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Feel Good Fruit Cake

Hello everyone. Sorry for the lack of blogging recently. I have not been feeling myself. I will not go into much detail here but you can read my post on my parenting blog here if you like.

When I am not feeling 100%, I retreat to the kitchen and bake. Today I have made something I have wanted to bake for a while. When I was a child, I used to go to my Nan's after school, she used to give me a slice of Mr Kipling's Farmhouse Fruit Cake. I loved it and it is a real memory of childhood for me. I recently tried some again after many years of not having it and although, it tasted ok, I was disappointed to see that it contained dried egg, dried milk and a few other non-appetising sounding things so I decided I could do better and make a better one myself.

I adapted the recipe here. I added an extra 30g of dried mixed fruit and 50g of glacé cherries. In my fan oven, the cake took just over an hour in my fan oven. The cake looks and tastes better than I remember from childhood. I will make it again soon!

 

 

Cooking with Lea & Perrins: Easy Sausage Casserole

Worcester Sauce is one of my most well used condiments in the kitchen. I use it to flavour stews, casseroles, chilli con carne and I cannot have my cheese on toast without it. Now Sorted Food and Lea & Perrins have got together to show you what other dishes you can make really tasty with the addition of Worcester Sauce. Their video for lasagna is below and I have also given you my easy sausage casserole recipe using Worcester Sauce too.

 

Easy Sausage Casserole

Ingredients (served 2 hungry people)

  • 6 good quality sausages
  • Tablespoon of vegetable/sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 50ml white wine
  • 350ml chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon each of dried thyme, sage and parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcester Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Tomato Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Handful of finely chopped fresh parsley to finish

Method

  1. In a large oven and hob friendly casserole dish, fry the sausages in the oil until browned, then remove and set aside
  2. Next fry the onions and garlic in the oil until softened. Add the wine in and cook it out until the alcohol has burnt off. Usually 1-2 minutes .
  3. Add in the chicken stock, dried herbs, Worcester Sauce, Tomato Ketchip and salt and pepper, then stir well.
  4. Put the casserole into an oven preheated to 180 degrees C for about an hour and a half until everything is cooked through and the sauce is thickened. If the sauce needs more thickening, add 2 teaspoons of cornflour to a splash of water, mix well and add into the casserole. Allow it to cook until desired thickness is achieved. Finish with the parsley, just before serving with mashed potatoes and spring greens.

Disclosure: this is a chargeless courtesy post

 

Hairy Bikers #bloggersknowbest no. 5

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Thank you to Food Jam and Searching For Spice for taking part in the last linky. It is greatly appreciated and I hope you will take part this time too. This Thursday at 8pm on BBC 2 sees the start of the Hairy Biker's new TV series, Asian Adventure. I was so excited about the new programme that I went and preordered the cookbook without even seeing it and boy, I am so glad I did!

I have always been slightly put off making Asian food as it looks quite complicated in some books and some of the ingredients can be difficult to get hold of. However, the bikers have written this book in their typical relaxed style and made every recipe seem accessible and inviting to made.

For my entry into this month's linky, I decided to make Tonkatsu Pork from the new cookbook. It is on page 140 and is pork fried in panko breadcrumbs, served with a Japanese BBQ style sauce. It was delicious and completely different to what I have made before. I will definitely make this again. The recipe is not available online yet but am sure it will be soon. I will update the post as soon as it is online.

If you would like to take part in this month's linky, please follow these simple rules:

  1. Link up new or blog post(s) with a Hairy Biker recipe in it. The post can be included in the linky as long as a link to this post is included in it and the badge below is displayed on it
  2. Please do not write out the recipe in full on the post unless you have made adaptations and the recipe is in your own words. Plenty of the recipes are available online so please link to them according.
  3. I will pin, retweet (on tweets using the hashtag #bloggersknowbest and including @Jos_Kitchen if possible too) and comment on every post in the linky
  4. You can submit the post to other linkies as long as the other linky allows it

Happy cooking! :-)

 

Jo's Kitchen

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Hairy Biker’s #BloggersKnowBest No. 4 – My Entry


