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

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

Creamy Vegetable Pasta…

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In our house, pasta always goes down well. This dish is pretty simple and great for using odds and ends in the fridge, I’ve used everything from broccoli and sprouts to sweetcorn! It’s also really good for using up any leftover meat or fish. We usually have it with pork or chicken stirred through but its just as nice on its own, with salmon or any thing else you fancy!

You will need:
.500g of pasta
.1 onion finely chopped
.2 leeks sliced
.4 carrots diced
.1 courgette diced
.2 sticks of celery sliced
.10 mushrooms sliced
.a tin of sweetcorn drained
.250g frozen peas
.1 tbsp olive oil
.2 tbsp plain flour
.1/2 pint skimmed milk
.2 chicken/vegetable stock cubes
.seasoning
.2 cloves of garlic

Heat the oil in a large pan, and add the onion, celery and carrots. Cook untill the onion is translucent then add the garlic and the rest of the vegetables. Cook for a few minutes then stir in the flour. Cook for another 2 minutes then slowly add the milk stirring constantly until thickened. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions, while the sauce simmers stirring it occasionally to stop it sticking. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce. Season to taste.

Serves 6-8

Emma-Jayne xx

 

London…

Over the weekend, I went to London with my guides. We had an amazing time doing some sight seeing and Christmas shopping! I spent far too much money on things for Lillee’s Christmas stocking! But I’m hoping some of the things, especially the new stocking I brought from the Disney store will last her a good few years! I don’t have pictures of what i brought, especially as a lot of its for Christmas! But the Disney store did have pretty window displays.

When we first got there, we went to the Natural History Museum. It was really interesting but because there was so much to see, we really needed much longer there. we did see the dinosaurs though!

Harrods had a sleigh full of teddy bears…

And, while we were there me and Aimie met Minnie mouse! so of course, we had to get a picture!

Emma-Jayne xx

It Feels Like Forever…

Laura

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It’s been ages since I last posted, but I’ve had a fair bit going on! We’ve been trying to get the wedding plans finalised, sort Christmas out and Dan’s changed to night shift so that took some getting used to! I have some posts lined up over the next few days so you can see some of what I’ve been up to!

Today however, I want to share something different. Unfortunately, Over the summer a friend of mine was tragically killed In a car accident. Laura always worked hard, and spent a lot of time working with the disabled. Due to her untimely death, she never fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher. So, her family, colleagues, and friends have decided to continue raising money for Marshlands Special School and RDA (riding for the disabled) in her memory.

I would really appreciate it if you looked at the webpage for her to learn more about this amazing girl. She was someone who made a huge impression on everyone she met, and is missed by everyone who knew her.

Emma-Jayne xx

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning”. – J.M. Barrie

Roast Pork and Crackling…

So, this weekend I made a proper sunday dinner. Roast pork, crackling, veggies, sweet potato mash and gravy. It was really tasty so I thought I’d share my recipe for pork and crackling with you!

•olive oil
•salt
•leg or shoulder pork joint

Pre-heat the oven too 200 degrees celsius, then place the pork joint into a large roasting dish skin side up. Spray/drizzle over a little oil then sprinkle on plenty if salt. I promise the meat won’t be salty but you will need it to make the crackling crispy. Massage the oil and salt into the top and roast in the oven.

30 minutes per 500g plus an additional 30 minutes.

Don’t forget to rest your meat! I usually take the meat out and cover it with foil, then put my potatoes and veggies on the cook so its nice and tender.

The crackling can be hard so please be careful with your teeth!

Hope you enjoy!

Emma-Jayne xx

 

Going on the “choo choo train”…

So, on Saturday we went to Chase Water railway! We had a lovely time and spent the day going on trains, picnicking and finished by going to the park. Lillee got so exited, all day Friday she was asking when we could go on the train, and she didn’t want to leave at the end of our day!

The train was a steam locomotive and each journey around Chase water takes approximately 45 minutes with gorgeous views of the lake or wildlife all along the tracks. There are also a few stops on the way around. it was a really lovely family day out. We are planning on taking Lillee back soon! We are defiantly going at Christmas on the Santa express so that we can visit Santa and go on a gorgeous steam train journey! Really looking forward too it!

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Emma-Jayne xx

 

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, and I was not subsidised to do this post, we just really enjoyed our day out!

Look what I found…

  • Food in a jar? I’m loving the idea and I keep pinning different ideas… So, what better than chili and cornbread with the cooler weather we’ve been having this week?

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  • As we are now in August, and the “back-to-school-feeling” is upon me I’ve been trying to make things a little more organised around here…

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  • I LOVE this potato salad, every time we go on a picnic, Dan asks me to make it!

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  • I’m lusting after these right now, so hopefully when we go shopping at the weekend I’ll be able to nab them!

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  • I really like the smell of vanilla, and I love beauty products and making things…mix it all together and you get this yummy looking body scrub!

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  • I’m in the process of updating my wardrobe, so this fab shoe storage would be a really good thing for me to try out!

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Hope you enjoy browsing them! I certainly did and I can’t wait to try some of them out!

Emma-Jayne xx

Sunday Afternoon Baking…

This afternoon, myself and Lillee spent some time baking. We had a fab time making Red Velvet brownies! They came out all fudgey in the middle and really tasty! Mine don’t look as good as the original recipe, however I didn’t have enough food colouring and as I took them out of the tin it fell apart! But never mind they are still really nice and we had such a lovely time making them. I really reccomend this recipe as they were so easy but still effective!

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Emma-Jayne xx

Super Soft Toes…

I LOVE the soap and glory range! It smells so nice and makes my skin feel super soft. Recently I’ve been keeping a tube of their ‘heel genius’ by the side of my bed so I remember to put it on before I go to sleep, resulting it gorgously soft feet! Perfect for sandal season!!

Emma-Jayne xxx