Mexican Breakfast & Scanpan Giveaway!

Mexican BreakfastThis week I have been sent a new Scanpan lidded sauté pan to test out. Having loved their roasting pan so much, I was really quite excited to try it out!

On another note, the Mr absolutely loves Mexican cuisine and he found a fantastic one pot recipe from Jamie Oliver. Guess what? You need a lidded sauté pan to make it, it was meant to be!

So here is what you will need to serve 3 people:

  • 1 Small Onion, peeled & diced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, peeled & diced
  • 1 Red Pepper, deseeded & diced
  • 1 Red Chilli, deseeded & diced
  • 2 Fresh Bay Leaves
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 x 400g Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Tortilla Wraps, to serve *
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese, to serve

*For a gluten free version either serve on it’s own or use gluten free wraps.

Once you have prepped all your veg, heat a large frying/sauté pan over a medium heat. Make sure you have a lid for it.

Add the olive oil into the pan followed by the onion, garlic, red pepper & bay leaves. Season with a healthy amount of salt & pepper and cook for about 15 minutes until soft & golden.

Mexican Breakfast

Mexican BreakfastAdd in the chopped tomatoes & bring to the boil. Cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken.

Mexican BreakfastGive it a taste, if you think it needs it – add in some more salt & pepper.

Lay the sliced fresh tomato over the sauce. Then make 3 wells, drop an egg into each one & sprinkle with a little salt & pepper.

Mexican BreakfastPop the lid on & cook over a medium heat for about 4-5 minutes or until the eggs are cooked how you like.

Mexican Breakfast

Spoon into the tortilla wraps & get it down ya! This is a seriously delicious breakfast & so easy to make. I love that it hardly makes any pots too! Certainly makes a change from that boring bacon & egg cob. Yes, it’s a ‘cob’ where I come from! 😛

Scanpan Giveaway

Right, onto the Sauté Pan. A few things to note, the first being just how fantastic the quality is! There’s a reason this retails at £149, you really do get what you pay for. For starters, it’s nice & weighty but not too heavy to pick up, just the right balance. It’s safe for use on pretty much all hobs and it’s even oven & dishwasher proof. Making it really versatile in the kitchen & easy to clean. Not got a dishwasher? It’s still insanely easy to clean. Even the really tough crusty stuff just wipes straight off!

Also, because of the multi layered base (made from ceramic titanium, aluminium & other metals) it distributes heat really evenly and quickly. So you’re not stood there for ages waiting for the pan to heat up, nor do you get any uneven cooking.

And the non stick coating really is amazing. Not only making light of the cooking & the washing up, but you can even use metal utensils on it. Yeah, seriously. They literally won’t touch it it’s that good!

Another thing I noticed whilst using it is, due to the sides being quite high, it pretty much stopped all spatter from getting out the pan. I hate having to clean the hob every time I use it, and now I don’t have to! Brilliant.

 

Want to win one of these incredible pans for yourself? To be in with a chance of winning – just do one, or all, of the following 3 things:

1. Like the KitchenMason & Scanpan UK pages on Facebook then share the photo on my timeline

2. Follow @KitchenMason & @ScanpanUK on Twitter and retweet the competition tweet on KitchenMason’s Twitter feed with the hashtag #WinScanpan

Not on social media? No problem!

3. Subscribe to my blog via e-mail or WordPress (on the right hand side of the page) and leave a comment on this post to say you’ve done so.

 

It really is that easy!

Competition is open to UK residents only and closes on Monday 18th May 7pm.

The winner will be announced on both Facebook & Twitter afterwards.

I hope you enjoyed the post, and good luck!

Miss KitchenMason

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Thyme Baked Eggs

Thyme Baked EggsAs I promised on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, I finally got round to writing up the recipe for this tasty little creature. It’s honestly one of the nicest breakfasts I’ve had in a long time. (and I go out of my way to eat a lot of nice weekend breakfasts!) The best bit is you can use whatever herb you like. Whether it’s fresh or dry, thyme, basil or chives – it’s bound to be an incredibly simple yet fantastically delicious breakfast!

