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Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - The Asda Meatballs

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – The Asda Meatballs

Here’s a bit different of a difference, my mother’s obsessed with these meatballs, she buys them quite regularly and either serves them as meatballs or squashes them into burgers…. bizarre I know lol!

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Ingredients

I’m unsure whether this should come under the “Waste Not Want Not Wednesday” because these ingredients were leftovers from the Pizza Pies I made, but it’s also quick and easy so it’s a win win! Before we start cooking chop the chorizo, roasted red peppers and the onion, I’ve cut the onion into half moon and the chorizo into chunks.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Frying the onions

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Frying the onions

I had some Oil that came in a spray bottle, spray a light covering on the pan and heat. When the pan is warm add the onions and fry them until they start to soften.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Frying the onions and chorizo

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Frying the onions and chorizo

When the onions start to soften add the chorizo and stir, you’ll need to cook them until they start to soften and also the oil from the chorizo comes out.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - minced ground garlic and chili flakes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – minced ground garlic and chili flakes

In a small bowl add 1 tsp of ground garlic and a large grinding of chilli flakes. Give them a mix and set aside.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Adding the Minced ground garlic and chili flakes to the pan

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Adding the Minced ground garlic and chili flakes to the pan

Add the chilli flakes and garlic to the pan and stir thoroughly to combine the onions, chorizo, garlic and chilli.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- grilled red pepper pastes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- grilled red pepper pastes

Add the Char-Grilled Red Pepper and the Sun-Dried Tomato Pastes and stir thoroughly, allow the ingredients to mix together and get to know each other, the party is starting now!

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the roasted red peppers

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the roasted red peppers

Add the roasted red pepper and stir thoroughly to combine all the flavours, these are some of my favourite ingredients and it’s shaping up really nicely now.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the mixed dry herbs

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the mixed dry herbs

Add the mixed dry herbs, if you don’t have a packet of mixed dry herbs you could use oregano, basil and coriander in equal measures.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the tinned tomatoes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the tinned tomatoes

Pour in the tinned tomatoes and mix thoroughly, allow everything to come to temperature. You can add water if you want more of a sauce, or add a bit of stock if you want to make some up with a stock cube.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - all the ingredients cooking away nicely

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – all the ingredients cooking away nicely

Allow the mixture to simmer and come together nicely, turn the heat down and just check it from time to time.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - the sauce simmering and the meatballs frying

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – the sauce simmering and the meatballs frying

Fry the meatballs in a pan with a small splash of oil, you want to cook them until they start to brown all over, you’re going to finish them off in the sauce so don’t worry too much.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - bringing the ingredients together at the end of cooking

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – bringing the ingredients together at the end of cooking

Once the balls are brown add them to the sauce and mix through when you stir everything, do it gently and to ensure that you don’t break the balls up.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - microwaveable basmati rice, a great accompaniment

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – microwaveable basmati rice, a great accompaniment

Serve this with some quick and easy basmati rice, use the type that you can cook in the microwave and it’ll be ready in next to no time.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - a microwave, a busy cook's best friend

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – a microwave, a busy cook’s best friend

The microwave is a great asset to a time starved family, I’m going to be featuring recipes that can be cooked in the microwave, like our Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto. If you’ve got any microwaveable recipes then get in touch, I’d love to see them and try and recreate them.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce -served and ready to eat

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce -served and ready to eat

I really enjoyed this, it’s very similar to the Sausage Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce I made in September last year. It’s really enjoyable, slightly spicy and a great to use the meatballs, they’re handy to have in the freezer , they can be defrosted and cooked quite easily.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

I’m back to normal now, and on time 😆 what more can I do! I hosted a dinner party a couple of weeks ago, so I’ll be blogging about that on the weekend, more to come next week with a review and another recipe 😀Wheelie Good Meals Social Networking

I’m going to be doing lots over the next few weeks, so will keep you updated even hoping to finally get my youtube videos up and running… here’s hoping 😆

6 Nations Of Food

6 Nations Of Food

Have you been watching the six nations, I’m going to try and cook something from each of the countries involved so brace yourself for a bit of welsh cakes, pasta, toad in the hole, Kedgeree, champ and something French…. six nations of food, happy days!

