Niki’s Harissa Chicken

2015, Autumn, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick

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Hey there!

Warm…enticing…sweet and smokey, harissa is truly the fitting Autumnal sauce for all your meat, seafood and vegetables. I not only love the exotic and rich flavour but I enjoy it knowing that it is high in antioxidants if made from scratch due to the high level of capsaicin from the chillies. My harissa chicken is perfect for entertaining as well as a comforting meal for yourself. All you need for the harissa paste itself is:

2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
4 tablespoons of olive oil
Full seasoning
Roasted chilli pepper flakes (anywhere from a pinch to a tablespoon)
1 teaspoon of caraway seeds
1 pinch of saffron powder (pounded from the strands)
½ roasted red peppers, ripped into rough chunks

Simply blitz up the following ingredients for your harrisa paste and marinade your meat/fish or vegetables for a minimum of thirty minutes before you cook anything! This paste will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, so it’s a versatile and solid healthy sauce for your kitchen! Try it guys!
Happy Baking!
Niki

Nikis Carrot and Coriander soup

Autumn, Christmas, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick, Winter

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Howdy all!
Perhaps you have already noticed…I have a bit of an obsession with soups! I love the versatility and array of flavours which can be produced along with the fact that the ones I make take no time at all. How do you create my delicious and fresh carrot and coriander soup? With five ingredients! Yes, you read that right…a handful of carrots (chopped up), a bunch of coriander (roughly chopped as it will all be blended anyway), 1 large onion (roughly chopped), seasoning and 1 leek. Simply, toss these in some olive oil over a medium heat for about ten minutes. Season and then cover with 2-3 cups of water. Bringing to the boil, blend and add your coriander. You will end up with a vibrant and delicious soup which you will be tempted to have for lunch and dinner! Yum yum!

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Happy Baking!
Niki

Niki’s Ramen

Autumn, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick, Winter
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Konnichiwa (こんにちは) my fellow readers and welcome to a new week!

So the days are getting shorter and those chilly nights are now upon us. How about a nice warm hug? Okay, well I can offer a hug but how about an all embracing toasty hug from the inside? My Ramen is super speedy yet packed with all the nutrients you need to keep you going through the day or equally delicious for dinner. The key here is versatility…

 

Traditionally, Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that should consist of wheat noodles, soy sauce/miso and a fish or meat based broth with generous toppings such as sliced pork, green onions and even dried seaweed. Now, I did my own version based on what I had at hand but all means you can stick the traditional method. I simply cooked my speedy noodles and placed them in an already simmering pan of chicken stock and proceeded to swiftly add some shredded chicken, soy sauce, peas, red peppers, beansprouts and some minced garlic and ginger. I let the flavours all marry together for no more than ten minutes and served my dish with a generous garnish of spring onions and black and white sesame seeds.

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I do hope you give this light yet satisfying dish a try, it lifts the spirits because you know it’s not only good for you but it is heating you up and making you feel all toasty inside and out. Who doesn’t want that?

 

Happy Baking!

Niki