Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes

We saw a fantastic Quickstep in last Saturday’s show from Helen and Aljaž to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes.   I thought I’d share with you my Quickstep Leftover Fish Cake, I make fishcakes regularly but this is honestly one of the easiest and quickest recipe I’ve made.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - The ingredients

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – The ingredients

I’ve used leftover salmon and tinned crab in this recipe but you can substitute those with any other fish, a white fish like Pollock or Coli also a smoked fish like haddock or salmon would be a good addition. I used potato in this recipe, a potato which I cooked in the microwave and then scooped out the inside and mixed with a little butter – quick and easy mashed potatoes.

I know it’s Halloween tomorrow but I’m not a fan, I used to work in Wilkinsons and hated the fact we sold Christmas decorations at the same time as Halloween…. what is that all about, that’s the reason why you haven’t got a spooky Halloween recipe from me.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - The process of making the fishcakes

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – The process of making the fishcakes

Let’s get this party started, first guest in is the mashed potato, add that to a large bowl. The second guest should be the fish your using break it up, mix with the potato. Next in is the crab meat, add that and mix through, you can then add some finely chopped spring onions and mix thoroughly, you need to get the ingredients incorporated at each of these stages – it’s like any good party all the guests need to mingle with each other. Lastly at this stage add the minced garlic and mix that thoroughly.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - My new grater

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – My new grater

I got to play with a grater I’d been given for Christmas, grate some garlic and ginger and then add that to the fish cake mix. I grated a large thumb sized piece of ginger and half a lemon.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcakes - Ready to chill in the fridge

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes – Ready to chill in the fridge

Shape in to cakes and place in the fridge for at least half an hour to allow the cakes to firm up. I was making a starter, so from this mixture I made 6 cakes, but you could make three larger ones which could easily be a main course.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - Fishcakes cooking in the frying pan

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – Fishcakes cooking in the frying pan

Place some oil and butter in a frying pan, once the butter has melted place the cakes in. Let them cook for a few minutes without playing with them, if you move them about they won’t get brown and crisp. When they are ready to turn, turn them in one motion otherwise they’ll break up. When you are cooking these in the frying pan it is important to turn them in one motion so they don’t break up… ok if they do break up it’s not the end of the world but they look better as one cake.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcakes - Cooked and ready to eat

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes – Cooked and ready to eat

Place them on a plate, they make an ideal starter for a dinner party, you can eat them hot or cold, and serve them with a salad or a dip as I have below.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcakes and Miss Daisy’s Grandpa Cliff’s Tomato and Chilli Jam

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes and Miss Daisy’s Grandpa Cliff’s Tomato and Chilli Jam

The accompaniment above is some of Miss Daisy’s Grandpa Cliff’s Tomato and Chilli Jam. I bought this while at the Brecon Food Festival that Greg and I attended recently, it was a stunning find and I’ve used it on lots of things, it’s great with smoked flavours, cold meat and it would be ideal with prawns.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quick Step Leftover Fishcake - Miss Daisy's Chilli Jam

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcake – Miss Daisy’s Chilli Jam

This jam had Welsh ingredients and was made in Brynmawr, it was punchy and zingy with just the right level of sweetness. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I’d most certainly buy it again and will try other of their products.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes

Strictly Suppers 2015 #3 Quickstep Leftover Fishcakes

This is a great recipe for quick and easy fishcakes, you can add lots of other flavours. I make Thai inspired fishcakes with similar ingredients as the base which I’ll be uploading soon. You can download a step-by-step recipe, give it a go I promise you’ll enjoy it. If you can’t get Miss Daisy’s Jams you can use any sweet chilli jam to accompany these cakes.

Next week for Time-Saving Tuesday we have a review of Princes Chicken in a White Sauce, a great meal in a tin, it’s worth trying I promise.

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Enjoy cooking the recipe, and anything else you’re cooking this weekend, and most importantly enjoy strictly!

