Posts by Alex Poole

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

By Alex Poole | 05/11/2018 | Posted in Recipes

Roasted Red pepper soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 160g Onion, quartered
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
  • 200g Carrot, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 400g Red pepper, halved, de seeded, roasted
  • 300g Tomato
  • 1 Vegetable Stock
  • 900ml/31.6floz Water
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch Pepper

Total recipe time: 73 minutes

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 28 Minutes

Serves: 4

Utensils list:

  • Chopping board
  • Peeler
  • Sharp knife
  • Roasting tray
  • Spoon Wooden or plastic
Preparation
  1. Peel and quarter the onion
  2. Peel the garlic
  3. Peel and quarter the carrot
  4. Halve and de seed the red pepper
  5. Halve the tomato
  6. Pre heat the oven to 200oc / Gas Mark 6

Cooking steps
  1. In a roasting tin as the onion wedges, carrot and red pepper skin side up, garlic and tomato
  2. Drizzle the olive oil and season with salt and ground black pepper
  3. Roast for 20 – 30 minutes in a preheated oven
  4. Carefully spoon the roasted vegetables into the jug along with the garlic and vegetable stock cube
  5. Fill with water up to the ‘MAX’ mark TIP: As an alternative to vegetable stock you can use chicken
  6. Attach the lid to the jug TIP: A beep will be heard and the icons will flash in sequence when the lid is on securely.
  7. Using the ‘Mode’ button, select the “Smooth” setting TIP: The numbers shown on screen indicate how long it will take before the soup is ready
  8. The Soup Maker will beep to indicate when the soup is ready, Turn off at the power socket, carefully remove the Lid, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve

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Mico Pork Burgers

By Alex Poole | 05/11/2018 | Posted in Recipes

Mico Pork Burgers

Ingredients:

  • a little vegetable oil
  • 150g minced pork
  • 30g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 40g onion, finely chopped
  • 1½ level tsp dried thyme
  • a little salt and pepper
  • a little salt and pepper

Method

  1. Lightly oil the metal pods of the Mico Egg
  2. Place the meat, breadcrumbs, onion, herbs and seasoning in a bowl and mix well with a fork. Then add enough of the beaten egg (a little less than half) to just bind the mixture together
  3. Form into two balls, and then and flatten slightly to fit into the metal pods.
  4. Place the metal pods into the Mico egg and add the lid on the base.
  5. Using an 800W microwave oven, cook for 8 minutes 45 seconds to 9 minutes.
  6. Serve with bread rolls, mustard and potato salad.

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Butternut Squash & Chilli Halloween Soup

By Alex Poole | 18/10/2018 | Posted in Recipes, Soupmaker

butternut squash and chilli halloween soup

Created by our food blogger Becca Schrod, delicious and simple to create!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash, deseeded and cut into chunks – leave the seeds on one side
  • 1 large red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped low calorie olive oil spray
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp paprika Salt and pepper to taste
  • 0% fat natural yoghurt to serve

Method:
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Roast the butternut squash, potato, garlic, paprika and chilli for 20 minutes in a roasting tin.
  3. Add the stock, roasted butternut squash & potato mix, onion and salt and pepper to the soup maker on the smooth setting.
  4. Whilst the soup is cooking, toast the butternut squash seeds in a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray, salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the soup with a swirl of 0% fat yoghurt and top with the toasted seeds.
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Slow Cooked Butter Chicken Curry

By Alex Poole | 18/10/2018 | Posted in Recipes, Slow cookers

Ingredients:

  • 60g Salted Butter
  • Chicken (depends on the serving)
  • 160g Onion (sliced) 160g 
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic (crushed)
  • 15 Cardamom Pods (cracked open)
  • 2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp of Curry Powder
  • 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 400g Tin of Coconut Milk
  • 125ml of Water 125ml
  • 4floz Salt Pinch and Pepper Pinch
Preparation:
  1. Place the cooking pot onto the base unit
  2. Peel and finely slice the onion using a sharp knife
  3. Place the cardamom into the pestle and bruise with the mortar ensuring all the pods are cracked opened. TIP: If you don’t have a pestle and mortar, use a can of soup, or similar and crack on a chopping board.
  4. Peel and crush the garlic cloves

Cooking:

  1. Place the chicken, onion, Cardamom, butter and garlic into the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle over the cayenne pepper and curry powder.
  3. Pour over the tinned tomatoes, coconut milk and water.
  4. Gently stir to combine ensure the chicken is immersed in the liquid. TIP: Do not use a metal spoon as it may scratch the pot.
  5. Place the lid on the cooking pot and using the control know cook on the desired setting for the minimum time. TIP: Slow cooking setting depending on your cooking time. Low cooks slowly and succulent (8 – 10 hours) Medium cooks on a medium heat (6-8 hours) and High faster (4-6 hours)
  6. Carefully remove the cardamom pods. TIP: Be aware the dish and food will be hot. When the cooking ends, turn the control knob off.
  7. Serve immediately. TIP: Season to taste. Serve with white fluffy rice TIP: if you would like a thicker sauce - Place the cooking pot back on the hob and bring the liquid to the boil. Boil until it has reduced by half.
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