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Friday, August 10, 2012

Trying Out Hairy Dieter Recipes

Over the last few days we have tried a few more of the Hairy Dieters recipes from the new Hairy Bikers recipe book and TV series.

While the flavours have been great all round, the overall results have not always been as expected, so here we go with a couple of recipe reviews.

First of all the one dish Spanish Chicken.

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So we took these ingredients (plus a green pepper I forgot to include in the photo)

And made this:

I did include an extra 500g of potatoes because we have large appetites, but did account for that in my food tracker.  The recipe came out much much wetter than it should have done from the photos in the book.  You can see above how much liquid ended up on the plates, and there was still this much left in the pan:

I don't think the extra potatoes could account for that.  I think it was because our tomatoes were very ripe and juicy.  If I was going to make this again I would probably de-seed the tomatoes and see if that made a difference.  And we WILL try it again because the flavour was great!

For the second recipe review, let's go to the recipe for Fruit and Crumpets for breakfast.

I didn't have any crumpets, but I did have some leftover waffles from a couple of days before, so I made this recipe using that.  SO QUICK!

The recipe calls for mixed spice, but I didn't have any.  I used the nutmeg and cinnamon instead.  It also calls for raspberries, which I didn't have, so I used a plum instead and cooked that for a little longer than the other fruit.  Well, cook might be the wrong word, you are literally warming them, not cooking them.

While the waffle was in the toaster heating back through, I did this:

Fast, delicious and TASTY.  But not so budget concious unless you are using fruit you have grown yourself. I certainly couldn't afford to eat like this all the time.  I managed to pick up the strawberries and blueberries reduced at a store that already had them on half price.

So far I have blogged about these recipes from the book:

Check back over the next few days as I share more recipes from the book, and if you haven't managed to catch the tv series yet, I would recommend it.

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  1. It's interesting reading how you are finding the Hairy Dieters recipes! We are loving them and enjoying their take on full flavoured diet food. So far, they've all worked out well, and I am (slowly) losing weight as well. Keep on going!

  2. I did the Spanish Chicken last night and we thought it was lovely, so far I have cooked only 3 of the recipes all of them after reading your blog and I have say I'm impressed so far. Husband is so impressed he has bought me the book, so I am going to try another couple this week. I don't know which ones yet though; oh decisions decisions.

  3. Funny, that's what we had tonight, the Spanish chicken and sure enough it came out wet but nowhere near as wet as last time. Going to be trying some new recipes from the book later in the week!


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