Tonight I cooked..........

Very good Mr Deputy, I´m loving the simplicity.

The other day, I had a bit of success with loin of pork roasted with garlic and rosemary and served with caramelised apples and a cider sauce. An old Delia favourite but easy to do. Will be added to the "old dependables" menu in the Jorrocks household.
I went paupertastic with some gems from the Reduced shelf :

2 Sainsbury's TTD Mustard Beef Burgers

1 Sainsbury's Med. Veg. Pasta Sauce

1 Red Onion

3 Handfulls of Frozen Peas


Chop up red onions and fry on high heat in a pot with a bit of oil

Crumble bits of beef burger into it, stirring continuously

Add Pasta Sauce


I was going to chuck in a bit of Knorr powdered chicken stock but went for some Mustard Seasoning instead (meant for mashed potatoes)

Add chopped fresh chillis / chilli flakes to taste.

Add Peas

Goes very well with pasta but I got drunk later on in the night and decided to add big fat gobs of Chinese Chilli flakes in oil (without the oil) and some Chinthe (Chindit) Burmese Mango Chutney.

The Burmese Mango Chutney is intensely spiced (with lots of the fragrant spices in it too) and is salty rather than sweet. A couple of spoonfuls totally transformed the concoction from a pasta bolognesey type thing into a fiery Oriental/Mexican fusion Beef Chilli. Its a cracker. Am now eating it with rice and freshly chopped coriander.
Mr_Deputy said:
I've been working on an easy, tasty but healthy meal to do in a hurry. No pastry but all cooked in one with a potato top so I've called it a pie. Fish is normally eaten on a Friday, I love Fridays so that's the name.

It would be great for guys and girls in simple accomodation such as in the block as well as anyone who just wants a quick meal. Just need a microwave and sink really. Anyone can make it.

Instant mash potato
Fresh or tinned fish of any type
Frozen/fresh or tinned vegetables - suggest peas if you like em
Tomato sauce or home made version (tom puree and sugar/flavours) or any another favourite sauce which would work

Need: a Medium/large bowl or dish eg 6" across and 3 deep, a smaller bowl or cooking jug/large mug would be useful.

Put peas in jug into microwave and cook for 3-4 mins
When veg done drain hot water into a bowl (it may contain vitamins and worth keeping)
Mix water in instant mash to water to create the mash (add milk or butter etc to suit you)

Using: Medium/large bowl or dish eg 6" across and 3 deep.

Put well-drained fish into base of bowl.
Spread with generous layer of sauce
Now layer peas on top of sauce
Then final layer of mash

Add cheese to the top/half the top (healthier) if you wish.

Cover and microwave together for 4 mins.

Leave to cool and serve.

It takes a while to perfect - it is best as 4 seperate layers and make sure all veg and fish is well dranined before adding in. but I'm loving this now when I'm on my own and want a healthy but tasty meal. Takes me about 3 mins total to prepare and a few mins to cook and looks tastes really good. I make a quick tom sauce using tom puree, sugar or honey, water and herbs/spice. Bit healthier than ketchup but that would work just as well.

By-Gum you have hit on a winner.

Instant Mash Potatoes is vastly underrated. the French go mad for it. There are shelves of different styles, 'old style, or ancienne and many other ways . they are good at scoff.

Spam or Corned beef would make an interesting change.

By the way, on Tomato sauce, in Tesco at the Polish shelf they have Polish tomato sauce which is much 'twangier', 'Pudliszkie Ketchup pikantny'.
Reggae Reggae Ribs

Shown this by a Chef so I can't take the credit, absolutely banging ribs - the best ever

Ribs - a Packet or two from Tescos
Reggae Reggae sauce
Squeezy bottle of BBQ Sauce

Put the ribs in a large boiling vessel or big wok (as I do), add the Reggae Reggae sauce and top up with water.
Bring to the boil and simmer for about 90 mins (ish) stir occasionally
Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5
Place ribs on a deep baking tray or roasting tin cover in the sauce from above then coat in BBQ sauce
Turn over after 30 minutes and coat again with the BBQ sauce
Leave for another 30 minutes and serve with what ever you want - chips, rice, salad other BBQ stuff

Timings and temperature may vary so keep an eye on it

The end product is absolutely lovely - spicy BBQ ribs with a bit of an afterbite
Wifey last night made Burito Pie as she calls it .

