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Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas Breakfast - Pigs In Blankets & Cinnamon Pancakes

With Christmas just around the corner we're getting into full Christmas mode. Lights have been switched on, presents have been wrapped, snowballs have been drunk and tubs of chocolates have been emptied. My eldest child once said that the best part about Christmas is the pigs in blankets. I've never really been that keen and would be more than happy to give up my share to the teenagers to fulfil their needs. That was until one day when I decided that they would make an awesome accompaniment to pancakes! For brunch we often enjoy tasty chipolata sausages and crispy bacon with pancakes and waffles, so why not combine the two and have festive pigs in blankets with the pancakes instead. They were a huge hit and I will definitely be adding them to the breakfast menu on Christmas morning.

Christmas Breakfast - Pigs In Blankets & Cinnamon PancakesWARM CINNAMON PANCAKES WITH PIGS IN BLANKETS AND MAPLE SYRUP

Christmas Breakfast - Pigs In Blankets & Cinnamon Pancakes

Pigs In Blankets & Cinnamon Pancakes - serves 4/5

12 good quality Chipolata sausages (I buy Asda Extra Special Pork Chipolatas)
12 rashers of good quality streaky bacon (I buy Asda Extra Special Oak Smoked)
2 eggs
100ml buttermilk
150ml milk
75g melted butter
180g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
  • Cut the chipolatas & bacon rashers in half
  • Stretch the bacon out with the back of a knife on a chopping board to thin it out
  • Wrap the bacon around the chipolatas
  • Place into a roasting tin or oven dish in a preheated 200℃ oven for approx 25 minutes, until the bacon is crispy
  • In the meantime make the pancakes by whisking the eggs, buttermilk, milk & melted butter together in a bowl or jug
  • In another large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar & cinnamon
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry & mix until just combined
  • Heat a non stick pan over a medium/high heat
  • Spoon some of the batter into the pan and cook 3 or 4 pancakes at a time - flipping over when the bases are golden brown 
  • Serve with wonderful Maple syrup

Christmas Breakfast - Pigs In Blankets & Cinnamon Pancakes

Baked Camembert with Spicy Cranberry & Rhubarb Chutney

For many of us, Christmas is all about eating and drinking. The kids love tucking into their chocolate Christmas morning, and when I was their age I loved nothing more than scoffing a box of Hazelnut whirls, which, in my opinion, were the best ones from the Roses jar - remember Roses jars? no plastic boxes in the 80's, it was quality glass jars all the way. In fact I still have one. 

These days I'm more into savoury delights, especially cheese. To enjoy cheese to its fullest there also needs to be chutney. Upon checking my pantry for my stash of home made chutney I was horrified to find that I only have one jar left - it's unlabelled so I'm not quite sure if it's Asian Chilli or Caramelised Onion, but either way I needed to rectify the situation immediately.

I needed to empty some excess from the freezer & found some cranberries and rhubarb in there so decided to put them to good use and make some spicy chutney. You can make chutney out of pretty much any fruit or veg so if you don't have exact ingredients don't worry, just replace them with something else - extra onion, courgettes, carrots, peppers, butternut squash. Anything with a bit of substance to it, otherwise it will end up like a smoothie. 

Once I'd made the chutney I wanted to try it out immediately, so I bought a camembert, and lunch was sorted.

Baked Camembert with Spicy Cranberry & Rhubarb Chutney

Spicy Cranberry & Rhubarb Chutney - makes approx 3 jars

2 onions
2 apples
375g rhubarb
3 tomatoes
1 red pepper
175g cranberries
2 red chillies
2 cloves of garlic
300ml white wine vinegar
350g granulated sugar
tbsp mixed spice
  • roughly chop the onions, apples, rhubarb, tomatoes & pepper, and add them to a large saucepan
  • add thinly sliced chilli, crushed garlic, vinegar, sugar & mixed spice
  • bring to the boil and simmer for approx 30-45 minutes, until it's thick
  • pour into sterilised jars

