Cooking (quite badly) time; Butternut Squash Casserole

Cooking again. This time I danced to electro music whilst making a very easy butternut squash casserole. It was pretty chill. Now I am blasting Kanye whilst writing this, which is also pretty chill. I think I’m just chill. Maybe it is the detox pukka tea. Probably.

Back to food? I think that might be a good idea.

This recipe is vegetarian, gluten free and I don’t know. Dairy free? Yeah, it’s dairy free. I know people like these things. I just wanted to use a butternut squash.

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Cooking (quite badly) time: Bhaji Frittata

I am on a bit of a health kick at the moment, with a mad amount of juicing and salads, and none of that Christmas chocolate I have waiting for me for an occasional treat. To be honest, I’m really enjoying it and isn’t that much of a change to how I ate before, although I have had to think about everything I eat a lot more. But now it is becoming second nature to grab the spinach rather than the biscuits and I am really trying to challenge myself to see how far I can go with this health kick. We even got almond milk.

Today, I bring you a recipe. I must reinstate I am really bad at cooking, and you probably shouldn’t follow anything I say, but this was a bit different and BY GOLLY I WANT TO SHOW IT OFF. So keep reading if you fancy a bhaji frittata…

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Cooking (quite badly) time: Gluten-Free Salmon Fishcakes

Cooking time again- probably not a good thing though. I’m bad at this. But I made salmon fishcakes and they were quite nice. Filling though, phewf. Warning: this is the most confusing recipe ever due to how I ramble on a lot.

(Makes 8 fishcakes, which I thought would be small but they weren’t so be warned.)

1. So I started off with some gluten free bread to get some breadcrumbs ready for later. I wanted them to dry out a bit, so I thought I’d do them first (thinking ahead, I know, look at me). I used 150g-ish, cut them up a bit, then plonked them in the food processor, chopper thing we have. I don’t know, it was just really fun to use.

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2. I stuck on the oven to gas mark 4 to get nice and toasty for my salmon, then I got a pan of slightly seasoned (I just chucked some salt in cause I thought I should) water on heat so it could boil for some potatoes. Woohoo, potatoes. So then I peeled about 4 and a half potatoes and chopped them a little, and took an artsy photo of my potatoes, before chucking them into the boiling water and letting them do their thing for about 30 minutes.

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3. Before I got my salmon ready, I got the zest and juice of half a lemon prepared. Then another artsy photo.

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4. Time for the salmon. The oven was nice and hot, so I brushed the salmon with olive oil, and a bit on the tray because I have no idea what I’m doing half the time, and plonked it in the oven for about 25 minutes. Yum.

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5. Whilst I was waiting for the salmon I tidied up a bit and then put some salad on my plates ready for serving (told you, definition of preparedness). Then I got the salmon out and let it cool before flaking it and discarding the skin. I couldn’t find any bones to discard, but I wasn’t wearing my glasses so who knows.

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6. I totally forgot to mention that I mashed my potatoes up, whilst the salmon was cooling. Added some milk and seasoned them, but didn’t do too much to them really because I’m useless.

7. Then it was time to get the mash, salmon, 2 tbsp of melted butter and 2 tsp of wholegrain mustard and mix it all together. I didn’t have any parsley or dill which I wanted to add, so I had a little cry and thought about my life choices, then got on with the cooking. It is a hard life when you don’t have parsley and dill.

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8. Then I added that lemon juice and rind from before and seasoned the mixture, then did a bit more mixing. Which felt like baking so I enjoyed it.

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9. Got some gluten free plain flour, the breadcrumbs and a slightly beaten egg and put them out ready for the messy part…

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10. … Which starts by diving the mix into 8 balls then squashing them into thick disks. Again, felt like baking so I enjoyed it lots.

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11. Once I made my cute little disks of fish and potato, I dipped each one in flour, then in egg, then in breadcrumbs and look… Fishcakes!!

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12. So the scary part is actually frying the fishcakes and I’m totally going to blame the gluten free bread for the slight failing of the last step, even though it was more so the fact that I didn’t put enough oil in or something. To fry them you just heat some oil in a frying pan then in batches plonk in them fishcakes.

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13. When they are all crispy put them on a plate and voilĂ ! I cut up the other half of the lemon into wedges to serve and mayonnaise was also really tasty with it, so yeah. If you like mayo, it is nice.

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They were tasty, I promise.

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Cooking (quite badly) time: Gluten-Free Burgers

So I don’t cook much, as I don’t think I’m very good, I’m lazy, my parents are great cooks and quite frankly, I’m more of a baking girl. But I need to kick my butt into shape on the cooking front, so I looked in our fridge and found very little… But we did have some beef mince, and my dad’s gluten-free bread (he is a Coeliac) so I decided to make some really simple burgers!!! Wahey!!

(Makes 4 burgers)

1. Get that mince. I used about 300-400g of beef mince. I think. I have no idea, I just used what looked right.

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2. Get that bread. I used gluten-free bread so my dad doesn’t keel over, and grated it into my mix. I used 3 pieces and cut off the crusts, but they are pretty tiny pieces of bread (seriously, no idea why they are so tiny, it is really bizarre) so two larger pieces would probably do. Don’t take my word for it, I’m really not a good cook.

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3. Get that egg. Crack that egg. Plonk that egg in your mix.

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4. Get that salt. Get that black pepper. Season your mix. I just fling some in and hope for the best. I added a bit too much pepper possibly, but I’m not the biggest fan of pepper so I’m probably being oversensitive.

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5. Mix it all!! (With clean hands, I would hope).

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6. Pat and shape them into cute little blobs. I made 4 with this mix, but they were pretty hefty burgers. I also only needed 3 so my dad was in for a big tea.

7. Heat up your pan for about 4 minutes with some cooking oil, and maybe have a little tidy whilst you do that because my mum hates a messy cook (and my mum is too nice to upset). I also put the burgers in the fridge. To firm them, or something. When it has heated up, put in them burgers, yum yum.

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8. Cook them for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Well that’s what I did, and they turned out okay (but you go for what your heart feels, follow your dreams, live a free life…).

9. Whilst they cook get your buns ready (I used a gluten free roll for my dad and heated it for 30 seconds in the microwave otherwise they are gross), butter them up, cut some lettuce and red onion and plonk it on. Maybe some cheese… Go crazy!! I put out a little salad with some plum tomatoes too, because yum.

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10. I put some new-potatoes-garlic-butter-thing in the microwave whilst my little burgers cooked away, because I’m a cheat. Then once I had cooked  both sides I served it all up. Yum. (I also burnt myself, baking is so much nicer).

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11. Eating time!

So yeah, this has been cooking badly with Rhiannon! (I apologise to all cooking blogs).