Here is my entry for the Hairy Bikers #bloggersknowbest no. 4 recipe linky. You can find out more about linky and take part on my blog post here. The linky closes on the 4th February at 7am and I would love for some more people to take part :-)
With a newborn baby in the house, I am currently cooking things that are really simple, easy and relatively quick to make. This seems to most frequently be chicken and I am now starting to get fed up of it. So when I spotted this All in One Spicy Pork & Rice from The Hairy Dieters – Eat For Life (affiliate link), I was very happy indeed!
The recipe is in the section called 'Family Favourites' and is full of some of my favourite flavours of chorizo, cumin, coriander and chilli. I took out the vegetables the Hairy Bikers suggested to include in this dish as my husband is not keen on them. Next time I make this dish, I think I would add some fresh coriander or parsley to liven the dish up right at the end. I really enjoyed cooking and eating this dish and cannot believe it is only 395 calories!!
I cannot wait to see what everyone makes for the #bloggersknowbest linky!
Disclosure: There is an affiliate link in this post. If you click on it and then decide to purchase, I will earn a few pennies. There is no additional cost to you
 
 

 

Hairy Bikers #bloggersknowbest No. 4

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Welcome to the fourth month of the Hairy Bikers #bloggersknowbest recipe linky and the first of 2014. The Hairy Biker's have a new series and new cookbook out this month too. They have been travelling around Asia and I cannot wait to see what adventures they have been put up too. You can pre-order their new book on Amazon here. (Affiliate link)

To keep things simple and to hopefully encourage more people to take part, the rules are now simply this:

  1. Link up new or blog post(s) with a Hairy Biker recipe in it. The post can be included in the linky as long as a link to this post is included in it and the badge below is displayed on it
  2. Please do not write out the recipe in full on the post unless you have made adaptations and the recipe is in your own words. Plenty of the recipes are available online so please link to them according.
  3. I will pin, retweet (on tweets using the hashtag #bloggersknowbest and including @Jos_Kitchen if possible too) and comment on every post in the linky
  4. You can submit the post to other linkies as long as the other linky allows it

This linky is open from 4th January at 7am to the 4th February at 7am GMT

Happy cooking!! I cannot wait to see what recipes you cook :-)

Jo's Kitchen

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Christmas Bloggers Bake Off: Mincemeat Flapjacks

Hands up, who has a jar or 1/2 jar left of mincemeat in your cupboard? I did and I am sure many of you do too. This year I was determined to put my leftover mincemeat to good use. With a baby due any day now (hopefully ASAP!!) I have been looking for easy to make filling snacks that I can eat while chasing round after a toddler and a newborn baby. This fits the bill nicely and I think it proves that mincemeat is not just for Christmas but can be used all year round to make delicious treats!

Mincemeat Flapjacks (makes 12-16 small squares)

Ingredients

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 300-350g mincemeat
  • 350g jumbo oats
  • 100g glaice cherries, chopped

Method

  1. In a saucepan, put the butter, golden syrup and mincemeat and heat gently until melted. Turn off the heat.
  2. Stir the oats and glaice cherries in until well combined. Then pour into a foil Traybake tin (from Lakeland) or a well lined small roasting dish.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 30-40 minutes until golden brown on top.
  4. Allow to cool completely then cut into squares. Eat and enjoy!

Thank you to Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and Helen from The Crazy Kitchen for hosting the Christmas Bake Off.

 

#bloggersknowbest – 3: Christmas: Traditional Honey Glazed Gammon

Sorry I am really late with my entry into #bloggersknowbest -3: Christmas. This is the monthly recipe linky I host dedicated to the Hairy Bikers. The joys of being heavily pregnant and getting ready for Christmas and the new baby at the same time leave little time or energy for blogging. The baby can make an appearance whenever it likes now as I have cooked the Christmas dinner, had bubble & squeak, had turkey curry and made my traditional Boxing Day gammon which are my food traditions every Christmas.

This year, for my Boxing Day gammon I adapted this recipe from the Hairy Bikers. I kept the cooking method the same by boiling and then roasting the gammon with the glaze on. However, I added a couple of extra mustards to the glaze including wholegrain and a Dijon mustard with honey already in it. I roasted the gammon with the glaze for about 40 minutes, adding more glaze on top at regular intervals. Once cooked and cooled, I took the gammon to my mom and stepdad’s, they said it was my best Christmas gammon yet so I will definitely make it again soon!

There is still a few days left to enter into the linky so if you have cooked anything from the Hairy Bikers this Christmas, then why not take part. More information and the linky here.

 

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