Chicken, Lemon and Rosemary Orzo bake

Happy Friday!!

The sun is shining here in Spain after a little rain this morning. This is a lovely summery dish, tangy from the lemons, and pretty healthy. You can swap the orzo for rice if you can’t find it, or you can just make the bake with vegetables. Have a lovely weekend!!

Lulu xxx

Chicken, Lemon and Rosemary Orzo bake

Ingredients

½ chicken chopped, skin removed

1 onion diced

1 celery diced

2 carrots diced

2 garlic grated

1” ginger skin removed and grated

2 rosemary chopped

2 rosemary whole

2 lemons in wedges

1 heap tsp paprika

2 bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick

honey

salt and pepper to taste

1 pint chicken stock

olive oil for frying

1 Tbsp. butter

1 cup orzo pasta

60g kale (optional)

Method

Heat oil and brown the chicken, in bathes if needed. Remove and set aside.

Add a tablespoon butter the onions, celery and cook gently until soft. Add the carrot, garlic ginger, bay leaves and chopped rosemary. Cook for 3 minutes more.

Add the lemon, the rosemary sprigs, the cinnamon stock and then the chicken back to the pan.

Sprinkle the paprika over and mix well.

Pour in the stock and honey. Cover and pop into the oven for 30 minutes.

Uncover and sprinkle over the orzo, make sure there is still lots of liquid in the pan, if not add a little more water.

Cook for a further 8-10 minutes then add the kale, stir and cook for 5 minutes more.

Serve.

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by Lulu Lemon and Lace

Ingredients

½ chicken chopped, skin removed

1 onion diced

1 celery diced

2 carrots diced

2 garlic grated

1” ginger skin removed and grated

2 rosemary chopped

2 rosemary whole

2 lemons in wedges

1 heap tsp paprika

2 bay leaves

1 cinnamon stick

honey

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1 pint chicken stock

olive oil for frying

1 Tbsp. butter

1 cup orzo pasta

60g kale (optional)

Method:

Heat oil and brown the chicken, in bathes if needed. Remove and set aside.

Add a tablespoon butter the onions, celery and cook gently until soft. Add the carrot, garlic ginger, bay leaves and chopped rosemary. Cook for 3 minutes more.

Add the lemon, the rosemary sprigs, the cinnamon stock and then the chicken back to the pan. Sprinkle the paprika over and mix well.

Pour in the stock and honey. Cover and pop into the oven for 30 minutes.

Uncover and sprinkle over the orzo, make sure there is still lots of liquid in the pan, if not add a little more water.

Cook for a further 8-10 minutes then add the kale, stir and cook for 5 minutes more.

Serve.

Lulu xxx

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Valentines Eton Mess <3

It is Valentines; this recipe is so simple but is a great treat for your loved one.  With heart-shaped meringues sweet berries and cream, a great desert after your romantic meal.

This need not be just for Valentines, it is tasty, creamy and decadent for any time of the year!!

Ingredients:

Meringue;

4 large organic egg whites

115g caster sugar

115g icing sugar; sieved

red food colouring

Sauce;

150g fresh strawberries

1 tbsp. icing sugar

Cream;

2 tubs double cream

3 tbsp. white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

A handful of fresh blueberries

Strawberries for decoration

Redcurrants for decoration

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 100 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper (you can stick this paper down with blobs of the meringue mixture later) Make the meringue in advance as they taste better after being left in a warm oven for a few hours.

Whisk the egg whites on a medium speed to be stiff, the bowl should be able to sit above your head without dropping any mixture, with soft peaks forming when you move the whisk.

Next turn up the speed and add the white sugar a spoonful at a time; once all mixed in the mixture should be glossy.

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Then fold in the icing sugar, again a little at a time. Add a drop of food colouring, fold in to make the meringue pink, then pop into a piping bag.

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Pipe small hearts out onto the prepared tray and bake in the oven for 2 hours.  Turn the oven off after the 2 hours and leave the meringues in there for a few more hours.

In a blender blitz up the strawberries and icing sugar to be a sauce, set aside.

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Whisk the cream up, when it starts to thicken add the sugar and vanilla, whisk the cream to become thick.

Crumble in some of the meringue hearts reserving some for decoration.

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Stir in the blueberries.  In layers starting with a little sauce layer up the mess, to have sauce  then cream and so on.  Decorate with redcurrants, sliced strawberries and a meringue heart each.

 

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Happy Valentines Day,

If you are in the Costa del Sol the full recipe is featured in the Seaside Gazette!

