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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Slow Cooked Chicken Korma Recipe. Perfect For Batch Cooking

This slow cooked chicken korma is simple to make and great for cooking large quantities so that you have a meal to put in the freezer.

For this recipe I have used skinless and boneless chicken thighs, however, chicken breast would work too. This is a mild curry so perfect for families whose little ones aren't keen on strong flavours.

Slow Cooked Chicken Korma

  • 1Kg chicken thighs
  • 1 onion diced
  • 75g almonds
  • 350ml water
  • 5 desserts spoons of Korma spice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 thumb ginger chopped finely
  • 150- 300g natural yoghurt depending if you want to freeze any.
  1. Put all of the above ingredients except the yogurt into a slow cooker. 
  2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  3. If you want to freeze some of the chicken, separate the chicken mixture in half and allow to cool. Put half of the mixture in a large pan and stir through 150g of yoghurt. Warm through and serve.
  4. You can freeze the remainder of the chicken and when you reheat it, stir through some more yoghurt.
What is your favourite slow cooker recipe?

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Meal Planning Mondays

This week it is all about quick and easy meals. My husband is working away so it is just me and the boys. As they have hot dinners at school I am less worried if the meals are on the lighter side. This week it is about making the meals simple!

Monday: Scrambled egg and chorizo

Tuesday: Fish pie. I never got round to make this last week so have the ingredients in the freezer.

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: My new favorite meal: Chilli and lime avocado and poached eggs

Friday: Lamb dhansak

Saturday: Lasagne

Sunday: Roast beef


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Chili And Lime Avocado With Poached Eggs And Smoked Salmon

It is the new year and I have a new favourite weekend lunch. Don't get me wrong, I am still rather partial to scrambled egg and chorizo, but this chili and lime avacado with poached eggs and smoked salmon is simply devine.

Chili And Lime Avocado With Poached Eggs And Smoked Salmon

I first had a version at this dish for brunch at Bill's restaurant. They sell it with the choice of smokey bacon or smoked salmon. My husband can also say that halloumi goes well too. Whilst they use some sour dough, I just used standard brown toast. 

Chili And Lime Avocado With Poached Eggs And Smoked Salmon

I have to say I had forgotten how easy (and quick) it is to poach eggs. They always have a lovely runny middle and I think I will be doing these more often that boiled eggs as it is just easier to get them right. The recipe below is for one, just double, triple or quadruple up if necessary. I have used fresh avacado in this recipe, but it also works well with a frozen avocado. It just won't look as pretty.

Chili And Lime Avocado With Poached Eggs And Smoked Salmon

Chili And Lime Avocado With Poached Eggs And Smoked Salmon

  • 1 slice of toast
  • 1/2 a ripe avacado
  • 1tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tbsp vinegar
  • Smoked salmon
  1. Cut up half an avacado into small chunks. 
  2. Squeeze the juice of 1/4 of a lime over the avocado and sprinkle over the chili flakes. Toss the avocado so it is all covered in juice and chili flakes.
  3. Using boiling water from the kettle add water and vinegar to a small saucepan.
  4. Crack the eggs into the boiling water and leave to boil for just over two minutes.
  5. Take a piece of toast and top with the avocado mixture.
  6. Top with the two poached eggs, removing them from the water with a slotted spoon.
  7. Serve with a slice of smoked salmon and a wedge of lime.
What is your favourite brunch or light lunch?

simple brunch or light lunch idea, Chili And Lime Avocado With Poached Eggs And Smoked Salmon

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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Meal Planning Mondays

Happy New Year lovely people! I have taken a break over the festive season which has been just what I needed. But now I’m back with a few ideas on some tasty dishes to share with you.

Meal planning really helped me last year. My main focus wasn’t on money saving (although just knowing what food you have in the house does help with that) it was more for organisation.

Working more hours, resulted in more organisation required and doing this once a week really helped. So what will we be having this week?

Roast beef and Yorkshire puddings.

Monday: Chicken fajitas

Tuesday: Fish pie

Wednesday: Chicken Korma

Thursday: Pizza and sweetcorn

Friday: Salmon

Saturday: Ham, egg and chips

What have you got planned this week?


