Steak Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Rocket

What with all this moving and my immanent holiday, I’ve not really had much time for cooking and recipe development recently, which is really how this recipe surfaced. I needed something quick, budget friendly and of course tasty. And let me tell you, this delicious 10 minute recipe ticks all of those boxes. Having moved in with my big brother and discovered that he lives on pizza and milkshake, I feel a certain sense of responsibility to ensure he has something healthy and tasty on his dinner plate at least once a week. And to be honest, I could do with a new guinea pig so I think we’ll do just fine together.

Kelvin (my brother) was rather impressed with this super quick supper, although he was not quite so impressed with the huge plume of smoke that appeared from the general cooker area. Perhaps there was not quite enough oil/ butter in my steak pan, but then again, my steak barely touches the pan before being briskly whipped out in an attempt not to over cook it. Yes, I’m a fan of very rare steak and would rather eat it completely raw than well done, seriously! You can really taste the meat when it’s rare and it practically melts in your mouth – delicious. However you like your steak cooked, I urge you to give this recipe a go.
Beef and horseradish, for me, are two things that belong together, and nowhere do they work better than in this recipe. If you’re not a huge fan of horseradish, or find it too hot, you can change the quantities to suit your own palate. Personally, I like it fairly punchy so the recipe below will give you a nice hot horseradish cream, but just add more sour cream for a milder version. It’s also worth noting that you can use a various different steak cuts, but I opted for rump because I tend to like the fatter cuts – they’ve so much more flavour, but obviously fillet would be nice too, not quite as cheap, but certainly nice.  
1 ciabatta loaf
1 rump or fillet steak
Knob of butter
Handful of rocket
100ml sour cream
1 tbsp horseradish
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine the sour cream, horseradish and mustard in a small bowl, mix well.
Cut the ciabatta in half length ways then through the middle to create two sandwiches. Toast under the grill until golden. Meanwhile season and cook the steak in the knob of butter. Once cooked removed from the pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Spread a thin layer of horseradish cream onto each slice of ciabatta. Thinly slice the steak and pile on top. Add more horseradish sauce if required and a handful of rocket.

Lamb with Roasted Red Onions and Basil (Nigellissima)

This morningafternoon I woke with a rather fuzzy head and what can only be described as a gargantuan appetite. A few too many gin and tonics last night may indeed be the reason behind my pounding headache, but the hunger was all too evident. The problem is, I am very often sick with a hangover so food is out of the question, even water doesn’t sit well in my stomach when I’m it this pathetic state. I waited, almost all day; I toyed with the idea of leaving my onsie on to pop to the supermarket in search of ingredients for dinner, then I reasoned with myself that this was probably socially ‘uncouth’ behaviour and a little, dare I say, trampy? So, having dressed and washed myself, I spent the next half an hour searching through various recipe books for something that would hit the spot. I came across a recipe for roasted red onions with basil in Nigella’s Nigellissima book.  
Nigella suggests lamb to accompany the dish, which I thought was pretty darn perfect, so off I popped to the supermarket in search of my ingredients, and some headache tablets.
This dish is perfect as it is, I didn’t feel I needed any carbs, but obviously you could have new, roasted or even sautéed potatoes with it. The fennel seeds, balsamic and basil are all punchy flavours that are delicious with the sweet roasted red onions and slightly rare lamb. Having cooked up this little feast, I was actually quite disappointed that I didn’t have company to share it with. I’ve a friend coming for dinner on Tuesday so I might try it with roasted brussels sprouts and red onions. If you’ve never had roasted brussels – make sure it’s something you try, they are a far cry from the soggy, cabbage smelling, over boiled ones your mum puts on your Christmas dinner plate. Sorry mum! But, honestly I’m almost certain that even those of you who wince at the thought of a brussels sprout will enjoy them roasted. 

For Nigella’s Roasted Red Onions with Basil Recipe click here!