Baked Camembert

1 whole camembert
home made chutney
olive oil
sprigs of rosemary
  • remove any plastic packaging from the camembert
  • if it comes in a wooden box place it back into it & onto a baking tray, or into a suitably sized ovenproof dish
  • using a sharp knife, cut a crosshatch pattern in the top of the camembert
  • drizzle with a little olive oil & spoon some chutney on top
  • stick a few sprigs of rosemary into the cheese
  • bake in a preheated 200C oven for around 10-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted

Serve with bread or crackers, a few rocket leaves and some balsamic roasted tomatoes

Baked Camembert with Spicy Cranberry & Rhubarb Chutney Baked Camembert with Spicy Cranberry & Rhubarb Chutney

Perfect as an appetiser to share, as a lunch, or just because.

Baked Camembert with Spicy Cranberry & Rhubarb Chutney Baked Camembert with Spicy Cranberry & Rhubarb Chutney

If you're looking for a really impressive way to serve your camembert, then you must see this beaut from Jenny - it's her very aptly named Bad Boy Brioche.

Herbs and Spices: 6 types of zing to make any meal sing

If your cooking skills are basic and you’re getting bored with the same old dishes, you’re missing an easy win. All you need is 6 foolproof spice combinations that you can use with any type of meat and/or veg and suddenly the world (of food) is your oyster and your taste buds are zinging.
Honestly, it’s really not that difficult to take your meals from bland to bold provided you’re armed with what you might call a starter kit of spices used in different regional cuisines. Use each ‘set’ for chicken or fish, beef or pork or any meat you desire. If you’re looking to create an exciting vegetable dish, try your spice kit on roasted potatoes, sautéed or steamed greens, in stir fries and in marinades.
Here are the 6 most popular cuisines, as suggested by Mike James; an independent foodie working with UK experience provider and cooking lesson specialist Into the Blue:

1.     Italian Cuisine   
Ask any Italian and they’ll tell you that their country’s cuisine is a heartfelt affair. Italian cooking is based on traditional produce and flavours that include olive oil and garlic, balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese. Pasta and meat, much of it cured, figures heavily. To get the flavour of Italy into your Spaghetti dish or Roast Chicken Breast, use:
Oregano (1 tsp), Basil (1 tsp), Garlic (3 cloves), Chopped Tomatoes (1 tin) for each 500g of meat.
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2.     Greek Seasoning
The traditions of the Greek kitchen have travelled far and wide including well known dishes such as Moussaka, Kleftiko, Gyro and Tzatziki. Greek food at its best is freshly harvested or caught, prepared simply with local, seasonal ingredients and a few key flavours. To add a Hellenic touch to your Grilled Fish, Lamb Chop or Feta Cheese Salad, use:
Oregano (2 tsp), Olive Oil (4 tsp), Lemon Juice (4 tsp) for each 500g of meat.
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3.     Mexican Cooking
From simple Tacos to Chicken Enchiladas and Chilli Con Carne, Mexican cuisine is as exciting as it is popular. Many dishes include, or are accompanied by a spicy tomato salsa, guacamole (made from avocados), refried beans and sour cream. To give your chicken or vegetables the Mexican treatment, make sure you add: 
Chilli powder (2 tsp), Lime Juice (1 lime) for each 500g of meat.
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4.     Indian Cuisine
India is a vast subcontinent with an array of different traditional cooking styles and flavours that is nigh on impossible to master. There’s a wealth of aromatic and unusual spices used in Indian cuisine including Turmeric and Cardamom, Fenugreek and Saffron. Console yourself with the fact that you can achieve a hint of India by adding: 
Cumin (½ tsp), Coriander (½ tsp), Curry Powder (2 tsp) for each 500g of meat.

