Archives for the month of: December, 2015

  
New Year’s Eve is probably not the best time to post a Christmassy recipe, but hey ho, you can enjoy this granola all year. It makes a great present in a hamper and is so easy it’s barely worth calling it a recipe.

1) melt 1 dessert spoon of butter and 1 dessert spoon of golden syrup in pan.

2) in a bowl mix 2 cups of oats, 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, 1 dessert spoon of chia seeds, 1 handful of chopped seeds. Sprinkle over 1 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp cinnamon.

3) pour over the melted butter and golden syrup. Mix and lay out on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

4) bake on 160 degrees C for 20 mins. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

Wait for it to cool and place in a Kilner jar – mine cost £6.99 for 3 in TK Maxx. Wilko also do a great set of smaller jars for £7/£8. 

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I’m trying to use up what’s in my fridge and cupboard before going away for Christmas. 

In a blender whizz up a tin of rinsed black eyed beans, 3-4 sun dried tomatoes and their oil, and 1 minced garlic glove. Season and serve. 

I spread mine on a toasted bagel, but I also heated it in the microwave and had it with grilled polenta, which was super tasty. 

  
This dinner was so easy it’s kind of embarrassing calling it a recipe. It’s the first time I’ve cooked with polenta and it was delicious. This recipe is a meal for one.

1) pour 1/2 tin tomatoes into a baking dish, stir in a minced garlic clove and spinach leaves.

2) place 4/5 slices of polenta on top and sprinkle over chopped seeds.

3) bake on 170 degrees C for 20 mins.

4) remove from the oven and crumble on a handful of goats cheese. Bake for another 10 mins.

I served mine with baked herbed sweet potato. Yum. 

  
Before you ask, this lovely mason jar came from Wilko and cost £1.50. I’m no hipster, but I saw it and thought it was pretty, not because all the foodies are using them! I’ve read about overnight oats and thought ‘what’s that about?’ since I have porridge almost every day for breakfast. 

Simply, this is 3/4 cup of oats, 1 small handful of chia seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 drop vanilla essence and 1 cup milk. Mixed and left in the fridge overnight.

  
I have to say, I just couldn’t deal with it cold. It was super tasty, but it went straight in the microwave! Something about this needed to be warm – maybe it’s the Christmassy flavours, and the fact it’s the 22nd December.

  
I stumbled across this recipe from the Little Green Spoon, who I adore. I had everything in the cupboard/ freezer so it was a super easy dinner. The seeds were a great change (probs healthier too) from breadcrumbs. 

1) in a blender whizz up a handful of seeds so they’re crumbly but not completely smooth. Pour into a bowl.

2) place 5-6 sun dried tomatoes and a couple of dessert spoons of their oil into the blender. Whizz til smooth.

3) place Basa fillet on foil (I use frozen fish and it worked from frozen) and spread on the sun dried tomato paste.

4) sprinkle over the whizzed seeds.

5) scrunch foil over the fish and bake for 20 mins at 180 degrees C. I opened up the foil for the last 5 min so the top went a bit more crunchy.

I served this with paprika baked sweet potato and garden peas. Easy peasy dinner. 

  
The total cost of this shepherds pie was £1.50, and it did 2 dinners and a lunch. I was doubtful lentils could replace minced beef, but it was scrumm and satisfying. It ISN’T vegetarian, but you could make it veggie by leaving out the beef Oxo cube. 

1) peel, chop and boil 2 large potatoes, and once soft, mash with butter.

2) in a pan, fry one small onion and some garlic for 3 mins. Chop a handful of mushrooms and fry them for 3-4 mins.

3) rinse a tin of lentils and pour into the pan, pour over 300ml of veg stock (I added 1/2 an oxo cube here to make it taste beefy, but leave it out if you’re veggie). Season with black pepper.

4) place lid on and simmer for 10-15 mins.

5) add a cup of garden peas and cook for 3 mins more. 

5) preheat oven to 180 degrees c.

6) remove lid from lentil pan and let some of the liquid evaporate. Then pour into a lasagne dish and place spoonfuls of mashed potato on top. 

7) bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

I served mine with boiled brocolli. A tasty and nutritious dinner – I didn’t miss the mince! Especially when the tin of lentils cost 80p.