❤ Love Lulu ❤

Re-Blog…Salsa Roja Picante en Molcajete

I first tried this dish in a restaurant in London called ‘Mestizo’, one of the best authentic Mexican restaurants I have visited in the UK.  This is my version 🙂

Traditionally served in a ‘Molcajete’ which is Mexican Spanish and is a stone tool similar to a pestle and mortar.  We use to call it the ‘volcano’.  When I travelled around Mexico I noticed this dish on many menus so it shows its true authenticity.

This is similar to Fajitas but much better.  The base can be of different variations; I have made this using a spicy tomato salsa with Spanish dried chillies.  In Mestizo’s restaurant they serve this with 4 different bases including Mole which is a deep rich sauce with a hint of chocolate and Tomatillo; which is my favourite (tomatillo is a Mexican green husk tomato).

Then on top you have your choice of griddled meat cut into strips, cheese (Monterey Jack is good), whole spring onions, chorizo sausage, avocado, I also added some sweet baby peppers. 

To eat as you would with Fajitas you layer up your soft tortilla; spread some of the salsa then take pieces of each of the ingredients and wrap it up!  I also made some re-fried beans as they work so well with this dish find my recipe here:

https://lululemonandlace.com/recipes/lentilsbeans/refried-beans/

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Ingredients:

Salsa Roja Picanta

3 garlic cloves crushed

2 dried picante chillies (soak in a little hot water for a few minutes)

1 onion diced finely

1/2 a small red pepper diced finely

3 tomatoes

4 rashers of smoked bacon chopped finely

60ml Mexican beer

Bunch of fresh coriander 

Olive oil for frying

Toppings:

2 chicken breast cut into strips

Large fresh raw prawns (enough for a few per person)

Chorizo sausage, cut in half, then cut each half lengthways, then cut in half lengthways again so you have long strips

Spring onions (if in Spain buy the slim onions) halved lengthways

1 avocado sliced

A mix of red/yellow baby bell peppers (I used around 4 of each) halved lengthways

Monterey Jack cheese cut into strips

Sea salt

To Serve:

Tortillas

Re-fried beans (optional)

Jalapenos (optional)

Method:

It is a simple recipe, in a hand blender blitz the following up; tomatoes, garlic, dried soaked chillies, half of the coriander, beer, and a good pinch of salt.  Set aside.

Heat a little oil in a pan and pop in the bacon, let this brown a little then add your onion and diced red pepper until soft.

Pour in the salsa and stir.  

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Let this bubble away on a medium heat while you griddle your meat and vegetables.

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Heat your griddle pan, oil and season the spring onions then lay in the pan and griddle each side until charred, repeat with the peppers.  Then griddle the chorizo, chicken and lastly the prawns…. but without adding oil as the chorizo gives enough oil to cook all of these, I did however season the chicken and prawns.

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Now you are ready to serve, warm the tortillas in the oven wrapped in foil.

Layer and arrange each ingredient over the salsa, then sprinkle over the remaining coriander, as you can see I did not have a Molcajete or a big enough pestle and mortar so I used a skillet which worked fine.

Serve with the warm tortillas, re-fried beans and jalapenos.

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enjoy

Lulu xx

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salsa roja picante en molcajete

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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by Lululemonandlace

Ingredients:

Salsa Roja Picante (spicy tomato sauce)

3 garlic cloves crushed

2 dried picante chillies (soak in a little hot water for a few minutes)

1 onion diced finely

1/2 a small red pepper diced finely

3 tomatoes

4 rashers of smoked bacon chopped finely

60ml Mexican beer

Bunch of fresh coriander

Toppings:

2 chicken breast cut into strips

Large fresh raw prawns (enough for a few per person)

Chorizo sausage, cut in half, then cut each half lengthways, then cut in half lengthways again so you have long strips

Spring onions (if in Spain buy the slim onions) halved lengthways

1 avocado sliced

A mix of red/yellow baby bell peppers (I used around 4 of each) halved lengthways

Monterey Jack cheese cut into strips

Sea salt

To Serve:

Tortillas

Re-fried beans (optional)

Jalapenos (optional)

Method:

It is a simple recipe, in a hand blender blitz the following up; tomatoes, garlic, dried soaked chillies, half of the coriander, the beer, good pinch of salt.

Heat a little oil in a pan and pop in the bacon, let this brown a little then add your onion and diced red pepper until soft.

Pour in the salsa you have blitzed up and stir.  Let this bubble away on med heat while you griddle your meat.

Heat your griddle pan, oil and season the spring onions then lay in the pan and griddle each side until charred, repeat with the peppers.  Then griddle the chorizo, chicken and lastly the prawns…. but without adding oil as the chorizo gives enough oil to cook all of these, I did however season the chicken and prawns.

Now you are ready to serve, warm the tortillas in the oven wrapped in foil.

