Cooking for One – Breakfast Week 2

Another Saturday and another set of healthy nutritious breakfasts to choose from, we did three dishes this week.

Avocado and Spinach Smoothie Bowl is the ultimate ‘superfood’ breakfast, simply a bright green smoothie packed with fruits, topped with an array of textures, today we had Passion Fruit, Toasted Coconut, Goji Berries and Chia Seeds

Banana Pancakes are the pancake version of banana bread, and to me a much simpler yet far more delicious pancake, great for using up overripe bananas.

Scrambled Egg is a breakfast favourite, this method using very low and gentle heating ensure the water doesn’t leak out of them as is so often the case with badly made scrambled egg. I served it with some delicious smoked salmon, crème fraiche and blinis, which are a savoury pancake but toast works equally as well

Below are Word and PDF copies of the recipes

Cooking for One – Week 5

This week we looked at a true classic a Fish Pie, and also some of the most underrated dinner options, soup. Good hearty soups are as nutritious, fulfilling and enjoyable on a cold winters evening as any dish.

Fish pie can be made with any fish or shellfish you like, the key is using only raw fish and only cooking it once. Poaching the fish first and then baking will leave you with dry and hard fish. The sauce can be creamy, or just a veloute, you can add whatever veg you like, top with some mash and bake for a delicious fish supper.

Soups are so easy, the sort of thing that lasts 2 or 3 days, and an excellent way to use up vegetables. Use all the veg, clean them well but use stalks, skins, the whole lot. Even veg that is beginning to go soft or anything like that, soup is a great way to use them

I have added in a document on soup making in general as well as the 3 recipes.

Below are PDF and Word copies of the recipes.

Cooking for One – Breakfast Week 1

On the back of the success of the Breakfast Bread Pudding, we are going to do a couple of healthy breakfast recipes.

Poached Eggs are a nutritious, delicious way to start the eggs, jazz them up with ingredients such as vegetables, cheeses, breads etc. Here I am going with a Greek theme of Avocado, Feta, Olives, Tomato and a Chilli Garlic Sauce, but you could go Mexican, French, Spanish etc.

Overnight Oats, or Bircher Muesli is a super easy, delicious way of enjoying oats. You can add anything you like, it is great for school lunchboxes and work.

Below are Word and PDF copies of the recipe.

Cooking for One – Week 4

For our fourth instalment we took on two somewhat exotic dishes, an American style Cobbler and an aromatic Mexican style Chilli Con Carne

Cobbler is a traditionally sweet dish in America, famously Peach Cobbler. Here we are using it in a savoury application. I am using a chicken stew with a cheese and onion flavoured scone mix, but really and wet dish will work being topped by any flavouring of scone mix.

Chilli Con Carne can so often be just a spicy beef bolognaise with some beans, this recipe however creates layers of beefy, spiced, aromatic and creamy notes. Using slow cooking and some care and attention to the initial cooking stage you can create a chilli beef that is so complex with deep flavours.

Below are word and PDF copies of the recipes.

Cooking for One – Week 3

We are halfway through our series this week and we took at look at two contrasting dishes. A slow cooked Liver and Bacon Hotpot and a quick and easy Fried Rice

Love it or Loathe it, Liver is undoubtedly the unsung hero of superfoods. Liver is high in vitamin A, folic acid, iron, and zinc. Liver is the most nutrient dense organ meat, and it is a powerful source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial for eye health and for reducing diseases that cause inflammation, including everything from Alzheimer’s disease to arthritis. This recipe slow cooks it leaving a beautifully soft, creamy texture, in a very exciting, and unusual gravy.

Fried Rice is a quick easy, and dare I say, the ultimate ‘Fakeaway’ It is a real lets throw it together sort of dish, all you need is a packet of microwaveable rice, an egg, and some leftover meats and any selection of vegetables. Nothing will not work really. Theres no real recipe.

Below are word and PDF copies of the recipes.