Posted in American Cuisine, British Cuisine, Indian, Thai & Chinese Cuisine, Mediterranean, Mexican, Quick and Easy, Side dishes, Stir fry, Vegetarian

Perfect Rice

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Cooking rice can be rather hit or miss.  Either it can be bland, or puffy and over cooked, it isn’t as easy as you think.  But now I have a fool-proof recipe.  This recipe is based on 2 people so double amounts accordingly.

Ingredients

1 cup of rice (I use Jasmine)

2 cups of water

a pinch of salt

1 stock cube (chicken, meat or vegetable)

1 tbsp olive oil

Method

Put the olive oil, rice and salt in a flat bottom pan (as in the photo) and fry over a medium heat on the hob for about a minute stirring continuously.

Add the water and stir.

Cover pan with a lid and simmer over a low heat until all the water has evaporated (approx 20-25 minutes).

Serve hot.

**You can also add grated ginger or turmeric powder for added flavours.  Ginger goes nice with Chinese dishes, and the turmeric for Indian.

Left over rice can be chilled in the fridge over night and is then perfect for fried rice dishes.

 

Posted in American Cuisine, Cheese, Mexican, Oven, Quick and Easy, Side dishes, Snacks

Doritos / Nacho Cheesy Bake

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This is a quick and easy dish to prepare.  It can be a side for any Mexican meal, on its own with dips, you can build more layers around edges and fill centre with Chilli Con Carne… many possibilities.

Ingredients

1 packet of Doritos corn chips or Nachos

A load of grated cheese (as much as you like)

1 tsp hot pepper flakes (optional)

1 tsp mixed herbs (Thyme/Oregano)

Method

Preheat oven to 180°c.  In an oven-proof dish, put a layer of the crisps. Now sprinkle with grated cheese.  Repeat with another layer of crisps then cheese until whole packet of crisps has been used.  Finally cover with grated cheese.  Sprinke with herbs and chilli peppers as desired.

**If you plan to serve with Chilli Con Carne or a dip such as salsa in the centre, then after the first layer, place crisps around the edges to form a well in the centre.  You could also tower up in a pyramid shape too.

Place in the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and serve immediately.

 

 

Posted in Mexican, Sauces & Dips

Enchilada Sauce

Here is a recipe for enchilada sauce which is not easy to find here in Turkey.  It’s very easy and quick to make and tastes lovely.

Ingredients

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 tbsp flour

¼ cup chilli powder

8-10 ounces tomato puree

1 ½ cups water or stock

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

 

Method

Heat oil in a pan and stir in the flour and chilli powder.

Reduce the heat and cook until lightly brown, stirring constantly.

Gradually stir in all other ingredients and cook for 10 minutes.

 

Suggestion

You can also add ¼ tsp oregano for a twist.

Posted in Beef Dishes, Mexican, Rice

Enchilada Rice

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Ingredients

1 cup uncooked rice

500g minced meat

1 onion (chopped)

1 red pepper (chopped)

4 or 5 hot chilli peppers (optional)

½ tsp chilli powder

¼ tsp cumin

¼ cup cream

2 cups enchilada sauce

1 cup grated cheese (divided into 2)

Sliced black olives (optional)

1 cup (pre-rinsed) red kidney beans (other beans can be used also)

½ cup spring onions (sliced)

½ tsp oregano (optional)

 

Method

Cook rice (as you normally would).

While rice is cooking, brown minced meat in a large pan (I used a wok), with the onions and red (and chilli) peppers.

In a bowl, stir cream and enchilada sauce, half the cheese ( ½ cup), olives and beans and set aside.

When the minced meat is cooked, drain any excess oil, add chilli powder, cumin and oregano (if using).  Stir on a low heat for about 1 minute.

Stir in enchilada mixture and the rice.  Continue stirring until warmed through.

Decorate by sprinkling the remaining cheese and the spring onions.

Cover pan for about 1 minute to allow cheese to melt.

Serve immediately with tortilla wraps.

For home made enchilada sauce recipe please check my blog.

Posted in Cheese, Chicken, Mexican, Quick and Easy, Uncategorized

Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

 

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Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

2 cups of shredded chicken (cooked)

1/4 cup your favorite hot sauce

1/4 cup softened cream cheese

4 whole wheat tortillas (or whatever kind you like)
1 cup grated cheese of your choice (I used plain old cheddar)
Non stick cooking spray (or any oil you prefer)

Method

1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degree F.   In a bowl, combine the chicken, hot sauce and cream cheese.  Stir until combined really well.
2.  Spoon a fourth of the chicken mixture down the middle of each tortilla.  Then sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese on top of the chicken mixture.
3.  Roll up the tortillas tightly.  Spray the taquito with non stick cooking spray briefly and place on a baking sheet (I like to line my pan with parchment so there is no clean up).  Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
4.  Serve and enjoy!

Posted in Mexican

Doritos Pyramid Appetiser

This is a nice little appetiser which you can either serve before or beside the main meal.  Unfortunately no photo at the moment.

I once made this for a room full of guys watching a football match.  You’ve never seen food disappear so fast 🙂

Ingredients

A large bag of Doritos (any flavour)

Grated Cheese

Method

On an oven-proof plate layout a layer of Doritos.

Then sprinkle a layer of grated cheese. Using various types of cheese can make it more exciting (such as cheddar and Leicester red)

Then repeat… a layer of Doritos and a layer of cheese…. keep repeating until you form a pyramid.  Finally sprinkle cheese all over.

Put in the oven at 180c for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with a variety of dips (Salsa dip, Guacamole Dip, Mexican Cheese Dip).

 

Posted in Mexican

Chilli Con Carne

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Ingredients

500g Minced meat

1 large onion

Garlic (as much as you like..)

Olive oil

1 tin of Red Kidney Beans

1 Red pepper

3 tomatoes

Tomato Puree

Chilli Powder

Salt

Black or white Pepper

Basil or Thyme

Chilli Peppers

Method

Chop and fry onions in a little oil.

Add minced meat and fry until browned.

Chop onions and add to minced meat.

In a small bowl put a large spoon of tomato puree and add a little water and mix.

Add the puree mix to the minced meat.

Add chopped red peppers and basil and/or thyme.

Then add chilli powder and/or chilli peppers

Add kidney beans.

Add water as required ( if it looks thick add a little water, about ½ a glass… if it becomes too watery add more puree)

Cook for about 30 minutes on a low heat stirring occasionally.

Suggestions

Best served with plain white rice.

To cook white rice

In a frying pan put about 1 tablespoon of oil.

(for 2 people) add 1 water glass of rice.

Fry for a few minutes then add 2 water glasses of water.

Simmer (cook on a medium heat) until almost boiling

Then put on a very low heat for about 20 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed. (no water remains).

A nice appetizer is this:

On an oven-proof plate layout a layer of Doritos.

Then sprinkle a layer of grated cheese.

Then repeat… a layer of Doritos and a layer of cheese…. keep repeating until you form a pyramid.  Finally sprinkle cheese all over.

Put in the oven at 180c for 10 minutes before serving.