Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients 4 chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 bell peppers, chopped 1 onion, chopped 160mls soy sauce 3 tbsp rice vinegar 3 tbsp honey 1 tbsp ginger 200mls white wine 60mls water 3 tbsp cornflower Method Mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey and ginger in a bowl Heat some oil in a pot and sauté the onion Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds Add the peppers and cook until slightly softened Add the chicken and cook until brown Pour over the sauce and mix up Season with black pepper Simmer for 45 mins Mix the cornflour and water adding to the pot near the end to thicken

Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients 200g Smoked bacon lardons 200g baby potatoes, quartered 2 large carrots, diced 3 sticks celery, chopped 1 large leek, chopped 1 tbsp butter 4 chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks 2 tsp dried parsley 2 ltr vegetable stock 300g egg noodles 200g pearl barley Salt and pepper to taste Method Melt the butter in a pot Cook the bacon until it is browned Add the chicken and cook until browned Add the vegetables, barley, parsley, and stock Season with salt and pepper Cover and simmer for an hour and a quarter Add the noodles and cook for another 15 mins

What Have I Been Listening To (May 2022)

I haven’t done one of these in a while which may be bordering on criminal given how much great new music I have been listening to this year. I won’t bore you with a longer into than that, so let’s get into it. Carpe Diem by Saxon Saxon were a part of the NWOBHM trend in the late 70s and into the 80s, but I feel like they never get their proper dues like many others from the time do.

Chicken Madras

Ingredients Curry Paste 3 tsp garlic 2 tsp ginger 2 tsp black pepper ½ tsp cinnamon 2 tsp garam masala 2 tsp turmeric 2 tsp coriander 2 tsp mustard seeds 2 tsp cumin 60 mls malt vinegar 1 tbsp oil Everything Else 4 chicken breast fillets 2 red peppers 1 onion 2 Tbsp tomato paste 2 tsp chili powder 1 can crushed tomatoes Method Firstly, in a bowl, add all the curry paste ingredients, stir until a smooth paste.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients 4 chicken fillets, cut into chunks 1 can pineapple chunks, with juice 3 bell peppers, chopped For the Sauce: 1 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp honey 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp ground ginger Method In a bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients Heat some oil in a pan and brown the chicken Add the peppers and pineapple Add the sauce and mix together Simmer for 45 mins to an hour

Chicken and Cider Stew

Ingredients 4 chicken breast fillets A good knob of butter 1 tbsp minced garlic 200g shallots, halved 350g baby potatoes, quartered 500ml cider 125ml double cream 1 tbsp dijon mustard A bouquet garni (a few sprigs of rosemary, parsley and a bay leaf tied together) 1 tsp thyme 1 golden delicious apple, cored and diced Method Melt the butter in a large pot Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds Add the chicken and cook until brown Add the shallots, apple, and potatoes followed by the thyme Add the cider, cream, and mustard and top off with water if you need more liquid Add the bouquet garni with salt and pepper to taste Simmer for about an hour Serve with crusty bread

I've been using AirPods

I bought myself a pair of 3rd gen Apple AirPods towards the end of 2021 and after several months of using them, I have some thoughts. This is not a comprehensive review, just some thoughts that I thought I would share. First, let’s deal with comfort. I have never liked earbuds that sit inside the ear canal, I find them uncomfortable and after a short time, they tend to hurt my ears.

Chicken Tagine

Ingredients for the Marinade 1 tsp turmeric 2 tsp coriander 2 tsp cumin 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp chilli powder Pinch black pepper 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp garlic powder 2 lemons juiced 1 tbsp oil Ingredients for the Tagine 4 chicken fillets 2 cloves garlic minced 1 tbsp chopped ginger 1 tsp ras el hanout 2 carrots 1 onion 1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 tin chickpeas 12 dried apricots 200 ml white wine Method Make a marinade with the spices, lemon juice and oil Add the chicken Put it in the fridge and leave it overnight Heat some oil in a pot and cook the onion until soft and translucent Add the garlic, ginger and ras el hanout, cook for 30 seconds to a minute Add the marinated chicken and let it brown Add the carrots and apricots Add the tomatoes and wine.

