Trying bullet coffee keto (MCT oil and grass fed butter)

A few years ago I’m sure the recipe of what people were calling bullet coffee was different but I could have remembered wrong. Anyhow doing a bit of research this is the latest recipe. I know there is debate over the ability of our bodies to breakdown MCT oil but I wanted to try it at least. I also have grass fed butter and next time I think I’ll try ghee.

I used my smoothie blender which I’d highly recommend as mine comes with a lid so you can keep it warm or store it for later (the butter with separate but you can easily heat or reblend.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of instant coffee to 2 cups of hot water

1-2 tablespoons MCT oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 splash of sugar free carb free butterscotch syrup or a splash of liquid syevia

People add vanilla but be careful the one I had had sugar in it so I didn’t use it

Method:

1. Make up the coffee by adding hot water to the coffee first (or make in a coffee machine)

2. Blend everything together

I adore this. I thought it would greasy but it’s really not. This will be my morning breakfast for the next few days. I’m also looking to make it iced. Lovely

Copying Disney snacks – Dolewhip (Christmas holiday kids activity)

This is a recipe I tried in the summer as we were majorly missing our Disney parks fix for the year. I did however think it would a fun one to do with kids over the Christmas break to eat/drink with a Disney movie or a vlog of one of the parks. It contains fruit at least to cut through lots of the rich Christmas food.

Ingredients:

2 cups of frozen pineapple (you can buy the tinned stuff; drain and freeze)

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon lemon or a dash

Method:

1. Allow the pineapple to defrost a little (20 minutes)

2. Blend everything togetger

We had some straws leftover from our last visit to really make you feel at Disney home.

Jalapeño bottle tops (copycat recipe)

I first had these in the states at a Hooters. We had spent the day in the Florida heat and stopped for an ice cold beer and some wings. I noticed these on the menu and thought we’d try them. They were ridiculously good. If you want a new year snack I’d highly recommend. Serve with sour cream or even ranch dressing.

Ingredients:

Fresh mini jalapeño peppers

100ml buttermilk or 2 eggs beaten if you can’t get hold of it

Bowl of flour with a teaspoon of garlic salt: salt, pepper, paprika and onion powcer

Method:

1. Slice your peppers into 1/2cm slices

2. Drench the slices in the buttermilk or eggs

3. Drop the slices into the flour and spices mixture

4. Fry until golden brown in a shallow pan with some cooking oil

Easy but dirty Mac and cheese

I have always loved the American classic Mac and cheese. I tend to buy the box stuff and make up but this thanksgiving I decided to try a slightly more complex version. It’s still super easy and tasty though.

Ingredients:

Pasta (macaroni classic but use what you have)

Flour tablespoon and splash of milk 100ml

50g butter

Cheddar 200g grated (don’t buy the pre-grated stuff as it’s covered in flour). Keep a little aside to sprinkle on top

50ml evaporated milk

Salt and pepper

Method:

1. Cool your pasta as normal in salted boiling water until just cooked

2. Heat your oven to 200 degrees c

3. To a saucepan add the butter and melt. Add a little flour and constantly stirring cook out the flour for a few minutes. Add a little milk at a time to make a roux sauce. Add the rest of the milk

4. Season with salt and pepper

5. Add the cheese and evaporated milk and simmer for about 3 minutes

6. Drain the pasta and put in an oven dish. Pour the sauce over the pasta

7. Sprinkle with some leftover grated cheese and season

8. Cook for 15 minutes until cheese has browned but check constantly

Sprout crisps (leftover Christmas) Keto

This recipe is one I’ve been meaning to try for ages and could be a really good use of your leftover sprouts after Christmas or if you are trying to eat a little better as they are super low carb.

I have bought a large bag of sprouts so thought I’d give it a go in advance

Ingredients:

Sprouts

Salt and pepper

Oil

Cumin

Chill powder

Papriks

Method; Very simply cut off the bottom of the sprout and separate the leaves. Place on a lightly spray oiled baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with the spices and seasonings. Bake for about 10 minutes at 180 degrees c but keep an eye on them as they suddenly crisp up.

Turkey brining (quick and easy)

This post is from attempt at an American thanksgiving meal and doing some researching into brining. Brining your turkey basically gives it more flavor and helps keep it moist so I figured it was worth a try. There are wet and dry brines. Nigella Lawson has an excellent recipe of soaking her turkey in a big tub with lots of lovely liquid and spices. As there’s only two of us for Christmas Day (the baby doesn’t count yet as he can’t eat it) I w as bred a simple version.

There’s a gray set of vlogs from Bon Appetit on YouTube where they make the perfect thanksgiving and this is inspired by all their hard work.

Quite simply you fry off your bird with paper towels and sprinkle liberally in a dry mix of salt (kosher/sea) and brown sugar. Leave uncovered in a cold place such as your fridge overnight. That’s it!

Pizza slice

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

Photo by Muffin on Pexels.com

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