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5.     Oriental Seasonings
To sum up the rich tradition of Chinese, Japanese and all other Far East Asian foods as ‘oriental’ is of course a huge simplification, but hopefully permissible for the little trained cook. Whether you’re marinating chicken pieces or preparing a sumptuous Seafood Stir Fry, add some Eastern promise by using these key flavours:
Soy Sauce (60ml), Rice Vinegar (5 tsp), Garlic (3 cloves), Ginger Powder (¼ tsp), Sugar (2 tsp), Red Pepper Flakes (1 dash) for each 500g of meat.
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6.     Thai Cooking
Thai cuisine is known the world over for its creamy curries and spicy, exotic flavours that are as mouthwatering as they are distinctive in taste. Create an authentic tasting marinade or basis for a great Thai curry by adding these ingredients:
Soy Sauce (60ml), Coconut Milk (120ml), Thai Fish Sauce (30ml), Green/Red Curry Paste (2 tsp), Fresh Coriander (handful, chopped) for each 500g of meat.
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Unfortunately, in the absence of vibrant local markets selling fresh spices, most of us are having to rely on supermarkets or grocery stores for our supply of herbs, spices and special ingredients. But maybe if you’re a relative beginner in the kitchen that’s not such a bad thing. Many brands make it easy for the home cook, with ready made spice mixtures such as Mediterranean Seasoning, Fajita/Enchilada Seasoning, Chinese 5 Spice Powder and various strengths of Curry Powder.

For the more discerning home chef, you can subscribe to Spice Box Recipe Kits delivered by post at regular intervals. These lovingly prepared boxes contain all the fresh spices and recipes you need to prepare delicious and unusual dishes from all over the world. With all the cooking instructions you need alongside the fresh spices themselves, you’ll be able to wow your friends and family with adventurous dishes such as Texan Braised Beef, Yucatan Fish Tacos or Moroccan Tagine in no time!

Exploring Disney World Florida

The biggest advantage of taking a holiday to Florida is going to visit the theme parks and what they have to offer, Disney World is the absolute freedom you get. There are countless things to do and see in Florida, from the most gorgeous beaches and outstanding golf courses to stunning parks and huge shopping centres. More than anything, your children will have the time of their life surrounded by joy rides and the classic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Duffy the Disney Bear.
The Magic Kingdom is an excellent place for families to start their adventurous trip. Tourists from around the world enjoy the rides, fireworks and parade here everyday. Make sure you enjoy the magical boat ride that plays the song “It's a small world.” The boat features over 300 dolls dressed in vibrant outfits to represent different cultures from around the globe. Whilst in the Magic Kingdom, don’t forget to experience the 20-minute tour of the park in the Walt Disney World Railroad, which is an antique steam powered train.
Exploring Disney World Florida
Epcot theme park is another interesting theme park for tourists of all ages. The park features cultures of 11 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Norway, China, Japan and Morocco. It may not sound very interesting for little children, but the park features a “Kidcot Fun Spot,” designed specifically for little children who can create their own souvenirs at the craft stations located at pavilions of each country in the park.
Exploring Disney World Florida
Another amazing theme park for families is Hollywood Studios, which features all-time classic movies and popular television shows. When you enter the park, the hotel staff will take you to an elevator where you will be taken on a ride through the building. You will get to hear twilight zone music and see frightening holograms followed by a steep descent in a simulated free fall drop. For slightly older children and young adults, the 30-minute Indiana Jones show is ideal where they get to learn the stunts that were executed while the movie was being made. You will also get to see the re-enactments during the show.
The LEGO Imagination Center spread on 3000 square foot area offers a free outdoor place for children to play with thousands of LEGO blocks and sculptures.
You must also visit one of Disney’s value resorts for which you can search on the web for the package selection of Florida holiday deals. Each of these hotels features gigantic models of our pop culture icons. Don't forget to take a family photo in front of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.
Exploring Disney World Florida
While in the area, don't forget to designate a few hours for a family stroll in downtown Disney and enjoy like a kid!!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Ciao Gusto Authentic Italian Cuisine

I absolutely love a Christmas hamper, and usually make at least one up for members of the family. This year I bought a lovely crate from Waitrose for just £5 and filled it with goodies for my parents. My mum often gives hampers too so I guess we have hamper giving in our blood. She's much better at the ribbon curling than me though so mine are usually finished with a bow.

