I think it’s safe to say I’m no cook. I mean obviously I can cook but I’m no Delia. I usually do the bare minimum to get by, you know the usual spag bol, chicken and chips, cottage pie . . You catch my drift. Basically I am void of all cooking inspiration. I’m the kind of girl that needs a recipe to follow, it needs it’s to be relatively simple and not too time consuming.
I was lucky enough to be invited to Asda’s simple recipes event that was based all around easy yet delicious meals! When we were told what we’d be making throughout the day I was pretty dubious as I genuinely didn’t think I’d be able to make them, like I said I’m the most unadventurous person when it comes to cooking! Luckily we were able to watch the chefs create the dishes before we attempted them ourselves and it did surprise me how easy the recipes were to follow! First off we made salmon tacos with homemade guacamole, pickled onions and a mango salsa. Doesn’t sound simple does it, but I promise you it really wasn’t complicated and I’ll link the recipe here!
Next up we were set to work to recreate the tomato, spinach and goats cheese tart with rocket pesto. This recipe is literally made up of everything I love, all my favourite ingredients, so I was so excited to make it! And it didn’t disappoint! It was absolutely delicious. Think the Pizza Express Padana pizza but better. Better because it’s made with pastry and also includes pesto! We used ready rolled puffed pastry to make it even more quick, simple and fuss free.
Next up was a take on the classic Chinese duck and hoisin pancake; sticky sesame honey duck with hoisin duck dumplings. I was literally salivating watching the chefs make these as they looked insane! Again it’s something that looks like it could be really tricky and fiddly to make but in fact was pretty easy! I have never in my life bought duck to make at home because I just always assumed it would be difficult? However the chefs showed us it doesn’t have to be difficult and the key is to render the duck and place it skin side down, cook it on a medium heat and then it will crisp up as well as cook the meat slowly to create melt in the mouth duck breast rather than a tough or chewy meat.
And as you can see it looks pretty snazzy for something that was so simple to make! We were lucky enough to sample all the food we had made throughout the day during a delicious lunch, complimented by a glass of wine (or two!) and honestly I was so impressed with the quality of all the meals! You know me, I’m a ‘bung a spag bol in the pan’ kinda gal, I don’t make a lot of effort with my meals because no.1 I’m lazy, no.2 I find it all a bit of faff and I need quick, simple easy meals. But this day spent with Asda convinced me otherwise. You really don’t have to put a whole lot of time and effort into cooking to come out with a delicious and alternative meal and I am allllll about that life. It really did inspire me to get back into the kitchen! A huge thank you to Asda for inviting me along, I really did have the best day meeting some wonderful ladies, eating ALL DA food and drinking wine. I think that’s what you call #goals.
This post was kindly sponsored by Asda but as always all words, images and opinions are my own.