This recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious! You can also marinade the chicken the night before for a more intense flavour.
Ingredients (Serves 5)
10 chicken drumsticks
1 bunch spring onions, chopped
thumbed sized piece of ginger, chopped
3 garlic cloves
half a small onion
3 scotch bonnet chillies, deseeded if you want less heat
half tsp dried thyme
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp ground allspice
Instead of making your own jerk marinade you can use 5tsp of jerk seasoning and mix with oil to form a paste.
400g long grain rice (not the easy cook type)
1 pint of boiling water
200g frozen peas
2 garlic cloves
2 tsp chinese five spice
2 tbsp soy sauce
To make the Jerk Marinade blend all the ingredients together to form a thick paste.
Alternatively mix 5 tsp jerk seasoning powder with oil to form a thick paste.
Marinade the chicken drumsticks in the fridge for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to gas mark 7. Once heated cook the chicken in a deep pan for 1 hour 20 minutes or until cooked.
To make the vegetable rice boil the kettle then chop the mushrooms, pepper and onion and fry on a high heat for 3 minutes.
Turn down the heat and add the crushed garlic, Chinese five spice, rice and soy sauce.
Sizzle for 2 minutes then add 1 pint of boiling water. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the rice is cooked, stirring every so often to stop the rice sticking to the pan. Add the peas half way through.
Ready to serve.
Jerk Chicken Marinade Recipe by BBC GoodFood: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2369635/jerk-chicken-with-rice-and-peas
The Hairy Biker’s Old Fashioned Chicken and Vegetable Stew
Ingredients (serves 4) (435 calories per portion)
3 tbsp plain flour
2 tsp dried thyme
4 chicken leg quarters
2 tbsp sunflower oil
4 rashers of rindless smoked back bacon, cut into 1cm-wide strips
2 medium onions, chopped
2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
150g small chestnut mushrooms, wiped and sliced and quartered if large
500ml bottle of dry cider
300ml chicken stock, made with 1 chicken stock cube
2 bay leaves
400g Chantenay or other small fat carrot, trimmed and peeled
2 slender leeks, trimmed and cut into 2cm slices
flaked sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
I removed the celery and added sweetcorn, because I love sweetcorn in stews!
Mix the flour and thyme with a good pinch of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper in a large strong freezer bag. Strip the skin off the chicken legs and put them on a board. Break the joint of each leg by bending it in the opposite direction. you may hear a small crack. Cut each leg quarter in half with a sturdy knife to give 8 chicken portions. Using a good set of kitchen scissors, trim of any visible fat.
Put the chicken potions in the freezer bag, a few at a time, and shake well until they are evenly coated in the flour. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the chicken, a few pieces at a time, until golden brown all over. As they are browned, transfer the chicken pieces to a large flameproof casserole dish. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees / gas mark 4.
Put the bacon, onions, celery in the pan used for browning the chicken and fry for 4-5 minutes over a medium heat until lightly browned, stirring often. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes more, then tip everything into the casserole dish with the chicken pieces. Sprinkle in any flour remaining in the freezer bag and stir well.
Pour about half the cider into the frying pan and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to lift any sediment from the bottom. Simmer for a few seconds, then pour into the casserole. Add the rest of the cider and the stock, then stir in the carrots, (sweetcorn if you are using) and bay leaves and bring to a simmer on the hob.
Cover with a lid and cook in the center of the oven for 1 hour, then remove the casserole from the oven and stir in the leeks. Pop the dish back in the oven for a further 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the sauce thickened. Serve with some green beans or spring greens.
Spiced Apple and Blackberry Pie with a Crispy Topping
I made this pie using a pastry casing and a crunchy crisp top using oats. Serve the pie hot out of the oven with a large dollop of custard or cold vanilla ice cream if preferred.
For the pastry bottom:
1 large egg
milk (just enough to create a soft dough)
For the filling:
300g cooking apples
110g blackberries (fresh or frozen)
30g brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed Spice
For the crisp topping:
80g cold butter, cut into chunks
60g brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees / gas mark 5.
To make the pastry, using your hands crumb the butter into the flour. Add the sugar, mix in the egg with enough milk to form a soft dough.
Roll out the pastry dough and place into your pie dish, cut around the edges to remove any access dough.
Bake in the oven with baking beads until the pastry is golden.
For the filling, peel and core the apples. Put the butter and sugar into a pan over a medium heat, when the mixture turns a light caramel colour stir in the apples and cook for 3 minutes. Add the blackberries, cinnamon and mixed spice and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
For the crisp topping put all the ingredients into a bowl. Using your fingers mix together until coarse crumbs form.
Pour the fruit mixture into the pie dish and sprinkle the crisp topping evenly over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping has browned and is super crispy.
