Home Cooked Heaven…. Lamb Chops

You will need:

  • Lamb chops
  • Two potatoes
  • Two carrots
  • Broccoli

Preparation Method:

  1. Firstly you need to bring your potatoes to boil for your mash this will take around 3o mins
  2. While this is cooking cook your carrots and broccoli, I cook them in the same pan which will take about 20 mins
  3. For your lamb rub salt and pepper each side
  4. Place your lamb chops into a hot pan with a little oil
  5. Fry each chop for approximately 3minutes each side (at most)
  6. By now your potatoes will be ready to mash, I like to add a little butter and a splash of milk when mashing.

Serve and enjoy :0)


What is brain food?

So most of us struggle to fit everything that we have to do in the day and we tend to reach for our favourite snacks to get us through, whether that be crisps or chocolate or biscuits. However these types of food just tend to give us an instant fix they don’t necessarily help our brain in boosting its mental agility. These foods in my opinion are more comfort foods.

I thought I would give you all my top ten brain foods:

  1. Blueberries – Blueberries help to improve short-term memory loss.
  2. Wholegrain Foods – These contain Vitamin B6 and B12 and Folic Acids are found to help women to recall information
  3. Tomatoes – Lycopene in Tomatoes is an antioxidant and is said to help protect against damage to the brain cells
  4. Sage – Sage is great for improving the memory
  5. Fortified Cereals – Fortified cereals are a great source of B12 and also contain complex carbohydrates which release energy over a long period and will keep you more mentally alert throughout the day.
  6. Oily Fish – Oily Fish are high in DHA, fatty acid which are crucial to the health of our nervous system
  7. Blackcurrant – Blackcurrants are a great source of Vitamin C which helps increase our mental agility
  8. Punmpkin Seeds – Pumpkin Seeds contain Zinc which enhances thinking and memory skills.
  9. Nuts – Nuts contain Vitamin E and help prevent poor memory
  10. Broccoli – Broccoli is a great source of Vitamin K which is known to help enhance our cognitive function.

Toad in the Hole

Toad in the hole to me is a total classic. I think it is the ultimate winter treat!

You will need:

  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 125g plain flour
  • 150ml milk mixed with 150ml cold water
  • 1 level tbsp grain mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 pork sausages
  • lard
  • 100g of bacon for that cheeky added extra

Preparation Method:

  1. Whisk together the eggs, flour, milk, mustard and seasoning, beating out any little lumps of flour.
  2. Rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
  4. Put the lard in a roasting tin and leave it in the oven until it is smoking.
  5. When the lard is very hot, add your sausages and bacon if you wish. Keep your eye on them and allow them to colour until lightly golden.
  6. When sausages are lightly golden pour the batter mix over the top.
  7. Place the tin back into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and crisp.

I would always serve this with an array of winter veggies; mash potatoes, carrots, peas and broccoli. Of course its not complete without a little onion gravy.




Sometimes your food just needs to give you a big hug

So we all use food to comfort us at times. Sometimes comfort food is nostalgic sometimes its just simply an easy-to-eat, easy-to-digest meal rich in calories, nutrients, or both. Tonight I thought I’ll go to see my best friend and have dinner. I have an exhibition and awards ceremony to attend in the food service industry tomorrow for work, so the plan was a nice chilled out evening. Well that was the plan, but of course nothing is ever easy…..

I arrived at Tescos to pick up the ingredients for dinner. We wanted a simple dinner so it was meant to be a simple pop in and pop out. I grabbed some sausages and potatoes and queued at the til. Bearing in mind I had just finished work, it was pretty busy. Finally I got to the front the cashier zapped my things through. Went to pay on my card and my card was rejected, not declined but rejected as if it was invalid and was out of date. We had to try to let me swipe in and sign instead but no. The girl at the til had seen me in before always using the same card and knew me well enough to know that the card was fine. She said she couldn’t work out why the system wasnt even registering the card to let me retype in my pin. I knew I had money and I havent changed the pin so we were both pretty puzzled.

So I said don’t worry I’ll go home and transfer the cash through Natwest to my savings account and come back and pay, so she popped my things to the side. I came home and tried to log online and guess what? Natwest 3D secure. The message said in the little grey box you will only have to enter these details as a one-off. So I started to enter the details. Name, Long card No, Start Date, Expiry Date, security Digits, Full Postal Address and then ATM PIN NUMBER. Luckily I know that no bank would ever ask me for this!! So I called Natwest. The guy on the phone couldn’t explain why my card had been rejected as it was in date, he was even more confused when I said what the online banking had supposedly said. So he cancelled my card and reissued. He also had to transfer my balance across to my savings account! It seems that somehow my Natwest card and online banking had been hacked, I was just incredibly lucky to realise.

After this ordeal, back to Tesco I go and grabbed our tea. I sure needed my dinner by this point! Thank god for the cuddle on a plate that was produced that made me feel human again. A simple meal rich in veggies and yumminess; Sausages, Creamy Mash Potatoes, Peas, Broccoli and Gravy.

So whats your comfort food?



The Finished Article

My finished sunday dinner. Warm comfort food for a cold sunday night.


Sunday dinner with a twist!!!

Tonight Im attempting to cook two dinners at the same time. Tonight’s Toad in the Hole with Mash, Carrots and Broccoli and Tomorrow’s spaghetti Bolognaise, or maybe by tomorrow it will be a Chilli.

Broccolli Soup!

You will need:

  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Beef Stock

Preparation Method:

  1. Cut all veg into small pieces
  2. Place a large saucepan on the hob with your beef stock and seasoning in it
  3. Place all vegetables in the saucepan of stock and bring to the boil
  4. Leave cooking for approximately 30 minutes
  5. Blend the vegetable and stock mix to a paste

Serve and enjoy



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