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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Sticky Lamb with Pomegranate and Date molasses

These chops have a toffee taste to them, inspired by Moroccan flavours such as dates, nutmeg, cinnamon and pomegranate which works so well with Lamb.

Cook the meat slowly at first so the chops are very tender then crisp up toward the end of cooking for a sticky toffee finger licking treat.

Ingredients

Lamb chops; 3 per person depending on the size

2 pomegranates

½ cup white sugar

½ cup of lemon juice

100g dates, de-seeded

4 cloves of garlic

1” chunk of ginger; grated

2 red chillies de-seeded

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

½ tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp coriander

1 tsp sea salt

10g fresh mint, plus extra for decoration

1tbsp soft brown sugar

Method

Pomegranate molasses; remove the seeds from the fruit, reserve some for decoration and blitz the rest up to be a juice. Push through a sieve so you are left with juice only. Heat this juice in a pan with the juice of half a lemon and the white sugar.  Let the sugar dissolve and reduce a little then set aside.

Date molasses; place the dates in a pan with enough water to just cover them. Boil for ten minutes then empty into a blender and blitz to be a thick paste. Set aside.

Blitz the garlic, ginger, chilli and mint up with be a paste then mix this with the date molasses and then a 2/3 tbsp. of the pomegranate molasses. Add the rest of the spices, the salt and the brown sugar. Taste this mixture it should be sweet and toffee tasting.

Add this marinade with the lamb in an oven dish and marinade for a couple of hours in the fridge.

Heat the oven to the highest setting, place the lamb in the hot oven covered with foil. Cook for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 170 degrees for an hour.  Then remove the foil turn the heat back up and cook until the lamb is crispy on the edges.

Serve on its own or with sliced butternut squash and salad. Sprinkle over the extra mint and pomegranates for decoration.

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Sticky Lamb with Pomegranate and Date molasses

by Lululemonandlace

Ingredients

Lamb chops; 3 per person depending on the size

2 pomegranates

½ cup white sugar

½ cup of lemon juice

100g dates, de-seeded

4 cloves of garlic

1” chunk of ginger; grated

2 red chillies de-seeded

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

½ tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp coriander

1 tsp sea salt

10g fresh mint, plus extra for decoration

1tbsp soft brown sugar

Method

Pomegranate molasses; remove the seeds from the fruit, reserve some for decoration and blitz the rest up to be a juice. Push through a sieve so you are left with juice only. Heat this juice in a pan with the juice of half a lemon and the white sugar.  Let the sugar dissolve and reduce a little then set aside.

Date molasses; place the dates in a pan with enough water to just cover them. Boil for ten minutes then empty into a blender and blitz to be a thick paste. Set aside.

Blitz the garlic, ginger, chilli and mint up with be a paste then mix this with the date molasses and then a 2/3 tbsp. of the pomegranate molasses. Add the rest of the spices, the salt and the brown sugar. Taste this mixture it should be sweet and toffee tasting.

Add this marinade with the lamb in an oven dish and marinade for a couple of hours in the fridge.

Heat the oven to the highest setting, place the lamb in the hot oven covered with foil. Cook for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 170 degrees for an hour.  Then remove the foil turn the heat back up and cook until the lamb is crispy on the edges.

Serve on its own or with sliced butternut squash and salad. Sprinkle over the extra mint and pomegranates for decoration.

Juicy’s Jamaican Chicken Curry with Rice and Beans

Happy Sunday Folks,

Wondering what to cook this afternoon?  Why not try this Jamaican style curry, it is very tasty and warming, forget your Sunday roast have a full chicken cooking in a curry!!  You do not need to use the bishop crown chillies, any hot chilli will do!!

Lulu xxx

Juicy’s Jamaican Chicken Curry

Serves 4

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Ingredients:

5 Cloves Garlic

3″ Chunk Ginger

1 Onion Sliced

4 Red Pedron Peppers (can use 1 large red pepper) Sliced

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2 Bishops Crown Chillies (try a Habanero Pepper or 1 Scotch Bonnet if you cannot get hold of the bishop crowns)

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Bishop Crown Chilli

1/2 pint Chicken stock

3 tbsp Oil (I used sunflower)

500ml Coconut Milk

1 Full Chicken

Fresh Thyme large handful

Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) handful chopped

1 Lemon

Salt

3 Small Potatoes

2 tsp White Sugar

1″ Chunk Creamed Coconut Block

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Jamaican Spices:

1 tbsp of:

Cumin Seeds

Coriander Seeds

Fenugreek Seeds

All Spice Powder/berries ( I used berries)

Black Peppercorns

Black Mustard Seeds

1/2 tbsp Turmeric

3 Star Anise

Method:

First make your spice powder, place all of the seeds, the all spice berries, 2 of the star anise and the peppercorns in a frying pan and dry fry until you smell an aroma.

