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Lemon Drizzle

lemon drizzle

Who Doesn’t Like Cake

Bradley recently made us a lovely Lemon Drizzle cake, I must say it was amazing. Here is how he made it.

You will need:

For the cake

  1. 350g butter
  2. 350g caster sugar
  3. 350g self-raising flour
  4. Zest of two large lemons
  5. 4 medium eggs
  6. 50ml milk

For the butter cream:

  1. Juice of 1 small lemon
  2. 100g butter
  3. Caster sugar
  4. Vanilla extract

For the drizzle

  1. Juice of 2 large lemons
  2. Icing sugar

Method:

Lemon drizzle

To make the cake mix you need to:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl sift the flour and the zest, mix together.
  4. Using another bowl add the eggs, milk and then whisk together.
  5. Line the cake tins with grease-proof paper.
  6. Whisk together the butter and sugar.
  7. Add all the cake mix together and whisk for 2 minutes.
  8. Separate the mix between the two tins and bake for 30/40 minutes until the sponge has risen and cooked through.
  9. Leave the cake to cool off.
  10. Once the cakes are cool make the butter cream filling.

Lemon drizzle

To make the butter cream filling you need to:

  1. Beat the butter together with the caster sugar.
  2. Add the juice of the lemon.
  3. Add vanilla extract.
  4. Spread over the cake and add the top to the cake.

Lemon drizzle

To make the drizzle you need to:

  1. Add the juice of the lemon and icing sugar, mix together.
  2. Drizzle the mix over the top of the cake.
  3. Place in the fridge to set.

Then you simply enjoy.

Lemon drizzle

Bradley made us this Lemon Drizzle cake to enjoy one evening, it tasted amazing and was a lovely homemade treat enjoyed by all. Bradley really enjoyed making this cake, he had great fun trying to bake something new, he loves baking and calling himself head chef in the kitchen.

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Celebrating The Chinese New Year

celebrating chinese new year

Chinese Fakeaway

Will you be celebrating the Chinese New Year? We really enjoy our Chinese food and love nothing more than a fake-away. One of our favourites is sweet and sour pork noodles.

Ingredients used are:

Pork loin steaks, fat removed and cut into small pieces.

low-calorie cooking spray.

1 large onion – diced.

Salt and pepper.

1 red pepper – cut into strips.

150ml chicken stock.

4tbs light soy sauce.

Egg noodles.

Fresh pineapple chunks

2 carrots cut into strips.

Mangetout.

Baby corn.

Chinese 5 spice.

x2 garlic cloves – we used frozen.

1 tbs of cornflour.

x4 tbs of tomato purée.

x1 chilli pepper

x1 tbs of white wine vinegar.

Celebrating The Chinese New Year

How to make:

We put our wok over a high heat (we have an electric hob), whilst waiting for it to heat we sprayed the pork with cooking spray, seasoned and then added it to the wok. We then cooked for 5 minutes – until cooked through. When the pork was cooked we then transfer onto a plate and set aside.

We then sprayed the wok and returned it to the heat, adding the onion, carrots, mangetout, baby corn and peppers. We stir fried them for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes we then added the pork and continued for a few minutes before adding the stock and garlic.

Whilst that lot was cooking away we got a bowl and mixed 2 tbs of water with the Chinese 5 spice and cornflour along with white wine vinegar. Stirring the mixture in with the meat veg and stock. Cooking this on a low heat until the mixture has thickened.

Just before we remove the meal off the heat we like to add our pineapple chunks to heat them up for the last-minute or so.

Some of us like our sweet and sour pork with noodles and some of us like them with Tilda rice so we always prepare both with the meal. We cooked these to the packets instructions and then serve with our meal.

Of course we all enjoy side dishes – we had sweet and sour prawns, crackers and duck wraps.

This dish is quick and easy to make, it has been a family favourite for a long time now. We have made this dish to celebrate the Chinese New Year and to #IgniteYourTastebuds

Celebrating The Chinese New Year

Celebrating The Chinese New Year

These ingredients fed five of us.

