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My husband’s takeaway pizza recipe

My husband and I have a serious problem with eating pizza. It started when we were dating and he took me to Pizza Hut in the UK and introduced to me the simplicity of very good margarita pizzas. Before then I’d had the odd takeway pizza and really just ate the most debated pizza Hawaiian!

Now I still love a Hawaiian pizza don’t get me wrong but after a trip we took to New York I started to completely fall in love with pizza.

If you are ever in Manhattan we’d highly recommend a few places but I think my favourite was inside Penn Station called ‘Don pepi’ and they served me a “white” which I’d never heard of which didn’t have tomato sauce! Amazing.

close up photo of person holding pizza

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The pizza I think my husband would choose especially in the UK is the ‘Croma’ piri piri. Gorgeous stuff.

Anyway the point is that we are pizza eaters and pride ourselves on it so we decided we’d try and make our own.

Ingredients:

Dough

Sauce

  • Tomato paste tablespoon
  • 2 cups passata
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 dash of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Garlic paste tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon chilli flakes

Topping

  • Grated mozzarella
  • Sprinkle of oregano

Method:

  1. Add the dry dough ingredients to a bowl but keep the yeast and salt separate as salt can kill the yeast
  2. Mix and pour the warm water in to string with a metal knife (easier to clean)
  3. When it starts to come together start to knead for 10 to 15 minutes. Only add as much flour as you need to keep it from really sticking to your hands. It should be tacky
  4. Press into a pizza shape and let it rest for 30 minutes under a damp tea towel
  5. For the sauce add all the ingredients to a pan and stir on a low heat for about 20 minutes to simmer down.
  6. Take the pizza dough out and add the sauce and your cheese
  7. Cook on a high heat (220 degrees c) for about 8-10 minutes until golden brow
  8. Store your excess sauce in little pots for the freezer

 

Looking at other recipes I think our next purchase to enhance the process is a pizza stone. Link below to the one I just bought and I’ll feedback on whether it helps.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B076F7B4CS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B076F7B4CS&linkId=49611d6127bbdac7a64ba5f8f407afbc

Trying Slimming World’s Chilli Chicken balls

So Slimming World isn’t really an area I know well or have ever really tried out. After I’ve released some of my favourite Keto recipes when I use that diet primarily to prep intensely for my holidays, I’ve been asked if I could test some of the Slimming World recipes for use throughout the rest of the year. Seeming like a very sensible idea and some of them look amazing I thought I would start with one that looked the most interesting and that was ‘Sticky Chicken Balls.’ The recipe is all over internet but I was recommended the following from Slimming Eats.

Recipe:

  • 455g (1lb) of extra lean chicken mince (ground chicken) or can use turkey
  • 30g (1/2 cup) of panko bread crumbs – 5.5 syns
  • 1 egg
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 tbs of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

www.slimmingeats.com/blog/sweet-chilli-chicken-meatballs-oven-or-actifry

INGREDIENTS FOR THE MEATBALLS

  • Circa 500g of extra lean chicken mince (ground chicken) or can use turkey. I used turkey as it’s much easier to find.
  • 30g (1/2 cup) of panko bread crumbs

(If you can’t find it you can get it at https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004SH0GPU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B004SH0GPU&linkId=58a5ce53a9cafaa8d86fb1961364d939)

  • 1 egg
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 tbs of chopped fresh cilantro (or Coriander in the UK!)
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated ginger
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

 

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 3 tbs of sweet chilli sauce (Aldi make a good one)
  • 1 tbs of light soy sauce
  • 3 tbs of water

TO GARNISH

  • chopped spring onions

INSTRUCTIONS

I used the standard oven method.

