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    Pumpkin soup that actually tastes good

    You got the pumpkins for Halloween, you had a great time at the farm picking them, they made a lovely decoration but what now? They are too big to keep in the fridge, and not many people like eating them as a vegetable! We tried putting one out for the birds and the squirrels, but they weren’t too keen and it just went mouldy, so plan B, back to the kitchen I went. I’ve tried making pumpkin soup before but soups are not my forte. I can’t seem to get the balance right and pumpkin soup just came out stodgy and gloopy. This year though I was determined to crack…

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    Embrace the quinoa!

    Quinoa, that word that is ridiculously tricky to pronounce, yet the stuff is everywhere. In salads, in dinners, even in snack bars! Why? Because is it really good for you! Really! It is a great source of protein, and as it is a plant you can cut down on the animal protein a bit which is always good for your health. It is contain all 9 of the essential amino acids your body needs. You body cannot make amino acids, it needs to get them from food. Quinoa is a complete food in this sense. It is not a grain, but a seed, so behaves like a grain or a…

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    Aunty Sue’s special sauce!

    I feel a bit mean writing this, as this is limited edition special sauce. Only available a few people.  But maybe you could find your own Aunty Sue. Or your own special sauce. So I’ll share it anyway! I use this sauce in sooooo many different ways, as a dressing on a salad, over pork chops, for marinating salmon, as a dip with cream cheese, in stir fries, I could go on and on. But today’s recipe is one of my famous (I like to think so anyway), ‘chuck it in a pan and see what happens’ recipes. The started off life as a very boring meat, mash and two…

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    Sausage risotto

    This is in my top 10 family dinners, easy to make, not much mess, cheap, freezes well and everyone loves eating it! Once you have learnt how to cook a good risotto you can then adapt it in so many ways, change the sausages for prawns, try different veg, add in some herbs, that kind of thing. It isn’t exactly super healthy, but I always include lots of different types of vegetables and get the sausages with the highest pork content too. Chop an onion, carrots, green beans and mushrooms. Get some peas out of the freezer for later. Put the sausages in to grill. Start by frying a chopped…

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    National Chocolate day!

    27 October is National Chocolate Day. Yes really! Well according to @itsadayreally on Instagram it is! Those of you that know me know I love chocolate. In most forms. Cadburys are my fave, closely followed by Lindor and Hotel Chocolate. I love Costa Christmas hot chocolate, especially the ones with the chocolate lattice on the top! I like chocolate cake, and chocolate hobnobs are just amazing! However, these are not great for the waistline or my general health! They are great for the soul and bring me joy and happiness when I am indulging. But too much of a good thing means greasy skin, tummy issues and weight gain. Then…

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    Step away from the packet mix!

    Step away from the packet mix with this recipe for tuna pasta bake! I’ve been making a conscious effort to be healthier and save money on my food bill for about 5 years now. I have always enjoyed cooking but there were a few things that I believed I couldn’t quite crack, or were just too much hassle to bother doing myself when there was a great packet mix or sauce in a jar out there. I kidded myself that as there was only really four things that this applied to (pesto, stew, tuna pasta bake, curry) and I had them only once a month it wasn’t going to do…

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    BBQ sides for a healthier you

    BBQ’s fall in to two categories in our circle of friends,  the spontaneous, come round to ours the barbie is on/falling back to ours after an afternoon drinking session. planned event when we have time to think about what we are going to serve. The food differs with them too whatever we can find at the local co-op, usually burgers, sausages both in white buns, a bag of ready made salad if we’re lucky. a variety of meat and fish, various sides dishes to complement them, veggies for the kids. Yesterday was the second option and I thought I’d share some of the yummy recipes I used.   I like…

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    Shepherds Pie Pots

    These are so stinking cute they are almost too good to eat, almost! And add into that, that mine almost look as good as the original picture and they tasted amazing, could they be just the perfect dinner? I held back judgement until today, because I wanted to see if they passed the freezer test. One of the best things about Shepherds pie (or strictly cottage pie as I use beef mince) is that the left overs are perfect for freezing so I always make a big one and freeze half in portion containers. But would these little cuties freeze and defrost well? Yes!!! The pastry held it’s shape, wasn’t…

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    Kedgeree fit for dinner

    I’d been reading about the health benefits of turmeric and wanted to incorporate it into a dinner. Kedgeree seemed like a great choice as I had fish in the freezer, but wasn’t it a breakfast food? I quickly slapped those thoughts away, we don’t think like that in this house, if you want to eat food then eat it. We have done away with the conventions of certain foods for certain times of the day, Holly often has a fish finger sandwich for breakfast and I’ll have peanut butter and banana on toast if I want it for dinner. As long as it balances out over the day it’s all…

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    Turkey rice with a kick!

    This is one of my easy, go to, midweek dinners. I have adapted a recipe from Pinterest to make it into an even easier recipe with less fiddling around. I make it as a chuck it all in together and see what happens kind of dish because that’s how I roll!! Ingredients – ta dah! Turkey mince is necessary for this dish as it is lighter and goes better with the yoghurt. I tend to chuck in whatever veggies I have to hand that week, but peppers work great, as does broccoli (but be careful you don’t over cook it) and little florets of cauliflower could work too. In the…

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