Speedy Spaghetti with Sardines

Today is a special Friday as the time has finally arrived, moving day is tomorrow. Yippee! I couldn’t be more excited for my fresh start. So obviously the past few weeks have been busy ones, which has meant my kitchen has been rather neglected, hence the lack of recipe posts recently. It’s been a wash with reviews and bits and bobs really, and for that I apologise, but I didn’t want to abandon the blog all together. We all have times where life is just so hectic that we barely have time to think about dinner, let alone begin the tremendous task of pulling out pots and pans, so this post is dedicated to those of you who, like me, are experiencing life in the fast lane.

To be honest, this is almost a variation of Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, you’ll notice many of the same ingredients, but I’ve mixed it up a little. I was trying to empty my food cupboards ahead of the move and I found a lonely tin of sardines in tomato sauce. Why I even bought these in the first place is a mystery to me, but having discovered this recipe I’m kind of glad I did. And, before you’re inner food snob turns its nose up at the idea of fish in a can, think tuna but a little different. Really, it’s not that scary is it? Of course you could always use fresh sardines, but that completely defeats the object of this being a speedy store cupboard supper.

Given that this recipe is made with store cupboard ingredients it has some amazingly punchy flavours, the capers, balsamic vinegar and sardines give it the edge, but it’s completely off set by the small quantity of sugar and sweet basil – delicious!

I’ve realised that sometimes the most satisfying of recipes are discovered when you’ve not spent a small fortune on ingredients and haven’t slaved away for hours.  There is something much more rewarding about having salvaged ingredients from the depths of your cupboards and thrown it all together in 10 minutes. It’s that moment when you taste it and think – actually this is quite good. I even managed to make a little garlic ciabatta roll to accompany my pasta in this time.  Yes, I think I have developed an unhealthy obsession with garlic bread recently, although, I plan to have a stab at this Fasting Day diet some time soon. I know I’m not exactly overweight, in fact I worked out my BMI yesterday at it appears I am a healthy weight. Although, I’m not quite in the middle of the healthy weight scale, which I’d like to be; I think a goal of loosing 5lbs is sensible.

I’m going to keep a food diary for the week and include this in my review blog post; I’ll include the recipes from my fasting days too. Do you think it’s possible to loose 5lbs in one week? Ha ha, I’m not sure I’ll last any longer. I’ve never before attempted a diet so this will be interesting. Perhaps I should have done this a few weeks ago. I’m off to Majorca on the 4th June so I doubt if I’ll get my perfect bikini body by then, but then again, I’ll be over indulging in paella and sangria anyway, so who cares?

230g spaghetti
2tbsp olive oil
120g tin sardines in tomato sauce
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp capers, drained
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp caster sugar
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely diced
Half a bunch of freshly chopped basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmesan to serve

Boil the pasta according to the pack instructions.

Meanwhile heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, garlic and chilli, fry this for about 5 minutes until the flavours have infused. Roughly chop the sardines and add them to the pan along with the capers, chopped tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the pasta is done.

Drain the pasta (reserving a little of the water). Add the pasta to the sauce, mix well ensuring that all of the pasta is coated. If the sauce is a little thick use some of the starchy water to loosen it.

Scatter with freshly chopped basil and parmesan, serve immediately.

Camping Paella for a Crowd

The weather is supposed to be warming up for summer, and you’ll be thinking about going on your holidays, perhaps a weekends camping in Wales? This recipe has been waiting in the realms since the Easter break when I totted off to Nolfolk for a weekends camping with the extended family. There were about 20 of us all told, so this is certainly a recipe for a crowd (although I’ve adapted it to serve 10), and it’s not your typical Spanish paella either. I mean there are certainly Spanish influences and ingredients in the dish, but also ingredients you wouldn’t expect, such as green beans and butter beans. My uncle (that’s right, the one with the pizza oven) tells me that this is an Italian version of paella, but I think we adapted it from various recipes, as you do when you’re camping and you’ve drunk too many glasses of red wine. What starts out to be a gallant effort to stick to the recipe inevitably ends up with many alterations and variations from the original recipe, but one thing that’s for sure is that this paella won’t fail to impress a hungry camping crowd.
I simply love the colours in this dish; it almost shouts festivities with the green beans and red peppers set amongst the pearly butter beans and rosemary. It’s certainly a different take on paella, which is what I think makes it so special. Using chicken thighs and drum sticks means it’s a very budget friendly meal, which is ideal when you’ve 20 people to cater for. Not the simplest of tasks I tell you. For me, camping is a great opportunity to get creative cooking something you wouldn’t normally have time to attempt. Having plenty of willing helpers will make this an easier task, someone to chop vegetables, someone to boil kettles for stock, someone to top up your wine and of course your head chef.

