Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Week 4: Crock-Pot Chili

The Recipe
1 lb round roast (I ended up using pork because beef is too expensive)
1 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tbsp chili
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 large onion, chopped
1 beef bouillon cube
29 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
14.5 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 bell pepper, chopped

Slice the roast into strips. In a large bowl combine the mustard, chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper into a paste. Add beef and toss to coat. Add beef to bottom of the slow cooker. Layer onions on top. Crush the bouillon cube and sprinkle over the onions. Add beans, bell pepper and tomatoes over everything. Cook on low for 5-7 hours.

Serve over rice or with bread with shredded cheese and sour cream for toppings.

The Verdict
Well! For once being considerate of my DH backfired! I thought 1 tbsp chili sounded like an awful lot, so instead I used diced tomatoes with chili - usually plenty spicy for him when I use it in soups and stews etc. - but even he complained that this wasn't spicy enough! I've learned my lesson, and will be adding the chili the recipe calls for when I make this next! Because I'll definitely be making it again! Other than the blandness (which could be easily sorted by adding chili at the table) it was delicious, and really easy to make too :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Week 3: Hoisin Turkey

The recipe
2 bell peppers, cut into bite-size pieces
2 small onions, cut into thin wedges
1 pound turkey breast, halved crosswise
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp black pepper
1dl orange juice
1dl hoisin sauce

First the substitutions.. I couldn't find turkey, so I used chicken instead. Nor did I have any hoisin sauce, so I used teriaki sauce instead. The rest is as listed though.

Place bell pepper and onion in a slow cooker; place turkey on top and sprinkle with garlic and black pepper. In a cup, combine orange juice and hoisin sauce; pour over all. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours.

Serve with rice.

The Verdict
I only discovered when I came to get the meal, that I'd accidentally cooked the meal on MED instead of on LOW for 4 hours. The chicken turned out to be lovely tender and moist though - not dry at all - so I guess no harm was done :)

One of the better crock-pot meals I've tried. It smelled fantastic while cooking, and tasted great too, although the taste of garlic was slightly overpowering. I think I'll use less next time and make sure it's fully submerged in the liquid, rather than lying on top of the chicken.

Other than that really good, and I didn't even need the chilli sauce to make it taste of something ;)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Week 2: Italian Chicken Chowder

The Recipe
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1 pound chicken breast, chopped
2 14.5-oz can stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 cup chicken broth
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
2 tsp basil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat the dressing in a large pan or wok. Add chicken and cook for 5-10 minutes until done. Add broth, stewed tomatoes, zucchini, macaroni and basil. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and let the chowder simmer for about 8 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Add cheese and stir until melted.

Can be served with rice if it needs to be stretched.

The Verdict
I loved it :) Cooking the chicken in the dressing gave it a wonderfully tangy taste, and it turned out nice and moist - not dry at all. I added about a spoonful of sugar at the very end, as it was bordering being too tangy, but I'm not entirely sure it needed it... a blob of milk might have worked just as well.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Week 1: Cheese-Sausage Pie

A reeeally easy recipe for the first one of the year...

The Recipe
4 eggs
1 2/3 dl cream
2 tbsp shredded parmasan
6 slices of salami or similar sausage (I used chorizo)
1 tbsp fresh basil.

Chop up the salami and basil into smaller pieces.

Mix together the eggs and cream and add the parmesan, salami and basil. Pour the mix into an ovenproof dish and bake it at 180C for 25 minutes.

The Verdict
"Pie" is most definitely a misnomer here - this was absolutely an omelet! And as thus great for breakfast, but decidedly misplaced for the tapas plate it was meant for. I might make it again if I was serving brunch though.

Best of 2011

Well, what would you know... I actually managed to complete this for the second year running! I know that I left out two weeks back in April, but since I weren't even in the country for those two weeks, I think that's acceptable, and still count my goal reached.

Trying out new recipes can hardly be called a resolution any longer - it has become a hobby. I love experimenting, and while most have been merely average (and an unfortunate few were decidedly BAD!) I did end up with some very nice additions to my repetoir.

