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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Simple homemade tomato sauce

Continuing on my health kick this simple tomato sauce is not only low fat but good for you, simple, delicious and versatile.

This sauce can be used as a pasta sauce or a meat or fish sauce. 

You can make home made tomato sauces from tinned tomatoes and passata but this recipe uses fresh tomatoes, any variety you can get. 

Here's how to make the basic sauce:-

Crush or finely chop 4-5 cloves of garlic

Thinly chop one large red onion 
Chop approx 10 med sized tomatoes 
(double if baby or small plum) 

Throw it all into a large pan

Fry off on medium heat (no oil required) 

Keep stirring so the tomatoes do not burn. 
Add plenty of salt and pepper

Add 1 1/4 pint of boiling water 
(it will reduce) 

Add stock cube (chicken, fish or veg)

2 teaspoons of tomato purée 

Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer without a lid!  Simmer for an hour (less if you are in a rush) keep topping up with water if it becomes to dry (remember its a sauce)  

If the sauce is too thin add more purée and increase the heat for a short while whilst stirring.


Add a handful of fresh basil at the end
Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of chili flakes  

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Fried Eggs (No oil)

My hubby keeps nagging me to stay off the fried eggs!! He is really into his fitness and tries to watch what he eats. I can not remember the last time I saw him eat a fried egg!!

I'm am currently of a weight loss programme (aka diet) so obviously fried foods are off my menu. I am, however allowed as much low fat protein as I want.

Dry Fried Eggs 
As long as you have a good quality non stick frying pan, you are able to dry fry an egg to perfection. 

ALWAYS heat the pan before cracking the eggs in to it.   If you place egg into a cold pan the odds are against you to get the egg out in one piece. 

Fry on med heat. 

If like me you like a runny yoke but not snotty (my sister's term for runny white) place the frying pan under a hot grill until the white sets. 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Mallorca Food

I am on holiday over in Mallorca (Marjorca) at the moment.  I think we British have forgotten how delicious simple foods can be. 

Over here even the more traditional tavernas and restaurants serve simple, grilled meats, fish and lots of vegetables.

My favourite dish so far is this large piece of griddled cod with prawns. Served with a lonely jacket and and good portion of mixed veg.  To be honest it would have been even better without this creamy bechamal sauce.