• Featured ImageSpanish Smoked Paprika Chicken

    I love cooking things from scratch, but sometimes when it’s midweek I haven’t got the time. That’s when if a product or ingredient can make my life easier I take it. I’m not a huge fan of ready meals but when I came across the Scwartz Flavour shots in my recent Degustabox I had to give it a try as soon as I could. I love the fact that it still feels like I’m creating a meal from scratch, but I have a huge helping hand when it comes to the flavour and speed. Perfect for a midweek meal. The Spanish Smoked paprika was the one we tried first, we were lucky to receive another one in the box as well but I will reveal that when I do my full review this week.

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    The Schwartz flavour shots come with full ingredients and method so there is no need to hunt out a recipe, and the whole thing was made in about 40 minutes.

    I opted to use left over chicken from a roast dinner even though it advised me to use fresh chicken breasts. I just added the chicken at a later stage of the cooking process and it tasted perfect.

    I wanted to share with you a few pictures. As mentioned earlier on in this post a full review of the Degustabox will be up on the blog this week, but I have had so much fun using the ingredients and cooking some wonderful things I just had to share them with you first.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

     



  • Featured ImageSaturday Afternoon Perfection with The Lego Movie

    There’s something quite comforting about a weekend with no plans. No errands to run, no places to be, no people to see. It doesn’t happen very often for us, but when it does it feels like absolute heaven. As a family we love nothing more than getting some snacks, relaxing in some comfy clothes and all of us gathering on the sofa and watching a movie.

    And so that’s what we did this Saturday and it was absolute bliss.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m a savoury kind of girl and so I prepared some chilli nacho’s. I love them with loads of grated cheese, I have put the recipe on the blog here as It’s such a quick and easy snack or meal it’s too good to share the details.

    These days family movies are no longer just for children, most include a little adult humour that makes animated films a lot more pleasant to watch. Well for The L’s Papa anyway, I have an always will be a huge fan of anything animated or kid like. So when we were given the opportunity by Suppose.com to watch and review The Lego Movie we jumped at the chance.

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    The Lego movie really can appeal to anybody. Whether it’s all the references to a lot of action and fantasy films, including many of the characters. Films such as batman, superman, star wars and lord of the rings to name only a few. Or whether it’s the little jokes that you will laugh at and your children will repeat constantly. It’s what I would class as a great family film.

    In general the main story is very much the same synopsis as most family movies. There’s a character who doesn’t seem to be doing particularly well, but falls into a situation where he has to turn into the hero, has a few hurdles a long the way but ultimately saves the day and then get’s the girl/boy. But this kind of story doesn’t get old and I love the positivity it shows our younger generation. That if you believe in yourself you can do anything and be anybody. It’s a great lesson to teach our children, and one that The L’s Papa and I will encourage in our children’s lives. The movie starts with a snippet from the past and then speeds up to present day where we are introduced to the main character, Emmet. Emmet is a normal guy and lives his life by the rules that has been enforced on the city he lives. There is also a heroine in this story to, a girl called “Wyldstyle” who doesn’t follow the rules, and is a bit of a rebel. Without ruining the story for you there is a prophecy about a “special one” and that “special one” needs to save the world. As mentioned earlier there is hurdles on the way, self-doubt and an unexpected twist (which I was not expecting) but the film keeps you gripped to the very end.

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    The movie is fast paced which is great for keeping the attention of even the youngest of children. Baby L at 15 months was transfixed by all the bright colours, fast images and base music.

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    Overall we really enjoyed the film, and would high;y recommend it. It’s great for kids and adults alike.

    So why not get your copy today, and most importantly get it for the best price through Suppose.com.

    Do you enjoy watching films with your family?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

    *We were sent the DVD of The Lego Movie for the purpose of this review from Suppose but all views and opinions are my own*

     

     



  • Featured ImageQuick Chilli Nachos

    We decided to have a little movie afternoon this weekend and so being the savoury girl that I am I was itching for a tasty snack. Thanks to my Degustabox UK I had the perfect ingredient in a bag of Mexican Dave’s Tortilla Chips.

