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Chinese style take out beef curry recipe



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!



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.



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!


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.


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.


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.



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.



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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Exploring Our New Area…

Ok so we have been in Bedford for 3 months now, and we have found a few good places so far, including an awesome little tea room which does a cute afternoon tea! Was such a good way to end the week and we all know my love of Afternoon Tea, I think I want to spend the rest of my life tasting different afternoon teas. See my Fortnum and Mason afternoon tea  here.

This little place in St. Neots was great. It was down a little side street, with mix matched tables and chairs, and a constant smell of cake. They were baking right behind the counter. Here are a few pics from our afternoon tea at Poppy’s Vintage Tea Room.


I snapped him mid sentence…but I quite like the coooo look..he also looks super dainty drinking from dainty tea…note to all..this might be more of a friends thing..rather then boyfriends…but he did enjoy the little cakes!


I got an iced tea too and it was soooo good with fresh fruit, plus we totally have those glasses at home, note my excitement..


Homemade scones were amazing, obviously I cream then jam it….how do you guys do it? If your spreading jam then cream..thats wrong..





Mini cakes which included carrot cake and a little lemon meringue pie….so cute. Everything is a hell of a lot more fun to eat when it’s mini.



The full spread. The women were lovely, the cakes all looked amazing, and they even boxed up our left overs. FYI afternoon tea is super filling. It’s like a mini marathon of carbs. But amazing. The tea was divine and they had so many tea options to suit every taste plus you had options to pick your sandwiches..we went for a varied approach…

The rest of the weekend we discovered our new favourite butcher. We brought black treacle smoked bacon ( ridiculously incredible) and found a cute little farm shop where we got smoked garlic, fresh figs and a bunch of tulips..so all in all…a weekend of good finds!


So if you find yourself in St. Neots…go venture to Poppy’s Tea Room. Also there menu is set on vintage ration cards…just to add to the setting.




So the meats, cheese and fresh produce were amazing in Italy, but being me I particularly liked the cakes. Because there were so many of us a couple of times we ended up buying big cakes, so there was enough for everyone, the beauty was we never knew what we were getting and luckily no one had an allergies.


So lets begin.



So this cake, was a chocolate ice cream cake, sooo good, with the fancy chocolate covered top. Totally judged this cake by it’s appearance, and it totally paid off as this was amazing.




Next was this cake, look how weird the picture looks…oh well. We weren’t quite sure what this was, but it was crazy good, very nutty. No idea what it says on top though..



Next we have the little pastries from the patisserie down the road. I was sold by the packaging, so well packaged no?




And inside was just as good. All these beauts came to €5 which is crazy cheap I literally felt like I was robbing her because they were so good! Sooo soo good. So this became the favorite with all of us, so many cakes were brought. We ended the trip going there one last time picking up some nibbles which were different covered marzipan. we figured these would have the best luck staying intact.




So these were cute, but I’m not much of a marzipan person so Richard has been enjoying them.


So there’s the cake part, last installment of tomorrow is the rest of our pictures, don’t worry i’ll filter them so it wont be 8 pages long!!




So as I’m sure everyone knows, Valentines day is on Friday, and love is in the air. For the  last couple of years me and Richard have gone to the Cotwolds to my home town, and had a 7 ,yes a 7 course Valentines day meal at my favourite pub. But Frugal February has gotten us, and with the cost of fuel, and the lavish dinner we decided its best this year to give it a miss. Instead we are doing handmade gifts and having a night in with a home-cooked meal. (to be cooked by Richard).

I love Valentines day, I love the smell of fresh flowers everywhere, women with smiles on the faces wondering who will be their valentine and men looking worryingly on whats the right chocolate or card to buy their true love. But any way before I get sucked into roses and perfume I have been looking into ways to treat the men/women in your life on a budget and what better way than by food.

For the next five days I will post a found recipe to make your partner swoon. Todays recipe is a twist on Nutella Hand Pies done by Caroline Zhang for Pass the cocoa blog. Check out their other awesome recipes too.

Right so here’s the recipe with my few added changes.


For the Crust
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
⅔ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup cold water


For the Filling

⅓ cup Nutella
1 medium ripe banana, sliced (⅓ cup sliced strawberries or blueberries would also work)
*I added some peanut butter to hit my peanut butter craving! *
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup raw sugar ( I used brown sugar than grilled it after I cooked the pocket to caramelise the sugar.)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Make the crust. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the vegetable oil and water and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix. My house is seriously cold, hence my Nuttela lacking its usual gooey consistency.Ingridients-
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter. I used circle cutters.Wooden-pinPastry-cut
  4. Place half of the hearts on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between each.
  5. Place about 2 teaspoons of Nutella on the hearts. Place a slice of banana on top of the Nutella (or a slice of strawberries or 3-4 blueberries.) I added a teaspoon of peanut butter before I put the chopped bananas on.
  6. Cover each of the hearts with the remaining hearts. Seal the edges of the hearts by pressing with a fork.
  7. Brush the tops of the pies with the egg, and sprinkle with the raw sugar. ( I used  brown sugar)fini
  8. Bake at 425  degrees (gas mark 6) for 5 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees (gas mark 4). Bake for another 5-10 minutes, or until the pies are golden brown.  Afterwards I put the pies under the grill to caramelise the brown sugar on top a little. For about 2-3minutes.
  9. Let cool and serve.


Then eat. These were seriously good, I will be making another batch for Valentines day too. Perhaps you could wrap them up in a little box with a love note for your valentine?


Once again thanks to Pass the Cocoa for the awesome recipe! There are tons of other Valentines day ideas on there so go over and take a look!

Happy Monday, come back tomorrow to see the next Valentines recipe ill be trying.