So with no further ado, here are the best recipes of 2011:

Garlic shrimp
Mushy Mushy Chocolate Cake
Parmesan Chicken
Honey BBQ Chicken
African Peanut Soup
Chicken with Bacon and Pesto
Orange Pork Chop
Mexican Chicken Lasagna
Spring Chicken
Cashew Chicken
Roasted Asparagus

But I'm only just getting started here...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Drinks, Cakes and Desserts

Caramel Ice Cream
Cheesecake with Raspberries
Chocolate Horns
Chocolate Ice Cream with Baileys
Chocolate Ice Cream with Nuts
Coconut Cookies
Crunchy Apple Pie
Eggnog
Elder Flower Ice Cream
Giant M&M Cookies
Jordan's Cookies
M&M Cookies
Mocha Ice Cream
Mushy-Mushy Chocolate Cake
Nell's Nutella Cookies
Orange Ice Cream
Orange Sorbet
Pavlova
Peach Orange Sorbet
Picnic Cake
Raspberry Cheese Cake
Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry-Melon Smoothie
Strawberry-Raspberry Smoothie
Vanilla Ice Cream w. Chocolate & Almonds
Watermelon Ice Cream

Misc and Sides

Bacon-Cheddar Biscuits
Baked Eggs
Baked Potato Buffet
Baked Zucchini Sticks
Braised Carrots
Burning Love
Casserole
Cheese Pancakes
Chorizo Casserolle
Christmas Recipes
Creamed Corn
Crisp Tortilla Towers
Crispy Edamame
Croissant Rolls
Curried Veggies and Rice
Danish Omelette
Empanadas
Garlic Bread
Garlicky Grilled Corn
Huevo Rancheros
Jamaican-Style Beans and Rice
Mashed Potato Patty Cakes
Meatballs with Chilli and Curry
Mexican-Style Beans and Rice
Microwave Potato Chips
Omelet with Tomatoes and Cheese
Oven-baked Meatballs
Pasta Gratin
Pepperoni Roll
Pizzadillas
Puff Pastry Roll
Roasted Asparagus
Rucola with Pistachios and Chocolate
Smothered Beef Patties
Southwestern Bean Salad
Spanish Brunch
Spanish Carrot Dish
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Stuffed Bell Peppers - Philly Style
Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese
Tomato-Pepper Casserole
Tortillas Pizza
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Vegetable Gratin

Crock-pot

African Peanut Soup
Asian Peanut Butter Pork
Basil-Tomato Soup
BBQ Crock-pot Chicken
Crockpot Cheesy Chicken
Beef Bourguignon
Braised Crockpot Chicken
Brassiered Pork
Butter Chicken Crockpot
Café Chicken
Caroline Crock Pork
Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce
Chicken Korma
Chicken Philly Sandwiches
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Crocked Maple Salmon
Crockpot BBQ
Crockpot Cajun Chicken
Crockpot Chicken-Curry
Crockpot Chicken with Cashews
Crockpot Easy-Peasy-Cheesy Chicken
Crockpot Fajitas
Crockpot Tuscan Chicken
Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
Ethiopean Chicken Stew
Hoisin chicken
Indian Crockpot Chicken
Italian Chicken
Italian Crock-pot Pork Chops
Kizzy's Crockpot Stew
Lori's crockpot Chili
Moroccan Chicken
Orange Chicken
Orange Chicken Soup
Peking Pork
Slow Cooker Nachos
Southwestern Chicken
Southwestern Chicken and Bean Soup
Sun-Dried Tomato and Chicken Pilaf
Sweet Chilli
Tex Mex Pork Wraps

Soup

African Groundnut Stew
Baked Potato Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Chicken Chili
Chicken-Noodle Soup
Chickpea Soup
Coco Lime Soup
Corn and Chorizo Chowder
Corn, Sausage and Pepper Chowder
Eggs 'n' Bacon Ramen Noodle Soup
Fiesta Avocado Soup
Fungi Soup
Goulash Soup
Hungarian Goulash Soup
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
Loaded Potato Soup
Mexican Soup
Onion Soup
Pepper Steak Soup
Pseudo-mulligatawny Soup
Red Curry Soup
Roasted Red Pepper and Avocado Soup
Spanish Bell Pepper Soup
Spicy Bean Soup
Squash Soup
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Tex-Mex Chicken Soup
Thai Curry Soup
Tomato-Pepper Soup
Tomato Soup with Garnishes

