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Spinach and Chicken Spaghetti

I went a bit over the top with the cheese lol x

Ah, Spaghetti and pasta in general. I love love love making pasta dishes as they are so quick and easy to make, and you can trick your lovely little ones into eating a whole host of vegetables. Psst, just don’t tell them what’s in there! Or if you do getting them to help prepare dinner somehow makes them more likely to eat the veggies which are put into dinner. I don’t know how but it’s MAGIC!

This dish is one that I whipped up with barely anything left in the house. I was very proud of myself and what’s more, it was a very tasty dinner.

I am one for using up everything we have in the house BEFORE doing a big shop, as I don’t like the idea of getting in new things to cook when you still have a freezer, or fridge or cupboard completely full of food. I personally think it’s wasteful as the reality of you ever using the products that are already there are slim to none, as you end up using the new products and forgetting about the old.

For this dish I had the option of using Spaghetti or Fusilli, and I find both pastas work in different ways. For this dish I wanted a pasta which sticks to the sauce and spaghetti seems to stick best to the sauces I have found. Also my daughter has an obsession with noodles, so if she is being particularly stubborn on not eating her food I will whip up some spaghetti (but call them noodles) and most of the time she will eat.

Ingredients I used

  • Spaghetti (enough for 3 people)
  • Cheddar cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • Handful of tomatoes
  • 1 Chicken breast sliced and cooked (left over from the day before)
  • 1/2 bag of fresh spinach
  • Rocket and salad to serve (Lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, sweetcorn, no dressing)
  • (since making this recipe I have also added broccoli)

How I made it

  1. Boil the pasta
  2. While the pasta is boiling oven bake the tomatoes for about 10 mins (this is when I also steam the broccoli)
  3. when the pasta is cooked, take about 2 mugs of water from the pan before draining – you will be using the water in a bit.
  4. pour all ingredients into a bowl (spaghetti, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, chicken, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and 1 cup of parmesan, and the pasta water) add any herbs and spices to taste – basil and pepper are what I tend to use.
  5. Mix until a smooth creamy cheese sauce has been created. (I sometimes add a splash of milk, but find the water and cheese is perfectly good enough)
  6. serve with a side salad and some rocket and parmesan on top.

and Voila! a super easy yummy treat for the family in under 20 mins

Your welcome!

I hope you enjoy this meal and have fun adding in your own ingredients and making the food your own. As all I am doing is giving you ideas of easy and quick meals to do with a busy family, and these are created to me and my families tastes, so of course you can add in your own flavours to make them your own.

Have a wonderful Meal!

Enjoy! xx

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Easy ‘Peas’y Paella

Paella! It’s a magical dish. Fun to make and fun to eat, and oh my I can eat and eat and eat this dish no problems at all.

We love a Paella and a Risotto in my house, and these two dishes are both very similar yet made in different ways.

What are the differences between a Paella and a Risotto?

Risotto is most well known for it’s Italian origins, it is a creamy rice dish which is often topped with cheese (such as parmesan). We usually make a Risotto with mushrooms, chicken and other veg such as peas and leeks.

A Paella is more of a Spanish (or Mexican) dish. It’s spicy and fun, and as it isn’t very creamy it is perfect for warmer weather.

The most fundamental difference between the two similar dishes is the way you cook it. A Risotto is constantly stirred, which allows the sauce to become thick, as you are breaking down the edges of the rice with the continuous stirring. With a Paella you want to leave the rice alone as much as possible as you don’t want a particularly thick sauce, you just want a layer of flavour over the rice and other ingredients allowing the dish to come together in all it’s wonderful spicy glory.

So let’s get to it and make a Paella!

