A cream tea made with warm scones is perhaps the dish we need at the moment to banish the blues. Forget the calories and carbs and indulge yourself. This recipe, handed down from my mum, means that your cream tea will be ready to eat in thirty-five minutes. Enjoy!!!Continue reading “A Cream Tea To Tempt Your Taste Buds”
Lemon and Raisin Buns to tear and share are perfect for entertaining a crowd. They are also ideal for a hungry family! Best eaten as soon as they have cooled down after taking them out of the oven. These buns are super soft and simply delicious.Continue reading “Lemon and Raisin Buns to Tear and Share”
Chocolate and Hazelnut Gateau – this incredibly moist cake is the perfect choice for a chocoholic! The recipe used for the chocolate cake is a reliable favourite recipe. A beautiful chocolate ganache then drips down the sides over the crushed hazelnuts. Sprinkled on top of the gateau are chocolate flake pieces and whole hazelnuts.Continue reading “How To Make A Chocolate And Hazelnut Gateau”
This halloumi burger will make your taste buds water! It’s a vegetarian dream and so easy to make. What’s more, even committed meat eaters will be tempted by this recipe. Who could resist the Ultimate Halloumi Burger with its roasted red peppers, crispy sweet potato slices and delicious mashed avocado?Continue reading “How To Make The Ultimate Halloumi Burger”
I know better than anyone what it feels like to be a broke student. The amount of times I’ve hit the bottom of my overdraft is quite scary. Then the student loan comes in, and I think I’m rich – for about two weeks.
If you’re on this website, it’s probably because you’re looking for a new recipe to try out, or you’re interested in how companies in your area give back to their communities. This article won’t help you with either of those things. However, if you’re looking for help on making delicious food with a small budget, you have come to the right place.
Let’s start with the obvious. Ready meals are not cheap. Even if they’re frozen! The price says 3 for £6 at ASDA so you think, what a bargain! But the portions are small, and that’s only going to last you three dinners! Also, if we’re being honest, cheap ready meals from ASDA do not taste good and definitely aren’t good for you, no matter what they put on the label. The salt and preservatives stuffed into one of them almost gives me a heart attack by looking at it, and I haven’t taken a bite yet! That’s not to say I’ve never eaten one. In my first year of uni I had more ready meals than I could count on four, maybe five hands! And how did I feel after eating them? Gross, undernourished and hungry! Ready meals are the easiest things to cook. It’d be pretty hard to do it wrong, but is it worth it?
As long as you have the basics in your fridge and cupboards, you can make a nutritious and delicious meal for just as cheap as a ready meal. When I say the basics, I’m talking flour, salt, pepper, stock cubes, garlic and tomato puree and milk etc. These are the basics for a lot of meals! The initial cost will be slightly higher to buy these items, but as soon as you have them they should last you a long time! I’m still on the same bag of flour I bought in September!
Soon, you’ll find that your weekly shop really goes down in price. Have a look at some of the recipes on this website for some cheap, and easy meals with bare minimum ingredients. Some that I would recommend would be Spaghetti Bolognaise, Chicken Curry and Lasagne. Imagine being able to say that you can cook these dishes from scratch! It’s a lot easier than it sounds, trust me.
Chicken and Mushroom Curry is a quick and easy dish to make. It is a favourite of my daughters’ and made in one pan – so less washing up! It’s delicious served with rice and/or poppadoms and mango chutney. I use brown rice because I prefer it, but it can be served with long grain rice or even pasta.
- 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1 Small Chopped Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 2 tsp Tomato Puree
- 1 Chicken Oxo Cube
- 60g Raisins
- 1 dsp Jam
- 2 Raw Diced Chicken Breast
- 120g Chopped Mushrooms
- 2 tbsp Plain Flour
- 300ml Milk
- 300ml Water
- 200g Brown Rice
1 Place the oil in a pan over a moderately high temperature, & when hot, add the chopped onion, garlic, tomato puree, oxo cube, raisins & jam.
2 After 2 minutes, add the diced chicken breast & cook until the chicken shows no sign of pink flesh.
3 Add the mushrooms.
4 Stir in the plain flour.
5 Add the milk & water, stirring well.
6 Simmer over a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7 In a separate saucepan boil a litre of water. Add the rice & continue to cook for 20 minutes & then drain.
This recipe for Chicken & Mushroom Curry serves two, so is simple to adapt for a single person or a family. As both my daughters are students, I often make the curry in bulk and freeze it in individual portions for them to reheat at university. Having said that, they often use this recipe (sometimes adapting it to use the ingredients they have) and make chicken curry themselves.
For an even simpler recipe for chicken curry for one, click here
Mince Pies are really simple to make and yet so delicious. Christmas would not be the same without mince pies! The recipe I’m sharing uses mincemeat straight from the jar and traditional short crust pastry that melts in the mouth. I also include variations that will make your mince pies special.
How to make a Traditional Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding, Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding – you simply cannot have a Christmas Dinner without the traditional dessert! It has a long history dating back to Roman times, and the recipe I am sharing with you today was passed to me by my mum. It has never let me down!
Italian Christmas Pudding cake
It just keeps getting better. This, trust me, is an indulgence you simply cannot do without. It bears absolutely no comparison to a Christmas Pudding but as an alternative, it wins hands down!! It is a delightful Italian Christmas dessert, light and fluffy and has the appearance of something aristocratic with all the scrumptious flavours of Christmas all rolled into one. Miss this and weep! Sheer Bliss!
(To make this cake you need a 22-23cm Springform cake tin.)
Cut the panettone into 1cm slices and use a third of these to line the bottom of the tin, making sure there are no gaps. Drizzle 2 tbsp of the Kahlua over the panettone so as it becomes moist.
Whisk the eggs and sugar together until very frothy. Then slowly whisk in the mascarpone and double cream then slowly add the marsala. Carry on whisking until the mixture is thick and more firm.
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6 x 15ml tbsp Kahlua Lq
75g Caster Sugar
250ml Double Cream
125ml Marsala or Sweet Sherry
75g Glace Cherries
125g Chocolate Chips
100g Pistachio Nuts
2 x 15ml tbsp Pomegranite Seeds
£1 per portion:
12 – 14 Slices
Remove a good cupful of the mixture and store in the fridge for later. Add the glace cherries to the mixture followed by 100g of the chocolate chips and 75g of the chopped pistachios and fold in.
Now use half this mixture and put on top of the tin lined with panettone.
Now use a further third of the panettone slices to cover the mixture you have just added and remember, no gaps. Drizzle with a further 2tbsp of liqueur.
Now place the remainder of the filling on top and cover with the remainder of the panettone slices. Use the final 2tbsp of liqueur on this final layer.
Cover the tin with clingfilm and press down on the cake to make sure all the layers are well seated.
This can then be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days until needed.
Before you serve, remove from the springform tin, place on a presentation dish and add the cupful of filling you saved to the top surface, levelling as best you can.
Now scatter the remainder of the nuts, and chocolate chips over the top, adding the pomegranate seeds.