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Cheddar and Beer Bread Rolls

Well, we are back from a lovely week in Egypt (barring the flight home in which 2 year old was a nightmare) and I'm itching to get back into the kitchen having been fed and watered by other people for the last 7 days.
Just before I went away I was lucky enough to be sent some local Cornish ales from award winning Driftwood Spars Micro Brewery in St Agnes. Landlady Louise Treseder is passionate about real ales and tries to encourage women to enjoy beer as a natural product with interesting flavours - no encouragement needed from this end!
Not content with just drinking the ales I set about making some beer bread rolls using the Badlands Bitter. The recipe I used was from Jac's blog Tinned Tomatoes, although I made a few tweeks. They turned out lovely and malty, perfect with my Sweet Potato, Carrot and Coconut Soup.
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Cheddar and Beer Bread Rolls by Beth Sachs February-23-2012 Lovely with soup Ingredients 3 cups Plain Flour1 TBSP Soft Brown Sugar1 TSP Salt1 TBSP B…

Sweet and Sour Chicken

My kids favourite meal from the Chinese takeaway is in their own words 'Chicken Balls and Sauce' aka Sweet and Sour Chicken. So, I thought I'd try and recreate a version at home, without all the additives, preservatives, excess salt and MSG that you find in proper takeaway versions. Despite my house smelling a bit 'deep fried' for a few hours it was most definitely worth it. The chicken turned out crispy and crunchy and the sauce was as good as any from a takeaway.
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Sweet and Sour Chicken by Beth Sachs February-10-2012 Better than any takeaway Ingredients 100ml Soda Water, chilled100ml Cold Water 140g Self Raising Flour1 TSP Salt25g Cornflour, to coat chicken4 Skinless Chicken breasts, cut into large pieces2 Spring Onions, to serveFor the sauce 1 Red Pepper, chopped1 Red Chilli, chopped400g Tin Pineapple Chunks, including juice50g Tamarind paste100g Caster Sugar100ml Rice Wine VinegarOil for deep frying Instructions Step 1: To make the sauc…

Meal Plan 6th February - 12th February 2012

We are off to Egypt next week for a much needed family holiday so this weeks meals are all about using up leftovers and clearing out  the freezer.

Monday 6th February
Chicken Kievs with Sweet Potato Mash and Peas

Tuesday 7th February
Two Cheese, Bacon and Pea Risotto

Wednesday 8th February
Prawn, Pepper and Mushroom Korma with Basmati Rice

Thursday 9th February
Prawn Biryani made with leftover curry and rice....with some secret additions

Friday 10th February
Fish and Chips

Saturday 11th February
Ham and Cheese Tortellini Pasta Bake

Sunday 12th February
Mum and Dads for a Roast before we set off on holiday.