Sticky-Fingers BBQ Chicken Wings

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Today, we have our first ever mystery bag challenge! Based on my friend Wayne’s suggestion, I challenged the TidyMunch Facebook community to come up with a list of ingredients, from which I would concoct a recipe; the random-number generator chose Mike with his suggestion of: Chicken wings. BBQ sauce. Honey. Soy sauce. Sweet potato. Corn on the cob. Blue cheese. Mayo (light if desired). Red cabbage. Carrot. Onion. Garlic.

So here you have: Sticky-Fingers BBQ Chicken, with Honey-glazed Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potato Fries, Blue Cheese Dip, and Home-Made Coleslaw!


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Simple Chicken Kiev

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I’ve always loved Chicken Kiev. I think I’m of a generation that does; we all have fond childhood memories of those supermarket bought oven meals.  But my first memory of Chicken Kiev is different from the pre-packaged staple that saw me through many subsequent years.

My mum and her sisters are pretty close, but for several years (the youngest ones of my life) her older sister was absent. I’m not sure if they’d grown estranged as such, but they’d certainly not been in touch for years. Then one day, my mum announced that she was taking me on a trip to London (I don’t remember the announcement, just the subsequent trip).

I’m not sure how old I was – somewhere between 5 & 7, I’d say. So let’s call it 6. I also have no idea how they got in touch with each other again, but I’m glad they did. There aren’t many details I remember clearly; I’ve no idea about the getting there or the getting back, though I’m pretty sure it would’ve involved very long train trips. I do remember meeting a friendly, loving (cleanliness-obsessed) Auntie & Uncle, and a platoon of new cousins. I remember Raymond (he wasn’t Ray, back then) was about 16, and the coolest person on this planet. Or so he seemed, to a 6 year-old. He let me play on his computer, which was a big deal for the earlier half of the 80’s. I want to say the game was “Wimpy” but who knows.

The other very clear memory I have is going out for food. I have recollections of it being a very posh affair, but I could have that completely wrong. I had Chicken Kiev. I don’t know if I’d ever had the ready-meal kind before, but in any event I suspect that my mum expected something like that to arrive. I couldn’t have been any more wrong. An actual chicken arrived (or so it seemed). I don’t think I’d ever tasted anything like that succulent chicken, and the potent garlic butter before, but it was delicious.

And so, my gift to you, fellow foodies, is Lisa Faulkner’s take on Chicken Kiev (with a few of my own tweaks, of course). It’s somewhere in between the store-bought stuff, and that extravagant memory. Simple, but oh, so very tidy!


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Lemon & Elderflower Cheesecakes

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It seems we’ve gone a bit Savoury-centric again on TidyMunch lately, so I thought I’d shake it up a bit with another tasty dessert!

This one came together from a combination of different recipes, as I particularly wanted to combine the flavours of lemon and elderflower for a certain somebody who’s a big fan of both, but I couldn’t find a single one that incorporated the two together.

It’s fairly straight-forward, and definitely passes the taste test, so get your cook on!


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Spicy Baked Eggs with Tomato & Bacon Sauce

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I found this simple little beauty in a book called Man up Your MealsIt’s one of those types of books that costs pennies (OK, pounds but very few of them) in those bargain books kinda stores, and doesn’t have the author’s name on the front. Given my well (self)documented large appetite, I’m sure you can figure out why it appealed to me.

There’s a wonderful, earthy-smokey flavour to this dish that’s very satisfying, but I couldn’t help but feel there was one (just one) thing missing. So I added cheese, and my life was complete.

It doesn’t look particularly appetising I have to admit (sweetcorn does that) but the taste more than makes up for it.

So what are you waiting for? Get your Cook on!


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Simple Super-Satisfying Kedgeree

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I’m not a huge lover of fish, smoked or otherwise, but for some reason I’ve always loved the idea of kedgeree. There’s something exotic about it (maybe this is only true if you know a little of it’s colonial history) but I don’t think I’m quite intrigued enough to try it for breakfast!

My first attempt at this was a straight copy of a recipe I found on a Tesco card, but I found it too bland (all I could taste was lemon, really) so in true Tidy fashion, I tweaked it to make a filling yet light evening meal.

I’d never cooked fish before (honestly, unless we’re counting prawns!) so was a little apprehensive, but needn’t have worried… and neither should you. So crack on!


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Huevos a la Benedictina

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It was only a matter of time.

Anybody who’s been within 50 yards of me in the last 18 months, will know that I have a border-line addiction to Eggs Benedict. There’s only one food that I love more. Choooorrrriiiiiizzooooooo!

Erm. So I combined them? And gave them a fancy-shmancy Spanish name.

Despite my love for this gift from the gods, I’ve always been terrified of trying to make my own Hollandaise sauce. I’d heard horror stories of how easily the sauce splits, and general nightmares of that nature. The good news is… it’s eeeeeasy!

This twist on the classic recipe is more or less true to the version in the MasterChef Kitchen Bible, with the exception of the chorizo addition, but you can pretty much guarantee there will be more experimentation to come!


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Brazilian Bolinhos & Triple Fried Sweet Potato Chips

IMGP2940And so the World Cup is over, but I couldn’t let it pass without a Brazilian recipe! At least they’ve made it to one final =/

Over the course of the competition I’ve been perfecting a light Chicken Stew (moqueca de frango) and although it’s tasty and I can thoroughly recommend it… nothing I could do made it even remotely visually appealing.

So instead, we have these wonderful little parcels of joy! They’re perfect finger food, and will go down well as nibbles when you want to impress and offer something other than chicken nuggets and sausage rolls! They’re also suitable for vegetarians, but not in an overt way that might deter hard-core carnivores!

The recipe comes from Cabana The Cook Book – a wonderful book that I hope to review for you very soon!

But enough about that for now… let’s just Kick off, for one last time!


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Bacon, Egg & Toast Cups

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The first TidyMunch recipe is actually courtesy of Martha Stewart. A friend (@eggenigma) linked me to some pictures on Pinterest, and my stomach instantly (and very loudly) demanded that I go home “sick” from work to make it immediately. I resisted, but did make it that evening. The photographs I posted on my personal Facebook account grabbed lots of attention, and people have been hounding me for the recipe ever since… and so here we are!

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