Leftover cauliflower and chickpea curry becomes a tasty Biriyani! 

Well you know that cauliflower and chickpea curry I made last week. Well I had plenty of leftovers!

So tonight’s dinner is a delicious Biriani, easy peasy to make.



Cook a mug of Basmati rice to instructions.

I warmed through the left over curry and added a courgette chopped up, some chopped coriander and a squeeze of lemon.

In an oven dish put a layer of rice then a the curry, finish with the remaining rice.

I scattered some coriander over the top and then warmed through in the oven until piping hot.

Served it with lemon wedges and poppadoms.



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Slimming world baked bean Lasagne

I was in two minds about this recipe but went ahead and made it anyway. It was so delicious it will become a regular in my home- a sure sign of a great recipe. My little boy demolished it too!

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What I did….
2 tins of baked beans
1 tin of tinned tomatoes
1 chopped up courgette
1 red pepper
I handful of chopped mushrooms
1 onion
1 handful of spinach
2 garlic cloves
Dried oregano
Fresh basil
Dried lasagne sheets
90g of grated low fat cheese

Fry onion and garlic in Frylight
Add courgette, mushroom, pepper and gook until soft.
Add chopped tomatoes add oregano and basil and spinach add both tins of beans and cook through.
Add layer of mixture and then a layer of lasagne sheets and repeat finish with a layer of the mixture add the grated cheese on top and a few torn basil leaves and cook for 40 mins with tin foil over.
Take the foil off for the last 5 mins and then serve this tasty lasagne with salad…..

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Red eye fries recipe

Well if you are like me and love searching the web for a new recipe you know how it feels when you find one and think Ooh!!
I have seen pictures of this but not found the recipe, so I will bless the internet with my very own version 🙂
Mine is slimming world friendly and it will be all syn free on that eating plan. However, if I wasn’t on slimming world I would add lashings of full fat grated cheese!!
So here it is slimming world Red eye fries ……..mmmmmmm!!!

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What I did……..
Potatoes cut into chunky chip pieces.
Fry light spray
Cheddar cheese low fat
Mustard seeds
Red chilli pepper
Hot sauce
Egg

What I did was par boil the chipped potato for a few minutes and then let them cool.
Spray all over with fry light and cook until crisped, sprinkle over chopped chilli pepper at last 10 minutes of cooking.
Fry 2 eggs in fry light and remove chips from the oven and place the eggs over the chips on a plate.
Mix cheddar and mustard seeds together and sprinkle over the top of the eggs and chips.
Return the plate briefly back to the oven until the cheese has melted.
Serve with salad.
Sprinkle hot sauce over the top for an extra kick!

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Chips and egg meets cheesie chips with a spicy kick…. BOOM!

Meatless Monday Vegan fish cakes 🐟

I was reminiscing about the food I enjoyed as a child. I miss fish fingers and as a child I loved fish cake… I was sure I had some edible sea weed in my cupboard! Surely I could re create a version that my boy could taste a sort of taste of fish?
My son is vegetarian and he hasn’t explored his fishy flavour taste buds! Fish is one thing all of these years later that I miss.
bugger it I thought!
I microwaved a large potato and scooped and mashed the soft inside.
I added about a tablespoon maybe more of packet seaweed and mushed it together.
I added the zest of a lemon and a little of the juice.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Made the mash mix into fish shapes and then floured them and put in the fridge for 30 mins.
I made a light batter by using 2 ounces of self raising flour and 75 mls of cold water.
This recipe was a tester and I was really pleased. It will be tweaked and made better but for now once I was ready to cook them for my boy I swamped them in the batter and put them in the deep fat frier.
Drained and served!
I really wasn’t sure of the outcome. The batter is light and tasty and the flavours are light and tasty. Best of all it’s gorgeous , fish free, Vegetarian and Vegan kids will be happy that they are not being left out from a fish fingers or fish cake 🙂
Small boy ate the lot!!! 🙂

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And a splodge of ketchup! 🙂
Vegan fishy cakes are amazing!!!!!

Gino’s ‘no cook’ tomato sauce with spaghetti

Simple, quick and cheap! Most of all tasty.
Boil spaghetti. I love the very long spaghetti!
A few glugs of Extra Virgin Olive oil in a bowl and a pinch of salt.
I chopped up one beef tomato that was lying about and a few cherry plum tomatoes that were at their ripest.
I tore up quite a few basil leaves and added them both to the olive oil.
I finely chopped a very small clove of garlic and added it to the tomato mix.

Waited for the spaghetti to cook and then mixed the lot together.
A final scattering of torn basil leaves and some Parmesan.