I think the lovely people at Ciao Gusto must've known about my love of hampers and sent me this amazing basket filled with Italian goodies.

Ciao Gusto Authentic Italian Foods

If you're not familiar with Ciao Gusto, they are a unique family of iconic Italian food and drink brands, such as Lavazza, Cirio, Barilla and Filippo Berio, to name a few. There's a dedicated Ciao Gusto shop online at Ocado where you can find all the authentic Italian foods that you need.

Ciao Gusto brands Ciao Gusto brands

The Ciao Gusto site is full of recipe inspiration to get the best out of your ingredients, and I'm particularly keen to try the Cheese & Amarena Cherry Tartlets as I love a cheese & fruit combo, and these will make a great appetiser over the festive period.

I couldn't wait to tuck into the mini panettone, and made it into an indulgent dessert using cherry jam, mascarpone and a drizzle of Prosecco, inspired by one of the Ciao Gusto recipes.

Panettone for one


Panettone Dessert for one (or maybe 2 if you're feeling generous)

1 small Bauli Panettone (100g)
130g mascarpone
75g Santa Rosa Italian Cherry Jam
1-2 tbsp Prosecco
10-20g dark chocolate, grated
  • Slice the panettone into 5 equal slices
  • fold the mascarpone, jam, prosecco and grated chocolate together (reserving a little for decoration)
  • spread or pipe the mascarpone filling in between slices of panettone
  • top with grated chocolate before serving with a large glass of Prosecco

Follow Ciao Gusto :

I was provided with a Ciao Gusto hamper in exchange for this post

Monday, 28 November 2016

Have Yourself a Very Merry Copper Christmas

It's December this week, and if you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet it's time to get a move on. I'm feeling pretty smug as I've already bought and wrapped presents for the family, which is a bit of a miracle for me. My aim is to enjoy December as much as possible and really get into the spirit of Christmas, rather than stressing over presents for other people.

Whilst doing my Christmas shopping online I've discovered a new love for all things copper. I've never really been into anything metallic, but this year I am loving anything copper or rose gold. 

I've put together a small collection of ten items that would be perfect if you're looking for a few Christmas gift ideas for yourself or someone else. I've already picked up the star shaped tea light holder for myself, and have my eye on the wall clock and plant pots too.

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  1. Copper stag £5.00 - Primark
  2. Star tealight holder £5 - Wilko
  3. Wall clock £40 - John Lewis
  4. 2 plant pots £8 - Wilko
  5. Cocktail shaker £20 - John Lewis
  6. Helsinki stars bauble £3 - John Lewis
  7. Fruit basket £10 - John Lewis
  8. Copper bauble wreath £8 - Primark
  9. Alarm clock £25 - John Lewis
  10. Glitter candle £15 - John Lewis

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Cranberry, Clementine & Cointreau Trifle

Christmas is a time for eating and drinking and getting together with family, for more eating and drinking and lots of game playing. Last year the fun family must have game was Pie Face, but I never managed to get my hands on one in time, so this year I've already got my hands on the game that every family will be playing this Christmas - Speak Out. If you haven't seen it you really must watch some videos on You Tube, it's hilarious! 

Back to the food and drink. Every Christmas, for as long as I can remember, my mum has made a trifle. It's nothing posh and it's nothing glamorous, but she whips it up in no time and it tastes great, and there's no jelly or sherry (haven't touched that stuff since I was 14, but that's another story) in sight. 

When I was challenged by Bonne Maman to make a festive dessert that makes use of their Madeleines I immediately thought of a trifle. A boozy trifle. A boozy trifle that doesn't contain either sherry or jelly. There are certain ingredients, flavours and smells that we associate with Christmas, and two of those are cranberry and clementine, and I've included both of those in this trifle, as they go really well together.

