2 Minute Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole and nacho recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

Guacamole is a really tasty dip that is perfect with nachos or a nice addition to a wrap.  There is very little work in creating a guacamole and the end result is a zingy, fresh and full-flavour dip.  Below we take you through the steps to making a quick and easy guacamole straight from your own kitchen.

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Quick and easy garlic pitta bread

Garlic pitta bread recipe - Pikalily food blog

This recipe uses pre-made pitta bread and can be made from start to finish in under 10 minutes.  Garlic bread is a great accompaniment for many dishes and this garlic pitta bread is a great alternative to garlic baguettes that many of us tend to enjoy.  Not only is it a healthier option, but pitta bread is relatively cheap allowing you to create individual slices for friends and family as you dine.  The inspiration for this came from a meal we enjoyed in Coté Restaurant in Brighton, and as we had some pittas that needed used up, this was a quick side to eat with a chicken salad we were preparing.

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Guinness mustard marinated steak with triple cooked chips

Marinated ribeye steak triple cooked chips - Pikalily food blog

We both love our steak and chips, so to celebrate national chip week, we thought we would take a stab at making a batch of triple cooked chips.  This was our first ever attempt of making triple cooked chips and with a rib eye steak sitting in the fridge, it was time to get started with our steak and chips masterpiece.  To marinate the steak we decided to use Guinness mustard seeds which we picked up in a recent visit to the Guinness Storehouse.  While we were looking forward to tucking into the steak, it was time to get started with the triple cooked chips – they take about 2 1/2 hours to get ready!!!

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Lemon and parsley butter roast chicken with savoury potatoes

Lemon butter roast chicken

Sometimes there is nothing nicer than the classic roast chicken.  A popular choice for the Sunday dinner table across the country, the combination of the nation’s favourite meat, with a crispy skin is something for all the family to look forward to.  Fresh from our visit to Belfast’s St Georges Market, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice Sunday roast, using a whole chicken picked up on the day.  We married our chicken with a lemon and parsley infused butter, to achieve the perfect crisp skin, and a tender moist chicken.  To accompany this chicken we served up a helping of cubed rooster potatoes marinated in lemon, garlic and sage.  Here’s how we did it.

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Roasted red pepper and chick pea hummus recipe

Red pepper hummus - Pikalily food blog

Having recently made our very own focaccia bread, we decided to serve it up with some homemade hummus.  The focaccia bread can last for 3 – 4 days, so this recipe allowed us to make a tasty snack to finish the remainder of the focaccia.  Helen often makes a lemon, garlic and chick pea hummus, but as we had some baby red peppers to use up, we decided to make a roasted red pepper and chick pea hummus.  The roasted red peppers add an earthy sweetness to the hummus, and is extremely easy to make.  For fans of hummus, this is a increasingly popular twist on the classic hummus combination of garlic, lemon and chick peas.  Let’s get started.

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Smoked bacon potato croquettes recipe

Bacon cheese croquettes - Pikalily food blog

We were recently watching the Food & Drink show on BBC 2 which is hosted by one of our favourite chefs, Michel Roux Jr.  In the episode we watched, Michel was joined by Mary Berry, one of Helen’s favourites cooks, especially when it comes to baking.  In the show, Michel and Mary discussed food waste, and we were shocked to see just how much food is binned every year in the UK.  It actually made us feel a little guilty, as we are often too quick to throw food in the bin rather than using it before it’s sell-by date.  Bread is the most binned food in the UK and as we had bread that was a day out of date, we thought we’d better use it instead of taking the easy option and binning it.  Michel cooked roast chicken croquettes using left over Sunday roast chicken and other ingredients that were ready for the bin.  This got us thinking, and with bread, potatoes and bacon all ready for the bin, we decided to take a leaf out of Michel’s book and try making some tasty croquettes.

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