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Chocolate And Marshmallow Cookies

Chocolate and Marshmallow cookies - easy, yet incredibly tasty marshmallow cookies. Amazing and very gooey

I love a good cookie, they make a perfect snack. My favourite type of cookies are nice and gooey ones. This chocolate and marshmallow cookies recipe is perfect, they are easy to make and are perfectly gooey.

I originally was going to just make them marshmallow cookies but I wanted to add a few chocolate chips, giving it some additional flavour.


These chocolate and marshmallow cookies use a combination of light brown sugar and golden caster sugar. I think this gives it a nice golden colour and also adds to the sweetness of the cookies. The recipe uses plain flour and baking powder to help it rise, you could use self raising flour as an alternative.

The first thing to do is to preheat the oven at 180 degrees, before putting the cookies in you want the oven to be nice and hot and to reach the top temperate. In a bowl add the sugars and the butter. You want to beat this until it’s combined and creamy. I would recommend dropping the butter in as small cubes as this will be easier to cream.

Add the egg to the cookies by beating it into the mixture. Sieve the flour into the bowl along with the baking powder. Stir it all fully until its nice and combined. Drop in around 50g of chocolate chip cookies and a good 3 handfuls of marshmallow. Continue to stir everything to ensure the chocolate chips and marshmallow has been fully mixed in.

Finally its time to cook the chocolate and marshmallow cookies!! With a teaspoon you want to take a spoonful and place it on a baking tray that is covered in parchment paper. Make sure you leave a good space between as the mixture will spread down and outwards. You could make the cookies even smaller by getting a smaller spoonful….might help make them last longer!!

Pop them in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are nice and brown. The centre will still be a little soft but once cooked take them out and leave them for 5 minutes. In this time the chocolate and marshmallow cookies will harden. Remove from the tray and put them on a wire rack to fully cool.

Enjoy as a snack or with a yummy glass of milk!

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Chocolate and Marshmallow cookies - easy, yet incredibly tasty marshmallow cookies. Amazing and very gooey
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Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Chocolate and Marshmallow cookies - easy, yet incredibly tasty marshmallow cookies. Amazing and very gooey - perfect snack!

Course: Cookies
Servings: 12 Cookies
Calories: 203 kcal
Author: Martyn
Ingredients
  • 150 grams Butter softened to make it easier to cream
  • 100 grams Golden Caster Sugar
  • 80 grams Light Brown Muscovado Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg Large
  • 225 grams Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 50 grams Chocolate Chips
  • 3-4 Handfuls Mini Marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

  2. In a bowl cream the butter and the two sugars

  3. Add the egg and beat to combine

  4. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the bowl and combine

  5. Add the chocolate chips and marshmallow to the bowl and mix until fully combined

  6. With a teaspoon take the cooking mixture and put onto a papered baking tray. Keep them spread apart to ensure the cookies don’t spread and touch each other

  7. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on the edge and soft in the middle

  8. Take out of the oven and leave to harden for 5 minutes

  9. Take off the tray and put on a wire rack to fully cool. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.2g 10%
Saturated Fat 3.6g 18%
Cholesterol 33.3mg 11%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 34.3g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Sugars 19.2g
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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salmon fish cake recipe

Easy and Tasty Salmon Fish Cake Recipe - Perfect for Lunch recipes, Dinner Recipes or even as a nice starter recipe - Amateurchef.co.uk

Salmon fish cakes are really versatile. They make a nice lunch with a bit of salad but can also be enjoyed as a main dinner with vegetables, roast potatoes or even chips. They do take a little preparation but are very easy to make and taste incredible.

I decided to make this Salmon Fish Cake Recipe as I love salmon, you can however replace it with other fish such as cod.

Salmon Fish Cake Recipe


The first thing you want to do for these Salmon Fish Cakes is to peel and cut the potatoes in quarters and put them on a medium heat in a saucepan with salted water . They want to be cooked close to a mash potato consistency but still have some harder bits. I usually cook them until they are mashable with a fork.

Whilst the potatoes are cooking season the salmon with some salt. Place some oil in a pan and once hot drop the salmon. If the salmon has the skin on then place it skin side down first. Cook for around 4-5 minutes before turning and cooking the other side. Baste the salmon with the oil to help keep the juiciness. The salmon won’t need to long to cook as you just want it to be flaky. I cooked it for around 5 minutes on this side.

Once cooked remove the salmon from the heat and with a fork flake into small chunks. Place the chunks into a bowl. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes so they are roughly 1 inch in size and add this to the salmon. Chop 2 garlic cloves into fine slices and add these to the bowl along with the Oregano, Parsley and the Basil.

I find that lime goes very well with Salmon and really adds some extra flavour to these salmon fish cakes. Zest the lime into the bowl and then squeeze in the juice. Add the tomato ketchup and give it a good mix.