Would you like to watch it being cooked?

Do you enjoy Chinese food, if so what’s your favourite dish?

Disclosure: we was sent a voucher to buy the ingredients used to creat this recipe. All thoughts and opionions are our own.

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Christmas Leftovers

christmas leftovers

Stuck With Christmas Leftovers?

Ian is always in charge of picking our Christmas meats for over the Festive period. I like to know we have enough for Boxing Day too as this is a day off from cooking in our house so we just have cold meat and pickles – we like something light as we always over-indulge on Christmas Day on all of our Christmas treats. We still end up with loads of Christmas leftovers as Ian always buys huge lumps of meats – I’m sure he wants our Christmas dinner to see the new year in with us.

What do you do with your Christmas leftovers? This year we have made:

Spaghetti Carbonara

Christmas Leftovers

Christmas pizza

Christmas Leftovers

Christmas Leftovers

Christmas Leftovers

Curry

Christmas leftovers

As you can see we always end up with loads of leftovers. In a way I am pleased this happens as I can then meal plan our meals and make the cooking that week so much easier. This releases some of the stress over the festive period leaving room for more family fun time.

I am a carer that works out in the community and was needed back into work but I have been looking forward to coming home and having a nice dinner that has slowly cooked away whilst I’ve been at work. I love coming home to a meal that has been planned and is all ready and waiting to just be served. The last thing I want to be doing as soon as I get home is spending time in the kitchen, especially over the festive week.

Have you ended up with loads of Christmas leftovers?

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Chicken Shish Kebab

chicken shish kebab

Homemade Chicken Shish Kebab

Me and Brad was sat discussing some summer time recipes, as it is now getting too hot to want to eat let alone even be standing around cooking. The boy’s enjoy eating wraps so we thought we’d make a nice tortilla recipe and make a chicken shish kebab with a salad for dinner. Instead of using pitta bread we thought we’d use tortilla wraps for a change.

We decided on what we would like to put on our skewers, ingredients being:

Chicken breasts cut into small pieces

Peppers

Pickled onions

Tomatoes

chicken shish kebab

Method:

We started off by cutting our ingredients to size to make it easier when loading our skewer.

Seasoned our chicken with a chicken seasoning.

We then got loading the ingredients on, pepper, chicken onion and then repeated until we had no room left on the skewer.

Bradley really enjoyed doing this, it was a great team effort, I done the chopping and Bradley done the loading of the skewer. I done the first one to show him how to do it and then Brad took over and finished the rest off.

Once the skewers was made we then placed them in a dish, covered them in cling film and then popped them into the fridge until we was ready to cook.

We then prepared a salad to go with our chicken shish kebab, we got washing and chopping to create a lovely choice of salad. We really enjoy creating a fakeaway, Bradley wanted to create a kebab shop, even naming it “Brad’s kebab’s”.

The boy’s was wanting wedges with their kebab so we then chopped up some potatoes to make our own wedges to have on the side.

Once the salad was prepared and everyone was ready to eat we then cooked our chicken shish kebabs under the grill.

A Perfect Summer Time Recipe

chicken shish kebab

We placed the skewers on a grill tray and then put them under a medium grill heat turning to make sure they cook through thoroughly.

When ready we then placed them on a bed of salad inside a tortilla wrap and added the wedges on the side.

Prep time: This meal was very much enjoyed by all, it took about 15-20 to prepare and about 12-15 minutes to cook.

chicken shish kebab

This meal can be enjoyed as an indoor meal or even enjoyed outdoors at a lovely BBQ.

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Festive Homemade Truffles

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Homemade Treats

We have been busy in the kitchen again, we have made homemade truffles this time. We love homebaking and fancied making something different other than a cake so we thought why not try to make some truffles.

We love truffles and thought why not try to make some ourself, we have family visiting christmas evening and would love to put out some fancy nibbles other than the normal old stuff we have out on offer. The kids really enjoyed helping to get stuck in and yes there was the usual arguments over who is going to lick the spoon and clear the bowl….Ian won that one! (big kid).

