Fabulous Frittata – Bacon, Blue Cheese, Mushroom, Pepper, Spring Onion

Been a bit manic today, a good clean through, it’s been a bit hot to do more than a flick round recently.

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I had a good clear out of the fridge too, lots of salad and veg bits that need using up.

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I am making a Bacon, Mushroom, Pepper and Blue Cheese Frittata , delicious, easy and tastes delicious 😊

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I start by frying off chopped spring onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, smoked bacon (only as I have a couple of rashers to use up) – you can use whatever you have, courgettes, Spinach, onions blah, blah blah, the list goes on – just go for it

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In a separate bowl add 8 whole eggs, A splash of double cream (or milk) a pinch of salt and pepper, whisk with a fork till blended then add the Veg and bacon mix, stir through.

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Add to this some chopped flat leaf parsley, and diced Aldi Gorgonzola cheese (any cheese will do) – gently stir through, and wait till the Frittata starts to pull away from the edges of the pan and starts to firm.

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Pop under a hot grill till cooked through.

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When done, remove from the grill and leave to cool for 5 minutes then invert into a plate (please be careful) then turn back over.

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I have used a sad looking half of advacado  to make guacamole mix the advacado with diced spring onion, chopped coriander, chopped tomato, juice of half a lemon, salt, pepper and stir together

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I like mine chunky, but make it how you like it.

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Whilst this is cooking, I boil some new potatoes for Hubby and prepare a lovely salad  for all of us to have.

IMG_4186Grub up, fridge tidier, tummies filled 😇

 

 

Party Prep 🥂

Tomorrow we are hosting a Birthday BBQ for our Daughter and her friends for her 21st.

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Today is prep day and we have been out shopping, the BBQ meat is from Iceland, as I saved some vouchers especially for this purpose- just the normal Burgers, sausages plus spices Chicken Wings and Tiger Prawns as they are her favourite – we are not going OTT. I have some Field Mushroom and Halloumi for the Veggies 😋

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I also got some frozen Macaron- they are so pretty and taste amazing and at this price I couldn’t make them.

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For a healthy sweet kick, sliced watermelon

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To go with savoury I am making 2 basic salads, one a giant Cous Cous Salad – I boil this in plenty of water for 10 minutes or until tender, drain and pop back into the pan with a good glug of olive oil to keep it from sticking together – I am leaving this to cool, and will add finely sliced spring onion, cucumber, red pepper and a whole pack of chopped coriander and mint, Stir though with salt, pepper and lemon juice till ‘right’

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The other a homemade coleslaw

IMG_4089I make this in the Magimix with the slicing and grating blades – I could make it in the Thermomix, but it Chops the veg and I prefer it sliced – this will be finalised tomorrow.

Instead of a Birthday cake, I am making 21 cupcakes, the base recipe I use is from Nigella’s Domestic Goddess book. These will be made tomorrow.

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I make my own icing sugar in the Thermomix a kilo of icing sugar costs £1.70 on Sainsbury’s website, a kilo of Aldi granulated sugar is 59p

IMG_4067I add 250g of sugar and a teaspoon of cornflour to the Thermomix bowl and whizz at speed 10 for 10 seconds, stop, shake the bowl, and whizz again for another 10 seconds – I pop a sheet of kitchen roll between the measuring cup and the lid to prevent a billow of icing sugar

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Repeat this till the sugar is used – hey presto – a kilo of icing sugar 🤗

I am keeping these simple with pale pink rosette icing with shop bought ‘toppers’

When Grace was tiny, she couldn’t pronounce ‘Grace’ and as everyone called her Gracie, she shortened her own name to Ce-Ce (see-see) that was lengthened to Cupcake – like Families do 🙄  So her birthday cake had to be Cupcakes 😇

IMG_4080For drinks, I said I would provide a toast drink, we are making Strawberry Dachari’s for those who like them from Homemade frozen Stawberry purée , vodka, Lime juice, crushed ice, whizzed up in the Thermomix 😉 Aparently Cocktails are very ‘in’, I personally would prefer an Expresso Martini 😇

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We also have a huge bottle of Prosecco to toast her with – I might even share it with others 🤣 Loads of soft drinks too

I am sure she will have a fab night, they are going onto a night club afterwards – we will be on Cleanup duty then flaking out 🤣 Just one more 21st to go (youngest) then they can arrange their own parties 🤗

Prawn Cocktail British Classic Eat the Rainbow Salad

I am of an age where I remember most restaurants serving a selection of 3 starters, half a grapefruit with half a cherry on top, a glass of orange juice or a prawn cocktail.  Although the 1970’s British menu was a thing of derision, in retrospect, done well, we had some classics, who doesn’t love a Black Forrest Gateaux or a Steak Dianne 😉

A delicious, but updated version of one of these ’70’s Classic inspired our dinner tonight – a King Prawn Cocktail – Eat the Rainbow Salad 😍

IMG_4052I have defrosted half a bag of Iceland king prawns, mine were raw, so once defrosted,

IMG_4053I plunged them into boiling water for a couple of minutes, till their blue grey turns a beautiful pink,

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IMG_4055drain and set aside in the fridge till ready.

IMG_4059My salads comprise of Aldi Super6 Romaine lettuce, Red peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, radish as well as celery, grated carrot, Sweetcorn   – cut and pile into a bowl.

