Sweet n Sour style Pork

A lot of my inspiration comes from slimming world recipes which I like to “Emmarise” (Mr F’s definition: tweak ingredients to suit Emma’s taste). 

Tonight’s dinner was my take on the Slimming World Fanta chicken recipe…. Only using pork OBVS!!  

  500g lean diced pork

2 small carrots (finely sliced 1″ long)
1 red onion chopped 
1 red pepper chopped
1 can diet fanta
Garlic granules
Celery salt
Chinese 5spice
Smoked paprika

Soy sauce (I use light & dark)


Spray a large pan with frylight & fry onions & carrots for 5 mins till softening. Add pork & spices and continue to fry for 2-3 mins. Add fanta and continue to cook for 5 mins. Add Passata and soy sauce then simmer for 20 mins…


Serve with boiled rice or noodles (or both if you can be bothered with the extra pan to wash lol) 

 

SW Curry bites recipe

The thought of a 9-5 training day at work today fills me with fear! Oh no, the training day itself will be fine… It’s the thought of not having unlimited access to my usual food chain!! 

So…. Do what I learnt as a Brownie “Be Prepared” (ok ok, Brownies never said that, Scouts did but hey, this is MY blog and I strongly advocate poetic license”) 

So, here’s one I prepared earlier (yes, Blue Peter folks, today feels like a great day for quotes)

SYN FREE CURRIED BITES

Cook a savoury rice of choice (I like a mild curry flavoured one but make sure it’s syn free – batchelors have recently changed their recipe). 

Add 4/5 beaten eggs and a can of chic pea dhal (Sainsbury’s is NOT syn free, it’s a whopping 8 syns so do be careful) 

Spoon mix into sillicone muffin tray and ignore any negative comments from non Slimming Worlder’s about the appearance at this stage (mentioning no names Stephanie Wynne and Cath Rowlands) no sick was involved in the making of MY recipe 😳

Bake in the centre of the oven @200* for 30-40 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.

Hey presto, a tasty syn free snack to take with you and can be nibbled at throughout the day – add pickles for speed  

  

BBQ sauce! 

Wow, I have just gotta share this BBQ sauce recipe with you, it’s absolutely beautifully BBQuey.. On the hob, heat up a can of diet coke (or any other fat free mixed fruit fizzy pop), garlic granules, celery salt, smoked paprika & chinese 5spice.

Bring to the boil then add carton of Passata, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock pot & a good dollup of tomato purée…

Simmer on a low heat for 30 mins until sauce thickens 💖

I poured half of mine over chicken breasts wrapped in smoked bacon then popped in the oven for 30 mins 

 

Chinese Pork

Do you find this current spell of hot weather makes you lose your appetite?

No, me neither… But it’s definitely a time for something light yet tasty!  

Pork steaks, jacket potato and salad was on the menu for tonight but I couldn’t help but think that it seemed a tad…. Boring??

Time to EMMARISE (this is what hubby calls it when I “tweak” recipes to suit my taste/ ingredients)

Too hot to go to the shops so I took inspiration from the stuff I had in. OMG I Just whipped up an amazing syn free marinade for my pork steaks… WOW!! This I must share! 

Using my trusted hand blender, I blitzed 3 sliced spring onions. Garlic granules, soy sauce (light and dark), rice wine vinegar, Chinese 5spice,  smoked paprika, chilli flakes & granulated sweetener.

I poured this over my pork steaks in an oven proof dish then topped with chopped peppers. 

 

Bake in the middle of the oven for 20-30 mins (jacket spuds sprayed with frylight & coated with ground salt are already crisping up on the top shelf).

Serve with a big green salad and pour the sauce over the jacket spud – who needs butter with a sauce like this??  

  

Beef & Spinach Slow Curry

Beef and Spinach Curry 

 


500g extra lean casserole beef
1 large onion – chopped
Pack of baby leaf spinach
Garlic
Ginger
Passata 
Chilli powder
Chilli flakes
Cumin
Beef stock pot  

 


Throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker & leave on low for 6-7 hours! 

