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Tricolour grilled cheese sandwich recipe

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Ok so I posted this steak and beetroot sandwich recipe a few weeks ago, see it here, and it went down pretty well so I thought I’d share my latest creation. My tricolour grilled cheese. It combines too of my favourite things. Tricolour salad (avocado, mozzarella, tomatoes) and sandwiches. Ok lets not beat around the bush. Here is what you need.

 

Ingredients (makes 2 sandwiches)

4 Slices of crusty bread. I used a thick crust bread like a tiger loaf.

Handful of cherry tomatoes ( I think big beef tomatoes would go better)

1 Ball of mozzarella

Selection of deli meats

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Guacamole

 

Ingredients for the guacamole

1 avocado

Pinch of salt and pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Dash of olive oil

1 tbsp of chopped white onion

Dash of lemon juice.

 

Ok so first thing first. The guacamole. Now I am pretty proud of my little recipe I have for this. I originally just winged it but it always seems to taste good, and people always ask for the recipe so I took note and now I’m sharing it with you guys.

Ok so peel, pip and scoop out the avocado and cut it into cubes and put it in to your pestle and mortar. If you don’t have one of these a bowl and a masher or even a fork will do.

Mash the avocado into a pulp, then season with salt and pepper. Add the cayenne pepper, garlic powder and olive oil and keep mushing it all together. Always taste frequently when making this so you get it to the spice and season that you like.

Next chop up some onion, now  you only want about a tablespoon of chopped onion, and add it in. Once again pulp it all together. Then finally add your lemon juice. Start with a little then add a bit more to your liking. Remember you can always add a little more but you can’t take any away.

Ok once that is made move on to the main event. Cut your mozzarella ball into slices, slice the tomatoes and slice your bread into thick slices. I used cherry tomatoes as that was all I had, but I think big beef tomatoes would be amazing with this.

Next heat up a frying pan and add a dash of olive oil, with salt and pepper, once its heated up take your bread and sweep round the oil in the pan and let it fry off a little. Then flip it over and do the same to the other side. While this side is cooking add the mozzarella to one side of the bread. Once the cheese and started to melt a little, take the bread off the heat and prepare the rest of your sandwich.

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I layered the meat over the mozzarella on one side and on the other side, I topped the guacamole with the cherry tomatoes. I then sandwiched it altogether and put it back on the heat, just to melt the cheese a little more.

 

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This is the end result…don’t ask me why all the sandwiches I make seem to be monster big..but hey they taste so good. Drizzle with a little bit of balsamic glaze and your good to go!

 

Enjoy!!

 

 



Steak and Beetroot Sandwich

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Ok so we all know I missed my rare steak when pregnant, so I have not wasted any time in being able to enjoy my red meat not welldone! While Richard has been on paternity leave and we have found ourselves getting into a good routine, I’ve managed to take some time and cook us a few meals which don’t consist of pasta or frozen pizza. I was pretty impressed with my latest creation and thought I’d share it with you.

 

What you need: (makes two sandwiches)

Steak: We used ribeye about 12oz See how we cook our steaks here.

Lettuce

Beetroot Salad

Smoked cheese

Bread

Mustard Mayo Sauce:

1 tbsp mayonaise

1 tbsp mustard (we used german deli)

salt and pepper for seasoning

Large pinch of garlic powder

Large pinch of Cayenne pepper.

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What you do:

Ok so cook your steak to how you want and remember to season it first! A quick tip though, don’t do your steak overly rare, as steak in a sandwich goes better a little more medium rather then blue..

While your steak is cooking toast your bread and then start assembling your sandwich. I do bread, lettuce, beetroot salad, steak, cheese, mustard mayo,bread. But hey go crazy!

The one steak is enough for 2 sandwiches, just cut it into strips and lay it across the beetroot nicely. The mustard mayo is super simple, just mix the ingredients together and adjust to taste preference. Whack in some chips or have on its own and  there you have it. A manly steak sandwich with a beetroot twist. The beetroot goes so well with the mustard mayo sauce and the steak juices, its just a great filling lunch!

Regarding the beetroot salad, we brought a ready made box which came with beetroot cubes and grated beetroot, but using fresh slices would work well too!

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It doesn’t take very long at all, and it’s super filling!

Enjoy and have a good weekend all!!

 



Chinese style take out beef curry recipe

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Ok so recently Richard has been obsessed with getting beef curry at our local Chinese take out, but as we all know take outs can be super expensive, so after browsing different recipes and trying a few things out I came up with a recipe which Richard actually says taste pretty good..So I thought i’d share it with you all. I did a bit of a fusion with the popadoms …but they were pretty good!

 

Ingredients:

About enough to serve 2 people.

