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Sriracha Baked Chicken Wings

Siracha Baked Chicken Wings

I LOVE Sriracha Sauce and what better way to eat it, then smothered on tasty chicken wings! This glaze is sweet and spicy in all the right ways and will have your guests licking their fingers and asking for more!

Serves 4
1.5kg chicken wings
Sea salt and ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
Coriander leaves to garnish
Sesame seeds, toasted, to garnish
Spring onions, finely sliced and curled, to garnish

For the Sriracha Glaze
4 tablespoons of butter
3 garlic cloves, finely grated
1 small thumb sized piece of ginger, finely grated
4 tablespoons of honey
6 tablespoons of sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime

Preheat the oven to 200˚C.

In a bowl toss the chicken wings with the sunflower oil and season with sea salt and ground black pepper. Spread the chicken wings on two baking trays and place in the oven to cook for 35 minutes or until crispy.

While the chicken cooks, prepare the glaze. In a wok over a medium high heat, add the butter and when it begins to foam add in the garlic and ginger cooking 1-2 minutes. Add in the remaining glaze ingredients and bring to the boil. Cook for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat. Reserve half the glaze in bowl and half in the wok.

When the chicken wings are cooked through, tumble them into the bowl with the glaze and toss to coat. Place back on the baking tray and cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove the chicken wings from the oven and add them to the remaining glaze in the wok.
Serve straight away with spring onion curls, coriander and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

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Snickers Ice-Cream Cake

Sharon Snickers Cake_2

If you love chocolate, peanuts, caramel and ice cream, this is definitely the cake for you! It is very simple to make, as once you have your sauces and no-churn ice-cream prepared, it’s just a matter of assembly. Allow enough time for it to freeze properly before serving. If you can’t find peanut butter ice cream in the shops, then it really is worth making your own and isn’t as tricky as you may think. (Recipe from Sharon Hearne Smith’s, No Bake Baking available on amazon.)

Serves 12–14
250ml Salted Caramel Sauce
250ml Chocolate Sauce
1.5 litres Peanut Butter Ice-Cream
Sunflower oil, for the tin
12 x 58g Snickers bars
15 toffee waffle biscuits

Remove the ice cream from the freezer and leave to soften until spreadable but not completely thawed. Oil the cake tin and line the sides with parchment paper. Cut the Snickers bars into 5mm-thick slices and roughly chop the waffle biscuits into small bite-sized pieces.

Scatter a third of the waffle pieces in a single layer in the bottom of the tin. Spoon a third of the ice cream on top and spread evenly. Scatter on a third of the Snickers pieces in a single layer. Drizzle with a third of each of the caramel and chocolate sauces. Repeat these layers again, using the same quantities of everything. Then scatter with the remaining waffle pieces and finish with the remaining ice cream, smoothing the top. You should have a third each of Snickers pieces and caramel and chocolate sauces left for serving. Cover with cling film and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight until frozen solid.

When ready to serve, remove the cake from the tin and sit it on a cake stand or serving plate. Peel off the parchment paper and leave for 15–20 minutes to soften a little. Then, to decorate, arrange the remaining Snickers pieces on top and spoon over the caramel and chocolate sauces so they just dribble down the edges. To serve, cut into 12–14 wedges, which is best done with a long sharp knife, dipped in boiling water and wiped dry between each cut.

Leftover ice-cream cake should be frozen straight away. Wrap individual portions in parchment paper and seal in a food bag. These will keep happily in the freezer for up to a few months.

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Mexican Fish Tacos


Fish tacos are a Californian classic, taking inspiration from wonderful Mexican heat and spice. They make a truly different feast to serve for friends. If you don’t want to fire up the barbecue, the fish can easily be cooked on the griddle pan.

Serves 4-6
For the salsa:
250 grams cherry tomatoes, halved
2 pring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and ground black pepper

For the tacos:
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
650 grams cod fillet
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
Sour cream to serve
1 lime cut in wedges
2 avocados, stoned and finely sliced
Good handful of coriander leaves
1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced
1/2 head white cabbage, finely shredded
Tabasco sauce
Sea salt
12 corn tortillas, warmed through

To make the salsa, mix together the ingredients in a serving bowl and set aside. Heat a barbecue or griddle pan to a medium-high heat. Combine the paprika, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne pepper and ground cumin in a bowl. Dust the fish fillet with the spice mix. Brush the grill with the oil and cook the fish for 4–5 minutes on either side until cooked through.

