Despite a few clouds rolling in we did manage to get a couple of shots as it all subsided. It was like Piccadilly Circus at St Mary’s, there were more cars and people than on a summers day!!!
We used to love having Fajitas the traditional way with tortilla wraps and salsa. After a while though the wraps became a bit hitty missy, never quite tasting the same and heavy going and the salsa could be very bitter at times. The chicken itself was always a winner, with the combination of spices and just the right heat, but maybe a tad dry at times.
So one day we decided we would do it differently. First thing we changed was the wraps. Out they went to be replaced by a bed of rice. Salsa went the distance as well, we just didn’t enjoy it but couldn’t think of anything to replace it so we just did away with it altogether. Next we turned the spices from a dry coating to a yummy Fajita sauce!
What we ended up with was a very filling and tasty dinner, keeping everything we loved and removing the bits we weren’t so keen on.
So today I am going to share with you our method of cooking this meal and hope some of you get round to making it and enjoying it as much as we do.
Oh, and before you all start shouting “this is meant to be a photography blog”, the text will include the pictures of preparing and cooking the meal
This serves 2 generous meals, you could easily stretch this to 3 people.
- 2 large skinless Chicken breasts
- 5 or 6 Peppers, what ever colour you like. We like red, yellow or orange. The green peppers have too much of their own flavour and ruin the overall taste (for us that is).
- 3 large or 4 medium onions
- 250g Chestnut Mushrooms
- 300ml pot of Crème fraîche
- Rice (enough for 2 people)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Mini wraps, just in case you do miss them!
- The magic mix of spices – Salt, Paprika, Roasted Onion powder, Garlic powder, Chilli powder, Ground Cumin, Dried Basil, Dried Parsley.
- Or you can do like we do and go to Asda/Walmart or any store and buy the packet mix! We use Asda’s own Fajita Seasoning Mix, best tasting one we’ve ever found
- Half a cup of water
Drizzle some olive oil into a baking tray that has an edge that is at least 1cm deep (stops the oil running over the edge when cooking). Chop onions, mushrooms (into quarters, don’t slice them) and peppers and add to the tray. Pour on some more olive oil and mix them all up with your hands, a bit messy but it wont kill you!
Put the vegetables in the centre of the oven at 200°c
Add a small amount of vegetable oil to a frying pan or wok, we always use a wok for everything.
Cut the chicken breasts into small strips or diced, whichever you prefer, and add to the pan/wok on a medium heat. Stir often to make sure all of the chicken turns a brownish colour. Approx’ 5-7 minutes.
Now add all of the spices and stir for about 1 minute.
Add half of the water and continue to stir for about 2-3 minutes. This will break down the spices and turn into a thick sauce.
Add the rest of the water, turn the heat up a little bit, and reduce to a smooth sauce around 4-5 minutes. Turn off heat and cover.
Wash and cook rice using your preferred method. We always put it in a plastic bowl, fill with water to just over the level of the rice and place in a microwave for 10 minutes. Next fluff rice up and cover with a plate and place back in microwave for a further 4 minutes. Leave there, with plate on, until ready to serve.
You can relax and make a cuppa while the rice is cooking
Whilst doing all of the above, take the vegetables out of the oven a few times and mix them up. This ensures all of the ingredients get cooked nicely and stops you getting burnt veg on the top!
When the vegetables are done to your liking turn the heat back on low to the wok. Serve the rice onto plates and drizzle on some Crème fraîche
Stir the chicken and serve onto the rice. Again drizzle some Crème fraîche over the top.
Finally add the roasted vegetables and drizzle the remaining Crème fraîche over the top and serve!
I hope you enjoy this meal. If you do try out please let me know what you thought.
Please feel free to add any comments or suggestions. Enjoy!
The 2nd of their homecoming parades, the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers march through the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne after returning from their latest tour of Afghanistan.
The first parade, held earlier in the day was in the town of Morpeth. The Fusiliers have a strong tie to the North East and recruit hundreds of members from the region.