Cranberry, Clementine & Cointreau Trifle

You can make the cranberry jam in advance, or if you don't want to go to that trouble it can be replaced by one of the many delicious conserves that Bonne Maman make - Berries & Cherries Conserve would make a great alternative. If you're not using the home made cranberry jam then you may need to add some additional liquid to the Madeleines, as they really do hold the liquid well. There are a few steps to this recipe but as I said, the jam can be made in advance, as can the sugared cranberries. It's then a case of layering the trifle up. If you want to prepare it earlier in the day and refrigerate then I would recommend adding the cream on just before serving.

Cranberry, Clementine & Cointreau TrifleCranberry, Clementine & Cointreau Trifle - makes a 17cm trifle

for the cranberry jam
150g fresh cranberries
300g granulated sugar
cinnamon stick
zest & juice of 2 clementines (you can replace some or all of this with Cointreau)

  • place all the ingredients into a saucepan
  • bring to a slow boil, making sure that the sugar dissolves
  • turn down the heat to a simmer, and simmer for 10 minutes
  • leave to cool fully before removing the cinnamon stick & using in the trifle
Cranberry, Clementine & Cointreau Trifle
for the sugared cranberries
handful of fresh cranberries
equal parts granulated sugar & water (I use 1/2 measuring cup of each)
extra sugar for rolling in
  • place the sugar and water in a pan and stir to dissolve the sugar
  • bring to the boil and simmer for 4 minutes
  • drop the cranberries into the syrup and remove with a slotted spoon onto a cake rack
  • leave for approx 30 mins 
  • after 30 mins drop the cranberries into the syrup again & remove (dripping excess syrup into the pan) with a slotted spoon into the sugar
  • roll in the sugar to coat with crystals
  • allow to dry for at least 30 mins before using
for the trifle
4-5 Bonne Maman Madeleines, cut into cubes
3 tbsp Cointreau (or replace with orange juice)
cooled Cranberry jam
500g fresh custard (either home made or store bought would work)
250g mascarpone
grated zest of 1 clementine
250ml double cream
1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • place the Madeleine cubes into your trifle dish 
  • spoon 2tbsp of Cointreau or orange juice over the sponge 
  • spoon your cooled jam into the trifle dish - you may not need all of it
  • place in the fridge for an hour before adding the rest of the ingredients
  • whisk the custard together with the mascarpone, clementine zest & 1tbsp Cointreau (or orange juice) until smooth
  • spoon into the trifle dish and smooth the top over
  • whisk the cream with the cinnamon until soft peaks form (you could add some Cointreau here too for an extra boozy trifle)
  • pipe or spoon on top of the custard layer
  • top with sugared cranberries and clementine zest before serving
Cranberry, Clementine & Cointreau Trifle Cranberry, Clementine & Cointreau Trifle Cranberry, Clementine & Cointreau Trifle

Alternative ways to use Bonne Maman Madeleines :

Cute Madeleine Reindeer by Here Come the Girls
Alternative Christmas Pudding by Mummy Mishaps

recipe commissioned for Bonne Maman

Saturday, 19 November 2016

WIN a Decorated Biscuit Advent Calendar from The Biscuit Jar

November is almost over and December is hot on its heels, which means it's almost time to open that first door on the advent calendar and stare wistfully at the picture of the robin behind. Thankfully for the kids of today advent calendars have evolved somewhat from those of the 1970's, and they don't know how lucky they are to open the doors of their calendar and find a piece of Lego, Playmobil or chocolate behind! For the adults you can even get calendars filled with makeup, gin or candles too these days - but have you seen the prices of some of those!

I've had a go at making advent calendars myself in recent years and have made a pegboard advent calendar out of twine and pegs for hanging sweets, a fun gingerbread house advent calendar which was a little rough around the edges and even a very cute mini stocking advent calendar, which was a bit more faff than I expected it to be.

