Recipes that are delicious and that always work!

You know these recipes are delicious because if I didn't think that they were fabulous . . . I wouldn't be showing them to you. You can also be sure that these recipes work for the same reason! The rest is simply a matter of taste.
Spring is Natures way of saying "Let's Party!"
~Robin Williams

Monday, 6 July 2015

Greek Salad with Herbed Pita Bread Crisps

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Oh but we have had a lovely run of nice warm weather here in the UK.   You learn very quickly over here that you never take sunny days for granted . . .  or warm weather  . . . and you never complain about it.  They are few and far between, and so  generally people tend to revel in them!  Oh, for sure you will find the odd party pooper, but for the most part, we all tend to enjoy!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Lemon and Honey Chews

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We are big fans of lemon cookies in this house . . . okay, so I lied, it's really only me that likes baked lemon anything, but I didn't want you to think I was a glutton and eat all the lemon stuff myself, even if it is true.  haha   That's actually a lie as well, I normally send half of every lemon bake I make to our good friend Doreen.  She doesn't mind in the least!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Peach Melba

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When I was growing up, this quick and easy dessert would have been considered the epitome of sophistication!  Invented back in 1893 by the French Chef Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London, it was designed to honor the Australian songstress, Nellie Melba.   Whatever it's origins, and however dated it may seem to some, I think it's nice to dust off these oldies and enjoy them every now and then, especially during the warmer months when fresh fruit is so readily available.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Food 4 the 4th,with picnic chicken, potato salad and a killer Berry Tiramisu

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Happy Independance Day to all of my American friends.  I thought I would show you a quick, easy and tasty meal that you could serve to your friends and family on the 4th.  A meal which you could do ahead of time, leaving your hands free to enjoy all of the festivities of the day!   This is the type of food I like to eat in the summer.  Light and fresh, and easy to prepare.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Wheyhey, the new Protein Ice Cream

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I was recently asked if I would like to try this new protein ice cream by Wheyhey!

 "Making sure you have enough protein in your diet is essential to getting the most out of your body - and life! Protein is the building block for all human cells, the second most abundant component of the human body after water, and can help with everything from losing weight to muscle repair and skin anti ageing! Protein is made up of amino acids of which there are 9 known as ‘essential’, and 11 other ‘non-essential’ and ‘conditional’ amino acids."

Wheyhey is made using a whey protein isolate, which contains  9 essential and 11 non essential amino acids that the human body needs.  Whey protein isolate is a by-product of the cheese making process and it’s 100% natural and considered to be easily and rapidly digested.

This ice cream is designed to not only taste good, but also do you good at the same time.  Each pot contains 20g of protein.  It's also sugar free and suitable for use by diabetic, being naturally sweetened by a natural sweetener called Xylitol in all of their flavours. (Xylitol is a derivative of tree bark and it’s what you find in sugarfree gum and toothpaste.) Wheyhey protein ice cream helps keep your blood sugar levels stable by slowing the absorption of glucose into the blood stream.

So now you know all the healthy stuff about it, but bottom line . . .  does it taste good?

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I quite liked the strawberry and the banana, but I am not fond of chocolate flavoured milk anything . . .  not ice cream, not milk, not hot chocolate . . . so I didn't really care for that, but don't take my word for it because I am not fussed.   A chocolate milk lover might find it exceptionally tasty.  It just wasn't me.  Also the vanilla pot I think might have melted and then been frozen again as it had a really weird  texture . . .

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which you can see in the middle pot in this photo on the top line.  It was foamy and airy and almost a bit like Styrofoam.  It did say on the pot not to refreeze if it melted, so I really couldn't make an honest judgement on it's flavour.

It comes in four  flavours . . . Banana, Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry, and is free of sugar,  additives and chemicals . . .  which can't be bad actually.  I often worry about all the chemicals we ingest nowadays.  (That can't be good for us I am sure.  So it's nice to see a product that tastes nice and is additive, sugar and chemical free.)

From the sports perspective ingesting more protein makes sense and this is a pretty tasty way to get it.

From the weight loss perspective, upping your protein intake helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer, cuts cravings and helps slow the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream, which is also a plus. 

It is available online now at Ocado and at Musclefood and is available in the single serving sizes and a larger family size. 

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Bacon, Tomato & Basil Toastie

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I wanted to present to you today a simple and quick toastie sandwich that is perhaps a bit lower in fat than your usually toastie sandwich.  Not only is is quick and easy but it's quite delicious as well, but then you probably already know that because if you have been reading me for a while, you will know I never show you anything that I don't think is delicious!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Macaroni Roma

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As promised yesterday I am back today with a delicious recipe created to use up some of those tasty leftovers from the pot roast!  This is a simple casserole that really is tasty and so very simple to make.  If you can boil water and have been thrifty enough to save some meat and some of that fabulous gravy, you can make this!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Onion Pot Roast

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I normally wouldn't show you two beef recipes in a row, but I was meant to show you this last week and am only now just getting around to it.   We don't eat beef very often and we would only ever very rarely have it two days in a row!  This is a pot roast recipe which I have been using for years and years.  It is a tried and true and something my family always looked forward to me cooking.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Tasty Grilled Chicken Sandwiches and Navaho Tacos and Farmers Choice

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 Farmer’s Choice are an online butchers, green grocers and deli that deliver completely free range, British meats and produce to homes across the UK.  As a guest author on their page today I am offering up several delicious recipes designed to help you keep your cool in these lovely summer temperatures we are enjoying now and hope to enjoy over the coming weeks, so break out the grill and the electric frying pan, coz you're in for a real treat! 

Grilled Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Sandwiches are sure to please, from the sugar peppered bacon to the tangy marinated chicken!  With some cheddar melted on top and it all tucked into a toasted bun slathered with a tangy ranch dressing and garnished with lettuce, there isn't much here that isn't pretty tasty or pleasing! 

Navaho Tacos are sure to become a firm family favourite with it's crisp naan-like fry bread on the bottom, topped with a zippy ground beef filling and traditional taco toppings!  You can either cook them in a skillet on top of the stove or in an electric skillet.  Either way you won't be needing to heat up an oven and the family will be over the moon! 

Not only are all of these delicious recipes but they are also really simple to make and, of course you can purchase almost all of your ingredients from the people at Farmer's Choice.

You will find this and many other recipes on the Farmer's Choice site.   All the convenience of online grocery shopping with the added pleasure of supporting your local farmers.  Quality ingredients at a good price, British sourced and home grown.  You can't get much better than that!

Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

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One thing we really enjoy eating in the summer months are great grilled steaks.  There is nothing nicer than a steak cooked properly and served up with something scrumptious on the side.   Today I cooked our favourite Creamy Garlic Mushrooms to have with some simple grilled steaks that I had grilled on our electric grill.   They went down a real treat!