I like to add the spinach in handfuls and stir over the cooking time. No idea why I do that but I do 😜 

Serve with boiled rice (I also served mine with Mccain Rustic Chips, only 10 syns per bag)  

 

The Mystery of the Great Fire of Fennell

Scarily we had a near miss with a fire in the kitchen last night! Things could have ended so badly. What I find most disconcerting though is the “finger pointing” that was done by Mr F! Let me set the scene and then you can decide in which direction the finger of guilt should be pointed 👈👉👆👇

Now, as we have been together for over 13 years, Mr F and I have our dinner routine perfected. I am responsible for the planning, preparation and  execution (rather apt right for this particular tale) and Mr F takes charge of the clear up campaign afterwards, dishes and wiping down. 

Yesterday was no different. I had a beef & spinach curry cooking all afternoon in the slow cooker. At 6.30pm I put the oven on for the chips (mccains rustic chips only 10 syns for the whole bag!!) and boiled the kettle for the rice. 

 

I would like to make it quite clear that at NO stage did I switch on or use the electric hob… I had no use for the said hob, it was slow cooker curry, oven chips and microwave rice (I ALWAYS cook my rice on the microwave – cover with boiling water, 10 mins full power, perfect rice every time)

By 7.15 the dinner was dished up and we were tucking in quite happily with trashy Saturday night TV. The curry was gorgeous, recipe to follow.  

Mr F then took himself off into the kitchen, radio on and busied himself with operation clean up. 

Just after 8pm, dishes and kitchen all done, Mr F returns to the lounge and settles on the sofa ready for our chosen film. 

F Minor decides to top up his drink before the film starts but screams out my name as he opens the kitchen door! To my horror, the kitchen is filled with smoke and a bitter acrid smell! Immediately I can see that a plastic tub has melted onto the stainless steel hob cover which is glowing bright red.

Windows open, doors open (including the front door from which the dog decides to escape and bound off gleefully towards the sunset)

Mr F lifts off the plastic tub & hob cover. Immediately the glowing hob bursts into flames

OH MY GOD!! What do we do???

We blame me, that’s what we do!! Apparently, it’s my fault? I am the cause of the fire? 

Can anybody please tell me how because I am puzzled? Electric jobs aren’t the best but I do believe take a lot less than an hour to heat up, so even if I had switched the hob on (which I didn’t), it would have caught fire a lot quicker…

I put forward that Mr F caught the switch on the cooker when wiping down (easily done, I am not judging) 

These are the facts M’Lud, I now rest my case…

 PS – fire quickly put out and dog caught and returned so alls well that ends well 💕

Happy Friday

Yesterday was such a lovely day! Mr F was on his day off from work, F Minor was travelling back from Cornwall and it was Friday, the weekend starts here.. 

Now, as I’ve said before, the best part of the being a “target” member of slimming world is that I weigh in when I choose. I can go weekly, fortnightly or even monthly. The only rule is that when I DO weigh in, I’m within 3lb of target.

This allows me great freedom, so on such a lovely day, I decided SOD IT! No weigh in for me this week let’s go out for dinner instead…

So after work, Mr F and I headed into Chester. I had been wanting to pop to an Art Gallery that were displaying artwork by Ronnie Wood (of Rolling Stone fame) and Bob Dylan (of Bob Dylan fame)

I have an interest in art and own a limited edition print by Rolf Harris. It currently resides with my step-daughter (call it an early inheritance). When we moved to our bungalow 4 years ago, there was no room for it and so Adele (Del) willingly adopted it… Well, it was willing until that day a couple of years back when all the accusations hit the headlines! I still remember Del’s reaction to it, she text me “You knew, you bloody well knew…” Let’s just say that I think it’s currently hanging in the shed 🙈

Saw some amazing artwork, I especially loved the London and Paris street scenes by Henderson Cisz. So vibrant and glowing.

 So how do you follow a classy trip such as this??

With a visit to a Flaming Grill pub of course! My favourite part of eating out is perusing the menu with a glass of chilled wine 

 

My head said salad but my heart screamed BURGER… What can I say, I ALWAYS listen to my heart.. How could I resist the pull of the “Piggy Burger”! Flame grilled gammon topped with pulled pork, bacon cheese (hea?) on a brioche bun (heb? Well it is for today anyway) served with chips.

