Jessica's Recipe Bag Wed, 08 May 2013 16:02:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Recipe bag week 18 – smoking hot! /2013/04/30/recipe-bag-week-18-smoking-hot/ /2013/04/30/recipe-bag-week-18-smoking-hot/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:23:45 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4708 Recipes with ingredients included in our fresh food delivery this week: a selection of globally influenced recipes with an inspiring mix of flavours. Continue reading

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Recipes with ingredients included in our fresh food delivery this week:

Fresh food and recipes delivered across London - recipe bag week 18

Chicken Pad Thai, Goats Cheese and Asparagus Risotto, Lamb Meatballs with Flat Bread, Yoghurt Dip and Mango Salsa (Family Bag only), Smoked Trout with Swedish Potatoes and Spinach. See the photo album on Facebook for more photos.

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The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse exteriorOur bag this week includes a selection of globally influenced recipes with an inspiring mix of flavours.

You’ll find the first of our smoked food recipes. The delicious smoked trout and smoked goats cheese is supplied by The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse. Next week’s recipe bag will include their delicious smoked chicken. Later this week I will publish a blog post about the art of smoking. Check out their website for other mouth watering products.

Pad thai or Phat Thai, as you may see on Thai menus, is a fabulously easy, tasty and healthy dish. Beansprouts add some great texture along with an array of nutrients. The bag includes sprouted mung beans and the fact that they have started to germinate means that the nutrients become much more bio-available. As a bean begins to germinate, enzymes start working on the starches and proteins breaking them down and the vitamins and minerals increase in readiness to boost the growth of the plant. This makes sprouted beans a very nutritious food option.

You can easily sprout your own beans, seeds and lentils at home (see my blog post on beans and pulses).

As an accompaniment to the smoked trout I have given you the recipe for a delicious Swedish potato salad. It is a little taster of the sort of recipes we have in store for you in our Swedish themed recipe bag delivered on 17th June.

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Lastly there is a touch of Middle Eastern flair with my lamb meatballs with flatbread. I find these flat breads are a great kitchen cupboard staple and they freeze well for convenience. Use them for lunch box wraps, in fact any leftovers from this recipe will make a handy next day lunch.

On delivery check the use-by dates and freeze the meat and fish if you won’t use it right away.

Before you start cooking, get all the ingredients out to avoid making any mistakes.

If you have any questions regarding our recipes or delivery service then do email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk. Don’t forget to look at our blog, twitter and facebook page too.

Enjoy your cooking!

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Food delivery – week 17 /2013/04/23/food-delivery-week-17/ /2013/04/23/food-delivery-week-17/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:33:53 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4656 With our attention this week on a healthy bowel, the emphasis in this delivery is on foods which provide plenty of fibre, colour and variety in your diet. Continue reading

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Dishes included in our fresh food delivery this week:

Food delivery week 17 - recipes and ingredients

Butterbean and Feta Casserole with Spinach (Family Bag only), Ginger Salmon Stir Fry with Rice Noodles, Pork Patties with Mash and Peas, Watercress Stuffed Chicken with Roast Vegetables. See the photo album on Facebook for more photos.

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This week we donated £1 to Bowel Cancer UK for every bag sold. We have an abundance of flavour, colour and fibre in this week’s recipes, reflecting the message from BCUK.

Pack your diet with a variety of different coloured vegetables and fruit for an array of anti-cancer, health giving plant chemicals. They even have an anti-aging effect! The fibre helps to keep your bowel healthy too, but do take time to read more facts in the BCUK booklet in this week’s bag (or check out the BCUK website)!

How to help your gut stay healthy

With our attention this week on a healthy bowel, the emphasis is on foods which provide plenty of fibre, colour and variety in your diet. Eating a rainbow diet supplies your body with an array of phytochemicals that are responsible for the colours of fruits and vegetables. It has been known since Hippocrates that these compounds exert medicinal actions but the mechanisms were not clear.

Many studies have now shown that numerous phytochemicals have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties, by protecting our DNA from damage by free radicals. This protection can help to lower our risk of many chronic diseases and slow down the aging process. So many creams, potions and lotions advertise how their antioxidant content can keep our skin looking younger but it is more important that we do this from the inside out!