Ingredients

For my classic go to, homemade Paella these are the ingredients I tend to use:

  • 1 Cup of Risotto rice per person (I usually make for 4 people)
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 cup of Frozen Peas
  • 1 pack of ready to eat prawns
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 red pepper
  • a handful of tomatoes
  • rocket to serve
  • Paprika (you will need a lot of this)

Putting it all together

This is usually a 1 pot dish when I make this, so for each component I usually set aside once prepped ready to add to the final dish. Don’t worry, I will tell you exactly what I do to make it x

  1. Firstly prepare the Onions and Garlic.
    • Dice the Onions and add the garlic into the pot you will be using for the main dish. cook until slightly softened. move into a separate bowl.
    • I find that cooking all elements of this dish in one pot allows the flavours to really mix well and infuse together.
  2. Next chop the chicken breasts into smaller pieces (I usually do small chunks but some people prefer slices) fry these in the dish that the onions were in until cooked through. move to the onion bowl.
  3. Dice the Pepper and tomatoes into chunks a similar size to the chicken. fry until slightly softened. move to the bowl.
  4. dust the cooked pieces in paprika and set aside for a few mins.
  5. meanwhile add the rice and 1 cup of boiling water per cup of rice (I usually add 5 cups of water for 4 cups of rice) bring to the boil.
  6. Once boiling add in all the cooked ingredients and more paprika to taste. mix thoroughly and place the lid on the pot. leave for 10 mins.
  7. Stir the rice and add more water if needed. I usually add another couple of teaspoons of paprika and a dusting of mixed herbs, and salt and pepper at this point as well.
  8. place the lid back on for 5 mins
  9. take the lid off and allow to simmer for a further 5 mins.
  10. add in the remaining ingredients (Prawns, and frozen peas)
  11. allow to cook for another 5 mins. adding more paprika if needed (to taste) and a dash more water if the dish is looking dry. try not to stir too much.
  12. Once the rice is soft and the water has been absorbed. serve, with a sprinkling of rocket and a side salad.

Once you have done this recipe once or twice, you begin to be able to know how long to leave the rice for and how much seasoning you need to add.

The times given above are all estimated as I tend to cook by eye and taste rather than by a set time.

Have a play around with your own version and see what works best for you. One alternative that I have done before is using Saffron as well as Paprika as the main seasoning in the dish, however as Saffron is very scarce and expensive I don’t use it all the time.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. What I love the most is how it is a dish we can all dip into and help ourselves to, rather than having a set portion of something.

Have fun making and eating x

Much Love xx

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Toad in the Hole

This is a great dish for those colder days when you need something a bit more filling. You can change it up using vegetarian sausages or serving with different gravy. I usually serve with peas or broccoli (sometimes both) depending on how I am feeling, and mash potato.

Try serving with roast potatoes for an easy take on a roast dinner (hey you already have the yorkshire in with the sausages haha x), or for a vegetarian alternative you can use vegan sausages (although cooking times may vary).

Ingredients

  • 6 pork sausages (i got mine from the local butchers)
  • 300ml milk
  • 125g flour
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt

Method

  1. Cook the sausages in the oven dish you will use for the final product
  2. make the batter – add milk, flour and egg together,
  3. add pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  4. mix well until smooth
  5. once sausages are cooked add batter to the dish (do not remove sausages, or drain)
  6. place in oven at 180 degrees, for 30-40mins or until browned on top and batter is cooked through.
  7. serve with veg, gravy and potatoes

I hope you enjoy making this and eating this as much as we do in my house. if you want to see how I make this then see my video with my how to and my little helper enjoying the mixing.

Enjoy xx

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Raisin Flapjacks

Raising flapjacks

Flapjacks are a great treat for any family, and you can make them anyway you like. I added raisins to this batch that I made, but you could have them plain, or add anything that you desire into them such as dried mixed fruit or chocolate chips. I even tried making it using granola breakfast cereal once and that was delish.

