Homemade Baked Beans Recipe

These add a real zing to a cooked breakfast to dinner time classics such as sassuage and mash.

Warning: Once you try these your family will never let you go back to shop bought baked beans again!

Ingredients (serves 4 as part of a meal or 2 for beans on toast)

400g tin of Haricot Beans

1 Garlic clove roughtly chopped

3 tbsp Tomato Puree

2 Tbsp Maple Syryp

1 Tbsp Soft Brown Sugar

3 Tbsp Cider Vinger

2 Tbsp Water

2 Large pinches of salt

1 Large pinches of ground all spice

3 Bay leaves

Method

Preheat the oven to 200

Drain and rinse haricot beans and place them in an oven proof dish with a lid

Add in all other ingredients, stir to mix thoroughly and cover with lid

Bake in the oven for 30 mins – stir every 10 mins to prevent sticking

Remove bay leaves and garlic before serving

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Hope you like these as much as we do – Enjoy!

 

Get Set Bake Review

With the kitchen being my favorite room in the house and cooking one of the things I most enjoy doing I’m sure that it will come as no surprise that I have fallen in love with Get Set Bake baking kits.

Set up by sisters Henrietta and Anastasia, Get Set Bake is wonderful idea allowing even the most novice of bakers create wonderful cakes and biscuits in their own homes.

My favourite of the kits we have tried has to be the heart shaped biscuit kits – they tasty so yummy and looked so lovely on the place.  The only problem with them was they were so good they got eaten by the family before I got a chance to take a picture of my master piece.

The kits contain all the dry ingredients you need for you baking plus any cases, cutters and icing you may need.  Having the ingredients ready weighed really takes the hassle out of an afternoon of cake making, this is a major plus point when I normally have little hands trying to help.

These kits would make great presents, I know my little lady would love to receive one for her birthday this weekend, and I think I have the mothers’ day gifts sorted for this year too.

Mothers Day Kit

Cupcake kit that is a fun and delicious way to celebrate!  The kit makes 6 large cupcakes and includes beautiful edible flowers, glitter, Belgian chocolate, piping bag and all the dry ingredients needed. Costing only £8 this is a sweet treat not to be missed.

For more information on Get Set Bake and their Baking Kits please visit their website.  I cannot wait to put my apron back on and start baking again.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Sometimes I think it is good to stop, look around, and take stock of all the wonderful things you have in your life.  Happiness can mean many things to many people; to me it is found in the small things, the simple things, these are the things that brighten my day without even needing to try.

Aside from my family and wonderful friends, here is what is putting a smile on my face this month.

Daffodils – Spring is finally coming, it must be, as there are daffodils in my kitchen. This simple, brightly coloured, greeting when I come downstairs every morning is enough to make everyday start in the nicest possible way

Laughing – Not just giggling, but laughing to the point where you begin to wonder if you will ever stop, to the point that your cheeks ache and your eyes are streaming.  February saw me have a weekend in Madrid with the girls; I spent most of the time crying with laugher at my amazingly witting friends. It really dragged me out of my winter blues, laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Drinking outside in the sunshine – Festivals, Beers Gardens, Weddings, I love them all.  Surrounded by friends and family, dressed in a new summer outfit and with a drink in my hand is one of life’s simple pleasures.

Cookbooks – Food porn, meal planning, trying out new ideas. I love to cook and a shiny new cook book with undiscovered culinary delights awaiting me it’s my idea of heaven.

Watching Football – I may be a girly girl most of the time, but Saturdays are for football.  Meeting the boys for lunch, having a few beers and hopefully seeing Orient secure 3 points will always equal happiness for me.

What makes you happy?

I will be linking this post up with Kate Takes 5 Listography 5 Things That Make Me Happy – pop over and take a look as there are some FAB reads linked up.

Perfectly Imperfect Lunchtime Pizzas

Firstly these do not just have to be for lunchtime, I personally could eat them morning noon and night, however due to how easy they are to make and how quick they cook I find them the perfect answer to the ‘what do we have in for lunch’ question my family throws at me about 11.45am every day.

Secondly the ‘imperfect’ part comes from the fact that the dough does not need to rolled out perfectly flat or into any certain shape, in fact the lumps, bumps and knobbly bits that come from putting these together in minutes make them taste all the better.

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For the base(makes 4 snack size pizza bases)

  • 300g Plain flour
  • 40g Butter
  • 120ml Milk

For the Topping

  • Tomato Puree
  • 100g Grated Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese
  • Then any additional toppings of your choice, my favorite is Peppers, Goats Cheese and Rocket and my little lady is partial to Olives and Chorizo on the top of hers, you really can let your imagination run wild here and try any number of combinations you wish.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200/Gas Mark 7
  2. Place the flour and butter in a mixing bowl and run together with your fingers until it resembles crumbs
  3. Add the milk a little at a time and mix into the flour and butter until you have a ball of dough
  4. Place the ball of dough onto a pre floured surface and split into four equal pieces
  5. Flatten each piece into a pizza base with your hands and place onto your baking tray
  6. Spread a thin layer of tomato puree on each base, sprinkle on 25g of grated cheese and add your additional toppings.
  7. Cook in the oven for 10-15mins and then serve

An Essex Wife Loves……Cooking with Levi Roots

After the festive period I am always gagging to ditch the roasting pans and get back to food that I actually enjoy cooking.  As soon as all the leftovers were finished on December 28th I ceased the opportunity to crack open my favourite cookbook and make a curry.

If you like experimenting with herbs and spices then Levi is the man for you!!  Both his books ‘Caribbean Made Easy’ and ‘Food for Friends’ are used on a weekly basis in my house, I love them!

My favourite dish, which I actually had for dinner last night, is hands down ‘Gingered up Chicken Pasta’

Gingered up Chicken Pasta Recipe

Serves 4

2 Chicken Breasts cut into 5cm cubes

2 Finly Chopped Spirng Onions

4 tbsp Ginger Wine

Juice of 1 lime

1 tsp lime

Grinding of pepper

1 tbsp sunflower oil

½ Garlic clove finely chopped

1 finely chopped Scotch bonnet chilli

2 beef tomatos roughtly chopped

100g tagliatelle per person

  1. Season the chicken  with the spring onion, ginger wine, lime juice, salt and pepper and cover in the fridge for 45 minuites
  2. Pour the oil in a wok placed over a high heat. Add the chilli and the garlic, stiring at all times so they do not burn, for about 2 mins untill you can smell the amazing fragrances. Then remove them from the oil and discard them.  Remove the Chicken from marinade and and stir fry untill lightly browned. Add the tomatos and mariade, stir well, put a lid on the wok and then simmer for about 10 minuites untill chocken is fully cooked.
  3. Meanwhile cook the tagatellie accordning to the packet instructions. Once cooked drain, toss with a little olive oil and then the chicken and sauce, serve on four places and enjoy!