Paella can be tricky, but if you get the basic process right and keep an eye on it you’ll be fine. The cooking process is via a combination of absorption and evaporation, which means that when you add the liquid (stock) to the rice you have to be patient in waiting for the rice to absorb all of the liquid, and make sure that you add more if needed. Once you’ve added the rice refrain from touching it, don’t be tempted to stir it, poke it or fiddle around with it otherwise you’ll end up with a starchy mess.
We started out making this paella in one 20 inch paella pan, but it very quickly became apparent that this was far too small for the amount we were making. Luckily Martin had another big pan, roughly the same size, so this recipe was enough to fill two 20 inch paella pans. I figured that a recipe for 20 people was far more than most people will want to feed, so decided to be more rational and write the recipe quantities to serve 10 people.

I thought I’d share this photograph with you, my uncle’s way of making sure the pan is straight on the hob, I mean is this really necessary? And, who brings a spirit level camping with them anyway? He’s had this pan for 20 years, no word of a lie. So having prepped your ingredients, set up your cooking apparatus and, of course, made sure your pan is precisely in the position you want it your ready to get cracking. 

16 chicken pieces (thighs and drum sticks)
Olive oil
500g paella rice
2 litres chicken stock, hot
2 large pinches saffron
250g spicy chorizo, sliced
2 red sweet pointed peppers, roughly chopped
2 long red chillies (fairly mild ones), finely chopped
250g fine green beans, trimmed and halved
400g tin of butter beans, drained
800g chopped tomatoes
1 heaped teaspoon smoked paprika
1 small bunch rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat 6 table spoons of olive oil in a paella pan. Place the chicken pieces in the pan, once they are browned on all sides remove them and keep warm.
Add the chorizo, green beans, butter beans, peppers, chilli and rosemary to the pan, allow to cook for about 4 minutes, add the chopped tomatoes and paprika, season and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Add the chicken pieces and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the chicken is almost cooked through. 
Pour in a litre and a half of hot chicken stock and 2 large pinches of saffron. Bring everything up to a simmer and then thoroughly stir in the paella rice. Do not stir again, but leave to cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover with a tea towel; this helps the final swelling of the rice and will also absorb excess steam. Serve immediately.


Spaghetti alla Carbonara with Chicken

I’m not often annoyed, as in really annoyed, but today is an exception. My blog has become subject to spam links from a disgusting website, and it’s mucking up my stats left right and centre. I won’t name ‘said’ website as I don’t want to encourage any more links to the offending page. I just wish these people would bog off! And that’s the edited, slightly politer version of what I wanted to say. I have worked hard at establishing Miss Friday’s Feast and I’ll be dammed if some repulsive website wants to get in the way of it. Has anyone else been experiencing these issues lately? Oh so irritating. Anyway, on with today’s post…

