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Mini pizzas

I haven’t blogged for a while and was keen to get one out there before the year end!  So this one is a recipe/recipes that I have used a lot over recent months.  Partly because they are so quick, partly because they are relatively healthy, as you control the ingredients, and mainly because I have never been disappointed whatever combination of ingredients I have decided upon!

The main ingredient in this dish is the Buitoni mini pizza bases.  You get 8 in a pack so good for 4 people (2 pizzas each) or a good party size if you halve them after cooking.

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From there I’ve used a base topping of either creme fraiche or tinned tomatoes.  The creme fraiche topping was inspired by a trip to France earlier in the year and I have to say it is my favourite.

I usually spread some herbs on the main sauce (basil, oregano, pesto, parsley, etc).  Well some combination of these, not all!

Then on top of that I’ve added chicken or chorizo as my meat of choice (I always pre-cook the chicken to be on the safe side).  And then some vegetables from mushrooms, onions, peppers, courgette (which I usually pre-cook if I’m doing it with chicken although it’s not really necessary).

From then I might add cherry tomatoes before the cheese (I usually choose between feta or cheddar or parmesan).

I bake them in the oven for 10 mins on 220 and enjoy a great dish afterwards.  Recently we made them with our niece so they are child friendly and can be quite a good interactive cooking dish with kids.  Also I made a few for our house warming so great party food also.  I’ve tested them on various guests that came to visit and no disappointment yet even amongst foodies.  Alternatively I have a couple with salad for my dinner.  They are an easy thing to make quickly from whatever you have in the fridge so definitely my recommendation from 2014, even if they are not the most advanced dish!  Sometimes the most simple are the best 🙂

Here you have a picture of one of my favourites:

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Happy New Year to anyone reading!!!

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I’m back! And spicy cous cous!

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It’s been a while I know.  After the euphoria of 1000 hits I had all these ideas of revamping the site (which I did actually look at for a few hours but decided I liked this design best…for now!  Have updated the “about” section at least!) and in the end, I’ve taken over 2 months out of blogging.  Not intentionally I have to say but that’s the way it worked out.  Then I had ideas of a great comeback with some fancy recipe but in the end I wanted to share something simple that I’ve eaten a lot of this summer!  It also fits with my new “healthy” lifestyle so another reason to share!

I like to give a part of myself to this blog aside from just cooking and recipes but also not wanting my whole life on display.  That’s what facebook is for right?!?  So in summary, this year has been one of highs and lows, big decisions, a huge learning period for me and the year isn’t even finished yet!  Cooking has been a constant (whether blogging about it or not) and invaluable to me for sure and I intend to keep it that way!  So back to it!

I usually have this cous cous recipe with salmon as it goes really well but it’s a holiday here in Barcelona, I don’t have any salmon in the fridge and the shops are shut (for anyone interested, today is the Catalan National Day and a big day in the step towards independence http://www.nationalia.info/en/news/1550)!  Independence aside, cous cous is pretty versatile so it goes with many things and also you can put many things in it!  Part of the reason why I like it, as you don’t have to plan every detail of it within a meal.

Today I had it with salad so I can remain a bit self righteous after also just finishing a pilates session!

With the cous cous I put red onion, green and yellow pepper, cumin, fresh coriander, chilli flakes, chorizo, raisins, lemon juice, soy sauce, a clove of garlic and fresh basil!  I guess it is easiest to follow the packet instructions on the cous cous but I usually put a little bit in a mug and top it up with boiling water, put a plate on top and leave for 5 mins to soak up the water.  Some recommend putting a bit of oil in there too to stop it sticking but as long as you have a good balance of cous cous and water, and leave it for sufficient time, you will be fine!

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So while the cous cous was soaking up the water, I heated some cumin powder with the chilli flakes, dry in a saucepan.  Then I added some oil and fried the onion and peppers for a few minutes.  Then I added some chopped chorizo and the garlic before adding the cous cous to the pan (removing from the heat) along with the remaining ingredients.  I really think the things you add to this dish should be to your tastes (for example if you want it spicy or not) but as a guide I used a teaspoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of chilli flakes, half a teaspoon of cumin, a handful of raisins, a clove of garlic, a tablespoon of chopped coriander and the same for the basil.  I mixed it all together and served it up!  Really nice and tasty, fast to make and I’m assuming pretty healthy too!

Still not learning my lessons of over promising (!), my intention is to take a sushi course by the end of the year with a good friend of mine who also happens to be a follower of this blog!  I’m under pressure to post some Nigella type pictures but as I’m failed in that again, maybe a mention will suffice and Nigella type pictures can appear as a feature when we do the course and write about it on here!

For anyone else reading, hope you had a great summer!

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