Cooking With Aubergines
I am on week one of my diet, one thing I have been doing is looking at our family meals and yes I admit we was not eating very healthy, but all that is to change from now on, we will have the odd naughty meal but only on the odd occasion here and there. Tonight I have made stuffed aubergines, I will admit I have never cooked with aubergines before and wanted to give it ago and introduce it to my family meals.
The ingredients needed are:
2 large aubergines.
2 garlic cloves.
1 small diced onion.
150g extra lean minced beef.
3 vine tomatoes, chopped small.
2 tbsp passata.
2 tsp dried oregano.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
100g cooked white rice.
Freshly chopped parsley.
To start with I put the two aubergines in the oven whole and baked for about 15 minutes to soften them, I then left them to cool. Once they was cool I cut them in half horizontally, I then scooped out the middle and put the middle to one side ready to add to the mince shortly.
I then browned my mince and drained away the fat. I then added the garlic, onion, tomatoes, the middle of the aubergine, oregano, passata and a pinch of salt and pepper.
I left the mince simmering with the ingredients in a saucepan uncovered for about 10 minutes while I cooked the rice. Once the rice was cooked I then added the rice to the mince and vegetables and mixed it well.
Once I had added the rice I then added the mixture to fill the aubergines, covered with foil and baked in the oven at 200c removing the foil for the last 5 minutes. Once cooked I dished up and garnished with freshly chopped parsley and we had this with side salad and a stuffed mushroom.
The stuffed aubergines was enjoyed by all of us, the kids even asked for more and if we can have this again another day. So it was a big hit with them and a thumbs up all round, this will now be on our new family menu.
Do you like Aubergines?
Mums chocolate delight cake
Yesterday was my birthday and I had such a lovely day, I went shopping with Bradley as I wanted to get a new outfit for our night out Saturday and Bradley said he needed to get some ingredients for a cake he wanted to make for me called Mums chocolate delight cake, so we had a fun afternoon shopping.
Bradley made me this beautiful cake and it had my two favorite ingredients, chocolate and strawberries.
He said he wants to call this cake mum’s chocolate delight cake as it has my two favorite ingredients.
I can say that this cake is extremely tasty, chocolate and strawberries how can you go wrong, naughty but very very nice.
Ingredients used for the cake are
200 g Self raising flour
25 g Cocoa powder
4 Large eggs
225 g Caster sugar
225 g Unsalted butter
1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tbs strawberry jam
1 punnet of strawberries
icing sugar to dust
ready made chocolate fudge icing
- Preheated the oven to 180 c
- Grease the cake tins, then line with grease proof paper
- Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl
- Add the eggs, caster sugar, butter, vanilla extract and baking powder
- mix with an electric hand whisk for a few minutes until well mixed
- Divide evenly between the two tins
- Bake for 35-40 minutes
- Leave to cool
Bradley then used 2 tbs of strawberry jam to spread over the bottom layer of the cake, half of punnet of strawberries chopped and laid them over the jam, then used the ready made chocolate fudge to put on top of the strawberries.
Using chocolate and strawberries my two favorite ingredients it was then dusted with icing sugar to finish
The most secret ingredient in this cake is lots of love.
Cousin love, my boy’s love their cousins they have 5 in total and they love them all dearly.
Tomorrow is Demis birthday and tonight my boys have made a surprise birthday cake for her ready for her big day, Demi has been giving us her big count down to her big day and she is super excited about turning 6.
They came straight in from school and got started on looking up what cake they wanted to make for her, and then checked to see if we had the ingredients needed.
It is nice to see the boys getting on well together and working nicely without any disagreements, the boys love baking as it is something we have always done together.
They chose to make her a heart shaped Victoria sponge cake.
175g caster sugar
3 eggs lightly beaten
175g self-raising flour
6-8 tbs jam
150 ml double cream
The boys found some extra ingredients that they chose to add to their Victoria sponge for added colour and decoration.
They chose to add
Hundreds & thousands
Popping candy for a little surprise
Marzipan rose decorations
Royal icing decorations
- We preheated the oven to 190c
- Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy
- Added the eggs a little at a time
- Sift the flour
- Mixed it altogether
- Divided the mixture equally for a top and bottom part of the cake
- Baked for 20 minutes
- Allowed to cool
The boys preparation time was about 15-20 minutes.
When the cakes had cooled down they started to decorate.
The boys had great fun baking and preparing this cake for Demi and they are super excited about giving it to her, demi said she likes pink so we hope she likes and enjoys her cake.
Happy 6th birthday Demi
As it is raining outside and Ian is not feeling very well we thought we would cheer him up and brighten up his day by cooking him breakfast in bed. We thought we would make sunny toast.
- 1 slice of bread
- 3 large mushrooms
- 4 cherry tomatoes
- 1 large egg
Bradley cut out a circle in the middle of the bread using a cutter and then cut the mushrooms in half, we then put it under the grill to toast one side, whilst the bread was toasting we started to fry the mushrooms and tomatoes, we then put the bread in the pan toasted side up and then added the egg to the whole in the bread and allowed to cook.
This is our end result, Bradley put some of his art into his presentation and made a sunny breakfast.
Beef and vegetable stir fry
Being working parents spending time in the kitchen is very limited but we still like a nice healthy family meal in the evening, one of our favourites is a nice beef and vegetable stir fry as it is very quick to prepare and best of all it is all done using just a wok so not all the dreaded pans to wash up after.
What we done was pre heat the wok, put our beef strips in the wok with a drizzle of sunflower oil to brown off, chose our ingredients and washed them, we all got stuck in by chopping it all up while the beef browned, when the beef had browned off enough we started adding our chosen sauce, the one we like is the Chinese stir fry sauce then we started adding our vegetables Starting with the carrots and potatoes that have been diced, as these will need just that little bit longer to soften and cook, then we added the green beans that have been thinly chopped, after about 5 minutes, we gave them a few minutes then we added the rest of the ingredients that have also been chopped/sliced small and left simmering for about 10- 15 minutes for the last 5 minuets we added fresh egg noodles for the last 2-3 minutes we added the kale.
The vegetables we chose was
Handful of Greens
Handful of fine Green beans
x1 Red onion
x3 Red rooster potatoes
1/2 White cabbage
x1 Tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 Red cabbage
Handful of kale
350G Beef stir fry strips
180G Chinese stir fry sauce
Five to ten minutes
Twenty to twenty-five minutes
Herbs & Spices of your choice can be added if you wish
This is a recipe that can be adjusted to suit your taste
The meal dished up ready to eat the kids enjoyed it and ate all their dinner even asking for more.
A nice tasty dish full of goodness !
What is your favourite family meal ?