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Archive for January 2013

Prawn and Pomegranate Soup

January 25, 2013

Trying this new fasting diet and today is one of those days. Looking round the kitchen I decided to use what I could find quickly. The prawns seem to be fairly low calorie and the rest is just veg and a stock cube. I need to keep under 600 calories. The prawns, 100g, we’re 89 […]

Roast Chicken with Pomegranate and Chorizo Salad

January 20, 2013

Sunday dinner at our house is always a struggle. Niggling teenagers, over sensitive girls, over aggressive boys, the horror moans are flying in all directions, so… Here’s one that doesn’t really effect all that but is nice to munch on during world war three. Take your chicken and place breast down in a roasting pan. […]

Hosting Happyness

January 20, 2013

The last two months have been pretty hectic in the world of Sam. There was Xmas, some jamming, some hosting, a good chunk of writing, a promise to myself, and the prospect of some far flung travel. There was also an invite to become an ambassador for the charity Helensburgh Heroes. Christmas was quieter than […]

Cheat’s Chilli Con Carne

January 19, 2013

When I don’t have much time, and that’s pretty much all the time, I like to have a good standby in my head. You know, just in case someone special pops round, like my good lady. This version of chilli con carne is simple and truly scrumptious. Take a half pound of lean beef mince […]

Spicy Lamb Curry

January 18, 2013

Leftovers… Yum. How to resurrect lamb with some spices! Cut the cooked lamb into chunks. Put in a frying pan, no oil. Add tsp of curry power A tsp of cumin seeds 2 cardamom seeds, split 1 clove of garlic A tsp of coriander powder 1/2 a tsp of chilli powder 2 spring onions, chopped […]

Roast Lamb with Basil, Yogurt and Fajita Spice

January 14, 2013

Fajita Spice sounds as though she’d have been a good singer, perhaps that injection of Latin missing from the original line up. Anyway, this dish was simply yummy and pretty easy to put together. Take a leg of lamb and butterfly away from the bone. Rub in some fajita spice, about half a packet. Lather […]

Wind Farms – a balanced view?

January 13, 2013

The whole point of writing the book WINDSCAPE was to get a balanced view of the wind farm debate. Yes, the book is basically a children’s adventure story, but I wanted to explore the topic through the tale. This was initially for my own benefit, as I could see both sides of the debate. As […]

A Bacon Roll

January 13, 2013

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… ‘a bacon roll? You must be joking?’ Well, no, I’m not joking. I had a kitchen full of teenagers and more than half had no idea how to make a bacon roll. So, for all the ‘teenagers’ out there… Take three rashers(strips) of smoked back-bacon, (that’s just a certain […]

Heroes Centre News

January 13, 2013

NEWS… “The first digital arts and skills academy has brought together both Hollywood and Holyrood to support its £2 milion fund raising bid. The Heroes Centre, which will be in George Street, Helensburgh, welcomed four ambassadors from the world of sport, acting, directing and writing. Actor Lex Shrapnel, author Sam Wilding, director Tom Vaughan and […]

Chicken with Garlic and Apricots

January 11, 2013

Here’s another take on chicken that is both sweet and tangy. Heat some olive oil in a big pan. Add two breasts of chicken A cup and a half of orange juice Half a stock cube Three cloves of garlic 6 dried apricots Salt and add black pepper to taste. Cover with a heavy lid […]