Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Banana and Walnut Tea Loaf

The final instalment of my #MorrisonsMum recipe collection just had to be a nice bakey post so here we have the ever yummy Banana and Walnut tea loaf. You can take out the walnuts if you like or you can swap them for something else. Also remember that you're going to need some nice ripe bananas. Although it looks like it's an expensive bake, you'll find that you will already have a lot of the ingredients already.

Banana and Walnut Tea Loaf                          Makes, a loaf                               Total bake cost £2.49

  • 100g butter
  • 140g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 100g walnuts - chopped
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsps milk
  • 225g self raising flour
Cream the butter and sugar then add the eggs. Fold in the bananas and milk, then fold in the flour and walnuts. Bake for 1hr at 180C. You can scatter a few more walnuts on top of the loaf about 20mins before you take it out of the oven if you're feeling all Nigellaesque. 

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Pretty Storage - Ikea Hack

I created this storage to go on top of my newly made over dresser (I know, like I shouldn't have enough storage?!). It feels so nice to hide away all of our clutter in pretty boxes and fills my heart with fuzziness when everything coordinates. 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Fruitburst Muffins

I wanted to find some muffins that would work well in the morning but that wouldn't be too full of added sugar. And here they are! Hooray! They are sooooooooooo easy to make and taste awesome.

Fruit Burst Muffins                                         Makes 12                                     Cost per muffin 30p

  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs - beaten
  • 50g butter
  • 175ml skimmed milk
  • 100ml clear honey
  • 500g fruit - fresh or dried (I used frozen berries, less sugar)
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Mix all of the wet ingredients together. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Fold in the dry with the wet. Dish out into 12 muffin cases/tins. Bake for 20-25mins at 200C. 

Note: turns out half dried fruit (boo hiss for sugar freeists) and half fresh fruit works better. 

Friday, 23 May 2014

Bubble And Squeak Minis

These bubble and squeak mini's are a bit of a variation on the old tried and tested boxing day meal. The kids LOVE the mini version and the grown ups like eating bubble and squeak without a hangover ;-)

Bubble and Squeak Mini's                     Serves 4( or 2 adults and 3 tiddlers)          cost per serving £1.12

  • 700g of potatoes, cooked and mashed (or grated if you want to look posh)
  • 4 carrots, cooked mashed or grated
  • 350g of cabbage, cooked and shredded
  • 175g of cubed ham or bacon
  • 1 onion chopped or grated
  • 25g butter
Cook off the onions and bacon in the butter. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and add in the onion and bacon. Mould into balls (a handful is plenty according to my mother, wink wink) and flatten into patties. Fry in the bacony butter for a few minutes on each side and serve with a form of dipping sauce (ketchup, chutneys, basically any sauce with sugar is banned in our house so we make our own mayo). 

I know that a lot of people will be saying "you're cooking all the goodness out of the veg!" but in my eyes, bubble and squeak is more bubble and crunch unless the veg is so soft your great nanna could suck it through a straw. Adapt however you wish. 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Cheese Straws

These cheese straws are a piece of cake to make. You can make it more 'rustic' by making your own pastry. They are ideal for afternoon snack.

Cheese Straws                                       Makes 24                                                Cost per straw 15p!!

  • Big block of puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp of mustard (mild)
  • 100g grated cheese (we used cheddar, recipe called for parmesan)
  • 1 tsp of paprika
Roll out the pastry, sprinkle all the ingredients on, cut into strips and twist. Bake for 15 mins at 200C. Easy peasy!!!!!!!!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Chilli Prawn Noodles

JJ LOVES prawns, I mean, really loves prawns. So this recipe is in homage to him, cos I love him.

Chilli Prawn Noodles                 Serves 4(or 2 adults and 3 tiddlers)          Cost Per Serving £1.18

  • 1 onion - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of coriander paste (I used the morrisons coriander flavour pots)
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 400g of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp of lazy garlic (judge away)
  • 2 packets of ready to wok noodles
  • 400g of frozen prawn
  • chilli flakes - to taste
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1 stock cube - crumbled
Put the onion, paste, chilli and oil in a pan and fry for 5 mins. Pour in tomatoes and 1 1/2 cans of water, tomato puree and stock cube. Stir and leave to simmer for 15 mins. Add noodles and prawns and leave to cook for a further 2 mins. Dish up, and watch JJ devour in one mouthful (OK so you might not have to do that part). 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Roast Chicken Ratatouille Recipe

Over on my other blog Learning Anywhere But The Classroom, I was lucky enough to be picked as a #MorrisonsMum. I really enjoyed sharing the recipes with everyone so thought I would share them here too! 

Thanks to Morrisons, we were able to have a yummy scrummy bank holiday weekend. Our bank holiday Monday meal was.............roast chicken ratatouille, gorgeous!

Roast Chicken Ratatouille                Serves 4 (or 2 adults and 3 tiddlers)              Cost per serving £1.85

  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 red peppers - cut into chunks (no seeds, ergh)
  • 1 courgette - cubed
  • 1 aubergine - cubed
  • 4 tomatoes - into segments
  • 4 chicken breasts (I used mini fillets because of the lack of skin)
  • 15ml cooking oil of your choice
Once all the veg is prepared, place in a baking dish (not too crowded), toss in some oil. Brown off the chicken breasts in a pan (longer skin side down) and place on top of the veg. Roast for 35 mins at 200C.