Archive for January, 2013

Stuffed peppers with potatoes, feta and pesto

Roasted peppers with potatoes, pesto and feta

Roasted peppers with potatoes, pesto and feta

As I’ve been cooking my way through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Veg everyday cookbook, I’ve found another easy treat, really simple stuffed peppers. This is the recipe as it is in the Veg everyday cookbook, which if you haven’t noticed I would definitely thoroughly recommend!

Serves 4

200g small new potatoes

4 red peppers

1 tbl spoon olive oil

200g feta cheese

4 tbl spoons good quality pesto

sea salt and freshly ground pepper

a small handful of basil leaves to finish (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius/Gas Mark 6.

Bring a pan of salted water to boil, add the potatoes  and boil for 8 – 12 minutes, until just tender. Drain and cool slightly.

Halve the peppers and take out the seeds. Brush the outsides with olive oil and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Halve or quarter the new potatoes, in a bowl, mix them well with the pesto and feta (1 cm cubes).

Stuff the peppers with the mixture and put into the oven for 40 – 45 minutes, until browned on the top.

Scatter chopped basil leave and serve.

I served this with a rocket and avocado salad, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Top tip: Always make more food than you need and take it to work as a packed lunch. It’s tastier and cheaper. 

Chicken soup for the soul

Chicken soup

Today I was craving chicken soup, the ultimate comfort food when you’re feeling under the weather. If it actually helps or not, that’s another question but psychologically it sorted me out as well as being well tasty.

For this soup I fried some onion, cut up 2 carrots, one parsnip and 1/4 celeriac into cubes fried them a bit with the onion and then added a whole chicken (organic, free range), covered with boiling water and left to simmer for an hour.

After an hour took the chicken out, added a bit of meat from it to the soup (and saved the rest for another purpose) as well as some rice noodles. When the noodles were done I seasoned the soup with salt and pepper.

Served with lemon, chopped parsley and some soya sauce.

 

 

 

Potatoes with quark

brambory s tvarohem

Potatoes with quark cheese, butter and soured milk to wash down with is a simple Czech dish. We were lucky enough to get all the ingredients from local farms.

Simple food is just what the doctor ordered after so much eating during Christmas and the New Year.