Fork Biscuits

Hello everyone, I hope your day is going well. I was looking for something simple to make and I found this recipe, originally from Mary Berry. I love a basic recipe that’s easy to make, and this one only has 3 ingredients!! All you need is butter, sugar and self-raising flour, once baked they are soft, light and not too sweet.

Fork Biscuits (makes 16)

Ingredients

100g butter

50g caster sugar

150g self-raising flour

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Beat the butter alone until soft then mix in the sugar. Add the flour and mix until it forms a dough (you can use your hands for this part).
  • Form the dough into a long log shape and use a knife to cut 16 equal biscuits.
  • Take each piece of dough, flatten in your hand to make a circle and place on the baking tray.
  • When you are finished, press a fork into each one and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Leave to cool on a baking tray.

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Tasty Oat Muffins

Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping well and making the most out of the lovely weather, if you are in the UK. I recently made some oaty muffins which I thought would be great as breakfast muffins because they are filling, healthy and tasty. Sometimes it can get quite repetitive eating cereal, toast or smoothies in the morning so its nice to have something different that still has the same breakfast element from the oats, egg, milk and cinnamon. This recipe was something I created and the outcome was really good, the only adjustment you might want to make would be adding a little more sugar if you have a sweet tooth but other than that it tastes pretty good.

Oaty Muffins (makes 6 large muffins)

Ingredients

100g plain flour

80g oats

65g soft brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1 egg

75ml milk

75ml oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and put 6 muffin cases on a baking tray.
  • In a bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together. Then in a separate bowl whisk all of the wet ingredients together then pour into the flour mixture stirring until everything is combined.
  • Evenly spoon the mixture into the cases and sprinkle some extra oats on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden and leave to cool completely before eating.

What type of muffins do you eat for breakfast?

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White Chocolate & Raspberry Muffins

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe is something a little different and more on the healthy side. They are slightly dense but not sweet at all and the white chocolate chunks compliment this very well. They also look very pretty and would make for a perfect insta photo.

I will say that I thought of this idea before I actually checked the kitchen for ingredients and as you can see I didn’t have many raspberries left but there was just enough for the top. If you really like raspberries you could add some to the mixture for a more fruity flavour. I even think that these would be great for a healthy midday snack because they aren’t too sweet and are quite filling.

White chocolate & Raspberry Cupcakes (makes 6)

Ingredients

150g plain flour

1/2 tbsp baking powder

50g caster sugar

50g butter – melted

1 egg

80ml milk

Handful of raspberries

30g white chocolate chunks

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and place 6 muffin cases on a baking tray.
  • Melt the butter and set aside. Put all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.
  • Whisk the butter, egg and milk together, add to the flour mixture along with half of the white chocolate chunks and mix well.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin cases and sprinkle the raspberries and white chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes then leave to cool on a wire rack before eating.

What are your favourite muffin toppings?

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Chicken Empanadas

Hi everyone, thanks for clicking on my blog post. I hope you’ve had a great morning wherever you are in the world. Today’s recipe is Empanadas which were the first thing I posted on my blog back in 2015 but for some reason I didn’t include the recipe. I enjoy making this empanada pastry because it’s light, flaky and rich in flavour from the butter and egg. My first favourite part is taking out the tray once they are cooked and seeing the sauce oozing out adding more colour to the pastry but my second favourite part is eating them (I like to eat these alone because they are so filling).

Chicken Empanadas (makes 18)

Ingredients for Chicken filling

5 large chicken breast

Garlic powder

Salt

Chilli powder

Paprika

Basil

Oregano

2 tbsp of oil for frying

1/2 an onion – finely diced

2 garlic cloves – crushed

1 tbsp tomato sauce

100ml water

1/2 spring onion – finely sliced

50g sweetcorn

Method

  • Prepare the chicken, dice into bite sized chunks and season with the garlic powder, salt, chilli powder, paprika, basil and oregano. Leave this to marinate for a few ours before cooking.
  • Next, heat oil in a frying pan, crush the garlic and dice the onion. Once hot, add them both to the pan and keep on a low heat.
  • Add the chicken to the pan. Mix the water and tomato sauce together in a cup and stir into the pan.
  • Increase the heat slightly, cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add the spring onion and sweetcorn to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes, then leave to cool.

Ingredients for Empanada pastry

525g plain flour

2 small pinches of baking powder

263g melted butter

1 1/2 egg

50ml warm water

1/2 egg for glazing the pastry

Method

  • Melt the butter in the microwave and leave to cool.
  • Put the flour and baking powder into a bowl then make a hole in the middle.
  • Once the butter is cooled, whisk in the egg and water then pour into the middle of the flour mixture.
  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes until kit forms a soft dough, wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Making the Empanadas

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and lightly oil 3-4 baking trays.
  • Once the chicken has cooled down, roll out the pastry and cut out circle shapes.
  • Fill half of the pastry with the chicken mixture, fold over the pastry, seal the edges using a fork and place onto the tray.
  • Do this until everything is used up and use a brush to glaze the top with egg.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and serve warm.

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Soothing Anxious Thoughts

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by my blog today.

In these uncertain times, it is likely that everyone has felt a sense of anxiousness throughout the recent weeks. Whether you are working from home, social distancing or a key worker, it’s a good idea to just let yourself feel and be in the moment (but try not to stay down for too long). Even if you have always been an anxious person remember, every day is different and it’s always useful to try new things. I think anxiety is something that will pop up at different stages of our lives however, learning different coping mechanisms may help you to keep it under control and ignore the negative voice in our head. Also, when we wake up each morning, we have the chance to start again and live a new day.

Try my simple tips below to hopefully ease your anxious thoughts:

  • Read a book: fiction or non fiction, just read something and get captivated by each page.
  • Go for a walk: it can be down the road or to the park and spend a little time in nature.
  • Journal your thoughts: all you need is a pen and paper to write down how you are feeling, you might even look back on it and be surprised with how you were feeling. Its also a great tool for reflecting and seeing how far you have come.
  • Listen to music: sing the lyrics out loud to your favourite artist or turn up the volume to a relaxing genre.
  • Have a little cry: sometimes we just need to let all of the emotions out.

Comment below how you soothe your anxiety.

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