Spaghetti bolognaise – classic

Quick and easy to make but really tasty. This recipe serves 4 but we had the left overs another night. Spaghetti bolognaise is one of my favourite meals. You will need 250g spaghetti 400g mince meat olive oil for frying 1 jar (500g) tomato pasta sauce (or make your own) Mixed herbs Grated cheese (optional) Method Cook the spaghetti according to packet directions, usually 10 minutes in a saucepan of boiling water. Drain well and set aside. Pan fry the mince meat in oil on a medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Drain the excess fat from the mince, then add […]

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Lasagne

Lasagne – the first pasta dish I made for Ryan back when we were living over a commercial premises… March, I think and one of his favourites. I’ve made it a few times since and it’s always a hit; I think if Ryan had his way I’d make lasagne every day. 😉 Tonight I cooked it for my dad and I, we watched a film and had a good catch up. You will need 500g red lasagne sauce 340g white lasagne sauce 450g mince meat Oil for frying 1 pinch seasoning (salt, pepper, pasta/pizza herbs) 80g grated cheese Method Preheat […]

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Apple Crumble Cake

A colleague at work brought in a bag full of cooking apples from his tree, free to anyone who wanted some. I took 6 and decided to have a try at my first apple crumble cake. I adapted an apple crumble cake recipe I found on Pinterest for self raising flour (I’m out of baking powder)… Here’s the result. 🙂 You will need 7″ (18cm) round cake tin 75g unsalted butter 225g self raising flour 50g caster sugar A pinch of ground cinnamon (optional) 450g apples (cooking apples if available) 1 medium egg 1-2 tbsp milk Confectioners sugar to dust […]

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Sausage and Bacon Pasta Bake

A quick and easy recipe for a sausage and bacon pasta bake. It was full of flavour and not too filling, perfect for me to take as a left overs lunch to work. You will need 300g pasta Jar of tomato and basil sauce or make your own 6 pork sausages (approx 400g) 2 rashers of bacon – chopped thinly Oil for frying 1 pinch seasoning (salt, pepper, pasta/pizza herbs) 70g cheese, grated Method Cook the pasta according to packet directions, usually 10 minutes in a saucepan of boiling water. Drain well and set aside. Cook the chopped bacon in […]

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Beef tacos

I’ve never tried tacos before. Never. I’ve never eaten them or cooked them. I wanted to try cooking something new for Ryan this evening, so I bought some taco seasoning and some tacos and decided to make mince beef tacos. To make these you will need: 500g minced beef 1 tbsp oil 200ml water Taco seasoning  (I used Santa Maria Taco Seasoning) 12 Taco shells Grated cheese Salsa Lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onion – to garnish (optional) Guacamole – to garnish (optional) Method Heat the oil in a pan and brown the mince meat. Add the taco seasoning and 200ml of […]

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Weight Watchers cupcake recipe

It’s National cupcake week and mum asked if I could bake some Weight Watchers friendly cupcakes for her to take to her weekly meeting. I used a Weight Watchers cupcake recipe found in the online community and made a few changes (removed the added salt, used a different way of decorating and flavouring). Makes: 12 cupcakes Pro points value per serving: 4 You will need 110 g Caster Sugar 110 g Margarine, Soft 2 medium eggs 110 g White Self Raising Flour 1 teaspoons (level) Strawberry flavouring Confectioners sugar Strawberries Method Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/fan oven 160°C. […]

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