Including pulses such as beans, lentils and peas in your diet adds a significant amount of soluble fibre. This forms a gel in the intestine which slows down the absorption of carbohydrates thus helping to control blood sugar, feeds our friendly bacteria, and stimulates gut motility. All this adds up to a healthy gut.

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Don’t forget we are including some delicious smoked food products in the next two coming bags!

On delivery check the use-by dates and freeze the meat and fish if you won’t use it right away.

Before you start cooking, get all the ingredients out to avoid making any mistakes.

If you have any questions regarding our recipes or delivery service then do email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk. Don’t forget to look at our blog, twitter and facebook page too.

Enjoy your cooking!

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Recipes delivered – week 16 /2013/04/16/recipes-delivered-week-16/ /2013/04/16/recipes-delivered-week-16/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:23:07 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4624 Finally it looks as though the weather is warming up! With a foreign feel to the recipes this week, try to imagine eating the soup in the Tuscan sunshine. Continue reading

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Recipes delivered with ingredients to our customers across London this week:

Recipes delivered with ingredients week 16

Baked Chicken Wrapped in Parma Ham, Beef with Chimichurri and Couscous, Cod with Creamed Sweetcorn and Salad, Tuscan Soup with Bread and Vegetables. See the photo album on Facebook for more photos.

Finally it looks as though the weather is warming up although this week you will still find some comforting foods in your recipe bag. Try to imagine eating the soup sitting in the Tuscan sunshine!

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I hope you had a read of our newsletter last week and caught up with some of the exciting events coming up in April. If you did you’ll know that next week we will be donating £1 from each recipe bag delivery to Bowel Cancer UK who we are working with to promote spelt as a healthy ingredient.

We have a foreign feel to the recipes this week to get you dreaming of warmer climes and holidays!

The soup recipe is a take on a famous rustic, bean soup from Tuscany which was popular with peasants as a use for stale bread.

Traditionally it includes black kale (we have used chard which is in season), any other vegetables that need using up and cannellini beans. A big pot would last a few days and when reheated it is known as “Ribollita” - or literally translated “reboiled”.

We stay on the Italian theme with our chicken wrapped in Parma ham. Parma ham, also known as Prosciutto, traditionally comes from pig or wild boar which has been aged and dry-cured.

Chimichurri seems to be a name banded about rather a lot in the culinary arena at the moment. The sauce originates from Argentina and the base is parsley, garlic, olive oil and oregano with spices such as cumin, coriander or paprika added. It is used as a marinade and on grilled meat.

Creamed sweetcorn is a common part of Midwestern American cuisine. As sweetcorn is high in starch it makes a good replacement for potato and children generally love it. A little chilli to pep it up makes it even tastier.

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As always, on delivery check the use-by dates and if necessary freeze the meat and fish.

Before you start cooking read through the recipe and get out all the ingredients to avoid making any mistakes.

If you have any questions regarding our recipes or delivery service then do email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk. Don’t forget to look at our blog, twitter and facebook page too.

Enjoy your cooking!

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Recipe bag delivery – week 15 /2013/04/09/recipe-bag-delivery-service-week-15/ /2013/04/09/recipe-bag-delivery-service-week-15/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:54:30 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4587 A few days ago was "World Health Day" and I like to think that we are doing our bit by helping our customers eat a nutritionally balanced and varied diet. Continue reading

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I hope you enjoyed your Easter break or are still enjoying it. It would be wonderful if we could be shedding our coats and jumpers by the time you read this but as the forecast doesn’t look promising we have included some warming dishes in this week’s recipe delivery and hope to be bringing you some summery dishes soon!

These delicious recipes with fresh ingredients were delivered to our customers across London this week:

Recipe bag delivery service week 15

Chicken Pie with Broccoli and Sweet Potato (Family Bag only), Cod with Thai Tomato Sauce and Rice, Exotic Spiced Lamb with Salad and Pita Bread, Mascarpone Cheese and Pasta Bake with Salad. See the photo album on Facebook for more photos.

