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Lamb And Chickpea Stew

Lamb And Chickpea Stew

Are you a lover of freshly homemade meals that are quick and easy to make? we certainly are. Here is a quick an easy Lamb Stew!

This meal took about 20 minutes to make was absolutely delicious.

Ingredients Used Were:

  • Lamb mince – 200g
  • Red onion – 1
  • Carrot – 1
  • Garlic clove – 2
  • Courgette – 1
  • Tomato puree – 30g
  • Harissa paste – 50g
  • Ground cumin – 1 table spoon
  • Chicken stock paste – 10g
  • Chickpeas – 230g
  • Ciabatta – 1
  • Salt – pinch
  • Pepper – pinch
  • Olive oil – drizzle for the pan and ciabatta
  • Water – 200ml

How We Cooked Our Meal

We started off by pre-heating our oven to 200c and putting our pan on a medium heat. We drizzled a little oil into our pan and once heated we added our Lamb Mince to the pan. Whilst the mince was cooking we washed and prepared our vegetables. We chopped the carrot into small chunks, peeled and chopped the onion and pressed two garlic cloves with the garlic press. The courgette was also prepared by slicing it into thick slices.

We then drained off any excess fat from the mince, once browned we then seasoned with salt and pepper. The onion and carrot chunks were then added and cooked until softened. Once the veg was soft we were then able to stir in the tomato puree, harissa paste, ground cumin and half the garlic.

Water and chicken stock paste was then added along with the chickpeas. We then left the stew simmering, stirring occasionally.

Lamb Stew is So Quick And Easy To Make

While the stew was simmering we heated another pan on high heat (no oil). When hot we added the courgette slices, cooking them until charred on both sides. Whilst the courgette was charring we prepared the garlic bread. We done this by halving a ciabatta and using the remaining garlic to spread over each half, also drizzling olive oil (as much as desired) over each half. once prepared we then put these into the pre-heated oven until golden brown.

We then shared the stew between two bowls, and topped with the charred courgettes. We then added the garlic bread as a side. If you enjoyed this recipe feel free to check out our food and drink section!

A short clip of us making this meal on our TikTok page.

We then enjoyed with a glass of white wine!

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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


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.

You can find our other homemade recipes on the blog in our food section.

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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.


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


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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Stuffed Aubergines

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.

stuffed aubergines

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?