New Toad In The Hole Recipe

Yes I finally got round to trying out the new toad in the hole recipe! It is delicious, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed it so I will definitely be using it again!

Heres how it came out:

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This is the recipe:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g plain flour
  • 4 tsp English mustard powder
  • 2 tsp Thyme
  • 2 eggs
  • 600ml milk
  • 8-16 Sausages (depending on your preferences)

Firstly, put the sausage in olive oil and place in the oven to roast.

Weigh and sieved the flour. Then add the eggs.

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Next start to whisk the eggs and flour and slowly add the milk a bit at a time.

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Next add the Thyme and the Mustard Powder.

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Stir in the herbs.

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Leave the batter to stand.

When the sausages are cooked add the batter then quickly place back in the over to cook on a high heat (gas mark 6/200C) for around 30-40 minutes or when golden and risen.

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Do you have a favourite toad in the hole recipe?

Love Lou xoxox

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Tomato & Pesto Gnocchi

I made up a new gnocchi recipe and thought I would share it as it tasted delicious!

Here’s how it looks when it is finished:

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You will need:
– Onions
– Garlic
– Pesto
– Passata (tomato puree)
– Grated cheese

Firstly, finely chop up onions, place in a pan on low heat and cook until clear. Add chopped or pressed garlic.

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Stir in the garlic and leave to simmer for a few minutes before adding the passata. Make sure the onions are soft.

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Next add black pepper to taste.

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Add cheese to the sauce

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Add in the pesto. I used 2 table spoons but you can add more/less for your preference.

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Leave the sauce to simmer.

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Boil water in the kettle and add to a pan. When brought to the boil add the gnocchi.

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The gnocchi sinks to the bottom. When it floats to the top it is cooked.

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Strain the gnocchi. Add them to a bowl, cover with the pesto and tomato sauce. Add extra cheese on top.

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What is your favourite recipe that uses pesto?

Love Lou xoxox

Easy & Delicious Macaroni Cheese

This recipe uses the cheese sauce from this post. Just a nice quick and easy macaroni cheese that is great for warming you up with all of this cold weather.

Here’s what it looks like when finished:

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Here’s what you will need:
– Milk (any kind)
– Flour (plain)
– Butter or Margarine
– Cheese (any kind)
– Black Pepper (for flavouring)
– Macaroni

Firstly, a reminder on making the cheese sauce.

Add the butter to the pan and warm it slowly until it is completely melted.

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Take off the heat and add a scoop of flour.

DSC06203Mix the flour in to make a thick paste (add more flour if needed).

DSC06206Next add a small amount of milk. Mix with a whisk and not a normal spoon or it will go lumpy!

DSC06207Put the pan back onto the heat but keep it low. Add small amounts of milk at a time to make sure it does not go lumpy and do not stop stirring!

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Add milk  to the mixture until you have the required amount of sauce.

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Keep stirring and turn up the heat until the mixture starts boiling.

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Stir in the cheese until it is fully melted. You can always taste the sauce now to see if you would like to add more cheese to make it taste creamier.

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Add black pepper for flavour. I add quite a lot as I like the taste but if you don’t like pepper you can skip this step or add a different spice/flavouring.

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Mix the pepper in fully.

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Now the sauce is complete you will need to boil the macaroni in water to cook them.

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Cook the macaroni until it is soft. Strain the water out and add the macaroni to the cheese sauce.

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Mix the sauce in thoroughly and divide into bowls.

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It is delicious served like this or add a layer of cheese for a cheesy topping and grill.

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Love Lou xoxox

Walking Dead Cupcake Recipe

To celebrate Walking Dead coming back on TV a few weeks ago I made some Walking Dead cupcakes! Do you watch Walking Dead?

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Here’s the recipe from a cupcake book my Mom brought for me:

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I used cup cake toppers from eat my face (link). Compared to other toppers I have used they are great. I ordered from their eBay shop and I will definitely use them again! They are friendly, helpful and the shipping was super fast! I also thought their prices were fair for the items you receive.

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So here’s what I did:

Add in all of the ingredients specified in the recipe.

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Mix up until fluffy, then add the red food colouring. Keep adding the food colour until the desired red colour is achieved.

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Place cupcake cases on a baking tray and add the the mixture (leave some room for rising!)

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Place them into a preheated oven and cook for around 20 minutes or until risen and bouncy.

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Take them out of the oven and let them cool before decorating.

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When cooled add the pipe icing. You can add a small blob to stick the cupcake to or cover the top of the cupcake.

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Now sit and watch Walking Dead and eat you blood red zombie cupcakes!

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Hope you enjoy your zombie cupcakes!

Love Lou xoxox

Toad In The Hole

I’m not sure about you guys but I LOVE toad in the hole. Sausages and yorkshire pudding, yes please!

We made up a basic yorkshire mix using flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt. (My Mom doesn’t measure it, she just knows how much to add so we don’t use a recipe usually!)

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We added the mixture to sausages that we had cooked and were still hot.

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Next we cooked it for 20-30 minutes in a hot oven and this is how it came out:

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It came out amazing and tasted so good! I ate so much haha!

I found a new recipe for toad in the hole so I will be trying that soon. I will post the recipe and pictures when I have tried it.

Do you like toad in the hole? What recipe do you use? Do you have any tips or secrets?

Love Lou xoxox

Marinated Tandoori Chicken Tutorial

In our house we make up tandoori chicken regularly as it is easy and delicious. It does take some preparation as you have to leave it to marinate for 24 hours before cooking.

Heres what you will need:
– Chicken (we use breast but you can use any part. You can also marinate another meat, such as lamb or fish)
– 2 Lemons
– Pack of tandoori spice
– 1 large pot of natural yoghurt

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Here’s how it looks when cooked:

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Firstly, tip the natural yoghurt into a tupperware.

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Add the tandoori spice. You will need LOTS.

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Mix together…

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Make sure it is mixed together thoroughly and is a nice bright colour.

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Squeeze in the 2 lemons.

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Mix in the lemon juice and seeds.

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If the mixture is watery add some more tandoori spice.

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Place in the chicken a few pieces at a time.

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Push the chicken down with a spoon to make sure it is covered in the tandoori mixture.

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Put the lid on and place in the fridge for 24 hours.

When the chicken is fully marinated, take it out of the fridge and rinse off the spiced yoghurt mix. The chicken should be a lovely orange colour.

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Next chop up some onions and put them onto a pan to cook (they stop the chicken going dry).

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Add the chicken to the pan.

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Make sure there is not too much chicken in the pan or it won’t cook properly. You can always cook it in 2 or 3 lots.

Make sure the chicken is fully cooked and turn it over to cook both sides. If unsure cut the largest piece in half to check it is not pink in the middle.

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When it is cooked you can serve it on a burger/wrap/salad or with chips/baked potato/couscous/veggies or salad/etc. As you can see the options are endless! To serve ours I used mini wraps with melted cheese and mayonnaise.

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Have you made tandoori chicken before?

Let me know if you try this tutorial and how it comes out.

Love Lou xoxox