Favourite dessert??

So last week was Children in Need and as a result a bake off ensued at work. The calibre of cakes was fantastic. I’m no baker, in fact I don’t enjoy cake making nearly as much as I do making a meal and experimenting with new ingredients. However I do make a mean pavlova, even if I do say so myself. It’s a family recipe and so easy to make. I like to make it for special occasions and decorate it accordingly. A pudsey one was called for!

To make it pre heat the oven to 230.
Whisk 5 egg whites until stiff, add 10oz of caster sugar slowly and beat until soft peaks are formed. Beat in 2 tsp corn flour, 1tsp of vinegar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence. Cut a circle of tin foil to fit a plate and spread the meringue mixture evenly on it. Place in oven and immediately reduce the heat to 120. Cook for 1 hour. Leave to cool and decorate with whipped cream and fruit/topping of your choice.

What is your go to dessert?

Last week’s meal plan went a bit array as I failed to plan in advance so this week I’ve already made my veggie lasagne and frozen the leftover filling to have as either a pasta sauce or ratatouille at a later date. I’ve also made the chilli too.

This week’s plan is:

Monday – Chicken Kievs
Tuesday – Chilli com carne
Wednesday – Veggie lasagne
Thursday – Spanish Omelette
Friday – Chilli & prawn linguini
Saturday – Eating Out
Sunday – Chicken, bacon & mushroom pie

As usual I will be joining in with Mrs M’s meal planning Monday. I hope you all have a fab week x


Weird & wonderful veg

Hello everyone! I hope it’s been a half decent Monday.

Last week my father in law gave me some potatoes from his allotment, as you can see they were out of the ordinary! No idea what kind they were but they were damn tasty and the kids loved the novelty factor.

This inspired me to ask for some weird and wonderful veg in my fruit and veg box this week. We got kale, a romanesco cauliflower and a spaghetti squash. We had the romanesco with a hearty chicken and bacon pie I made on Saturday night for my parents, slightly off last week’s meal plan but delicious all the same.

Tonight we had a squash and chickpea curry which I prepared yesterday and it was really tasty so I’m going to share the recipe. I just kind of made it up as I went along by googling a few recipes and adapting them to fit. So here’s my version, you could really add whatever you wanted.

1 squash of any description peeled and cubed
1 tin chickpeas
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 large onion
3-4 cloves garlic
Decent piece of fresh ginger
1 red chilli, finely chopped, seeds in
2 tsp coriander seeds, crushed
2 tsp cumin seeds, crushed
2 tsp garam masala
Large handful coriander leaves chopped
Salt & pepper
500ml veg stock
Fry onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Crush spices and add to pan, stir well for a couple of minutes. Add squash, chickpeas, tomatoes and stock. Season and simmer for 30-40 mins. Stir in coriander before serving or scatter on top if you prefer.

This weeks meal plan is:

Monday – Squash & chickpea curry
Tuesday – Mac n cheese
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – Veggie lasagne
Friday – Children in need dinner @ work for volunteering to man the phone lines
Saturday – Jamie O’s Parmesan chicken from the Ministry of Food book
Sunday – Turkey joint (still in the freezer from last week!)

My question this week is what is your favourite veg and recipe? P.S. Does
Anyone have a nice recipe using kale?

Linking up with Mrs M @ Meal Planning Monday’s x

Slow cooker season

I hope everyone had a good week and enjoyed any Halloween happenings. My two loved dressing up and going to visit their GG and my parents.

Pinterest is great for ideas!

I have been away on a hen weekend, so after a weekend of excess I felt it was time for some comfort food. This time of year is always when I like to start making soups and stews. I find the slow cooker perfect for this. I either prep the night before and put the whole dish in the fridge so I just need to lift it out and turn it on going out the door or I do something that I just need to throw together in the morning. I find slow cooking can be a bit trial and error to begin with but once you get the hang of it, it really does make a difference. Our steak pie filling is bubbling away as I type. What are your slow cooking top tips or recipes?

This week’s meal plan is:
Monday – Steak pie
Tuesday – steak pie leftovers
Wednesday – Homemade soup, to be decided
Thursday – dinner at mums
Friday – Chilli & prawn linguini
Saturday – Macaroni mince
Sunday – Turkey joint

I hope you all have a good week and check out each other’s meal plans over at Mrs M.