By now the potato should be cooked enough for you to crush with a fork. Remove the potatoes from the heat and empty the water. With a fork crush down onto the potatoes to mash them but ensure to still make sure they are lumpy. Leave them to cool slightly and then mix into the bowl with the salmon.

Give everything a good stir to ensure it is all fully mixed together and then season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Shaping the Salmon Fish Cakes

Get yourself 3 plates or bowls. If you are going to use plates try and get ones that have a bit of a raised sides. On one of them whisk the two eggs, the 2nd add place the flour and the 3rd put the breadcrumbs.

Get a ball of the salmon mixture, depending on the size you want your fish cakes would depend on how big of a handful you get. Mine were fairly big, looking back id probably of done them a bit smaller.

Rotate the mixture in your hand to form a ball and then flatten two sides to form the fish cake shape. Place the salmon fish cake into the egg and then into the flour. Before putting in the breadcrumbs put it back in the egg and the flour for a second time. Cover in breadcrumbs and then place to one side whilst you do the rest.

Heat oil on a medium in a pan and once hot drop the Salmon Fish Cakes and cook until crisp on one side. Flip over to the other side and fry. You will want to cook each side for around 5 minutes or until golden brown and firm.

This Salmon fish cake recipe is really easy and tastes great. Perfect for lunch, dinner or even cook individual ones for a nice starter.

I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe so please do comment below. If you do have any friends that would like this recipe please share it, i’d really appreciate it 🙂

Quick Salmon Fish Cake Recipe

 

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Salmon Fish Cakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 10 mins
 

A quick and easy Salmon Fish Cake recipe. Very tasty and perfect for a starter, lunch or a main meal.

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Fish
Calories: 381 kcal
Author: Martyn
Ingredients
  • 500 grams potatoes
  • 2 Salmon Fillets
  • 100 grams Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsb basil
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp plain flour
  • 100 grams breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the potatoes in quarters and place them in a pan of water. Cook these until they are soft and mashable but still lumpy. 

  2. Season the salmon fillets with some salt and place in a pan of hot oil. If there is skin place it skin down.

  3. Cook for 5 minutes until turning and cooking for an additional 5 minutes or until cook. You want the salmon to be cooked and flaky 

  4. Flake the salmon into a bowl and add chopped sun dried tomatoes

  5. Chop 2 garlic cloves into fine slices and add these to the bowl along with the Oregano, Parsley and the Basil.

  6. Zest 1 lime and add this to the bowl along with the lime juice

  7. The potatoes should be now done. Mash it to a lump consistency and add it to the salmon mixture

  8. Add the tomato ketchup and give everything a good stir to combine.

  9. With your hands take out a ball of the mixture and rotate in your hand to form a ball

  10. Flatten 2 sides to give it that “Fish Cake” Shape

  11. Repeat until you have used all of the mixture

  12. In 3 plates place the whisked egg, flour and breadcrumbs 

  13. Dip the salmon fish cakes into the egg and flour

  14. Dip again into the egg followed by the flour and finally put in the breadcrumbs to cover

  15. Repeat the above two steps until all fish cakes are covered in breadcrumbs

  16. Heat some oil in a frying pan and cook the fish cakes for 5 minutes on either side until the are cooked and browned.

Nutrition Facts
Salmon Fish Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 140
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.5g 24%
Saturated Fat 3.6g 18%
Cholesterol 94.4mg 31%
Sodium 219.8mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4.2g 17%
Sugars 6.7g
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 43%
Calcium 7%
Iron 17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

Wanting a nice winters soup? this cream of mushroom soup recipe is perfect. Its full of flavour and is very easy to make. Full mushroom soup recipe

After being away for several weeks, I was keen to get back into the kitchen. Its surprising how much I missed being behind the cooker!! To really give myself a nice cooking session I decided to cook a nice 3 course dinner.

The evenings have started getting a little colder, I therefore thought a nice warm soup would be great. I decided to create a nice cream of mushroom soup, this recipe is perfect as it’s quick to make. It’s also very easy to do and tastes fantastic.


I was expecting it to be a little thicker but this didn’t take anything away from the taste, to thicken it id probably just add more mushrooms next time.

Easy cream of mushroom soup recipe

The first thing to note is the mushrooms, I decided to use two different types. Closed Cup and chestnut, I felt this gives it a nice additional flavouring with the chestnut mushrooms. It is only a subtle flavour but I do think it’s worth it 🙂

I placed the butter into a large frying pan and once melted added the chopped onions, chopped celery, thyme and garlic until the onions were soft and transparent. I chopped the mushrooms and added these into the mixture and cooked for 5-10 minutes, until the mushrooms begin to soften.

Boil the vegetable stock and add this to pan, leave to simmer for a good 30 minutes. Allow this to cook for another 5 minutes whilst continuing to stir.

Transfer to a food processor to blitz all of the bits into a nice smooth cream of mushroom soup. If you like soup that has no bits in it then you could put it through a sieve. I didn’t do this as I do love a few bits in my soup. When ready to serve pour in the creme fraiche and mix in until it’s all combined.