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A few days ago was “World Health Day” and I like to think that we with our recipe delivery service are doing our bit by helping our customers eat a nutritionally balanced diet with plenty of variety. Our Family Bag always has a selection of a meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian dish. As a qualified nutritional therapist I take very seriously the balance of macronutrients (protein, fats, carbohydrate) in the recipes and aim to include a plentiful supply of vegetables, herbs and spices.

Later in the week there will a post on the blog about the ingredients I choose and their health benefits.

My aim is to include an unusual ingredient in the recipe delivery at least once a month. Last month we included chia seeds in the delivery, this month we have included an exotic spice called Sumac. This southern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern spice has a citrus flavour and can be added or sprinkled on to many dishes.

As usual you have an array of herbs bursting from your bag. Tarragon is a herb we have not included in our ingredients for a while. It is wonderfully pungent and adds a very distinctive taste to dishes.

We have included ready rolled pastry for the chicken pie recipe. Of course in an ideal world home-made pastry would be preferable but as making puff pastry is very time consuming, ready-made gets the thumbs up from me. If you are buying the blocks of pastry, look out for the all butter variety.

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As always, on delivery check the use-by dates and if necessary freeze the meat and fish.

Before you start cooking read through the recipe and get out all the ingredients.

If you have any questions regarding our recipes or delivery service then do email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk. Don’t forget to look at our blog, twitter and facebook page too.

Enjoy!

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Recipe bag week 13 – Happy Easter! /2013/03/26/recipe-bag-fresh-food-delivery-service-easter/ /2013/03/26/recipe-bag-fresh-food-delivery-service-easter/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:09:11 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4508 Our fresh food delivery this week came with recipes and ingredients for Stuffed Plaice, Lamb with Shrewsbury Sauce, Goat's Cheese Frittata and more. Continue reading

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Happy Easter to everyone! Our fresh food delivery this week came with recipes and ingredients for these dishes:

Fresh food delivered with recipes across London week 13

Five Spice Chicken Vegetables and Noodles, Goats Cheese and Spinach Frittata, Lamb with Shrewsbury Sauce and Roast Potatoes, Stuffed Plaice with Rice and Roasted Veg. See the photo album on Facebook for more photos.

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This week’s ingredients give you a taste of traditional Easter fayre. There may be no chocolate eggs but we have included a recipe for a deliciously eggy frittata which we feel sure will be a hit with all the family.

Stuffed Plaice with RiceFor a “Good Friday” fish supper our stuffed plaice is a very tasty offering. Traditional Easter lamb, here served with a Shrewsbury sauce, dates back earlier than Easter to the sacrificial lamb originally eaten at Jewish Passover.

The stuffed plaice recipe is one of my favourite fish dishes, and so simple to make.

Visit our YouTube channel for a video showing how to stuff the fish.

If you use this recipe in the future you could vary the stuffing slightly by adding different herbs or chopped vegetables. We have used plaice but when using flat fish also look out for alternatives such as dab, sole, flounder or halibut.

I have chosen a wonderfully tasty sweet and sharp sauce for the lamb dish. Shrewsbury sauce is perfect for lamb and works well with mutton and venison too.

The frittata recipe includes goat’s cheese and spinach. Goat’s cheese can be an acquired taste but it may be a healthy alternative for those people who feel they have a problem digesting cow’s milk products. Goat’s milk appears to be easier for humans to digest, perhaps due to its lower levels of allergenic proteins and lactose.

Frittata’s can make a very quick and easy supper or lunchtime dish. You can make it as simple or complex as you like depending on the ingredients you use. Other frittata topping ideas are chorizo, asparagus, cheeses, herbs, or turn it into a Spanish omelette by adding sliced, cooked potatoes.

Jessica AnderssonUpon receiving your recipe bag, check the leaflet and decide when you will cook the dishes, check the use-by dates of the meat and fish and freeze as needed.

Read the recipe through before you start cooking and then set your ingredients out ready to go, this will save you time and reduce risk of cooking mishaps.

If you have any questions regarding our recipes or fresh food delivery service then do email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk. Don’t forget to look at our blog, twitter and facebook page too.

Enjoy your cooking!