Here is what you will need to make 1 portion. Obviously you can make as many as you like.

  • 2 tsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme *
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Eggs

Essential Equipment

  • Ramekin

* If you use a dried herb, use 1 tsp. If you are using fresh herbs, use 2 tsp.

Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C.

Add the butter to the ramekin and, whilst the oven is preheating, pop it in and allow the butter to melt.

Thyme Baked EggsWhen it’s completely melted, remove from the oven and add in the herbs along with some salt & pepper. Mix it together.

Thyme Baked EggsCrack in both eggs, then top with a little more salt & pepper if you like.

Thyme Baked EggsPlace the ramekin onto a baking tray and place into the preheated oven for approx 12 – 15 mins until the white is cooked but the yolks are still a little runny.

If you like, you can serve with buttered ‘soldiers’ (toast cut into slices) or simply have on it’s own for a gluten free option.

Thyme Baked Eggs

Thyme Baked EggsIt really is that easy! There are so many reasons to make this breakfast. It’s no fuss, it’s cheap and uses whatever you have in your cupboards, the butter stops the ramekin from becoming a cleaning nightmare (as we all know egg can be) and it’s down right bloomin’ delicious! Do I honestly need to give you anymore excuses to try it?

Give it a go next weekend, go on, you know you want to 😛

And on that note, I hope you all enjoyed the post my lovelies! Until next week.

Miss KitchenMason

Tapas Night!

Tapas Night!This week, with the inspiration of a new cookbook – me and my good friends Emma & Sarah decided to team up and put together a Spanish Tapas evening. After much deliberation, we each chose a few dishes to tackle and spent a day cooking together in the KitchenMason kitchen. With beautiful dishes such as Patatas Bravas and stuffed pickled peppers on the table, the evening was a huge & delicious success! I would highly recommend getting together with friends and giving a Tapas evening a go. Not only is it great fun, it’s unbelievably tasty too!

Here are a few of my favourites from the day…

Tapas Night!

“Eggs & Cheese”

Serves 6

(Vegetarian & Gluten Free)

  • 6 x Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Chives, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh Red Chilli, deseeded & finely chopped
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Put the eggs in a pan and cover with cold water. Place over a high heat and bring to the boil then turn down to a simmer and cook for a further 7 minutes. Plunge into a bowl of ice cold water (to prevent the yolks from going green) and allow to cool.

Once they’re cold, peel the shells and cut into halves.

Remove the yolks and rub them through a sieve and into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well then spoon into the halved egg whites.

Present on lettuce leaves topped with a single chive (if you’re trying to be a fancy pants like me!)

Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Tapas Night!

Pickled Stuffed Peppers

Serves 6

(Vegetarian & Gluten Free)

  • 200g Cuajada Cheese (or any fresh goat’s cheese)
  • 400g Pickled Peppers (we used pimientos del piquillo)
  • 1 tbsp fresh Dill, finely chopped
  • Salt & Pepper

Cut the cheese into pieces approx 1cm (or 1/2″) long.

Drain the peppers from the jar and slit the sides of each one. (Deseed if they aren’t already.)

Stuff the peppers with the cheese then lay on a serving plate. Sprinkle with the chopped dill and some salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Tapas Night!

Sun-dried Tomato & Goats Cheese Tarts

Serves 6

(Vegetarian)

  •  70g Sun-dried Tomatoes in oil (drained & 2 tbsp oil reserved)
  • 1 Courgette, finely sliced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, crushed
  • 250g Puff Pastry
  • Plain Flour, for dusting
  • 150g Goat’s Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Preheat your oven to 220°C/Fan 200°C and line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or dampen slightly with water.

Finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes, set to one side, then heat 1 tbsp of the reserved oil in a large frying pan. Add the courgette slices and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until golden brown on both sides.

