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A Hugo Lloris Chicken Stew

Hi everyone! With winter approaching fast, I felt that it was time to bring out some gutsy food that families can enjoy.

I went out shopping today and brought a Cast Iron Casserole Pan. It's a little gem and I'm definitely using it a lot!

What I thought was to buy some chicken, rosemary and other ingredients and make a kind of chicken stew with a French twist? So I thought after having his skull caved in, Hugo Lloris gets another tribute!

Here is what you will need...

2 Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks
A handful of Cherry Tomatoes
3 Red Onions
A bay leaf
3 cloves of garlic
A small bottle of white wine
A few sprigs of Thyme
A knob of butter
3 rashers of Bacon, cut into chunks
Curly Parsley
One Leek

Start by frying off the Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks till are brown, then add the Streaky bacon fry off till golden too.

Take the Chicken and Bacon out and leave in a separate bowl. With a tissue mop up 3/4 of the fat in the pan, but leave the brown sticky bits at the bottom.

Throw in …

Mackerel Linguine

Been away for some time but decided to put up another blog.

I thought of something simple which only takes the time while the pasta cooks.

This serves three people....

Get a pot of salted boiling water and throw in 200g of Linguine....

First chop up half a chilli and one clove....

Fry off in a table spoon of rapeseed oil....

Throw in a tin of Mackerel and a table spoon of white wine vinegar....

Throw in three tablespoons of tomato passatta or home made tomato sauce....reduce this down....grate in half a lemon's zest and some chopped up curly parsley

After eight minutes you should have it thickened up....throw in the linguine

And that's it really.....if you try this out tweet me @spurs_cook

I'll be back with another blog soon....thanks for reading

Swallow Chartiy July Competition: Duck with a honey and oats crust served with Berries compote

Hey everyone!

My blog's have been very limited since I have started my new job. I'm loving every second though, but like I say it does toll on your blog's lol

I did manage to dedicate my time to one special cause though....#recipesforlife

It's very close to my heart as I admit I don't do much for charity as I would like to, so contributing to this lovely monthly challenge is right up my avenue.

This month the three ingredients to use was Oats, Honey and Berries. I'm not much of a baker so baking was out, but the three ingredients apart from the oats I knew would go with duck? So as for the Oats that was just a gamble I thought I'd take.

If you are going to serve some New Potatoes and greens with this like I did, start to softly boil the New Potatoes now.

Turn your oven to 220 degrees centigrade or 200 on a fan assisted.

But otherwise first off I got the duck or ducks in my case out. I scored the duck so all the fat could render out and seasoned nicely(and d…

Quick Cheesy Pasta (Less than 15 minutes)

Hello everyone!

This is not to compete with Mr Jamie Oliver but I made up a quick recipe which is quite healthy and blooming fast!

OK here is what you will need to serve four people....

Four tablespoon of 0% Greek Yoghurt (You can use double cream if you want? But obviously it's less healthy)
A small bunch of coriander
A ball of Mozzarella (Optional)
Pecorino or Parmesan
A three wedges of Emmental and three wedges of blue cheese by The Laughing Cow (Trust me!) Well yes you can use 50g of any melting cheese of your choice...but these are only 25 calories per triangle
350g of Angel Haired Pasta (or anything else? It may take longer though)

OK now place a bowl over simmering water and put your yoghurt or cream to carry the melting cheese like so....careful not to have heat boiling or water will go everywhere...

 Now stir this it'll only take five minutes to do.....

Now while this sits throw salt into your water....and I used Angel haired pasta as it only takes 3 minutes....

Now k…

Spicy Pork Mince Stir Fry

Hey everyone,

I had a few minutes free and needed a substantial, healthy and simple lunch.

Feeling like a stir fry I picked up a few ingredients in the shop....and here they are...

One Red or Green Pepper
Handful of Green Beans
A few Mushrooms
250 g of Lean Pork Mince
One tbsp Chinese five spice
Half red Onion
One cube each of Dora Ginger, Garlic, Chilli and Corinader

In a separate bowl put
One tbsp Sesame oil
One tbsp Light Soy Sauce
One tbsp Chilli sauce (I used Frank)

OK first off get the Wok on the heat....quite high heat is needed, then pour in a table spoon of stir fry oil or groundnut oil.

