A daunting task: attempting a Gordon Ramsey recipe – Sausage Rice

Honey garlic sausage rice

I’ve enjoyed watching Gordon Ramsey’s Ultimately Cookery Course when I’ve managed to catch it. Watching these episodes makes his cooking seem a little more accessible. I was particularly intrigued by his spicy sausage rice recipe. It seemed simple and potentially delicious! The only issue I had was that it featured a spicy sausage, which I am not a fan of (I can’t handle hot spicy foods). But I thought, why can’t I do this with any other sausage?

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Friday Sammy: Easy Grilled Panini-Style Chicken Sammy

A finished chicken and red pepper panini, cut in half.I was so tempted to order in tonight. I even had something picked out, a list written up and my hand on the phone. But then something clicked and I thought, “Save your money, girl! Surely you can whip something up quickly that’s tasty and better for you than that fast food crap!”

So I looked in the fridge and came across the following items: chicken, red bell pepper, white onion, barbecue sauce, mayo and cheddar cheese. Looking in my lunch bag that I brought home from work, I found a roll I never used for my dinner (a really large, soft roll). The wheels started turning.

Still looking for inspiration, I found myself staring at the tv as one of my favourite Food Network shows played (Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives). One  of the restaurants was making panini-style sandwiches with focaccia bread. It looked amazing. Hey, wait… I don’t have focaccia, but I have that football-shaped roll. SWEET! Here’s what I did… Continue reading

Pistachios — not just for snacks anymore?

Spaghetti with pistachio nuts, pesto, red peppers & fresh tomato.Tonight, I wanted something different. I wanted pasta, but not the usual ‘red or white’ sauce. In fact, I had Alfredo cheese tortellini on the weekend, so I really didn’t want more of the same. I recalled that I had some basil pesto in the cupboard and started rummaging around the kitchen. Stumbling across an unopened bag of pistachio nuts, I went into the living room to ponder the possibilities and have a little snack.

That’s when I got distracted by tv.  Before I knew it,  I had shelled the entire bag and only eaten a couple of the nuts. I could save most of them for snacks for the rest  of the week, but I really wanted to find something creative to do with them. I recalled that pesto sauce is made with oil,  herbs and chopped nuts  (usually pine nuts), so I decided I would use the jarred pesto, but I’d also chop up some of the pistachios and put  them  to good use! I also dredged up some onion, minced garlic, a red pepper, green onion that needed using up and a fresh tomato. I topped the whole thing  off with the green onion, chopped fresh tomato and a few French’s fried onions.