Butter Chicken in the Slow Cooker

This is a very big call but I’m going to say it, I think this is possibly the best thing I’ve made in the slow cooker since I got it last year. It continues to delight me and I also made a new discovery. No need to chop up meat before you put it in…

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Naan bread

I made a butter chicken the other night (recipe to come) and just had to have naan bread with it. I’ve never attempted it before but I thought, how hard can flat bread be? It turns out it’s not too tricky but does require a lot of resting time. I found this recipe on Best…

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Chili oil – home made and grown

This year, instead of buying gifts for Christmas, I am making as many as I can. Leaving my full-time job and a full-time income might have something to do with this but I really enjoy making things myself. I have so many chilies growing I didn’t know what to do with them but when I…

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Chicken Pad Thai – low calorie version

This is another regular stir-fry in our house. I always follow the sauce recipe but the veges and meat get changed around depending on what I have in the fridge/freezer. It’s a delicious low-calorie take on the typical Pad Thai and a great replacement for take-away. Usually, the first step is to cook some egg.…

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Christmas ham – how to

It’s that time of year again. The Christmas tree is up, tinsel adorning every surface and advent calendar countdown is already at day 3. After the presents, I think my favourite thing about Christmas is the ham. I love it so much I decided to start a little tradition last year. Come December 1st, tree-putting-up…

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Potato bake

Potato bake would have to be one of my favourite side dishes. I could even eat it as a main very easily. This recipe I have to credit to mum as I think she invented it. It’s very easy and sooo good! Firstly, slice up the potatoes thinly and layer them on the bottom of…

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Summer citrus ice cream cake

I’ll admit that this one didn’t turn out as I imagined it would look. I envisaged 3 perfect layers in a rainbow effect but ended up with two great chunks of colour and a melted pink layer on top. Despite its unique appearance, this was a successful experiment and invention of a summer dessert. I…

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Chewy chocolate slice

This delicious slice is a favourite in our house. It’s pretty easy to make and tastes even better after a few days (if there’s any left!). First step – grease and line a rectangular pan so the baking paper hangs over the edges of the pan. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, egg, vanilla…

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Tortilla de Patatas – Spanish Omelet

Quite a large part of our recent Europe trip was about the food. Well it was for me anyway. The one thing from Spain that I could quite happily eat every day was Tortilla de Patatas. It’s basically a big potato omelet but much better than it sounds. In Spain, you can buy ready-made tortillas…

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Beef Burritos

So what did I do with those home made flour tortillas… made burritos of course! I didn’t use a packet burrito seasoning, just a few ingredients most people have around the kitchen. They turned out just as tasty as the real thing. Just for a change, the first step is to saute onion until soft.…

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Flour Tortillas

I founds this recipe quite a while ago and have always wanted to try it. On Saturday I was craving burritos but on a strict no-spend-on-groceries simple savings challenge with myself so it seemed like the perfect time to give them a go. They weren’t difficult to make and taste even better than the store-bought…

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Make your own very easy pizza

These pizzas can be whipped up faster than you can say 3-8-9-2 double 1 double 1 (the number for Pizza Hut). All you need is a few pita breads (or English muffins make great mini pizzas), some tomato paste, cheese and anything else you like on your pizza. First – spread each pita with tomato…

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