Dried Apples.

Here’s a recipe that’s super easy, takes barely any time and is perfect for snacking.

What you’ll need:

Equipment:

Cutting board

Sharp knife

Bowl

Oven tray

Foil/Baking paper

Ingredients:

Dried Apples

lemon juice, apples (I used a whole bag but you can use as many as you like), a mug of water

Method:

Dried Apples

mix four tablespoons of lemon juice with half a mug of water

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

place your apple pieces in the lemon juice and water mixture. this stops them from browning

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

leave to soak for about an hour and wrap with cling fim

Dried Apples

wrap your baking tray in baking paper if you have it, or just use foil

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

turn oven to gas mark 1 and cook for one hour. after an hour, flip the apple pieces over

Dried Apples

mmmmmmm, so yummy!

NB. Feel free to leave the peel on if that suits you. you can also cut the apples into any shapes you like.

Let me know how this recipe worked out for you!

alice

xo

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto.

I made this for dinner the other night and thought I’d share the recipe with you. This was definitely the most challenging thing I’ve ever made, but I think that’s mostly due to the fact that I had (and still do now) no idea how to peel a butternut squash. I know that sounds kind of dumb, but I did struggle with the peeling. Aside from that though, this recipe is fairly straightforward. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

Equipment:

Sharp knife

Cutting board

Deep dish frying pan

Regular frying pan

Saucepan

Spatula

Serving spoon

Measuring jug

Ingredients:

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo, Arborio Risotto and Butternut Squash. I later added mixed vegetables

Method:

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

This was hands-down the hardest part of the whole recipe…

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Parboil the butternut squash. Two to three minutes should be enough time

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Leave the chorizo to stand while the rest of the ingredients cook

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Add some extra veg

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Make sure you pour in all of the chorizo juice!

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Serving Suggestion:

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

YUM, YUM

NB. For a vegetarian alternative, simply skip the chorizo and chicken stock, and add extra vegetables and vegetable stock.

This was UH-MAZE-ZING! And it really filled me up. So much so, that I even had leftovers :O

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

You can also check out this recipe here for more details.

alice

xo

 

ps. Reading this back has made me insanely jealous of my past self… and VERY hungry

Dinner in a Can.

I’m all about fast food, especially when I’m starving and feel like I’m on the verge collapsing. I’m also about experimenting with different foods and ways of cooking, that both save me money and having to eat conventional meals. While this recipe may be a little bit different, I promise that it’s super tasty and it just divine.

Equipment:

Cutting board

Pan

Frying pan

Spatula

Sharp knife

Ingredients:

Dinner in a Can

five mushrooms, one mug full of pasta, one can of Heinz oxtail soup, one handful of grated cheese

Method:

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

season the mushrooms

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Serving Suggestion:

Dinner in a Can

NB. Feel free to add anything you like to the pasta once it’s boiled.

If you’re ever stuck on meal ideas, why not look at the back of these soup cans. They always have interesting recipes on the back of them

alice

xo

Cheesy Mushroom Rice.

The other night I was starving but had no idea what it was that I wanted to eat for dinner. So I did what any person would do and googled my problem hoping for a solution. As it would happen SheKnows was the first result that popped up, so I clicked on it and followed it through to a quick quiz that helped me decide what to eat. The final answer at the end of the quiz was cheesy Mexican rice with beans, and I think it’s fair to say that that acted as the inspiration for dinner that night and for this blog post. Sadly I didn’t have half the ingredients so I had to make do and improvise with what I had. Here’s what I came up with:

What you’ll need:

Ingredients

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

a large handful of grated cheese, two peppers, half a cup of rice, several mushrooms and two crushed garlic cubes

Equipment

Small pan

Skillet/deep frying pan

Cutting board

Knife

Spatula

Method

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

an easy way to prepare the peppers is to push the stalks inwards then pull them out without having to brandish that sharp knife everywhere

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

season with black pepper and other herbs & spices of your choosing

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

mix it all in together

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Serving Suggestion

... because you can never have too much cheese...

… because you can never have too much cheese…

NB. The ACTUAL recipe is here if you’d like to see what the meal should have looked like.

alice

xo

Mushroom Fried Rice.

I’m a believer of “use what you have” (thanks mum and Bethenny!), especially when it comes to the kitchen. Sometimes the greatest and most unexpected dishes come from ingredients that are lying at the back of the cupboard or fridge.

What you’ll need:

Ingredients:

Mushroom Fried Rice

mushrooms, grated cheese, brown rice, crushed garlic cubes and potatoes

Equipment:

Sharp knife

Cutting board

Deep frying pan

Small pan

Method:

measure out less than half a cup of rice

measure out less than half a cup of rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

I’m not a massive onion fan, but by all means add them to the garlic and oil if you want

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

add some colour to the dish

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Serving Suggestion:

sprinkle more cheese on top if you're that way inclined

sprinkle more cheese on top if you’re that way inclined

NB. Brown rice usually takes a bit longer than white rice to cook, so make sure you get that boiling first, otherwise everything else will be good to go while you’re still waiting for it to finish boiling.

alice

xo

Bacon Risotto.

I made this meal AGES ago, but just never really got round to sharing it with you. Looks like some good has come out of my trip to America, eh? Haha. Anyway, you can whip this up in pretty much no time at all, so it’s great for those nights when you’re starving but don’t feel like making and waiting for a gourmet meal.

What you’ll need:

Equipment:

Measuring jug

Spatula

Deep frying pan

A small cup

Chopping board

Sharp knife

Ingredients:

Bacon Risotto

(from left to right) chicken stock, arborio risotto rice, bacon

Method:

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Bacon Risotto

Serving Suggestion

Bacon Risotto

top it off with a nice bit of cheese…mmmmmm

NB. This was one of those REALLY rare occasions when I didn’t have any mushrooms, but rest assured, if I had have had some, you know I would have added them. The risotto also came out a little bit salty (most probably from the bacon), so BEWARE!

Let me know how this recipe works out for you.

alice

xo

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato.

As promised, a post that doesn’t contain a trace of fashion (or net-a-porter to be more precise) hahaha. I tried this out on Thursday and to be perfectly honest, it was so damn tasty I could have easily eaten more of it. I couldn’t be prouder of another original recipe and can’t wait to share with you all, so here it is.

What you’ll need:

Equipment:

Chopping board

Sharp knife

Frying pan

Small pan

Baking tray

Teaspoon

Potato masher

Ingredients:

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

a handful of grated cheese, a handful of mushrooms, three slices of bacon, two potatoes, one chicken fillet

Method:

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

season the bacon and mushroom with paprika for a little kick

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

it looks a bit gross, but it tastes so good!

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

open her up

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

spoon it in

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

wrap her up

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

seal the chicken using the juices from the mushroom and bacon, for some extra flavour, before placing on the baking tray

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

cook on gas mark 200* for 20 minutes

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

mmmm… just look at that chicken, bursting at the seams…

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

YUM YUM

Serving Suggestion

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

served with some leftover mash and green and orange peppers

I then finished my dinner with a tasty Mr. Kipling apple pie! Yummy 🙂

Chicken Stuffed with Bacon and Mushroom Mashed Potato

NB. This is quite a filling meal (with a mixture of meats) so I probably wouldn’t eat so much during the day, as I can see this taking up a fair percentage of the daily recommended allowance.

Let me know what you think and check out some of my other recipes. If there are any recipes you’d like me to try out, just let me know and I’ll give them a go.

alice

xo