Beef & Peanut Kari Kari

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This Christmas, the mothership bought me loads of cook books (there were five, in total) including a one-pot & slow cooker one. I’m a big fan of one-pot cooking, because it means less washing-up! I’d never owned a slow cooker, though, but when Tesco are selling them for a tenner, it’s rude not to, right?

So when I ordered the slow cooker, I had a scan through the book to see what recipes to order food for, and the absolute winner was this beef & peanut stew recipe. Apparently, it’s an Estofado, which was taken by the Spanish to the Philippines, where they renamed it Kari Kari.

Although it’s not a fat club recipe, it’s actually pretty light on calories and fat (helped by using fry-light instead of oil) so if you’re looking for something healthy that still tastes indulgent, get stuck in!


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Mushroom Tidy Fried Rice

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Whenever I order Chinese Takeaway, I almost always have Special Fried Rice. I love all the tasty little morsels of meat that they probably just couldn’t sell in dishes of their own…. so I was a little nervous to try this vegetarian version. I mean…. what would be the point? Well it turns out, the point is just wow. Nothing else. Just wow!

The mushrooms add a little bit of a meaty texture to this fat club recipe, from Slimming World‘s Veggie Deluxe book. Suspend your disbelief, and give it a whirl!


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Chicken Satay Skewers with Brazilian-style Rice

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I love chicken Satay, but was always of the belief that it would be scarily calorific.  Well. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be!

This is one of my favourite recipes ever – even although I’ve only tried it once so far! I was honestly that impressed, and can’t wait for my next opportunity to try it again! The Chicken Satay Skewers were pilfered from the Slimming World website, while the rice that I used to accompany them is an amalgamation or adaptation of several recipes I’ve seen online over the months since the world cup – but it seemed a bit too boring to blog on its own back then, so lost out to Brazilian Bolinhos!

The trick to this is all in the prep. The recipe itself is ridiculously easy, so there’s no excuse! Go on, get stuck in!


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Ifits Spicy Baked Rice

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Well it may be a little soon for another fits, but the truth of the matter is I had a week away, and when I came back I couldn’t be bothered shopping! And isn’t that the whole point of Ifits recipes?

This one is a bit on the spicy side, and may not exactly contain ingredients that everybody has lying around… but you know, when you write a food blog, you tend to pick up a few interesting bits and pieces….


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Spicy Sausage & Mushroom Risotto

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Today’s recipe is a fat club one from Weight Watchers, and is very much in demand amongst my friends and family! Hearty, and big on flavour, it’s one of those that you could lie about to feed hungry men who turn up their noses at “diet food!”

This is one of my favourites, as it’s so easy. Although it takes a littler longer than most of the recipes I share here, it’s definitely a go-to one for me. It lives at the “fatter” end of the “diet” spectrum, but that makes it feel like a worthy meal after a day full of exercise, and stops me “treating” myself with chocolate and naughties!

So whether you’re dieting or just plain hungry, get your cook on!

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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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Kerrieschotel

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Well, it’s time to shed a tear and bid a fond farewell to The Netherlands, my tip to have won the World cup 🙁

I’d hoped that today we’d be making this delicious curried-rice dish to celebrate their progression to the final, but it wasn’t to be! Instead, let’s take comfort in its fulfilling, satisfying, tasty, spicy yumminess.

Kerrieschotel roughly translates as “curried things’ and I believe it’s originally intended to be a meal made from leftovers, things you’d already have in the house. It has a nostalgic ‘World War rations” feel about it that is kind of rustic and romantic, but as my belly rarely allows there to be any leftovers, I’ve adjusted the recipe to a more “premium” from scratch, one-pot one. Therefore, this recipe isn’t quite authentic. In fact the whole thing is pretty much a tidy tweak. All will be explained in that section, but for now, get your sleeves rolled up, and get stuck in!


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Chicken, Chorizo & Black Pudding Paella

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Today’s recipe was chosen by our Social  Media Munchkins, who voted at either facebook or twitter.

Some people will try to convince you that this is not an authentic recipe, due to its use of Chorizo, but Paella varies so widely across the regions of Spain that I don’t think the concept of authenticity even exists in that sense.

Some balk at the thought of Black Pudding, but the beauty of Paella is that you can (and should) substitute any ingredients in or out as you please.

This may look like quite a strict and rigid list of steps, but it’s really not. Every time I make this, it’s different… largely because I do things differently without paying a great deal of attention. That’s the beauty of Paella. It’s supposed to be wild, an adventure of flavour and colour, taste and texture!

So what are you waiting for? Jump in!

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