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Recipe bag week 12 – health and cooking tips /2013/03/19/recipe-bag-week-12-health-and-cooking-tips/ /2013/03/19/recipe-bag-week-12-health-and-cooking-tips/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:15:44 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4480 What a truly scrumptious week we have for you. Heaps of flavour and fresh ingredients, yet quick and easy recipes to help you cook at home from scratch. Continue reading

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What a truly scrumptious week we have for you. Heaps of flavour and fresh ingredients, yet quick and easy recipes to help you cook at home from scratch.

These yummy recipes and fresh ingredients were delivered to our customers across London this week:

Recipes with fresh ingredients

Honey Lamb with Couscous and Mint Sauce, Pasta with Broccoli Sauce and Tomato Salad (Family Bag only), Salmon Burgers with warm Potato Salad, Indian Chicken with Rice, Raita and Sugar Snap Peas. See the photo album on Facebook for more photos.

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The concept of Jessica’s Recipe Bag is to take the stress out of planning and cooking your weekday meals but we are also about introducing you to ingredients you may not have thought about trying.

When you are shopping in a hurry you probably haven’t got time to peruse the supermarket shelf for new finds and with internet shopping, many of us just click on our favourites. This week we would like to introduce you to Chia seeds.

Chia SeedsTrendy new foods come and go but one that has been in the spotlight recently, and which I feel should be a store cupboard staple, is Chia seeds. These little seeds look very similar to poppy seeds, but are packed with nutrients and can be used in numerous ways. I have added them to my salmon burgers, as they are a nutritious replacement for breadcrumbs. You can also use them in bread making and baking or sprinkled, either whole or ground, on foods such as cereals, smoothies or yoghurts, or as an egg substitute in baking!

Their nutritional profile puts them up there in the so called super food category. They are a complete protein, supplying all the essential amino acids (see my blog on protein), are richer in omega-3 fats than salmon, are packed with antioxidants and minerals and have more fibre than flax seeds.

As we tend to eat too little omega-3 (see my blog on fats), and it is particularly important for children, buying a pack of Chia and adding them to your dishes can give your intake a healthy boost. They are fairly bland too so they don’t change the taste of food significantly. Let us know if you are a convert to them.

Jessica AnderssonWhen you receive your bag, first decide when you will cook the dishes, check the use-by dates of the meat and fish and freeze as needed.

Read the recipe through before you start cooking and then set your ingredients out ready to go, this will save you time and reduce risk of cooking mishaps.

If you have any questions regarding the recipes or service then do email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk. Don’t forget to look at our blog, twitter and facebook page too.

Enjoy your cooking!

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Recipe bag and meals delivery week 11 /2013/03/12/meals-delivery-recipe-bag-week-11/ /2013/03/12/meals-delivery-recipe-bag-week-11/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:20:17 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4437 Wonderfully quick and easy recipes and meals delivered this week, packed with wholesome goodness. The Veg & Cheese Fritters make a great packed lunch! Continue reading

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We delivered some wonderfully quick and easy meals this week, packed with lots of wholesome goodness. The vegetable and cheese fritters would also make a great packed lunch for the school or office!

Meals delivered across London

These delicious recipes with fresh ingredients were delivered to our customers this week:

Meals delivered across London in Recipe Bag week 11

Chicken Baked in Mango Sauce with Couscous, Cod with Oven Baked Tomato Risotto, Meatloaf with New Potatoes and Broccoli (Family Bag only), Vegetable and Cheese Fritters with Salad. See the photo album on Facebook for more photos.

Comic ReliefNext week we donate £1 to Comic Relief for every bag we deliver. We were inspired by one of our customers (@MummyBarrow) who went out to Ghana for Comic Relief and who last week also did a 25 mile bike ride to raise money!

Thank you to everyone who have already ordered a bag!

Linas Matkasse meals delivery in KenyaWhilst on the theme of charity, I want to keep you updated on the Kenya Project run by our parent company, Linas Matkasse in Sweden. Niklas, the founder of the company, had previous experience working with the organisation International Aid Services (IAS) and was keen to link his successful commercial enterprise to aid in the third world.

From supplying their first grocery bags to the largest slum in Africa, Kibera, near Nairobi, they now provide food bags to many other slum areas in Kenya and this number is growing rapidly. The supplies include staples like beans, maize flour, oil and sugar.