Beef ( I used leftover beef from a roast rib joint, but I think steak would be really goo too…or chicken if you prefer)

1 Finely chopped onion

1 tbsp Rapeseed oil

2 Garlic cloves crushed

1 tbsp Soy sauce

2 tbsp Plain flour

2 tsps Curry powder

1/2 tsps Ground ginger

1 tsp Chilli flakes

400ml  Chicken Stock

Rice of your choice.

Extra ingredients you can add maybe peas or peppers.

 

Method.

Ok in a large frying pan fry off the onion in the rapeseed oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Keep them moving so not to burn and add the crushed garlic into the mix.  Turn it down onto to simmer. This is a good time to put the rice on.

Add the beef to the pan and fry it off with the onions, when it starts to brown add the flour and spices and stir it into the beef and onions cooking on a gentle heat for about a minute.

Then add the stock and soy sauce to the mixture, let it cook until it’s the thickness you desire, add more water if its too thick. But then your pretty much done!! It’s that easy.

Serve and enjoy!

I promise you it’s super simple, and really easy to do with beef, chicken takes a little longer but I’ve had it with both and the sauce goes amazingly well! So let me know if you try it out!

 

 

 

 

 



Food’s I miss since being pregnant

Ok so Im at 37 weeks, so not long to go now, but it’s crazy how much I am missing certain foods. I have seriously come to the conclusion my diet consisted of smoked salmon, poached eggs, rare steak and prawns before I got pregnant. Like thats all I want to eat right now, so I thought i’d round up some recipes that are making my mouth water which I will be eating shortly after I give birth!

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Ok so this one is more of a drink yes, but I seriously can’t wait to try out these cotton candy champagne cocktails, from Lauren Conrad. They look super cute! Now I wouldn’t say I have ever been a big drinker, but being that I have been pregnant through Christmas, New Years, a hen do and a wedding I have missed having a cocktail on such occasions. Plus pregnancy can be pretty stressful and sometimes I would have loved to sit down and have a frozen cocktail, especially the last week during this heat.

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I think my plan is to have a massive feast consisting of all these foods…like a weird massive surf and turf..I miss sushi a lot too! Like a lot..but I was unfortunate enough to have a stomach bug when I was 20 weeks, it was a horrific three days and really took it out of me, so I can kind of see why not to eat foods that might cause food poison, it isn’t pretty and it takes a lot longer to bounce back..plus keeping hydrated was a big issue. These prawn cocktails looks amazing from the food addicts.

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I want lobster, i’ve never had lobster like this but this looks insane…so yes please I will have this after the baby is born..i’ll wash it down with a little ( i still need to be responsible) cotton candy champagne cocktail. This is from Saveur.

 

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We used to eat a lot of steak and it’s been killing me to have it cooked well done when usually i’d have it blue…what can I say I like a bit of red meat, and I have missed having this. This recipe looks insane from nosh on it.

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Mmmmm. Poached eggs…I think I miss these the most…Just look at that runny egg..soon. soon you will be mine! This recipe is from Pinch of yum.

 

So i’m now dribbling over these foods…just a few more weeks to go…what foods have you missed the most when you have been pregnant? Or what are you craving now that you can’t have?

I feel your pain.

 

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Gousto Gourmet and Hello fresh box review, a voucher code for you all too

Ok so I had a couple of vouchers for some gourmet boxes including one for Hello Fresh and one for Gousto. I thought id’ share my thoughts on them for you guys. I took up the chance to try them because I have ben trying desperately to try and eat some more healthy options, and for half price off the box I didn’t see the harm in trying. So firstly I recieved the Gousto box, now I knew what I was getting as you get to pick 3 meals from a list of 10. I went for Ramen, a fennel crusted pork and a chicken and rice dish. It was still pretty exciting getting a box of food though…oh the joys in life.

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The ingredients are all super fresh, and they came wrapped up neatly even with ice packs. Everything is pre measured so its super simple too. Here are the dishes we had.

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Ok so first we had ramen, and this was unbelievable and produced 3 healthy sized portions much to Richards delight, who finished off mine and the extra portion. But the instructions were super simple, and it took no time at all. Plus I really enjoyed cooking with Richard.

 

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Ok so I wasn’t too keen on this dish, but hey I’m pregnant so my tastes are all over the place, Richard enjoyed it though, once again enjoying both portions.

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This was incredible. Fennel crusted pork, potatoes and butter beans and tomato. I could have eaten 2 portions of this. So overall I was pretty happy with the box, but it is expensive. It’s a great idea for those who want the simplicity of having everything planned and brought for you, if you have that extra income. For 2 people having 3 meals it costs £34.99. But the food is all organic, and such good quality. If your interested in trying it out I do have a voucher you can try which gets you £20 off your first box. You don’t have to commit and it’s super easy to cancel, so if you don’t it fancy after your first box just cancel it. Just type in SOPHI47639 at the checkout.

So next we had a Hello Fresh box.

