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)
- 125g unsalted butter
- 100g golden syrup
- 300-350g mincemeat
- 350g jumbo oats
- 100g glaice cherries, chopped
- In a saucepan, put the butter, golden syrup and mincemeat and heat gently until melted. Turn off the heat.
- 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.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 30-40 minutes until golden brown on top.
- Allow to cool completely then cut into squares. Eat and enjoy!
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.
A little while ago, I was contacted by Instaprint asking if I would like to submit a recipe to their cook club. I very quickly sent back my chicken & spinach curry recipe which has been a family favourite for a few years now and then promptly forgot about it.
A few weeks later, a gorgeous recipe tin arrived filled with not only my recipe, but lots of lovely recipes from fellow bloggers. I loved seeing my recipe in print on actual card in the lovely tin. It looked so much different to how it looks online. I was immediately very excited and set about deciding which of the wonderful recipes I was going to cook. My choice of recipes was:
- She Cooks She Eats: Chorizo Mac ‘n’ Cheese
- Belleau Kitchen: Oven Baked Chicken Thigh Risotto
- Rachel Phipps: Smoked Salmon Latkes with Lemon & Caper Soured Cream
- Smarter Fitter: Creamy Pear & Avocado Smoothie
- Daisy Butter: Gourmet Chicken Satay
- Cherished by Me: The Gooiest Brownies Ever (probably)
- Oh So Amelia: Prawn & Potato Stir-Fry
- Lavender & Lovage: Maple, Almond and Pecan Granola with Blueberries
- Sunny Sweet Pea: Caramel Nibble Cookies
Many thanks to Instaprint for sending me the recipe tin and recipe cards. I have been introduced to a few new bloggers in the process. If you would like to make your own recipe cards similar to mine, then please see here.
Disclosure: I was sent the recipe tin and recipe cards free of charge. No payment was received. All opinions are my own.
I was recently contacted by John Lewis and asked if I would like to try one of their Christmas hampers. A few days I received via courier a Vintage Holly hamper. The hamper was well packaged in an outer box and the items were well secured in the box pictured above with lots of polystyrene balls which went all over my living room as I opened the box the wrong way. (Muppet LOL!!) The hamper contained the following items:
I was very impressed with the selection in the hamper and most of the brand names in the hamper were well known to me beforehand. I am looking forward to trying the Christmas pudding on the big day itself and my friends and I loved the mini mince pies on our coffee morning. The Christmas cake is very sweet and is the perfect size for a treat for a couple of people. The toffee chocolates, cheese biscuits and shortbread will give you plenty to nibble on over the festive period. I think this hamper would make a lovely gift for a foodie couple or one lucky person if you do not really know what to buy for them this Christmas.
Disclosure: I received a John Lewis hamper for review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.