Add the garlic into the pan, stir for about 30 secs then take the pan off the heat and allow to cool.

Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Then using a 9cm (3 1/2″) round cutter, cut out 12 rounds.

TOP TIP!! Never roll puff pastry into a ball and re-roll. Always stack the trimmings on top of each other and re-roll or you will loose all those lovely layers within & it won’t rise.

Transfer the rounds to the prepared baking sheet and prick each one lightly with a fork. Leaving 1cm all the way round – split the courgette mixture between each disc then add the tomatoes. Top with some goat’s cheese, a drizzling of the remaining tomato oil and a sprinkling of salt & pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for approx 10-15 minutes until golden, risen & delicious!

Tapas Night!

Cheese Puffs with Fiery Tomato Salsa

Serves 6-8

(Vegetarian)

For the Cheese Puffs

  •  70g Plain Flour, sifted
  • 50ml Olive Oil
  • 150ml Water
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 55g Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika, good quality!
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Oil for Deep Frying

For The Fiery Salsa

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, crushed
  • Splash of White Wine
  • 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Purée
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • Dash of Tabasco Sauce
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper

To make the salsa, heat the olive oil in a large, heavy based frying pan then add the onion. Fry until softened but not browned. Then add the garlic, cook for a further 30 seconds and throw in the wine. Allow to bubble down for 10-20 seconds or so then add the remaining ingredients to the pan. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until nice and thick. Season with salt & pepper to taste and pour into a serving bowl.

To make the cheese puffs, Place the olive oil and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil then throw in the flour and vigorously beat with a wooden spoon until a lump of dough forms. Tip the dough into a glass bowl and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Tapas Night!Now, with a truck load of elbow grease, gradually beat the eggs into the dough. It will feel like the mixture is splitting each time but stick with it & it should come together. You are aiming for a ‘dropping’ consistency.

Tapas Night!

Tapas Night!Once all the eggs are used up, add in the parmesan cheese & the paprika. Season well with salt & pepper and give it a good mix. Cover & refrigerate until needed.

Tapas Night!

Fill a deep fat fryer with oil and heat to approx 180/190°C. Alternatively, fill a large saucepan with oil and heat until a cube of bread browns in approx 30 seconds.

When the oil is hot enough, carefully drop in teaspoons of the prepared mixture. Fry for 2-3 minutes – they should puff up and float to the surface.

Tapas Night!Allow to drain on kitchen paper for a minute or two and repeat until all the mixture is used up.

Serve the cheese puffs warm alongside the bowl of fiery salsa.

This one was a bit of a labour of love but totally worth it! I was intrigued by the idea of a savoury choux pastry, and now I’ve tried it?  I absolutely love it! Very tasty stuff.

There was one last little gem though, chorizo in red wine. This was, by a country mile, the star of the show! It was that good… I didn’t even get a chance to take a pic for you all! As a consolation, I’ve borrowed one from the internet and provided you lovely lot with the recipe so you can have a go yourself.

Tapas Night!

Chorizo in Red Wine

Serves 6

NEEDS 8 HOURS TO MARINATE

  • 200g Chorizo Sausage
  • 200ml Spanish Red Wine

Prick the sausage 3-4 times with a fork then place in a saucepan with the wine.

Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat & simmer for 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a plastic tub, cover & leave to marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Reserving the wine, take the chorizo out the tub & remove the skin. (We found it easiest to use a vegetable peeler.)

Slice the sausage then place in a frying pan over a high heat. Add in the reserved wine and simmer until almost all the wine has evaporated.

Serve with cocktail sticks to spear.

 

Well, that just about covers our Spanish Tapas Evening. I hope you all enjoyed the post lovelies, until next week!

Miss KitchenMason

Two Ingredient Nutella Cake!

2 Ingredient Nutella CakeOk, I came across this recipe (from Kirbie’s Cravings) and thought… yeah, that’s not possible. Turns out, it’s totally possible! Not only do you need just two ingredients, it’s easy to make and it’s gluten free! So what are you waiting for? Here is what you will need.

