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How to create 3 different dishes for a fiver !!

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Right lets get something straight I am NO Nigella Lawson, but when it comes to cooking on a budget I’m awesome! For £5.00 – ish (Depending on which supermarket you go to and what you already have) I can produce three different dishes with a total of TEN portions !!

This is what you will need

  • 500g of lean steak mince (FRESH NOT FROZEN)
  • 1 can of chopped tomato’s
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 leek
  • ½ a large onion or a whole small one
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • Teaspoon of Tomato Puree
  • ½ Beef stock Cube
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Mixed Herbs
  • 1 Medium Sweet Potato
  • Peas
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • 1 egg

To make the mince

Chop the leek, onion and Garlic into small pieces and add to a large hot pan (with a little olive oil) Cook for around 10 minutes until Tender.

Add about ¾ of the Mince to the pan and mix in, breaking up all the mince, keep mixing until all mince turns brown.

Add the tin of chopped tomato’s plus the tomato puree to the pan.

Cook for around 5 minutes.

Add the already prepared beef stock. Turn heat down, place lid onto the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Keep checking until cooked, this should be around 30 minutes.

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Beef Mince

Dish one

Spaghetti Bolognese

Cook the spaghetti and add the mince!

Add around half the cooked mince to the pasta and you should have around four small portions.

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Dish Two

Shepherd’s Pie

With the left over mince add about half a cup full of peas. Cook the medium sweet potato until soft and mash with a dollop of butter.

Using an oven proof dish add the mince then layer on the sweet potato and sprinkle the cheese over the potato. Cover in foil (to stop the sweet potato drying out) and add to an already preheated oven (180c) for about 10 mins, or until the cheese melts and goes slightly brown.

You should get about four small portions out of this.

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Dish Three

Meatballs and Spaghetti

Using a blender, add two slices of bread and mix until the bread turns to crumbs. Add the left over onion – about ¼ , one glove of garlic and a pinch of mixed herbs to the crumbs and mix until all blended.

In a separate bowl, mix the egg until beaten. Add the crumbs and uncooked meat. Using you’re (CLEAN) hands mix everything together and create your little meatballs.

Pop into a preheated pan and cook for about 10 mins on a low heat turning every minute until golden. Try before you serve! If its pink it’s not ready!

Add spaghetti and serve with your favourite tomato sauce or just add a spoon full of chopped tomato.

You should get about three or four portions out of this depending on how many you try.

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So there you have it, let me know what you think, And if you make it – tag us on Facebook HERE or Tweet us HERE

Daniella

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P.S If ingredients are bought fresh you can pop all of these in the freezer!

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My First Rainbow Cake !

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Doesn’t this cake just make you happy? I really wasn’t expecting this cake to taste anything special, as at first I actually forgot to add the eggs… ooops! So it’s a miracle this cake even worked as I added them at the end! But OMG it really was Delicious!!

The most important thing to remember when creating a rainbow cake is patience! Its six cakes in one so it can be very time consuming – not ideal with a crawling hooligan! So I bought extra cake tins (18-20cm), so it would speed up the process.

The layer cakes are just standard vanilla sponge, but the taste is really in the frosting. Using just regular icing sugar and Stork Butter, I added freshly squeezed orange juice into the Mixer, It really gave it that kick it needed, and gave it that WOW taste it was missing!

For the six layers of cake: You need to divide the below measurements by 6 to bake each layer individually.

530g plain flour

6 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

340ml milk

4 tsp pure vanilla extract

600g caster sugar

340g butter

6 eggs (at room temperature)

Food colouring – I used Dr Oetker food colourings

For the Orange icing: You may need extra depending on how much you decide you want to use.

 800g Icing Sugar

400g Butter

The juice from one large orange

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease up your cake tins using baking paper and butter. Combine your flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and pop to one side. Then mix the milk and vanilla together in a measuring jug or bowl.

Using an electric mixer on low speed, mix the sugar and butter until blended, increasing the speed slowly to create a pale and creamy effect – at least 5 minutes of mixing! Reducing the speed – ADD THE EGGS !!! One at a time, then add the flour mixture, followed by the milk and vanilla.

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When smooth, divide evenly into six separate bowls and add the food coloring. Once all colored, pour the batter into the already prepared cake tins and pop in the oven for 20 minutes. Over baking can run the risk of your cake tasting like sawdust! So keep a close eye on your rising cakes.

You need to cool the cakes on a wire rack for at least an hour, but once completely cooled the fun can really start!

Preparing the icing is simple; mix the butter and icing sugar in the mixer until smooth and fluffy. Reduce the speed and squeeze your orange into the mix, the amount you squeeze is totally up to you, I liked the tangy taste so squeezed the lot in! But be careful not to drop any pips into the mixer. The icing should be smooth and easily spreadable, but stiff enough to hold its shape.

