A Mother’s Day Meal

Happy Mother’s Day to any mums out there. I’ve spent a fair amount of today with my mum and I’m always reminded how ace she is.

Today for lunch my sister and I prepared a 3 course lunch. Nat served baked camembert with a range of vegetables and breadsticks for starters and then mini sour fruit cheesecakes for pud. I’ve asked for the recipe so watch this space!

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My part was the main course. I made 16 meatballs and served them on spaghetti with a sweet pepper sauce.

Sweet pepper sauce
Ingredients
4 sweet peppers finely chopped
Half a red onion finely chopped
A tin of chopped tomatoes
1 finely chopped fresh tomato
3 teaspoons of sugar
A sprinkle of dried oregano
A sprinkle of dry basil
Olive oil
3 whole cloves of garlic

The how to…
1) Heat the oil in a saucepan and then add the garlic cloves until softened.
2) Add the onion and sweet pepper and cook until softened.
3) Remove the whole cloves of garlic and add the chopped and fresh tomatoes along with the sugar.
4) Sprinkle in the herbs and leave to simmer.

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The meatballs
Ingredients (serves 4)
500g of beef mince
1 beef oxo cube
A tablespoon of tomato puree
The other half of the onion, finely chopped
A finely chopped sweet pepper
1 medium egg

The how to
1) Heat the oven to 180°c. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together with your hands.
2) Form the mixture into a large ball and then from it form 16 meat balls.
3) Chill before frying in oil until they are browned.
4) Pour the sauce into a heat proof dish with a lid and add the meatballs.
5) Place in the oven for around 30 minutes.
6) Serve with spaghetti, parmesan and salad.

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Happy Sunday!

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Rainy days & Mondays don’t always get me down.

Sunday night is here again and I feel exhausted! I also feel like I’m writing this blog post with a little more wisdom.

I’ve gone back to listening to Radio One during my 6:30 drive to school and Nick Grimshaw always talks about avocados and how much he loves them. It got me thinking about how I’ve always avoided them. This weekend I decided to embrace them. I started off simply by making guacamole.

Ingredients
1 avocado
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 tomato finely chopped
1 red chilli finely chopped

How to
Basically just mash it all together!!

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My sister & brother-in-law were over last night so we served the guacamole with tortilla chips, salad and homemade burgers. The burger recipe is below.

Ingredients
(serves 4 – 8 burgers)
775g mince beef
1 red onion finely chopped
2 crushed cloves of garlic
1 oxo cube
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
1 finely chopped red chilli

How to
1) Pre-heat the oven to 200°c.
2) Place the mince, chilli, garlic and onion in a bowl and mix.
3) Squeeze in the tomato puree and crumble over the oxo cube. Stir again until well combined.
4) Create 8 equal individual balls of the mince mixture and press into the burger press.
5) Cook for roughly 15-20 minutes.

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Tonight we’re having the guacamole with roast chicken, new potato & parsnip wedges and salad. The perfect end to a rainy Sunday.

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This blog post is for my wonderful work friends Trisha and Becki who went out of their way on Friday to cheer me up! Thanks ladies. Thanks also to Queenie too for reading my rant!

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Picture courtesy of a Google image search.

I am that nerd and I do love you guys waaaay more than math class.

Wake up it’s a beautiful morning!

The sun is shining yet again and it’s the weekend. So it might be 6:30 and I’m cursing my brain a little for being so wide awake but at least it’s sunny!

This weekend has been fairly busy, despite it being ‘a quiet one’. Last night we had my (not so) little sister round for dinner. I call her my not so little sister because she’s 26. In my head though she’ll always be 12! I decided to try a peanut butter curry. Ever since Simon (my best friend’s partner) made satay chicken, I’ve been eager to find a recipe which uses peanut butter which is equally as good. This is it; Peanut Butter Chicken Curry recipe. I followed the recipe exactly only leaving out the chicken stock as there was enough liquid already. We also cooked it on the hob in a pyrex dish before placing a lid on it and cooking it in the oven for 1 hour (the last 15 minutes without the lid)

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Excuse the poor quality phone picture.

It was hands down the best peanut butter recipe I’ve followed. We served it with a few salted peanuts & garlic and coriander naans.

Happy Sunday!

A Sunday blues beater!

Warning! My next comment could be deemed as controversial…

I haven’t suffered from the Sunday blues in at least 4 weeks. Admittedly, the weekend could be 24 hours longer but I’m not feeling stressed or worried about Monday. Instead, I’m enjoying a glass of wine, blogging and watching The Voice from last night.

Whilst in Asda on Friday – I can’t describe how much I hate food shopping, particularly on a Friday night – I picked up some Ambrosia chocolate flavoured custard. It’s lazy but I was determined to put some effort into whatever would accompany it.

Browsing through my cookbook collection, I came across Mary Berry’s Steamed Jam Pudding recipe from her cook book Mary Berry’s Complete Cookbook. The recipe features on page 402 and all I’ve done is halved the original, used dark brown sugar instead of caster sugar and added roughly 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

The ingredients – to make enough for 2
65g butter/soft margerine
65g dark brown sugar
1 egg
85g self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
6 squares of 85% dark chocolate
About 1tbsp of milk (I needed more due to the cocoa)

Confession time – I didn’t put the recommended baking powder in and the recipe required 1 teaspoon.

The how to
1) Grease the pudding basin with a little butter and put the chocolate squares in the bottom.
2) Beat the butter and sugar together.
3) Mix in the other ingredients and enough milk to create a dropping consistency.
4) Pour the mixture into a basin before covering with foil – with a pleat – and securing with string.
5) Place in a saucepan with boiling water which reaches halfway up the basin and steam for 45 minutes with the lid on.
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The pudding rose well and seemed to want to burst out of the foil!

I then cut the string, peeled off the foil and tipped onto a plate.
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Ok, so it didn’t come out in one go but, the chocolate melted well and looks beautiful. It’s also the first time I’ve made a steamed pudding and from the chunks I’ve sampled it tastes really good. Not too sweet but chocolatey enough for a sweet tooth.

The perfect ending to roast pork, garlic roast potatoes, stuffing and vegetables! Especially as we’re sampling a Tesco finest stuffing mix!
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Review to follow!
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Yes, there are enough potatoes here to feed a small army but that’s the hubby for you!

Happy Sunday and hello and thank-you to all my new blog followers!