Layer and arrange each ingredient over the salsa, then sprinkle over the remaining coriander, as you can see I did not have a Molcajete or a big enough pestle and mortar so I used a skillet which worked fine.

Serve with the warm tortillas, re-fried beans and jalapenos.

🙂

Beef and Aubergine Curry (basic curry recipe)

I would say my families main food love is a beef curry; we have been making and eating this dish as long as I can remember.  Be it a family occasion or just a nice comforting Sunday dinner.  We each make this curry a little different but they are all just as tasty.

The recipe stems from a basic curry recipe of my Nana’s where the spices are simple; 2 Tbsp coriander to 1 Tbsp cumin powder, turmeric, paprika and chillies, then we each add our little variations of spices.  I love Tamarind and cardamom with beef  which is why I have used these spices.

Aubergines are great with beef too but other veggies work well such as carrots, and an old favourite of mine is beef and okra (lady’s fingers).

The Aubergines and Tomatoes where picked straight from the garden!!

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Ingredients:

500g Beef chunks (braising/casserole )

1 small aubergine diced

1 white onion diced

1/2 red pepper diced

3 cloves of garlic grated

3″ chunk of ginger grated

3 fresh tomatoes chopped into chunks

2/3 red chillies depending on your heat tolerance, I used 3 birdseye

1 tin plum tomatoes

1 Tbsp tomato paste/frito

1 Tbsp soft brown sugar

50g creamed coconut block

Fresh coriander chopped

1 Tbsp Ghee for frying or you can use oil

sea salt

Spices

2 Tbsp coriander powder

1 Tbsp cumin powder

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp paprika

3 cardamom pods bashed

1 Tbsp tamarind paste

Method:

Heat the ghee/oil and soften the onions then add the red pepper can cook for another 2 minutes.

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Add the garlic, ginger and chillies cook for a further minute then add the dry spices.

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Sprinkle 1 tsp sea salt over the beef then add this to the pan, coat the beef in all of the spices and brown.  Now drizzle in the tamarind and mix well.

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Add the tin tomatoes slightly crushed them as you stir, then add tomato paste/frito.

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Stir well then cover and cook for 20 minutes.  I popped this into the oven at 200 degrees, but you can cook on the hob.

During this time sprinkle the sugar over the fresh tomatoes and set aside.

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After the 25 minutes add the fresh tomatoes and the sugar juices, stir then place back into the oven.  You are now cooking this until the beef is nearly tender, perhaps another 20 minutes.

Once the beef is nearly done add the aubergine and creamed coconut, stir well then pop back into the oven uncovered.

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Cook for another 10 minutes or until the aubergines are cooked.  Taste the flavour for more salt you may need a little touch more.

Now you are ready to sprinkle in the fresh coriander, stir it in and then serve!

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Enjoy xx

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Beef and Aubergine Curry

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: average
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by Lululemonandlace

Ingredients:

500g Beef chunks (braising/casserole )

1 small aubergine diced

1 white onion diced

1/2 red pepper diced

3 cloves of garlic grated

3″ chunk of ginger grated

3 fresh tomatoes chopped into chunks

2/3 red chillies depending on your heat tolerance, I used 3 birdseye

1 tin plum tomatoes

1 Tbsp tomato paste/frito

1 Tbsp soft brown sugar

50g creamed coconut block

Fresh coriander chopped

1 Tbsp Ghee for frying or you can use oil

sea salt

Spices

2 Tbsp coriander powder

1 Tbsp cumin powder

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp paprika

3 cardamom pods bashed

1 Tbsp tamarind paste

Method:

Heat the ghee/oil and soften the onions then add the red pepper can cook for another 2 minutes.

Add the garlic, ginger and chillies cook for a further minute then add the dry spices.

Sprinkle 1 tsp sea salt over the beef then add this to the pan, coat the beef in all of the spices and brown.  Now drizzle in the tamarind and mix well.

Add the tin tomatoes slightly crushed them as you stir, then add tomato paste/frito.

Stir well then cover and cook for 20 minutes.  I popped this into the oven at 200 degrees, but you can cook on the hob.

During this time sprinkle the sugar over the fresh tomatoes and set aside.

After the 25 minutes add the fresh tomatoes and the sugar juices, stir then place back into the oven.  You are now cooking this until the beef is nearly tender, perhaps another 20 minutes.

Once the beef is nearly done add the aubergine and creamed coconut, stir well then pop back into the oven uncovered.

Cook for another 10 minutes or until the aubergines are cooked.  Taste the flavour for ore salt you may need a little touch more.

Now you are ready to sprinkle in the fresh coriander, mix it in then serve!

Lulu xxx

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Keralan Meen Molee (Fish and Coconut Stew) another dish from last Saturday’s Supper Club

This dish was on my 5 course menu from Saturdays Supper Club check it out….