The gooey centre and crisp outside is a sensation for little fingers and big alike. My daughter loves to make these and get covered in golden syrup and flour (as all toddlers do) and can’t refuse to help when she sees the ingredients on the side, and have a taste of one or two of them haha.

so here is all you need to know about how to make this simple flapjack:

Ingredients

  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 100g Brown Sugar
  • 100g Raisins (or mixed fruit)
  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup (or honey as an alternative)

you could change any of these ingredients to something else, for example you could use 200g of granola cereal instead of adding oats and fruit separately.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and grease a tin ready to turn the ingredients out onto. put to one side.
  2. mix all dry ingredients together and set aside.
  3. melt butter and golden syrup together until completely melted.
  4. once melted add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix until completely covered
  5. turn the mixture into the oven dish and make sure it is all of an even thickness. (if you want to make cookies instead, make little balls out of the mixture and put onto a baking tray at an equal distance, don’t flatten as they will do this in the cooking process)
  6. Place in oven for approx 15 mins or until golden.
  7. take out of the oven but leave in the tray until cool. whilst warm cut into squares or rectangles.
  8. once cool they are ready to eat! yum yum x

I hope you have as much fun making these as I did with Isabelle. These make such a nice snack or even a lovely homemade present for someone (I know what i’m doing for some xmas presents haha)

If you attempt these I would love to see pictures and know what you changed if you changed anything, but these are so simple they are great for a first time baker or even just a little baker who is wanting to do something on a rainy day.

Don’t forget to watch my Youtube how to, to see how I made these and more info about these super yummy and easy snacks

enjoy xx

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Can I Just Talk About Snacking?

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We all do it. We all have a sneaky bite here or a chocolate bar there, or a cuppa with a biscuit.

I’m not about to lecture you and say you should only be having healthy snacks because I’m a mum, and I need some sugary treats just as much as the next person. No. What I am going to talk about it the fact that as a mum you are unable to snack without a little face staring straight at you, no not you, your snack.

“Please mummy, I need it”

“I want one too” (magic word?) “Peeeeas”

That familiar battle you have with a child on the constant as you find 5 minutes to just have a quick bite of something you want, undisturbed.

I’ve literally found myself hiding my head in the fridge as I quickly take a bite out of something nice while looking around the door to see if she is looking at me. (oh, did I mention this is after she has already had her snack quota for the day – mostly healthy with one sweet treat for good behaviour) I am usually successful at having something nice, until there is a packet involved.

It’s literally like all of a sudden this child that has been ignoring me when saying “could you tidy this up please?” or “don’t touch that” has the most perfect hearing. I swear that by just the wrapper sound my little one knows exactly what it is I have opened. Open a bag of pasta, no reaction. Open a chocolate bar, she’s there right under my feet “Me some please mummy”.

How do they do it?

I know of some people that have to hide in a cupboard, or in their downstairs toilet just to get a snack. it’s absolutely crazy.

If you didn’t know how much my little girl eats, when I get a snack out she literally acts as if she’s not seen food for about a week.

I know i’m not alone in this snacking world. I would love to hear all your stories about trying to have a snack (good or bad we don’t judge others as parents, that’s not fair)

Happy snacking x

much love xx

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Super Easy 2 Ingredient Ice Cream

This super simple Ice Cream recipe is one that has been passed down to me from my mum. It’s quick and easy to make and tastes amazing. My daughter absolutely loves helping make this (especially as she gets to lick the bowl clean after haha)

As stated in the title, there are only 2 ingredients you need:

500ml Double Cream (I use 600ml to save measuring the condensed milk)

300ml Condensed Milk (the cans come in 376ml)

How to Make it:

This is the easiest part ever!

Mix the two items together until they are thick and don’t fall off the spoon,

tip into a container to go in the freezer

freeze for 3 hrs

and its ready to go!

how easy is that?!

give it a go and let me know what you think

See My Youtube how to, and subscribe to my channel for plenty more. x

Enjoy xx

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I cannot wait

Ok so I am super excited about the launch of my new blog. I have been constantly playing with settings and apps to use and recipes that I am going to show you. 

Everything is officially set up and ready to go, I’m just waiting for my laptop to be fixed so I can do the final touch ups😔

Fingers crossed for a Monday launch!

There are plenty of tastey treats for you to get hold of coming your way, just you wait and see!
See you soon x

Much love 💘x