Recipe Reviews

Easy Cook Crispy Bacon and Sausage Carbonara
Last edited on: 13/10/2013 - 16:25

My second pasta dish in a couple of weeks and another belter - which appears to fly in the face of other comments on the BBC Good Food website. I enjoyed it immensely and it is super-quick to put together, and therefore I categorise it as a midweek after work meal.

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Good Food Tomato and Chorizo Rice
Last edited on: 13/10/2013 - 16:04

Another fantastic recipe from BBC Good Food magazine - and can be made in (according to the magazine) 10 minutes for the preparation and 10 minutes for the cooking. In fact the process always takes longer but in this particular case not by much. Of course some time is obviously saved by using roasted peppers from a jar, but there's also the convenience of this too to consider.

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Easy Cook Chicken and Ginger Hotpot
Last edited on: 13/10/2013 - 15:35

The most succulent and tasty part of a chicken is the thigh, and thankfully it's also relatively cheap to buy. Most people tend to go for the more aesthetically pleasing breast meat despite it being considerably more expensive and quite dry. That's their loss. True, thighs can be a little fiddly to de-skin and de-bone,but the results are generally worth it.

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Easy Cook Bakewell Cheesecake
Last edited on: 30/09/2013 - 20:48

The ingredients took a little legwork to round up. Neither Tesco nor Morrison's stock cherry jam despite it being in the Hartley's range which they do stock. In addition, neither stores stock almond biscuits either. To save you the shoe-leather, the place to go is Waitrose. They stock Fudge's Roasted Almond Biscuits and their own brand Vivid Morello Cherry Extra Fruity Preserve. They were stocked in the Fulham and Shepherd's Bush Westfield stores. You will need two packs of the biscuits.

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Good Food Spicy Beans on Toast
Last edited on: 10/10/2013 - 14:04

Regardless of my financial position, whether flush or broke, I love the occasional UK staple of beans on toast. Comfort food at its best. I'll concede this doesn't happen too often - maybe two or three times a year but because of that, when I do decide to make it, I feel a genuine excitement.

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Good Food Italian Sausage and Chestnut Pasta
Last edited on: 01/12/2013 - 22:46

I love pasta with a rich meaty thick sauce and this recipe surely fits the bill. The recipe suggests Lincolnshire sausages as an alternative to Italian, and despite there being a top quality butcher in Barons Court only ten minutes walk for me which does sell genuine Italian sausages, I also went for Lincolnshire since I was doing all my purchasing using Tesco Direct.

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Good Food Piri-Piri Fish and Chips with Spicy Peas
Last edited on: 28/09/2013 - 12:16

Here's an interesting take on traditional British fish and chips. A spicy variation with piri-piri marinade on the fish which is baked, and chilli-infused mushy peas. I could have cut a corner with the chips by opting for pre-cut frozen oven chips but I elected to follow the recipe and rounded up a couple of baking potatoes. Any floury, fluffy potato would be good - such as Maris Piper or King Edward.

As it transpired, the chips, drizzled with lemon and olive oil, cooked superbly well and I can confirm this type of chip is now my favourite, displacing Chinese takeaway chips.

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Good Food Pizza Pie
Last edited on: 10/10/2013 - 13:56

Pizza pie? What is this concept? Well, it's regular pizza and it has additional pizza base but on the top to close it off as a pie. Neat eh? What's not to like? Of course this additional pizza base dough does require manipulating and rolling out which doubles the trouble. I have a food mixer with a bread making attachment which is ideal for creating the pizza dough and it's 'ready' for rolling within four minutes. However, at this point it's still extraordinarily wet and sticky and therefore nigh on impossible to handle.

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Good Food Jerk Chicken Burger
Last edited on: 10/10/2013 - 13:59

Upon the October Good Food magazine dropping on my doormat I immediately identified the Jerk Chicken Burger as a likely candidate. I have mentioned before that I'm not a huge fan of mango due to the chronic wastage involved and its expense. However, there's no denying they are extremely refreshing and tasty. Add to that chicken marinaded in jerk seasoning and wrap it into a bap and you really can't go wrong.

The recipe was very simple to put together and was a great success. Highly recommended!

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Easy Cook Turkey, Chilli and Rice Tacos
Last edited on: 22/09/2013 - 09:56

I've mentioned before that the most useless and user unfriendly foodstuff is the taco shell. Here was another opportunity for me to revisit my object of hatred. In fact, possibly because of the volume of the turkey mince I stuffed within them, the shells didn't splinter into a thousand pieces upon first bite. They still had to be eaten with caution and there's always the possibility of a lap full of searing hot minced meat in the lap.

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