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Pickled Eggs

Pickled Eggs

Pickled eggs are amazing. When you’re hungry and looking for a post workout snack at night these eggs WILL stop you reaching for the the naughty treats. Trust me. They’re easy and they taste great. Serve these with a few lumps of cheese and a […]

Easy Chocolate Brownies with Salty Pretzels 🥨

Easy Chocolate Brownies with Salty Pretzels 🥨

Okay, the pretzels are optional here but I do love to mix sweet and salt. I went a step further and threw in some vanilla fudge because I just can’t stop myself. You can add white choc chips, nuts and dried fruit or some ginger […]

Five minute stir fry rice

Five minute stir fry rice

Well. This isn’t really a fried rice – you won’t need to touch the frying pan –  but it’s such an easy thing to throw together on a Monday night after the gym when you just can’t be bothered to ‘cook’. Five minutes! This is a handy way to use leftover rice from last night’s takeaway. Double the quantity if you have a hungry friend who’s dropped by. If you want to save on the dishes just eat this straight out of the bowl you use to mix it up with.

 

Time to make: 5 minutes

Mouths: feeds 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 2506 packet of brown basmati rice (white rice is okay but the wholegrain has a great nutty taste)
  • 6 x seafood sticks
  • A handful of spring onions / scallions (or fresh chives)
  • A glug of chilli oil
  • (Optional) 1 x teaspoon Sesame oil (if you want a Chinese flavour use this)
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of pepper

Other stuff:

  • A mixing bowl or something of that size (like a saucepan)
  • A chopping board
  • A sharp knife
  • a large spoon
  • Pasta bowl or just a plate

Method:

  1. Take your rice pouch and tear a little opening in the corner. Put it into the microwave on high as suggested by the packet (2 mins normally)
  2. Take your seafood sticks out of their little wrapping and line them all up on your chopping board. Slice them all down so you have little cubes. Drop these into you mixing bowl.
  3. Take hold of those spring onions at their white end and carefully cut small strips off the green end. You need a handful. Throw these into the mixing bowl.
  4. Your rice should be ready now. Carefully take it out and pour the rice on top of the other ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  5. Add a drizzle of you oil/s, a pinch of salt and pepper and now stir well with a large spoon.
  6. (Optional) Slice up a pickled egg and layer on top for a vinegary zing! Here’s our pickled egg recipe link.

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Easy Chocolate Brownies with Salty Pretzels 🥨

Easy Chocolate Brownies with Salty Pretzels 🥨

Okay, the pretzels are optional here but I do love to mix sweet and salt. I went a step further and threw in some vanilla fudge because I just can’t stop myself. You can add white choc chips, nuts and dried fruit or some ginger biscuits or mint Oreos. The real joy here is that you can throw in any tasty yummies you like or just choose to make plain old brownies. Either way, you’ve got an easy-to-make and easy-to-clean-up sweet-treat recipe right here.

Time to make: 35 mins overall

Mouths: feeds 4-6

Ingredients:

  • large block dark chocolate (about 110g so just a bit less than a large block)
  • 110g butter
  • 340g of icing sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 344g cup of plain four
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • Something to throw in. I added fudge chunks and salted pretzels but you can use white choc chips or some nuts or dried fruit or something. Whatever you use make sure you break it up into bite-size bits. For the pretzels I just crushed them in my hand and dropped them in. Try to use up what you already have without buying more stuff.

Other stuff:

  • A mixing bowl or something of that size
  • A saucepan for the mixing bowl to sit in and do the initial melting
  • An 8×8 baking tray. Line it with baking paper otherwise you’ll need to heavily grease it with your butter.
  • A wooden spoon or spatula; anything large like that to do the mixing

Method:

First turn the oven to 175° C.

Next, break up all of the chocolate and throw it into the mixing bowl with the butter. Now, melt them down together. I did this by just boiling the kettle and sitting the mixing bowl in a saucepan of the boiled water and leaving it for five minutes. If the chocolate hasn’t melted just boil the kettle again and change the hot water in the saucepan and give it another 5 minutes. Once you have a melted goo add the sugar and vanilla and stir it in. Next, beat in the two eggs and when that’s incorporated stir in the flour. Add a pinch of salt and then your fillings.

Pour the mixture into the baking tray and cook for 25 minutes and not a second more otherwise they’ll be dry.