Lamb with Boulangère Potatoes - Recipe

Melt in the mouth lamb cooked in a lovely rich white wine and rosemary sauce topped with boulangère potatoes.  Potatoes cooked this way soak up the lovely sauce on the bottom and are nice and crispy on top.  Whats not to like? 


Marks and Spencer sell Lamb Boulangère in their 'Bistro' range and after seeing it the other day I thought, I could make that!

It's along the lines of Lancashire hotpot, but the wine and rosemary in the sauce makes it a little bit more fancy.
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Tesco Real Food Family Cook Off - Piri Piri Chicken

As part of a team of bloggers involved in the Tesco Real Food Cook Off 
I was asked to make a recipe from last nights Channel 5 show 'Real Food Family Cook Off' shown Tuesdays at 7.30pm

I made Filipas Kay's Piri Piri Chicken with chips and salad - very yummy it was too!
Having no picture to go by and having not seen the program at the time of making this, it was a challenge for me too!  

So, armed with all the ingredients, it was time to get busy in the kitchen.


The Piri Piri chicken was served with chips although I made wedges:
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Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food and Cook-Along Too!

Hungry?  The recipe book by 'Innocent' is full of lovely looking recipes that are not only quick, but easy too. This book shows you how to make delicious healthy food at home and get the kids involved in the kitchen at the same time.  

We don't have any children but if we did I'd be sure to get them in that kitchen, and get cooking as early as possible!! 


I personally think too many parents (of course not all) feed their kids junk food.  With most, I believe it's just a case of simply not knowing how to cook in the first place.  Your whole family will benefit health-wise from you learning to cook a few basic recipes and cooking yourself is far, far cheaper than buying ready meals. 
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The Secret to Huge Yorkshire Puddings - Self Raising Flour

If you want huge Yorkshire pudding this is how!  By mistake I used self raising flour instead of plain and the result is HUGE Yorkshire puds.

Huge Yorkshire Pudding

I shouldn't think they'd win me a prize for looks but hey ho - they were crispy and they did rise!

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Toblerone Snowballs

At the time of writing it's a little bit early for Christmas stuff, but I made these the other week - they were the result of an experiment that went wrong.  Toblerone Snowballs, Truffles, Sweets? Call them what you will but here they are!


I discovered that when you add runny honey to melted Toblerone it immediately goes like stiff sticky goo, but fear not - this is how my Toblerone snowballs are made.
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Tiny Toblerone Cheesecakes - Three Ways

Individual no bake Toblerone Cheesecakes each using a different filling of White, Dark and Milk Toblerone Tinys.  You will need metal food rings which can be purchased in any good cookware shop or online at Amazon.


These cheesecakes are very rich so therefore you really do only want tiny individual cheesecakes. On with the recipe!
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Chicken with Tarragon and Marsala Mushroom Sauce


 Now, I've made Tarragon sauce before, but this is my best recipe yet. Oh yes, this is the bees knees of Tarragon sauce recipes!

The sauce was an experiment and I'd say the use of Marsala instead of the usual white wine really makes this recipe.

Chicken with Tarragon and Marsala Mushroom Sauce

Of course you can serve more than two - just double the recipe ingredients for four.

Marsala wine is available in any good supermarket and can be used in many other recipes.  If you can't get it, or simply don't want to buy it, just use a sweet white wine instead.  The sauce, I'm sure will still be delicious - just not as good as this was - sorry! 
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Dominos Firenze New Gourmet Pizza - Review

Not too long ago Domino's pizza introduced 'Gourmet Specials'.  With three different pizzas in the Gourmet range - which to choose?  In the end we went for the Firenze.

        
*Firenze - Ventricina Salami, Pepperoni and Peruvian Roquito Peppers.
Other pizzas in the Gourmet range are: 

*Florentine - Baby Spinach, Sun-blush Baby Plum Tomatoes and Greek Feta Cheese.

*Rustica - Chicken breast strips, naturally smoked bacon rashers, baby spinach and Sun-blush baby plum tomatoes.
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Joseph Joseph Kitchen Utensils - Review

Find Me a Gift - what a great site!  They have a huge range of gifts to suit everyone.
Joseph Joseph are well known for their good looking products, all of which are of high quality. I was very kindly sent this Joseph Joseph Kitchen Utensil Set to put to the test in the kitchen!


 They not only look good and are very well packaged too.
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Steak and Kidney Pie with Black Sheep Ale

Yesterday I felt the need (as you do) to make steak and kidney pie with ale.  Now, you either like kidneys or you don't - simple.  If you don't like them don't put them in and you'll still have a delicious steak pie.

My addition of Black Sheep Ale in this I think really made it something special.  The gravy (even though there was only a relatively small amount) tasted good - really good.


Once again - not the best of pictures but I can't be letting my dinner get cold just to take a picture - blog or no blog sorry!  Trying to take a picture of something that's steaming hot is near on impossible.

Lambs kidney's don't take very long to cook at all so having read a recipe by Gordon Ramsay and found he adds them in at the end I did the same - what a marvelous idea!

You can use Ox kidney but as I understand it they take longer to cook so you will need to add them into the casserole along with the meat as you would normally.  
Anyway, on with the recipe....
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Not Quite Jamie Oliver's Elvis Burger

I say not quite Jamie's Elvis Burger for two reasons:  The first because I thought they sounded way too massive at 250g (9oz) each (and that's coming from a quite a greedy person).  I'm sure I've missed the point of it being called an Elvis burger because mine were smaller.

The second reason for my burgers being 'not quite Elvis' is because having used half the beef that Jamie did to make 4 burgers, I still used the same amount of spices and mustard etc.


Result - excellent; they tasted really good and I'll be making these again.
My picture isn't too amazing but you get the gist.
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No Cream - Spaghetti Carbonara for Two greedy people like us

Although there's no cream to be found in this Carbonara but it is still delicious.  So very easy to do and ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta.  Brilliant for a quick and filling weekday meal.

No Cream Spaghetti Carbonara

Done properly spaghetti is a truly lovely thing.  This post was written in 2011 and it's now 2017 - I'm in the middle of updating this website and desperately need to make this again to get a proper photo since this one doesn't do this dish the justice it deserves.
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Mango and Chilli Sticky Glazed Chicken

Well the weather yesterday here in the UK was actually hot, yes I know it was a shock to us all.
So out came the BBQ! I hadn't planned on having one yesterday so scouted round looking for stuff I could BBQ without going to the shops.

After a quick think I came up with a nice sticky mango and chilli marinade for some chicken breast fillets I had in the fridge.

Mango and Chilli Sticky Glazed Chicken

I also roasted some bell peppers and toasted some garlic bread - all done on the BBQ and a fine time was had!
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