I poured the soup into the bowls, added a bit of chives for decoration and a few drops of olive oil that has been infused with white truffle. This did add a nice extra flavour and would recommend it, as an alternative you could use more cream fraiche or olive oil infused with garlic.

To accompany the soup I sliced some bread, added some oil on each side with salt and pepper and grilled it….yummy!!

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments below

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Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Wanting a nice winters soup? this cream of mushroom soup recipe is perfect. Its full of flavour and is very easy to make.
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 50 grams Butter
  • 1 whole Onion Chopped
  • 2 whole Celery Sticks Sliced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Sliced
  • 4 sprigs Thyme
  • 200 grams Closed cup mushrooms
  • 200 grams Chestnut mushrooms
  • 800 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 250 ml Creme Fraiche
  • Chives garnish
  • Oil garnish
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large frying pan and add chopped onions, celery, thyme and garlic.
  2. Once the onions are soft and transparent add the chopped mushrooms and cook for 5-10 minutes until they begin to soften
  3. Add the 800 ml of vegetable stock and leave to simmer for 30 minutes
  4. Transfer to a food processor and blend until it’s smooth
  5. Return to heat and add the creme fraiche, stir it in until fully combined
  6. Serve in bowls with some chives for garnish and a few drops of olive oil.

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Raspberry Coconut Slice Recipe

This Raspberry Coconut Slice Recipe is perfect for a quick and easy snack. The coconut slice taste excellent and can be made with any jam flavour...

I gave this coconut slice recipe a go as I was in the mood to make more snack type of foods. I love the taste of coconut and found some desiccated coconut in my cupboard.

The recipe for these coconut slices requires jam. It is up to you which flavoured jam you use. I decided to use raspberry and blackcurrant as find these go well with coconut. Luckily I had just had a delivery of homemade jam from my dad and my father in law.


Preheat the oven at 180 degrees, so that it’s nice and warm when you put in the coconut slices.

Coconut Slice Recipe

In a bowl add butter, 100g caster sugar, flour and give this a mix until everything is combined. You could do this with a food processor, I tend to just use my hands and get stuck in.

I then add a couple of tablespoons of desiccated coconut. I find that this adds a nice coconut flavour to the base as well as on the top.

Separate the egg white from the yolk and drop the yolk into the bowl. Give it a good mix until it forms a dough.

Line your slice tin(s) with baking paper.

Coconut Slice Base

Pour the dough into a slice tin. I used 2 tins that were 20cm by 20cm. You may only need to use one if you have one that is bigger. Spread the dough across the bottom to form the base of your raspberry coconut slices.

The base I made was roughly 0.5cm thick. Put it in the oven on the middle shelf and let it cook for around 10 minutes or until the base is golden brown. Once cooked take it out and allow it to cool completely.

Pour the jam over the top and use a spoon to spread it around the base. I like nice thick jam that is not to runny as this helps get a nice thick layer of jam on the coconut slice.

Raspberry Coconut Slice Topping

In another bowl add the remaining sugar and desiccated coconut. Beat the egg and add this to the bowl and give everything a good mix until fully combined. Pour this on top of the jam and spread it out.

I had to put spoonfuls in each corner of the slice tray and the middle. It will be much easier to spread around and cover all the jam.

Put this back in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the top is nice and golden brown. Believe me the smell is incredible!!

Take it out of the oven and put it to one side until it is fully cooled. If its not fully cooled then it is harder to slice it. Once cooled take it out of the tin and slice into squares…tuck in and enjoy!

I love this raspberry coconut slice recipe. Its pretty quick to make and also very easy to do. They taste incredible and make the perfect snack to grab if feeling a little peckish during the day. Give these coconut slices a go, if you do like them please comment below.

I would also really appreciate it if you share this coconut slice recipe to your friends.

This Raspberry Coconut Slice Recipe is perfect for a quick and easy snack. The coconut slice taste excellent and can be made with any jam flavour...

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Raspberry Coconut Slice Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This Raspberry Coconut Slice Recipe is perfect for a quick and easy snack. The coconut slice taste excellent and can be made with any jam flavour...
Course: Snack
Cuisine: English
Servings: 24 slices
Ingredients
Coconut Slice Base Ingredients
  • 125 grams Butter
  • 100 grams Caster Sugar
  • 150 grams Plain Flour
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
Coconut Slice Topping Ingredients
  • 240 grams Jam Optional on flavour
  • 120 grams Caster Sugar
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 100 grams Desiccated Coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees
  2. In a bowl place butter, sugar, flour and desiccated coconut, give it a good stir until all is fully combined.
  3. Separate egg white from the yolk and add the yolk to the bow.
  4. Mix together to form a soft dough
  5. Line a slice tin and pour the dough into the tin and spread so there is an even layer. This will form the base. Spread until roughly 0.5cm depending on how thick you want the base to be.
  6. Bake the base for 10-15 minutes or until the top of it is golden brown.
  7. Once cooked leave to one side until the base has cooled down.
  8. Add the jam to the top of the base and spread it out to cover the entire base.
  9. In a bowl add the remaining sugar and desiccated coconut, give it a good mix. Add 1 egg and stir until fully combined.
  10. Spread this coconut mixture over the top of the jam and cover until all of the jam is covered.
  11. Put back into the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top is brown
  12. Once cooked take out and allow it to cool and then take out of the slice tin and slice into squares.