Ingredients used:

250ml double cream

50g butter

300g dark chocolate

Brandy enough to taste

1tbs Peppermint essence

Hundreds and thousands

Desiccated coconut

Butterscotch pieces

Chopped mixed nuts

Neon sugar sprinkles

Icing sugar

How we made the truffles:

IMG_0078We started off by putting the cream and butter in a saucepan, heated until the butter had melted and the cream started to gently boil.

We broke the chocolate into small pieces and melted in a dish over boiling water until fully melted.

We then poured the cream and melted butter into a mixing bowl, added the melted chocolate and then mixed the mixtures together.

Brandy Was Then Added

We then added brandy to taste. (we made two lots of these truffle mixes, an adult’s mix and a kid’s mix) for the kid’s mix we added peppermint essence to give it a minty flavour.

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Whilst I was mixing the cream and chocolate together Lee lined a large size oven dish that was deep enough to hold all the mixture in with greaseproof paper.

We then poured the mixture into this dish, allowed the mixture to cool and then placed in the fridge for roughly just over an hour.

While we was waiting for the chocolate to set we prepared the sprinkles and nuts by pouring them into Separate bowls.

The Fun Then Bagan

When the chocolate was ready we got a tea-spoon and spooned out some chocolate, rolled it into a ball and then rolled the ball in a chosen covering, either nuts, sprinkles etc until fully covered, continuing the process until all have been made, placing the truffles when covered on greaseproof paper on a plate. We placed the truffles when made in the freezer ready for christmas. We separately boxed up the adult’s truffles from the kid’s.

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Doing this was a very messy process, we was hand washing in between making each ball, we all got stuck in at making the truffles so they did not take to long to make. The kids thoroughly enjoyed making these, they loved getting all chocolateley and choosing what to cover the truffle in.

Very Messy But Fun

After all our hard work we have some lovely festive truffles all ready for christmas evening when family come to visit.

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What are your favourite food’s to have over christmas?

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Homemade Christmas Cake

Time To Bake

If there is one thing we enjoy at christmas it is a nice homemade christmas cake. We have been busy preparing and baking our cake ready for this christmas. Last year I prepared our cake about the same time of year and everyone that tasted it said it was very tasty and really enjoyed it.

This year we have been asked to make a cake for other family members as well so we have been busy preparing cakes for them too as well as our own so it is a good job we enjoy baking.
We love to bake our own christmas cake as we think you can not beat homemade cooking, especially at christmas time when you have family visiting it is nice to offer something home-baked.

Ingredients we used

1kg mixed dried fruits

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Zest and juice of 1 orange

You can use any alcohol of your choice we used brandy

250g butter

200g light soft brown sugar

175g plain flour

100g ground almonds

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

100g flaked almonds

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

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How We Made It

  • We started off making our christmas cake by pre-heating the oven to 130c, we then added the dry fruit, butter, sugar and brandy in a large saucepan, set over a medium heat, we then brought it to boil, we then lowered the heat and left it simmering for about 5 minutes.
  • While the fruit was simmering we double lined a cake tin with grease proof paper.
  • After the fruit mix had been simmering for about 5 minutes we tipped it into a large bowl and left it to cool for about half an hour.
  • Once the fruit mix had cooled off we then added the rest of the ingredients stirring the ingredients in well, we then put the mix into our tin, covered with grease proof paper and tied with string to keep it covered, then placed it into the oven for 2 hours.
  • Once the cake had been in the oven for 2 hours we removed it and allowed it to cool off, we poked holes in it with skewers to make pockets for when we add our alcohol.
  • We will be adding alcohol to our cake by pouring over two table spoons of brandy every fortnight. We have wrapped our cake in cling film, we will be icing our cake and decorating it a week before christmas.
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This is our cake we baked last year with a winter wonderland theme to  it.

This is our adults only cake due to the alcohol in the cake, we will bake a separate cake for the kid’s nearer christmas.
We are still thinking on a theme for our cake this year. Do you bake your own christmas cake ?
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