Thursday, 23 February 2017
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
During the week, I try to cook meals which are quick and easy and not too hard on the budget. Living on a pension means we have a very basic fixed income, and so there is not a lot of room for playing around overly much, and with way food costs are rising, it gets harder and harder each week to make ends meet and still keep our meals interesting.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
This dish is quick, easy and delicious. It is such a simple thing and goes very well with stir fries of any kind, and if you add a bit of leftover cooked meat or poulrty can even double as a main course. Mmmm . . . Chicken chow mein. Who doesn't love that!
Monday, 20 February 2017
I know what you are thinking . . . Turkey Hash? It's not anywhere near a holiday is it. Well, unless you count Pancake Day (Feb 28th this year) no, it is not anywhere near a holiday. But . . . one of the things about writing a cookery book is that you have to cook things that you want to go into the book at odd times, and I found myself roasting a turkey one day last week, hence . . . . Turkey Hash. I needed to do something with the leftovers!
Sunday, 19 February 2017
I think Bread Pudding has to be the Toddster's favourite all time dessert, next to apple pie. So, this week, when I found myself having a bit too much bread in the house due to the Toddster's having bought the wrong kind of bread when he picked it up for me (men ARE from Mars!) I knew exactly what to do with the excess!
Saturday, 18 February 2017
One of my favourite experiences over here is the Cream Tea, and you will find them all over the country. Hot pots of tea (and they can be herbal teas if you wish) served up with flakey fruited scones and butter, along with pots of fruit jam and clotted cream. What a delicious treat this is and such a quintessentially British experience!
Friday, 17 February 2017
One of my favourite soups has to be broccoli and cheese soup. I just love it. I love broccoli anyways, and when you combine it with cheese, well . . . that is just a match made in heaven. This delicious casserole today had very similar ingredients as broccoli cheese soup, except it's not soup, it's a fabulous casserole that will have your family scrambling for seconds!
Thursday, 16 February 2017
I had the opportunity to go to Costco the other day with a friend and I stocked up on All Beef Hot Dogs. I love hotdogs, and I really like the all beef ones. The only place you can get all beef hot dogs over here in the UK is at Costco, so when I get the chance to go, I stock up on them and bang them into the freezer. Their dogs are really good and have no fillers and a nice crisp skin. I know that hotdogs are not the healthiest thing you could be eating, but every now and again, a bit of what you really enjoy does a person the world of good!
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
I scored with a bag of broccoli at the grocery store today. Marked down to next to nothing. I expect it had reached its sell-by date, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. It was a brilliant green, and all the florets were intact. I had to buy it.
I decided to make a delicious and warming soup/chowder with it. It's been freezing cold today with a bitter wind blowing. Soup is always welcome on a cold winter's day. All you need to make a meal of it is some nice crusty bread really.
Todd usually likes his soupls pureed. I like a bit of texture in mine, and so this is a bit of a combination of both our likes. I mashed some of it with a potato masher, which not only thickened it a bit, but made him happy . . . and the chunks made me happy.
I added cheese. Broccoli and cheese are such good bed partners. They get along quite happily. Use a strong flavoured cheese. A good strong cheddar works very well. I also added some carrot for colour and additional texture. It's really a chowder I think . . . which is more than a soup. A chowder is a meal.
*Broccoli and Cheddar Chowder*Serves 6
Printable Recipe1 TBS light olive oil
A healthy and satisfyingly delicious winter chowder recipe using up bits from the vegetable bin.
A healthy and satisfyingly delicious winter chowder recipe using up bits from the vegetable bin.
pinch cayenne pepper1/2 pound fresh broccoli, stems peeled and chopped,
florets, separated and cut into bite sized pieces
900ml of vegetable stock (3 1/2cups)120g strong cheddar cheese, grated (1 cup)
(Lower fat cheese works fine)(plus a bit extra to sprinkle on the finished soup when you serve it)
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
I had some cooked chicken breasts today that I needed to use up. I had bought some already cooked ones at the weekend for something and then hadn't used them all, and so today I thought I better make good use of them. You could use home cooked chicken breasts for this, or even leftover roast chicken. It's all a matter of using what you have on hand.
Monday, 13 February 2017
Love bites: over half of Brits say a dinner party is the best place to find love
Forget Tinder and dodgy bars, 51% of Brits say that their favourite place to look for love is at a good old fashioned dinner party. As part of a report by Denby Pottery examining the UK’s entertaining habits, 44% of Brits also admitted to having the most success with dating following a dinner party ‘set up’. And thankfully, there’s plenty of opportunity for love to blossom, as 87% regularly host friends for dinner.
