All posts tagged: recipe

Satay Chicken with Soba Noodles

If you are a regular reader of Some Like it Rita, you will have noticed that a running theme in my recipes is stuff that I would get in take-out form, only made healthier. Sort of… The truth is I love takeaway noodles, fried rices, and any manner of greasy things. The trouble is my body does not love all that grease and refined carbs. Sigh. I guess you can’t always get what you want. TRIGGER WARNING: SMUG CONTENT AHEAD: Over the past few months I have taken up exercise and have bought myself a FitBit. I feel brilliant and a million times better when I exercise and eat healthily, of course. I have even managed to shed a few pounds. The trouble is that the takeaway calls to me. Like a siren luring brave sailors, the Chow Mein calls my name in the night. So I have taken the time to scour the internet for recipes that are not only as delicious as my beloved take-aways, but also just as easy and practical. And …

Chili-Lime Pork with Corn Salad

In the summer, some of the delicious fruits and vegetables are in season. That makes it the perfect season to eat fresh, seasonal local produce as much as possible. I have been working hard this summer to develop some new recipes that are fresh, bright and sparky, to reflect everyone’s mood and keep us all healthy. However, today rained loads in London. And it will continue to rain all week. Bleurgh. So even though I was keen to eat loads the beautiful fresh veggies I have been seeing all over the organic fruit and veg shops in my neighbourhood, I am also craving something warming and a bit naughty. Call me crazy but that’s what I want when my toes have been wet all afternoon. The answer to this conundrum is CHILI. Of course, fresh AND warming. BAM. So I have been trawling through recipes online and I found a gem from Martha Stewart. It’s fresh, it spicy and it’s delicious. It also features a delicious chunk of pork. YAS. So I spent the afternoon …

Courgetti with Avocado Pesto

I bought a spiralizer a few months ago, and I have to say I love it. Sure it looks like a guillotine, and so far I have only spiralized carrots and courgettes, but I still love it. I have many dreams of salads and fancy deep dishes made from myriad stringed vegetables, but so far I have not achieved those. But I have mastered the courgetti– and many delicious sauces to go with it. This week I had it as a post-gym dinner, so I chose to supplement my courgetti with some regular ol’ spaghetti. I know it’s unorthodox, and some health food bloggers might want my head for it, but whattyagonnado? I fancied some carbs- and after the gym is when I have them. I did keep it on fleek with my delicious avocado pesto though. If you are unfamiliar with this delicious and healthy variety of the Italian staple, you have been missing out. The avocado replaces the vast amounts of oil that conventional pesto requires, and ads a subtle richness to it. …

Slow cooker Korean-style beef

I love Korean food- loooooove it. Trouble is I haven’t found a really, really good Korean place around where I live (suggestions are more than welcome), so for a little while now I have been experimenting with my own recipes. The only rules are: there are no rule. And it has to be simple. A lot of the Korean beef recipes out there are both complicated and require a lot of ingredients that are not easily found in supermarkets or local shops. So I have put together this delicious Korean-style beef recipe for the slow-cooker. I will not pretend like it’s authentic, but I will say it is delicious, quick and practical, with all the warm, spicy flavours a good K-pop beef should have. All you will need for two people (plus leftovers for lunch the next day): 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup rice vinegar (Tesco now do an excellent range of world food condiments, easy to find and cheap) 3 spring onions (or scallions) finely chopped 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 1 2-inch piece …

5-minute pasta

I am often in a hurry and very hungry. I have come to accept it as a fact of life that my body demands to be treated like it was when it was a newborn- it must be fed immediately at the slightest twinge of hunger pangs. Over the years I have therefore accumulated quite the arsenal of healthy and quick dinner recipes in order to keep the hunger monster at bay and stop myself from devouring all the contents of the ice-cream drawer in my freezer. This one is inspired by something I watched the folks over at Lardo cooking. Whenever I go there I like to sit on the bar, overlooking the kitchen. It’s just brilliant to watch them cook, and i always get loads of ideas for my own little cooks. For this delicious quick and healthy pasta you will need: – four handfuls of chopped cavolo nero or spring greens -two red chillies thinly sliced -about 100g of lean bacon (or pancetta for extra flavour and fat) -Gigli pasta for two -Olive oil …

Cheater’s Pasta con le Sarde

Pasta chî sardi is a wonderful typical Sicilian dish that is both incredibly easy to make and very cheap. If you are the sort of person that doesn’t see the magical genius of foods that come in tins- look away now. However, if- like me- you love a belly full of bargain food that tastes about a millions times more expensive than its costs, then please COOK THIS NOW. Pasta con le sardi is such a big deal in Sicily that its recipe and integrity is protected by law by the Italian Ministry for Food (seriously). According to them, it is a seasonal dish and should be made between March and September. Since it’s now February, therefore 27 days short of their guidelines I hope the Food Police don’t come for me. The dish is seasonal because the original, true recipe calls for fresh sardines. However, loads of people, including respected chefs in italy and abroad, all argue that the tinned variety can be acceptable too. Pasta con le sarde is a very moreish, easy …

Prawn Bisque Tagliatelle

Some days have been so long at the office, and it’s so grey and miserable outside that I just feel the need to treat myself with food- and by treat I don’t mean cake or sweets. I mean a really luxurious, rich, warming, delicious meal. But as times are tough a girl needs to keep a constant eye on the contents of her purse, so she cannot keep treating herself to restaurant meals and champagne willy nilly. As much as bubbles and lobster sound delicious, I actually really love cooking something delicious for myself and the Pal. So last night I did just that: I took a charming stroll through London Fields to the consistently excellent (if pricey) Fin and Flounder, and bought myself a bag of huge shrimps. The result was a delicious Prawn Bisque Tagliatelle that was as easy to make as it was luxurious and delicious. Too delicious to not share on here, so… Feast your eyes and tummies on the Super Incredible Prawn Bisque Pasta