See you Tuesday

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Mags Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Ok, this is going to sound bizarre… yes it really will but it works, to a point. I’m not pretending in any way this is authentic or genuine or even nice… no it is nice I wouldn’t post it if it wasn’t but please don’t write in complaining because it does work trust me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Ingredients For Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Ingredients For Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Yes, this is a recipe, it’s a bit like my Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie but only spicy, and with kidney beans… so ok nothing like it 😆 . The ingredients and equipment are simple, it’s what you see above.

  • A tin of Minced Beef and Onion
  • A tin of Red Kidney Beans
  • Minced Garlic Granules
  • Mixed Dry Herbs
  • Chilli Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

You will also need a couple of teaspoons, a wooden spoon and your favourite small saucepan… mine is above.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Tinned Minced Beef In The Sauce Pan

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Tinned Minced Beef In The Sauce Pan

Pour all the minced beef into the saucepan, I know, I know it does look a cross between dog food and baby food but it’s lush honestly and I really love the Asda variety, which helps because it’s where my mother shops.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Red Kidney Beans In The Sieve

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Red Kidney Beans In The Sieve

Tip the red kidney beans into a sieve and then run cold water over them…. normally I would place them in boiling water from the kettle to soften them but they were ok as they were… I think I’ve learned something your honour!

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Minced Beef and Red Kidney Beans In The Sauce Pan

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Minced Beef and Red Kidney Beans In The Sauce Pan

I want to shout this in the style of Part Sharp on an early 90’s children’s game show but… MIX! All right I know I went off on one then but I’m allowed. Tip the kidney beans on to the minced beef, I didn’t mix them together at this point as such, I thought it would make more sense to do it all at the same time… saving time is what it’s all about

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Adding The Herbs and Spices

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Adding The Herbs and Spices

Add the Mixed Dry Herbs, Garlic and Chilli Powder to taste. I went with a tablespoon of Mixed Dry Herbs, a teaspoon of Chilli Garlic Granules and a ¼ of a teaspoon of the chilli powder. Now stir everything together and place on a medium high heat to warm everything through.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Cooking Away Nicely

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Cooking Away Nicely

Stir regularly to ensure it all combines and then season with salt and pepper. Remember as I said at the top of the post, it’s not traditional or authentic, but it’s quick and easy and as long as you season it properly it’s really tasty too.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Potatoes

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Potatoes

I’ve served this with boiled potatoes because… in the #TimeSavingTuesdays theme we had them left over. It’s an excellent little cheat’s recipe. If you don’t want to go to this much faff… and trust me it’s not a faff you can buy Asda Chilli Con Carne which was a 7 out of 10, read my review here.

My mother is in hospital at the moment, and I don’t think it would be fair to take the credit for this because it was her idea… she’s been saying about it for a while but I’ve not got around to it. I’m glad I did… well done Mags and I can’t wait to see you home 😀

Nobody ever knows what goes on in people’s minds but I am so grateful for my friends and family for all their help while my mother has been in hospital. The people in this picture below…. your loved, but i hope you know that!

Family and Friends... they're equally important :D

Family and Friends… they’re equally important 😀

Come back in the week for the piece de resistance, the end of my Mother’s Day Menu the Nutella and Oreo Cheesecake. You can read how to make the starter of Scallops With Curried Cauliflower Purée with Smoked Bacon or the main of Duck with Sautéed Potatoes and a Balsamic Berry Jus.

See you soon… happy days!!

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing

Well as it was our first anniversary last week I thought I’d write this post up dedicated to my darling sister Heather. I’ve always cooked loads, for as long as I can remember but it’s by eye…. a little pinch of this and a glug of that but that had to change when the blog launched! I had to be more specific, actually creating recipes as opposed to trundling through things by trial and error. Heather and I often have this conversation as she tends to make the same dish differently each time she makes it. She has staples that she makes on a regular basis and they’re all quite random… in name alone! For example she has her Salmon Thing, and her Spanish Chicken Thing… yep they’re all called Thing… hence the name of this recipe!