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Once again the package was great, all coming in recyclable material. The ingredients were super fresh and I kind of felt we got more food with this box. Instead of measuring out spinach we got a whole big bag of it…I have only had one meal with this so far which was gnocchi with creme fraiche pesto….but it was super good. Tonight we are having chicken pockets…fun fun fun!

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The same as the Gousto box, this is still expensive but it’s always worth a try..For a box for 2 which includes 3 meals it costs £39.00. They also do a veggie box and a family box, so take a look at the website. They work slightly different to Gousto. You get given 3 meals with a possible 2 options to swap with. So you get a choice of 5. You order by Wednesday, to get the delivery on Monday. Let me know how it goes if you try any of the boxes out!

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Cake Cake Cake

Ok so I am looking at some fun cake recipes to make my mum a birthday cake for this weekend. I wanted one a bit more exciting then just a Victoria sponge like thing, but I have found some funky recipes that I think might make the cut.

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I am thinking of doing something fun for my mum..she doesn’t like birthday’s so maybe this might cheer her up..who doesn’t love sprinkles? This is from The Cake Blog as comes with full instructions.

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I love mint..I find it so refreshing on cakes..in a weird way. I know my mum likes mint too. So this could be a good choice.. From Confessions of a Cook Book Queen.

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Another mint cake.. I am totally drawn to the mint buttercream frosting. How yummy does this look. This is from Bird on a Cake.

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There isn’t a recipe for this, but I like the idea of covering the cake with different sections…maybe different flavour glazes? I like the idea of doing like a bundt cake..but making it look like a donut.  I can’t find the source for this so if you know drop me a comment.

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How super cute are these? Maybe I could do like a little mini cake spread…I do tend to go over board on my plans sometimes though..and end up biting off a lot more then I can chew…but look how amazing these look..plus they are some awesome flavours…get the recipe here. This is from My Name Is Yeh. You should check out this blog…there are so many awesome recipes on there!!

I think I might do some experimenting and ill do a post of my mum’s hopefully epic Birthday cake…fingers crossed…if you know of any awesome recipes leave me a comment down below.



Valentine’s day Ideas

Ok so I know this holiday is very much a holiday for the girls. Even when your single, its a girls night out or in to celebrate being happy and single or for couples who are happy and in love. But let’s be honest more often then not it’s about the girls. But hey how about we show our loving other halves we can make Valentines day just as romantic for him or her. Last year I did a week of treats to cook your other half, this time I have been looking at a few cute and yes overly cheesy DIY and some awesome looking treats.

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So I don’t think Valentines day needs to be super expensive, why not make a card and a nice romantic meal. I mean this card looks so cute and simple, and hey if pizza is the way to your loved ones heart…even better. Come on sometimes cheesy is cute. This is from Etsy.

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Another fun card, I mean googley eyes…everyone loves googley eyes.You have to love googley eyes.. This is from Lucy’s Cards.

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A great cheap and effective gift, which looks so yummy. White chocolate bark. See the recipe here at Number 2 pencil. I mean I would make this for an everyday snack..or a party..party is more appropriate…but with pink and red m&m’s very lovey dovey.

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Yes cheesy but maybe if they are a lover of coffee you could make like a little gift basket. Coffee and chocolate? Cheap mugs and a sharpie, nice and simple. Get the instructions here at Today’s creative blog.

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I am so going to do this one year..can’t do it this year because now Richard will know…but one year… Come on if your a bit low on cash, this makes your love one smile and know your thinking of them..with banana humour. This is from House hunt.

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Heart shaped cookies, a cute thing to make and pop in your loved ones lunch. Or as a romantic desert after a romantic dinner…melt some chocolate and go all fondue-ish…Obviously add strawberries to the mix, sexy strawberry eating, plus you know balance the sugar cookie and chocolate with a little bit of fruit…dipped in chocolate…Get the recipe from Brit and Co.

 

There you go I hope I have given you a few ideas to get the Valentine’s day or anti day going…perhaps I’ll do another week of treats nearer the time…hmm.



Wedding Wednesday’s: Make your own ombre wedding cake / 18

 

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Ok so I’ve heard of people making their own cakes, or getting friends and such to do it which is a really lovely way to incorporate your loved ones into the big day as well as saving some money. So I totally had a go at making a mini wedding cake. I’d have way to much excuse to gorge myself on cake if I had made like a three tier one.

I like good flavours, so I decided to do a victoria sponge, using blueberry jam and whipping cream with sicilian lemon flavours added to it. Then to give it the fancy look I did an ombre butter icing finish.

Ok so I used a simple sponge mixture, but did two batches of it. The following ingredients makes 1 batch. Don’t just double it at once, it’s easier jus to make separate batches.

200g Caster sugar

200g Softened butter

4 Eggs beaten

200g Self-raising flour

1 tsp Baking powder

2 tbs Milk

1tsp of lemon flavouring.

