Chicken Mushroom & Red Pepper Pasta Bake

 fussyeater.netI love how versatile pasta bakes can be. You can add any veg or meat you want with any sauce you want. The other advantage is that it can be made in advance and kept in the fridge/freezer until you are ready to bake it.

I almost always make a tomato-ey pasta bake topped with plenty of grated cheese. This time I decided to use the bottle of Sicilian pasta sauce I had in my cupboard. I really don’t know why I bother buying bottled sauce. It always looks nice and this one doesn’t have any nasty stuff in it either but… its just not the same as making it from scratch. And to be honest, it doesn’t take any longer. I’m not saying the sauce wasn’t nice. It was. but, it just didn’t hit the spot.

The recipe I decided to post is my own and does not include the use of a bottled sauce. Feel free to use a bottled sauce if you have it. I know some people are going to be surprised and are probably shocked that I’m endorsing bottled sauce. I’m not that much of a food snob lol. A good bottled sauce can make all the difference in a weekday dinner. Especially if you like tomato based sauces. Ideally, I would love to make every dish from scratch. The problem with certain tomato sauces however, is that it needs time for the flavours to develop. Something that is in short order, especially on a weekday. All I will say is, pick wisely.

BBQ at St.Andrew’s Beach

Living in Scotland, hot summer days are few and far between. Today for instance, was filled with relentless rain and what felt like gale force winds. So when the sun decides to make an appearance; you drop everything, blow the dust off the BBQ and head out to the beach! Best to go outside and…

Mum’s Amazing Peppery Chicken Noodles

fussyeater.netMy mum is over visiting at the moment and its GREAT!! Home cooked meals hot and ready when I get back from work = bliss 🙂 There’s nothing better than a bowl of mum’s amazing Peppery Chicken Noodles.

As this is a Mum recipe, I don’t have proper measures. I’ll try and be as accurate as I can. It isn’t easy typing out the ingredient list while Mum is talking and don’t get me started on the method! Mum often gets side tracked and starts telling me of the different variations that I can try out. I kept saying “Just tell me how you did it this time”. lol

Mum often marinates her meat before she cooks it. It makes the meat so tender and full of flavour. You can marinate the chicken over night but 30 mins is more than enough. You can also use rice instead of noodles for this recipe.

Lemon & Herb Roast Chicken

IMG_20130323_095603 copyEvery good roast starts with good meat. In this case, its St Brides Free Range Chicken. Their farm is just outside Strathaven and they produce amazing quality poultry. They specialize in a slow growing breed and allow their birds to roam and forage as much as they like. All this attention and care results in an amazing tasting roast chicken, all thanks to the wonderful people at St Brides Poultry.

There are hundreds of different types of roast chicken recipes online. I would suggest a little pick n mix. Read a few recipes and pick out the elements you like. For example, I like sage, rosemary & thyme so those are the herbs I used. You could easily change that for parsley or tarragon. You don’t have to have lemon or chili, you could leave both out completely or have only lemon and chili. The choice really is yours. Whatever you feel like you want to add or take away, you can. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little!

Leftover Takeaway Noodles with Chicken & Veg Stir Fry

SAMSUNGA couple of weeks ago we’s ordered some food from our favourite Thai takeaway and ended up with a portion of plain noodles instead of coconut rice. We didn’t really have anything that went with the noodles and there was no way I was going to throw out some perfectly good food. So the next day, I decided to have the noodles with some stir fried chicken and vegetables. It was delicious!

Chicken, Mushroom & Sweet Pepper Pasta

Pasta. A weeknight staple. Something that can be made in 30 mins(and that includes washing up!), is tasty and super versatile. You can put just about anything that’s lying about in your fridge and Kazam! Magically transformed into something scrum-diddly-umptious. This is one of those receipes. Once again, if there’s something you don’t have, just…

Chicken Mulligatawny Soup

I first saw this soup 10 years ago, in the soup aisle of some supermarket (I can’t remember which). I had only just moved to the UK and everything was an adventure, expecially the supermarket. Imagine my surprise when I found out this was an Indian soup. Having lived in Singapore since birth, there is…