This year the kids are in for a real surprise though, as I haven't made one at all (not yet anyway) and instead, as I'm a generous sort, I've splashed out on some £1 chocolate filled calendars for them.

For me though, I have this little beauty from The Biscuit Jar..

Decorated Biscuit Advent Calendar from The Biscuit Jar Decorated Biscuit Advent Calendar from The Biscuit Jar

A decorated biscuit filled advent calendar from The Biscuit Jar, which comes beautifully presented in a tin. 

Decorated Biscuit Advent Calendar from The Biscuit Jar
Decorated Biscuit Advent Calendar from The Biscuit Jar

I can only dream of icing biscuits as well as these.
Decorated Biscuit Advent Calendar from The Biscuit Jar Decorated Biscuit Advent Calendar from The Biscuit Jar

The package comes complete with a length of twine from which to hang your biscuits, with the cute white pegs included. I decided to hang mine across the fireplace (the fire is electric before you start to worry), and needed to overlap them due to the available space, but there is more than enough twine to hang the biscuits straight - on a wall, or around the Christmas tree for example.

Decorated Biscuit Advent Calendar from The Biscuit Jar

Not only do the Biscuit Jar make these, but they also make decorated biscuits throughout the year as well as a selection at Christmas that would be great as gifts and stocking fillers.
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photo credit : FORK & DRAM

Lollipops - £2.50
Small boxes - £8
Standard tins - £15
Large tins - £25
Advent Calendar - £35

contact Rachel via her Facebook page for more details or to place an order

Rachel is kindly keeping one of her popular advent calendars aside for a lucky reader of this blog to receive in time for 1st December. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to complete the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Christmas Recipes with Mincemeat

The Christmas hype is setting in here. Already there has been a letter sent to Santa, and we're in countdown mode, so I thought it was about time that I started to think about Christmas recipes. What better way to get me in the spirit of things than to look through some of my old recipes, as well as finding some new ones on Pinterest.

I've got a couple of jars of mincemeat in the cupboard that I made last year, using my mincemeat recipe so I thought I would put together a list of my recipes that use mincemeat, as well as sharing a few others that I've come across on my Pinterest travels.


Iced Mince Wreath - Delicious Magazine

If you want to have a go at making Chocolate Mincemeat I also have a recipe for that.

There are many, many more recipes on my 'ways with mincemeat' Pinterest board, so pop the kettle on, put your feet up and prepare to get hungry!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Midweek #Miniroast Beef with Mango Chutney

I admit to being one of those people that doesn't crave a Sunday roast (yes I'm weird), although it is rather comforting on a hangover, but only if someone else has cooked it. If I cook a joint of meat it's not always accompanied by the usual trimmings of a roast dinner, and instead I like to serve it up a little differently, and usually in a way that takes less effort and makes less washing up.

Large joints of meat may seem like a great idea, but have you ever been that person that starts preparing the Sunday dinner at 4pm, forgetting that the meat is going to take 4 hours to cook? I have. Regularly.

Mini roasts are ideal for those of us that like to enjoy our day, and not have to think about cooking dinner until the evening. They are also perfectly sized for a couple, or small family, although if you find a larger mini roast (approx 600g) and bulk the rest of the meal out you can make it stretch to a family of five!
Midweek #Miniroast Beef with Mango Chutney

I bought my 30 day dry aged Hereford Beef miniroast from Waitrose, but they can also be found in M&S and other butchers listed in the Simply Beef & Lamb 'Find a Butcher' search.

Midweek #Miniroast Beef with Mango Chutney

This dish is based on a lamb recipe, but worked great with the beef. It's a great family dish and can be served on a platter, Jamie Oliver style, and everyone can tuck in!

