Root beer cake

Cake

I like to please the fella every once in a while and as he is fond of root beer, I thought I’d envelope it in to a cake!

Super simple, just use the usual sponge cake recipe but add 3tbsp of root beer to give the sponge that added flavour.

Also, whip up a typical cream cheese frosting but again, add root beer to taste. Be careful here, add it slowly. If you add too much it will be too runny to use!

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A naughty little fakeout 

Pizza

Fancy something naughty but not TOO naughty? Fancy something cheesy? Fancy something similar to a pizza but not a pizza? Well your luck is in! Try these…..


* This was my portion for 1!

  • 2 English muffins, halved and toasted
  • Spread a mixture of tomato purée and BBQ sauce on the toasted muffin
  • Add ham and cheese and then grill

Easy peasy pizza squeezy!

Really fast to make….5 minutes tops!

These are actually not too bad on the fat and calorie count and as you can imagine, are open to your own interpretation. Next time I’ll be jazzing mine up with spice!

Cod with a summer grilled salad

Fish

Summer is here, we have the reddened skin and smily faces to prove it, and one thing I love more than anything in summer, is the light tasty meals that keep us content. We don’t need steaming hot bowls of soup or the comfort of stodge, it’d s great time to feel healthy!

This dish is a summer doozy, it’s the epitome of simple and its fresh zingy taste makes it a great lunch or dinner for a high temp day.


All you need to do is:

  • Put the griddle on high, slightly oil your asparagus, chopped red peppers and Cod and when hot, griddle for about 3 minutes each side, turning everything in the pan for an even cook.
  • Meanwhile, slice some fresh avocado and a lemon
  • When the fish is cooked and the veg charred, serve it all together with a wedge of lemon and a drizzle of a sticky balsamic glaze.

Beautiful, refreshing and light!

Chicken Satay

chicken

Healthy and delicious midweek meals are not difficult when you put your mind to it.

This simple meal was completely satisfying on all levels. Tasty, filling, healthy, cheap and quick!

All you need to do is:

  • Coat the chicken in yoghurt, tikka sauce And lemon juice, then leave to marinate for as much time as you have
  • Chop up a salad of cucumber, tomatoes, green pepper, red onion and drizzle with a little good quality olive oil
  • Grill the marinated chicken for 5 minutes on each side
  • Griddle wraps to accompany the dish
  • Mix a little natural yoghurt with tikka sauce for a nice dip (spice it up with chilli sauce if you fancy!)

Easy!

Chilli with a cheat

Beef, Spicy

I love a good chilli and it can’t be beaten when you have some lovely big nachos to scoop with! 

I’ve recently started making a cheats version of home made nachos, simply cut up some tortilla wraps, drizzle in oil (I use chilli oil) and bake for 5minutes on 180 fan. (Be careful as they can quickly burn)

 
They are totally tasty with a great crunchy texture.

Kale and olive omelette 

Vegetarian

A really simple and fast dinner tonight folks…..Omelette!

Healthy, fresh, tasty and easy. What’s not to like?

This omelette is made up of 4 eggs, a sprinkling of mature chedder, a handful of kale and few green olives. Totally tasty, the salty olives against the string cheese make for an exciting twist!

Curried vegetable stew

Spicy, Vegetarian

It shouldn’t feel like winter but it does! And when it’s this blooming cold I simply want a wholesome, hot and comforting lunch at work.

This dish meets the brief plus it’s cheap and simple for added bonu points.


All you need to do is:

  1. Chop 1 onion and fry in olive oil until softened
  2. Add 2 chopped carrots, parsnips and potatoes to the pan and fry for a further 3 minutes
  3. Cover the vegetable mixture in 1litre of vegetable stock and mix in 1tsp of cumin, turmeric, chilli (amend to your taste)
  4. Leave to simmer until the mixture has reduced slightly and then it’s done!

*serves 4 portions

If you find its a little thin you can add cornflour to thicken. Plus if you need a heartier meal you can add rice, or a naan, or both!! Yum

Grandad gives! (The result? RHUBARB CRUMBLE!)

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I LOVE visiting my Grandparents, aside from the fact I love them very much, they load me up with allotment goods!

On my recent visit I came home with Rhubarb and so of course, I made a crumble.


Really simple:

1.Stew 450g chopped rhubarb with 2tbsp of jam (I used my grandparents home made mixed fruit jam), 1tsb ginger, 2 TSB sugar, juice of an orange for 15 minutes


2. Meanwhile, mix 2 tbsp honey, 400g oats, 50g sugar…. Squish between your fingers for a crumbly mixture
3. Pour the rhubarb mixture in a baking dish and cover with the crumble. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crumble is golden

4. Serve (with vanilla ice cream!) ☺️