Then place straight into a hand blender along with the turmeric and the all spice powder; if using,  blitz to a powder.  If you have no blender then crush in a pestle and mortar.  Set aside.

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Next prepare your Chicken. Here in Spain you can buy a whole chicken already chopped up into pieces, they chop it so each piece still has some bone on it, even the breast…. which is great as it keeps it moist. You could ask your butcher to prepare this for you. I removed the skin too as it can make your curry oily.

Season the chicken really well with lots of salt and pepper.

Add the oil to a deep pan and brown the chicken in batches then remove and set aside.

Add the onions and sliced peppers to the pan and fry on medium heat until softened.

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While this is cooking blitz up the garlic, ginger and chillies in a hand blender.

Add this to the pan.  Cook for 2 more minutes.

Add thyme leaves from about 5/6 sprigs  and 3/4 whole sprigs, then the spice powder.

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Then squeeze in the juice of the lemon.

Keep stirring as you go.

Now add the chicken back into the pan and coat it in all of the spices.

Pour in the chicken stock.

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Stir well. Then pour in the coconut milk.

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Add the sugar and the creamed coconut block and the extra star anise.

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Cover the pan and let it simmer away for 20 minutes.

Cut the potatoes into thin wedges.

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After the chicken has cooked for 20 minutes add these potatoes to the pan.

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Taste the juice, season if needed.

Cook until the potatoes are nice and soft and almost falling apart. This would be around 20 minutes more.

Once the potatoes are cooked add in the coriander.

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Ready!!

Rice and Beans

Ingredients

1 cup Basmati Rice

2 cups hot Chicken stock

1/2 White Onion sliced

2 tbsp Sunflower Oil

2 cloves Garlic grated

1″ chunk Ginger grated

2″ chunk Creamed Coconut grated

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tin Kidney Beans

Method

Heat the oil in a pan and add in the onions, cook until browned, then add in the ginger, garlic and salt. Cook for another 2 minutes.

Add in the creamed coconut and the rice and cook for another few minutes coating the rice with the flavourings.

Keeping the heat high pour in the chicken stock, and the kidney beans. Stir well, then place a tight-fitting lid on the pan and turn the heat to the lowest.

Simmer this for 20 minutes, DO NOT REMOVE THE LID DURING THIS TIME.

After 20 minutes turn off the heat and still keeping the lid on let it stand for another 10 minutes.

Fluff up with a fork, it should be a moist rice, with a great coconut taste. Serve with the curry.

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Enjoy

Love Lulu xxx

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Juicy's Jamaican Chicken Curry with Rice and Beans

  • Servings: 4/5
  • Difficulty: easy
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by LuluLemonandLace

Ingredients:

5 Cloves Garlic

3″ Chunk Ginger

1 Onion Sliced

4 Red Pedron Peppers (can use 1 large red pepper) Sliced

2 Bishops Crown Chillies (try a Habanero Pepper or 1 Scotch Bonnet if you cannot get hold of the bishop crowns)

1/2 pint Chicken stock

3 tbsp Oil (I used sunflower)

500ml Coconut Milk

1 Full Chicken

Fresh Thyme large handful

Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) handful chopped

1 Lemon

Salt

3 Small Potatoes

2 tsp White Sugar

1″ Chunk Creamed Coconut Block

Jamaican Spices:

1 tbsp of:

Cumin Seeds

Coriander Seeds

Fenugreek Seeds

All Spice Powder

Black Peppercorns

Black Mustard Seeds

1/2 tbsp Turmeric

3 Star Anise

Method:

First make your spice powder, place all of the seeds, the all spice berries, 2 of the star anise and the peppercorns in a frying pan and dry fry until you smell an aroma. Then place straight into a hand blender along with the turmeric and the all spice powder; if using,  blitz to a powder.  If you have no blender then crush in a pestle and mortar.  Set aside.