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Simple and delicious!

Tasty camper van tatties!

We went out for a Sunday drive in our loved Oval Beetle. We got some much needed fresh air and sunshine and got home a little bit late. My toddler was quite hungry and I needed to rustle up something quickly.
I have brought my son up Vegetarian. I haven’t a clue what other people think about this but he is a very healthy thriving toddler.
I made him a delicious little meal which he chomped his way through!
Why haven’t I made this before?

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What I did was sautéed two thinly sliced potatoes in olive oil. When they began to soften I added a sliced shallot and sliced vegetarian sausage, I also raided the mint from the garden and found some rosemary and fresh oregano in the fridge, chopped it all up and threw it in.
Turning the potatoes so they cook evenly. At the very end I added some baby spinach and halved cherry tomatoes. Cooked for a few minutes longer.
Everyone kept hovering around the pan asking for a taste.
Needless to say I had to make another batch for our supper, I added chillies to ours!
This will be a great little meal when we go camping in our VW camper! I can’t wait to cook this in the fresh air.

Freebies!

How excited I am to have found a lovely little site that promises freebies! I get hooked on ideas like this easily. Worth a try! Freebiejeebies
So you basically choose an item you would like to receive. There are loads of stuff From Ipod shuffles to MacBook Air .
All you have to do is complete one offer and then refer to others. Each item requires a certain amount of referrals.
I would love a MacBook!

Fussy Toddler Winner Spaghetti

Toddler eating issues have been plaguing me. My *proud mummy * of a child that eats really well bubble has popped. He eats and throws it. He turns his head too. And then eats it when he wants it. Refuses when I offer *one more* Ugh!!!!!

I had a Eureka moment!!

Spaghetti!!

I remembered….

He loves it.

I decided if he won’t eat this then it’s definitely teething or some other Malady.

Oh yes! His little bowl that I filled to the brim with freshly cooked Pasta and vegetables *gone*

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Scoffed!

A simple Onion, Red Pepper,Carrot, Celery, Garlic, Oregano and Basil mixed with a Tin of Tomatoes . Mixed into cooked Spaghetti.
Finely grated Cheese.
Black pepper (tiny bit for baby)

Little belly is full.

Happy Mummy!

Red Lentil Kedgeree with Avocado and Tomato

Simple and delicious this will become a lifetime favorite for me, but lets you an I keep this recipe a secret it is simple and nutritious and speaks for itself……….where has this been all of my life?

150g of basmati rice

150g of red lentils

1 tbsp of Rapeseed oil

1 medium onion

1 tsp ground cumin

8 bruised cardomon pods

3 bayleaf

450 mls of vegetable stock

1 large ripe Avocado

large beef tomato

lemon juice

tbsp of chopped coriander

Soak the lentils for 20 mins and rinse well.

Fry the onion gently for 10 mins then add the cumin bay leaf and cardomon cook for a few moments stirring all of the time.

then add the rice, lentils and stock. bring to the boil then put a lid on the pan and simmer.

serve with a mixture of chopped avocado, tomato,mixed with lemon juice and coriander on top.

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Ooh YEY !!!

I am really pleased to announce I found my favorite thrifty/frugal Vegetarian well Vegan if you do not sprinkle with cheese and it is one of the most meaty hearty delishious meals which will become a firm favorite for all of us in jam jar cottage.

I would love you to make this and feedback to me what you think. It also is extremely nutritious given it has brown rice and kidney beans to provide lots of amino acids and complete proteins.

HEARTY  SLOW COOKER RICE AND MUSHROOM CASSEROLE

Serves 6

1 tbsp of cumin seeds

1tbsp vegetable oil

2 Onions chopped

4 Celery stalks chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1 tbsp ginger chopped

1tsp salt

1 tsp crusshed black pepper

1 mug of brown rice

1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes

1 large tin of tomatoes

3 cups of vegetable stock

2 large portobello mushrooms, cut into chunky pieces.

grated cheese to scatter over when serving.

Gently fry onions and celery for a few mins until soft.

Add garlic,ginger,cumin,salt,pepper,rice and cook, stirring for 1 min. Add sun-dried tomatoes, tinned tomatoes and vegetable stock and bring to the boil.

Place mushrooms in slow cooker and kidney beans. Pour rice mixture over and stir to combine.

Place 2 clean tea towels folded accross the top of the slow cooker to help stop soggy rice.

We ate this with a crusty roll and butter with a lovely spinach  salad with  seeds and dressing.  Ching Ching!!!!

We are even considering this as a great camping recipe for our VW campervan adventures.