This week in my kitchen…Tried and Tested Recipes…


Welcome to this week in my kitchen…Still lots of tropical showers …Everything is growing like crazy …sun and rain has that effect…

I don’t buy tinned goods often mainly just baked beans which hubby loves and I have not made any to his taste yet..and tomato puree  I always do my own tomatoes fresh for spag bol and chilli etc…But the puree it is easier to buy a tin…However, tin openers here are the worst ever cheap and last 5 minutes…I saw this video as there have been occasions when the cheap can opener has died making no more than a minuscule opening and then hubby has dangerously resorted to knives and the like…This made me smile and I thought it was an ingenious idea…Not so hubby but you can’t please everyone all the time can you…haha

They make it look so easy, don’t they?

In my kitchen this week…Shepherds Pie an old family favourite…This recipe has been around forever… well a good few years and no two people make it alike… I change my recipe every time I make it …The term Shepherds Pie refers to a pie made with lamb and if it is made with beef it is known as a Cottage Pie …The topping is potato and not a pastry crust which one could be forgiven for thinking as a pie normally does have a pastry crust…Not in England or Ireland when it refers to this pie…My mother used to make hers with the leftover lamb from Sunday lunch which was minced and then she added carrots and onions, gravy and topped with potato.

The term cottage pie was in use by 1791, when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop and something the poor could afford… the term cottage meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers.

The term shepherd’s pie did not appear until 1854 and was initially used synonymously with cottage pie, regardless of whether the meat was beef or mutton. However, in the UK since the 20th century, the term shepherd’s pie is used only when the meat is lamb we do love to be proper us Brits…haha

As for a recipe just cook your mince with onions and add any vegetables you like i.e mushrooms, peas, carrots, sweetcorn and make a gravy just like when you make a stew cook it for about 10 mins then pop the meat mix into an ovenproof dish top with mashed potato and if liked add some grated cheese and or breadcrumbs to give it a crispy top when it browns  in the oven .

Home made Shepherds Pie

Serve with steamed vegetables or just some crusty bread…If you like to add a little gravy or sauce…Some people like ketchup and some brown sauce there is no right or wrong way just however you like it …Just get the name right if talking to a Brit…haha

This Orange Pork is a family favourite or you could use chicken although I was reading today that as regards to your cholesterol a new paper out said there was no difference between red meat and chicken and turkey in the tests they had conducted… What I love about this is the rice it is a way of getting vegetables into your diet by adding to the rice.

Orange Pork with Watercress Rice…

Orange Pork with Watercress Rice


  • 1 1/2 cups of rice
  • 1 ¼ lb Pork tenderloin cut into cubes
  • 3 cups of coarsely chopped watercress reserving a few sprigs for garnish.
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp of oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2/3 cup Orange marmalade
  • A ½ cup of finely julienned ginger
  • Salt and pepper to season

Cook the rice and toss in the watercress with ½ to 1 tbsp oil, cover and leave to stand for at least 10 minutes.

Season the pork and with the pan on medium heat add the oil and add half of the ginger and cook until the ginger is golden, drain and set to one side.

Add the pork and brown for 3-4 minutes and then remove from the pan. Add the remainder of the ginger and the garlic and cook for 30 seconds add the marmalade, fish sauce and lime juice bring to a slow rolling boil stirring until it is syrupy then return the pork to the pan simmer for 1 minute and serve over the rice.

Garnish with the crispy ginger and watercress sprigs.

This was very nice I wasn’t sure about watercress but the heat of the rice just wilted the watercress and it was very nice even hubby liked it….Me, I might add some chilli flakes next time…Just saying…

I love to eat fish and while we were shopping and having a mooch around the fish stalls I spied this beautiful fish with a broad yellow stripe down the middle one of my favourite fish is back in season…

The Yellow Tail fish or Amber Jack is native to the North East Pacific from Japan to Hawaii. It is also not related to the Yellowtail Tuna.

In Japan, this fish is eaten cooked or raw and known as Hamachi or Buri.

As you know I am firmly in the camp of eating healthily and choose my fish carefully …I steer clear of farmed fish and only eat locally caught straight off the boats or fish which is responsibly sourced. It doesn’t mean however that it is expensive which a lot of people seem to think …You can buy fish responsibly and at good prices by researching your local markets or even buying frozen.

This fish has extra lean, firm white meat and if you want a lighter meal then it is a lovely tasting fish with a mild flavour.

For two servings.

  • 2 x 150 g pieces of yellowtail fish.
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt to season…..I use a mineral salt which is farmed close to my home.
  • 1 egg white whisked until it is foamy.
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds.
  • Oil for frying…I use coconut oil.

For chilli, lime and soy sauce.

  • 60 ml Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey……
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 chilli, deseeded and finely sliced..guess who leaves the seeds in? Moi
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A drizzle of  sesame seed oil
  • Fresh coriander leaves to serve

Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

Season the yellowtail fillets with a little salt and freshly milled black pepper. I cut the fish into steaks…BUT next time I will leave as a piece it will be easier for the Sesame seeding. I didn’t think it through when I cut the fish into steaks..yep I boobed. My sesame seeds didn’t all stay put.

Dip the seasoned fish into the egg white and coat both sides with sesame seeds.

Heat a little coconut oil( or oil of your choice) in a frying pan and sear the fish for about a minute on each side or until the sesame seeds are golden brown. Remove the fish and place in a roasting pan.

Cook in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the fish is just cooked through.

Meanwhile, make the soy sauce reduction. Place the soy sauce, honey, garlic, chilli, lime juice and sesame oil into a small saucepan and bring to the boil.

Put the soy sauce, honey, garlic, chilli, lime juice and sesame oil into a small saucepan and bring to the boil.

Cook for about 2–3 minutes or until the sauce has reduced slightly and has thickened so it coats the back of your spoon.

Remove the garlic clove and set to one side…

Once the fish is cooked, remove it from the oven and serve immediately, drizzled with a little soy sauce reduction.

Sesame crusted Yellowtail fish

Served with jasmine rice, steamed pak choi and fresh lime wedges.


I do hope you have enjoyed these recipes which are all tried and tested in my own kitchen xx

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx


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  4. Norah

    Hi Carol. I loved the video of opening the cans. Have you tried it? I wonder how long they scraped the cans?
    I haven’t made cottage pie or shepherd’s pie for ages and wasn’t really aware of the difference. Thanks for the reminder.
    I think the fish looks fabulous.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      No I haven’t not yet, Nora but I will I don’t think it will take long as near the end of the video he showed where the joint had started to part…I will get my grandson to try it he loves experimenting and I will give an update next week… Thank you, Norah the fish is lovely really nice and easy to make 🙂

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  5. tidalscribe

    I love shepherd’s or cottage pie, but then I like anything involving mashed potato. But I also love anything involving rice and would enjoy your local recipes. I think I would probably starve if I had to open my tuna like that, but it would be worth a try.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Haha…Me too but it is certainly inventive and we have struggled or him indoors has at times with tin opening…One never knows when we just might need to open a tin…haha…Enjoy your weekend 🙂 x

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