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slow cooked pineapple chicken Recipe

Pineapple Chicken Recipe

slow cooked pineapple chicken recipe - tasty chicken recipe with pineapple and yummy vegetables. Tastes incredible and is fairly healthy - amateurchef.co.uk

If you are looking for a nice slow cooked meal for the weekend or evening. This Pineapple chicken recipe is perfect. It reminds me a little of sweet and sour chicken, although it’s pretty healthy.

I wanted a nice chicken recipe that combined the sweetness of pineapple. I also wanted it to be stocked up of vegetables to get all the goodness. By slow cooking this pineapple chicken you can keep all of the flavour into the chicken, making it nice and tender.


The first thing I did was make the sauce that everything will be cooked in. In a bowl place 600ml of pineapple juice along with 2 tablespoons of balsamic glaze. You could replace this with honey but I do like the combination of balsamic with the pineapple. Make sure you do use the glaze for the thickness and sweetness and not balsamic vinegar.

Add 2 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of dried Oregano, Basil and Tarragon. Add 2 cloves of crushed and chopped garlic. Give everything a good stir and pop it into the slow cooker. Make 500ml of chicken stock and combine this with the pineapple mixture.

This pineapple chicken is close to a stew due to the additional vegetables. In my eyes it really adds some additional flavours and textures to the dish. As well as the additional health benefits of course. I chopped carrots, red and yellow pepper, red onion and added these to the slow cooker along with chopped parsnips. With the carrots and parsnips I would recommend cutting them to be roughly 1 inch long. Any longer than this can it could take longer to cook

Add the pineapples to the slow cooker. I would add more pineapple than you would think to make sure you get that pineapple taste. I added 2 large tins of cubed pineapples and had a nice amount.

Put the chicken thighs in the slow cooker. Keep the skin on and make sure it’s all fully covered by the liquid. If everything is not covered top up with a little chicken stock.

Leave this to cook for 2-3 hours on high or 4-5 hours on low. The timings will vary depending on the heat. I would cook until the vegetables are soft and the chicken is fully cooked.

Once cooked I took the chicken breasts out and popped these skin down on a hot grill. This was to give the skin a nice crisp texture. Whilst the skin is crisping cook some rice in a saucepan as per the instructions on the packaging.

Once the chicken is cooked let it rest while you thicken up the pineapple sauce. To thicken the sauce you want to use some corn flour. Follow the instructions and add a tablespoon with liquid. For the liquid I used some additional pineapple juice. Continue to add until you get you get the thickness you want. I used roughly 4 spoonfuls as there was quite a bit.

Plate up by spooning on the rice, topping with a couple of chicken thighs. Spoon on some of the vegetables and plenty of pineapples and then spoon the sauce over everything…yummy!!

slow cooked pineapple chicken recipe - tasty chicken recipe with pineapple and yummy vegetables. Tastes incredible and is fairly healthy - amateurchef.co.uk

I really like this slow cooked pineapple chicken recipe. It’s easy to make and if you have the time available it really tastes incredible! If you was to do it without a slow cooker, you could even caramelise the pineapples first!

I do hope you liked this recipe. Please do comment below and share with any family or friends that will like this pineapple chicken.

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slow cooked pineapple chicken Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 mins
 
Tasty slow cooked pineapple chicken recipe. Tender chicken thighs with the sweet flavour of pineapples. Additional vegetables to give it even more flavour and variety of textures.
Course: Dinner, Lunch/Dinner, Main, Main Course
Servings: 4 People
Ingredients
  • 600 ml Pineapple Juice concentrated
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Glaze can be replaced with Honey
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp Dried Tarragon
  • 2 Cloves garlic Crushed and chopped
  • 500 ml Chicken Stock
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper chopped
  • 2 Carrots chopped (1 inch in size)
  • 2 Parsnips chopped (1 inch in size)
  • 1 Large Red Onion chopped
  • 2 Large Tins Pineapple Chunks
  • 6 Chicken Thights Skin on
Instructions
  1. In a bowl add the pineapple juice along with the balsamic glaze
  2. Add the brown sugar along with the 3 herbs and the garlic
  3. Give everything a good stir to combine and put into a slow cooker
  4. Add the chicken stock
  5. In the slower cooker add the carrots, parsnips, onions and pineapples.
  6. Give everything a good stir and drop in the chicken thighs
  7. Cook on low heat for 4-5 hours or high heat for 2-3
  8. Continue to cook until vegetables are softer and the chicken is fully cooked.
  9. Once cooked remove the chicken and place skin down on a grill to crisp the skin
  10. Whilst the chicken skin is cooking heat up the rice as per instructions
  11. When the chicken is cooked remove and allow to rest
  12. Combine Corn flour with additional pineapple juice and add to slow cooker to thicken. Continue to add corn flour until you get to your desired thickness.
  13. Spoon the rice on a plate when cooked, top with chicken and finally add the vegetables and sauce.

