The Real Supermum has flattered me (easy to do!) by asking me to Guest Blog for her with some recipe ideas.
I am not a Mum – except to my little Jack Russell, Crumble – so named after my favourite Sunday Lunch Pud!
But I do love my food – and more often than not cook on a tight budget at the last minute. I have chosen to share with you some of the ones I can easily “knock up” from existing ingredients found in my cupboard, fridge or freezer:
2 of Everything Soup
I usually make a batch of this on a Monday and have it for lunch for the rest of the week. I am very bad about adhering to the 5-a-day rule but believe this will help!
Equal quantities of: (500g of each gives me a jug to last the week)
Cut them all up into about 1 inch pieces and put into a pan, pour in boiling water to cover them and add a chicken stock cube (or vegetable stock) and salt. Bring to the boil and boil gently for about 45 mins or until the veg is soft. Puree them with a hand held mixer. Test for seasoning and add salt and black pepper as required. If you think the mixture is too thick, add some milk and/or butter.
Chicken Breasts Wrapped in Bacon
This is so quick easy and yummy! Wrap chicken breasts in bacon (I use a rasher of Back Bacon) Heat oil (I use Olive) and a good dollop of Lea and Perrins in a frying pan and quickly pan fry the breasts (seasoned with black pepper) on both sides. Transfer to an oven proof dish and cook at about 220 for 20 minutes – during which time the potatoes and other veg you cook to go with it will be ready! DONE!!
I think that this was originally a Jamie Oliver recipe – but it’s now a staple recipe in this house! You can easily make this with tinned cherry tomatoes but the fresh ones are best. I’m basing this on 6 Cumberland Sausages
2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
6 Cumberland Sausages
1kg cherry tomatoes
Spring of Rosemary and/or Thyme (the more herbs the better!)
Huge glug of olive oil
Huge glug of Balsamic Vinegar
Salt, black Pepper
Spread the crushed garlic around casserole dish/roasting tray. Add the tomatoes, oregano, oil and balsamic. Season and mix. Layer sausages on top and place fresh herb sprigs on top of them. Cook for about half an hour at 200 then take out, turn sausages over and cook for another 15 mins or so, You should have a lovely rich, sticky, tomatoey sauce.
5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil or butter
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Crack egg into mug and stir well. Pour in milk, butter/oil mix and add vanilla extract. Pop mug into microwave and zap for 3 mins.
Can be eaten in the mug or run knife round sides and tip out still warm and serve with ice cream. 1 large mug serves two children/one adult!