Archives for the month of: January, 2015



Running a 10k tomorrow, as you do, so fancied a healthy din dins.

1) peel and cube a sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil, add a grind of black pepper, shake of paprika and dried chilli flakes. Put into oven on a baking tray at 180 degrees c. Cook for 35/40 min overall.

2) chop a shallot and add to a pan of oil, cook til softened. Add a tin of tomatoes and stir, add a sploodge of tomato purée, a shake of basil and a grind of black pepper.

3) simmer tomato pan for 20 min. 

4) after pots have been in 20 mins, put frozen cod in a tinfoil ‘bag’, place on baking sheet with sweet potato. Oven for 25 mins.

5) take cod out and place in pan with tomatoes for 3-5 mins to finish off.

6) boil some broccoli.

Plate up and enjoy. That’s like 4 of your 5 a day one one plate. You are welcome. 

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Made a cake, turned out better than I thought it would!

1) pre heat over to 180 degrees c.

1.5) whizz all the ingredients in a bowl with an electric mixer:

1 cup sugar, 1 cup self raising flour, 2 big spoonfuls of soft butter, 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons of milk, drop of vanilla essence.

2) transfer half the mixture into a separate bowl and add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to one of them.

3) line a loaf tin with baking parchment.

4) spoon one spoon from each into the lined loaf tin, alternating brown and white mixture.

5) when all done, use a chopstick to make a few swirly patterns.

6) chuck in the oven for 45-55 mins depending on how good your oven is. Mine is crap so it took an hour.

‘Lasts up to 3 days’ according to the BBC good food recipe. More like 3 mins in my house lolz.

Last 2 weeks have been bonkers at work and I’ve finally got a day off today. Ergo I tried my hand at blueberry pancakes based on this Lakeland recipe.

1) mix wet ingredients: 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 2 big dollops of natural yog, 1 tbsp of melted butter.

2) separate bowl, mix dry ingredients: 1 cup wholemeal flour, 2 tbsp sugar (I missed out salt cuz I didn’t have any, can you believe that?! Shop later…)

3) combine wet and dry, whisk. I folded in frozen blueberries but I reckon they’d work better with fresh and just adding them once you’ve cooked the pancakes.

4) pop on a plate once done and guzzle like you’re in ‘murica!

Yes, I did nosh the entire plateful in the pic. It’s been a long week…

Saw a recipe on Pinterest somewhere, not sure where. Anyways I just went the flow and created this!

0.5) for the sweet potato fries: Peel and chop a sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil, black pepper and salt. Oven at 190 for 35 mins.

1) par boil cauliflower for 3/4 mins. Drain and roll in cold water to cool it down.

2) roll cauliflower in a beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Shallow fry for 3/4 mins. It’s done super quickly!

3) toast or grill a pitta bread and assemble the pockets with raw spinach, sweetcorn and the cauliflower.

4) for the feta dip: mash up some feta with a spoonful of low fat yogurt, plus some dried mixed herbs and a small minced garlic glove.

Gobble up!

spinach

Crazy busy day today = comfort breakfast. Can’t beat eggy bread. My dad makes the best.

1) beat 2 eggs in a dish.

2) soak 2 slices of bread in the egg.

3) melt knob of butter in a pan.

4) put egged bread in the pan and cook for 3 mins each side or until it looks done.

5) sauté some spinach in a pan with a teeny bit of butter.

Chuck on a plate and add a big sploodge of tommy K. Or cooked tomatoes if you’re one of these healthy people.

I’m getting this food prep thing down. I’ve got a crazy busy weeking, home late 4/5 days so needed a go to lunch which was filling, tasty and would last a couple of days. Enter: leeky, cheesy,creamy, pasta goodness.

1) Boil pasta for 10 min.

2) Melt a small knob of butter in a pan and sweat leeks with lid on for 5 min.

3) Remove leeks from pan and add 2 big spoons of butter.

4) Melt butter, add 1 big spoon of flour and form a ‘roux’. Add milk slowly whilst on a medium heat and whisk like mad.

5) Chuck in a big handful of grated cheddar. (Cathedral City ftw).

6) Mix together leeks and pasta in the cheesy sauce.

Transfer to tuppawares (or a thermos flask in my case cuz I’ve lost all my tuppaware at work), and enjoy from the microwave to your colleagues saying ‘oooh that smells great’. Then I showed (not shared, lol) them my blueberry muffins and now I am a food prepping baking god.

 

 

 

Had the WORST journey home from Liverpool yesterday, so decided to bake. I’ve only ever made cakes once and they came out tasting like scrambled egg. These, luckily, did not!

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

1) mix together dry ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats, 2 cups plain flour, 1/3 cup caster sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda.

2) separate bowl, mix up wet ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of low fat natural yogurt, 2 beaten eggs, 4 dessert spoons of melted slightly salted butter (I used lurpak).

3) add wet ingredients to dry and mix in well, the batter is quite thick but stick with it.

4) fold in a cup of frozen blueberries.

5) spoon mixture into muffin cases and pop in the oven for 20-25 mins. Take out to cool.

I’ve already scoffed two. Next time I might use a flavoured yoghurt just to mix it up a bit. Maybs coconut. Mmm.

Not bad for a first attempt at baking. I loosely followed this recipe and just substituted ingredients for what I had in the cupboard.

A scrummy twist on Sunday lunch, and who doesn’t love crisps with dinner?!

1) make stuffing balls (I used a paxo stuffing mix, soz!) and put in oven at 190 degrees C.

2) drizzle olive oil, thyme and crushed up salt n pepper kettle chips on the chicken, cover with foil and put in the oven.

3) drizzle olive oil, basil and black pepper on tomatoes. Put in the oven!

4) boil up some potatoes for 10 mins, mash and add a good grate of cheddar.

5) boil some brocolli in the last 5 mins.

Served up on my brother’s fancy Cornish ware plates. Sunday lunch served!

 

It’s been years since I made a cottage pie. Followed the Hairy Bikers recipe vaguely although didn’t have a tin of tomatoes so went without and put more veg in and it tasted scrummy.

1) peel and chop potato, boil for 10 min, add chopped cauliflower at the last min.

2) sauté some chopped leeks with a tiddly bit of butter and leave to one side once soft.

3) brown the mince and add onion, after a 5 mins add diced carrots and peas. After 5 min add beef stock.

4) drain cauliflower and potatoes, mash together with some butter and stir in the leeks.

5) put mince mixture in a dish and spoon potato mixture on top.

6) oven for 20 mins.

Eat a healthy size portion and then go back for more.

Had a spare hour before work this morning so decided to have a proper breakfast. Followed this recipe and since I’m super impatient I didn’t think it was going to work. Have faith in your grill. It will work!

1) Peel and thinly slice a potato, whilst cooking 2 sausages.

2) Chop the sausages small and place with potato in a frying pan. Fry for a minute or two. Add spinach.

3) Beat 4 eggs and add a small tin of baked beans (yeah I thought that was weird too, but it actually works).

4) Pour eggy beany mixture over the sausages, potato and spinach and cook on the hob for 5 mins.

5) Put pan under the grill. And wait.

6) Keep waiting and keep an eye on the frittata.

It comes out looking like this:

Have a slice and ‘save the rest for breakfast tomorrow’. I can guarantee it won’t last the day.