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 240g Nutella

Equipment

  • 7″ Springform or Loose Bottomed Pan
  • Electric Stand Mixer with Balloon Whisk Attachment OR Electric Hand Whisk

First thing’s first, grease and line your baking tin with baking/parchment paper & preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C.

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeWeigh out the Nutella into a large glass bowl.

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeEither microwave for 20 seconds or place over a pan of barely simmering water for a minute or two. Stir until loose and smooth. Allow to cool whilst you move onto the eggs.

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeBreak the eggs into the bowl of an electric stand mixer. (or, if using an electric hand whisk, a very large glass bowl.)

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeUsing the balloon whisk attachment, whisk on the highest setting for about 6-7 minutes until thick, shiny & at least tripled in volume. (This may take longer if using an electric hand whisk.)

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeAdd 1 third of the whisked eggs into the Nutella and very gently fold in using a spatula. Continue to fold until there are no streaks of egg left, then repeat twice more for the last two thirds. You should be left with a light, chocolate batter.

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeCarefully pour this into the prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeWhen it’s cooked, open the oven door and allow to cool in the oven for about 30-40 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeWhen it has completely cooled, and I do mean – completely. Cut into 8 slices and enjoy with a cup of tea. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. In fact, I actually think it tastes nicer once it’s been chilled!

Two Ingredient Nutella CakeThis cake looks like it’s going to be quite fudgy but it’s actually incredibly light! I almost don’t want to call it a cake as much as, well, honestly? I’m not sure what I’d call it! Whatever the case, it’s light, it’s gluten free and it’s got Nutella in it. I think that’s a win right? Oh, and each slice is only about 200 calories. Not bad eh?

Hope you all enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next week!

Miss KitchenMason

The ‘Fridge Clearing’ Frittata!

The 'Fridge Clearing' Frittata!So you’re in a rush, you have loads of leftover bits and bobs in the fridge to use but you want something that is healthy too… my frittata recipe ticks all those boxes! It’s the perfect lunch, brunch, breakfast or snack and easily adaptable to suit any palette or fridge. Here is what you will need to serve 2 as a main meal or 3 as a light lunch.

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil + extra for greasing
  • 1/2 Small Onion, diced
  • 1 Sweet Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, peeled & chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, deseeded & chopped
  • 1 tsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp Honey Mustard
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 20g Parmesan, grated
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Chives, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper

NOTE: You can substitute any of the vegetables to what you fancy/have in your fridge.

Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C

Lightly grease a 20cm/8″ sandwich tin and set to one side.

Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add in the oil, when hot – add  the onions and gently fry until softened.

The 'Fridge Clearing' Frittata!Add the peppers & garlic to the pan and fry for a few minutes until the peppers just start to soften.

The 'Fridge Clearing' Frittata!

The 'Fridge Clearing' Frittata!Add in the tomatoes, tomato puree, honey mustard and season well with salt & pepper. Fry for a minute or 2 then remove from the heat and tip into the prepared sandwich tin.

In a jug, beat the eggs together with HALF the parmesan, all the chives and a generous helping of salt & pepper. Pour the mixture over the vegetables and mix a little with a fork.

The 'Fridge Clearing' Frittata!Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and pop into the centre of the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until cooked through & golden brown on top. Serve with a side salad.

The 'Fridge Clearing' Frittata!There you have it folks. A super quick dish that’s dispensed of all those leftover ingredients you didn’t know what to do with. Not to mention the fact that it’s healthy delicious AND cheap! What more could you want from a meal?

I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies.

Until next time!

Miss KitchenMason

Spiced Scrambled Eggs

Spiced Scrambled EggsThis week I fancied trying something new for our Sunday morning breakfast. I came across this recipe on the good old BBC Good Food website and liked what I saw!

