Salted Peanuts & Peanut Butter Millionaire’s Shortbread

    Salted Peanuts & Peanut Butter Millionaire's Shortbread

    There is not much to say about my second Great British Bake Off inspired creation as it pretty much speaks for itself. Millionaire’s Shortbread is pretty much a classic and as much as I love it I decided to tinker with it a tiny bit. Tablespoon of peanut butter here and there, sprinkling of some salted peanuts, et voilà, Salted Peanuts & Peanut Butter Millionaire’s Shortbread!  Continue reading

    One Pot Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

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    One Pot Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

    Do you know that feeling right before your weekly shop is due when you’ve pretty much run out of most things? You also realise you won’t be able to go shopping until tomorrow (oops) but family needs feeding! What do you make? Well it is One Pot Smoked Sausage Jambalaya in my house! It is a perfect family dinner where you can use whatever veg and meat/seafood you’ve got lurking in your fridge. You could really call it “Fridge Clear-out Jambalaya” instead! 🙂
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    Best Buttery Apple Pie with a Twist

    Best Buttery Apple Pie with a Twist

    Would you believe that we are half way into September? As far as I’m concerned Autumn has properly settled in already. It’s all comfort cooking and baking from now on. 🙂 Oh how I love this turn of the seasons. All the wonderful glut of fruit and veg available and then there are APPLES! Gorgeous apples which are a bit overlooked as technically available all year round but they never taste as good at any other time. Now is their proper time to shine!
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    Braised Pork Chops with Leeks & Carrots

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    Braised Pork Chops with Leeks & Carrots

    You know by now that we are all pork fiends in my house. 🙂 From sausages, beautiful roasted joints to chops we have it at least once a week. This tasty little recipe I have for you today is loved by all and makes for ideal family fare. Even though my Braised Pork Chops with Leeks & Carrots take some time to cook, the actual “hands on” time is not long at all so you can get on with other things (as long as you check on your chops from time to time). 🙂
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    Italian Plum & Almond Cake with Amaretti Crunch

    Italian Plum & Almond Cake with Amaretti Crunch
    Last week we got to enjoy the return of new Great British Bake Off to our screens. I’m not going to get into the details regarding the changes to the show, new crew etc. One thing I will mention though. I didn’t know what to expect but after last week’s show I was really pleasantly surprised and happy to see that the entire concept of the show remained the same (phew!). 🙂 I am also warming up to new judge Prue and think Sandi & Noel will fit perfectly fine too (they just need to relax a bit and go with it) 🙂 Ok, that’s me done now lol!
    Anyway, inspired by the show (one of the challenges was to bake a cake containing fruit) but also inspired by the change of seasons, I decided to bake this wonderfully moist and scrummy Italian Plum & Almond Cake with Amaretti Crunch. It was an absolute hit with the entire family (even though boys ended up digging out the plums as they do with all my fruity bakes but what do they know). 😉

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    Creamy Broad Beans, Courgette & Broccoli Pasta

    Creamy Broad Beans, Courgette & Broccoli Pasta

    September is upon us, kids are about to return to school and nursery (last year before school starts, sniff, sniff) and I hate to say it but it is time to say goodbye to Summer! It’s been a good one and a busy one too. Trying to juggle major decorating project, keeping kids happy and occupied but also trying to breathe, relax and of course don’t forget blogging and other work engagements. It’s been fun, tough at times and also emotional but we saw it till the end and now WELCOME SEPTEMBER!
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    Aubergine, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake

    Aubergine, tomato & mozzarella bake

    Do you like aubergine (eggplant)? I do, and like it a lot! Unfortunately for me my kids and especially the husband don’t. In hubbie’s case it has got something to do with “horrific” moussaka he was fed at school as a kid. Bless him. 😉  The thing is , he will now not have it in any shape or form. Kids are not too keen either. Oh well.

    From time to time I manage to sneak this gorgeous veg into stews or rich tomato based sauces but what I really want is to eat it in its full glory, knowing that I’m in fact, eating said aubergine. That’s how my super simple and utterly delicious Aubergine, Tomato & Mozzarella Bake was born. It became my lunch or occasional lone dinner favourite (together with mushrooms on toast) – another veggie hubby won’t touch with a bargepole (man’s got issues) 😉
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    Perfect Greek Tzatziki

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    Perfect Greek Tzatziki

    Oh, it’s so good to be back! We have enjoyed really fun (if on a cold and windy side) camping trip in Cornwall last week but I must admit it is good to have all my creature comforts back now. 🙂 It’s hard to believe that there are only three weeks left before kids go back to school and we are going to start thinking about warming stews and comfort foods… I thought we should hang on to the Summer for a bit longer and have got few recipes lined up which pretty much scream Summer.

    The one I’m posting today is my version of very popular Greek dip/side/meze – Tzatziki. I do not claim for this to be authentic Greek tzatziki but it surely is delicious! I am absolutely obsessed with this humble little dish and put it literally on anything from barbecue or roasted meats, veggies, in wraps, sarnies or to dip some pita bread wedges in. It’s absolutely gorgeous and as far as I’m concerned the more garlicy the better!
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    Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté

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    Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté

    Here we are, finally the end of term and the very first day of Summer holidays! Unfortunately, it rained and rained a lot! 🙁 It’s been such a crazy week here due to some house renovations I won’t bore you with and all I needed today for me and my boys was some sunshine. Anyway… that’s enough of my moaning.

    To cut the long story short, I haven’t really had much time to focus on food or blogging for that matter during the past week as I’ve been spending my evenings covered in dust and paint. We are almost there now though and I felt it was ok to take an evening off for a bit of blogging, hence my quick recipe for delicious Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté.
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    White Chocolate & Almond Blondies with Raspberries

    White Chocolate Almond Blondie with Raspberries

    Oh I do love brownies, blondies, all sorts of easy, chocolatey tray bakes. You name it and if it contains chocolate (white, milk or dark) I’m there. 🙂

    I tend to keep a small (ahem!) 😉 stash of chocolate for baking purposes and for some reason recently I have acquired quite a substantial amount of white chocolate. Must have been using milk and dark for baking much more of late obviously. Anyway, this sort of prompted me to come up with a way to use it up and what better way than to bake some blondies!  Continue reading

    Hidden Vegetables Turkey Chilli Pie

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    Hidden Vegetables Turkey Chilli Pie

    I absolutely adore cooking with mince and since I’ve discovered healthier, turkey version I have been utilising it a lot! I think turkey mince must be one of the most versatile meat there is especially when you need to feed family of “fuss pots”. 😉 The main reason I love it so much is because it is quick and easy to cook with. To add to that, it is a fab carrier for different cuisines and flavour profiles and my family love it!

    My Hidden Vegetables Turkey Chilli Pie is one of our family favourites. Whenever I cook it I can be certain there will be empty plates and happy faces all round. What not too like?
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