Iced Lemon Shortbread Biscuits!

A deliciously light refreshing biscuit, with a silky flavoursome icing – perfect cheeky snack or for entertaining! Uniced these are freeze able – make some now for the Christmas buffet!

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Ingredients :
• 250g plain flour
• 175g butter
• 80g caster sugar
• zest of 1 lemon
• 1/2 teaspoon maximum lemon juice
• 140g icing sugar
• water
• 20g butter
• juice of 1 lemon

Method
• By hand, mix together the flour and butter into a breadcrumb texture
• Add the sugar and lemon zest
• Knead the mixture tightly together to form a dough. I slowly add drops of lemon juice – no more than 1/2 tsp – to bind it. If you accidentally add too much and it is a sticky mixture, add a little more flour to pull it back.
• Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 1hour or more.
• Preheat the oven to 170 and grease a baking tray
• Roll out the dough mixture, and cut into desired shapes, approximately 1cm thick
• Place on the baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes, until light gold in colour
• Remove and set aside to cool
• Once the biscuits are completely cool, make the icing
• Mix the icing sugar into a paste with drops of water
• Add softened butter and the lemon juice until smooth
• Spread over the biscuits and place them in the fridge to set before serving!

Chocanana Cupcakes!

Chocolate and Banana flavoured cupcakes! A delicious treat!

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Ingredients :
• 200g caster sugar
• 100g self raising flour
• 50g cocoa powder
• 1 egg
• 2 mashed bananas
• 35g warm water
• 35g milk
• 60ml vegetable oil
• 200g dark chocolate, melted
• 110g butter
• 220g icing sugar

Method :
• mix together the flour, sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl.
• in a separate bowl, mix the bananas with beaten egg, warm water, milk, vegetable oil, and 100g of melted chocolate.
• mix both bowls together until fully combined.
• put a spoon in each paper cupcake case, and place in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the top bounces back.
• set aside to cool and make the frosting.
• mix together the butter and icing sugar, into a creamy mix.
• then mix in the remaining 100g melted chocolate.
• when the cakes have cooled, spread the frosting onto them
• I then top mine with chocolate balls! Enjoy 🙂

Chicken and Vegetable Pie!

A tasty, healthy and filling family meal!

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Ingredients :
• 500g chicken breast
• 5 medium sized potatoes
• Half an average broccoli
• 1 leek
• Tin of condensed mushroom soup
• Knob of butter
• Pepper to taste

Method :
• Precook the chicken and chop into chunks, then set aside
• On the hob sweat down the chopped leek, and boil the broccoli florets and potatoes
• Put the chicken, leek and broccoli into one pan, and add the condensed soup
• Stir it all together on a low heat, adding pepper to taste. Transfer into an oven proof dish
• Mash down the boiled potatoes with a knob of butter
• Spread the mash over the chicken mixture
• Place into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes
• Serve up and enjoy!

Bread Pudding!

To celebrate national cake day, we have this traditional classic, but with a twist!

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Ingredients :
• 500g stale white bread
• 580ml milk
• 150g sultanas
• 50g currants
• 125g caster sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon mixed spice

Method :
• break the bread into pieces and place in a bowl. Pour over 300ml of the milk, and set aside for an hour minimum.
• grease or line a deep tin, and preheat the oven to 150
• add the sultanas, currants, sugar and mixed spice to the bread, and give a good stir
• then add the remaining milk and beaten eggs
• pour into the tin and put in the oven for roughly 1 hour. The top should be slightly browning, and a knife/skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean.
• brush with milk and top with sugar, then bake for a further 10 minutes, if wanted.
• allow to cool slightly, then serve!

Tuna Wedges Melt!

Fancy tuna, but want a change from the tuna pasta bake? Give this a go! Tasty, different and flavoursome! Serves a family of 4.

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Ingredients :
• Potatoes – as many as you believe the family will eat
• 2 tins tuna
• 1/2 tin sweetcorn
• 400ml cheese sauce
• Grated cheese
• Cooking spray

Method
• Peel potatoes and cut into wedges. Use as many or little as you know your family will eat.
• Place in a pan of boiling water, and parboil until you can make a dent with a regular table knife in the side if a wedge
• Place in an oven tray and spray with cooking oil (I use flora sunflower oil spray)
• Cook for 20-30 minutes, until crisp outer and soft inner!
• Add 2 tins of tuna flaked and 1/2 tin of sweetcorn to the wedges
• Make up the cheese sauce. I like to add a little grated cheese to mine.
• Pour the cheese sauce over the tuna wedges, and mix everything together
• Top with grated cheese, and return to the oven for approximately 10 minutes, until hot through
• Serve and enjoy! Great with crusty bread

Cheeseburger Pie!

What’s for tea? Pie? Cheeseburger? BOTH! Something a little different, and certainly a talking point!

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Ingredients :
• beef mince – 454g frozen bag
• 1 onion
• cheese slices
• ketchup, mustard and gherkins optional
• 110g butter
• 250g plain flour
• cold water

Method :
• to make the pastry, cut the butter into chunks, and mix with the flour to a breadcrumb texture
• slowly add cold water to the mix until a dough consistency
• wrap in cling film and chill for at least 15 minutes
• roll out the pastry and lay it into a pie dish
• blind bake for about 10 minutes, ensuring you use baking beans or something weighted for the base. Allow to cool and remove the weight.
• fry off the onion and brown the mince.
• add the mince to the pastry, and push firmly down. Place in the oven for 15 minutes to heat through
• take out and top with cheese slices, before returning to the oven for 5 minutes more
• remove from the oven and top with gherkins, mustard and ketchup if wanted
• slice and serve!

* Note – I like mine crumbly – if you want a tight mixture, mix 2 beaten eggs into the mince.

Easy Peasy Sausage and Lentil Casserole!

A real winter warmer! Can’t beat a good sausage casserole when it’s cold outside! Ok, this recipes uses cheats! I usually use fresh vegetables, but for this, I find the smaller frozen pieces work a treat! Serves a family of 4 nice big portions!

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Ingredients :
• 10 sausages
• 1 large onion
• 125g red lentils
• 100g frozen mixed vegetables
• 100g frozen mushrooms
• 300ml vegetable stock
• 1/2 can chopped tomatoes

Method
• Boil the lentils in a pan of water for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
• In a large saucepan, brown off the sausages.
• Once brown add the diced onion, and cook until softening.
• Meanwhile, cook the mushrooms and vegetables for 3 minutes in the microwave. Also mix up the stock.
• Add the stock, vegetables, mushrooms, lentils and tomatoes.
• Bring to the boil, then simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes.
• Serve up and enjoy! Great with mash.