Baileys, Chocolate and Peppermint Cream Cheesecake
I love making cheesecakes and this basic cheesecake recipe is my absolute favourite. All you have to do is decide what to put in the cheesecake. Here’s my Christmas cheesecake with a digestive biscuit base, peppermint cream layered on top, finished off with a creamy and smooth baileys mixture with plenty of grated dark chocolate and some more sprinkled on top. You can make this cheesecake without the peppermint cream too! I can’t wait to eat this on Christmas Day!
Ingredients (large cheesecake, serves 12)
For the cheesecake:
400g digestive biscuits
125g melted butter
600ml double cream
1 can condensed milk
150g dark chocolate
For the peppermint cream:
170g icing sugar
1/2 egg white
1 tsp peppermint flavouring
Crush the biscuits. Melt the butter and add to the biscuits. Mix well and flatten into a tin and put the tin in the fridge.
For the peppermint cream, whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form. Sieve in the icing sugar, add the peppermint flavouring and mix thoroughly.
Spread the peppermint cream mixture evenly over the cheesecake base. Put back in the fridge.
Whisk together the double cream, condensed milk and baileys until thick.
Grate the chocolate and mix most of it into the cheesecake mixture leaving some for the topping.
Pour the cheesecake mixture into the tin. Spread evenly and sprinkle with the leftover chocolate.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. For best results leave overnight.
These sweet treats are perfect for kids parties, buffets or as a treat in the evening. All you need are 3 magic ingredients: chocolate, marshmallows and sprinkles.
Simply melt the chocolate over the hob or in the microwave. Dip the marshmallows into the chocolate and then decorate with sprinkles. If you have any melted chocolate leftover you can make chocolate cornflake/rice crispie cakes.
Cafe Bridge is a charity run coffee shop in Andover. They held a Christmas Extravaganza this week that supported local businesses by inviting them to sell their handmade products. Stalls included jewellery by Rebecca Cook, Christmas cards and decorations, chocolates by Caroline from PartyCoco, knitted products and crafts by Shirley Campion, and cosmetic brands including Julia Jarman representing Avon and Janet Kirkum representing Body Shop. Desora Mobile Beauty were also here giving beauty treatments.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself and my vanilla latte. The coffee is amazing, they are now using Peaberry coffee who roast locally in Andover.
Events like these are perfect for getting inspiration for Christmas present ideas.The chocolates looked amazing, I now want to make my own chocolate truffles. They will make a great gift with a bottle of wine!
It was my sisters birthday and my family went out for dinner to celebrate. We went to a cool pub in Southampton called The Rockstone, they served huge burgers with a large variety of toppings. Between us we had a bbq burger with onion rings, chorizo burger, blue cheese burger and a chorizo and salsa burger with sweet potato fries. The burgers are homemade and served with fries and salad. The food tasted amazing, It was probably the best burger I’ve ever eaten.
Not only does this pub serve great food, they also have 75 different rums and many varieties of other spirits too. Ollie, my sisters boyfriend loves rum and tried quite a few of these. The best one I tried was a rum and raisin rum which was 80%, although it had a very high percentage of alcohol it tasted delicious with coke.
After wining and dining we went back to Ollie’s house to have cake, a Dr Who tardis cake! My sister loves Dr Who so she made this using lemon sponge, covered with marzipan and topped with blue icing.
I went to visit Alice in Bournemouth a couple of weekends ago. I arrived on Friday evening where we went out for dinner in Bellagio, an amazing family run Italian restaurant. The menu was very cheap (a 12” pizza was only £6) and consisting of traditional food including pasta, pizza, calzone and salads.
On saturday we went to Boscombe market then walked down to the beach and pier. The weather was dull and windy, which meant the waves were pretty good so there were lots of surfers. We watched an adorable dog running in and out of the waves. His name was Kaspur, the lady walking to dog spotted me taken photos of her dog so she came over to talk to us. She loved the photos I had taken and me to email them to her, which of course I did :)
We invited Alice’s friends from uni over for pre drinks then went out later to the bar on Bournemouth Pier called Aruba. Aruba was classy and for older people, this was great as we were trying to avoid the freshers. The night was full of good music and nice people.
Sunday we chilled out and watched an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride and Hotel of Mum and Dad. Afterwards we had soup for lunch then I took the train to Southampton where I was meeting my family for my sister’s birthday dinner.
On our last day in Kenya was had until 3pm to do whatever we wanted before we flew back home. We all wanted to go somewhere where we were guaranteed to see wildlife and after hearing of Haller Park we decided to go there.
We had a guide with us who toured us around the park. We saw snakes, lizards, crocodiles, hippos, zebras, tortoises, monkeys, deer, and my favorite, the giraffes and a really cute cat sleeping on a bench. Some animals were roaming freely, I was very surprised to see giant tortoises and we were allowed to stroke them.
I was very excited when I found out we could feed the giraffes! This was by far the best thing that happened that day. The giraffes were massive and quite scary with their huge blue tongues. We brought pellets to feed the giraffes, there was also loads of monkeys hanging around trying to snatch the food.