Bank Holiday Feasts

It’s a bank holiday weekend here in the UK and although it’s half term for me, the extra day does feel a bit special.

We’ve just started to get our food shopping delivered so, this week, I planned a nice Saturday lunch. I ordered pastrami, turkey slices, Dutch maasdam cheese, lettuce and some sunflower seeded bread…

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We already had gherkins and mayonaise in the fridge. We then began to work on our New York deli style sandwich…

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Instead of gherkin mayo, this is mayo with sliced gherkins.

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Cheese! You couldn’t really taste this, so next time I’d go for 2 slices.
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Pastrami.
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East River Tennessee smoked turkey slices. These slices smelled and tasted beautiful.
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My sandwich! Served with some Phileas Fogg bubble chips.

My second make was meant to be a chocolate chip muffin cheesecake. Sadly, in my rush to order sandwich fillings I forgot the cream cheese. The events which followed were a sign of a well stocked kitchen, combined with someone desperate for cheesecake.
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I present to you… Yogurtcake.

Ingredients
300ml crème fraîche
100ml vanilla yogurt
250g chocolate digestives
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons (at least, add more for taste) of peanut butter
100g of chocolate chips
2 tablespoons of jam

The how to
1) Crush to biscuits into crumbs and add the mapke syrup.
2) Melt the butter in a saucepan gently and then pour into the biscuit crumbs and stir.
3) Pour/spoon the crumb mixture into an 8″ round cake tin and pat down.
4) Spoon in the jam and cover the base. Leave in the fridge while you create the next stage.
5) Stir the crème fraîche and yogurt together, add the peanut butter a spoonful at a time and stir until combined.
6) Shake in the chocolate chips and mix.
7) Pour this onto the base and put it back into the fridge.
8) I then decorated with strawberries for my sister and I and grapes for my strawberry hating husband.

It actually tasted pretty good!!
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Happy bank holiday weekend.

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A lazy Sunday

We haven’t had a Sunday without plans in a long time. That’s why today has been such a treat. We got up late, had a lazy breakfast, a very laid back morning and then an afternoon of cooking preperation and the football. As a Liverpool fan I was very relieved with the final result!

We watched Sunday Brunch this morning and my husband, throughout the duration of the programme, changed his mind about what we could have for dinner about 6 times!! We finally settled on hom bao which had been featured on the show.

We followed this recipe for Hom Bao and then made our own gammon filling.

For the gammon
Ingredients
2 gammon rounds, cut into bite sized pieces
1 teaspoon of five spice
1 diced chilli
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
5 diced spring onions
1/2 chopped yellow pepper

The how to
1) Put the chopped gammon rounds, spice, honey and soy sauce into a bowl and stir, leave for 30 minutes.
2) Fry the gammon mixture and allow to cook for about 15 minutes until the gammon is almost cooked.
3) Add the peppers, chilli and spring onions and simmer for 15 minutes until the mixture has thickened.
4) Serve with the hom bao and some salad.

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The ingredient line-up.
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Kneading the dough.
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The peppers, chilli and spring onion.
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The gammon, spice and soy sauce.
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The hom bao ready to steam.
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Dinner!

The hom bao were really tasty, although having never tried them I’m not sure what they were meant to taste like!

Happy Sunday 🙂