As I said yesterday, I have a lot of beetroot in the veg patch still. I do like beetroot but there’s a limit to how much of it you can eat in any one go. So I thought I’d try a beetroot cake and see how that went.
These are Chocolate & Beetroot muffins from a recipe I found on the BBC Food website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chocolatebeetrootcak_71739)
The recipe is dead easy to follow and uses oil instead of butter for a change. It makes an enormous quantity and I got 19 large muffins out of a recipe that supposedly makes 12! I just need to dust them with icing sugar now and take them round to my nephew’s birthday tea party. Save me & Mark scoffing the lot – they are very tasty!
So that’s all my cakes completed. I just need to work on 10 more recipes and that will be my cooking challenges done. Hurrah!
This was my dinner this evening. Well, actually it was Mark’s. My portion was smaller but messier so I took a photo of his instead!
This is another recipe from Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach from his second Lean in 15 book. It’s Pork Chop with Feta & Beetroot Salad. It was absolutely delicious. I’ve not tried avocado since we were fed it at primary school after reading the book Avocado Baby and I HATED it. But it was in this recipe so I thought I’d try it. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either and it’s supposed to be really good for you, so I ate it.
Mark was really impressed with it as a meal and actually like the beetroot this time. Good job as we still have loads in the veg patch!
There are a lot of nice sounding recipes in this book and I’m going to be trying out quite a few in the coming days to try and finish my 50 recipe challenge. Not sure I’ll complete it altogether but I’ll give it a good go!
Two new recipes this week! Firstly is this beauty on my left…. Chicken & Beetroot risotto. I have been eating a lot of risotto. Rice is one of the few things that I can eat without consequence. It’s not exciting and it gets very samey. So I thought I’d try some thing a bit difference. When I was sorting out the veg patch at the weekend I thinned out the roots bed. Which meant I had a good number of small – medium-sized beetroots to use up. I’d seen a recipe on the internet for a beetroot & feta risotto and that sparked the inspiration. I’d already cooked the beetroot, so started off the risotto in the normal way (diced onion in butter, rice added, then stock a ladle-full at a time), then towards the end I added in diced cooked chicken, diced cooked beetroot and some frozen peas. The whole lot was topped off with grated peccorino cheese. I have to say, it was delicious! Mark’s not a fan of beetroot unless it’s pickled and even he liked this one!
The second recipe is Chicken & Tarragon pasta. I don’t eat much pasta at all any more but it fits in to the “bland and boring” food that I can safely eat so…. This was using up the leftover chicken from Sunday’s roast dinner. I diced a carrot and a parsnip and sauteed them in butter. Then I added 150ml of chicken stock and let them simmer until softened. Then I added the diced chicken, some frozen peas and a tiny splash of cream and, of course, some tarragon (I love tarragon!). Once the pasta was cooked, I stirred it into the sauce and voila! Another tasty dinner.