BBQ – Spicy Marinated King Prawn Skewers

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Spicy marinated king prawn skewers

Spicy marinated king prawn skewers

I am loving being in full BBQ season and have been cooking a whole array of different dishes. I thought I’d start our BBQ special with a simple but delicious dish of spicy marinated king prawn skewers.

What you will need:
24 king prawns (6 per skewer)
1 tsp of dried chilli flakes
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of paprika
1/2 finely chopped garlic clove
Half a lime’s juice
1 tbsp. olive oil
A pinch or two of ground pepper

Place the prawns in a bowl and add all the ingredients and mix together with your hands. Cover the bowl with tin foil or cling film and place in fridge for a couple of hours. Whilst your BBQ is heating up add 6 prawns to each skewer. Place prawns on BBQ a hot, a couple of minutes on each side.

A nice fresh tomato and mozzarella salad is always great with these.

This is a nice and simple dish that will leave all your guests wanting more.

Enjoy!
Mel

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Herring Roe on Toast

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Herring roe

Herring roe

I went to Waitrose last night and they had Herring Roe for £2.99 a kilo – so I thought I’d give it a go and so for just 52p I got 150g of it. It’s really nice and simple but I have to say that 150g is too much for one person, this was supposed to be my starter but I wasn’t hungry afterwards.

What you will need:

50g roe per person
Slice of nice bread – toasted
A handful of flour
Slice of lemon
Salt & pepper
A small knob of butter
2 tbsp of olive oil

pan fry herring roe

pan fry herring roe

Rince the roe and dry slightly with kitchen paper. Place the flour on a plate and add the roe, ensure the roe is completely dusted in flour. In a pan add the butter and oil, once hot add your roe and cook for a couple of minutes on both sides – they should become nice and golden. Whilst your roe are cooking toast your bread and then place your cooked roe on top of your it, add salt, pepper and a bit of lemon juice – you can serve with a side salad.

This is really easy, cheap and a little different – come on don’t be scared!

Enjoy
Mel!

Crispy Homemade Breadcrumbs

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Breadcrumbs are super easy and quick to make. You’ll never buy them again once you’ve made you’re own. An added benefit is that you can add whatever flavour you fancy to your breadcrumbs. I usually add a mix of herbs, garlic and salt and pepper but feel free to be as creative as you want – only thing is your ingredients need to be quite dry so as not to bring moisture to the breadcrumbs.

What you will need:
2 slices of bread
1/2 finely chopped garlic clove
Tyme and rosemary (about a tsp eash)
Salt & pepper

Toasted bread

Toasted bread

Toast your bread and add to a blender along with all the other ingredients.

Blend toast

Blend toast

Blend all the ingredients until you get a small crumb.

Under grill

Under grill

Place the breadcrumbs in an oven tray under the grill for a couple of minutes or until they take a golden colour.

And there you have it, homemade crispy breadcrumbs that only take a few minutes to make.

Now you can have fun adding them to fish and meat! See our https://melandjoycook.com/2012/09/01/crispy-baked-chicken/

Enjoy!
Mel

Beat that cold!

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A concoction for colds

A concoction for colds

Are you suffering from a terrible cold?! If so I have the perfect concoction that I make when I’m bunged up and feeling ill. Bear with me, I know it sounds a little unusual BUT I promise it actually tastes ok.

What you will need:
Half an onion or 1 small onion chopped in quarters
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
Half a lemon and it’s juice
3 to 4 cloves
About a thumb’s worth of chopped ginger
1-2 tbsp honey
2 mugs of water

Beat the cold

Beat the cold

In a pan add all the ingredients except the honey and bring to a boil. Drain the water into a mug and add the honey. Drink and hopefully you’ll feel better!

Get well!

Get well!

The benefits of the ingredients:
Onions
have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties
Cloves have many properties some of them being antioxidant, antiseptic, local anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory (great for those sore throats).
Ginger is an antioxidant and has direct anti-inflammatory effects
Lemon has many properties, some of which are antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting
Honey
antioxidant, soothes and makes the whole drink taste that much better 😉

Violet infusion
If you have a bad cough or cold an infusion of dried violets can also help as they have antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.

Get well!
Mel

Smoked salmon mousse stuffed in cherry tomatoes

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Smoked salmon mousse stuffed in cherry tomatoes

Smoked salmon mousse stuffed in cherry tomatoes

This is the easiest appetizer to make and really has the wow factor. It’s great alongside a glass of bubbly.

What you will need:
15 cherry tomatoes (mixed colours are always pretty)
100g smoked salmon
2 tbsp philadelphia/ soft cheese
Half a lemon’s juice
Salt and pepper
Piping bag

In a blender add the salmon, soft cheese, lemon juice and once all ingredients are blended into a smooth mousse add salt and pepper to taste and blend quickly.

Smoked salmon mousse

Smoked salmon mousse

Cut off the top of the tomatoes and remove the seeds so they become like an empty shell. Put the mouse in your piping bag (you can just use a spoon if you don’t have one) and pipe the mousse into each tomato. I add a little bit of the mousse under the tomato before placing them on the serving dish so that they don’t roll around.

You can also add a tiny slither of lemon on top or some parsely.

And voila! Super simple, impressive and yummy!

Enjoy!
Melanie

Chocolate Eclair Pots

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Chocolate eclair pots
This is a dessert that my mom used to make that would be perfect for a Valentines’ Day treat.

I made the whip cream and chocolate ganache to step it up a notch.
This was a BIG hit with friends at the dinner we hosted last night.

