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28
August
2014

Beef Provencal in a Slow Cooker

So I was off to London for a meeting today so last night I assembled all the preparation for this dish and popped the whole crock pot in the fridge.

Later today, around lunchtime, Mr Faye put the crock in the Slow Cooker and put it on, on Low, for seven hours.

The end result was delicious, but the addition of the Orange zest was a step too far for our daughter who asked for a sandwich!

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27
August
2014

Chicken Jambalaya - in a Slow Cooker

So we have done Chicken Jambalaya previously, but as a way to use up left over roast chicken on a Monday

However does it work as a Pile it in a slow cooker and leave it for a couple of hours to work its magic.  Are all the flavours all there, and is the rice done to perfection?

Well it came as a complete surpise to me - the answer is a resounding 'Yes' 

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26
August
2014

How Frugal is a Slow Cooker?

Can I save money on fuel if I switch to a Slow Cooker?

My husband bought a Slow Cooker a month or so ago, and its been in a cupboard ever since.

He got it from a local 'Free or For Sale' Facebook page. The person who sold it told a story of not being happy about putting raw meat and vegetables in a pot to simmer down for hours.

So for the princely sum of £6 we had an addition to the gadgets in our kitchen - a gadget which immediately disappeared in to a cupboard which has been where it has resided until today.

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23
August
2014

A summer Plum Pudding

Dont under estimate how many puddings you can get out of a packet of puff pastry

I am, and its already on record, a massive fan of shop bought ready rolled puff pastry.  So tonight it seemed to make sense to combine the glut of plums from the garden (what happened to the wasps this year?) with a packet of puff pastry.

However one 99p packet of pastry needs to be stretched 'literally' so that it does more than one pudding and this is how.......

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19
August
2014

Crispy Chicken

This is a twist to the Hairy Dieters recipe

I am known from time to time to fix my weekly meal plan around one recipe book. The book for the past couple of weeks has been the Hairy Dieters book.  I would confirm that I got given this book as a present, but I won't say who was so rude!

However I have made quite a few recipes from this book over the past couple of years and tonight we had a recipe I hadnt tried previously and its wonderfully simple.

You will need one chicken breast per person, put it in a food bag and bash it until its around 0.5cm thick.

Bake three slices of bread in a preheated oven (this will only take five to ten minutes) and then whizz it up in a food processor to make breadcrumbs. 

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21
July
2014

Mozzarella and Parsley Croquettes

I am  a big fan of mushed potato.  I love its cloud-like nature, its creamy texture, the way you can jazz it up with just a few herbs, a little pancetta or lashings of freshly ground black pepper.

It makes a perfect pie top when  you cant be bothered with pastry.  It's massively but simply enhanced by grated cheese or grainy mustard stirred through it.

The child in me still loves the fact you can mould it like the experts in seaside sand sculptures Is there anything more classically simple than a couple of vertical sausages standing to attention in a bed of creamy mash?

But this time of year when we have alfresco dining (if the weather behaves) beautiful salads, fresh veg and lashings of salad dressings, do we really have a place in our menu for the mashed spud?

 

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21
July
2014

Just the best Moussaka!

Moussaka has become mainstream in the UK.  Easily found amongst the 'ready meals' in your local supermarket.  But remind yourself that being frugal isn't about living on packs of 9p noodles, its about living better, feeding yourself better, getting out of the Supermarket and back in to the kitchen.

If you are nervous about 'making your own' then this is the dish to try first.  You can make it in parts whilst you are doing other things and up to two days before you eat it as long has you keep it in the fridge.

I can guarantee that your efforts will be appreciated by all those invited to indulge even, even those who wondered what these beautifully shiny, if a little odd shaped, purple vegetables were, that you picked up in the Supermarket. 

 

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20
July
2014

Mediterranean Roast Chicken

Black olive and sundried tomato tapenade

The sun is out - the family however still want a roast dinner..........what to do?

It is quite an important thing, our Roast Chicken on a Sunday, not only because it causes us to sit down together as a family, but also because the other members of the family (our two dogs) have come to expect a roast dinner on a Sunday and left overs mixed in with their nomal food for a couple of days early in to the new week.

So after standing in the kitchen with this dead bird pondering the problem, I wondered what the result would be if I made a sort of tapenade with ten black olives and a few sun dried tomatoes?  

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20
July
2014

James Martin's Mums Goulash

Doing it by the book

Some of you will remember that we went to Prague in February this year, and came back with a Hungarian Goulash problem.

It has taken several months of therapy to get us back on to more normal foods, and we think we are finally now in a a place to declare that we are 'over the goulash' - however the proof of the pudding as they say..............

So one more try today, to see if we are cured, and as a result I have decided to give James' Mums recipe an outing.  

I am not a big fan of the strict recipe when making a Goulash but I was interested to see how I got on

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19
July
2014

Peach Melba Meringue

Move over Masterchef!

Okay its true, I have felt inspired since watching the end of Masterchef last night, and as a result tonight we had a dessert.

Not just any dessert

A thrown together "look what you can do with a tin of peaches, some fresh Raspberries, the last of the double cream, and ...........did you know Home Bargains have 6 meringue nests for 60p ish" pudding.

Oh and theres a secret ingredient just to make it extra special

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