Chuck in the vegetables apart from the Mushrooms.

Now stir fry for five minutes....once done put into a bowl and leave aside

Throw in the Pork and season with a bit of salt and pepper with the five spice.....and then throw in the mushrooms when the pork is a couple minutes nearly done.

Throw in the frozen cubes....and if you don't want to use them peel a clove of garlic, grate a knob of g…

Hummasa Dembele 'Tribute to Anna'

Hey everyone,

I'm back again with another recipe....but must confess not actually mine.

I actually got this recipe idea from an aspiring photographer named Anna who is a massive Spurs fans and excellent photographer! Check out her work @annaspannar on Instagram.

Well here is the recipe and it is also dedicated to Moussa Dembele who I felt deserves a bit of thanks for a brilliant season! I feel we really missed that chap and the Beast for the majority of the past season?

Well Hummas is the recipe and I feel I did follow the ideas which I stol....I mean borrowed!

First off you'll need a food processor.....

200g of Chickpeas (out of a tin or soaked) and four tbsp of the water
2 crushed cloves of Garlic
Half the zest of Lemon and the juuice
Salt and Pepper
One tbsp ground cumin

OK once you've done this.....heat up a pan and slice up a red onion....and caramelise the baby up

Once you are nearly done throw in another tbsp of ground cumin and cook it out for a minute

Now the twis…

June's Recipes for Life 'Angel Hair Pasta with Salmon and Courgettes'.....

Hey everyone,

I had some time this week so I decided to participate again with the great cause #recipesforlife and if you don't know, it's a challenge set by @swallowcharity where they give you three ingredients and you make a dish out of them.

The months challenges have been very popular and this month is no long may it continue!

Salmon, Courgette and Pasta was this month....and it was surprising difficult! I did Salmon and Prawns meatballs with Tomato and Courgette sauce to kick off but wasn't sure where to go from I just made something with the remaining Salmon and Courgette?

Well here is my next addition....

What you will need is..... Half a Corgette (halved and cut into small slice)A large bunch of basil and reserve the smaller ones for garnishA slice of Pancetta finely sliced or a couple slices of smoked bacon finely slicedA fillet of Salmon (Cut about the same size as the Courgette)One Lemon (Zested and juiced)150g Angel hair pasta or Spagh…

Swallow Charity June Competition Salmon and Prawn fishballs in a Tomato and Courgette sauce 'Joint winner'

Hey everyone,

Another month of @swallowcharity #recipesforlife everyone! I was determined to pull out the stops this time! lol But seriously it is a charity too, but nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition?? Here is the link for the details if you want to take part as well?

The task was to use Salmon, Courgettes and Pasta....I felt Pasta as it is can be kept simple, however I thought I would go through some effort to make the Salmon and Courgette have some show time.

Here is what you will need....

This is portioned for four people:

Salmon and Prawn Fish balls

450 g fillet Salmon
100 g Raw Prawns
1/4 zest of a Lemon
25 g dried or fresh breadcrumbs
1 Free range egg
Bail stalks

Tomato and Courgette Sauce

6 ripe vine Tomatoes (chopped)
1 large onion (diced as fine as you can)
2 cloves of garlic
50 ml or 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 courgette
3 Bay leafs

#familyfoodies Vegetarian Cannelloni

Back again!

This recipe was kinda influence by a chef actually Vegetables mashed up squeezed into Cannelloni tubes.

This is the ingredients that you will need and yes there is a lot of prep but it's worth it! And after many months, this has been put to some use by being shared with #familyfoodies

One large Courgette
One large Carrot
3 cloves of garlic
7 Mushrooms
One Large leek
One fresh Chilli (use a small pepper if your kids are delecate
One dried Chilli
3 Anchovies (put the rest in the freezer)
One bottle of Tomato Passata
Swig of Red Vinegar
One Lemon (Zest)
Small tub of Creme Fraiche
A twig of Thyme
10 tubes of dried Cannelloni
One tsp Fennel Seeds
Salt and Pepper

Firstly preheat the oven to 190 degrees....

OK grate the Courgette, Carrots and Leek in a processor or by hand.

Fry off the dried Chilli, garlic and Anchovies

Throw in the grated veg and sweat off in some oil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they are soft....add the fresh chopped chill…