  • Preheat oven to 200c/400f
  • Add the ingredients for the meatballs to a bowl, and mix until ingredients are just combined.
  • Form into 12 equal size meatballs
  • Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • Spray over the top with cooking oil spray
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until they look lightly browned and firm
  • Whisk together sauce ingredients, add this to a frying pan with the meatballs and heat over medium heat until coated and sticky and meatballs are cooked through
  • Sprinkle with chopped spring onions

 

My Turkey was quite lean so I used a little less Panko breadcrumbs than they advise in the recipe. I also added a dash of chilli sauce to the balls before cooking which was nice as it gave them some moisture and extra chill flavour.

 

Overall they were tasty but a bit dry more me which makes sense as it’s a lean recipe. I think I’ll move onto the sticky chicken Slimming World recipe next as that seems to be really popular on ‘Youtube’ and looks like a bit more moist. If you have any recommended recipes from Slimming World I should try please do send me or any advice on how to enrich the recipe you’ve come across I’d be really grateful.

Buffalo Honey ‘copycat’ Boneless wings

Have you ever been to America and eaten the boneless buffalo wings in any of their famous restaurants? Myself and my husband literally adore them. Here’s a recent review I did of a ‘Wingstop’ that we stumbled across in central London and that’s the closest we could get to recreating the experience.

https://modernmrsbeeton.blog/2019/06/03/wing-restaurant-review-wing-stop-london/

That experience inspired me to try it at home. They would very good but not 100% perfect, however they were better than any you can order my any of my local takeaways in the UK.

Ingredients:

Chicken

  • Chicken breast strips
  • Cup of plain flour
  • Cup of milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • Inch of sunflower oil in a frying pen
  1. Add all the dry ingredients into one bowl
  2. Put the milk in another
  3. Drop the chicken into the flower and then into the milk
  4. Drop back into the dry mix and lay on a baking sheet
  5. Repeat until all the chicken is coated and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. Heat the oil until when you drop some batter mix onto it the mix sizzles and starts to cook
  7. Fry the chicken until golden brow
  8. If you are worried it’s not completely cooked you can pop in the oven for 10 minutes to cook through

 

Sauce

  • One jar of buffalo hot sauce
  • 1/2 jar honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 50g butter (melted)
  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix
  2. When the chicken is cooked add to the bowl and coat the chicken by turning the sauce over the chicken
  3. Serve!

Some buffalo sauces to try out:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01HGOJCXI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01HGOJCXI&linkId=bd5d73ecbcd3ce7f05d47b51e3c39ef0

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CWCNQRI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00CWCNQRI&linkId=f424cb3bd1c017dd3b47d078b0c58f24

My ‘saucing’ dish – the largest one

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BPDXW8M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01BPDXW8M&linkId=560865ee89f7887d0a7048841c6ebf41

 

Making homemade ‘Mcdonald’s’ Burgers

Have you ever been sat watching a TV show or documentary and they are eating a well known branded burger or one that looks just like it. We were watching ‘The Founder’ on TV recently which illustrates the very sad story of the real ‘Mcdonalds’ brothers showing how they were unique and special. So in my usual style I went to the internet to see if it was possible or somebody had cracked how to duplicate the famous ‘Big mac’ burger and lots of people had indeed. I have pulled together a few of the elements that I thought would get me close to it and you have to admit when you see the final picture they look really good! Next time however I think I will take more effort to really season the burgers or use better quality meat and they were nice but not quite the perfect patties; everything else however was pretty damn close.

 

Famous Burger Sauce

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 4 teaspoons finely diced sweet pickles or relish (burger gherkins)
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced white onion
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mild mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

 

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a sterilized jar

 

The rest of the burger

 

  1. Either buy or make your own burgers. The best homemade burger recipes are not made of breadcrumbs or onions just simple ground beef (the better quality the pepper) squashed into thin patties; seasoned and cooked on high heat so they get a little charring
  2. For the buns I took some standard floury baps and added a spray of oil and some sesame seeds as they were seedless. The spray gives a little shine which looks great. Try toasting your buns in a dry hot pan first to get a nice texture. I used one of the bottom buns to made a middle bun like the famous burger has
  3. For the filling finely dice some ice cold lettuce and add 2 pickles per bun. Add one splodge of sauce per bun, one slice of cheese and a burger. Stack to made a 3 bun; 2 burger structure.
  4. For the fries I finely chopped up some Maris piper potatoes and fried them once. I saw a tip that said ‘Mcdonald’s’ dip their fries in a mixture of beef stock and spices before a second fry so I made up a bowl of beef stock and added the fries. After 20 minutes I dried them carefully and fried again. They were amazing. If you can add some of the beef pan fat to the mix after cooking the burgers and it will all harmonize up.

