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Cheats ragu sauce

Michelle

Cheats ragu sauce: I love nothing better than to make my lovely slow cooked ragu sauce but with two children I don't always have the time, So I cheat & add a few extra ingredients to intensify a shop bought sauce. A few simple cheats to give your every day pasta sauce the intensity of a homemade ragu.20140612-222128-80488673.jpg Ingredients 500g good quality beef mince (preferably steak mince) 2 slices dry cured bacon (or a packet or diced pancetta, I prefer unsmoked) 2 mini courgettes 1 carrot 2 banana shallots 3 large cloves of garlic 2 large handfuls of mushrooms 1 jar shop bought tomato & basil pasta sauce 1/2 glass of good red wine 2 tspn lazy garlic 2 tbsp olive oil 20140612-222127-80487563.jpg Method Roughly chop the bacon, courgette, carrots, shallots & garlic Pop all of the ingredients into a food processor & whizz until finely chopped In a large sauce pan heat the oil over a medium/low flame & add the chopped vegetables Cook for 5 mins (until onion is translucent) Add the mince & continuously stir chopping the mince with a wooden spoon until lightly browned Add the mushrooms & lazy garlic, stir for another 2 minutes Add the wine Add the pasta sauce & stir well Season well with salt & pepper Simmer on a low heat for at least 30 minutes Serve with pasta of your choice & a sprinkle of Parmesan

Tip: add some good quality meatballs to the sauce (after the mince has browned), my son Oliver, adores meatballs :0)

Our good friends Claire & Danny came to dinner & their daughter Isla really enjoyed the cheats ragu sauce & I promised to share my recipe - Happy cooking Claire! Michelle X

Milk Free Yorkshire Puddings

Michelle

Milk Free Yorkshire Puddings: I have been desperate to have roast beef but refuse to eat it without Yorkshire pudding, I found this wonderful milk-free recipe & just had to share. These Yorkshire puddings are light, delicious & quick to prepare!20140520-211503.jpg Minutes to Prepare: 5

Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 cup water 3 whole eggs 1 pinch salt Vegetable oil 20140520-211456.jpg Method Preheat the oven 230 degrees C or Gas mark 8, brush a large 4 tin or a muffin pan with oil & place in oven while it heats

In a bowl crack 3 eggs, add salt, water & flour. With an electric whisk, mix lightly

Carefully take muffin pan from oven, fill each muffin space with equal amounts of yorkshire pudding mixture I used a large 4 pan

Cook for 15-20 mins for 4 large or 10-15 mins for cupcake size, until tops are golden 20140520-211449.jpg Apologies to all of the vegetarians for the pictures, but if you want to cook the perfect rib of beef here is the link for the perfect cooking instructions. It really was a delicious dinner. Enjoy! Michelle X

Lemon & coriander dressing

Daisy

Lemon & coriander dressing It is summer and I am weening myself away from the soups. I made myself a nice healthy salad and like to make my own dressings...

20140513-133855.jpg INGREDIENTS... Juice of 2 lemons 1 tbsp rapeseed or extra virgin olive oil 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 medium bunch of coriander 1 tbsp caster sugar 20140513-133847.jpg METHOD... Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend them together. It is so delicious and could be used with lots of different meals like curries. Experiment with whatever you have in your cupboard... it will always taste better than shop bought.

Enjoy! Daisy x

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A cheats version of Jamies favorite curry sauce

Michelle

A cheats version of Jamies favorite curry sauce: I adore this Jamie Oliver curry & make it all of the time but have over the years made a few adjustments to speed up the process. By using lazy ginger (ready chopped ginger), canned tomatoes instead of fresh & a hand blender you really can have a curry made in less then half an hour.20140513-184627.jpg Serves: 4 hungry people

Ingredients 5 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons mustard seeds 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds 3 fresh green chilies, de-seeded & blitzed in the food processor 1 handful curry leaf 2 tablespoons lazy ginger 1 large onion, peeled & blitzed in the food processor 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 can chopped tomatoes 1 (400 ml) can coconut milk salt & pepper to taste 1 large handful Baby Spinach 1 large handful fresh coriander, chopped

Method Gently heat the oil in a pan & when hot add the mustard seeds Wait for them to pop, then add the fenugreek seeds, fresh green chilies, curry leaves & ginger. Stir & fry for a few minutes 20140513-184638.jpg Chop the food onions in the food processor & add to the pan 20140513-184657.jpg Continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the onion is light brown & soft 20140513-184705.jpg Add the chilli powder, turmeric & tomatoes 20140513-184712.jpg Cook for a couple of minutes & add the coconut milk 20140513-184720.jpg Simmer for about 5 minutes until it has the consistency of double cream, then season carefully with salt.

You can add chicken (fried in coriander seeds), sautéed vegetables or fish (king prawns are a favourite if mine), it's very versatile. I always finish this curry with a few handfuls of baby spinach and chopped coriander. I tend to freeze half of the sauce & defrost the night before, perfect for a Saturday night when the children are in bed with a few cold beers, Bon appetite! Michelle X

Rude health

Daisy

Rude health I am totally addicted to this new Granola. It is now has a permenant place in my cupboard and is great for curbing the bread in the morning. 20140425-135208.jpg For our breakfast I serve it with low fat yoghurt, fresh berries and a drizzle of honey if I am in need of a sweetness kick! 20140425-135219.jpg You can get if from most supermarkets and farm shops. I also give it to Florence on its own in a little bowl as a snack in the afternoon. Spiced Apple Granola. Contains at least 1 of your 5 indulgences a day

Spiced Apple Granola. Muesli's sohpisticated siter. If Muesli is all wholesome country oats, then Granola is like Muesli that moved to the city and got all fancy. Granola got mixed up with real apple pieces, cinnamom and a menage of spelt and six exotic grains, and drizzled with honey. The whole thing is baked with oh-so-chic unrefined cane juice sugar. It's satisfying, indulgent and up for it morning, noon and night.

Enjoy!

Daisy x

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