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Initial post: 7 Oct 2012 11:20:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Oct 2012 11:22:05 BDT
pixie says:
I was thinking that as there are a few of us now that have the "Hairy Dieter's" book and we seem to all want to shed a few extra pounds, that it would be great if, when we tried a recipe, shared our opinions on how it turned out.
It would be good when we need support or are running out of ideas what to cook if we had the info all in one place.
I intend to try the Spanish style chicken tomorrow as you have said how good it is.
I have tried page 142 Chilli Lemon tuna with broccoli spaghetti and it was a hit!

A tip I found useful is when serving mashed potatoes, and it is the weather now for comfort food, I use half potato and half root veg and mash together. That can be carrot,swede etc...but I have found Cauli is great too!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 11:25:18 BDT
And the recipe for The Spanish Style Chicken is on here!.......

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 11:27:23 BDT
pixie says:
Thanks Suzy...I left a post for you on that thread.x

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 11:34:21 BDT
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Posted on 7 Oct 2012 11:39:34 BDT
pixie says:
Just thought of another one. Carrs Sauce Flour 500g I use this..available in most supermarket to make mu butter requires and then to give the finished sauce a nice silky texture and to colour it I add a Big table spoon or two of mashed butternut squash. I don't need so much cheese, just an ounce or two and if you add parmesan it is quite strong in flavour so you use even less. There is nothing more delicious than a real bechemal I agree but this is really good in a macaroni cheese. Plus you get the benefit of extra veg.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 11:50:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Oct 2012 13:02:06 BDT
Mash mixs - I often use half and half Potato and Parsnip for my Dad? - although I really dislike Parsnips myself!

And I also do a half and half mixture sometimes of lightly crushed Potatoes and Leeks Braised in White Wine? -
2 large leeks, thoroughly rinsed with dark green stems removed // 1 tabspn olive oil // 2 sprigs fresh thyme // ¼ cup white wine // salt and pepper.

Slice leeks in half lengthwise, then slice each half into thin half moons. In large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced leeks and sauté, stirring frequently, for 7-10 mins, until leeks appear soft and lightly darkened at edges. Carefully pour in white wine, and stir to combine. Cook for 30 secs, allowing white wine to steam and sizzle with leeks, then cover pan, reduce heat to low, and cook for an extra 10 mins, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Posted on 7 Oct 2012 13:12:54 BDT
As you know I think their Spanish Style Chicken is great. I will have to get serious and try some of their baked fish dishes as I am supposed to eat it. I don't like fish much, it's OK when someone else prepares it for me but I can. not. bear. the smell of raw fish, no matter how fresh. Ugh. Sushi = worst nightmare.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 13:52:04 BDT
pixie says:
Ori, I think you may like Tuna then as it is very "meaty" and has no bones.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 13:52:50 BDT
pixie says:
I agree suzy, I like leeks in my mash too and cabbage. it really does save on the calories.

Posted on 7 Oct 2012 14:47:27 BDT
pixie says:
I'm going to give Jamie's Ricotta fritters with courgette salad and tomato sauce a go 232 of....Jamie's 15-Minute Meals 408 calories a portion. I'll let you know what it's like.

Posted on 7 Oct 2012 18:24:49 BDT
pixie says:
Just had the Ricotta fritters and the meal was very good. The fritters were a bit difficult to turn as they were a bit fragile but I left them a little longer and they were ok.
The sauce is the star, along woth the courgette salad...Mrs P plenty of chilli and mint so it was lush!
The fritters were a little bland but with the sauce and salad it worked!

Posted on 7 Oct 2012 20:50:59 BDT
I'm going to get stuck into some 15-minute meals next week

The big question is did you go from prep to table in 15 minutes?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 20:52:35 BDT
pixie says:
No. At the begining of the book he says you have the food prepped and away you go!

Posted on 7 Oct 2012 20:55:26 BDT
To be honest, I couldn't care less whether it takes me 15 minutes or 15 hours so long as what I make tastes nice and goes down well with the family

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 20:58:39 BDT
frenchie says:
Any recipes for 15 minutes meals? I am a taker, Mrs E.
Maybe 15 minutes from start to finish might be a bit of a wishful thinking?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 21:00:41 BDT
pixie says:
french it's Jamie's new one..

Jamie's 15-Minute Meals I cooked the riccota fritters tonight with tom sauce and courgette, mint and chilli salad.

Posted on 7 Oct 2012 21:45:43 BDT
wobberoo says:
I couldn't find a single meal I could cook in a minute, never mind fifteen to pick from.

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 01:26:59 BDT
A one minute meal...

(From Nanny Ogg's Cookbook)

The Librarian's recipe for a banana.


* Translated: Take one banana.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 08:00:49 BDT
pixie says:
Bit too complicated for me sam!

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 08:10:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Oct 2012 08:13:23 BDT
pixie says:
When I feel peckish or want something to go with a dip this is what I reach for.

Slice a bagel in four through so you have four thin bagel shapes. Do this to the 4/5 in the bag.
Mix together 11/2 tbsps of olive oil to which you have added your seasonings. I like a bit of chilli powder and mixed herbs, whatever you fancy. Then with a pastry brush swipe this over one side of the bagel ring.
Place on baking sheet and bake in oven til crisp.
Allow to cool, they must be crisp, then you can store them in a container and nibble on when you feel peckish.

You don't need to smother in oil, a lick will do. I find the mixed seed ones crisp up nicely but have also used cinnamon and fruit ones.

These would be great at christmas for dips.

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 15:42:56 BDT
Tomorrow if there is sea bass or similar at the fish place, the Hairy Bikers' baked fish is on the menu.
TBH, our local LIDLs have brought in fishmongers and their fish is often fresher than the small shops, and cheaper too!

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 16:07:18 BDT
pixie says:
page 44? That looks wonderful Ori! I'm just preparing the spanish chicken for tonight.
Made some soda bread...had some this morning with a bit of left over smoked salmon..Lidls is norwegian and my fav and cheap! and a poached egg. Kept me going and only had a banana for lunch as was still full.
Don't forget to tell us what the baked fish is like?

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 17:58:28 BDT
pixie says:
I cooked the hairy's spanish chicken...very good. The only thing I did was to put the enamel baking dish on top of the aga and reduce the tomato juice. There was alot of thin juice of which I'm not mad on but it reduced down beautifully to a really unctious tom garliky sauce. If that's diet food....bring it on!

Posted on 8 Oct 2012 18:11:49 BDT
I thought we'd have Deepsea Blowfish for a change. Couldn't get any Bream , Sam, but it was my lucky day got TWO Blowfish!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 18:13:31 BDT
pixie says:
yikes happy they poisonous aren't they?
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