Made it Myself: Breadcrumbs (a wonderful way to be less wasteful)

seeds-2908636_1920As much as I try not to waste food, sometimes there are things that just didn’t get eaten.  When there are, the search is on to try and figure out if there is anything I can do with them before they get thrown away.

Bread is a perfect example.  We don’t eat enough to mean that, sometimes, it doesn’t go stale before it gets eaten.  There are tons of ways to use up stale bread, including bread and butter pudding, a personal favourite, but today I’m looking at the simplest, making breadcrumbs.   Continue reading

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Simple carrot cake recipe

seeds-2908636_1920Carrot cake is one of those cakes that I either love or hate – and I never know until I actually take the first bite.  When it’s good, it is amazing.  Not too sweet, moist and flavourful.  When it’s bad, it’s bad.  Dry, bland, often with overly sweet frosting.  There never seems to be an in-between.  And when it’s good, it’s one of my favourite cakes ever (coming second only to red velvet, another it’s hard to get right). Recently, I have made it my mission to come up with – for me – the perfect carrot cake.  A mix of a number of recipes, I think I’ve finally cracked it! Continue reading

Cheats veggie chilli recipe

seeds-2908636_1920Most days, I try and be good and cook my meals from scratch. I don’t always succeed and, the further through the week I get, the harder it is to stay motivated. It’s the same when I have lots on, fresh food goes by the wayside.

In the warm weather, it’s not too bad – salads are always a quick and easy option – but on cold, dark, nights, it’s harder to not resort to soup or heat ‘n’ eats. This chilli is quick, simple, and veggie so stops me feeling too guilty about not slaving over a hot stove. It takes about 10 minutes to get everything in the pan and another 15 to cook and will easily serve 4 people.  The photo took doesn’t do it justice but I was in a bit of a rush…. Continue reading

Hot Cross Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

seeds-2908636_1920So, I know it’s not Easter yet and, technically, I shouldn’t be eating Hot Cross Buns but I, for one, can’t resist picking up a packet when I’m wandering down the aisles of Tesco.  They are just so yummy.  The problem is, by the time Easter rolls around, I know there is a good chance I won’t want to eat another.  So, with variety being the spice of life and all that, I decided to mix it up a bit this weekend and use them to make bread and butter pudding.  It came out quite well, if I do say so myself, so I thought I would share the recipe…. Continue reading

Raspberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

seeds-2908636_1920I may be the least romantic person on the planet. My husband isn’t much better and we decided a fair few years ago to not worry about exchanging valentine cards.  We do, however, try and sit down to a nice meal to mark the occasion and open a bottle of fizz (though to be fair, any day is an excuse for fizz as far as I’m concerned).

Last year, I went all out and made a rather romantic desert, if I do say so myself.  To be fair, it’s mainly romantic because I put it in a heart-shaped dish.  Otherwise, it’s just a great pudding for anytime of the year, well it is if you like raspberries…. Continue reading

The benefits of breakfast

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I’m sure there isn’t anyone out there that doesn’t know that breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.  I grew up with the slogan “go to work on an egg” and have read too many articles to count on why I should have a healthy breakfast to start me up right for the day.

There are so many benefits to breakfast.  You are more likely to avoid certain health conditions, you are less likely to put on weight, and you are more likely to feel energised enough to make it through a day at work.  Continue reading

Coddled Eggs “recipe”

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Coddled eggs is a term I first came across a year or so ago when reading a book set in the 1940s.  Unsure what they were I looked it (as you do), to discovered that there is a broad definition of what they mean, in that they are gently or lightly cooked eggs.   This means a lot of different methods for cooking eggs fall under the term, poached eggs for example.

My version of coddled eggs is to cook them in a pot with boiling water.  It’s a super easy way of cooking them and allows me to add ingredients (often just what I have in the fridge) for a bit of variety.  I thought I’d share it today, using the term recipe loosely as it’s more of a method than anything else.  Continue reading

Made it myself: Leek, pepper, and egg “bake”

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Sometimes (actually, a lot of the times), I really don’t want to slave away over the stove.  I want something quick and easy.  Other times, I really crave comfort food, something that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  This week, the two came together in a dish that I call a bake, even though it’s mainly made on the stove top, because I’m not sure what else to call it (ideas on a postcard or in the comments section please as it would be nice to have a more appropriate name).

I’m not sure when I started making this – it’s been at least ten years – or where the idea came from – most likely a cooking show, one of those where people give the chef random ingredients and ask them to make a gourmet meal because you can’t get ingredients more random than this.  Regardless, though, it tastes great and is quick and easy to make.  Plus, my family love it as much as I do, which makes it an win-win on lazy cooking nights.  Continue reading

Baking with kids (a.k.a. gingerbread men taste good even when they go wrong)

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As you might be able to tell by the number of recipes I’ve started to post on the blog, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  I love cooking and I love baking. I’m better at the former but like the latter more.  That’s because I get to do it with my daughter.  Anything that involves sweet stuff, she is there, ready to help and it’s just great one-on-one time, something we don’t get enough because she is a bit of a social butterfly and has a million and one after school activities to take up her life. Continue reading