Saturday, 22 December 2018

Signing Off For Christmas

It’s that time of year again where I wish you all a Merry Christmas. This year has whizzed by so fast, I could do with a rewind button.

I have yet to get into the Christmas spirit, but I am hoping that will all change with a Christmas lunch today. My tree may be up, work may be finished but the magic isn't here just yet. A good friend reminded me that Christmas is about the people not the presents and he is right. I have been stressing what to get the boys and cursing the fact that they have just had their Birthdays. I have given all the presents they want (which are minimal anyway) to other family members to buy. Leaving me, their Mum, with pretty much nothing.

But do you know what? They don’t care. So why should I? I can safely say that we won’t be one of those families on Facebook with a pile of presents bigger than the tree. But that’s fine by me. Christmas will be making time for my boys. Board games, charades and some Christmas TV. Oh and they may be some bearded dragon cuddles thrown in too.

I am trying to let my control freak nature take a step to the side. Chilly the snowman adorns the tree this year, which fills little man with pride. (I just keep chanting "they will remember this for years to come and next year you can have your stylish angel back up - they are only little once.")

So for now, I am signing off. My phone can disappear for a while and the merriment commence. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and see you in the New Year. now where is my mulled gin?

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Anker Soundcore Flare Speaker Review

We have recently be sent the Anker Soundscore Flare speaker to review, which I was interested in for my tween. There isn't much that excites him these days. He likes to play computer games and message his friends on his phone. Games are generally only thrown around his bedroom floor and the only toy he really plays with is his Rubik's cube.  He does, however, like listening to music, so I was keen to see if this would be good for him.

Anker Soundcore Flare Speaker

It is pretty easy to use. There is a charger in the box and we charged it straight away. We have yet to need to charge it again and the box states it will last  twelve hours. Connecting via Bluetooth is easy and when you play music through it, the base changes colour to the beat. 

The speaker is waterproof so for the purpose of the review I thought I should check this out. I was rather concerned about submerging the Flare into the water, but what is the point of reviewing something if you don't do it properly? So with a gulp, I put it into a sink of water and turned it around. It did go very quiet but continued to play. When taking out of the water it took a few seconds to get back to the starting volume, but I can thankfully say that it is indeed fully waterproof. Phew!

Anker Soundcore Flare Speaker under water

We are really pleased with the speaker and my 11 year old likes that he has one in his room. We have had to upgrade to family Spotify, but that means I can have my own playlist now too. If you are stuck for ideas for your tween this Christmas then you won't go wrong with this 360 portable and waterproof speaker.

Here is a little video to show you how it works in full.

What ideas do you have for tweens this Christmas?

The Christmas edition can be purchased for 30% off from Amazon using the discount code SCFLARE2 until 29th December! (That works out at only £48.99)

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Monday, 3 December 2018

Mulled Gin: My New Favourite Christmas Cocktail

There is nothing quite like a mulled wine at Christmas is there? Well yes there is, and it is even better. Step aside mulled wine, this mulled gin recipe is taking you place.

Mulled Gin

It is so simple to make, and is not as sharp as mulled wine. I wasn't a drinker of gin until earlier this year when my uncle told me it was all about the right tonic. Since then I haven't looked back. I have tried this recipe with both Damson gin and Sloe gin and both were lovely.

I am pretty sure that there would be no grumbling from the big man himself, if this was left alongside his mince pies on Christmas Eve.

This recipe serves two people and I used the glasses to measure the ingredients.

Mulled Gin

Mulled Gin

  • 1 1/2 glasses of cloudy apple juice
  • 1/2 a glass of orange juice.
  • 1 mulled wine sachet
  • 2 cinnanon sticks
  • 2 Star aasie 
  • 100ml of Sloe gin
  • A slice of orange to garnish
  1. Warm the apple juice, orange juice and mulled wine sachet, cinnamon sticks and star anise in a pan. You don't want the mixture to boil and it will take about 10 minutes for the flavours to infuse.
  2. Pour 50ml of Sloe gin into each glass.
  3. Add a slice of orange before pouring the mulled juice into the glass.
  4. Enjoy! 
What is your favourite drink this festive season?

Mulled Gin

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mulled gin recipe, works well with damson and sloe gin. Perfect Christmas cocktail