What you will need:
1 box Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
1.5  Cups of Whipping Cream
8oz Chocolate Bar
8 Graham Crackers
1/2 Cup of Scalded Heavy Cream

I made 6 pots out of this so change accordingly if you want to make more or less.

First make the instant pudding which just requires milk. SUPER EASY. It sits for 10 minutes in the fridge.

Whipped cream

Whipped cream

Then whip 1.5 cups of whipping cream.

Fold the instant pudding into the whipped cream. Put it back in the fridge to sit while you make the chocolate ganache.

Fold cream

Fold cream

First chop your chocolate into bits. Then pour the cream in a double boiler over medium heat. As soon as it starts to bubble, add your chocolate and stir until chocolate has melted.

Melt chocolate

Melt chocolate

Let the ganache sit off the heat for a few minutes to help it thicken.

You can either layer this with graham crackers in a small casserole dish or in individual pots.

The pots are cleaner and have a better presentation but either one works.

Lay crackers

Lay crackers

You just layer graham crackers and the spread the vanilla cream over it. Put the vanilla cream mixture in a baggie and piped it out for better control but you can just spoon it.

Pipe cream

Pipe cream

You should be able to do this about three or four times before topping it off with chocolate ganache.

Continue layering

Continue layering

Let it sit in your fridge for at least an hour before serving.

This is a quick and easy dessert that looks and tastes like you slaved over it!

Enjoy!
Joy

Tomato, mozzarrella and basil puff pastry tartelettes

Tomato, mozzarrella and basil puff pastry tartelettes

These tomato, mozzarrella and basil puff pastry tartelettes are super easy to make and perfect for an apperitif or starter. You can make them as big or small as you want.

What you need:
Cherry tomatoes (you can use any tomatoes you want)
Mozzarrella
French mustard
A whisked egg yolk
Ready made puff pastry
Fresh basil
Salt and pepper

Heat your oven to 220C

I use ready made puff pastry but if you want to make your own, good luck.

Roll out your puff pastry and cut out squares, then cut out rectangles that will go around each side of your square, so two will be longer than the other two. These will make the sides of your tartelettes puff up really nicely.

Use a kitchen brush or a clean paint brush with a bit of yolk (kind of like paint) to stick each rectangle to the square.

Cover the bottom of the square with some mustard and the add sliced tomatoes and torn up pieces of mozzarella.

Puff pastry tartelette

You now want to brush the outside of the pastry with egg yolk, this will give your tartlettes a lovely golden colour when they are cooked.

Place on a baking tray and in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden.

When they are ready add salt, pepper and some chopped basil on the top et voila, an easy little starter.

Enjoy!
Mel

Fried plantains

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Fried plantains

I went round to my friend’s house for a yummy Saturday lunch. Now Sarah has already featured on this blog because of her fantastic cooking which is Cuban inspired, http://wp.me/p1sdbX-4k. So we made homemade burgers and exchanged chips for some fried plantains.

Plantains are fried all around the world, wherever they are grown but they are also getting more and more popular in the UK as they are just delicious and easy to find!

What you will need:
1 plantain for 2 people
Vegetable oil
Non stick cooking paper (we used a piece of white paper)
Salt

You can fry in a pan or in a frying machine.

Peal the plantains and slice them, about 4cms high. Add oil into a frying pan, you want there to be enough oil to cover at least half the height of a plantain slice. Boil the oil and add the plantain and wait until it starts to golden, then turn and do the same on that side.

Sliced plantains

Remove the slices onto a plate and then one by one place them in the cooking paper, fold and press down to squash.

Squash plantain

Return the pieces to the oil until they have a crispy looking exterior.

Fry plantain

Remove from the oil and place on some kitchen paper and spinkle with salt. Serve straight away whilst nice and hot.

Enjoy!
Mel

Celebrating Uganda’s 50th birthday

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A celebration you don’t want to miss! With an endorsement from Jon Snow this evening will be packed with entertainment. Along with live music, a fashion show, a guest speaker and some fantastic Ugandan food. For tickets please contact the number below.

Celebrating Uganda’s 50th birthday

A little song from Jon Snow


Mel

Quinoa porridge with peaches and bananas

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Quinoa porridge

This is my FAVORITE porridge to eat in the morning now! It’s full of protein and fiber. It keeps well overnight too. Sometimes I make it the night before and reheat in the morning. You can easily make this dish non-dairy by omitting the whole milk and increasing your coconut milk.

What you will need:
1 Banana (Unpeeled and Whole) *I use 2 bananas because I love the creaminess and body it adds to the porridge but it does overpower the peach flavor, so you decide.
25-35 Slices of Frozen Peaches
1 Cup Quinoa
1 1/2 Cups Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup of Whole Milk
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1-2 Teaspoon Honey (you decide how sweet you want it)

You can just use milk if you prefer instead of coconut milk.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the bananas and peaches on a lined baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. (Halfway through, I drizzle a little olive oil over the peaches).

Roasted banana and peach

Bring milk and coconut milk to a boil. Whisk a few times to make sure it is not sticking to the bottom of your pan. Once your milk boils, add your quinoa and bring to another boil. Whisk a few times before letting it simmer. Then cover and simmer on lowest heat for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, the milk WILL NOT all be absorbed in the quinoa. This is what you want. You should be able to see some milk when you add your fruit and puree.

Blend fruit

Once your fruit is done, put a little more than half of it in a blender and add your honey, cinnamon, vanilla and a splash of milk (you decide which kind). Be sure to fold the whole fruit and puree to your quinoa and cover until all milk is absorbed about 1-2 minutes.

Add fruit into quinoa

I add a pad of butter before serving but that is optional. Top with toasted coconut and/or macadamia nuts.

Enjoy!
Joy