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?

What’s Cooking – Quick dinners – Turkey Flippers

My Turkey Flippers
My Turkey Flippers

To be honest I have no idea how to call this recipe (in case you spotted my made up name above) – it is something like a drop scone, but its Polish name RACUCHY doesn’t have an English equivalent.

Normally racuchy are a sweet cuisine, but someone somewhere sometime ago decided that it doesn’t have to be this way. It was changed and adapted to function as a savoury dish. It is my recipe, for a change, and I have been cooking it for as long as I can remember.  The recipe is quick, easy, really tasty and what’s most important is you can add to it just about any ingredients you desire depending on your mood or the fridge contents.

So what will you need to create your basic Turkey Flipper?

All of this will do just fine,  but remember you can add something special if that is what your heart or stomach desire
All of this will do just fine,
but remember you can add something special if that is what your heart or stomach desire

Ingredients list:

500g of British turkey breast, cubed small – Red Tractor approved
2 eggs
2tbsp of flour
50ml of milk – Red Tractor approved
Good handful of your favourite cheese, grated – Red Tractor approved
Salt
Pepper
Mix herbs
Goose fat or lard, for frying

Optionally depending on what you fancy, you can add mushrooms, onion, papers, chillies…  the possibilities here are endless…

Method:

  1. Prepare your turkey by cutting it into small cubes – not too small as you want to taste it
  2. Mix the eggs, milk and flour all together until you have smooth, double cream like batter
  3. Add salt, pepper and herbs to taste and mix well
  4. Grate a good handful of cheese
  5. Add turkey and grated cheese and mix well
  6. Now you are ready to fry!
  7. Make sure that your frying pan is hot. Do not make your “Flippers” to big as they will be difficult to turn over and there is a possibility that they will fall apart or worse not cook in the middle.
  8. Fry for 3-4 minutes on one side
  9. Turnover and fry again fry for 4-5 minutes
  10. Once both sides are golden brown remove from the heat and serve

They go very well together with freshly prepare Caesar salad, especially if you have some homemade dressing and croutons.

And once again, this time with some pictures 🙂

Prepare your turkey by cutting it into small cubes – not too small as you want to taste it
Prepare your turkey by cutting it into small cubes – not too small as you want to taste it
Mix the eggs, milk and flour all together until you have smooth, double cream like batter
Mix the eggs, milk and flour all together until you have smooth, double cream like batter
Add salt, pepper and herbs to taste and mix well
Add salt, pepper and herbs to taste and mix well
Grate a good handful of cheese
Grate a good handful of cheese
Add turkey and grated cheese and mix well
Add turkey and grated cheese and mix well
Now you are ready to fry!
Now you are ready to fry!
Make sure that your frying pan is hot.  Do not make your “Flippers” to big as they will be difficult to turn over  and there is a possibility that they will fall apart or worse not cook in the middle.
Make sure that your frying pan is hot.
Do not make your “Flippers” to big as they will be difficult to turn over
and there is a possibility that they will fall apart or worse not cook in the middle.
Fry for 3-4 minutes on one side
Fry for 3-4 minutes on one side
Turnover and fry again fry for 4-5 minutes
Turnover and fry again fry for 4-5 minutes
Once both sides are golden brown remove from the heat and serve
Once both sides are golden brown remove from the heat and serve
They go very well together with freshly prepare Caesar salad,  especially if you have some homemade dressing and croutons
They go very well together with freshly prepare Caesar salad,
especially if you have some homemade dressing and croutons

* This recipe is my entry into British Turkey Blogger Recipe Competition in association with British Turkey and Red Tractor.