Midweek #Miniroast Beef with Mango Chutney

Midweek #Miniroast Beef with Mango Chutney - serves 4/5

600g Beef miniroast
olive oil
salt & pepper 
3 tbsp good quality mango chutney

to serve
pilau rice
carrot salad
mini poppadoms
  • allow the beef to come up to room temperature for an hour or so before cooking
  • rub the beef with a little olive oil, salt & pepper & place into a small roasting dish
  • cook in a preheated 190C oven for approx 30 (for a 600g joint cooked med/rare)
  • remove from the oven and spoon the mango chutney over before returning to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 56 degrees C
  • allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving 
  • mix a little boiling water into the juices in your roasting dish & drizzle over the beef when serving
Spiced Carrot Salad - serves 4/5

handful of sultanas
3-4 large carrots, grated
tsp cumin seeds, ground
tbsp white wine vinegar
tbsp olive oil
fresh coriander, chopped
2 tbsp flaked almonds
  • add the sultanas to a a small bowl & cover with boiling water
  • soak for 10 minutes and then drain
  • add to a bowl with the freshly ground cumin, grated carrots, vinegar, olive oil, coriander & almonds, and mix well
Midweek #Miniroast Beef with Mango Chutney
Look how moist and tender that beef looks. If you're going to buy a good joint of meat, whether large or small, you really don't want to ruin it by overcooking it, and the best way to avoid that is by using an accurate and quick reading thermometer, like the Thermapen. This reading was taken just before the end of cooking time and I knew that it only needed a few more minutes before the beef reached the perfect temperature for us.
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Midweek #Miniroast Beef with Mango Chutney

Why wait until Sunday to have a roast! Make sure you look out for the Red Tractor quality mark when shopping for your Mini Roasts, which means it's traceable from the farm.

For more recipes visit Simply Beef & Lamb.

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post commissioned for Simply Beef & Lamb

Monday, 31 October 2016

British Sausage Week : Chipolata Fajitas

British Sausage Week this year runs from Monday 31st October until Sunday 6th November, and is now in its 19th year!

These days you can find so many varieties of sausage to suit all tastes and dishes, and the majority of sausages in Britain are made from fresh pork meat rather than processed meat.

I usually have a pack of sausages on the weekly shopping list as they're so versatile and can be used in so many different ways, from the good old British fry up to a more sophisticated cassoulet. By slicing sausages into bitesized pieces it's easy to make one pack stretch to feed a family of 5 too!

British sausage week promotes sausages that are made from quality or Red Tractor sourced pork from Britain. Sausages that depict the Red Tractor logo are traceable and have been produced responsibly, ensuring their quality. With this in mind, I selected some Red Tractor Asda Extra Special chipolatas to make these Chipolata Fajitas. You can find the original recipe on the Love Pork website, along with a guide to sausage etiquette - did you know that the type of sausage you choose says a lot about you!

British Sausage Week : Chipolata Fajitas

This was such an easy dish to make for the family, and takes very little time to prepare. As it's cooked in the oven you don't need to spend time standing over the stove, and can instead get on with other things whilst it's cooking. It's definitely an easy one that the kids can get involved with making. What I loved about these chipolatas is that they weren't swimming in fat once they'd been cooked, and they are also gluten free, which is a plus point for many.

British Sausage Week : Chipolata Fajitas

I served these fajitas with home made tomato salsa, sliced avocado and Greek yogurt, which we prefer to sour cream.
British Sausage Week : Chipolata Fajitas

Chipolata Fajitas - serves 4

1 pack of Pork Chipolata Sausages
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced

to serve
avocado slices
yogurt or sour cream
grated cheese 
  • add the chipolatas to a large bowl along with the other ingredients
  • toss well to combine
  • place all the ingredients on a large baking tray or baking dish
  • bake in a preheated 190C oven for approx 20-30 minutes, until the sausages are browned
British Sausage Week : Chipolata Fajitas British Sausage Week : Chipolata Fajitas

What will you be eating during British Sausage Week? If you're looking for inspiration, follow @LovePork on Twitter or Facebook, or take a look at some of my many sausage recipes :
this is a commissioned post for Love Pork


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