Dessert, Recipes

Pineapple, Passion Fruit & Coconut Tarts

As January is finally over, wow that was a long month right? I’m looking forward to Spring, I know it’s not here yet. But as soon as I see daffodils, I get excited for bright food, flowers and the prospect of sunny cold days. This recipe is inspired by a meringue I saw in the latest edition of Sainsbury’s magazine. Combining pineapple, coconut and passion fruit. I’ve wanted to practice my pastry skills a bit more and these tart cases have remained unused since I bought them.

Shortcrust pastry, caramelised pineapple, coconut cream and shavings, topped with a helping of tangy passion fruit. Flavours that simply go together, a mixture of textures and tangs that can transport you straight in to Spring, sort of.

Pineapple, Passion Fruit & Coconut Tarts | The Mother Cooker

Dessert, Recipes

Individual Chocolate Cakes

Happy national chocolate cake day, I’m guessing this is the best day ever for some of you right? A day to completely indulge in not only cake, but chocolate cake. I don’t particularly have a sweet tooth, I’m looking forward to national cheese day more than anything if I’m honest (roll on June 4th). But I can completely appreciate a good piece of cake, and that is why I have created cakes the perfect size for one. So there is no need to share and you can completely consume yourself in moist chocolate sponge, chocolate buttercream and a decent helping of dark chocolate topping. If you really wanted to impress your friends at a dinner party, they would be perfect for that too. Did someone say Galentines? You’re welcome, enjoy!

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30 Minutes or Less, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetarian

Loaded Parsnip Fries

Happy Friday everyone, thought I would pop up a recipe that is not only quick for the weekend, but super tasty too. If you are anything like me, loaded cheesy fries are an absolute must of a side dish. Along with lobster mac & cheese. But we are just sticking with the fries today, I’ve swapped out normal potato for some parsnips. Now please stick with me, it’s a great way to get some veg and I totally thinks parsnips are a little underrated. You can totally use them in more ways than on a Sunday roast. They are inexpensive, loaded with flavour and a heap of vitamins and iron.

Ok, so I’ve cut out the carbs, but loaded fries are supposed to be an indulgence right? Don’t you worry, my magic cheese sauce will have you wanting to lick the plate. In fact, I’d go as far to say that you will LOVE this cheese sauce. Add in a rainbow salsa and well, you’ve got something to impress at the dinner table. Who needs restaurant sides when you can make epic ones at home, now only if you had a burger to go with them….stay tuned.

Loaded Parsnip Fries | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Dinner, Recipes

Thai Green Chicken Curry

It took me a long time to fall in love with Thai food, I put off trying it when I was younger because I couldn’t stand the smell of lemongrass. My palette has changed considerably over the years and it is now one of my favourite types of food to eat. So mastering pastes and sauces at home is a big deal, as it saves me money and I can see everything that is going in to the mix.

I’ve put this in the category of ‘30 Minutes or less‘ because it is achievable as long as you are organised. I’d say that you need the full 30 minutes though, but at least the paste is simply whizzed together in a blender. The longer you leave it to simmer, the better your curry will taste though. This curry is of a medium heat, but if you like it hot, simply add another chilli in to your paste. You could easily make this Vegetarian, just replace your chicken with a yummy vegetable and if the fish sauce bothers you too, substitute it for soy or Worcestershire sauce.

Thai Green Chicken Curry | The Mothercooker

30 Minutes or Less, Dinner, Recipes

Spicy Prawn Linguine

So pasta is the best thing in the universe right? It is my go to comfort food, if I feel ill I whip up a batch of macaroni cheese and the world is complete again. Add seafood to pasta and I am sold, I look for it on every new menu and will 99% of the time order it over anything else. But enough about me and my overwhelming desire to be pasta. This dish is quick and easy to make, in fact you can do the whole process in 30 minutes. Something you guys have told me is a key thing to you making a recipe. The garlic and chilli are a great base for the tomato sauce, and the samphire brings a lovely salty texture.

If you are a heat lover, simply add more chillies and of you are really, really short of time, simply whack all of the ingredients needed for the sauce in a blender. This will create a smoother sauce, but shouldn’t take away any flavour. Hope you love it, just off to go and lick the pan.

Spicy Prawn Linguine | The Mother Cooker