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Creamy Chicken One Pot Pasta

Using a few basic ingredients you’ve got kicking about in the cupboard, this can be made (and eaten!) in less than 20 minutes. A simply delicious pasta dish that makes the perfect midweek supper. 

Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
500g chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 shallots, finely diced
500ml chicken stock
250ml double cream
300g pasta, we’ve used fusilli, but any you’ve got in the cupboard will work
2tsp Herbs de Provence
50g mature cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to season
Method
- Heat the oil over a medium heat and add the chicken. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about – 5 minutes – don’t worry about it being totally cooked through at this point as it will continue to cook as the dish simmers. Next add the shallots and cook for a further minute.
- Now add the stock, cream, pasta and Herbs de Provence and stir. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to simmer. Leave for 15-20 minutes, stirring very occasionally, until the pasta is soft and the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the heat, stir in the cheese and serve. No-fuss and totally delicious!
By Millie Norton

Christmas Candy

We begin the festive month of December with indulgence and decorations. Here at Cellardoor HQ we aim to bring a touch of winter warmth that will touch the hearts of loved ones or add a touch of femininity to your festive home decorations. Try making our homemade marble marzipan and nutty chocolate coated butter fudge sweets – they can make the most charming gift wrapped up in a box and pretty paper and ribbons. Or even use for decoration on the Christmas tree!


Ingredients 
Nutty chocolate coated butter fudge
450g granulated sugar
4 tbsp water
12 tbsp condensed milk
1 bar cooking chocolate
Handful of hazelnuts
Method
-       Heat the sugar, water and butter in a pan on a low heat – stir until the sugar has dissolved
-       Add the condensed milk – stir occasionally until the mixture is thoroughly blended – boil steadily and mix only occasionally
-       Test to see if the mixture is ready to be taken off the heat by dropping some into a cold glass; if it forms a soft caramel ball/mound then remove the pan from the heat
-       Beat the mixture until it thickens then pour it into a greased tin and leave to cool
-       Melt chocolate and pour over the cold fudge and decorate with the hazelnuts
To make what we call the ‘fudgecomb’ (can be seen in the photo) just continue to boil the mixture until thickens and then crumbles. The pan must then be taken off the heat immediately.

 Tip: tastes great with melted chocolate drizzled on top with chopped nuts.
Marble marzipan swirls and hearts
110g ground almonds
55g castor sugar
55g icing sugar
Few drops almond essence
1 egg
Food colouring
Mini heart stencil
Method
-       Bind the almonds, sugars, essence and egg together – roll into a ball
-       Split the mixture into smaller balls (as many as desired)
-       Add your desired food colour to each ball – a different colour to each
-       Roll together to make swirls or use a mini stencil like we did to make pretty heart shapes

By Melodie Walter

Meatball Winter Warmer

Brrr. This weather has taken a turn for the worse – the temperature has dropped, the wind has picked up and the rain just keeps falling. At times like these you want nothing more to curl up in the evenings under a blanket, with a glass of (mulled) wine and some comfort food. 

Try out our meatballs recipe to warm you up…



Ingredients 
Makes 2
150/200g minced beef
1 tsp oregano
Healthy sprinkling of paprika
Healthy sprinkling of dry coriander leaves
Pinch of ground pepper
Pinch of salt
1 slice granary bread
1 egg yolk
1 ball of mozzerella
Knob of garlic butter
100g chopped tomatoes
Mixed dry herbs
2 multi-seeded rolls
Method
-       Make the breadcrumbs for the meatball by taking the slice of granary bread and rub it together so that crumbs form, make sure you have a mixing bowl to catch the falling crumbs
-       Cut two generous cubes from the ball of mozzarella ready to put inside the meatballs
-       Next combine the minced beef, breadcrumbs, oregano, paprika, dry coriander leaves, seasoning and combine together with the egg yolk
-       Once the mixture is held firmly together, take the mince mixture and roll into two large balls
-       Make a well (use your finger to push down in the centre of the minced ball) and place the cubed mozzarella in the centre – one cube per ball
-       Now roll into two full meatball shapes
-       Heat some oil in a frying pan – fry the meatballs on a low heat until browned on all sides
-       While the meatballs are cooking make the tomato sauce; place chopped tomatoes in a small saucepan and season, also add some herbs and the garlic butter (be as generous as you like)
-       Cook the tomato sauce until heated thoroughly and turn off the heat
-       When the meatballs are ready cut in half the fresh seeded roll and spoon the tomato sauce on the bread, then add the meatball (cut in half)
-       This is yummy for a winter lunch or snack – that melted mozzarella meatball in its garlic tomato sauce and fresh bread is just pure comfort heaven!

By Melodie Walter

Winter Warmer

After coming in cold from our celebrations on Bonfire Night, we thought of something we could eat as a comforting warm-up snack for us and our friends. This one is really easy to make and great for making big batches for cold-nosed guests. Check our first winter-warmer of the season!


Ingredients
3x Baking potato (medium)
1 red pepper
1 avocado
1 tub soft cream cheese
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp oregano
3 rashers bacon
Handful grated cheese 

Method
-       Pre heat oven to 190 C
-       Bake potatoes for hour and a half (or until soft)
-       Pre-make filling: chop pepper, avocado and mix with spices and bacon and the soft cream cheese
-       Scrape out potato from skin of the jackets and combine with the filling mixture
-       Grill the bacon rashers until they are nearly done
-       Chop and mix with the filling mixture and then put the filling back inside the jackets
-       When you are ready to have your winter warmers, simply place on tray with tin foil and put in the oven for twenty minutes (warm oven to 180 C)
-       Enjoy with a good ‘warming’ Indian beer!

By Melodie Walter