Best way to describe ,Its like a lasagne but with tortilla bread instead of pasta layers and a bit spicier

it was fecking lush and i made a pig of myself

she also makes breakfast buritos Burrito - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which are also immense

I was thin once and young...............................
Poor Man's Kedgeree

Boil a handful of rice, add frozen peas and sweetcorn at last minute, drain into seive. Fry up a chopped onion with s&p, a pinch of turmeric and cumin powder, add garlic and a knob of butter. Mix in a tin of tuna. Add back the rice, peas and sweetcorn and stir well with more butter. Serve.
New invention of mine - Pasta al Jorrocks:

Serves 2

250g fresh langustines or large prawns
One tomato
One small onion
A little white wine
Table spoon creme fresh

Peel the langustines (keep the heads to one side, the flesh to another and discard the rest).
Put the heads in a pan with a little olive oil. Squash them a bit with a wood spoon to get all the juice out.
Add a small glass of white wine, reduce for about three mins.
Add a glass of water, reduce for another five mins.
Meanwhile, skin the tomate and chop finely, chop the onion finely, sweat them both in some olive oil.
Add the langustine flesh to the toms/onion.
Drain the sause from the heads into the toms/onion/Langustine
Add a table spoon of creme fresh
Add some chopped fresh parsley.
Serve on tagliatelli (or pasta of your choice)

Whole thing tastes delicious and takes about 20 mins.
Variation on a theme.

Fry up some chicken bits and an chopped onion

Add 1/2 litre of chicken stock (oxo or the like)

Add some tomato paste (1Tbsp seems about right) and stir in well.

Put in an oven proof dish

Top with a nice thick layer of made up instant mashed spuds.

Stick in oven or under grill for 10 mins or so.

Serve with green veggies.

For those who don't like fish/aren't catholic :)
Not last night, but every now and then I make Francesinha:

Fry a nice bit of steak and some chipolatas in some olive oil, sometimes cooking chorizo too. While that’s going, get 300ml of milk in a pan, two tablespoons of cornflower and whisk up while heating through. Then add, a bottle of Super Bock lager, a large glass of Port, a few tablespoons of tomato puree, some dried red chilli flakes, a bay leaf and keep stirring and heat through. Also, have some French fries going in the oven.

When the steak, chipolatas and chorizo are ready, slice some thick white bread, and toast it. When its toasted, take one of the slices, top with a slice of Edam, the steak, some cooked ham, the chipolatas sliced down the middle, same with the chorizo, some more ham and cheese, then add the other slice of bread. Top that with arranging some Edam on the top so it hangs over the sides of the sandwich. Grill that for a bit and then serve on a plate with French fries and the beer sauce all over the sandwich, a bit on the fries. Absolutely amazing.
Mackerel - a very under rated, good value fish, also terribly healthy apparently. Get the fish monger to fillet it and split it down the middle. Salt and pepper it, griddle for about five minutes each side. I served it with some rice and peas - very tasty.


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Tonight it's going to be sirloin steak with a cream and whisky sauce with onions and oyster mushrooms with some mashed potato and runner beans dripping with butter.
lamb with cougettes,garlic, onions and tomatos adapted from a recipie in yesterday's Telegraph (which I can't find on their website unfortunately)
trying ostrich steak tonight for the first time :)


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Home made potato wedges coated in olive oil, salt and pepper with beefburgers made with added colmans mustard, grated cheese and diced onion an egg and salt and pepper.

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