For some reason the demolition company, Thompson of Prudhoe, decided to leave this children’s playground toy in-situ while they demolished everything around it.
This was part of the ongoing demolition of the Chandless estate, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear UK, which saw the completion of the 2nd block of high rise flats, Monk Court. All that remains to be done on this is to remove all of the concrete and steel reinforcing bar from the site.
There is one tower block remaining, Abbot Court, and some maisonettes to be demolished.
I am working on finalising the timelapse video for this stage and it will be available on my YouTube channel soon.
The UK’s first ever all-terrain wheelchair beach race and fun day was held on Longsands beach, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear on Saturday.
The event, organised by Bob Lines of Dolphin Lifts & Mobility and Steve Smith of Shape Adaptation Specialists, was inspired by the recent events such as the Paralympics, especially Paralympic star, Stephen Miller, who also opened the Independent Living showroom at Kingston Park, just outside of the City of Newcastle. Independent Living is the collaboration of Dolphin, the mobility specialists and Shape, who specialise in property adaptation, and offers the widest range of mobility and living aids in the region.
Steve Smith’s 16 year old son, James, who has duchenne muscular dystrophy, took part in today’s event and even won one of the races. He says “It is great to be able to get onto the beach and join in the fun with his friends and today’s event has been brilliant”
Steve Smith told a local reporter that “Seeing the look on son James’ face when his chair reaches 8 miles per hour, which is quite fast, made him think about letting others experience this thrill for the first time and see the smiles on their faces.”
Both disabled and able bodied people were able to try out a range of all-terrain wheelchairs and participate in the races on a beach circuit, which included a figure of eight manoeuvre and a 360° turn before returning to the finish line along a chicane and final straight.
It is has the backing of the local council, who readily gave their permission to hold the event on the beach. Mr Smith said “We are hoping this will now become an annual event and we hope to raise enough awareness and money to be able to place at least 2 all-terrain wheelchairs here at Longsands on a permanent basis, at least through the summer months, to allow anyone with a disability to get on the beach with their friends and families. The lifeguards, who are based here, would be on hand to lift anyone into the chairs and back out again when they have finished.”
Despite the weather men predicting a 12°c drop in temperatures and a howling north east wind with torrential rain, the inaugural race day was a sunny and pleasant day enjoyed by hundreds of visitors. Organisers said “we couldn’t have hoped for a better day, it’s been absolutely brilliant. Hopefully we can continue in the coming years with the same good luck”
For more information about all-terrain wheelchairs and all other mobility and access needs you can visit the Independent Living website at www.independentlivingshowroom.co.uk or pop along to the showroom at unit 16f, Airport Industrial Estate, Kingston Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE3 2EF 0191 271 2600
No, it’s actually Gateshead Council! Although if the hat fits…
In their infinite wisdom the council still think cut backs mean “do nothing”
Have these people in town hall learnt nothing over the last few years? By doing nothing and letting things fall into disrepair costs the local tax payers a small fortune when the inevitable repair/restoration finally gets done!
This estate, just off Sunderland Road, used to be a nice tidy place, but now it’s becoming a rotten looking place. It’s a shame because it is home to a lot of elderly people who struggle to get about. This means it would be nice if their council could bother their ass to make where they live a nice place as it’s the only thing a lot of them get to see. Of course it doesn’t help that the smack-heads and wasters are being put in there when the old folks shuffle along.
Funny thing is it’s not like they don’t know about it or see it. The car parks, that are meant for residents and their visitors, are FULL of tight fisted and SELFISH council workers each day, who park here rather than pay to park in the bloody car park the council had built just across the road that is now almost empty each day!
For f*** sakes Gateshead Council try and take some pride in all of Gateshead and not just the likes of Low Fell etc. Stop taking the p*** out of your residents and sort your act out!
Oh and when you fools think about going for city status again anytime in the future walk down the s** hole of a High Street and then don’t bother as you just embarrass yourselves!