This is easy, really easy in fact it, it is just peppers and onions with a few friends. Give it a go, it’s worth a try I promise you you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients for my Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing

Ingredients for my Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing

Utensils and Equipment for my Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing

Utensils and Equipment for my Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing

The ingredients are simple a few peppers, onions, garlic, ginger and then you choose the extras really. Customise it how you want to, I’ve used Sun-Dried Tomato and Char-Grilled Red Pepper Pastes I bought from Sainsbury’s, Lazy Garlic and Ginger, Gherkins and then a good glug of Dark Soy Sauce. You’ll see I’m not using too much in the way of equipment either, do you love my little blue pan…. it’s sooo cute  😳 and really me, I love little things… is it because I’m short, yes possibly – I bought this from Home Bargain’s many moons ago, and I love it.

The Onions for my Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing

The Onions for my Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing

Chop the onions in to ½ moon shapes. Don’t cut them too thick as you’re not going to cook this for long.

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing - How to De-Cheek A Pepper

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing – How to De-Cheek A Pepper

Once you’ve done that you need to take the cheeks off a pepper – what’s a pepper cheek I hear you ask well it’s the side of it. I learned this term from James Reeson who is the host of Australia’s “Alive and Cooking” honestly, it’s one of my favourite cookery programmes. James is English but lives in Australia. You know I watch a lot of cookery programmes from the land down under but this is the best. Take the cheeks off and then cut them into strips.

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing - Courgettes and Other Vegetables Ready For Use

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing – Courgettes and Other Vegetables Ready For Use

Once you’ve cut the peppers into strips, cut the courgette into rounds, cut them into 1-2 cm thick circles. These could discolour so you need to cover them. Once you’ve cut all the vegetables put them in separate containers and set aside, I’ve ordered them above in the order I’m going to cook them. To start cooking place a frying pan or wok on a medium/high heat. Add some olive oil and allow to warm up, once warm add the onion and 2 teaspoons each of ginger and garlic (more or less depending on your taste). At this point you want to toast your almonds for a couple of minutes, be careful – they go from lovely to burned in a matter of seconds, or at least they do in my experience (he says while he throws a batch of almonds away).

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing - Frying The Onions and Peppers

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing – Frying The Onions and Peppers

Once you’ve fried the onions until they are soft add the peppers and stir thoroughly, allow the peppers to get to know the onions and get coated by the ginger and garlic. Cook until the peppers start to soften, you don’t want them to be mushy but you do want them to soften.

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing - Adding The Pastes To The Party

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing – Adding The Pastes To The Party

Add the Char-Grilled Red Pepper and Sun-Dried Tomato Pastes, I’ve bought them from Sainsbury’s but other shops do them, you can of course add Sun-Dried Tomatoes and the Roasted Red Peppers from a jar. Give it all a stir, keep it moving to allow the flavours to meld and mingle…. they should be like neighbours talking over the garden wall 😆 .

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing - Cooking The Courgettes

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing – Cooking The Courgettes

Then as you can see above, I added the courgettes; you want to cook them until they are slightly brown. When they start to colour add the soy sauce, it’s important to add a good glug, obviously if you don’t like it eave it out but it goes well in this recipe. Also add the pre-cooked potatoes, this is an optional extra really and I was using them up because they were left over.

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing - Adding The Soy Sauce, Potatoes and Gherkins

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing – Adding The Soy Sauce, Potatoes and Gherkins

Keep the potatoes moving along with everything else, you want to spread the flavour around the pan to ensure all the ingredients gets to know each other. Once you’ve done that add the gherkins if you are using them and cook for a further one or two minutes. Season and stir to ensure that the seasoning is evenly distributed throughout, don’t use too much salt because you are using soy sauce and it can be salty. You can take this off the heat then as you’re ready to serve.

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing with Flaked Toasted Almonds

Pepper and Onion Stir-Fry Thing with Flaked Toasted Almonds

I placed on a plate and topped with the flaked almonds, you could use pine nuts or breadcrumbs for a bit of texture. My mother really enjoyed this one you could serve a smaller portion than the one above with rice or noodles. Give it a try it’s a really quick and easy mid week meal and great for using up vegetables that are in your house, you can add more vegetables, Pak Choi maybe, baby sweet corn or some sugar snap peas – make it your own, that’s what it’s all about. You can download a fully copy of the recipe here.

