Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Corned Beef Hash Potato Skins

As the weather turns autumnal I've started craving some warming comfort food. Fluffy cornedbeef hash, crispy potato skins and a strong melted cheddar cheese all score very highly on my comfort food check list. This combination of all three is perfect for cosy evening indoors.


Corned Beef Hash Potato Skins



Ingredients per person
1 baking potato
1 slice of corned beef
a pinch of salt
teaspoon of olive oil
 splash of milk
15g of strong grated cheddar cheese



Preheat oven to 200c.
Slice a jacket potato in half. Place it skin side up in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle it with a little oil and a pinch of salt. Bake for 45 minutes.

Scoop out the insides of the potato leaving a little flesh around the skin to keep the potato shell intact.
Mix the scooped out potato with a splash of milk and a slice of corned beef.

Put the corned beef mix back into the potato skins.

Cover with grated cheese and pop back into the oven for the cheese to melt this takes about 5 minutes.

Serve with sour cream.


What's your favourite comfort food?





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Monday, 15 September 2014

Gift Idea: Sage Salt

There is a big sage bush on the allotment right where we plan to put the greenhouse. We will try and transplant it but in case it doesn't make it I've dried out a lot sage and I also made this sage salt.

I think it'll make a lovely gift and I may include it in my Christmas hampers later in the year. Plus, it's super easy to make.



Leave the sage leaves in a cool dry place to dry out for a week.
Pull the dried leaves off the stalks.

Take a handful of dried sage leaves and mix them with rock salt. The amount of salt you use will depend on the vessel you intend to fill in this case I'm using 150g of rock salt.

Put the salt into an airtight jar and the fragrant sage flavours will combine with salt. Leave it for at least a month to get a deep flavour then use your infused sage salt in cooking.

Try sprinkling the sage salt on a chicken for lovely crispy skin.




More homemade gift ideas Buckwheat Crust and Sesame Brittle



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Gossip: Foodie Feels

A boozy evening of catching up with blogger friends in Birmingham.



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What's Foodie Feel?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Perfect Picnic Tips

What makes a good picnic?
As a children we were always embarrassed when Mom unloaded the picnic from the car, it was a giant encampment of fold out tables with table cloths, every type of pasta salad and chicken satay that you could imagine, hard boiled eggs, vegetable crisps the full works. Back then I wondered why we couldn't have simple sandwiches from an old ice cream tub like everyone else but now I'm older I really appreciate all the love and effort that went into those mammoth banquet style picnics.

Trevor has a race on Sunday and I'll be heading out early (with a giant picnic for everyone) to get the best picnic spot on the course. It's my turn to make the picnic for the family and I have some high picnicking standards to live up. As I was pondering what to include and hoping for great weather, I started thinking about what makes a good picnic.





Social
Picnics are a social occasion, have foods that you can share, like tear and share breads or big bowls that you can all tuck into.



Seating
A picnic is a leisurely lingering type of event. If you've got ants crawling up you legs and prickly sticks up you're bum it's not going to be a happy affair. You need a thick lined picnic blanket. I like the ones with a waterproof bottom, easy to wipe down and they fold up into carrying pouch. 


Storage
If you've ever had a leaky box of oily olives greasing up your picnic bag then you'll know the peace of mind that a reliably air tight sealed bit of Tupperware can bring. 




Style
Does it matter if your  picnic bowls match the rug or if everything packs away into a handy rucksack, securely strapped in with matching the napkins? Well, no it probably doesn't but it is immensely satisfying when you see the look on your guests faces as you start to unpack. Next has a lovely range of picnic rucksacks, I made a video about this pink and white butterfly backpack because it's just too cute for words.


Prep 
Prepare everything. Cut bite sized pieces in advance, this isn't a formal dinner, ditch the cutlery and go for easy to handle skewers, rice balls or foods that can be speared onto cocktail sticks.



Alcohol
I don't usually go in for the premixed cans but the Smirnoff and coke is surprisingly good. Undoubtedly, you are paying for the convenience but that's just what you need for a picnic, hauling a glass bottle of vodka and the accompanying coke it just too cumbersome. Plus, you get the full fizz of a new can every time, no flat coke languishing in the sun, pop the other cans tidily into a cool bag until you are ready for them. 

An alternative to this is to invest in a couple of flip top bottles and pre mix your own drinks. I haven't managed to get quite that organised but with the coloured Kilner bottles are tempting me. 


Condiments
Collect condiments packs. You know the little sachets of salt and wet wipes that you get at fast food places? They are perfect for picnics so take a couple of extras next time your come across them.


Do you have a great picnic tip?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Family: Foodie Feels

Our family turned up in full force (with a post race picnic too!) to cheer on Trevor at Shrewsbury Triathlon.

Post race family picnic


More Foodie Feels.
What's Foodie Feel?

Introducing Foodie Feels

I'm starting this weekly Foodie Feels post to celebrate those small intangible moments of bliss that are so frequently accompanied by food.

What does Foodie Feels mean?
Urban Dictionary sums it up quite nicely "A wave of emotion that sometimes cannot be adequately explained".
A moments repose in a sip of steaming coffee, a puffed chest of pride at providing your family a dish cooked from scratch or kicking of the weekend with the celebratory clink of cocktail glasses those are all Foodie Feels and they deserve to be captured and savoured because life is all about the little things.

What does foodie feels meaning?


You can link up each week and share your Foodie Feels too. Just add the Foodie Feels button somewhere in your posts. Foodie Feels can be a written post or just a photo of a food that evokes the Foodie Feels in you. There is no theme but your post should be food focused. You can link up to this weeks post here.






Sunday, 31 August 2014

Farewell: Foodie Feels

There are so many little feelings that make up the reason that this gorgeous sachertorte is so so special. It was baked for the Sunday bake club. All of those of us at my current job that work Sundays take it in turns to bake. It makes having to do the Sunday shift  much easier when there is cake and camaraderie to be had.



That alone would make this cake a Foodie Feels but this one was extra special because I'm starting an exciting new job and this doubled as a farewell cake packed new beginnings and a sassy goodbye.

Do you have a Foodie Feels to share?