Pasta / Stir-Fry

Asian Bow-Tie Pasta Salad
Avocado Mac and Cheese
Caramelized Wok
Creamy Spaghetti Cabonara
Eggplant Pasta
Mac and Cheeseburger
Nudel-Auf-Lauf
One Pot Wonder
Oriental Wok
Pasta Cabonara
Pasta Dish with Sausages
Pasta Parmasan
Pasta with Pesto and Asparagus
Pasta with Tomatoes and Squash
Ravioli w. Garlic Cheese Sauce
Red Curry Wok
Red and Green ravioli
Red/Yellow rice
Spaghetti Puttanesca
Spicy Sausage Pasta
Tomato-Basil Chicken Pasta
Traditional Stir-fry

Fish

Asian Fish
Salmon with Honey-Cashew Crust
Salmon Lasagna
Salmon Poached in Elder Flower Juice
Fettuccine Salmon
Garlic-Chili Shrimp
Garlic Shrimp
Greek shrimp pasta

Pork

BBQ Pork
Cajun Schnitzel
Cuban Spicy Pork
Exotic Pork Tenderloin
Fast and Easy Bean Stew
Fried Pork with Parsley Sauce
Frikadeller
Garlic Pork Chops w. Cheese
Ham w. Apple/Horseradish Sauce
Indonesian Sweet and Sour Pork
Marinated Flank Steak
Mexican Chorizo
Orange Pork Chop
Pork Chops Diablo
Pork Marinara
Salsa steaks
Satay Pork with Peanut Sauce
Sausage Sizzler
Schnitzles Provencale
Shepherd's Pie
Slow Jambayala
Spicy Crusted Pork
Tandori Tenderloin
Tenderloin with Pesto

Beef

Bacon Double Cheese Burger Salad
Beef Meatballs with Tomato Salad and Mushrooms
Beef with Ginger and Bell Pepper
Cheesy Enchilada Casserole
Easy Beef-Bean Burrito
Easy Taco Casserole
Elbow Macaroni Caserolle
Greek Gyros
Honey-Mustard Beef Patties
Italian Pot Pie
Macaroni mince
Mexican Beef Patties
Mini Meatloafs
Nacho Potatoes
Pepper Steak
Steaks with Red Wine Sauce
Tacos Salad
Tangy Steak Salad
Tex-Mex Chili
Tex-Mex Meatloaf

Chicken

Bacon Chicken with Salsa
Baked Chicken Legs
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Baked Chicken Tapenade
BBQ Chicken
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cashew Chicken
Chicken Curry
Chicken With Bean Sprouts
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Parmesan Cupcakes
Chicken Nicosia
Chicken Pasta Italiano
Chicken Stir-Fry
Chicken Thai Nachos
Chicken Valdostano
Chili Chicken Cashew
Chinese Chicken
Creamy Jalapeno Chicken
Greek Pasta Salad
Herbed Chicken
Honey BBQ chicken
Honey-Mustard Chicken
Honey-Mustard Chicken with Pretzels
Indian Chicken
Indonesian Chicken
Italian Chicken Chowder
Lemon chicken
Maltese Chicken
Mediterranean Chicken
Mediterranean Roasted Chicken
Mexican Chicken Casserole
Mexican Chicken Lasagna
Mexican Torta
One Pot Fajitas Pasta
Oven Baked Chimichangas
Parmasan chicken
Peanut-crusted Chicken
Pesto chicken
Salsa Chicken
Skillet Chicken
Southwestern Turkey
Smothered Jalapeno Chicken
Spicy Chicken
Spicy Chicken with Salsa
Spicy Raspberry-Honey Chicken
Spring Chicken
Tacos con Chicken
Tuscan Chicken
White Chilli