Easy peasy yummy scrummy fish finger recipe

Yes fish fingers are in every supermarket freezer cabinet and very easy to pick up and throw in your shopping trolley but in my opinion this recipe is just as easy and much more delicious, so delicious that the Boy now scorns Captain Birdseye when presented to him. So skip the freezer aisle and give these a try, I promise you and your kids will love them.

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Guest Post – Aggie MacKenzie’s Easy Recipes for Kids

This is the first ever guest post which appears on my Blog, another first for me! Aggie approached me about this and offered a post which included some recipes for kids. Always on the lookout for something new to cook with the Boy, and fitting in with my love of Food I thought it would be a good match. I hope you like it.

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Mushroom recipe

I find mushrooms a bit boring on their own, kind of like aubergines or courgettes but they are fantastic at soaking up flavours and add a few to them and they become delicious and a star in their own right. I’m not a vegetarian but sometimes I like vegetarian meals and this is one of my favourites and oh so easy. Continue reading

>Easy stew recipe

>Yum yum, the Man and I have just enjoyed leftover stew for dinner and it made me think how much I love stew and how easy it is to make. Having said that it is still a treat for us as you need about 4-5 hours to make it and its not often we are home far enough in advance to make it.

Its also a really good way to use up leftover vegetables like potatoes, carrots, mushrooms. So for anyone who wants to try it:

Ingredients (and I don’t really measure them I just chuck em in

  • Meat – diced beef or lamb work well
  • Potatoes 
  • Carrots
  • Large glass of red wine
  • Flour
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Rosemary
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees
  • Heat some olive oil on a low heat in an ovenproof casserole dish and add finely chopped onions, rosemary and garlic, stir over a low heat until soft.
  • Put some flour on a plate and toss the meat in it till lightly coated. Add to the pan and brown slightly.
  • Turn up heat, add red wine and cook for a couple of mins to burn off some of the alcohol
  • Roughly chop potatoes and carrots into bite sized pieces and add to pan.
  • Add tinned tomatoes
  • Top up with water so everything is covered, bring to the boil, put on a lid and then put it in the oven for at least 3 hours although 4 is best.
Serve with crusty bread and a glass of red wine.

Leftovers can go in fridge or be freezed in batches, perfect for kids dinners.

>Pancake Day – thank you!

>I love pancakes, what is not to love? Stodgy crispy yumminess that you can cover in all manners of sweet sickly naughty stuff. I would like to personally thank the inventor of pancake day, putting aside the fact said inventor now wants me to starve for a month, whilst I bask in a post pancake glow.

We generally go all out for pancake day and have a two course pancake dinner. If you’re going to do something, you may as well do it properly. Cheese and tomato savoury is my favourite with a lovely side salad. Thereafter I am torn between plain with maple syrup or banana, chocolate and lashings of cream. Decisions decisions! Ok, you got me – I’ve had both! The Boy was delighted after his dinner tonight to receive a pancake oozing with bananas and Nutella, the naughty/happy look in his eyes was worth the slight motherly guilt I felt for allowing him to have Nutella (again!).

So, thank you pancake day inventor, you are a genius!

>Fancy a drink?

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The Man and I are currently having fun trying to have another baby and in our efforts to do so I am cutting down dramatically on the booze. I have never been a big drinker but what I miss most is the social drink and finding a suitable alternative that makes me feel like I’m joining in. The options are so limited and add to that the fact you won’t be drunk when drinking the fifth same drink in a row, it can get a little boring. When I was pregnant with the Boy, my tipples of choice were Elderflower Cordial, Tonic and lemon, Sprite and Becks Blue. 

So when British Mummy Bloggers had an advert for reviewing Shloer I jumped at the chance to do my first ever review and try a new drink. Shloer is a sparkling grape juice and I tried Rose and White Grape flavours. In the efforts to make my body a baby carrying temple, what I really like about Shloer is that there is no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. It is a really refreshing drink and if you put it in a wine or champagne glass you do feel like you are having something a bit nicer, rather than your standard soft drinks. I also like Shloer because it is a very light and slightly sweet flavour which didn’t interfere with my dinner tastebuds (I can’t abide drinking anything overly flavoursome with dinner like fresh fruit juices). The only downside to Shloer is that it only comes in big glass bottles and only lasts 3 days once opened, so you must remember to polish it off! Whilst both flavours were yummy my favourite is White Grape.

Do you have any top non-alcoholic drinking tips that made you feel a bit less begrudging when your dearly beloved other half was polishing off your share of the wine? When hormones are raging I really could use some tips to save the Man’s life!