Food aside, Linas Matkasse also sponsors other projects, such as the irrigation pipe in this video with Niklas:

Working alongside IAS, with their knowledge of the area, ensures that Lina’s Kenya Project reaches those most in need. We hope to set up a similar scheme here in the UK soon.

Jessica AnderssonOn delivery, decide when you will cook the dishes, check the use-by dates of the meat and fish and freeze if necessary.

Always read the recipe through before you start cooking and then set your ingredients out ready to go.

If you have any questions regarding the recipes or service then do email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk.

Don’t forget to look at our blog, twitter and facebook page too.

Have fun cooking!

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Recipe bag week 10 – spring is in the air! /2013/03/06/fresh-food-delivery-week-10/ /2013/03/06/fresh-food-delivery-week-10/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:48:43 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4391 This week's fresh food delivery is very timely with the feeling of spring in the air. Light, fresh ingredients with quick and easy recipes. Continue reading

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Hopefully the worst of the winter is behind us and with spring on its way the recipes are edging towards a lighter feel especially with this week’s fresh food delivery including chicken burger, and the salmon with roasted vegetables and new potatoes.

Dishes in this week’s Recipe Bag delivery

These delicious recipes were delivered to our customers across London this week:

Recipe bag dishes delivered week 10

Chicken Burger with Tzatziki, Halloumi Stuffed Peppers with Salad, Salmon and Roasted Vegetables with Dill Sauce, Teriyaki Beef with Stir Fry Noodles. See the photo album on Facebook for more photos.

Jessica’s food and cooking tips

We would like to wish all mothers a “Happy Mothering Sunday”! Why not choose your favourite recipe from the bag and set the rest of the family to work – put your feet up and relax!

From all your feedback I have gathered that you are especially keen on flavoursome Asian style dishes that are packed with herbs and spices. I have included Teryaki beef this week, a firm favourite with my family. Teriyaki sauce is easy to make and can be a handy marinade to pep up meat or chicken. Its base is soy sauce, mirin (a sweetened rice wine) and sugar. If you don’t have any mirin a great substitute is to use sherry or 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of honey.

Coriander is used in abundance in these dishes. To keep it fresh throughout the week, wrap it in damp kitchen towel and keep in an open plastic bag in the fridge.

Halloumi cheese is growing in popularity and is a great choice for vegetarians as its meatiness and saltiness adds texture and flavour to veggie meals. It originates from Cyprus and is traditionally made from sheep’s milk, although most that you buy in this country has cow’s milk added too.

Tzatziki is easy to make and is a healthy accompaniment to a dish or as a dip for veg sticks and pita bread. Getting into the habit of adding such an accompaniment can really enhance a dish and takes no time at all.

Jessica Andersson with a recipe bag full of fresh ingredientsIf you have any questions regarding the recipes or service then do email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our blog, twitter and facebook page throughout the week for more tips and ideas.

We recommend that on delivery you decide when to cook the dishes, check the use-by dates of the meat and fish and freeze if necessary. Always read the recipe through before you start cooking and then set your ingredients out ready to go.

Enjoy your cooking!

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Recipe bag week 9 – spelt week /2013/02/26/recipe-bag-week-9-spelt-week/ /2013/02/26/recipe-bag-week-9-spelt-week/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:25:27 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4342 In this week's recipe bag delivery we included spelt with the fresh ingredients to our customers across London. Recipes developed with Sharpham Park. Continue reading

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This week is spelt week! In association with Sharpham Park and Bowel Cancer UK I created a number of recipes suitable for the ingredient spelt, an ancient form of wheat coming back into fashion due to its health properties.

Dishes in this week’s Recipe Bag delivery

These delicious dishes were delivered to our customers across London yesterday:

Dishes from spelt week recipe bag delivery

Chicken and Spiced Spelt Casserole, Seafood Filled Spelt Pancakes, Spelt Pasta with Lamb Ragu, Vegetable and for the Family Bag also a Bean Crumble with Salad. See the spelt week photo album on Facebook for more photos.

We hope you enjoy your included “extras” from Sharpham Park!