- 60% claim they get to know a person better at a dinner party than at a bar -
- 6% of the nation has found the love of their lives at a dinner party -
- That 6% jumps to 1 in 10 for Londoners and Scots -
- 17% of people have been set up at a dinner party at least once -
- Under 35s are the most likely to be set up at a dinner party -
These stats form part of The Art of Entertaining report by iconic British brand, Denby, which delves into trends and eating habits of British people today. It reveals that while the dinner party is as popular as ever, the way we host has changed, with only 1/3 laying a formal table these days and 75% not serving a traditional full three courses.
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I have been busy developing and writing some new recipes for my cookbook which is due out the end of April. Do you remember that there used to be a cookie called Coffee Creams? With a crisp biscuit/cookie on the outside and a coffee cream filling inside. They were rectangular. You don't seem to be able to find them anymore. With those in mind I have been trying to create a similar biscuit to enjoy. Darn it if these are even more delicious than the original!!! (Love it when that happens!) Oh well, back to the drawing board!
Sunday, 12 February 2017
I do like to spoil my husband at the weekends. These fabulous turnovers are a wonderful way to do just that. Simple to make and oh so delicious, they always go down a real treat with him!
Saturday, 11 February 2017
There is nothing my husband loves more than a steamed pudding. He loves stodge and comfort especially in the Winter months. He feels the cold a lot more than I do. I have my own layer of insulation, haha, something which he is severely lacking. Yes, he is one of those lucky people who can more than look at tasty things and never gain an ounce. I just have to smell them and I gain a pound. Sadly, I do a bit more than smell . . . but that's another story!
Friday, 10 February 2017
I confess I am a great fan of one pan meals. This Pork Chop Dinner is a one pan meal that I have had written down in a notebook of mine for a very long time, and I confess that today I made it with thick slices of the leftover pork from the other day and halved the recipe for just the two of us. Its nice to know you can do that I think! It was delicious!
Thursday, 9 February 2017
I think Bangers (sausages) and Mash has to be the Toddsters favourite meal of all that I cook for him. He loves a good meaty sausage. He love a nice pile of fluffy mash and . . . he adores a nice onion gravy. This meal ticks all the boxes for him and he is a very happy camper when I make it for him!
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
There are normally only two of us eating in this house and so I normally try to cut recipes in half for us, or create dishes which are simple and make just enough for two. It's not that hard to do really. And you can normally multiply up with no problems at all.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
When I was a young woman, I couldn't really afford to buy cookery books. With a growing family to care for and being a stay at home mom, cookery books were not in my budget. I used to handwrite out recipes gleaned from library books and friends and magazines into notebooks. This is one of those recipes and I can no longer remember if it came from a book, magazine or a friend, or if it was an exeriment of my own that worked out well. I tend to think that it is the latter due to the simplicity of it. Simple recipes are often the best ones don't you think?
Monday, 6 February 2017
Sunday, 5 February 2017
Saturday, 4 February 2017
I wanted to make a special dessert for Todd the other night. He is awfully fond of apple desserts. I think apple desserts are one of his favourite types of desserts when it comes right down to it. He loves to wax on about his mother's apple pies . . . but in truth . . . I have never been able to make an apple pie to come up to his mother's exacting standards.
Friday, 3 February 2017
Thursday, 2 February 2017
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
My Todd is an old fashioned guy. There is nothing fancy smancy about him. He likes simple things, which is probably why he likes me so much. 😉 There is nothing fancy smancy about me either! And I, too, like simple things. Things like thie simple baked rice pudding please us both on many levels.
Not only is it delicious, but it is very easy to make and well suited to using up that little bit of leftover rice from last night's dinner.
It is just the right size for just two people, which means it is just the right size for our wee family, or for a very hungry Todd.
No, it is not pretty, but you could certainly dress it u with a dab of jam if you wished or a dollop of softly whipped cream. It is very comforting . . .
Almost nursery food . . . warm hug food. Little nuggets of rice encircled by rich milky custard. I love the skin on top. It's my favourire bit. This is perfect food for the winter blues. Enjoy . . .
*Baked Rice Pudding For Two*Serves 2
Preheat the oven to 165*C/325*F/ gas mark 3. Butter a small 5 inch square baking dish. Set aside.
Whisk together the egg and sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Whisk in the milk and vanilla. Stir in the milk and rice. Pour into the prepared dish.
Place the dish with the pudding in it into a larger pan and pour hot water into the pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the dish holding the rice pudding. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes or until golden and set. Serve warm with or without whipped cream.
There were years when I had a hard time cooking for just two people, especially having had to cook for a large family and then my employers etc. for a number of years. I am getting used to it now, and am becoming very good at it. You could of course double this if you wished, but if you are only two, then this is the perfect winter pud for you. Bon Appetit!