Brown Rice and Chicken

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe is something I would usually eat on a Sunday afternoon for my dinner with some veg and salad on the side. It’s quite a simple nutritious meal with protein from the chicken and fibre and magnesium from the brown rice. Sometimes the idea of eating healthily might seem quite difficult but a simple switch of white to brown rice makes such a big difference. I’ve not included a recipe or measurements here as I didn’t follow a recipe but you can get an idea of what ingredients to use below. I’m all about flavour with food.

Recipe: Brown rice and chicken

Ingredients

Brown rice

Diced Chicken

Salt

Chilli sauce

Curry powder

Chicken stock

Tomato ketchup

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Mac and Cheese

Hi everyone, as I’m writing this post the weather is pretty gloomy and I’ve just eaten my dinner so I thought I would type up the recipe. When the weather is dull I always enjoy something warm and filling and this mac and cheese was just perfect. This recipe was inspired by Carbs by Laura Goodman but I’ve made many adaptations and put my own spin on it. I opted to use rice milk as a substitute and to cut out some of the dairy, also the drop of chilli has the slightest spicy taste which I love. This recipe goes really well with kale and peas, which is how I ate it.

Recipe: Mac and Cheese (serves 2)

Ingredients

170g macaroni

30g butter

25g plain flour

400ml milk

90g mature cheese

drop of chilli sauce

20g breadcrumbs

Pinch of salt and pepper

(Topping: 1 tsp butter, 20g breadcrumbs, 20g cheese)

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6, and place a pan of water on to boil for the macaroni.
  • Cook the macaroni for 5 minutes and drain off most of the water, leaving a few tablespoons in the pot.
  • In the meantime, melt the butter and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the milk bit by thick allowing it to thicken up each time. Add the macaroni, cheese and chilli to the pan, mixing well and pour into the an oven dish.
  • Melt the butter and mix into the breadcrumb and cheese, then sprinkle over the macaroni.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top.

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Chocolate Marble Cupcakes

Hey everyone, I hope your day has been well.

I’m posting a little late in the day but I felt like making something slightly indulgent but not too sweet and I decided on chocolate marble cupcakes. I love the combination of vanilla and chocolate together. These cupcakes are light, moist and they taste amazing. I even added a little chocolate icing on a few. Cupcakes are such a simple thing to bake and enjoyable for everyone.

Recipe: Chocolate Marble Cupcakes (makes 12)

Ingredients

125g butter

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

125g self raising flour

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp cocoa powder

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gar mark 5 and place 12 cupcake cakes on a tray.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add the eggs one at a time mixing until well combined. Then sieve in the flour and mix.
  • Split the mixture, pouring 1/3 into a smaller bowl and mix in the cocoa powder.
  • To the larger bowl add the vanilla extract and mix well. Use a tablespoon to divide this mixture evenly between the cases.
  • Use a teaspoon to add the chocolate mixture to the centre of the cupcakes and use a cocktail stick too gently mix both mixtures. Do this until both mixture are used up.
  • Put the tray in the oven for 25 minutes until cooked right through.
  • Leave to cool before eating (or adding any toppings)

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Sprinkle Cookies

Hello everyone welcome back to my blog. I hope your day has been well.

Interestingly, sprinkles (hundreds and thousands) are also know as nonpariels in French, and are made up of sugar and starch, they were traditionally white but now come in many colours. Sprinkle cookies and cakes are actually quite a popular baked treat probably because of the bright colours, mine are a little less covered in the sugar but taste great all the same.

Recipe: Sprinkle Cookies (makes 20)

Ingredients

175g plain flour

115g butter

45g caster sugar

10g hundreds and thousands plus extra for sprinkling on top

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter.
  • Next, add the sugar and hundreds and thousands and knead until it forms a dough.
  • Roll out onto a floured surface to the thickness of 5mm and use a 68mm cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.
  • Place them on the tray and bake in the oven for 20m minutes until fully cooked.
  • Leave to cool down completely on a wire rack before eating

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe feature oats and raisins which are both tasty and popular baking ingredients. Oats are very healthy, gluten free and full of nutrients. Raisins are beneficial to the body when eaten in moderation as they are sweet and high in sugar, raisins are also high in vitamins, minerals and fibre.

These cookies are so delicious, I like to keep them in the oven long enough so that they have a little crispiness to the bite. They are perfect to eat at anytime of the day and make a great snack.

Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (makes 34)

Ingredients

175g butter

250g demerara sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp water

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g oats

140g plain flour

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

Method

  • Set the oven to gas mark 6 and line to trays with baking paper.
  • In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together, then add the egg, water and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients together and slowly add to the egg mixture mixing until smooth.
  • Use a tablespoon to spoon the mixture onto the baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Leave to cool on a wire rack before eating.

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