Perfect pairing – Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925

We all have different preferences and likings but trust me when I tell you those spicy chilli tuna bites and Alhambra Reserva 1925 make the perfect combo… if you like beer… chilli and tuna I suppose 🙂

I was asked by Alhambra to create a tapas which would complement their Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer. The beer is smooth, buttery a little sweet and moderately bitter so I decided to go spicy.

I’ve remade our everyday tuna burgers into Chilli Tuna Bites… OMG delicious…

Perfect pairing – Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of tuna in sunflower oil
  • 75g breadcrumbs (homemade would be ideal)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves of garlic; crushed
    1tsp chilli flakes (can add more depending on your taste)
  • 1tsp black pepper; freshly grounded
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • Roasted red peppers for garnish (optional)

Perfect pairing - Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Method:

Wash and spin dry your coriander.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients including the oil from the tuna.

Use a fork to gently mash the tuna; then mix everything until well combined and you have relatively smooth paste.

Form small balls and then squash them a little forming tiny burger like shapes. You should be able to make 16 bites from your mixture.

Preheat a heavy bottomed frying pan and fry each bite 2-3 minutes on each site or until crisped and browned.

Serve with small strips of red pepper on top as it really complements the flavour.

Perfect pairing - Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Chilli Tuna BitesSo, what do you think about my tapas idea?

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Three Quick Lunches with Cherry Tree Farm

My Three Quick Lunches with Cherry Tree Farm

When it comes to food, we would all love to eat fresh, healthy, home cooked meals, but too many of us struggle to find the time for it. Home cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be time consuming. It also doesn’t have to be at a master chef level to be enjoyable. You can create a nice meal with virtually no skills and in a very short period of time. All you need is a spoonful of willingness, a smidgeon of time and a dash of imagination.

Cherry Tree Farm offered to send me a selection of their products, so I can come up with some quick and easy meal options using theirs 100% British, cooked and ready to eat meats. For this moment there is a choice of 7 lovely poultry products to pick from:

  • American Fried Chicken
  • Roast Chicken
  • Roast Chicken Chunks
  • Tikka Chicken Chunks
  • Hickory Smoked Turkey
  • Roast Turkey
  • Turkey Ham

There are a lot of dishes ready cooked meats can be used for. Today, I would love to share with you my best three lunch options. They are all quick and extremely easy to prepare; and of course taste delicious.

The Humble Sandwich - Cherry Tree Farm

The Humble Sandwich

Difficulty level: extremely easy

Skills required: none

Ready in: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 x good quality soft white roll
  • 2 x slice of Cherry Tree Farm British Roast Turkey
  • Real butter

The Humble Sandwich Cherry Tree Farm

Some might say that this sandwich is a boring option… me… I love a good sandwich. Just like with any dish, it is all about the ingredients. If you have fresh, good quality ingredients, you don’t really have to do a lot more to it… let the food speak for itself.

A simple meat sandwich made with a good quality roll or bread, spread with some real butter and of course a tasty slice of meat can be extremely satisfying. And the best part is… you do not need to have any cooking skills to make it. Even if you are not so handy with a sharp knife you can prepare it… just tear your roll apart… see, no knife skills needed.

Finger Food Platter - Cherry Tree Farm

Finger Food Platter

Difficulty level: easy

Skills required: chopping with a sharp knife

Ready in: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack Cherry Tree Farm Roast Chicken Chunks
  • 25g cheese
  • 1 tomato
  • ¼ cucumber
  • Slice of bread

Finger Food Platter Cherry Tree Farm

As long as you can use the knife, you can make it. Preparation time will depend on your cutting / chopping speed but I would judge that five minutes would be more than enough time even for the most careful chopper out there.

Food platters can look lovely and are therefore very inviting. They are especially fun f you have some company joining you for lunch. Use toothpicks to move food over if you like clean hands…or feel free to dig in with your fingers… after all it is a finger food.

Chicken and Rice Salad - Cherry Tree Farm

Chicken and Rice Salad

Difficulty level: easy

Skills required: chopping with a sharp knife, cooking rice

Ready in: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack Cherry Tree Farm British Roast Chicken
  • 25g cheese
  • 2 gherkins
  • ½ tin of sweetcorn
  • 50g cooked rice
  • 2tbsp mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken and Rice Salad Cherry Tree Farm

Now, we have reached a “level 3” lunch recipe – cutting and cooking skills required. Actually, this isn’t necessary true. If you don’t know how to cook rice or want to save some time, cheat a little and use a packed, almost ready to eat rice, which you just microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Anyways, all you have to do in order to create this lovely light salad is to chop all the other ingredients, mix them well with a good spoonful of mayonnaise and flavour to taste.

I actually cut the cheese with a knife, but you might prefer the grated option. The main difference is in the taste – cheese cut into cubes will give you less but bigger chunks, meaning once you bite into it, you will taste mainly cheese; the grated option on the other hand will give you more cheese all over your salad making in general your salad taste slightly more cheesy 😉

If you have the time and are feeling brave – add some chopped boiled egg into it or a small tin of garden peas.

I like this type of salad mainly because it is rice based; it is perfect for packed lunches and keeping in the fridge for when you can’t be bothered to make anything, it will serve you well as self standing meal.

Three Quick Lunches with Cherry Tree Farm

So, there you have it… my three quick and easy lunches.

Now, it is your turn… what’s your quick and easy favourite lunch idea?