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Gin & Tonic Cupcakes
Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 5th June 2017
Well, it looks like summer is just starting to think about appearing and what great timing, for Saturday the 10th June is0 Comments and there’s nothing that makes a gin and tonic taste better then a long balmy summer evening.
Veggie Shepherd's Pie with Magic Mash
Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 15th May 2017
This week is National Vegetarian Week. Whilst their aim is to get you eating veggie for a whole week, this recipe is aimed more at the idea of foregoing meat for just one day a week. There are many arguments in support of one meat-free day a week which cite its environmental benefits and these are no small reason why it’s worth considering but I’m no scientist so I’ll leave you to form your own opinions there. However, I would suggest that an initiative like “0 Comments ” is worth a look for a much more mercenary reason - it can be really cheap to cook a vegetarian meal. Some sweet potatoes, a few carrots, some celery, mushrooms, onion, a can of beans and tomatoes will usually amount to less than half the cost of one pack of beef mince but can feed the same amount of people. Think of it less as missing out on meat and more as an easy way to boost your vegetable intake and try out different recipes.
Spring Salmon Tray Bake
Posted by Gill Bland Thursday, 13th April 2017
Roast lamb is the Easter family meal of choice and it’s true, there are few things that can beat a great roast lamb dish. But with spring, perhaps even summer trying to show its face and with Easter holidays perhaps making things a bit more rushed I thought it would be nice to bring you something lighter, less time consuming and more informal. Something that you can prep in minutes, throw in the oven and then pop on the table for everyone to dig in.0 Comments
Easy Batch-Bake Biscuits
Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 20th March 2017
The Rangemaster tall side oven is a wonderful thing - the slight variation in heat from top to bottom is a boon, allowing you to crisp up the roasties at the top while the apple crumble bubbles away below. It’s great for cooking an entire meal but it really comes into its own when you want to batch cook things. Trays full of roasted vegetables, jacket potatoes to feed an army, lasagnes and all sorts of good, wholesome food can be racked up to eat now or to freeze and store later. Yes, all sorts of good, wholesome food…. or cookies. You can whip up an awful lot of cookies in a very short space of time with the tall oven. Even better, you can pre make the dough in all sorts of different flavours and have it stored in the freezer so that you can bring out mounds of freshly baked biscuits in the time it takes for the oven to heat + 10minutes.
Chocolate Tart with Meringue Kisses
Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 13th February 2017
Ah valentine’s day, an excuse for all things chocolate, pink and heart shaped. This month I’m making the most of the multifunction oven to make a chocolate tart. The base is wholemeal which gives it a great al-dente chew to it and ensure that it is not too sweet, which in turn sets off the rich chocolate centre and sugary meringues.
Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 9th January 2017
It's January and everyone is done with the excesses of Christmas. Happily, there seem to have been a lot less focus this year on diets and more on eating well. Here are just a couple of ways in which the Rangemaster Elan 90 gets used in our house for good-for-you and happy eating.0 Comments
Gingerbread Mocha Mousse Cake
Posted by Gill Bland Wednesday, 7th December 2016
Not everyone loves Christmas pudding and even if you do, it can be a bit much at the end ofa full Christmas Dinner. This dessert makes a lighter alternative and is quick and easy to assemble, especially if you make the biscuits ahead of time. It’s an ode to the Christmas drinks so popular in high street coffee shops at this time of year and who knows, maybe it’ll give you a nice caffeine boost at the end of the meal - just enough to make it through the washing up before you collapse in a heap.0 Comments
Sweet Potato Fruit Bread with homemade Nutella
Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 21st November 2016
Fruit-bread toast and chocolate spread. That comes into the category of naughty but nice, right? Well, let me be your little ray of sunshine today (yeah, sunshine, remember that?) because this toasty goodness is actually at the healthy end of the spectrum.
The bread is made with sweet potato and chickpeas so it’s sweet but not too sweet, incredibly filling and full of slow release energy. The loaf is studded with prunes to give it little pockets of gooey goodness that also serve to up the fibre content and the crunchy roasted chickpeas on the top give it a lovely crunch to contrast the more solid texture of the inside.0 Comments
Pumpkin Toffee Apple Cake
Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 31st October 2016
We’re finally there. Gone are the teasing summer months when hot, sweltering gorgeous sunny days mix equally and frequently with grey, rainy nothing-type days. Autumn has begun. Cold nights, blue skies, crunchy leaves. This recipe was meant to be for bonfire night but you may notice that I’ve basically thrown the autumn kitchen-sink at it. I has wholemeal for stodgy goodness, pumpkin as a nod to the increasingly pervading PSL flavour, crumble topping because we’re heading towards custard season and toffee apple to keep the 5th Novemberists happy.0 Comments
Posted by Gill Bland Thursday, 20th October 2016
When researching for a baking idea that could be used to fill a spot in the lunchbox and the stomach at the start of a new term I read lots of interesting ideas about home-made sushi, bread on sticks and pretty bento boxes. Let’s be honest though, the first week is over and we’re into the long slog of the academic year and our resolve to be healthy and home-made is probably waning. What we really want is not a fiddly, pretty piece of sandwich art but something we can throw together with minimal washing up in the time it takes for someone else to find that tv programme and get it loaded and ready to go on iPlayer before we collapse in a heap and fall asleep before we’ve got through the ‘last time on’ section. What we really want and probably what the kids want is chocolate. Again. But we’re not quite ready to give in completely. Even for those without children though there’s something about this time of year that has that ‘start from the beginning’ feel to it. It’s almost like a second bash at new year. With that in mind I bring you a slightly healthier version of chocolate cake: the one fork, one bowl, 5 minute feelgood lunchbox muffins. These muffins enable you to create that ‘made with love’ moment for the lunchbox but without loading it with sugar and without loading yourself with washing up.0 Comments