Archives for the month of: March, 2015

A busy week at work meant food prep for afternoon munchies was required. Can’t beat a roasted chicken leg – super cheap, super easy and super filling.

1) create marinade for the chicken by mixing together: Chinese 5 spice, 1 tsp minced ginger, 1 garlic clove, 2 dessert spoons of soy sauce, 1 dessert spoon of honey, black pepper.

2) drizzle over chicken and leave for as long as you can (I cooked mine straight away cause I didn’t have time to wait). Oven roast on 180 degrees C for 25 mins.

3) once cooled, pop in the fridge and pop in tuppaware to take to work.

My top tip is to get minced ginger in the world food section – I got a massive jar for £1! Bargain.

Also ensure you’ve got a tissue on hand to wipe your sticky fingers.

‘This is the least appetising picture you’ve put on Instagram’ was a comment from one of my friends yesterday. Despite appearances, this tasted delicious. A sprig of coriander would have perked it up aesthetically and in taste, unfortunately my local Tesco Express barely stocks anything let alone fresh coriander.

1) chop and fry an onion in olive oil.

2) once softened, add mushrooms and a minced garlic clove and fry for another couple of mins.

3) add 2 cups of veg stock, 1 cup of green lentils, 1 tsp minced ginger, 2 dessert spoons of green Thai curry paste and a handful of green beans.

4) bring to boil then turn down and simmer with a lid on for 15 mins.

5) stir through a tin of coconut milk, pop lid on for another 5 min.

Garnish with coriander, ignore the grey green colour and enjoy 🙂

ps get your coconut milk in the world food section, it’s waaaay cheaper.

Whilst my other half is in hospital I needed to make a vat of something to see me through lunches last week. This turkey bolognese was delish and lasted all week. I’ve also been recently converted to courgetti, making this a super healthy dinner.

1) fry up 1 chopped shallot in a large pan, add a chopped carrot and cook for a few mins. Add a pot of turkey mince and cook for 10mins.

2) add one chopped red pepper and stir for a few mins.

3) add a tin of chopped tomatoes, a sploodge of tomato purée, salt and pepper, dried basil. Top up with a little water and bring to boil.

4) turn down to simmer and pop a lid on for 15 mins.

5) make your courgetti however you do it and enjoy 🙂

 I’m trying to make healthy snacks at the mo and thought I’d try muffins without the sugar. These were surprisingly good and I didn’t miss the sugar – the blueberries made them sweet enough.

1) mix dry ingredients: 1/2 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 tsp baking powder, heaped tsp cinnamon.

2) in a separate bowl mix wet ingredients: 1/2 cup milk, 1 beaten egg, 1 heaped dessert spoon of runny honey and 1/4 cup of melted butter.

3) mix altogether and stir in a punnet of blueberries.

4) place mixture in cake cases (this made 7 muffins), and bake for 25 mins at 180 degrees C.

Perfect for my lunch box.

Crikey, I didn’t realise how dirty the cooker is! Anyway I’ve been in hospital entertaining my poorly other half for the past four days so needed a super quick and filling dinner. I wanted lamb but Tesco only had chicken, but it still tasted so good, I ate a monster portion. I don’t think this is a traditional biryani recipe but it tasted fresh and spicy, and cost about £2 for this whole panful.

1) chop up chicken breast and fry in some olive oil. Add a heaped dessert spoon of balti paste and fry chicken in it.

2) add one or two large chopped tomatoes and fry.

3) after a few mins, pour in 2 cups of boiled water (or chicken stock, I just didn’t have any!), and 1 cup of basmati rice.

4) put a lid on and simmer for 5 mins.

5) stir through and add peas and spinach. Put the lid on for another 5 mins. Eat once rice is soft.

 These cupcakes were soooo good. I made them for my poorly other half, hopefully they’ll make him better. I followed this baking mad recipe but doubled it up to make 12 muffins. Also found the batter quite thick so it wasn’t so easy to marble them. Here’s what they looked like inside:

1) cream together 220g of butter, 180g of caster sugar and 40g of brown sugar (I ran out of caster sugar!)

2) using an electric whisk, mix in 4 beaten eggs to the butter and sugar, whizz for a minute or two til combined.

3) fold in 220g of self raising flour and 2 dessert spoons of water (my mixture was still quite thick so I added a bit more water).

4) put half the mixture in a separate bowl and mix in 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate to one. To the other, add a drop of vanilla extract. I added a dessert spoon of milk to each bowl as the batters weren’t at dropping consistency.

5) spoon in alternate batters to muffin cases and cake on 180 for 25 mins.

I prefer my cupcakes without icing, so we had these naked. Scrumptious!

 

I love snacking and crisps are my downfall. However, I’ve started making my own and they taste better and they’re healthier. 

1) peel and thinly slice a sweet potato.

2) drizzle lightly with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

3) bake at 180 degrees c for 15 mins, then flip them over and bake for another 15 mins.

Keep an eye on the thinner ones as the edges will catch. Pop in a bag once cooled and you’re done 🙂 

As the title suggests, this isn’t the healthiest of breakfasts. However, I had been eating well all week and wanted an energy filled tasty treat before hockey  yesterday morning. We won by the way, so I’m putting it down to this…

1) in a bowl mix 1 cup of oats with some peanuts and raisins.

2) pop a handful of corn kernels in a pan on the hob – don’t forget the lid.

3) add to oat mixture.

4) melt 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 dessert spoon butter and 1 dessert spoon honey in a pan and pour over the oat mixture.

5) stir oat mixture and transfer to a tray lined with baking parchment. Ovens for 25 mins on 170 degrees C.

I ate mine with coconut Alpro yoghurt. Happy breakfast everyone.

Made this warming stew last light to last me a couple of lunches and use up some tins before I move house.

1) cook your sausages (grill, fry, oven, you decide!)

2) in a pan on the fry some onions until soft. Add a minced garlic glove and fry for a min or so. Add a chopped carrot and cook for a couple of mins.

3) pour in a tin of tomatoes and a rinsed tin of green lentil.

4) shake over some cumin seeds, chilli flakes and a grind of black pepper.

5) pour over 1/2 pint of veg stock and cook on a medium heat for 5 mins.

6) add the sausages to the pan, pop on a lid and simmer on a low heat for 20 mins.

Wait for the stew to cool and pop in tuppaware. I’m gobbling mine now for lunch in the office whilst writing this.



I’ve been a bit sceptical of this courgetti fad. But, I’m sold. Officially. I bought this jazzy peeler at a market in Rome for 5 euros, and it turns out to be a bit of a bargain. No spiralizer needed!





1) place turkey meatballs in an oven proof dish and oven at 190 degrees c for 20 mins.

2) in a pan, fry some chopped onions until softened. Add a minced garlic clove. After a few mins add a tin of tomatoes.

3) season with black pepper and add dried basil. Cook for 5 min whilst stirring.

4) add a sploodge of tomato purée.

5) remove meatballs from oven and place in tomato sauce. Simmer with a lid on for 15-20 mins. Top up with a bit of water if needs be.

6) place meatballs on top of the courgetti and grate over Parmesan.

I didn’t miss the pasta at all. Converted.