07 Jul

Meatball Sub Recipe

Whoever said that a main meal had to include rice, pasta, or spuds? Possibly noodles at a pinch?

The holy trinity of a double carb meal is one that my husband aspires to; a three-in-one contains rice and chips. The gourmet sandwich is always made with white sliced pan filled with Cheese and Onion Tayto. It must be cheese and onion. If it’s not cheese and onion classic, Southern Ireland, Tayto crisps, then it’s not a proper crisp butty.

Have you ever tried making a chicken and stuffing toasty with a smear of garlic mayonnaise? If you’ve never tried it before I highly recommend it, not forgetting a smear of beetroot relish on the side to dip those crispy triangles in.

If you haven’t guessed by now I’m not a fan of being tied to the kitchen sink everyday.

So take my advice, make a batch (or even a double batch) of my meatball marinara recipe. It will keep for up to 3 days in a sealed container in the fridge once cooled to room temperature. It also freezes extremely well.

Buy some ready made soft rolls, of course if you want to make your own go right ahead. If you’re using day-old rolls that are a little crunchy on the outside run them under the tap for a moment so that they soften first.

Slice those rolls down the middle and stuff them with the meatballs in the marinara sauce. Heat the stuffed rolls in a baking tray in the oven until they are warmed through. Sprinkle grated mozzarella on top, or cheddar if you want a bit of sharpness.

What about the double-carb requirement I hear you say?

Less washing up means you have to pair this meatball supper with a bag of cheesey nachos. The 11 year old has spoken and will entertain no alternatives.

Salad to the side is optional but will make you feel a little more virtuous. You will also have more washing up to do afterwards. You have been warned…

22 Oct

Roast Chicken Pie Recipe

The beauty of the roast chicken pie is that you simply use up your roast dinner leftovers to make a second meal. It’s for this reason that I recommend you buy a medium or large chicken to roast for your dinner.

The recipe is below but even better again I’ve made another video to accompany it!

 

Roast Chicken Pie

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 3 Handfuls leftover roast chicken
  • Approximately 250ml leftover gravy

Vegetables of choice – leftover if available, or cooked fresh – I use all the vegetables from a roast chicken dinner so carrots, peas, turnip, potatoes, whatever is to hand.

Method

To make the stuffing mixture melt the butter on a medium heat in a large frying pan. Cook the chopped onions until translucent (this will take about 10 minutes). Stir in the fresh parsley and the breadcrumbs. Toast the breadcrumbs in the pan with the butter for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Preheat a fan oven to 170°C.

Take a large baking dish and pour in the roast chicken, cooked vegetables and gravy. Stir together. Sprinkle the stuffing mixture on top.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes then serve.

28 Sep

Making Food Savings

The EU estimates that up to 40% of the food we buy ends up in the bin.* But what does that actually mean when I translate it to my kitchen?

If I buy a bag of 5 apples for €1, then throw two of those apples out (40%) that’s the equivalent of throwing away 40c that could be spent elsewhere. On an average shop spend of €100 per week that translates to €40 of money literally going into the bin.

€40 per week binned. Read More

09 Jul

Wholesome Frittata

This frittata tastes delicious while still warm at dinner, but is also the perfect next day lunchbox fare because it’s just as nice cold. There’s no reason why eating healthily should be hard to do! Read More

12 May

Bread And Egg Bake

What do you do with a loaf of stale bread? Do you make breadcrumbs, maybe some croutons? Bakery style bread doesn’t tend to stay soft and fresh for very long in this house. Himself bought a turnover on Saturday and by this morning it was well past it’s optimal date. This recipe isn’t complicated and is extremely tasty.  If you’re the type of person who is only ever left with a heel or crust of bread, just wrap it in paper and freeze it until you have enough to make this dish. Or maybe make a single portion for yourself as a treat. It’s easy to scale it up or down. Read More

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