Fish Molee (meen molee) was one of my favourite dishes growing up. My Nana used to make a very tasty version of it.  Mopped up with Indian breads rather than rice; delicious.

Molee means stew, so it is a fish stew which is cooked in coconut. It is a very popular dish in Southern India, I love Keralan sweet and sour flavours with creamy coconut milk and sourness from tamarind, this recipe incorporates these tastes.  The fish is succulent and the flavour is mild, creamy and aromatic rather than spicy hot.

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Ingredients:

White fish I used Meluza (hake) but cod is fine, buy a fillet per person.

10 Large prawns shell on, I removed the heads as they were so large but you can leave them on

1 onion finely sliced

3 garlic cloves

2” chunk ginger

2 small green chillies, with a knife make a slit in each chilli.

Turmeric I used fresh but you can use powder 1tsp

1 tsp tamarind paste

2 heap tsp black mustard seeds

2 heap tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp garam masala

2 tomatoes diced

1 heap tsp soft brown sugar

1 tin coconut milk

2” chunk creamed coconut block

50g desiccated coconut plus extra for decoration

5/6 New potatoes halved

Bunch fresh coriander chopped

2 tsp sea salt

2 tsp white vinegar

1 tbsp. oil (I used sunflower)

Method:

Sprinkle the sugar over the tomatoes set aside.

Grate the ginger, garlic and turmeric (if using fresh) set aside.

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Heat the oil in a pan, add your onions and cook on a medium heat until soft.  Turn up the heat and add the mustard seeds, which will crackle.  As soon as they do then add the cumin seeds, stir through then add the grated ginger/garlic/turmeric.  Add the chillies. Mix well.

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Add the tamarind and stir through.

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Pour in the tin of coconut milk and add the creamed coconut block.  Fill the tin with water and add this to the pan.

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Add the salt, vinegar, desiccated coconut, tomatoes and sugar.

While this is bubbling away boil your potatoes in a separate pan with salted water until nearly cooked but not soft.  Add these to the molee along with the garam masala, stir well.

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Cut the fish into large chunks keeping the skin on, this adds to flavour and holds the fish pieces together.  Add the fish to the pan, pop a lid on and cook for about 4 minutes. After this time open the lid and add the prawns.  Pop the lid back on and cook for another 5/6 minutes or until the prawns are cooked.

Sprinkle over most of the coriander leaves and carefully stir through as the fish will break up easily.

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Serve with an extra sprinkle of the desiccated coconut, and coriander leaves.  Serve with your favourite bread.

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Enjoy!

Lulu x

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Keralan Fish Molee

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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by Lululemonandlace

Ingredients:

White fish I used Meluza (hake) but cod is fine, buy a fillet per person.

10 Large prawns shell on, I removed the heads as they were so large but you can leave them on

1 onion finely sliced

3 garlic cloves

2” chunk ginger

2 small green chillies, with a knife make a slit in each chilli.

Turmeric I used fresh but you can use powder 1tsp

1 tsp tamarind paste

2 heap tsp black mustard seeds

2 heap tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp garam masala

2 tomatoes diced

1 heap tsp soft brown sugar

1 tin coconut milk

2” chunk creamed coconut block

50g desiccated coconut plus extra for decoration

5/6 New potatoes halved

Bunch fresh coriander chopped

2 tsp sea salt

2 tsp white vinegar

1 tbsp. oil (I used sunflower)

Method:

Sprinkle the sugar over the tomatoes set aside.

Grate the ginger, garlic and turmeric (if using fresh) set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan, add your onions and cook on a medium heat until soft.  Turn up the heat and add the mustard seeds, which will crackle.  As soon as they do then add the cumin seeds, stir through then add the grated ginger/garlic/turmeric.  Add the chillies. Mix well.

Add the tamarind and stir through.

Pour in the tin of coconut milk and add the creamed coconut block.  Fill the tin with water and add this to the pan.

Add the salt, vinegar, desiccated coconut, tomatoes and sugar.

While this is bubbling away boil your potatoes in a separate pan with salted water until nearly cooked but not soft.  Add these to the molee along with the garam masala, stir well.

Cut the fish into large chunks keeping the skin on, this adds to flavour and holds the fish pieces together.  Add the fish to the pan, pop a lid on and cook for about 4 minutes. After this time open the lid and add the prawns.  Pop the lid back on and cook for another 5/6 minutes or until the prawns are cooked.

Sprinkle over most of the coriander leaves and carefully stir through as the fish will break up easily.

Serve with an extra sprinkle of the desiccated coconut, and coriander leaves.  Serve with your favourite bread.

Lulu xxx

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