Chilli Evenings

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This is what you might call “healthy” comfort food, if there can be such a thing. The first day back in work after Christmas combined with the return of the chill outside gave me a grá for something hot and meaty, hence…

Chilli Con Carne

(Serves 4/6)

You’ll Need:

  • 2 Medium Red Onions
  • 2 Medium Carrots
  • 2 Red Peppers
  • 1 400g Tin of Chickpeas
  • 1 400g Tin of Red Kidney Beans
  • 2 400g Tins of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 500g Mince Meat
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of Chilli Powder (hot)
  • 1 Heaped Teaspoon of Ground Cumin
  • 1 Heaped Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of Tomato Puree
  • Bunch of Fresh Coriander (or a teaspoon of dried coriander leaves)
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Splash of Worcester Sauce
  • 100g Natural Yoghurt or Cream Cheese

Method:

Peel and finely chop onion, carrots and garlic More

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Leftover Lover

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I cooked a Turkey this year for the first time and thanks to the combined efforts of Jamie and Nigella it turned out wonderfully.  It also turned out that there was a significant amount of unused meat left over on the bird and a friend recommended that I try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Turkey and Sweet Leek pie.

The only variations I made to the pie was the addition of some left over stuffing, potatoes and vegetables lying in the fridge. I think this only made it better.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 rashers smoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped
  • 2kg leeks, washed, trimmed; white end chopped into chunks, green end finely sliced
  • 800g cooked turkey meat, torn into big chunks
  • 1 x 500g packet puff pastry (I used the 450g pack of Jus Rol Puff Pastry which worked great)
  • 2 tablespoons of crème fraîche
  • 2 pints turkey, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 egg, preferably free-range or organic, beaten
  • 2 heaped tablespoons plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ bunch of fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • Olive oil
  • A large knob of butter
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage, leaves picked More

Sausage & Courgette Carbonara

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[Image: © David Loftus]

Until I tried this recipe I had always turned my nose up at courgettes as tasteless, boring vegetables. Instead they add a juicy crunch to this really simple dish.

You Need:

*     3 large good quality sausages. I used Jane Russell’s Italian Fennell &   Pimento sausages.

*     2 Smoky Rashers or Three slices of Parma Ham

*     Fusilli Pasta

*    2 Large Eggs

*     1 Courgette

*     100 ml Double Cream

*     1 Lemon

*     Parmasen Cheese

*    Fresh Parsley (Must be fresh)

*     Olive Oil

Instructions

*    Cook Pasta according to instructions. More

Monkfish & Asparagus Risotto

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While Monkfish might be known as the poor man’s lobster, it’s still not cheap. At  €19 for two monkfish fillets in Superquinn this dish is a bit of a treat but absolutely worth it.

You’ll need:

(Serves 2)

*     2 chunky monkfish fillets.

*     150g Risotto Rice

*    Fresh bunch of asparagus (Aldi & Lidl do great Asparagus for half the cost of other supermarkets)

*   1 red onion

*   1 stick of celery

*     2 heaped spoons of green pesto (also, a great buy in Aldi)

*     Parmesan Cheese (25g) More