In memory of Oma
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Monday, 15 May 2017
My kids seem to destroy the plastic nappy changing mats that you buy from Boots or Mothercare or the supermarket & I get fed up of buying them new ones, so the challenge was there to make something difficult for them to destroy. When you have 2 in nappies it gets a lot of use as well.
Let's see how this goes...
My eldest came with me to choose the fabric, so after I'd finished it I couldn't get him off it, he wanted to lay on it all afternoon.
Saturday, 13 May 2017
My husband wanted a cafetiere cosy to keep his morning coffee warm a little longer, so my challenge was set!
(Excuse some of the stitching it was a challenge & it's not exactly neat for the first attempt!)
Saturday, 6 May 2017
Friday, 5 May 2017
We're trying to reduce our sugar intake slightly so thought I'd try and make some savoury things to replace all the biscuits & chocolate we seem to eat. These are delicious and the raisins adds a little natural sweetness.
Ingredients:250g plain flour
3 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
120g grated cheese
- Preheat oven to 220C.
- Place flour, baking powder, salt and paprika in a bowl & mix together.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and using your finger tips rub the flour into the butter.
- Beat the egg and add the milk mixing together well.
- Add the milk-egg mix to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Add the grated cheese and raisins and mix well.
- Place into cupcake cases or a muffin tin.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins.
Serve with soup or a stew.
Cut in half and spread some soft cheese on them.
Friday, 28 April 2017
I lived in Ceara, Brasil for 6 months as part of my gap year....more years ago than I would like to admit, one of the lasting memories from our time there is some of the food we ate & this recipe is a rice & beans dish we ate many times a week.
1 garlic clove
Drizzle of olive oil1 cup rice
1 tbsp dried coriander
400g tin of black eyed beans
2 cups of stock
Handful of frozen peas
175g mozzarella, chopped into cubes
- Heat the oil & gently cook the onion & garlic until soft.
- Add the rice & coriander with another drizzle of oil & stir until the rice is transparent.
- Add the beans, stock & peas, bring to gentle simmer & cover the pan.
- Allow to simmer until all the stock is gone approximately 10 mins. Keep the pan covered & allow to rest for 5 mins.
- Add the mozzarella & stir in well.
- Allow to melt for another 10-15 mins.
In Brazil you would eat this dish with meat, but being a veggie I would often serve some veggie sausages with it, but can be eaten as a dish in it's own right. Also nice cold as a rice salad.
Friday, 21 April 2017
6 vegetarian sausages (I used Linda McCartney's)
1 red onion, chopped into chunks
1/2 a swede, peeled & chopped
1 small turnip, peeled & chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled & chopped
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried thyme
- Preheat oven to 200C.
- Place the sausages and chopped root vegetables into an oven proof dish.
- Sprinkle the thyme and grind some black pepper over the sausages and vegetables.
- Halve and squeeze the juice of the oranges into a jug. Add the remains of the oranges to the dish with the sausages and vegetables.
- Add the olive oil and maple syrup to the orange juice, mix well.
- Pour the orange juice mix over the ingredients in the oven proof dish and stir well, so that all the ingredients are coated.
- Place in the oven for 45-50 mins, turn over in the middle of the cooking and remove from the oven when golden brown.
Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes.
NB Could probably be also made with meat sausages.
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