• Dinner,  Home Cooking,  Lunch

    Quiche Lorraine

    I can’t seem to get the hang of blind baking – I rolled out the shortcrust pastry and ‘massaged’ it into the tin. I then covered it with grease proof paper and put a large heavy bowl on top to hold it down. I did find baking stones in the supermarket but they cost £4!

  • Home Cooking,  Lunch

    Chorizo & Prawn Stir Fry

    I made this based on the Joe Wicks recipe, it looked so nice in his video I wanted to see if it also tasted nice. I don’t usually buy Chorizo because I’m just not slim enough to enjoy such luxuries and I admit when I started frying it and saw all the oil release in the pan, my arteries started to clog.

  • Home Cooking

    Aubergine Parmigiana

    I felt like trying something simple today – starting from the beginning with my cooking venture. This is mainly because when I try something too complicated it goes incredibly wrong and comes out tasting of nothing. So was this simple? I think it was but typical Noodlebrains style I skipped a few steps. I did not make my own tomato sauce and used a jar of tomato and basil bolognese sauce.

  • Desserts,  Home Cooking

    Chocolate & Orange Shortbread

    Chocolate orange is one of the few combinations I like (when adding things to chocolate) – I don’t like any distraction from the taste of the chocolate, for example mint chocolate. What an awful thing to eat, I get all the calories of the chocolate yet the taste of mint. I was a little skeptical I would taste the orange from just the orange rind but I managed to stop myself ruining the recipe by adding the juice.

  • Dinner,  Home Cooking

    Tender Lamb Shoulder

    This is another Jamie Oliver 5 ingredient recipe which was simple and fun to make. I found the preserved lemons in Sainsburys in the special ingredients section and followed the recipe word for word. I would recommend soaking the chickpeas overnight, despite the 6hr cooking time my chickpeas were still a little tough. I’d also add more water or cook at a lower temperature because it all dried out / burnt a bit and there was no gravy. Most of my chickpeas were stuck to the tray. 🙁 The overall flavour was nice but the lemons were too overpowering for me, maybe next time I will add less of the…

  • Desserts,  Home Cooking

    Apple Crumble Cookies

    Apple crumble cookies!! They were soft and crumbly! They did not really taste like apples and were way too sweet – next time I will use half the sugar and maybe add some apple sauce?