Where have you been all my life??

So since, i’m a HUGE fan of champagne… no.. it’s no secret! I also have friends that ..well.. have no choice but to drink champagne when they come around to my house.

Having said that, there are the very few that tend to escape my feeding of champagne. Those are the fortunate ones to be pregnant. I tend to hold off from pushing champagne on to expecting mothers. Sigh…

UNTIL NOW!!

Me, always keen to find a bargain on something that is most definitely not a ‘need’ but more likely a want.. discovered the magical wonders of a SodaStream! This and a mix of some non-alcoholic concoction, most usually an Elderflower Syrup works a treat for any non-drinkers or those expecting that don’t want to feel left out by drinking plain old soft drinks and water. Yawn! It’s also a good way to cover up if you’re in the early days of pregnancy.

Somedays, when i secretly feel like a need some bubbles, but don’t want to open a bottle of champagne of i’m all out and can’t be bothered hitting the shops i tend to make up a Elderflower and soda mixer. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Oh, you can obviously use the SodaStream for many other standard reasons. But one of my other faviourite mixers is getting your hands on the tonic mixer and having a good old fashioned gin and tonic at the end of a busy day. Ahhh… and relax…

I’m also a fan of not having to lug home copious amounts of plastic bottled soft drinks from the supermarkets that always end up losing their fix and filling up my recycle bin. Plus it’s another little handy gadget for those gadget-freaks out there (including myself in that).

There’s always a way not to feel left out in my house.

So, raise a glass!

Enjoy!

Sam

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Breakfast Cookies

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Want something oh so naughty, yet on so good for breakfast?!

My ever growing sweet tooth a has forced me in to this next Abel & Cole Competition

Like everything I cook, it’s a pretty simple little recipe and is a good recipe to clean out any nuts and dried fruit you’ve got hanging around those cupboards.

Why not give it a go and enter the competition too!

Have a lovely weekend.

Enjoy,
Sam

Whiting, tomato salad and courgette fritters

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Hey hey!!

Here’s a super simple supper that’s healthy too! Why not give this a try for a mid-week meal.

Serves 2-3

Tomato Salad:
200g plum tomatoes
1/2 Spanish onion
1 small chilli
1tbsp red wine vinegar
1tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Small bunch of coriander

Courgette Fritters:
2 medium courgettes grated
2tbsp self raising flour
25g Parmesan grated
1tbsp olive oil

Whiting:
400g of whiting fillets
1tbsp of plain flour
Sea salt and pepper
2tbsp of olive oil

Directions:
Half the tomatoes and place into a bowl with the finely sliced onion, chilli, olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper.

Place a medium frying pan on a medium heat with the oil. Grate the courgette and add to a bowl along with the grated parmesan and flour. Mix together and form into golf sized balls.

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Flatten, then add to the frying pan. Cook until golden on each side then leave on paper towel ready for serving.

Rub the whiting in flour, salt and pepper. Add more oil to the frying pan. Add the whiting skin side down and cook for 3mins. Turn over and cook through for roughly 3mins.

Chop the coriander and add to the tomato salad.

Now simply plate up your meal. Serve with a crisp white wine.

Enjoy!
Sam

Stuffed Chicken with Corn & Tomato Salad

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Give this one a try for a simple mid week dinner!

Serves 3-4

Stuffed Chicken:

4 free range skinless chicken breasts
Small bunch of flat leaf parsley
10 sun-dried tomatoes
3cloves of garlic
100g feta cheese
Zest of 1 lemon
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Sea salt
Extra virgin olive oil

Salad:
4 corn on the cobs
2 large tomatoes
Small bunch of coriander
4 spring onions
2 limes
1 fresh red chilli
Sea salt
Extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Heat two lugs of oil in a medium frying pan on medium heat. Finely chop the parsley, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. Mix into a bowl along with the lemon zest and feta. Cut a pocket into the chicken with a small knife. Fill with the stuffing and fold the chicken across to seal. Add the chicken to the frying pan. Place a lid over the chicken to maintain the heat at moisture.

Heat a griddle pan on high heat and place the corn on top to char. Finely cop the coriander, chilli, spring onion and tomatoes and add to a bowl. Continually turn the corn until it’s charred all over.

Once the chicken had browned on one side. Turn over and add the rosemary. Cook until the chicken is browned and cooked through. Then chop ready to plate up.

Once the corn is charred, cut off the kernels and add to the salad bowl along with a sprinkle of sea salt and olive oil.

You’re now ready to plate up! So divide up the salad onto plates and chop the chicken up and pile on top of the salad with a sprig of rosemary.

Serve with a glass of crisp white wine.

Enjoy!
Sam

Easter!

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I may have gone a little over board with my latest bake off in preparation for the Easter long weekend..

Here are my Bunny In The Hole Cupcakes!

I hope this gives you all some inspiration to get cooking for Easter. Feel free to share your Easter wares.

Happy holidays!
Sam

Jamie’s Kedgeree

What to cook on a Monday?? What to cook??

I’ve got some smoked haddock fillets that are fast approaching their stinky phase.. Hmm??

A quick google and I find this awesome Jamie Oliver recipe for Kedgeree that I’ve never tackled before. It’s simple, fresh and healthy. Check it out folks! An easy Monday night dinner and could be used with any poachable white fish.

Give it a go!

Enjoy,
Sam

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Hummingbird Heaven

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Me becoming quite the avid little baker and my daughter always pinching at my heels wanted to get involved in what Daddy was up to. So we decided to whip up some delectable Hummingbird Bakery cupcakes from their cookbook¬†which has had quite a workout since I’ve had it. Leading to me having to also have quite a workout to burn off the excess cakes I seem to be gaining… The simple vanilla cupcake recipe seemed to be the best choice to brighten up our winters day blues.

Annabel flourished while she mixed, tasted and generally destroyed the kitchen. But me being a neat freak just bit my tongue while she giggled away and was in her element! Watch out Mary Berry… Annabel’s on to you!

I timed the cooking well, as after all the messy play i then put the cupcakes in the oven and Annabel was exhausted. Time for her morning nap while her cupcakes baked away quietly and I enjoyed a quiet cup of tea.

Once she arose the cupcakes were ‘magically’ ready for her decorative skills to frost and lavishly adorn with sprinkles. Oh.. She may have had a ‘teeny’ bit of help from me her anally retentive father…

Here’s the results.
Enjoy!

Ps. Excuse her Team GB onesie.. Annabel decided she was baking for Britain

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