 

If you like peppers then why not try out my Peperonata or you can try my Sticky Aubergine with Soy Dressing Red Pepper, Onion and Sweet Potato Wedges. Tuesday I’ll be reviewing a different type of ready meal, what do I mean, come back and have a look.

 

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks with the blog’s anniversary and social networking it’s been quite hectic. On the positive side I’ve got a few more recipes in the bank and potentially a new feature lined up… it’s all good so keep checking back for more updates.

See you Tuesday 😀
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One Year Birthday Round Up

I can’t believe we’ve been open a year already! It’s flown by, I really can’t believe how quick it’s gone. I’ve been very lucky to have connected with so many wonderful bloggers and have had the good fortune to become cyber friends with many people including Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures, Jo Pratt, Stephen Terry, Saira Hamilton and Theo Randall.

My Autographed Copy Of Theo Randall's Book "My Simple Italian"

My Autographed Copy Of Theo Randall’s Book “My Simple Italian”

I’ve had some excellent recipes of lots of people, including some of the friends above . I’ve also received a wonderful gift of a signed recipe book from Chef Theo Randall, we started talking through Twitter when the blog opened, and we’ve kept in touch ever since, Theo is now someone I’d call a friend even if it is through the cybershpere.  I’m a big fan of his style of cooking and he appears (I haven’t met him) to be a great person (even if he is a Liverpool fan lol) 😆

Chef Stephen Terry (The Hardwick, Abergavenny) and I at the the Aberaeron Fish Festival

Chef Stephen Terry (The Hardwick, Abergavenny) and I at the the Aberaeron Fish Festival

I’ve met Stephen Terry a couple of times and hopefully Greg and I are off back to Aberaeron for the Fish Festival again this year, and I’ll let you know how it goes! Here are some of my favourite posts including a review of Stephen’s restaurant The Hardwick! The posts below are not in any particular order but are my highest ranking posts (along with a couple of my personal favourites).

The Hardwick, Abergavenny - The Three Musketeers, My Mother, myself and Greg

The Hardwick, Abergavenny – The Three Musketeers, My Mother, myself and Greg

Greg my mother and I had an excellent time in The Hardwick and Stephen’s hospitality was exceptional, along with the quality of the food. We all really enjoyed ourselves and this has sparked other nights out with more reviews to follow.

Melanie's Food AdventuresMelanie and I have been friends for about a year now and we’ve been blogging the same amount of time. We’ve got (along with a couple of others) a hidden facebook group that we share blogging tips. It was common sense for me to ask Melanie to guest blog on Wheelie Good Meals as we have soooo many things in common, especially as Mel’s a Fellow Man Utd fan. Check her blog out her website here.

My Top Posts

These are some of my favourite posts, some of them are top ranking posts and others are my personal favourites but they are all little gems for one reason or another.Comfort Classics - Cheat’s Fish PieI started a feature called Comforting Classics and the most popular one was my Fish Pie! I love it, it’s such an easy recipe and so comforting and filling for all the family. I really think it’s worth a try, I cook it regularly.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Front of the PacketI changed the Ready Meal Monday feature to Time-Saving Tuesdays because I wanted to explore more options that could speed up our cooking and eating habits…. not! I couldn’t get the Ready Meal Mondays reviews done on time. One of my personal favourites was John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pots. I liked this little pot of loveliness so much I have had it a couple of times since, give it a try – it’s worth it!

Chicken, Pek, Leek and Sage Leftover PieMy Chicken Pek and Leek Pie was created in honour of Great Brittish Pie Week, its the recipe that made my mother realise she actually did like sage! It is also the first Pie I had made with pastry, it’s one of my personal favourite recipes and one I make regularly.Ready Meal Monday – Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and RiceBack in January this year I had a meltdown I went from Ready Meal Monday to Micro Monday before I finally fixed on Time-SavingTuesdays. As one of the last posts in the Ready Meal Monday range I reviewed Tesco Everyday Value Chicken Curry and Rice, it wasn’t brilliant it only scored five out of ten but I’d order it again.