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Pomegranate Couscous and Moroccan Pork

Pomegranate Couscous with Moroccan Pork - Tasty Couscous recipe with lots of flavour. Includes Apricots, Pomegranate, Lime and Mint - Yummy! AmateurChef.co.uk

For my birthday I was given a nice Persian cookbook along with pomegranate molasses and harissa spice. It was the pomegranate molasses and the spice mix that have me the inspiration for this couscous recipe.

I love pomegranates, they are like little bursts of flavour when you bite into them. I don’t have couscous very often and when I have in the past I found it fairly bland. This pomegranate Couscous recipe has a lot of different flavours in it. All of them go together very well and is incredibly easy to make.


I combined the Pomegranate Couscous with pork but wanted to make a nice marinade that would go well with the couscous. I decided to make some Moroccan pork, I did however need a nice marinade for the pork.

Moroccan Pork Marinade - Tasty combination of Harissa and Pomegranate Molasses - Quick and easy to make but has lots of flavour - amateurchef.co.uk

In order to make the marinade I combined 2 tsp of Harissa spice with 2 tbsp of pomegranate molasses. I spooned the marinade over the pork loin steaks and rubbed the marinade into both sides of the pork. To absorb all of the flavour I put the pork in the fridge for 24 hours. If time is short then you can leave it for just an hour. Naturally leaving it overnight would result in more of the flavour being absorbed into the pork.

Once the pork has marinated you want to pop it into a pre-heated oven at around 180 degrees. Usually these will take 25-30 minutes to cook, however make sure they are fully cooked. I like mine to been crispy so tend to leave in a little longer.

Whilst the pork is resting you can make the pomegranate couscous.

In a large bowl pour make the couscous to the packet instructions. Usually you add boiled water and cover over for 5 minutes. You would then fluff them up with a fork.

You then want to zest 1 lime into the couscous.

Chop 10 ready to eat apricots into quarters and drop these into the couscous along with 80 grams of pomegranates. Finally roughly chop 5 mint leaves add these to the pomegranate couscous. Give everything a good stir and plate it up.

Chop up the Moroccan Pork and place on top of the pomegranate couscous and enjoy!

I find this dish to be a perfect evening meal but can also make a pleasant lunch. If you prefer not to have the Moroccan Pork then the pomegranate couscous makes a great meal on its own.

Again if you’re looking for something on the healthier side then the this pomegranate couscous recipe is perfect.

I hope you like this Moroccan Pork with a tasty Couscous with pomegranates. If you know someone that would like it please do share it with them 🙂 I really appreciate it!

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 35 mins
 
Tasty Pomegranate Couscous recipe with a Moroccan marinated pork loin
Course: Lunch/Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 Pork Steak Loins
  • 2 tablespoon Pomegranate Molasses
  • 2 teaspoon Harissa Spice
  • 1 packet Couscous
  • 1 Whole Lime
  • 10 Apricots Ready to eat and quartered
  • 80 grams Pomegranates
  • 5 Whole Mint Leaves Roughly Chopped
Instructions
  1. In a bowl add the pomegranate molasses and the harissa spice, mix together
  2. Pour over the pork loin and rub to ensure all the pork is covered
  3. Marinate for between 1-24 hours in the fridge
  4. Preheat oven at 180 degrees
  5. Put the pork in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes or until fully cooked
  6. Take out of the oven and allow to rest whilst make the pomegranate couscous
  7. Make the couscous as instructed by the packet
  8. In the fluffed couscous add the lime zest, apricots, pomegranates and mint leaves
  9. Give everything a good stir until fully combined
  10. Plate the pomegranate couscous and sliced pork on top.

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Strawberry And Apple Oat Bar Recipe

This Strawberry and Apple Oat Bar recipe is easy to follow and takes very little time. The oat bar tastes incredible - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

A few weeks ago I made a apple and rhubarb crumble. I had half a bag of rolled oats so wanted to make something with them. I therefore decided to make some form of oat bars. They taste great and make a perfect snack or even a quick dessert.

When deciding on flavours I wanted to have a couple of fruits and not just the one. It’s important to match the fruits. Ones that don’t go well together can really ruin the oat bar.


I already had apples so this was going to be the first fruit. The second fruit I decided to add in was strawberries, they go well with apples and I love them.