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce

How are you all, it’s November already and it’s almost bonfire night… are you going anywhere? We used to have a big family and friends firework night every year but it stopped as people got older and everyone drifted apart, I’m not complaining loud bangs and Brittle Bones don’t go well together really 😆

This is an interesting one, it’s a meal in a tin, which may not sound very appealing to some of you but let’s give it chance.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce, a meal in a tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce, a meal in a tin

It’s Chicken in a White Sauce, I bought it when my parents were away a while ago and thought it was worth giving it a go. Don’t put your nose up to it, if you are someone who lives alone, on a low budget maybe or time restrained this is a meal in a tin – in my opinion it’s ideal.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce Nutritional Information and Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce Nutritional Information and Ingredients

The ingredients are straightforward, there’s a few things in there that I haven’t heard of before such as Calcium Carbonate which is beyond my understanding. The calories were quite low 268kcal per tin, and a tin is two servings, the salt and sugar levels weren’t too bad either. It’s important to remember that you’d need to serve something with this tin, you can’t see it in the picture but I served it with mashed potatoes.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce Cooking Instructions

The cooking of it is straight forward, I warmed it through in a sauce pan, it’s important to stir it regularly and not to let it boil, probably because the sauce will split. You can microwave it and the microwave instructions are clear and easy to follow, and accommodate older microwaves like mine. I enjoyed this, it could be served with lots of things, it does need seasoning, especially pepper but like always that’s a personal choice. The serving suggestion is to top with short crust or puff pastry, brush with an egg wash and cook in a medium oven until golden brown. It also says for a luxurious meal add pan fried mushrooms or ham to the pie filling.7 stars

I’ve awarded this seven stars, it’s convenient, easy to cook and with a bit of seasoning and some accompanying vegetables it makes a great meal.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce ready to be eaten

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce ready to be eaten

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Princes Chicken in a White Sauce

We’ll be back again Thursday with a review of The Brecon Food Festival…. I know it’s well overdue but it’s coming I promise!

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken and Chorizo Paella

This was a surprise for me because my mother bought it while out shopping with her friend one day. I didn’t know what to expect if I’m honest but I thought I’d give it a go…. it’s rude not to 😆

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella in it's packaging

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella in it’s packaging

The package weighed 330g which obviously included the packaging but I had my doubts as to how filling it would be, I was wrong it was really filling and certainly enough for a light lunch. The Paella can be warmed, see the cooking instructions below:

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Cooking Instructions

The cooking instructions were easy to follow, and were very informative, they helped you to cook it from frozen or from chilled. The only negative would be that they didn’t take into account a lower wattage microwave…. like the one I bought off Noah when he dismantled his ark 😉 !

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Ingredients

The ingredient list is also excellent because it doesn’t contain anything that I hadn’t heard of and the majority of them I’d used myself in previous recipes. The list was quite mouth watering really, it was almost as good as the meal itself.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Nutritional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Nutritional Information

You can see above the nutritional information, but you can find an easier to follow version on the front of the package in the image earlier. This was cheap… I’m not sure if my mother would have bought it otherwise 😆 but it was well worth more than the reduced price.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella ready to eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella ready to eat

Here’s the Paella in all it’s glory, did I enjoy it… hell yeah! It was a warm, sticky and comforting. There was a depth of flavour that the Chorizo brought to the party while what I can only describe as the zingyness of the sun-dried tomato paste. The warmth came from smoked paprika, chili and turmeric while the Basil presence bought a slight anise flavour. I thoroughly enjoyed this as you can tell and for the price and for the ease of cooking would give it an eight out of ten.8 stars

We’ve got Strictly Suppers #3 Quick Step Leftover Fish Cakes coming up on the weekend and then a review of Princes Chicken in a White Wine Sauce on Tuesday.

