Saturday, 21 February 2015

Chinese style pulled pork (slimming world friendly)

It's Chinese New Year and was thinking of doing pulled pork for dinner tonight so started thinking of Chinese flavours to use making pulled pork.

I found a Lorraine Pascal recipe which I sort of followed but added and took away a few things to make it more slimming world friendly. It's a very easy recipe just throw it all in the slow cooker but needs a bit of sorting for the sauce at the end.

Chinese style pulled pork

2lb lean shoulder of pork (fat trimmed away)
2 tsp mild chili powder
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tsp fresh root ginger (grated) or use from a jar
4 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp oyster sauce (not pictured)

Place everything in the slow cooker apart from the oyster sauce and mix well. Cook on slow for  8 hours until tender. You can also do it for 4 hours on high.

Shred the meat with two forks and add the oyster sauce and mix well .

I served it with Asian style slaw (recipe next week) and egg fried rice.

Syn free on extra easy

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Creme brûlée (slimming world friendly)

I love this recipe and its really easy to make. It's basically an egg custard and then sugar is put on top after the custard is cooked and then grilled until its melted then it sets hard. They are delicious and taste really naughty when they are really not too bad for syns.

Creme brulee (makes 6)

400ml 1% milk
2tsp vanilla essence
4 large free range eggs
4 tbsp granulated sweetener (I like splenda)
12 tsp sugar 

In a large jug whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and sweetener. Put six individual ramekins (or you can use small heatproof coffee cups) in a baking tin or ovenproof dish then fill each ramekin up with the mixture.

If you put the ramekins in first it means you don't have to move very full ramekins!

Pour hot water all around the ramekins until halfway up the sides then carefully place the dish in the oven at gas 4/180/350 and bake for 30-40 minutes until you can see the custard has set.

Take the ramekins out of the dish and leave to cool, When cold sprinkle each custard evenly with 2 tsp of sugar and then place under a very hot grill until the top caramelizes and bubbles.

Leave for a few minutes to set then dig in and crack the lovely caramel top.

WARNING if you make these and caramelise the top they need to be eaten straight away . If you want to make them last a few days (and they will keep about 5 days ) then keep the custards covered in clingfilm in the fridge and just do the topping as you want them.

If you use your milk from your B choice then they are 2 1/2 syns each

If you use milk as syns then they are approximately 4 syns each.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Special fried rice (slimming world friendly)

This is a quick simple dinner to make from leftover cold rice and you can add in whatever bits and pieces you have in the fridge. I used ASDA Chinese chicken chunks which I thought gave it a more Chinese flavour but you could use a bit of leftover chicken or beef or any meat really ham would be good too.

It's really important the rice you use is cooked and cold if you use hot rice it sticks together and goes clumpy. You can even use frozen rice straight from the freezer as long as you make sure its heated right through so if you have frozen leftover rice you can make dinner in about 15 minutes.

Special fried rice

2 eggs
approx 8-10 oz cold cooked rice
3oz prawns
1 pack ASDA Chinese chicken chunks (or about 4oz of any leftover cooked meat) chopped
3 spring onions (sliced)
3oz frozen peas
spray oil
salt and pepper

Beat the eggs well and add 1/2 tsp salt and  1/2 tsp pepper . Heat a wok or large frying pan and add some spray oil .

Scramble the eggs by stirring them around in the wok then add the cooked rice. Keep stirring and moving the rice around for a few minutes then add the spring onions and peas, Keep it moving and stirring so it doesn't stick  then add the prawns and chicken and carefully mix everything together until everything is hot.

Serve immediately

Serves 2

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