The first thing I did was prepared the fruit. The apples needed peeling, coring and then chopped into 1cm cubes. The strawberries were then quartered to be roughly the same size. If you do have big strawberries you may want to cut them a little smaller.

I then preheated the oven at 180 degrees and placed some parchment in a square tin.

In a bowl add the flour, sugar, oats and butter. Get your hands stuck in there and continue to mix with your hands. You want to continue mixing it until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Empty ⅔ of the crumb mixture into the square tin and press down into the sides and corner. Press this down firmly to form the base of the oat bar. Sprinkle in the apples and strawberries to make sure it’s covered in fruit.

Next add the remaining crumble mixture and press down to make sure all fruit is covered.

Pop in the oven and cook for about 25-30 minutes, or until cooked.

When cooked take it out of the oven and put onto a wire wrack to cool.

As I said before this Strawberry and Apple Oat bar recipe is perfect as a snack bar. It does also make a really nice dessert. Just add some cream, custard or ice cream to it and enjoy!

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Strawberry And Apple Oat Bar Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
These strawberry and apple oat bars tasted incredible. They make a perfect snack bar or a dessert. Both quick and easy to make
Course: Snack
Cuisine: English
Servings: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 Apples peeled and cored
  • 20 strawberries Cut into quarters
  • 50 grams Light Brown Sugar
  • 120 grams Plain Flour
  • 150 grams rolled oats
  • 120 grams Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees
  2. Peel and core the apples
  3. Cut them into cubes of roughly 1cm
  4. Quarter the strawberries
  5. In a bowl add the flour, sugar, rolled oats and butter
  6. Give everything a mix until it resembles breadcrumbs
  7. Pour ⅔ of this into a square tin that has been covered with parchment
  8. With your hands spread mixture out to make sure it’s covered the bottom.
  9. Press down with hands to form the base of the oat bar
  10. Sprinkle the apples and strawberries over the top
  11. Add the remainder of the crumble mixture and again press down to make sure all fruit is covered
  12. Put in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until cooked.

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Paprika Parsnip Soup

Paprika Parsnip Soup - Perfect soup for the winter months. Easy recipe for a starter or lunch. This Paprika parsnip Soup tastes incredible - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

A friend of ours gave us some home grown parsnips. I wanted to make something nice with them and not just a roasted side dish. As the nights are getting colder, I thought a nice Parsnip Soup would be perfect.

To give it that little extra taste I was going to use a little curry powder. I do however have a big thing for Paprika at the moment. I decided to replace the curry powder with smoked paprika, yummy!


Parsnips are a perfect vegetable, there is almost no fat, cholesterol and has no sodium. They also help with raising energy and lowering blood pressure because of the minerals and vitamins it contains.

I personally think this is one of my favourite soups and not just because of the parsnip. It has a nice smoky kick when you first taste it. Straight after the initial kick you get the sweet taste of the parsnips. The two flavours to me seem to fit perfectly together.

Parsnip soup is very easy to make and doesn’t take too long. It’s all done in one saucepan as well so really saves on the washing up!

How To Make Parsnip Soup

In a large saucepan add the oil and butter and leave this for a few minutes on a medium heat to melt. Whilst this was melting I chopped an onion and 3 garlic cloves. Drop these into the melted butter and give it a good stir.

I find it’s important to make sure the oil/butter has coated all of the onions. These should be left to cook for 10 minutes until the onions were soft. Make sure to stir every so often though so none of the onions burn.

I then added the vegetable stock and the milk and gave this a good stir. Add the peeled/chopped parsnips with a pinch of salt and pepper and give it a good stir. Let this cook until the parsnip is cooked and a knife can go through.

NOTE: Don’t worry if you think the milk is curdling or separating from the oil. When you use the blender it will mix it all together.

Pre-heat a oven at roughly 180 degrees.

Whilst the parsnip soup is cooking get another parsnip and peel the skin away.

Using a peeler, peel lengths of the parsnip to form parsnip crisps. Spray an oven tray with fry-light and place the parsnip crisps on with a little gap between each one. Spray some more fry-light on the top and sprinkle with salt.

Alternatively you could also put oil over them if you don’t have/don’t use fry-light.

Pop in the oven and cook until brown and crispy.

Once the parsnips in the soup are soft.

Take the soup off the heat and with a hand blender, blend until smooth. You could use a food processor if you don’t have a hand blender.

Put back on the heat and add the paprika. Give it all a good stir so you can make sure all of the paprika has been stirred into the parsnip soup. If you don’t like things with too much of a kick, add the paprika gradually. Taste the soup and if you can handle more, add a little more.

Spoon the paprika parsnip soup into your bowls. Sprinkle a little paprika and then top with your parsnip crisps.

Get some nice fresh bread and enjoy!

Like I said this has got to be one of my favourite soup recipes and would recommend giving it a go.

Let me know what you think in the comment below. If you do like the recipe please do share with your friends!

