Archives for the month of: September, 2015

  

I made this easy Sunday evening dinner in the hope it would help clear my nasty cold. It didn’t. But it was super tasty and comforting, and made lunch for the next 2 days.

1) in a pan boil up 2 cups of pasta.

2) melt 1 big tbsp of butter in a pan, stir in 1 dessert spoon of plain flour, pour over 1 cup of milk and whisk on the heat for 3-4 mins.

3) grate over parmesan and cheddar and whisk til thickened, set aside.

4) add chopped broccoli to the boiling pasta for the final 3-4 mins.

5) once pasta is cooked, drain and put back in the pan, stir in 2 big handfuls of fresh spinach til wilted.

6) pour over the white sauce and stir. Pour the pasta and veg mixture into a lasagne dish and grate over Parmesan and cheddar.

7) bake at 180 degrees C for 15/20 mins.

Serve up with comforting garlic bread. Avoid sneezing in the pasta bake. Get better soon! 

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Sorry for the awful picture – I only managed to get one after they’d been ravaged by my hockey team. These flapjacks are super easy, super tasty and healthy-ish.

1) in a pan melt 1 tsbp Nutella, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp golden syrup.

2) mash 1 ripe banana into the mixture and then stir in 1 cup of oats. Add more if needed and stir til combined.

3) press into a lined baking tray and bake on 170 degrees C for 20 mins. 

4) leave to cool and chop. This made about 12 flapjacks. Or 6 big ones!

  
I didn’t follow a recipe for this and I completely surprised myself. It’s also the first time I’ve ever cooked with an aubergine. I’ve always wondered what to do with one and I saw aubergine ‘canneloni’ on Pinterest and thought – I can do that with a lasagne. This dish is pasta free and you don’t miss it! 

1) Slice an aubergine and cook for 4-5 mins on either side using a griddle pan. Set aside.

2) in a large pan fry off an onion, add some minced beef and brown. Add one chopped yellow pepper and fry for another 5 mins.

3) pour over a tin of tomatoes, add a shake of dried basil, a big grind of black pepper and leave to simmer.

4) make the white sauce: melt 2 dessert spoons of butter in a pan. Stir in 1 dessert spoon of plain flour and create a ‘roux’. Pour over a cup of milk and put on the heat. Whisk until thickened and grate in some Parmesan.

5) assemble by placing the mince in a lasagne dish, then add the sliced aubergine on top. Pour over the white sauce and grate over some cheddar and Parmesan.

6) bake on 190 degrees C for 15-20 mins.

Serve up with garlic bread. Perfect autumn dinner. 

  
Before you ask, yes, I cheated with the paste. Whilst it’s wonderful to make your own (and if you do, make loads of it so you can freeze it), I never have time and the jar stuff really isn’t that bad.

1) in a large frying pan, heat up 2-3 teaspoons of curry paste.

2) add 2 chopped chicken breasts and fry in the paste for 3-4 mins.

3) add onion and fry for 5 or so minutes or until soft.

4) add the chopped mushrooms and green pepper, fry for another 3-4 mins.

5) pour over a tin of coconut milk, add another tsp of curry paste and let simmer for 10 mins.

6) in a pan, add 1 cup rice to 2 cups boiling water, bring to the boil, turn the heat to low and simmer with a lid on for 10 mins. (This serves 3-4 people for rice, I always make too much!).

If you have fresh coriander, stir that in to the curry at the end. 

  
I’m not one for blowing my own trumpet, but these crispy baked new potatoes are super tasty. Especially since I picked up my potatoes for 29p in the Co-op. Reduced stuff is the best. 

1) wash and chop potatoes. Pop in a pan of hot water and boil for 5 min or til soft. 

2) drain a bash a couple of times with a masher – don’t lose the shape of the potato!

3) drizzle with sunflower oil, season, shake over herbs. 

4) place in an oven proof dish and bake for 20-25 mins on 190 degrees c.

I had these with fish and peas, a nice healthier alternative to chips. 

  
I absolutely love spicy nuts. But they’re so expensive and full of rubbish that I decided to have a go at making my own. They’re amazing and I will never be buying the packet ones again!

In a bowl mix a packet of plain almonds with a squeeze of honey, a shake of chilli powder, a sprinkle of dried thyme, a grind of black pepper and little pinch of salt.

Place nuts on a lined baking tray and roast on 180 for 10 mins!