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New Year Cooking!

The last time I wrote on this blog was September 2015!!!  I hadn’t even realised that it was that long.  I’m lucky enough to still get views of my old posts after all this time but it’s about time I put something new up here!

With the new year arriving, it was the perfect excuse to get a bit more serious about cooking again.  I’d missed it

This post has a lot of random dishes in it but maybe if I get better at my categories and tags, some people will find the dishes and get to enjoy them a bit.

I’ll write it in the random order the photos have appeared here so starting with the New Year’s Day omelette!

The inspiration for this dish (and many things in my life) was my boys!  Our year started with a fight about eggs.  You see we only had 5 and odd numbers and 2 year old twins do not mix!  Who SHOULD get that 3rd egg; it’s the big questions in life that matter the most.

Once the fight was over, we had 5 eggs spread across a bowl and a cup so when the boys weren’t looking, I snuck them into the kitchen and decided to make an omelette of courgette, asparagus, tomato, chorizo, cheese which I spiced with cumin and coriander; my top spices I think!  Well and chilli but the chorizo was already spicy so that was enough to give that flavour.

Turned out pretty well and led to 4 happy bellies in this house.  A small crisis when Martí realised his cup of eggs had disappeared but he was appeased with orange juice until the omelette was ready.

The next dish was prawns (from Palamós).  We had this as the last dish in last night’s new year’s eve meal.  Montse had requested big prawns (“not like the small ones you eat in the UK”!) so that’s what we had!  I should say thanks at this point to Montse for taking 10 mins to explain to me what big prawns are 😛  “yes, I know the difference between big and small”…”yes but you only have small prawns in the UK”…”no, we don’t but anyway, I get it”…”no but get the big ones”…”yes, the big ones.  I’ve lived here 8 years now, let’s see if I can master the buying of the big ones”  Mission accomplished with the ever thorough and patient Montse 🙂

The recipe was buttery chilli prawns.  Super simple; melted butter with some olive oil, added garlic, 1 red chilli, paprika, juice of a lemon, fried for a couple of minutes before adding the prawns and cooked them for a few minutes, stirring them.

Really tasty!

This dish was cooked for New Year’s Eve also.  Scallops in a sweet chilli sauce and it was the winner of the night!  I fried some garlic and onion in 1 tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce and 1 tablespoon of fish sauce.  I added 1 tablespoon of water also and simmered for 5 mins.  Meanwhile I fried the scallops for 90 seconds on each side, added them back into the (clean) shells and poured over the sauce and some fresh coriander.  So good, I could have eaten another 2 for sure!!!

The next dish was how we started New Year’s Eve.  Guacamole with tortilla chips; a dish suitable for the boys also!  The biggest challenge here was to find ripe avocados which is no mean fete.  I think I did it so another moment of happiness from that!  I mixed two avocados with lime juice, chopped chilli, a little bit of onion and fresh coriander.  Another super, simple, tasty dish!

To get me motivated and in the mood for the New Year cook-off and party a huge glass of this helped!

Finally I finish with how it started; on New Year’s Eve Eve when I prepared hummus and and aubergine and red pepper dip.  These actually took much longer to prepare than any of the other dishes so maybe good that I did them ahead of time.  I’ve featured both of these on the blog before so linking to the recipes here:

Simple hummus

Assorted tapas

So, all in all, a great combination of dishes.  We could combine the dips while the boys were still awake and save the more fine dining pieces when it was just the grown ups 🙂  And for me, to focus on cooking again was a real luxury!  Writing this has taken a long time, is probably a bit random but also a good therapy and message to start the year as you mean to go on.  To anyone, still reading to this point, thank you for spending these minutes with me!!!

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Hummus baked chicken with spinach and lemon, chilli breadcrumbs

Following on from my hummus recipe the other day, I had some left over and wanted to use it within another recipe, within cooking and not just as a dip.

I found this one on the internet which looked pretty good:

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/hummus-crusted-chicken/

And I supplemented it with another recipe I found using spinach and breadcrumbs:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2040649/spinach-with-chilli-and-lemon-crumbs

It was simple enough to do; spreading the hummus on the chicken breasts and placing over the chopped vegetables and sprinkling over lemon juice and some paprika.

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The breadcrumbs were also pretty fast and resulted in a really nice smell while cooking.
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The two recipes worked really well in combination and it was a good way of using up the hummus and a nice take on spinach to give some different flavours.  Sometimes I can find spinach a bit bland but I like to eat it due to the health benefits so this was a great way of making it more interesting.  I really enjoyed the zesty flavour in the breadcrumbs from the lemon and my only change would be that next time would add more chilli (I used about 1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder rather than a whole chilli) to give it more of a kick.

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Simple hummus

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This simple recipe has been on my list for a while in terms of something that I always meant to get round to making, something that is simple but maybe for that reason, I hadn’t quite got there yet.

I wanted to do a simple one first and without tahini and then with the intention of adding extra flavours to future recipes to experiment.  One of my favourites that I remember eating was a shop bought lemon and coriander hummus.  So that shouldn’t be too much of a stretch after this one.

As I said, the ingredients are pretty simple:

Juice of one lemon

4-5 tablespoons of olive oil

1 clove of garlic

A generous sprinkle of cumin

580g jar of chickpeas (drained)

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Just the chickpeas missing – they were being drained at the time!

I simply put all these ingredients into a blender and mixed until smooth.  I have to say that my initial recipe started with 3 tablespoons of olive oil which I increased to make the mixture smoother and also I added cumin to my taste (I really like it so probably added about half a teaspoon in total).

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When I put the hummus into pots I used glass as I heard it keeps longer that way and also added olive oil on the top to preserve it a little.  I’ve read various opinions on how long it keeps in the fridge and the consensus seems about 1 week.  As I made enough for 3-4 people I think it will be gone in a couple of days so I’m not worrying too much about this, this time!

Like many recipes, this is one I wish I had made earlier because it is so simple and tasty.  I’m looking forward to experimenting with more flavours to perfect my favourite 🙂

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