Next prepare your Chicken. Here in Spain you can buy a whole chicken already chopped up into pieces, they chop it so each piece still has some bone on it, even the breast…. which is great as it keeps it moist. You could ask your butcher to prepare this for you. I removed the skin too as it can make your curry oily. Season the chicken really well with lots of salt and pepper.

Add the oil to a deep pan and brown the chicken in batches then remove and set aside.

Add the onions and sliced peppers to the pan and fry on medium heat until softened.

While this is cooking blitz up the garlic, ginger and chillies in a hand blender. Add this to the pan. Cook for 2 more minutes.

Add thyme leaves from about 5/6 sprigs  and 3/4 whole sprigs, then the spice powder.

Then squeeze in the juice of the lemon. Keep stirring as you go.

Now add the chicken back into the pan and coat it in all of the spices.

Pour in the chicken stock. Stir well. Then pour in the coconut milk.

Add the sugar and the creamed coconut block and the extra star anise.

Cover the pan and let it simmer away for 20 minutes.

Cut the potatoes into thin wedges.

After the chicken has cooked for 20 minutes add these potatoes to the pan. Taste the juice, season if needed.

Cook until the potatoes are nice and soft and almost falling apart. This would be around 25 minutes more.

Once the potatoes are cooked add in the coriander.

Ready!!

Rice and Beans

Ingredients

1 cup Basmati Rice

2 cups hot Chicken stock

1/2 White Onion sliced

2 tbsp Sunflower Oil

2 cloves Garlic grated

1″ chunk Ginger grated

2″ chunk Creamed Coconut grated

1 1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tin Kidney Beans

Method

Heat the oil in a pan and add in the onions, cook until browned, then add in the ginger, garlic and salt. Cook for another 2 minutes. Add in the creamed coconut and the rice and cook for another few minutes coating the rice with the flavourings.

Keeping the heat high pour in the chicken stock, and the kidney beans. Stir well, then place a tight-fitting lid on the pan and turn the heat to the lowest.

Simmer this for 20 minutes, DO NOT REMOVE THE LID DURING THIS TIME.

After 20 minutes turn off the heat and still keeping the lid on let it stand for another 10 minutes.

Fluff up with a fork, it should be a moist rice. Serve with the curry.

Lulu xxx

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Recipe Update…Chinese Beef Curry….

Hola Folks,

Hope you’re having a good weekend so far, this is a recipe update of my Chinese Beef Curry with new photographs, check it out….

I love cooking and eating curries, and as my family have Indian roots I have been brought up with curries and spice. I have also been lucky to travel and experience food from all over the world which has influenced and inspired me to create my dishes.

This recipe however was influenced by an old school friends mum. She is Chinese and as a teen I would spend all of my time at their home. I have to say everything she cooked was delicious, even her toast in the morning tasted amazing; I have no idea how she buttered it!!  But my favourite dinner was the Chinese curry and I always hoped that would be on the menu when I stayed over!!

I lost touch with this friend for a while but always remembered this curry and started to try different recipes out to recreate the taste I once loved as a teen. Finally one day I came up with this recipe that tasted good and as I could remember.

Through the help of social media I managed to get back in touch with this friend after 15 years, thankfully we are now good friends again and once when I was back in my home town she invited me over to her mum’s to have a curry!! This time her mum told me her recipe, and I was very pleased to know it was similar to mine just a few little differences but ultimately I had succeeded……

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Colourful Ingredients

Ingredients:

500g Stewing Beef/ Braising Steak Chopped in Chunks

1 Large Onion Chopped Into Chunks

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Chunks of Onion

1/2 Pint Of Beef Stock

2 Tbsp Curry Powder

1 Tsp Paprika

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

2 Star Anise

1 Tsp Chinese 5 Spice

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Red Chilli

2″ Piece Of Ginger

2 Carrots Sliced

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Sliced Carrots

4/5 Fresh Tomatoes

1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce

2 tsp Fish Sauce

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Coconut Cream Block approx 2″ Chunk

Salt & Pepper

Sunflower Oil for frying

Method:

Cut the Tomatoes into wedges and sprinkle with brown sugar, set aside.

