Showing posts with label sweet chilli sauce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sweet chilli sauce. Show all posts

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Soft Poached Eggs ... on toast

Soft Poached Eggs

Soft poached eggs with sweet chilli sauce
I grew up on poached eggs on toast every morning and I still love them with a passion... all things home and comfort come in the not so humble egg... Eggs are one of nature's most perfectly balanced foods, containing all the protein, vitamins (except vitamin C) and minerals essential for good health. 
  • Heston Blumenthal - a very creative food scientist suggests that if you pop a plate into the bottom of a suitable frying pan and cover it by at least an inch with water with a dash of vinegar and bring it to a slow simmer this keeps your eggs off of the heat and they wont stick to the bottom of the pan... I have recently adapted this method and have found that it works a treat.
  • Carefully crack your eggs into the gently boiling water and gently flick the water over the top of the yolk until the white has set and lost its jelly like look...approximately 4 minutes.
  • Serve on home made buttered toast... sweet chilli sauce, hot sauce, tomato sauce or just simply salt and pepper.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So so simple soup... Chicken, Couscous & Lentil

Chicken, Couscous & Lentil Soup

Low fat, healthy and so so simple to make ... 

  • Start by thinly slicing a leek, grating a large carrot and  a zucchini and thickly slice two sticks of celery. Soft fry all of these with a couple of cloves of crushed garlic for about 1 minute in a large saucepan.
  • Then add 1 tin of crushed tomatoes, 1 tin of Lentils (drained), 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce and then submerge a whole chicken under 2.5 litres of chicken stock... bring this to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the chicken... skin and bone it and return the best shredded bits back to the pot along with 1/2 cup of couscous and a large handful of fresh chopped parsley... simmer this gently for a few minutes until the couscous is tender and serve.
You can't have too much crusty bread with this hearty soup although it may loose some of the healthiness factor...flavours improve the next day if you have any leftovers ...