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Chunky New Potato And Bacon Salad – Slimming World Recipe

Ant and I had this chunky new potato and bacon salad for lunch. It was very filling and would probably split between 3 portions rather than 2 for a lunchtime meal.

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Sloppy Joes – Slimming World Recipe

Ella and Ant loved this recipe for Slimming World Sloppy Joes. They had theirs in homemade wholemeal rolls, but I’d already had my Healthy Extra for the day so I just had mine with Slimming World chips. We didn’t use Tabasco sauce in the recipe […]

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Muller Jelly Delight – Slimming World Recipe

I had a Muller jelly delight most days when I first joined Slimming World. For some reason, I stopped having them and I don’t know why because I love them. I decided it was time to make some this week after seeing them at our taster […]

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Shanghai Chicken – Slimming World Recipe

This Shanghai Chicken is going to be one of my go-to favourites, I just know it; I LOVE Chinese 5 spice! I’ll have to have it for lunch, however, because KayCee’s not a fan of Chinese 5 spice and will not be happy if we […]

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Beef & Aubergine Bake – Slimming World Recipe

Someone in our group made this beef & aubergine bake and said it was lovely so I thought we’d give it a go. It’s from the Take 5 Slimming World recipe book which is available from group shops.

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Cheesy Colcannon Potato Skins – Slimming World Recipe

What can be better than a jacket potato on a cold January evening? A cheesy colcannon stuffed jacket potato, that’s what! We had baked beans and gammon with our potatoes, I just didn’t fancy speed foods, I needed some comfort foods!

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Prawn Jambalaya – Slimming World Recipe

I love prawns. Ella loves prawns. I don’t think anyone else in the house likes prawns and this is a spicy prawn recipe so I don’t think even Ella will like this one. Which can only mean 1 thing – more prawn jambalaya for me!!

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Homemade Mincemeat Recipe

When I was little, my mum would buy jars of mincemeat, strawberry jam and lemon curd so she could make mince pies, jam tarts and lemon curd tarts at Christmas. There were four of us children and we could get through a huge amount of these goodies so she’d always make a big batch.

When I had my own family, I tried doing the Christmas baking like my mum used to do, but I’m a really terrible pastry maker. They always seemed to turn out too hard to chew!
Now I buy the mince pies from Tesco!

Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook

This year I want to try again, but not only do I want to get better at making the pastry, I also want to make my own mincemeat.

Ant has a battered copy of The Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook which I always turn too when I want to find a traditional recipe for something. I don’t know how traditional most of them actually are but it just feels like they should be!

Mincemeat recipe from The Complete Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook

Traditional Mincemeat Recipe

I’m using Dorothy Sleightholme’s mincemeat recipe because she cooks the apples and it says doing so helps the mincemeat last longer.

Yields nearly 2kg

Ingredients

  • 450g apples
  • 15g butter
  • 225g each of currants, raisins and sultanas
  • 125g candied peel
  • 125g dates, chopped small
  • 225g soft brown sugar
  • 175g grated suet
  • grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons rum

Method

  1. Peel, core and finely chop the apples.
  2. Melt butter in a pan, add apple and cook gently to soften. Leave to go cold.
  3. Add the cooked apple and the rest of the ingredients to a big bowl and mix well together.
  4. Leave in the bowl, covered, stirring occasionally for the next 24 hours.
  5. Put in cold but sterile jars, do not fill quite to the top. Place waxed paper discs on top of the mincemeat and cover with jam-pot covers.
  6. Label and store in a cool, dry, dark place.

bowl of mincemeat and jars for canning

Chocolate Christmas Bark

Christmas bark is one of the easiest homemade gifts to make. Everyone always seems to enjoy receiving it, if we manage to get it to the packaging stage! If you’re planning on making some Christmas bark and you have children, it’s probably a good idea […]

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Apple Scones Recipe

With an abundance of apples this year, I’m trying lots of new recipes to use them up! Today we have a recipe for Apple scones and we’ve served them with bramble jam and cream. Delicious!

Apple Scones

apple scones with chantilly cream and bramble jam

Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50g butter
  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 125ml milk, plus extra for brushing
  • Fresh cream and bramble jam to serve – we got ur bramble jam from Tesco

Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7
  2. Tip the flour into a large bowl with the butter then rub in using fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon, add the apple and give everything a mix.
  4. Pour in the milk and stir it in quickly, then fold dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother.
  5. Tip onto a lightly floured surface; pat into a round about 3cm deep.
  6. Dip a 6cm cutter into some flour then cut out scones, flouring the cutter each time.
  7. Squash offcuts lightly back into a round and repeat until all dough is used up.
  8. Brush tops with a little milk then place on to a lightly floured baking sheet and bake for 18-20 mins until risen and golden.
  9. Allow to cool on the tray.
  10. To serve, split scones then spread with a dollop of cream and a spoonful of bramble jam.

 

 

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