Ainsley Harriott’s Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic Cous Cous Being PreparedFollowing on from the last post came the start of Time-Saving Tuesdays and the first foray for Gemma into the World of Wheelie Good Meals. Ainsley Harriott’s Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic Cous Cous was great. We had it on its own but it would be great with salmon or a steak.

Stunning Spiced Sausage StewStunning Spiced Sausage Stew was a recipe I came up with the use some sausages I’d defrosted, it was amazing. Really warming and comforting and something I’ve cooked in different variations many times. I promise you’d enjoy it, Alice can’t wait to cook this with me when she comes home from France.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Westlers Burgers in Onion Gravy - The Front of The TinThis is popular post because it is the first post where I actually got to criticise something. They were horrific and I really wouldn’t recommend them, but if you’d read the post you’d know that 😆 Saira Hamilton's Chicken BhunaSaira Hamilton runner up on Masterchef 2013 gave me a stunning recipe which I cooked in October. Saira has been a massive help to me, with lots of things food related. I am very lucky really all my life I’ve believed that everything happens for a reason and tweeting Saira was a stroke of genius because it sparked a new friendship.

Pig Sty Pie LogoLastly another one of my cyber friends and someone who has also been a brilliant help to me, and someone who has listened to me moan via email and social networking. I was always intrigued why there was Shepherd’s Pie for Lamb and Cottage Pie for Beef but nothing for Pork Mince. So with lots of help from Jo Pratt I created Pig Sty Pie, a recipe using Pork Mice and Cider. Jo was a great help creating this recipe and I am very greatful to her and Saira for all their help and their friendship. It’s also a personal favourite because it features the glorious art work of one of my long suffering best friends Rhian Lloyd (Rant)!

Ingredients for Alice's Mid Week Piri Piri BBQ Chicken and Patatas BravasAlice’s Mid Week Piri Piri BBQ Chicken and Patatas Bravas was the first recipe that Alice and I had cooked together for Wheelie Good Meals. Alice and I have cooked together for mulgies of years but this was our first official recipe for the blog. Remember when cooking chicken – always take care!PhotoGrid_1433186344465

Lastly I looove soups and my Mediterranean Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup is a bowl of loveliness, only topped by my Leek and Potato Soup. These are ideal starters for dinner parties or warming bowls of comfort.


Thanks to everyone who has helped me this year, Saira, Theo, Stephen and Jo for their help and cyber friendship and for spreading the word about the blog. Thanks also to Ginge, Stacey, Gemma, Rhian, Ronnie and Ben “The Hair” Way who have been tasters, helped me cook or took photos/videos for me!

Thanks to Heather and Graham for Graham’s taste testing and Heather’s proofreading and sourcing of equipment, speciality foods and ready meal/meal deals for reviews.

Thanks to Chris for his photography work and for help with hosting the blog and technical support. Thanks to Melanie for her friendship and support developing the blog, her Hedgehog Tray bake is my most popular post.

Big thanks to Hayleigh and Dave, Dave for his fabulous art work including the logo and other images. Thanks to Hayleigh for her proofreading skills and for her ideas!

Massive thanks to Greg for his photography endevours, driving skills, tasting my recipes, being both sounding board for ideas and sous chef and lastly for his company on my outings!

Lastly special thanks to three special people Alice for all her research, her tasting and for cooking with me…. roll on the summer when she’s back from France! The other two special people are Mags and Geoff my parents for all their help and support and always being there!


I didn’t expect this to turn in to an Oscar style speech 😳 but its often the case that people do a lot for me but I can’t always do things in return, so this is just a little thank you, and I’m so sorry if I’ve left anyone out!

What for next year…. lots more food, lots more reviews and lots more eating out!!! Bring it on!!!

Happy Days!!! 😎
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