Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Sexy Seasoned Scallops!

I had the opportunity to cook something I have always wanted to cook last week but never had the chance to before! So i'm thankful to be able to do so!

This was a fish dish... easy to cook and very tasty! Yes Scallops... and very enjoyable ones at that!

I was really surprised that it only took about ten minutes to prepare this meal so if you want to cook something in a hurry and spend more time entertaining and taking good care of your guests then this is the perfect dish.

RECIPE: Sexy Scallops seasoned with Chili and Coriander served with a Spinach and watercress salad and a drizzling of balsamic vinegar.

You will need:

1 pack of M&S pre-seasoned Scallops
1 pack of Spinach and Watercress salad
Splash of balsamic vinegar

To make:

1. Heat a frying pan with a drop of olive oil

2. Once heated add the Scallops

3. Keep turning again and again for around 5-7 minutes until browned

4. Serve with a side salad and some balsamic dressing.

This makes a really great light and fresh meal.

It is a classy, tasty and flavourful meal perfect to share with someone special! White wine will compliment this dish delightfully but make sure you have someone to pour it!!!... and for dessert I recommend my Duckey Carrot cake.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Duckeys Chocolate Coated Strawberry Dream

Dessert lovers! Listen up! This one is for you!

I was having a good girlie night and every girl needs a chocolate treat from time to time! It is a woman's prerogative after all!

I love strawberries and I love chocolate so what better than to combine these tasty little treats together. To make this a true dessert it needed something extra so i made a coconut and honey yogurt to dip the chocolate coated strawberries in.

RECIPE: Dark chocolate dipped strawberries accompanied by a luxurious coconut and honey flavoured yogurt topped with dark chocolate shavings and chocolate dipped Brazil nuts.

You will need:

A dozen strawberries
1 bar of Green and Blacks dark chocolate
A few Brazil nuts
1 pot of low fat natural yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 dessert spoon of dessicated coconut

To make:

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl this can be done in the microwave or over some hot water on the hob

2. Take your individual strawberries and dip the all the way into the chocolate then arrange them evenly on a plate (you may also like to try this with some Brazil nuts)

3. Allow to cool in the fridge for about an hour

4. Take a martini glass

5. In a bowl add some low fat natural yogurt then add the honey and coconut and stir

6. Grate on some chocolate shavings

7. Arrange on a wooden platter and serve with the strawberries nuts and some chocolate chunks!

True heaven on a platter! mmm!

Duckeys Italian Antipasti!

I have to say that one of my favourite Italian dishes must be antipasti! One reason I love this tasty little treat is that its great finger food, you can really get stuck in and involved with it!

The flavours of a traditional antipasti combined are magnificent and completely complement each other with smokey, garlic tasting food.

I also love the assortment of colours as you can see by the photos this dish just comes alive.

I like to serve an antipasti in two occasions usually, the first would be if I had company and I wanted to serve some light nibbles and the second would be when I want to veg out in front of the TV with a good movie and bottle of pinot!

So here is how I assemble my antipasti and what ingredients I use!

You will need:

Vine tomatoes (it is actually the vine that creates the beautiful tomato fragrance!)
Stuffed vine leaves (from the Deli counter)
Fresh Mozzarella cheese (from the Deli counter)
1 bag of fresh salad for garnish
A handful of fresh parma ham (also obtained from the meat counter)
Rustic Italian bread (fresh toasted)
Sun dried tomatoes
Assortment of olives
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
(this bit you can do yourself or buy pre-prepared) roasted courgette, red pepper and aubergine!
1 platter board (wooden)

To make:

OK guys how easy is this, once back from the supermarket, unpack all of your ingredients!

Get out your wooden platter board!

Neatly arrange the ingredients around the board.

Toast the bread roast the vegetables and serve the olive oil and balsamic!

How easy is that!

If you are serving this at a party be aware it might not last that long!

This is the roasted vegetables, I did mine on a George Foreman for about 5 minutes with some Rosemary and Oregano however you can also bake them in the oven for around 20 minutes.

So if you have guests or just want some easy food then veg out with my Italian Antipasti solution!

Monday, 24 November 2008

Duckeys Healthy Banana Cake...

OK folks this was something I was working on before I came home to Suffolk. I was going through my cake phase and really wanted to try a loaf cake. So I thought what better than banana cake.

This was a really easy and simple cake to make which had immense banana flavour and a moist texture.

RECIPE: Moist fluffy banana cake perfect served cold from the fridge or warm with a cup of tea.

You will need:

75g softened butter
75g brown granulated sugar
1 large beaten egg
225g plain wholemeal flour
2 level tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon low fat natural yogurt
4 small ripe bananas or 2 big ones!
50g chopped walnuts / nuts

To Make:

1. In a bowl add the butter, caster sugar and egg intoand whisk then add in the flour and baking powder.

2. In another bowl mash the banana and add some natural yogurt.

3. Add the two mixtures together and combine.

4. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.

5. Line a loaf tine with some greeseproof paper and add the cake mixture into the tin. Add this into a pre-heated oven of 180 degrees.

6. This will take around 30-40 minutes to bake in the oven. Usually bread and loafs will take a bit longer due to their shape and size. You can test the cake with a cocktail stick if it comes out clean you know your cake is ready!

7. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool.

8. Once cool cut the cake into small slices and serve!

This cake is the perfect simple cake to serve and store and great for all those cheeky monkeys who love to eat cake!

Duckey is BACK!

Hi Guys! Did you miss me???!

Well first i'm so sorry! Its been a while!

Due to personal circumstances I can say my creativity within my cooking has been lacking some what lately. To fill you guys in it didn't work out for me in Brighton.

Whilst there were many things I learnt while I was away and it was hard... the positive thing is that I feel I have finally come out of my three years of confusion and being lost. I have realised that sometimes the things you have in life before you leave them... aren't so bad after all! But if going away made me appreciate them well... I honestly do now!

It's been a difficult year away from home but in that time I have learnt to eat well, cook great tasting and inventive food and learn some Independence!
I would also like to take time to thank all of those who stuck through things with me while I was away and those who have been my rock since I've returned!

As you all know sometimes the last thing on your mind when you are going through hard times is to keep up with your blog... but have no fear Duckey is back... with a few new kitchens to cook from.

Love to you all

Duckey x