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Friday, 21 July 2017

Vegetarian Herby Bean Hotpot



Ingredients:


4 large potatoes, sliced
2 onions, finely chopped
2 large carrots, sliced
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin of baked beans
1 tin of kidney beans, drained
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp mixed herbs
1 handful of grated cheese
1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Place the sliced potatoes in a pan of boiling water & simmer for 5 minutes to allow the potatoes to soften.
  3. Heat the oil gently in a pan & fry the onion softly, until soft.
  4. Add the carrots to the pan & fry for a few minutes.
  5. Add the tins of tomatoes, baked beans, kidney beans, tomato puree and mixed herbs to the pan with the onion and carrot.
  6. Heat the pan until the mixture is simmering, allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Place into the bottom of an oven proof dish and arrange the sliced potatoes on top.
  8. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the potatoes.
  9. Place in the oven for 30 minutes until the cheese and potatoes on top are golden brown.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Roasted Peppers, Tomato & Goats Cheese Sliders



Ingredients:

6 bread cakes or bread baps or bread rolls (depending on which area of the country you reside in!)
Jar of roasted peppers, chopped
Goat's cheese, crumbled
Slices of edam cheese
1 egg for glazing
Handful of grated cheese

Tomato sauce:

1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 tbsp dried basil



Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Make tomato sauce: place tin of tomatoes, garlic & basil in a pan & rapidly simmer to reduce to a nice thick sauce.
  3. Cut the bread rolls in half and line the bottom of an oven proof dish with the bottoms of the bread rolls.
  4. Place cheese slices over the bread rolls.
  5. Spread the tomato sauce on top of the cheese slices.
  6. Sprinkle over the chopped peppers and goats.
  7. Place the top of the bread rolls back on.
  8. Glaze the top with the beaten egg and sprinkle some grated cheese on top.
  9. Place in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the tops of the bread rolls are golden brown.

Serve with some green salad for a light lunch bite.




Monday, 15 May 2017

Nappy Changing Mat



My kids seem to destroy the plastic nappy changing mats that you buy from Boots or Mothercare or the supermarket & I get fed up of buying them new ones, so the challenge was there to make something difficult for them to destroy. When you have 2 in nappies it gets a lot of use as well.

Let's see how this goes...


My eldest came with me to choose the fabric, so after I'd finished it I couldn't get him off it, he wanted to lay on it all afternoon.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Spiderman Cafetiera Cosy


My husband wanted a cafetiere cosy to keep his morning coffee warm a little longer, so my challenge was set!

(Excuse some of the stitching it was a challenge & it's not exactly neat for the first attempt!)






Saturday, 6 May 2017

VE Day

Our choir sang at a VE Day event today, so the challenge was to dress 40s style...

...did I pull it off?


Friday, 5 May 2017

Savoury Cheese & Raisin Muffins



We're trying to reduce our sugar intake slightly so thought I'd try and make some savoury things to replace all the biscuits & chocolate we seem to eat. These are delicious and the raisins adds a little natural sweetness.

Ingredients:

250g plain flour
3 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
50g butter
1 egg
250ml milk
120g grated cheese
100g raisins

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 220C.
  2. Place flour, baking powder, salt and paprika in a bowl & mix together.
  3. Cut the butter into small pieces and using your finger tips rub the flour into the butter.
  4. Beat the egg and add the milk mixing together well.
  5. Add the milk-egg mix to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add the grated cheese and raisins and mix well.
  7. Place into cupcake cases or a muffin tin.
  8. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins.

Serve with soup or a stew. 
Cut in half and spread some soft cheese on them.

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