I appreciate it!

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Paprika Parsnip Soup
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
This paprika parsnip soup makes the perfect soup for the winter months. The parsnips give it a nice sweet flavour, where the paprika gives it a nice kick to warm you up.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: English, Starter
Servings: 4 People
Ingredients
  • 1 glug oil
  • 30 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 whole Onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 litre of Vegetable stock
  • 500 ml milk
  • 7 Parsnips
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan heat the oil and butter until the butter has melted
  2. Add the onions and garlic and stir
  3. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent
  4. Pour in the vegetable stop and the milk, stir to combine
  5. Chop 6 of the parsnips into 1 inch pieces and put into the saucepan
  6. Cook until the parsnips are soft
  7. Peel the remaining Parsnip into crisps and place on a tray
  8. Sprinkle with salt and put into a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees.
  9. Cook the parsnip crisps until brown and crispy
  10. Remove crisps from the oven and place on the side to cool
  11. Once parsnips in the soup are soft, use a hand blender and blend until smooth.
  12. Season with salt and pepper
  13. Add 2 tsp of smoky paprika and stir until all fully mixed in
  14. Spoon soup into bowls and sprinkle paprika on the top
  15. Garnish with the parsnip crisps and serve
Recipe Notes
Don't worry if you think the milk is curdling or separating from the oil. When you use the blender it will mix it all together.  

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How To Make A Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Tasty Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Pork Tenderloin Marinade - This marinade is perfect to give your pork tenderloin extra flavour. Its quick, easy and tastes incredible! Fennel, Cumin, Thyme, Paprika, Ketchup, Honey and Balsamic - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

This pork tenderloin marinade is perfect if you are wanting to make a nice Sunday roast. I love making a roast for the in-laws, testing something new each time. This is usually a flavoured mash, herbs on the carrots or trying out a new marinade.

I have not really cooked with Pork Tenderloin before, usually it’s chops. After spotting these on the shelf, I thought i’d give them a bash. To me Balsamic Glaze and paprika make a really nice marinade.


One thing to note is time if you are thinking about doing this dish. I would recommend marinating it and leaving it overnight to help those flavours soak in.

Making The Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Pork Tenderloin Marinade - This marinade is perfect to give your pork tenderloin extra flavour. Its quick, easy and tastes incredible! Fennel, Cumin, Thyme, Paprika, Ketchup, Honey and Balsamic - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

In a Pestle and Mortar, I placed the fennel, cumin seeds, thyme and garlic. Bash it down until its ground into a powder. To me Paprika is a great spice. Adding a smoked paprika is even better to give the pork tenderloin a nice smoky flavour.

I then zest 1 lime and squeezed the juice of two limes into the pestle and mortar and gave it a nice little stir together. To give it a little sweetness I added the tomato ketchup, along with a little honey and finally the balsamic glaze. I use balsamic glaze as I find this gives it a nice sticky texture as well as it added a lovely sweetness.

Give all of this a good stir and then add in a little salt and pepper to season. Make sure you give the marinade a little taste so you can see if you need more seasoning, or any additional garlic/paprika. Spoon over 2/3rd of the marinade over the pork tenderloin and give it a good mix with your hands to ensure all of the pork is covered. Its important to turn it over to make sure the bottom is marinated too.

I would then cover the pork tenderloin in clingfilm and put in the fridge.

Also add the remaining marinade in the fridge to save for when you cook the pork.

When your are ready to cook your marinated pork tenderloin, take it out the fridge and put it onto a baking tray. Spoon the remaining marinade over the top of the pork. Put into a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees and cook for 45 minutes or until fully cooked inside.

I would then let the pork rest for 15 minutes to increase in flavour.

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Pork Tenderloin Marinade
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
A quick and easy pork tenderloin recipe that tastes incredible, give it a go!
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: English
Servings: 2 People
Ingredients
  • 1 Whole Fillet Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 3 whole Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 Whole Limes
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon Balsamic Glaze
  • Pinch Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the fennel, cumin and thyme into pestle and mortar
  2. Add garlic cloves and smash these into powder
  3. Add the smoked paprika along with lime zest and lime juice and stir
  4. Combine with ketchup, honey and balsamic glaze and stir to fully combine
  5. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Spoon 2/3rd of the marinade onto the pork
  7. With your hands mix the marinade all over the pork and put in the fridge to marinate overnight
  8. When ready to cook, preheat the oven at 180 degrees
  9. Once the pork tenderloin has marinated put onto a baking tray
  10. Spoon on the rest of the marinade over the pork and put in the oven
  11. Cook for 45 - 60 minutes or until the pork is fully cooked
Recipe Notes
  • Marinate Pork for at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight
  • When cooked leave for 15 minutes to rest

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Easy Jam Tarts With Basil Pastry

Easy Jam Tarts Recipe - This quick and easy jam tart recipe is perfect for a bit of nostalgia. With the addition of basil in the pastry it adds an additional subtle flavour - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

If you are looking for a Easy Jam Tarts recipe then this is perfect, it takes very little time to make but taste incredible. With the strawberry jam I have added basil to the pastry for a subtle flavour but this is completely optional.

