Mature Cheddar Soufflé with Tefal

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It is difficult making soufflés but what if I told you, I have a machine that will not only mix the ingredients but cook the base of the soufflé and all you have to do is follow the simple instructions and place the soufflés to bake.

INTERESTED?  I’ve caught your attention right?!

Ok, so I’m going to take you back to August last year when I was approached by Tefal to trial out a new kitchen product, and what a product it is!  I am now allowed to show this wonderful piece of apparatus as it is about to be on UK shelves in September this year.  It proved to be a very popular and extremely useful tool in the kitchen.

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It cooks, chops, mixes, whisks.  Making all types of dishes from your simple sauces to exquisite sweet delicacies. Not forgetting hearty meals that can be prepped and cooked in the one machine, especially for those Autumn and winter nights approaching.  You are able to plug this in, follow the recipe, set the Cuisine Companion, then sit back with a large glass of vino

I will be making many more recipes with the Tefal CC but for now I will indulge your eyes and tastebuds with these mature cheddar cheese soufflés!

INGREDIENTS

40g plain flour
30g butter
500 ml milk
150g grated mature Cheddar cheese
4 eggs
Salt & pepper to taste

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180°c.  Place the flour and milk in the cuisine companion food processor with the mixer attachment.  Season with salt and pepper then mix at speed 7 for 1 minute,  Add the butter, launch the sauce programme for 8 minutes, set at 90°c speed 4

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In the meantime separate the egg whites from the yolks.  At the end of the program, throw in the grated cheddar, mix for 1 minute at speed 8.  Combine the yolks in to the mixture and mix for 45 seconds

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Pour the cheese mixture into a large bowl and wash the food processor bowl

Place the egg whites into the cleaned bowl, fit with the mixer attachment again.  Start the food processor at speed 7 for 7.5 minutes without the stopper

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Grease 6 to 8 small glass ramekins, gently fold the egg whites in to the cheese mixture.  Pour individually up to the top of each ramekin.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, without opening the oven door.  The soufflés will be ready when risen, golden brown and still have a little wobble to them.  Eat immediately for a fluffy sensation

To make soufflés by hand see http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4805/cheese-souffl-in-4-easy-steps-

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Juicy Garlic Baked Tomatoes

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This is the beauty about cooking…Making the most simplest food and dishes with maximum flavour. Why make life so complicated when it can be so simple!

Tomatoes, garlic and olive oil! That’s it!!! that’s all you will need!

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Have a look…Give them a go and let me know how you like the simplicity of these tasty garlic infused tomatoes.

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Have a relaxing weekend, I’m off to cook some more food…Much love, D x

INGREDIENTS

4 big tomatoes
3-4 cloves of garlic sliced finely
Olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 170°c

Make tiny cuts in the tomato and slot the garlic slices in

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Repeat for all the tomatoes

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Place the tomatoes on a baking tray

Drizzle a little olive oil onto the prepped tomatoes

Bake for 20 minutes or until the tomatoes are cooked all the way through

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A Ravishing Roasted Aubergine Dip

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For such a long time, whenever I have roasted aubergines for my Bainghan ka bharta curry I’ve always wanted to make a roast aubergine dip. The natural velvet texture and creaminess once it is whizzed really makes this dip so very special. A true delightful and healthy condiment to your favourite crisps, tortilla chips or crudité.

Perfect for any party and so healthy too!

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INGREDIENTS

1 medium aubergine
Olive oil
6-8 cherry/pomodorino tomatoes
½ tsp garlic granules
½ tsp smoked paprika
⅓ tsp dried coriander leaves
½ tsp salt or to taste
Squeeze of lemon juice
Pinch of sugar

METHOD

• Pierce the aubergine a few times and chop the top off. Using a little olive oil massage into the aubergine skin with your hands. Place on a baking tray in a preheated oven at 190°c for 20-30 minutes until soft and crinkled. Set aside to cool

• Once cooled down put the aubergine with its skin on plus the tomatoes and blitz in a grinder to a smooth paste

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• Stir in all the other ingredients and blitz to combine well

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• Serve with your favourite crisps or tortilla chips

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Fresh Salsa Nachos

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Dinner was ready but my husband very cheekily made some fresh salsa with cheese nachos. As soon as I realised he was chopping the ingredients, my camera quickly made an appearance. I captured quite a few pictures to share with you all.

I was soo tempted to eat some of the yummy ingredients as he prepped! But didn’t! It was totally worth the wait. You really can’t beat tangy fresh salsa, the flavours are incredible and with the cheese and crispiness of the tortilla….ummmm I don’t think I will have much dinner now!

INGREDIENTS

1 onion finely diced
1 tomato finely diced
2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
1 avocado diced
1 chilli deseeded finely chopped
1/2 juice of lime
Pinch of salt

Tortilla chips
Grated cheese

METHOD

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Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix slowly together

On a microwave safe plate, place a layer of tortilla chips with cheese, melt in the microwave oven for 1 minute

Transfer into a bowl and add the salsa

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Now grab your favourite drink, sit back and munch away! Taking some over to Fiesta Friday…

Cheese, Cauliflower & Broccoli Patties

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So I went food shopping yesterday and I saw a packet of freshly prepared broccoli and cauliflower florets! So vibrant in colour that it set my mind off to what I was to make with it when I got home. So the packet found its way into my trolley and soon after into my kitchen.

