Beef stroganoff used to be a real staple in my kitchen years ago, but I had forgotten all about it. I had some sour cream left over from another recipe recently, so decided to have a go at a lean version of it (I used to use a whole tub of sour cream!). I used to mainly flavour it with paprika, but in this version I tried a couple of slightly different additions, and I think it's the nicest one I've ever made!
Just a little tip for adding in the sour cream at the end, if you gently warm ...
Tomato, basil & orzo soup
I've been trying to cook soup more for easy lunches as it's so handy to make in big batches and just reheat, but I do often find that I'm hungry an hour after eating it unless I've had bread with it! That's why I tried out this tomato, basil and orzo soup. The orzo just adds a little more texture and filling power.
I nearly always use chopped tomatoes in soups, as generally I don't have the time to roast fresh tomatoes and I think the results using chopped are often just as good, if not ...
Healthy Beef Madras
I was always a fussy eater as a kid- I wouldn't touch any fruit and would only tolerate certain vegetables. when I was about 12, my Mum made a discovery, which was that I would eat pretty much any vegetables if they were in curry! Although adulthood (and travelling the world) made me much less fussy, and I love a lot of the foods I wouldn't eat as a child, I still love a good curry!
One of my dreams is to go to India for a cookery course and culinary tour. I've never been to India, but ...
Healthy chocolate orange energy bombs
My children are the polar opposites when it comes to food. Mimi, who is 8, adores fruit and will eat it like sweets- a big treat for her is to have a fruit salad- the more variety the better. Marls (5) cannot bear fruit, she can't even sit next to someone who is eating an apple or a banana, and if I've cut fruit up for Mimi, she will ask me to wash her hands before I cuddle her! As much as this is frustrating, I can understand it- I felt the same about fruit as a child. With the ...
Passion fruit & mango overnight oats
Every time I remember to make overnight oats I mean to do it more often, as they are so delicious! It's one of those things that's more than a sum of its parts.
I'm really fussy about food consistency and always have been- I hate squishy and sloppy things where you don't know whether to chew or swallow! When I first tried overnight oats I was expecting them to be way too squishy for my taste- but they aren't, in fact they have a very satisfying consistency- it's almost like a pudding.
Spring leeks and peas
It's lovely to discover new favourite dishes, and this leek side, which I created as part of my Easter meal, is really easy to do, delicious, and makes a nice addition to any family meal, especially a roast dinner.
The great thing about leeks is that they are grown in the UK, they are cheap to buy and they have loads of flavour!
Scalloped potato gratin with rosemary and garlic
I recently attended a lovely Easter event with Iceland Foods, and was inspired to come home and cook my own Easter Feast! I love potatoes Dauphinoise, but they are usually full of fat, so I wanted to create something that looked as lovely on the table, but that was a healthy alternative with no added fat. Particularly as this was for an Easter Feast I wanted to keep the main as lean as possible to allow for chocolate consumption throughout the rest of the day!
I hand sliced the ...
Butternut squash puree with maple and cinnamon
I was inspired to make this puree after attending a lovely Easter event with Iceland where the chef served roast turkey with a butternut squash and cinnamon puree. I thought this was a delicious, and great alternative to serving gravy and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
My version is slightly different, I added in a little maple syrup for sweetness, and a small amount of butter which really gives this such a gorgeous smooth texture, and rich, buttery taste.
I've served this up as part of my ...
Slow-cooker chocolate fudge
If you follow my blog then you'll already be aware how much I love my slow-cooker! I use it a lot and always have done.
As I look at lots of slow-cooker recipe pages I've often seen this slow-cooker fudge come up, and always thought I would like to have a go at it.
The perfect opportunity has come up- Mother's day is on Sunday, and although my Mum isn't a fudge fan, my husband is going to be seeing his Nan, and I wanted to make something special for him to take up to her.
Slow-cooker pork & apple stew
I've been embracing all things frozen over the past 12 months, and I love having frozen products stocked up for easy meals! I have to say I've always hated chopping onions, and I love the pre-chopped onions that you can buy!
I made this meal on a day where I was incredibly tight for time, but really wanted to still make a nice wholesome dinner for my family- so I took a risk (for me!) and threw a load of stuff into the slow cooker and hoped for the best! I was really pleased with the ...