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Chicken hotpot…

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This is a variation on the hairy dieters chicken and ham tangle pie, but using the potatoes instead of pastry makes a nice change!

•500g cooked chicken
•2 cloves crushed garlic
•pot of creme fraiche
•2 leeks, slices
•sliced mushrooms
•teaspoon of mustard
•150ml chicken stock
•3 medium potatoes thinly sliced

Soften the leeks and garlic in a little oil, then add the mushrooms and cook for a few more minutes. Stir In the stock, creme fraiche, mustard and season to taste. Put in a large ovenproof dish, and too with a layer of sliced potatoes. Bake at 180*c until the top is browned.

Serves 4.

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Hope you enjoy it!

Emma-Jayne xx

Making a doll…

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At Christmas, Lillee had a kit to make a doll! So we spent an afternoon putting her together. Lillee helped to hold the pieces, push the (plastic) needle through the felt and to stuff her doll at the end. She loved it, and named her new friend Ada. And since then she’s been taken everywhere along with Roo. Definitely a new favourite. In fact, she loved doing in so much we’ve got her another kit ready for her birthday in a few weeks.
As Lillee was there when I brought it, she’s already told me her name is going to be Emily, and Ada is exited to have a new friend!
I’m still not sure how she came up with Ada and Emily as dolls names due to the fact she doesn’t know anyone with either name. We think it may have started out with Aimie and Emma (my sister and I) but we don’t know for sure. But apparently I had a relative named Ada so who knows? Maybe she heard it somewhere!

Emma-Jayne xx

Marmalade Ham and Soup…

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I tried something new today, I cooked a ham joint for the first time! It was really easy, and really tasty.

You need…
•ham/gammon joint
•marmalade

•carrots
•onions/leeks
•celery
•mushrooms
•potato
•stock
•red split lentils

Put the ham in a large pot and bring to the boil. Drain off the water, then cover with fresh water before simmering for approximately 30 minutes per 500g but no longer than 2.5 hours. Remove the ham from the liquid, reserving the liquid for after. Remove any fat from the ham and generously smear on the marmalade place in a pre-heated oven (180c) and roast until golden. It took mine around 45 minutes.

For the soup, chop all the vegetables and place into the cooking liquid with the lentils. Add any extra water/stock to ensure they are covered. Simmer until all the vegetables are soft the remove from the heat and blend.

Hope you enjoy it!

Emma-Jayne xx