The idea that I had, was to make these cauliflower, broccoli and cheese patties. So once I put all the shopping away I started on the task at hand. These crispy and tasty patties were created. Easy, fun and simple…give them a go and let me know what you think. Have a tremendous Thursday! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

Cauliflower florets half
Broccoli florets half
1 onion
2 to 3 cups self raising flour
1tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1/3 tsp garlic granules
1/3 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander and cumin powder
Handful of mature cheese
Fine semolina for coating
Sunflower oil for shallow frying

METHOD

● Boil the cauliflower, broccoli and onion. Once soft after about 5-8 minutes, drain and then blitz all three in a food processor

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● Season with the salt and spices. Add the one tablespoon of oil and blitz to combine, stir in the cheese

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● Gradually add the flour until you get a soft thick runny batter

Heat up 1cm depth of sunflower oil in a non stick frying pan on a medium heat

● Take one tablespoon of cauliflower batter. Roll in some semolina and flatten to form a pattie

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● Gently place in the frying pan and shallow fry for a few minutes each side until both sides are golden brown

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● Serve with barbecue sauce or a chutney of your choice

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Potato & Spinach Vara Canapés

I will be making these again today…so had to share! Have a super spicy Sunday..I know I will, with these 😉

Shivaay Delights

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After much love for the saag aloo recipe earlier this week I thought I would use the same ingredients but prepare it in a different way. Behold the aloo saag canapé, the potato and spinach vara balls. Ideal to be served at a party or social gathering with drinks.

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Typically an Indian starter or snack the vada is normally heavily spiced and seasoned but to give it a more refreshing taste, I changed it so that the potato filling is more refreshing and light. Butter is not added to the original potato vara but I wanted a comforting taste and I think along with the spinach which is also a new addition I have achieved this!

Easy to make and prepare in advance or semi prepare the potato mixture into balls and fry off in the chickpea batter when your guests arrive, so that they are hot and crispy! Enjoy!…

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Chilli Garlic & Lemon Spaghetti

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A few years ago, I went out with my colleagues for a meal after work. We all decided on an Italian restaurant that had just opened. We made ourselves comfortable and it was time to order the starters.

A dear colleague of mine, Francesco was speaking to the waiter in Italian and requested a dish that was not on the menu. I was intrigued and when all our starters arrived he got a steaming shallow dish of Spaghetti Aioli/ spaghetti “aglio olio”!

It looked so good and I wish at the time he had ordered I would have gone for the same. Though not on the menu he said that if you request it at restaurants they will most always accommodate as it is very much a loved dish in Italy!

In the next few days l, I just had to recreate this adorable dish for my husband and me. I put a twist on mine with lemon so that the freshness would cut through the strength of the garlic.

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We have this very often now! And am so happy that Francesco had this dish as now we get to enjoy it! I hope you do too..

What’s cooking in your kitchen today? I have some stuffed peppers to prepare for lunch! Have a fun filled Wednesday! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

1 green chilli sliced finely
6 cloves garlic crushed
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt to taste
Lemon to taste
Fresh Spaghetti pre cooked

METHOD

• Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium saucepan with the garlic on a low heat

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• Add the chilli and oregano. Let the flavours intermingle. Cook on a gentle heat for 5-8 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic

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• Pour in the rest of the oil

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• Take off the heat and stir in some salt and fresh lemon juice

• Take the pre cooked spaghetti and place into the saucepan. Gently combine and toss the pasta until it is covered in the garlic oil dressing

• Serve with a sprinkling of parmasen cheese and devour!

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Cream of garlic soup

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I love, love Garlic! And so does my husband!!!   Phew! Thank God! Or we would have a problem! Lol 😉

This is the first time I have made a soup predominantly using garlic as a base.  I was extremely surprised how even though, I used up to six cloves of garlic, it was not overpowering at all.  I think once the garlic stews in the vegetable stock it becomes incredibly gentle and sweet.  Not pungent at all!

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The rest of the vegetables especially the carrot and potato really make it into a hearty filling and nutritious soup! One that is on our Favourite soups list for sure!
Make yourself a hot bowl, sit down and relax…Happy Monday! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

6 garlic cloves
2 medium red potatoes peeled & quartered
1 large carrot, peeled & chopped
1 small white onion chopped
1 litre hot vegetable stock
1 tbsp olive oil
½ cup milk
Water if needed
Salt & Pepper to season
Red dried chilli flakes optional

METHOD

• In a large saucepan, heat up the oil, throw in all the garlic/vegetables and sauté for a few minutes

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• Pour in the hot vegetable stock into the saucepan and bring all to a boil

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• Then simmer on a low to medium heat until all the vegetables are tender.  You may need to add a little water to assist the cooking

• Using an electric hand blender, whizz all the veg into a soup, stir in the milk

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• Finally season with salt and pepper

• Serve with some fresh crusty buttered bread

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