Meanwhile, prepare the accompaniments for the fish by arranging the sour cream, lime wedges, avocado slices, coriander leaves, red onion and cabbage in serving bowls. Squeeze a little lime over the avocado and set everything aside on a large serving platter with a little bottle of Tabasco. Carefully remove the fish from the pan and break it apart with a fork. Place the flakes in a serving bowl and season with sea salt to taste. Sprinkle with coriander leaves. Add the warm tortillas to the serving platter and assemble little bits of everything in the tortillas. Wrap up and enjoy!

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Wild Garlic Pesto

Just like any other pesto, this one can be used in pasta, served with meat or fish or slathered onto freshly baked bread. This recipe makes a fairly generous amount, but if you’re going to the trouble of making some you might as well make a big batch.  I specify 200g of wild garlic leaves, which is roughly a basket full. When you’re preparing the leaves, give them a good wash and drain as you would salad leaves and then remove any long stems.

Makes approximately 1 litre
120g of Parmesan cheese, grated
350ml of extra virgin olive oil
100g of pine nuts
200g of wild garlic leaves, stems cut off, washed and dried
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Add a little more oil if you prefer a looser consistency.

Season with sea salt and ground black pepper and taste. Transfer to clean jars and top with an extra drizzle of oil to create a seal. The jars will keep in the fridge for at least one week.

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New Years Eve Partaaay!

Wow 2010 really went by in a flash!  I cannot believe it is already New Year’s eve tomorrow…  To be honest I was never really a big fan of New Years eve, it was always a bit of a let down after the excitement of Christmas.  It was kind of like the Sunday during a school week where you knew the party was coming to an end and you had to go back to school the next day.  The last few years we have tried to do something different, by heading off somewhere but this year we are staying put and having people over.  There isn’t too much pressure really because all that is expected is a bit drink to be provided and something nibble on while everyone stands around and get’s merry!

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Barbeque Cajun Spatchcock Chicken

The combination of spices here are so tasty, but if you are missing some, don’t be afraid to use dried herbs or even whatever fresh herbs you have available to you. Barbecuing can be a little tricky but the cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken, if you are worried, simple insert a skewer at the thickest part and if the juices run clear, the bird is cooked!

Serves 6-8
2 small chickens
4 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons of paprika
2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
A small handful of fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
A small handful of thyme
Juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
A generous pinch of sea salt and pepper

To prepare the chicken, place the bird breast down, and using a knife or a sharp scissors, cut along the back bone. Open the bird out and flip it over breast side up and using your fist push down hard on the breast to break the back bone.

Thread a skewer diagonally through the bird from the leg to the breast and repeat on the other side. Score the bird on the legs and breasts. Repeat the whole process for the second chicken. Place the chicken in a large roasting tin.

Prepare the marinade.  Place the rest of the ingredients in a pestle and mortar or a food processor and break down until you have a rough paste. Spread the paste over the chicken until it is completely covered.  Cover the roasting tin in tin foil and place in the fridge to marinate for 30 mins to an hour, if you have time. Place the birds on the barbeque over a medium heat and cook breast side up for 25-30 minutes.

Half-way through give the birds a squeeze of lemon juice.  Turn the birds over and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the chickens are cooked through.  If you find the chicken is blackening too much, place them on some tinfoil until they are cooked through.


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Avocado and Lime Salsa

This little recipe is so basic anyone can do it. It requires absolutely no cooking and is essentially all preparation. I wasn’t always a big fan of avocados and have only recently started eating them. But boy have I been missing out! These tasty little fruits are like a whole meal on their own and, packed with nutrients, they are a really powerful antioxidant food. This salsa is a brilliant way to serve avocados and even more perfect to munch with tortilla chips. Adjust the quantity of ingredients to your own taste. I like things hot, so use less Tabasco sauce if you want a milder mix.

Serves 4 as a snack
1 ripe avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1⁄2 red onion
1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon of olive oil
A good pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Cut the avocado lengthways and remove the stone.

Scoop out the green flesh and chop finely, but don’t worry too much as it all turns a bit mushy when you add the rest of the ingredients.

Add a squeeze of lime juice to stop it discolouring and add to a medium sized bowl.

Chop the red onion finely and add to the avocado.

Mix together the rest of the ingredients with the onion and avocado to your desired consistency and that’s it. Enjoy!

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