Just don’t tell F Minor where we ate! He was stuck on the M6 following a 6 hour journey from Cornwall sandwiched between his 3 & 6 year old half siblings 😳 judging by the hug I got when he flew through the front door, I think it’s safe to say he’s missed his mum…

RECIPE: Welsh Ginger Ninja Chicken 

Chicken breasts

3 spring onions – sliced
3-4 tablespoons runny honey (3-4 syns)
3-4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic granules/ powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon allspice 
Salt n pepper

Place chicken breasts in ovenproof dish.

Put remaining ingredients into a blender & blend till smooth.

Pour over the chicken breasts and marinate for at least 10 minutes (I left them for 2 hours).

Cook for 30 mins @ 200* on the middle shelf. 

I served mine with spicy butternut squash chips, garden peas & roasted peppers  

 

Welsh Ginger Ninja Chicken

I love to try out new recipes, especially when they turn out as delicious as last night’s dinner was. 

It’s all thanks to one of my work friends. Her boyfriend is following the slimming world plan and so when she cooks for him, she likes to make it a slimming world dish. Yesterday she shared the most AMAZING yet so easy peasy recipe with me.  

She didn’t have the name of the dish so in her honour it have decided to call it Welsh Ginger Ninja chicken… 

 

She is one of my favourite people EVER! She is such a warm, kind, and generous person that I am able to overlook the fact that she is Welsh AND ginger!! (I am half welsh myself so I’m allowed) Best of all, we share the same wicked sense of humour! I couldn’t even begin to tell you any of the jokes that have made us giggle because I do think we’d be arrested 😳

What I can share tho is the recipe for Welsh Ginger Ninja Chicken…

Wondering why we call her ninja?? I’m afraid if I told you I’d have to get her to kill you… 

 

Hillsborough 

April 15 has never been the same for me since that tragic event in 1989. 

I was 17 years old and I remember being sat at the dining table doing my homework whilst listening  to the tragedy unfold over radio! 

If I’m honest, I recall tutting and updating my mum, who was taking advantage of a beautiful sunny day and gardening, on the thugs and hooligabs intent on spoiling a good old fashioned football match!

How wrong could I have been… As you will all know, that wasn’t the case at all. It was a tragedy that should never have happened. It wasn’t football hooligans or thugs at all. It was innocent football fans. Somebody’s dad, somebody’s son, somebody’s daughter, somebody’s loved one. It was my friend..

Henry Charles Rogers (Haggis)

 I don’t want to dwell on the events around that time. Even 26 years on it still reduces me to tears if I think too much about it.

What I do want to do is remember all the good things about Henry and how he used to make us all laugh

  • That time in the science lab when he “lit” the desktop gas tap (yes really, we had gas taps in classrooms!!) sending a blaze of fire out across the desktop & scorching all the wood. “Wasn’t me miss” said the boy with the singed eyebrow
  • That time he unscrewed the tap (same science lab, different tap) to see what would happen and flooded the whole science block! “Wasn’t me Miss” he said, tap in hand!
  • That time he was kicked out of French BEFORE he’d even sat down at his desk! Arms raised in celebration as he left the classroom “fastest kick out yet”
  • That time he rang me at home to arrange “bonking off” from school the next day. How could you not realise you were talking to my big sis!!
  • That time he said “f**k” several times to my big sis on the phone when you realised she’d tricked you!
  • Those shiny patent red shoes that he loved so much! He just laughed with us as we laughed at him… They did look good though, I think we were all just jealous!

So many memories for such a short life! Although, one thing I cannot remember is WHY on earth we called him “HAGGIS”?? 

Ironically, as touching a song as the Liverpool anthem of You’ll Neber Walk Alone is, The no 1 single at that time was The Bangles – Eternal Flame! I can never listen to it without all the memories flooding back.

This one is for you Haggis – you will always be the eternal flame 💖

The Bangles – Eternal Flame