Minion Cake

My dad’s birthday was this weekend, he really enjoys the Despicable Me films so I decided to bake him a minion cake. My first ever character cake! I used a 9″ x 13″ sheet pan and used a vanilla sponge receipe for the cake itself. The one I use is designed for a 7″ round tin but it worked well for this – no batter spillage and baked well! Yay! Wilton cake release is a God send – the cake popped easily out of the pan! I buy mine from Lakeland. I added round sprinkles for a ‘funfetti’ cake and […]

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Red kidney bean, rice and mince burritos

These red kidney bean, rice and mince burritos are usually one of Ryan’s dishes, but I decided to give the recipe a try! You will need 400g mince meat 1 cup long grain rice 1 tin of 420g kidney beans, drained 1 tin of 400g chopped tomatoes 1 cup of cold water Grated cheese to serve 1 packet mix of chilli powder (I used Schwartz hot chilli con carne) 8 tortillas Method Add rice and a pinch of salt (if required) to a large pan of boiling water. Stir once then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes […]

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Sausage and bacon pasta

A quick and easy recipe for sausage and bacon pasta (you could also use spaghetti). You will need     250g pasta or spaghetti     250g bacon, chopped and cooked     500g sausages     olive oil for frying     1 jar (500g) tomato pasta sauce (or make your own) Mixed herbs Method Cook the pasta / spaghetti according to packet directions, usually 10 minutes in a saucepan of boiling water. Drain well and set aside. Cook the chopped bacon in a frying pan till crisp, drain the excess fat and remove from the pan. In the same pan, cook the sausages. […]

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Dinosaur cookies

With the release of Jurassic World this month, I made these Dinosaur cookies to celebrate. Jurassic Park was one of my favourite films as a child and I’ve been excited to see the new film since I heard it was in production. You will need 2 tsp Vanilla Extract 2 Egg(s) 2 cup Sugar 2 cup Butter 6 cup Flour Cookie Cutter(s) Method Preheat the oven to 180°C Begin by combining the butter and sugar. Keep mixing until it looks light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla: Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract, make sure they’re mixed in […]

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Spicy tomato, mince and sausage enchiladas

Left over meat or pasta sauce in your cupboards? Not sure how you want to use it? How about some spicy tomato, mince and sausage enchiladas? Using some left over meat and pasta sauce Ryan and I threw together these spicy tomato, mince and sausage enchiladas. With sausgaes, mince and a rasher of smoked bacon – they were lovely! Not too filling and packed full of flavour. <h3>Recipe for spicy tomato, sausage and mince enchiladas.</h3> You will need Soft Corn Tortillas Assorted meats, we used: Cumberland chipolata sausages, mince meat and a rasher of smoked bacon 150g grated cheese Mozzarella […]

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No yeast pizza

A no yeast pizza recipe –  usually I keep yeast in my baking cupboard, but occasionally I forget to stock up! This was one of those occasions, so I improvised with self raising flour. It tasted really good and I don’t think it came out too badly for a first try. You will need 90 ml Warm Water 1 tsp Salt Toppings Of Your Choice Pizza Sauce (store bought or make your own) Grated cheese 45 ml Olive Oil 225 g Self-Raising Flour Method Preheat the oven to 220ºC To make the crust: Combine the salt, flour, oil, and water, […]

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