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Jalapeno Cheese Balls

These are super easy and quick and perfect for drinks with friends or snacks while watching sports. They’re delish and pop into your mouth releasing spicy, cheesy, crunchy goodness.

In a bowl mix: finely minced onion, chopped jalapenos, chopped coriander. Season with salt, pepper, tabasco, chili powder (I used ancho chili powder), a little olive oil, and a little of the jalapeno juice. Taste to see that you like it.

Then grate some mozzarella and red leicester (or cheddar). Mix the cheese into the jalapeno mixture. Then add in flour. You basically want to form a slightly goopy dough. Add milk as you need to achieve this.

By goopy dough, I mean the mixture should all form together and be able to tear apart and form into balls… but you still want the mixture to be a little sticky / wet.

The pull off and form in your hands little bite size balls and roll in bread crumbs. Shallow fry until golden brown and cooked through. Then drain on some paper towel. Eat with a little fresh salsa.

Fresh Salsa 

In a blender toss in some fresh tomatoes, a little onion, a few jalapenos and green chilies, some coriander, salt, pepper and olive oil. Tomatoes should make up the majority of the mixture. Blend. Taste and season a bit more if you need to.

 

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Pan-fried Feta and Skordalia

In the mood for some Greek food tonight. No idea why… but who am I to ignore my tummy’s cravings!

So tonight it’s some pan-fried (ahem shallow fried) feta and skordalia. I first had skordalia 3 years ago at Taste Festival… it was a beetroot skordalia with battered fish and it was dreamy… what can I say? Give me copious amounts of oil, garlic, lemon and chili and I am yours!

Anyways… on to the recipes.

Skordalia

Peel and cube a potato and then chuck it into salted water along with 6 garlic cloves. Bring to the boil and let sit until the potato is cooked. Then chuck the potatoes and garlic into a blender along with 2 more (raw) garlic cloves, 2 chilies, salt, and a glug of olive oil. Blend. Then add in some olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar. Blend. Add more oil until you get the desired consistency. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice until happy with the taste. Set aside.

Pan-fried Feta

Cut some feta into large pieces and dip in ice-cold water. Then dip coat the feta pieces with seasoned flour (salt, pepper and paprika) and shallow fry in canola or olive oil.

Add a lemon and some coriander and good to go! There’s a lot of oil going on in this dish so a little goes a looooooong way!

Enjoy x


Muffin Mania: Savory Veggie Muffins

So I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve decided to go a little “muffin mad.” Maybe it’s because they are easiest most fuss-free kind of baking, and completely flexible too.

Anyways, Day 1: Savory muffins

Really good (and healthy). Can eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. AND they will freeze!

Savory Wholemeal Muffins

Super easy to make, all you need is:

  • 2 bowls
  • Spoon
  • Whisk
  • muffin tray and some non-stick spray
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.33 (1 and 1 third) cups low fat milk
  • 2 tbls lemon juice
  • 3 tbls olive oil
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup regular flour
  • 1 tbls baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • red pepper
  • green pepper
  • mushrooms
  • 1 cup gruyere
  • 1/2 cup cheddar
  • a little parmesan to top
  • salt and pepper
In one bowl combine the flour(s), baking powder and soda, and salt and pepper. Mix together.
In another bowl combine the milk, eggs, lemon juice, and olive oil. Whisk. Season if you want (I added: salt, pepper and tabasco). Then finely dice your veggies, grate your gruyere and cheddar and add into the milk and egg mixture. Whisk to combine. Then slowly add in your flour to the wet mixture and stir. No lumps.
When all is combined, spoon mixture into the muffin tins. Fill until top and then sprinkle a little finely grated parmesan onto the tops.
Easy peasy… just bake in the oven until the tops are browned.
Enjoy x
Tomorrow Lemon and Raspberry muffins!

Nachos

Feeling super lazy today as had a reeeallly long work-week and can’t really be bothered to cook or clean up much. So made Nachos with home-made salsa.

Salsa (the lazy kind)

Into a blender chuck some onions, tomatoes, garlic, chillies, and jalapeños. The consistency should be a lumpy, mushy. Sounds delish, I know, but it is (I promise). Season with salt, pepper, olive oil and coriander. Done!

Nachos

Grate some strong cheese (I chose edam) and slice some mushrooms. Chop some coriander and your prep is done. Spread tortilla chips all over the plate and cover with cheese and mushrooms. Stick into the microwave until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle over some paprika, coriander, and the salsa. And done. Enjoy x


Focaccia Pizza

This is great for snacking over an evening or a brunch where everyone can just grab a piece. Also super easy to make and minimal fuss — which is always good!

Focaccia Pizza

Go to the store and buy some focaccia bread. I picked a red pepper and olive focaccia. All you really need then are some veggies (onions, red and yellow peppers) and buffalo mozzarella.

Basically saute the julienned veggies in a little olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, smashed garlic, and rosemary. Add a little dash of balsamic vinegar and once the veggies are softened and caramelized, remove from the pan.

Drizzle a little olive oil over the focaccia and place sliced pieces of mozzarella on top of the focaccia. Lay over all of the veggies as well and then place under the grill until the mozzarella is melted. Remove and slice up, so that everyone can grab a piece.

Enjoy x