Here is what you will need to make enough for 2 hungry people:

  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1/2 large Red Chili, sliced
  • 1 clove Garlic, chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • splash of Milk
  • 6 Cherry Tomatoes, seeds removed & quartered
  • Fresh Coriander, chopped
  • 4 Sliced of Toast to serve

Heat a little olive oil in a large non stick pan and pop your bread in the toaster ready for later.

Tip the diced onion, sliced chili & chopped garlic into the heated pan and fry for a minute or two until the onions have softened.

Frying the veg

Beat the milk into the eggs along with some salt & pepper then pour into the hot pan.

Making the scrambled eggsBegin moving the egg around until it is nearly cooked then throw in the chopped cherry tomatoes.

Adding the TomatoesContinue to cook until the eggs are the way you like them & the tomatoes are warmed through. Try not to overcook them though, you know this has happened when a watery liquid starts to seep out of the eggs.

Serve the eggs on the toast you made earlier & sprinkle with some freshly chopped coriander.

Spiced Scrambled EggsThen devour with a big cup of tea!

This one was a hit with me and the Mr. The tomatoes add a pleasant sweetness and the coriander gives a lovely freshness to the dish. All in all, a brilliant and quick breakfast recipe to add to the archives!

In other news this week, I have started to sell my cupcakes locally and have just published my new website Cakes by KitchenMason. You should go and check it out!

If you have any questions or would like to place an order, you can do so via the contact us page on the site or email me at cakesbykitchenmason@gmail.com.

Hope you enjoyed the post guys n gals!

Miss KitchenMason

Potato, Caramelized Onion & Chorizo Spanish Tortilla

Just so you don’t start to think I’m living on a diet solely made up of cupcakes, I have something relatively healthy for a change!

I’ve wanted to try a fritata/tortilla/crustless quiche type dinner for a while now. Mainly because you can be as inventive or conservative as you like with the ingredients and flavours you add in. It’s also a great “fridge clearer” dish because you can pretty much chuck anything you have into it!

The recipe I used is loosely based on one I found over at Sea Salt With Food.

Here is what you will need to make enough to feed 3-4 people as a main course.

  • 2 x approx 300g Potatoes
  • 1 x Onion
  • 70g Chorizo
  • 1 tsp Baxters Jalepeno Chilli Jelly
  • 5 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Preheat your oven to 180°C.

First up, prep the veg. Peel and dice the potatoes, slice the onion, cut the chorizo into chunks & chop the parsley.

Now all that lot’s ready, put the diced potatoes in a pan and cover with cold water, season with salt. Bring to the boil & simmer for about 5-6 minutes. Drain and keep to one side.

Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in an oven proof frying pan over a medium heat and add the onions. Fry for 5 minutes until softened and just starting to turn golden then add the jalepeno jam. Keep frying until the onions are nearly caramelized and add the chorizo and some salt & pepper. Fry for a further 2 minutes until the chorizo goes slightly crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.

A quick note about the jalepeno jam. For those who fear the heat, worry not! It is for the sweetness to help along the caramelizing of the onions. It adds no heat at all.

Beat the eggs in a jug and add a generous amount of salt and pepper.

Add the remaining 3 tbsp of olive oil to the pan then add the potatoes & parsley. Mix together and pour over the egg. Scatter the caramelized onions & chorizo over the top and put in the oven for about 10 minutes until the egg has set.

Slice up and serve with a salad.

This is a really quick dinner that you can knock up in no time. You can keep it economical and throw in those leftover ingredients from the fridge. You can please most people by easily switching out ingredients and you could eat it as either part of a main course or a snack. All in all, there’s not really anything bad I can say about this dish!

I think next time I might try it with some grated parmesan melted on top & a teaspoon of mustard beaten in with the eggs just to give it that extra little kick of flavour. Or even make one more suited to the Mr by adding some chillis in there for a bit of heat.

Either way, I will definitely be making more of these!

Hope you enjoyed the post and I’ll catch you all soon.

Miss KitchenMason