Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Mushroom and Sausage Pasta

Mushroom and Sausage Pasta Recipe

With the sausage, mushroom, bacon and egg in this dish,
 it's like a big, breakfast pasta.
It's a great way to stretch some basic ingredients 
and perfect for those chilly nights, 
when you want to comfort eat, in front of the TV.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Cheesecake

I can't believe, that a couple of weeks ago, we were sitting outside, having our first BBQ, 
and enjoying some sunshine.
This weekend, instead of spring tarts and salads, I am back to making warming stews and rich hotpots.

Here's a dessert I made last week, which is great whatever the weather :-)

Ha! I know it looks like the cheesecake is sitting on a cork board, 
but I can assure you they are crumbled, chocolate digestives :-)
This was a really nice dessert and had a much stronger banana taste than I expected.
I covered mine with nestle caramel and then scattered on some peanuts, for extra crunch. 
Recipe notes.
I skipped the bit about freezing the bananas, as the ones I had were very ripe to start with. 
To serve the cheesecake you are supposed to take it out of the freezer for 20mins - don't leave it too much longer than that, or the banana in it will start to turn black. 
If you cut it into slices, then you can just take out as many as you need.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Simple Coleslaw

Along with the rest of the country,  we dusted off the BBQ at the weekend
I love the smell of 'charcoal' in the morning! (in my best Robert Duvall voice).

Leaving Mr Kiss to play with the grill, I made a batch of coleslaw.
This is a really great coleslaw on it's own, but you can also jazz it up with whatever you fancy - 
grated cheese, apple, raisins, etc.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Basil, Pea and Pancetta Tart

Basil, Pea and Pancetta Tart

This was a delicious, fresh, spring tart that I will definitely make again.
I admit, I didn't follow the recipe to the letter.
It called for infusing the cream with the basil - who has time for that??
For the filling I lightly cooked the pancetta. I use the little cubes from Sainsbury's, which come in a 206g packet, that's twice as much as the recipe, but I added it all anyway ;-)
Then I cooked the broad beans and peas for a few minutes - podding the beans once they had cooled.
I put the filling in my cooked tart case and scattered the chopped basil over the top. Then poured over the beaten eggs, cream and parmesan and baked for 50 minutes.
Simple :-)