To assemble the cake; If like me you like the ‘rustic’ look, you don’t need to bother with the below instructions, Just use your common sense and build the sponge on top of each other with a layer of frosting in-between each level, and ta da you have yourself a rainbow cake! But if you want a neat presentation you need to follow the guidelines. Using a long knife, trim the cake to make the sponge level all the same size. Place the purple layer, on your cake plate/stand, and spread a thin layer of icing over the top with a spatula. Repeat with the blue, green, yellow, orange and red layers.

Using the same icing mix (you may need to make extra) frost the cake all around the outside, and add the decoration of choice. Jelly beans, smarties and m&m’s seem to be popular.

So there you have it, a delicious but a little bit ‘rustic’ rainbow cake.

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Sweet fish pie

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This meal goes down a treat with my 11 month old. Using the sweet mash topping is a delicious alternative to normal potato mash.

To make four portions, If ingredients bought fresh you can freeze, if using frozen has to be consumed within 48 hours.

Ingredients

2x small fillets of boneless and skinless white fish

1x hearty Tbs of green peas

1x Tsp of fresh or dried parsley

4x Tbs of milk of your choice

Mash Topping

1x small to medium Parsnip

1x small-medium sweet potato

1x small-medium Potato

1x carrot

1x Tsp of butter

1x Tbs of grated cheese of your choice (optional)

 Poach the fish and all the other ingrediants in a glass dish with a lid at 180c for 15 minutes.

Peel the vegetables, chop into small pieces and Boil together in one pan until soft around 10-15 minutes.

Once the Fish has cooked, take out of oven and check for any stray bones.

Drain the veg and mash with the butter.

Scoop the mash over the fish, sprinkle with cheese and pop in the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Once cooled, serve to your little one.

This is just a guideline. The recipe is one I have simply made up, so some times and measurements may differ depending on the size of the portion you wish to make and your cooker.

My top Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

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Having a healthy pregnancy is key to a happy mummy and child. With your hormones running riot, fatigue, sickness and the emotional imbalance of your mind the last thing you will be thinking about is a healthy diet. But before you hop, skip and jump to the nearest fast food joint, take a look at our top tips for a healthy pregnancy.

As soon as that stick turns positive book an appointment with your doctor or midwife. Organising care for yourself and you baby is key to a healthy pregnancy and you will also have plenty on time to get that ultra sound booked.

Aim to eat a healthy balanced diet 80% of the time. Plenty of fruits and vegetables and including wholegrain carbohydrates will prevent you becoming constipated. But make sure all food is washed and prepared carefully as Toxoplasmosis an infection caused by a parasite found on unwashed foods, although rare it can cause complications to your unborn baby.
Taking a pregnancy vitamin supplement can help if you are suffering from morning sickness or not eating that well, but they are not a substitute for the real thing. Folic acid should be taken if not before definitely within the first 3 months of pregnancy as it will reduce the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. Talk to your Doctor before taking any supplements.

Regular exercise can have many benefits for a mum-to-be; it will build your strength and endurance, which may help you cope with the extra weight of your bump and prepare you for the hard work of labour. And best of all it will help boost your spirits and even help to ward off depression. But don’t forget your energy levels are going to be much lower than usual with disrupted sleep patterns and your body acting as a life support machine for your little one, you will feel more exhausted than usual; so don’t over do it, still get plenty of rest.

It’s never too late to start with your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support your bladder, vagina and back passage; so unless you never want to jump on a trampoline again after a vaginal birth, get working on those muscles.

Alcohol, drugs and smoking should be cut out of your lifestyle completely when pregnant. Risks of Miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight and even cot death are all related to use of alcohol, drugs and smoking whilst pregnant.

Speak to your Doctor about ways to help you give up your vices or any other questions you may have on a healthy pregnancy call NHS direct.

Eating out… What to choose!

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Being pregnant and eating out can cause all sorts of confusion especially when you don’t have control of the kitchen. Ive put together some options for you to choose when your out and about. If I’ve missed anything out that you think should be added, please contact me via Twitter, Facebook or simply comment 🙂

Sushi

Unfortunately if you’re a raw fish sushi lover, its bad news when your pregnant, and a no go area. Instead choose vegetable or chicken based sushi.

Italian

Aside from the obvious goats cheese pizza, you will find Italian food is ok to eat in moderation.

Coffee Shops

Caffeine should be limited to just one cup of coffee and two cups of tea a day when pregnant. So if you cant live without your daily latte and shot of expresso, just limited yourself to one not several 😉

Indian

With the old wives tale stating that spicy food brings on labour, best stay away from anything too spicy, especially if your in your third trimester. If possible only choose vegetable based curries also to avoid the risk of uncooked meats and food poisoning.

Chinese

Stick to rice or noodles, steamed vegetables and lean meats or fish. Avoid deep fried Oriental foods such as egg rolls that can be higher in fat and calories. Prawn crackers as far as I’m aware are also OK if consumed in moderation.