst the you prepare the rest of the soup. 
  3. In a heavy based pan bring the water to the boil and add the miso paste.
  4. In a shallow dish, mix the soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Add the miso soup and stir well, then remove from the heat. 
  5. Fry off the tofu in canola oil for a couple of minutes until golden brown. 
  6. Drain the seaweed and add it to the serving bowls together with the udon noodles and vegetables
  7. Pour over the miso and serve
  8. To garnish sprinkle with spring onions and a drizzle of sesame oil.

Enjoy x