Spaghetti alla Carbonara… with Chicken

Pasta has got to be one of my favourite midweek meals; much like the potato it’s just so versatile. I mean, I could probably share at least 10 recipes off the top of my head, and I’m sure that goes for most of us. The point is that you can pretty much add anything to a pasta sauce; I enjoy experimenting with different flavours and textures. Although, there is one pasta dish that stands the test of time for me, and always seems to make its way on to my dinner plate: Spaghetti alla Carbonara. Perhaps it’s the creamy texture, the salty bacon and yes, the stacks of parmesan I grate on top; it’s such a simple meal to throw together, and in so little time. What’s not to love?
This particular recipe is by the Hairy Bikers , although I did make a few alterations, for instance they suggested using 100g of butter. Now, you know I’m not shy of a bit of butter, and carbonara is perhaps one of the most indulgent recipes anyway. However, I did feel this amount of butter was a little unnecessary. I mean no disrespect to Si and Dave, but even the thought of putting that much butter into a dish that is already so rich made me feel a little uneasy. I have to fit into my bikini in 3 weeks time. The original recipe doesn’t call for chicken, but I quite fancied it. Having made many variations of Spaghetti all Carbonara in the past I’m always keen to try a different method or recipe so the white wine in this one was a great addition that I’d never tried. But, I’ll certainly be making it this way again.
Spaghetti alla Carbonara is always at risk of looking a little boring, I put this down to the pasta, the sauce and the cheese all looking the same colour. You want you food to look as appetising as it tastes so reserve some of the crispy pancetta for garnish and sprinkle over a little flat leaf parsley – in terms of presentation this will make the world of difference.
Serve with my quick garlic bread recipe

Serves 4
1tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 chicken breasts
250g pancetta, diced
40g unsalted butter
150ml dry white wine
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
100g parmesan, grated
plus extra for serving
400g spaghetti
Freshly ground black pepper
Warm the oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken, once cooked set aside and keep warm. Add the pancetta to the pan and cook slowly until golden. Add half of the butter, then the wine and simmer for a couple of minutes. In a bowl, beat the whole eggs with the egg yolks and add the parmesan, season with black pepper.
Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions. Drain the pasta and add to the warm pancetta. Add the chicken. Mix until the pasta is nicely coated. Stir in the eggs and cheese – the heat from the pasta will cook the egg.
Stir in the remaining butter, check the seasoning and serve immediately with a sprinkling of chopped flat leaf parsley and extra parmesan. 

Quick Garlic Bread

Okay, I realise this bread is not homemade, but I absolutely hate buying those pre-packaged ghastly garlic

breads you get in the supermarket. It’s the simplest thing to create at home, so why buy it? I’m certainly not going to call it a recipe, you’ll see why, but really it’s just to remind you that making it yourself is such a joy, especially when you get some fresh herbs in the mix. No Italian dinner would be complete without it, whether its spaghetti, pizza or grilled fish. So basically, all you need is a nice fresh ciabatta loaf, garlic, some proper butter and extra virgin olive oil and the herb of your choice; flat leaf parsley and basil work a treat.

Put 40g of softened butter into a dish; add a little olive oil, 4 minced garlic cloves and 3 tbsp of your chopped herbs, mix well to combine the ingredients. Meanwhile, roughly slice the ciabatta loaf on an angle at 2cm intervals, making sure that you don’t cut all the way through.
Here comes a Jamie Oliver tip, take a piece of baking paper large enough to wrap all the way around the bread, screw the paper up into a ball and rinse under cold running water. Unwrap the paper, place the bread in the centre and pour over the butter. Wrap the baking paper tightly around the bread and bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 12 minutes on 200C.

Nominate Miss Friday’s Feast in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards

I was flicking through this months Cosmopolitan magazine and came across an article for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards. Being a blogger, this obviously caught my beady little eye. So I got to thinking, why would people nominate Miss Friday’s Feast over all of the other food blogs that are so perfectly penned and that showcase exceptional photography?

I concluded that, if I expect people to nominate Miss Friday’s Feast that perhaps I should summarise a few of my favourite posts from the past 10 months. I have been completely overwhelmed at how many views my humble little blog receives on a daily basis, you see, this is much more than a profound hobby for me; it’s a journey of personal discovery. I’ve always loved food, for as long as I can remember, although growing up it wasn’t necessarily something that was embraced in our home. 
But, in venturing on to adulthood my passion for food and cookery has only grown, along with my curiosity for discovering new foods and cultures. 
And by writing this blog I am able to share these discoveries with other 
like minded foodies, or just bring a little inspiration to people.
So, I give you my top 5 recipes from 2012/2013:

Click on the links above to view the recipes.
Please take a minute to for vote for me in the 2013 Cosmopolitan Blog Awards. 
Your continued support and encouragement is what keeps my love of blogging alive, so thank you all!
You can nominate Miss Friday’s Feast by following this link.