 

Serve and enjoy!

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Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

I love Disney. I’m sure you’ll see in some of the previous blogs there are Disney influences in my Minnie Mouse converse trainers and there’s definitely an influence of American food from my various US travels. Recently I was watching one of my favourite vloggers and they were eating Cheeseburger eggs rolls at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando Florida. I’ve eaten these before and immediately started writing down and researching recipes on how to make these gorgeous snacks. I mean what could be better.. the taste of hamburger; cheese, fried food in snack size form. So here’s my final recipe and they do taste just like the ones at Disney.

 

Ingredients:

 

Samosa/Egg rolls/Spring roll papers (frozen)

500g mince meat

Handful of burger gherkins sliced into small pieces

1 tablespoon mustard (I used French)

1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup

¼ large white onion grated

Handful grated cheddar cheese

Pinch of salt and paper

Sunflower oil for frying

Optional: 1 teaspoon burger sauce

 

Method:

  1. Brown the mince and onions in frying pan until cooked
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly
  3. Put a tablespoon of the mix in an egg roll wrapper and wrap up like it’s a baby in a blanket or a burrito
  4. Wet the edge of the wraps if they won’t stick back down
  5. Fry each wrap in the sunflower oil on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until golden brown. The mince is already cooked so you don’t have to cook them too long
  6. Drain well on kitchen paper and serve with burger sauces for dipping

Tips:

 

 

Healthier ‘KFC’ Style Chicken

Healthier ‘KFC’ Style Chicken

I just love ‘KFC’ or similarly branded fried chicken, however because of all of the lovely grease it is fried in it’s not really best choice to have. Well every day at least anyway. I was really craving some of the fabulous chicken one afternoon and went to my kitchen cupboard to see what I had to make something similar and this is what I came up with.

 

Ingredients:

 

For the chicken

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • Tub of dried bread crumbs (they tend to be called golden crumbs and I’d used them before in making up burger mixes). You can also use Panko bread crumbs that you find in the Chinese cooking aisle
  • Garlic powder
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chilli powder pinch
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ‘Frylite’ cooking spray (1 calorie spray stuff) or a little olive oil
  • ‘Tabasco’ sauce
  • Optional: Ranch dressing and sweetcorn

 

Sauce

  • Bottle of ‘Franks’ hot wing sauce
  • Half a jar of honey
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

 

Method:

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  1. Cut your chicken into pieces about the size of your thumb
  2. Set the oven to 190 degrees c
  3. Make up three bowls. One with plain flour; the second with the beaten egg and the third empty some of the breadcrumb mix into
  4. Into the breadcrumb mix add a pinch of garlic powder; chilli powder and salt and pepper
  5. Into the eggs add a dash of ‘Tabasco’ sauce
  6. Grease a baking sheet with a little olive oil or spray with ‘Frylite’
  7. Using a fork or your fingers dip the chicken pieces in the flour first
  8. Then dip into the egg mix
  9. Then dip into the breadcrumb mix coating the chicken and place on the tray
  10. Either toss the chicken around in the oil or give it another spray
  11. Bake for 10 minutes initially
  12. Whilst baking make up the sauce
  13. Mix all the ingredients together and after 10 minutes cooking take the chicken out of the oven and pour over the sauce
  14. Put back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes until cooked through
  15. Serve with ranch dressing and sweetcorn as optionalimage1