 

So cream together the butter and the sugar, beat the eggs in slowly, sift the flour in and add the other ingredients. I did two  batches of this mix, then separated each one into three cake tins, so I had 6 layers in total. They take 20 minutes to cook, or until golden brown and spongey.

 

So once they had cooled down, I cut round the edges to neaten them up, then whipped my whipping cream for the filling.

I got some jar brought ( I know, cheat) blueberry jam and alternated the fillings in-between the layers. You could put both in each layer but I decided to do one jam then one cream. Once I had built my cake, I made some basic butter icing and did a quick thin layer all around the cake and on top, just to mould the cake together and create a smooth surface for my ombre icing. I then popped it in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool.

 

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So I have never done ombre icing before so I looked at a few videos and this one here was best. I’d recommend watching it. I didn’t have a spatula so I used a butter knife..worked quite well in the end.. I used thick colouring gel to get my ombre colours, which I find to be better then the food colourings you get in the supermarkets. Look on ebay or on baking websites they should have them. But I did a another simple butter icing for the ombre effect and I am quite happy with how it turned out.

I finished the cake with some fresh blueberries on top. Now it’s s not a show stopper, but I think on a larger scale it would look rather pretty plus I did this in 3 hours,now just imagine if you took your time over it and you were good and cooking…possibilities are endless..

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Hope you enjoyed Wedding Wednesday’s today…i’m off to eat my weight in cake.



RECIPE; SKINNY FISH & CHIPS

Ok so this a recipe I have taken from the Slimming World repertoire but I thought I’d try it out…

 

Ok So what you need is:

700g Large Potatoes, peeled cut into chip like shape

Low calorie cooking spray

4 x think skinless fish fillets. (cod,haddock or halibut)

100g stale wholemeal breadcrumbs. (this bit is important mine slightly failed due to me half-assing this bit).

1 tsp garlic powder

2 eggs beaten lightly

ok so peel and cut your potatoes and put them into pan of boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes.

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Preheat your oven to 240°C/Fan 220°C/Gas 9.

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After they have cooked for 3-4 minutes, drain them well and place on a kitchen paper and leave to dry for 10 minutes.

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Put in a roasting pan and spray with cooking oil and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally

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Season your fillets, and make your breadcrumbs. I did this part horribly..and ended up trying to use ryvita..I also add some garlic powder to season. All in all it tasted ok, but not as much coverage as I wanted.

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Dip your fillet into the egg, and get it all covered and stuff… then dip it into the bread crumbs/slash ryvita mix thing.

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haha ta da!! Ok so I fried the fillet in low calorie cooking oil, then put it in the oven. If you just do it it in the oven place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Garnish with some lemon and tar tar sauce. (this bit isn’t skinny though).

 

So it looked like a bit of a disater but it tasted pretty good. Just imagine how good it would have been had I done the breadcrumbs bit properly.



HALLOWEEN PARTY FOOD IDEAS

I remember when I was little my mum used to do these really extravagant halloween parties. We would come home to the whole house decorated, and games all set up. The little spread of sandwiches with sausages and ketchup cut to look like fingers, and cupcakes, with marshmallows and brain sweets in jelly. She went to the extreme. And all of our friends would come over, we would go trick or treating then come back to party games. I’d be a standard witch like every year. (original I know). But it was amazing.

I’d love to do this when I have kids. I think Halloween is always seen as being really big in the states, and not so much over here. As you get older the costumes get more inventive and often include less clothes, but the general points still apply. Candy, spooky decorations, pumpkins and dressing up. So I have been looking at some awesome pins for Halloween.

 

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This looks pretty epic, and I think would go down well at a kids or adult party. I have such a sweet tooth. It’s my biggest problem I could eat cake and macaroons all day.  This is from here.

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Come on, I am dead excited to try and make these. Halloween falls on Richard’s mum’s birthday, I could totally make these as a nibble no? Everyone loves hotdog mummies? Fine the recipe here.

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These are pretty fun and kind of sophisticated…plus who loves a really simple recipe? This is from here.

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I’ve never had any luck doing pinata cakes, so maybe cookies are easier? Get the recipe here.

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Gah these look sooo awesome!!! perfect for little trick or treaters!! Get the recipe here, they look pretty easy! Might have to try these.

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I put a healthy option in, although we all know it’s about the candy!! But to stop the kiddies teeth from rotting, this is a fun way to get vitamins and nutrients slipped into the holiday spread. Recipe here. 

syringes One for the adults, these look stupidly fun. Add a squirting syringe to any alcoholic beverage set up and I am there!! Check out the recipe here, plus they had loads of another cocktails too!

 

So there’s a few ideas to think about pre-trying, we all need to practice things before the party..or is that just my excuse to eat fun treats all the time? haha!

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