Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tomato, chickpea and chicken soup...

And dinner together.... Yum!

With the cooler weather, there is nothing better than a warming soup to eat for dinner.  This soup was inspired by a soup my friend had while we were out for lunch.  I added a chicken breast for additional protein (and also because I had one that needed to be used!).  My soup was served with homemade olive and rosemary bread, sliced with delicious butter!  The soup itself is quite healthy and delicious.

3 x 400g tins or lovely organic chopped tomotoes
approximately 2 - 3 cups of water
1 large red onion diced
1 medium carrot diced
2 sticks of celery chopped
1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
1 x chicken breast
garlic, salt and pepper to taste
harissa paste to taste

How to!
  1. lightly sweat down the onions, carrot, celery and garlic in a 4 litre pot until slightly cooked
  2. add the tinned tomatoes and water and bring to a light boil.
  3. add seasonings - continue to taste through out.
  4. turn heat down and add the chicken breast, cook for about 15 - 17 minutes.
  5. remove chicken breast and roughly chop
  6. using a stick blender, give the soup a quick blend so it thickens but still has chunky pieces in it!
  7. Add chicken back to the soup with drained and washed chick peas.
  8. Cook for another 5 minutes or until chickpeas are heated through.
  9. Serve with bread and garnish with chopped parsley.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Joys of the Jaffle...

Oh the joys!!! My husband got me the new/old Breville Original '74 Jaffle maker!! That is true love!

I remember as a child that there was nothing more satisfying than a cheese or baked bean jaffle.  They were so much better than a toasted sandwich as all of the oozy ingredients were locked into the crisp bread.  I loved it!

I started to think about the joy of the jaffle again recently and decided that we needed to invest in a jaffle maker again.  To my surprise, Breville had re-introduced their Jaffle maker 'the Original '74' - a slightly more modernized version that graced my childhood home.  It arrived in its chrome glory and I haven't looked back!

Yum! #jaffle goodness! Bacon, egg, spinach... Breaky Jaffle FTW!

My favourite 'brunch jaffle' is a bacon, egg, cheese and spinach sandwich.  The following recipe makes 2 jaffles.

2 eggs
handful of grated tasty cheese
1 full rasher of bacon
handful of baby spinach chopped
salt and pepper
4 slices of bread

How to!
  • dice bacon into small pieces and lightly fry, you want to get a little bit of crispiness but not burn to a crisp!
  • in a small bowl combine the eggs, spinach, cheese and seasonings.  The mixture should be a runny paste.  The grated cheese holds it together.
  • butter bread lightly for the jaffle maker
  • Once bacon is cooked, add to the egg mixture, combine and then add to the jaffle maker.
  • Cook until outside is crispy and cooked.

You can play around with this recipe, adding chives, parsley etc.  It's super delicious and quite forgiving!

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