Friday 9th November 2018
November Blog 2018
Great news. I have heard that several publishers are showing real interest in my book “Super food for SuperAgers”. This new idea is a book of more than 70 bang up-to-date , bursting with good nutrition, delicious yet easy and pretty speedy to cook recipes that will appeal to the over 55’s. The book will have an interesting introduction giving details of lots of Super Healthy Foods and their properties. It will then be divided into Soups and Starters, Main Meals and Super Easy Desserts. Each of the fab recipes will feed 2 people, as I believe most of my peers, those over 55, are now cooking for only 2 people most nights of the week. However, I have added a section on Dinner Parties for 6, at the end of the book, so making it super easy to sometimes, entertain family and friends, at home.
I have enjoyed making some video clips for Youtube in my kitchen with a few special recipes designed for this age group and I have also been running “Cook Ins” at my home. A group of 10 ladies are currently joining me each Tuesday morning and they seem to be enjoying the cookery demonstrations. We than all eat the “spoils” together round our dining room table, once we have washed up, of course!
The microwave really does come into its own for various dishes when there are just one or two people to feed. As the microwave cooks by weight and time, not temperature, it is very quick, say to cook scrambled egg, for example, for one or two people, but if you were to cook for 6 people, it is probably quicker to cook conventionally. I think that scrambled eggs and bacon, cooked in the microwave are one of the best and most convenient ways you can use this machine and so I include recipes for breakfast as well as a vegetable recipe and a quick and easy dessert which is also pretty healthy too. Food doesn’t” burn on” in the microwave so washing up afterwards is super easy too!
A Spot of Microwave Magic
All recipes are for 2 people
In a litre jug and using a balloon whisk, beat together 3 large eggs with 100ml semi skimmed milk. Season with a little salt and pepper. Microwave on Full Power, or High for 2 minutes. Remove jug from microwave and beat ingredients together again. Return to microwave for a further 2 minutes. The egg will now rise in the jug dramatically. Remove from microwave again, beat into scrambled eggs and serve on lightly buttered toast.
Arrange 2 sheets good quality kitchen roll on a dinner plate that is suitable for the microwave. Place 4 rashers finest de-rinded bacon round the edge of the plate. Try not to let the bacon overlap and make sure you leave space in the centre. Cover with a third sheet of kitchen paper. Microwave on Full Power or High for 2-3 minutes. Remove from microwave and leave to stand for 2 minutes et Voila, crispy bacon! Transfer bacon to a clean plate and throw paper away with a lot of the bacon fat!
Carrots with Celery
Scrub 3 medium size carrots clean, cutting off the ends. Either slice or cut into batons. Put into a small serving dish that will fit into your microwave! Add 1 stick celery, sliced with a few celery leaves. Add 2 Tablespoons water and a little chopped parsley, or ½ Teaspoon dried parsley. Cover loosely with cling film. Microwave on Full Power or High for 5 minutes. Remove dish from the microwave and allow to stand for 2 minutes before stirring and serving. Any liquid can be used in gravy or added to a sauce.
Almond Baked Apples
4 Bramley apples, about 150g each
2 Tbsp. medium sherry
25g butter, softened
4 Tsps. Ground almonds
2 drops almond essence
2 Tbsps. Fresh orange juice
2 Tsps. runny honey
- Stand the washed apples on a chopping board. Using an apple corer or a sharp knife, remove the core from each apple. Cut a small piece from the base of each core and use as a “bung” to plug the bottom of each apple. Stand each apple on an individual saucer or place the apples together, side by side in a suitable shallow dish.
- With a sharp knife, make a shallow cut, right round each apple, about 2.5cm from the top.
- Pour sherry into centres of apples. Cover loosely with cling film and microwave on Full Power or High for 2 mins. Leave to stand whilst you prepare the filling.
- Put the butter into a mixing bowl. Stir in the ground almonds, almond essence, and the sugar.
- Fill the cavities of each partly cooked apple with half of the prepared filling. Pour orange juice and honey evenly over.
- Cover with cling film and cook on 50% power or defrost for about 6 minutes. Stand for 3 minutes, then serve with custard.
- Note: The cooking time will depend on the wattage of the microwave and the ripeness and size of the apples. Test after the second standing time: gently press the sides of each apple, which should give slightly. If still firm, return to microwave for a further minute.