Jessica’s food and cooking tips

Sharpham Park productsSpelt can be used as an alternative to many grains. Keep spelt flour as a kitchen cupboard staple and use it in dishes where you would generally use wheat flour.  As you can see, spelt products can replace some of your usual breakfast cereals too.

For information on other recipes using spelt and where to purchase their products, look at the Sharpham Park website.

Sharpham Park is an organic farm in Somerset which was started by Roger Saul who previously owned Mulberry. He was alerted to the benefits of spelt by a GP who advised a family member to eat it for its natural digestive properties. As they could not find spelt being sold in Britain, Roger decided this should be his first experimental crop on the farm.

Spelt is low in gluten (see my blog on gluten) and high in fibre and protein. It is a very good natural source of a number of B vitamins, iron and zinc, and an excellent source of complex carbohydrates which help to control blood sugar and stimulate the immune system.

Sharpham Park have launched a campaign in partnership with Bowel Cancer UK to raise awareness of how a high fibre diet can be beneficial in the fight against bowel cancer. I have been involved in providing recipes for an online booklet developed in association with Bowel Cancer UK which will be available in April. My recipes will feature alongside some great names in the food world such as Tom Aikens and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, which is very exciting!

Jessica Andersson with a recipe bag full of fresh ingredientsRead through your leaflet first and decide when you want to cook each of these delicious recipes.

Before you start cooking familiarise yourself with the recipe and get the ingredients out ready.

If you have any questions about the included recipes, then email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk.

Don’t forget to read our blog pages for additional information and other useful recipe ideas and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy!

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Recipe bag week 8 – how to make sweet potato gnocchi /2013/02/19/recipe-bag-week-8-how-to-make-sweet-potato-gnocchi/ /2013/02/19/recipe-bag-week-8-how-to-make-sweet-potato-gnocchi/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:36:38 +0000 Jessica Andersson /?p=4232 We have a great line up of tasty recipes this week which I am sure will be a hit with all the family. These delicious dishes were delivered across London this week. Continue reading

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We have a great line up of tasty recipes this week which I am sure will be a hit with all the family. These delicious dishes were delivered across London this week (click to see the photos larger on Facebook):

Recipe Bag dishes delivered across London week 8 | Jessica's Recipe Bag

Chicken and Lemon Bake with Giant Couscous, Coconut Lamb Curry with Rice, Salmon in Filo Pastry with Spinach, and for the Family Bag also Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce. If you have any questions about these recipes, then email us on support@jessicasrecipebag.co.uk. Don’t forget to read our blog pages for additional information and other useful recipe ideas and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you haven’t made gnocchi before, don’t panic, it is not too fiddly and is something you can even get the kids involved in making. I hope you enjoy it. Once you have mastered the art I am sure there will be no stopping you making it a regular feature of your meal repertoire, especially as children generally love it. You can make gnocchi with ordinary potatoes too and there are plenty of examples on how to do this on the web.

As an accompaniment to the chicken dish I have chosen giant couscous. This has a lovely nutty taste and is the wholewheat variety so provides some good fibre. Giant couscous is sometimes known as Israeli couscous and it differs from the regular variety in that it is baked wheat flour, as opposed to semolina, which gives a more pasta-like texture. Cooking it in stock and herbs provides some added taste.

The quick lamb curry is a firm favourite with my family. I am a fan of using coconut milk in recipes and it can be a useful alternative to dairy. It is high in saturated fat but these are mainly in the form of medium-chain fatty acids which don’t appear to carry the same health risks as saturated animal fat and are a good source of energy.

Jessica Andersson with a recipe bag full of fresh ingredients | Jessica's Recipe BagDon’t forget to check that our special bag of “Spelt” recipes is in your delivery schedule for next week (or order here if you are not yet a customer). We are sure you will enjoy trying the range of Sharpham Park products that will be included in the bag.

As always I recommend that you read through the leaflet when your bag arrives, decide when you are going to cook the dishes, and check the use-by dates on the meat and fish. These can be frozen if necessary. Before you start to cook, familiarise yourself with the recipe and get all the ingredients out ready to use.

Happy cooking and eating!

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