Beef Tagine

Ingredients 2lbs steak pieces 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp butter 1 can of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp harissa paste 1 tbsp ras el hanout 4 small carrots 1 onion A handful of pitted dates (or dried apricots) 3 cloves garlic Method In a large bowl mix tomatoes, harissa, ras el hanout and cinnamon Stir in carrots and dates/apricots, and set aside Melt butter over medium-high heat and cook the onion until soft Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds to a minute Add the meat and cook until brown Add the contents of your bowl and mix in Simmer for 45 mins to an hour

Ras El Hanout

Ingredients 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground turmeric ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ teaspoon ground white pepper ½ teaspoon ground coriander seed ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon ground allspice ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground cloves Method Mix it all up Store in an airtight jar

Homemade Ketchup

Ingredients 400ml passata 15 tsp tomato puree 60 ml water 200 ml cider vinegar (I like my ketchup to have a nice tang rather than sweetness) 2 tsp onion powder 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp smoked paprika pinch of sea salt and black pepper Method Put all the ingredients in a pan and mix well. Simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients For the marinade 125g plain yogurt 2 tbsp lemon juice 3 tsp chopped garlic 3 tsp chopped ginger 2 tsp salt 2 tsp cumin 2 tsp garam masala 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp coriander 1 tsp tumeric For the curry 4 chicken breast fillets 1 onion 1 tbsp tomato paste 125 ml double cream Method In a bowl mix the marinade ingredients Chop the chicken into bite size pieces and mix with the marinade Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight Chop the onion and cook in a pan with some oil until soft Add the chicken and let it cook Add the tomato paste and cream Simmer for 30 mins Serve with rice and naan bread

Butter Chicken

Ingredients For the marinade 250ml plain yoghurt Juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp turmeric 2 tsp garam masala 1 tsp chilli powder 1 tsp cumin 2 tsp ginger 2 cloves garlic, crushed For the Curry 4 chicken breast fillets 1 onion 2 tbsp ghee 250ml passata 250ml heavy cream 1 tsp salt Method Combine the marinade ingredients with the chicken in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight Heat the ghee over high heat in a large pan Cook the onion until soft Take the chicken out of the marinade and place it in the pan and cook Add the passata, cream, and salt.

Chicken Jalfrezi

Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion 2 cloves garlic 4 chicken breast fillets 1 green pepper 1 chilli pepper 3 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp chilli powder 1 ½ tsp salt 1 can chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp ghee 3 tsp ground cumin 3 tsp ground coriander 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger root Method Heat the oil in a deep pan over a medium to high heat Add the onions, pepper, chilli and garlic and cook for about 2 mins Add the chicken Add the tumeric, chilli powder and salt Fry gently scraping the bottom of the pan frequently and turning the chicken Add the tomatoes and simmer over medium heat for 20 mins Note, if you feel you need more liquid as I did half fill the tomato can with water and add to the pot Uncover and simmer for another 10 mins Add the ghee, cumin, ground coriander, ginger, and simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes

Mince and Dumplings

Ingredients For the mince 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely sliced 2 medium carrots, diced 500g beef mince 1 can chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato purée 350ml water 150ml red wine 1 bay leaf salt and freshly ground black pepper For the dumplings 250g self-raising flour, plus extra for rolling 125g shredded beef suet ½ tsp fine sea salt 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley Method Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.

My Favourite Operating Systems (2022 Edition)

A few years ago I shared my favourite Linux based operating systems, but things have changed since then, so I thought I would revisit the subject. These are operating systems that I like personally, not operating systems that I would necessarily recommend to others, so bear that in mind. Ubuntu Mate This one has not changed, I still like Ubuntu Mate; so much so that I became a Patreon supporter recently.

How I Created This Website Using Hugo and GitHub Pages

As we know from an earlier post this site is a statically generated Hugo site hosted on GitHub Pages, so I thought it would be interesting to do a post detailing the steps involved in getting the site up and running. These instructions should work on a linux based OS or on MacOS. Firstly, what will we need. You will need to install git, hugo and have a GitHub account.

What Have I Been Playing (Feb 2022)

Time for another round-up of what I have been playing recently, so without further ado let’s get into it. Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker We all know that I am an FFXIV fan by now, it is the only MMORPG that I have ever taken to in a big way, so obviously, I was going to play its most recent expansion. I waited until the insane queues had died down a bit and only started it in the no man’s land week between Christmas and new year, but it has taken up quite a lot of my time.

Youtube Channels I Like to Watch

I already shared some Twitch music streamers I like to watch so this time I thought I would share some great YouTube channels I watch regularly. I used to subscribe to a lot of channels and watch a lot of Linux content but in the past 2 years I’ve been growing fed up with most of the Linux content out there so I have branched out into other content. JRPG Jungle It is no secret that I like to play JRPGs but I also watch some JRPG content, and one of my favourite channels for this is JRPG Jungle.

The Tools I Use to Update This Site

I’ve had this site for a while now and its gone through a few appearances (I do think I’m finally happy with this one) so I thought it would be interesting to pull back the curtain a bit and talk about the tools I use to maintain and update the site. Hugo Yep, the site is a Hugo generated site and I chose Hugo because it is very easy. You pick a theme from one of the many many themes on offer and build it easily.