In a blender blitz up the ginger, garlic and chilli. You can chop this up but it’s so much easier and quicker this way 🙂

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Garlic, Ginger and Red Chilli

Heat the oil in a large pan, and pour in the onions until they are translucent. Then add in the carrots and the garlic/ginger/chilli mix. Fry for a few minutes.

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Add the Beef to the pan and lots of seasoning.

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Let this brown. Then add in the paprika, coriander and five spice, stir the pan until the beef is coated in the spices.

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Whisk the curry powder into the stock.

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Curry Powder and Stock mix

Now pour this stock mix into the pan.

Stir in the soy sauce, fish sauce and star anise.

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Then add your tomatoes with all of the sugar and juices and stir well.

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Now let this bubble away to cook the beef until tender. I actually find it best to put the pan in the oven. I would heat it to 180 degrees and cook for about a hour or until the beef is tender. Do not cover this as you want the liquid to reduce.

After about 45 minutes I would taste the curry and see if it needs anymore seasoning, if it does add more soy rather than the salt. It should be hot and sweet so if it does not taste sweet enough sprinkle in a little more sugar.

Once the beef falls apart add in the coconut block and pop back in the oven for another 15 minutes, this should then melt in and thicken the sauce.

Voila your curry is ready serve with egg fried rice…check out my recipe

https://lululemonandlace.com/food-blog-2/take-away-style-egg-fried-rice/

:-)…enjoy xx

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Chinese Beef Curry

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: average
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by LuluLemonandLace

Ingredients:

500g Stewing Beef/ Braising Steak Chopped in Chunks

1 Large Onion Chopped Into Chunks

1/2 Pint Of Beef Stock

2 Tbsp Curry Powder

1 Tsp Paprika

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

2 Star Anise

1 Tsp Chinese 5 Spice

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Red Chilli

2″ Piece Of Ginger

2 Carrots Sliced

4/5 Fresh Tomatoes

1 Tbsp Soy Sauce

2 tsp Fish Sauce

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Coconut Cream Block approx 2″ Chunk

Salt & Pepper

Sunflower Oil for frying

Method:

Cut the Tomatoes into wedges and sprinkle with brown sugar, set aside.

In a blender blitz up the ginger, garlic and chilli. You can chop this up but it’s so much easier and quicker this way 🙂

Heat the oil in a large pan, and pour in the onions until they are translucent. Then add in the carrots and the garlic/ginger/chilli mix. Fry for a few minutes.

Add the Beef to the pan and lots of seasoning.

Let this brown. Then add in the paprika, coriander and five spice, stir the pan until the beef is coated in the spices.

Whisk the curry powder into the stock.

Now pour this stock mix into the pan.

Stir in the soy sauce, fish sauce and star anise.

Then add your tomatoes with all of the sugar and juices and stir well.

Now let this bubble away to cook the beef until tender. I actually find it best to put the pan in the oven. I would heat it to 180 degrees and cook for about a hour or until the beef is tender. Do not cover this as you want the liquid to reduce.

After about 45 minutes I would taste the curry and see if it needs anymore seasoning, if it does add more soy rather than the salt. It should be hot and sweet so if it does not taste sweet enough sprinkle in a little more sugar.

Once the beef falls apart add in the coconut block and pop back in the oven for another 15 minutes, this should then melt in and thicken the sauce.

Voila your curry is ready serve with egg fried rice…check out my recipe

https://lululemonandlace.com/food-blog-2/take-away-style-egg-fried-rice/

:-)…enjoy xx

Lulu xxx

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Recipe Update…Chicken Korma with a KICK!!

Hola Happy Friday!!!

I’ve updated my Korma recipe, with a few more photos, check it out….

Whilst growing up eating and enjoying curries were a must with my family, forget your Sunday roast dinners; instead we would have a curry (much to my dismay when I was younger…’why can’t we have Sunday roast like everyone else’ I can hear myself moan to my mum) But with our Indian heritage curries and spice would be the food of choice on Sundays or family get together’s.

Usually these curries would be spicy and I always loved spice and chilli’s but as I have become older I seem to have lost my tolerance to really HOT dishes. These days when ordering an Indian take away I would steer more towards the Pasanda’s or Korma’s.

This Korma however still has a kick, it’s creamy and spicy but not hot. Just enough spice so you can taste the flavours but it is definitely not mild!! Continue reading