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Had the pleasure of seeing one of my oldest friends (not in age of course in friendship duration) Marc one of my best friends from school and his mother Tuesday, it’s been a long time but it’s good to catch up.  Hayleigh and Dave called up on Monday too, that was also lovely, it’s nice when people you don’t see often come to see you.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto

I’ve gone in a different direction today for my Time-Saving Tuesday’s post. I saw Sorted Food host a Question and Answer session on twitter recently so I asked them what their favourite Time-Saving gadget was in the kitchen and they said the microwave… so in honour of that here is my Homemade Microwave Tomato Risotto.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto Ingredients

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for the risotto. They’re quite easy to get hold of, I used Arborio Rice as that’s my preferred rice grain for risottos. There are two standout ingredients are Sun-dried tomato paste from Sainsbury’s which I use regular basis. The other key ingredient was a soft Brie style cheese from Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheese. It’s a cheese I bought from my visit to the Brecon Food Festival, a review on that event to come.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheese

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheese

The cheese is stunning, it’s soft and has a nice strong taste, but a cheese that anyone could eat even if you weren’t a cheese lover.  The recipe I adapted this from used Mozzarella but I chose to use the cheese from Pantmawr Farmhouse Cheese instead, but you could use Mozzarella.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Adding Onion, Rice and Butter to start the process

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Adding Onion, Rice and Butter to start the process

First thing you need to do is prepare all the ingredients, blitz the onions in a food processor, weigh the rice and butter. You can also measure out the vegetable stock at this point and grate or food process some hard cheese. The hard cheese I featured in the picture of the ingredients is not the one I used, this like the Pantmawr Farmhouse Cheese, was bought from the Brecon Food Festival. I was going to use it but I thought I’d use one cheese at a time. Put half the butter, the rice and the onion in a large microwaveable bowl.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Microwaveable dish covered and ready to cook

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Microwaveable dish covered and ready to cook

Cover and cook in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, remember that as I always say kitchen equipment varies in temperature and how they are used so use my times as a guideline.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Adding Stock and Tinned Tomatoes

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Adding Stock and Tinned Tomatoes

Take out of the microwave and stir in the stock and the tinned tomatoes.  Add some water to the tin of tomatoes once you’ve emptied them into the bowl, slosh the water around to ensure you have all the tomato in the risotto. The original recipe uses Tomato Passata but I didn’t have any so I used tinned tomatoes and the Sun-dried tomato paste. Place back in the microwave and cook uncovered for ten minutes on high power.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Adding Caws Preseli Cheese and the Sun-dried Tomato Paste

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Adding Caws Preseli Cheese and the Sun-dried Tomato Paste

Once the eight minutes is up, take out of the microwave and give it a good stir. Then add the soft cheese and the Sun-dried tomato paste and stir through thoroughly. You need to break the cheese up into small chunks and so that it distributes throughout the risotto, place back in the microwave and cook for 8 minutes.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - The risotto relaxing before final stages of cooking

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – The risotto relaxing before final stages of cooking

Take out of the microwave and let it rest for a few minutes, do nothing to it because it needs to sit and relax. At this point all the flavours are settling down and getting to know each other.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Adding the hard Cheese, Basil and butter before serving

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Adding the hard Cheese, Basil and butter before serving

We’re now at the final stages of the process, stir in the remaining butter, hard cheese and the basil. Season give it a good stir, leave it for a couple of minutes to allow the hard cheese and the butter to ooze through the risotto.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto

You are ready to serve now, I served mine on a plate, but I’d probably use a bowl next time and decorate with a bit of basil… you know my mother she loves a bit of green. This is a stunning recipe and I really enjoyed making it, I’m going to turn the leftovers into Arancini so keep your eyes peeled for that. You can download a step by step guide to my recipe here, give it a go, it couldn’t be easier.  This can be served as either a starter or as a main course, I had it as a main course.Sorted

