Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Parmesan Chicken

Here's a quick way to perk up a plain old chicken breast -
give it a tasty, crunchy coating of parmesan.

Season 1 egg white with a little salt and pepper and beat sightly in a shallow bowl.
Put 2 or 3 tbsp of grated parmesan into another bowl.
Dip a skinless chicken breast into the egg white (both sides).
and then into the cheese.
Bake in a preheated oven (180C) for about 25 - 30 mins, or until cooked through.

I served my chicken with a warm green bean, new potato and spinach salad.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Chocolate Mousse Cake

I was in need of a SERIOUS chocolate fix and this mousse cake didn't disappoint.
It's dark and rich and delicious, and blows my weekly calorie budget sky high!!

The original recipe called for plain dark chocolate, but some Rum & Raisin Bournville caught my eye.
The smell of this chocolate is divine, and I managed to put most of it into the cake, only eating a couple of squares!

Original Recipe

250g plain chocolate
4 large eggs, seperated
110g caster sugar
3 tbsp warm water
Cocoa powder for dusting.

I substituted the plain chocolate for 2 x 180g bars of  rum & raisin bournville.

Preheat Oven to 180C / Gas 4
Grease a 20cm / 8in loose bottomed cake tin, and line the base with greaseproof paper.
(I only had a 7" or a 9" tin and I decided to go with the 9". Hence my cake is a little flat.
Next time I will try the 7")

Melt the chocolate. If you're using rum & raisin  do this carefully, so the raisins don't burn.
Allow to cool slightly.
Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar, until really pale and fluffy.
Carefully stir in the chocolate and the warm water.
In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
Fold them into the chocolate mixture.
Pour the mixture  into the prepared tin and bake for 15 minutes.
Take it out of the oven and allow to cool.
Dust with cocoa powder.
Then, chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Take out 1 hour before serving and cut with a hot wet knife.

Crunchy Custard Baked Appples

Recipe from Good Food

This is a quick and easy alternative to making an apple crumble.
The custard was drying up a little bit, so I covered the dish with foil after about 10 minutes.
The apples were cooked perfectly though, and we had lots of extra custard to serve it with.
My tip would be to make sure you use a really good granola.
I used Jordans Country Crisp, that's contains lots of crunchy nuts.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Soup of the day

This is a surprisingly tasty soup, considering it is low fat and low calorie.

The recipe is from the January edition of Rosemary Conley, Food & Fitness.

2 stick celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
400ml chicken stock
2 tbsp plain flour
400ml semi-skimmed milk
2 cooked skinless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces.  (I poached my chicken in a little stock)
240g can sweetcorn, drained
fresh parsley to garnish

In a large non-stick sauce pan, dry-fry the celery, onion and garlic for 2 - 3 mins.
Add a little stock, then sprinkle over the flour and mix well.
Cook for 1 minute before adding the remaining stock and milk.
Add the cooked chicken and sweetcorn. Simmer for 20 - 25 mins, to allow to thicken.
Serve with the parsley garnish.