Bim’s Kitchen – Hot African Lemony Piri Piri Sauce

Happy Friday folks! Moving day is edging ever closer… 2 weeks to go!!

Okay so before we go any further, I just wanted to mention that this is not a sponsored post. I was not paid, gifted or even asked to write this review; it’s just that every so often you try something and feel the need to tell people about it. For those that are regular readers of Miss Friday’s Feast, you’ll know that product reviews really aren’t my thing; mainly because I get fed up of seeing bogus reviews of dull products that people write, just because there is something free on offer. Don’t get me wrong, we all like something for free and I’d be happy to review a product (depending on what it was of course), but I’d give my honest opinion, rather than writing a glowing review for the sake of it. After all, there’s already enough bollocks on the internet.
Anyway, I’ve just polished off this amazing chicken and rice dish for my lunch, and my mouth is still on fire. I say on fire, but that’s obviously a massive exaggeration, what I mean is prickling with the heat of the chillies. And it’s that heat that makes me……. Ooohhh, I just got slightly sidetracked… my new book has arrived! ‘The Fasting Day’ – you’ve all heard about this 5:2 diet right? Well, I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about and find out if I have enough willpower to refrain from eating unhealthy food, for 2 days a week anyway. I guess I’ll give it a go and write a review of the book and diet after a couple of weeks.
Sorry, where were we? Oh yes, mouth on fire… this sauce (Hot African Lemony Piri Piri) made by Bim’s Kitchen is amazing, I first discovered it at the BBC Good Food Show. You can read about all of my other food discoveries here. And if you’re not keen on heat (then you’re a wimp), opt for a slightly milder version. I cooked off some chicken, peppers and red onions, added the sauce and served it with plain boiled rice, perfectly simple, yet exceptionally delicious.
Being an avid foodie, I don’t often ‘open a jar’ for dinner, but when you’re rushing around mid week and work is beginning to take it’s toll, a jar of something stacked with such a depth of flavour is just the ticket. Using African spices and ingredients, such as baobab fruit, alligator pepper, cubeb, chillies and melon seeds the guys and girls at Bim’s have created a phenomenal range of super tasty products (at a very reasonable price). Bim’s Kitchen products (condiments, sauces, curry, chutneys and spice mixes) are available at a wide range of stockists throughout the UK as well as on Amazon. Check out their website here.
All products are suitable for vegetarians and most for vegans.

It’s time to clean off the BBQ

I honestly can’t think of a better way to welcome the summer months than a huge hunk of flame grilled steak, or a hefty sea bass baked on the BBQ. Or, perhaps you’re a simple sausage or burger person? Either way, there really is nothing more exciting than that first BBQ of the year. Imagine the sun shining, friends seated around a table that’s laden with grilled meats and fish, freshly made potato salad and, of course, some form of refreshing alcoholic concoction you had fun throwing together at the last minute. Now, that’s my idea of heaven. If only I had a garden of my own (sighs).  
I was however lucky enough to be invited for a little BBQ a couple of weeks back, a dinner date that turned into a BBQ because the sun was shining. So you’ll see from the pictures that this was a pretty impressive selection of food for the two of us. Surf and Turf anyone? The date may not have progressed anywhere, but hey, the food was certainly tasty and I got my first BBQ of the year out of it; happy days.
I’d recommend splashing out on the nicest meat you can find, if you’ve a local butcher, pop along and see what they suggest. One decent sized quality piece of steak is better than a selection of gristly burgers and sausages right? But, if you are partial to a sausage, opt for one with a high percentage of meat.
So, if you’ve yet to dust off, clean down or even purchase a BBQ, then wait no longer. Although there are many wonderful things here in Blighty, the weather certainly isn’t one of them (most of the time anyway), so make the most of it, spend as many of the warm days as possible in the garden, experiment with your barbecued food and try something new. Invite the family, your friends or indeed the neighbours, get everyone to bring something (perhaps the salad) and enjoy the sunshine whilst it’s here.