I wanted to make some easy jam tarts one evening in the week so time was limited. I had a moment of nostalgia thinking about the jam tarts and lemon curd tarts that my Grandma used to make, they tasted incredible!


I have not made too much pastry in the past and wanted to do a little experiment with flavours. I was determined to do strawberry flavoured jam tarts and thought the best place to inject some additional flavour would be in the pastry. I needed to make sure I added a dried ingredient as wet could result in it impacting on the pastry, therefore a dried herb was the best option.

The key is finding a herb that matches with the strawberry flavour, I therefore went for basil as I know this goes really well. I did also considered Rosemary but thought that could overpower it, maybe another batch!!

If you decide to do an alternative fruit then try looking for herbs that go well, for example orange you could go for something like star anise, cinnamon or nutmeg. If I was to go for something like lemon then you could combine it with mint or even inject some lime flavour into the pastry.

Many people are a little worried about making pastry but believe me with this easy jam tarts recipe you should be able to make perfect pastry each and every time!

The first thing I did was sieved out the flour into a bowl and added the sugar along with the butter. You could stick these into a food processor but I do prefer to get stuck in with my hands and give it a nice good mix. You want to continue mixing until all of the butter has combined with the flour and looks like breadcrumbs.

This is the mixture of flour, sugar and butter for the easy jam tarts - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

I then added in 3 teaspoons of basil, it might seem like a lot but once it’s all mixed in it’s not too bad. Just remember if you lower the amount of ingredients to also take the basil into account. Give everything a good mix to make sure the basil is evenly spread throughout the flour mixture.

Why Did I Use Dried Basil in this Easy Jam Tarts Recipe?

As I mentioned before it’s important to watch the amount of liquid that goes into the pastry as it will impact on how it turns out. The fresh basil can tend to hold a lot of liquid like other greens such as spinach, just using the dried herb ensures you’re not risking any additional liquid coming out when it’s in the oven.

Crack an egg into the flour and give it a good stir till combined, you may need to add a little milk to help bind it. It is also worth getting your hands in and really mixing it together, try not to overwork the pastry though.

Once combined wrap it in some clingfilm and pop in the fridge for around 30 minutes.

Pastry ready to be popped in the fridge to set for my basil pastry in my easy jam tarts recipe - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

Preheat oven at 180 degrees

Take our and lay on a floured surface and roll out till it’s roughly 0.5cm thick. Use a circular cutter to cut out circles and place these into a muffin tin, this easy jam tarts recipe will make roughly 24 individual tarts.

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Use a teaspoon and spoon in 1 heaped spoonful of strawberry jam into each tart, you can replace the strawberry jam with any other flavour jam, marmalade or lemon curd. At the point of cooking I made both strawberry jam and lemon curd.

Once place all the yummy jam into the tarts the trays want to be popped into the middle of the oven and cooked for roughly 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Depending on your oven size you may want to do this in batches.

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When cooked take out of the oven and allow to cool slightly in the muffin tin, this will help strengthen the pastry. After about 5 minutes carefully remove from the muffin tin and place on a wire rack until cool. It’s important to allow them to fully cool as it will help to set the jam again, also be very careful as the jam will be VERY hot when you take it out of the oven.

This Easy Jam Tarts Recipe really is incredibly simple to make, takes very little time and is perfect for a little nostalgia. It also makes a perfect bit of baking to do with children as it uses very few ingredients.

I would love to know what you think about this easy jam tarts recipe, please let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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Easy Jam Tarts With Basil Pastry
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Quick and easy recipe for jam tarts, with a tasty basil infused pastry
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: English
Servings: 24 Jam Tarts
Ingredients
  • 500 grams of plain flour
  • 50 grams Sugar
  • 250 grams unsalted butter
  • 3 teaspoons Basil Dried Herb
  • 1 Whole Large Egg
  • milk splash
  • Strawberry Jam 1 heaped teaspoon for each tart
Instructions
  1. In a bowl sieve the flour and add the sugar and butter
  2. Mix well until it resembles breadcrumbs
  3. Add the basil and stir until fully combined
  4. Add the egg and continue to mix until it all combines, add some milk if needed
  5. Cover with clingfilm and put in the fridge for 30 minutes
  6. Preheat oven at 180 degrees
  7. After 30 minutes roll out the pastry on a floured surface until its 0.5cm thick
  8. Use circle cutters to cut out the pastry and put into muffin tins
  9. Spoon 1 heaped teaspoon of jam into each tart
  10. Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
  11. Take out of the oven and leave in the muffin tray for 5 minutes
  12. Remove from the muffin tray and place on a wire rack until cooled and the jam has set.

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