    I love nachos and these slightly salted tortilla chips are great on their own but even better with a lovely topping or dipped into something yummy. With that in mind I set to work on a quick and easy chilli. We’re a huge fan of chilli in our household and it normally can take me an afternoon to prepare one but as I had a lot of it all pre made this was a quick and easy fix and would be perfect as a midweek meal with some fluffy white rice.

    Ingredients…

    400g of pre-made tomato sauce (Recipe here)

    Half a bag of Mexican Dave’s nachos

    1 x onion chopped

    1x red pepper de-seeded and chopped

    500g of beef mince

    1x tin of baked beans

    2 tsp cayenne pepper

    2 tsp of chilli powder (Or as much as you like depending on how hot you like it )

    1x clove of garlic

    1 tbsp of olive oil

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    Method…

    1. Fry the onions and peppers in the olive oil for a few mins until softened. Add the mince and cook until all the mince is browned.

    2. Add the spices and the tomato sauce and simmer for 10-15 mins. Then add the baked brand and continue simmering for about 15 minutes.

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    3. season with salt and pepper to taste.

    4. Serve on top of the nachos with a huge amount of grated cheese.

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    The secret to this chilli is the pre-made tomato sauce. The flavours are all in that sauce and it can be used for many different dishes.

    Enjoy

    The L’s Mum

     



  • Featured ImageHidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce

    You may have noticed in some of my recipes I include a pre-made tomato sauce. Well this is the recipe for just that. However it changes each time as it all depends on what I have in or what need’s using up. The basics are there, ripe tomatoes and cloves of garlic but the rest could be anything from broccoli to butternut squash. The reason I came up with this sauce is because my family aren’t so keen on vegetables. This was an easy fix to give them the good things their diets needs without the protest of eating vegetables. The L’s Papa included.

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    It’s really simple and easy and I have used most vegetables within it. Here’s every vegetable I have used so far in this kind of sauce…

    Tomato

    Garlic

    Butternut Squash

    Courgette

    Sweet Potato

    Gem Squash

    Mushrooms

    Peppers (Green, orange, red and yellow)

    Chilli

    Broccoli

    Carrots

    Leeks

    Onions (Red or white)

    I always include tomato and garlic. I will then chop my chosen veg which will be selection of these, whatever I have in, and place in a roasting dish. I drizzle with oil and season with salt/pepper and some dried herbs. Again what ever I have in.

    I will roast for about 40 minutes at 180c and then blend together.

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    Voila, Hidden vegetable sauce. It works wonderfully in Bolognese, chilli con carne, pasta dishes or marinades. I cook a big batch up and freeze to pull out midweek when I need to rustle up something yummy quick.

    Do you hide vegetables in sauces?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum



  • Featured ImageBrioche Bread and Butter Pudding

    I recently was lucky enough to receive a Degustabox to review. For those who don’t know this is a monthly subscription service where you receive 9-14 products every month. My full review will follow in a few days but until then enjoy some of the delights I have made. Firstly in the box some of the products included were brioche and some cute little Lindt chocolates so the first thing that came to mind was bread and butter pudding. As there are more and more signs of Autumn I was longing for something warming and tasty and this seemed to fit the bill. Now before making this I had never tried this dish before. I always assumed you had to have raisins in the mixture and because I don’t like those I just never gave it a try. But I thought I would get a little creative and swap the raisins for chocolate. Yes I realise this has been done many times. I was really looking forward to giving it a go so here’s the recipe. Believe me it tasted divine, and even Baby L demolished a portion as a treat.

    Ingredients…

    3 Eggs

    3 Tbsp of castor sugar

    1 Cup of milk

    1 Cup of double cream

    8 portions of individual brioche

    Half a tsp of vanilla extract

    Butter (To butter the bread only so as much or as little as you desire)

    Chocolates, wither chunks or choc chips what ever you fancy. Or raisins if you are a fan

    Custard to serve. Bought or home-made

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    Method…

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c

    2. Mix the eggs, sugar, milk, cream and vanilla extract in a bowl until combined.

    3. Slice the bread and toast. Butter. Then place in overlapping slices at the bottom of an ovenproof dish leaving some edges sticking out at the top so that they crisp up. Scatter the chocolate (or what ever you choose) over the top and then pour in the egg mixture.

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    4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and serve warm with cream or custard.

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    Stay tuned for more delights and the full review but until then enjoy!

    The L’s Mum