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Strictly Suppers 2015 #1 – Salsa Steamed Salmon

Strictly Suppers 2015 #1 – Salsa Steamed Salmon

It’s Strictly time guys and dolls! Racking my brains on how to start this I thought of SALASA!!! I know I did it for Strictly Suppers #3 last year but the recipe is different and it’s a different use for the Salsa…. so read on!!!  This is Salmon topped with Salsa Verde steamed with white wine and olive oil. The first thing you need to do is preheat the oven to 1800 Celsius.

Ingredients for Salsa Steamed Salmon

Ingredients for Salsa Steamed Salmon

For the sauce I use Basil leaves, Gherkins, capers, Mature Cheddar Cheese, dried garlic, anchovy fillets, pine nuts and lime or lemon juice. In the ingredient list of the recipe you can download I’ve given quantities, that’s up to you. I love, love, love this sauce it’s punchy, citrusy, salty and has a real smack you in the face quality. Use Salmon and white wine for the packet with some olive oil.

Salsa Steamed Salmon - The process of making the Salsa

Salsa Steamed Salmon – The process of making the Salsa

I’m the first to say that this is my take on a Salsa Verde but it could be a pesto… either way… this is how you make it lol! In a food processor put the Basil, Anchovies, Pine Nuts, Cheese, Capers, Gherkins, Olive Oil, Lime Juice, Salt and Pepper and blend. You can blitz this as much as you’d like or keep it as course as you’d like, for me I like it quite course and not too smooth. I personally would add more lime juice and more pepper, it’s what I think adds to the taste.

Salsa Steamed Salmon - Extra Virgin Oil brought back for me from Rhodes

Salsa Steamed Salmon – Extra Virgin Oil brought back for me from Rhodes

The oil I used in the Salsa was one I’d been given from my Ben my nephew and his girlfriend Sophie when they’d been away to Rhodes. It was awesome. I know lots of people who eat bread with olive oil as a starter and this would be right down their street. I can see how people eat Extra Virgin Olive Oil on its own with bread because it was tasty and had character. The ones you buy in the shop is ok for cooking but I wouldn’t dip bread in it like people from the Mediterranean.

Salsa Steamed Salmon - The salmon on tin foil

Salsa Steamed Salmon – The salmon on tin foil

Once you’ve made the Salsa and set it aside you can crack on with the salmon. If you are using two salmon steaks place two pieces of foil on a counter and then place on top the salmon steaks, season with salt and pepper. Then pour over some olive oil and add a good glug of wine.

Salsa Steamed Salmon - Topping the salmon with the salsa

Salsa Steamed Salmon – Topping the salmon with the salsa

Top the salmon steaks with the salsa, spread it out so it covers the whole piece of fish. Then pull all the sides together and make a parcel.

Salsa Steamed Salmon - Making the parcels ready to go in the oven

Salsa Steamed Salmon – Making the parcels ready to go in the oven

Make a parcel out of the foil, allow some room for the salmon to steam. There needs to be enough room for the flavours to float around the parcel and infuse into the salmon.

Salsa Steamed Salmon - In the oven ready to cook

Salsa Steamed Salmon – In the oven ready to cook

Place the salmon on a baking tray and cook for 15–20 minutes on 1800 Celsius.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #1 – Salsa Steamed Salmon

Strictly Suppers 2015 #1 – Salsa Steamed Salmon

Place the salmon on a plate and serve either with Sautéed Potatoes, Boiled Potatoes or Mashed Potatoes.

This is really nice, the punchy salsa compliments the salmon well and the addition of wine brings it all together. You can download a step by step recipe here.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #1 – Salsa Steamed Salmon

Strictly Suppers 2015 #1 – Salsa Steamed Salmon

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