Guest Post by James Harper:
If you spend most of your day at work the last thing you want to do is spend most of the evening cooking. With the right equipment and a little know how it’s no big deal to come up with something tasty and filling in thirty minutes. A Zip hydrotap, which produces boiling water at a turn of the tap will shortcut a lot of cooking procedures. You will need boiling water for this first, easy recipe for spaghetti bolognese.
Quick Spaghetti Bolognese
Dry fry the minced beef, add salt, pepper and chopped garlic. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and fry the chopped onion and carrot. Add a splash of red wine and a few drops of Worcester sauce and ketchup and stir. Crumble the beef stock cubes into the mix along with the oregano and stir again then add the can of tomatoes and a pint of boiling water from your Zip hydrotap and place on the induction hob for 15 minutes, taste, adjust seasoning and thicken if needed. While the sauce is cooking fill a medium size saucepan with boiling water, add half a teaspoon of salt and the spaghetti, cook for ten minutes and strain. Return the spaghetti to the pan and add olive oil and black pepper. Pour the sauce on top of the spaghetti and stir throughly. Dish up onto plates and let people help themselves to grated parmesan.
Liver and Bacon with Onion Gravy
Coat the liver in the seasoned flour. Fry the chopped onion in a little olive oil. Add the floured liver, turn once and stir. Dissolve the stock cubes in boiling water and add to the pan, stir rapidly, cover and simmer until the liver is soft. While the liver is cooking place the potatoes and a little salt into a pan of boiling water and cook on high. Place the bacon on the grill and turn as necessary. Once the liver and bacon are cooked, strain and mash the potatoes with a little butter. Serve with peas or carrots.
Quick, Spicy Salmon Steaks
Cover the steaks in foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Place the chopped pepper, lemon rind, seasoning and milk into a saucepan and heat till just below boiling point, thicken with corn flour. Stir in the lemon juice and pour the sauce over the cooked steaks. Serve with microwaved jacket potatoes and a watercress salad.
This post was written by James Harper on behalf of the Kitchen Appliance Centre who can supply the latest gadgets such as induction hobs and Zip hydrotaps.
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