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For the ‘Marie Rose’ sauce, I take 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, a squirt of tomato ketchup, a shake of tobasco (pepper) sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper – mix together, taste and adjust to your taste. Mix this mayonnaise mix with the king prawns, and add some finely sliced Spring onions.

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Add a generous spoonful of the prawn mix to the salad, serve with a wedge of lemon and (for the menfolk) a buttered bread roll 😍

Light, bright and fresh 😋

Steak, Fries and Lunch Box Fillers

Hubby is happy pootling around the garden tending his young Veg plants, I am getting us all ready for work tomorrow.

Dinner is simple, steaks with a few Sweet Potato fries (just a couple) for me and jacket potatoes for Hubby, salad with both

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I have put salad in separate box for him

Yougest is working a late shift, 3-10:30, so he will have the Chicken breast BBQ’d yesterday, with new potatoes and salad for lunch, with Tuna Mayo sandwiches, fruit and popcorn for his ‘supper’, Hubby will have same for lunch tomorrow.

I don’t want to turn this blog into a diet blog, so I will just sum up below quickly.

My lunches, as will all of my meals, will be as low carb as possible. Tomorrow’s breakfast (I start very early) will be full fat Greek Yoghurt with a handful of blueberries.

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Lunch will be the remaining tuna mayo with some iceberg lettuce leave to use as a wrap – if anyone is cutting back on carbs, lettuce leaves are a brilliant replacement for sliced bread or rolls 😉 Most meals will be protein and salad, with a few ‘treats’ thrown in ie a square or 2 of very dark chocolate, some fresh berries with a little double cream – high fat, low carb – but not obsessively.

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Now dinner, Muscle Foods Rump Steak on the BBQ – Hubby has a new love, his BBQ 😉

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When it has reached a decent heat, on go the steaks, we like them rare, but as you like it 😋

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Jacket and sweet potato fries in the oven.

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Serve with a salad, I have gone for a spinach, radish and avocado, and a bit of dolcelatte cheese 😉

Fresh berries for pud, with some natural yoghurt 😋

 

Rotisserie Chicken Salad – Eat the Rainbow

I know, I know, I should be cooking from scratch, but I have had a busy, busy day and forgot to take the Chicken out of the freezer 😳 As I was passing through the supermarket, the smell of the Rotisserie lured me over 😜

I have treated us to a Rotisserie chicken and will pair this salad, fresh bread (not for me☹️)

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I won’t insult you by telling you how to chop lettuce 😉 But I can recommend using a wide range of what you like – I have used cucumber, lettuce, Asparagus, tomatoes, olives, celery, beetroot (not pickled), radish – as well as boiled eggs and the chicken.

This is a really tasty alternative to a takeaway for a family, and a lot cheaper than a bucket meal from that well known chicken shop 🤗

Meat Free Monday Chilli, Soy, Ginger dressed Halloumi with Herby Cous Cous Salad

Well it’s Monday again, and it’s HOT… I love the Summer, but cannot stay too long in the Sun, I go bright red and it just gets too much for me – I am an English Rose 😉 Hubby would disagree, but I am sticking to it 🤣

A really easy and cost effective Meat Free meal tonight, a Cous Cous salad with grilled Halloumi which has been marinated in Chilli, Soy and Ginger dressing – yum…

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I start by taking about 200g raw Cous Cous and cover in boiling Veg stock – Stir though and cover with cling film for 10-15 minutes, till ‘cooked’ though

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use a fork to loosen the grains and leave to cool completely.

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I finely slice a pack of spring onions, half a deseeded cucumber, a whole pack of fresh coriander and a small bell pepper.

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To the Cous Cous add a good glug of olive oil, the zest and juice of a lemon, the chopped Veg and herbs

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Stir though and season to taste – cover and leave till ready.

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For the Halloumi

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cut into thick slices and in a frying pan, heat a tablespoon of Veg oil and heat to medium

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lay the Halloumi slices in and cook on each side till golden brown.

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I am serveing by spooning out a good portion of the Herby Cous Cous and popping slices of Halloumi on top with additional blob of Aldi Soy, Chilli and Ginger dressing or natural yoghurt with chopped herbs stirred through – Yum.

Bonus lunch portions too 😇

Cocobay Coconut Rum Cocktails Party practice run

Our darling daughter is 21 next month, we are having a BBQ party for her and her friends, or pre-drinks as she calls it.

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Lovely Aldi have send me a bottle of their Cocobay Coconut Rum to try, and it is just perfect for Summer party cocktails I am testing 2 I am only making a glass of each today, but this will be made into big jugs for the party.

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Cocobay Mojito –

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Take 6 or so mint leaves and pop them in a glass, add a teaspoon of sugar of sugar, the juice of half a lime and with the end of wooden spoon bash together till the mint oil is released into the sugar and lime – it smells delicious.

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Add a measure of Cocobay and top up with a third of a glass of crushed ice and top up with soda water – this is so light, refreshing.

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Cocobay Cuba Libre

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Lets keep it simple, Cocobay Coconut Rum, Lime and cola for each glass a measure of Cocobay

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juice of half a lime and top up with crushed ice and cola

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These will keep the girls happy whilst we BBQ their food – I’m really looking forward to her ‘Big birthday’ I’m sure I will post more nearer the time 😉

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Thanks to Aldi for sending me the Cocobay – it’s delicious and a bargain price for a party.