31 October 2014

Lately...

Keeping Warm On A Chilly Evening //  Decorating For Autumn
Kitten Play // Chilly Walks

Wishlists // Tea Drinking
Running On The Fields // Christmas Shopping

If you don't follow me on Instagram then here is what you have missed recently. As much as I love taking photos with our good camera, you cannot beat a snap on the phone when a moment quickly passes by.

We are having a quiet Halloween this year. Instead of the usual mini party, we have put a few decorations out the front of the house & have a bowl of sweets at the ready for Trick-Or-Treaters. My parents new area seems to be full of oldies so I doubt there will be anyone knocking tonight. O well - atleast there will be lots of leftovers!

What are your plans for the weekend? Are you doing anything special for Halloween?

24 October 2014

Homemade Doughnuts







Today I wanted to share with you probably the best thing I've ever made...Homemade Doughnuts!! Before making them I hadn't eaten a doughnut in years because they all have that dreaded nut allergy warning on them. As you can imagine I couldn't wait to taste them...they were heavenly!

The thought of making them is a little daunting because you deep fry them. I was nervous about that aspect of it but once you are confident in safely deep frying they are unbelievably easy to make (this is probably a bad thing because they are so calorific!!). Make these when you have guests over otherwise you may end up eating the whole lot!

Recipe by Paul Hollywood (makes 12)

For the dough you will need:

500g Strong White Flour
2x7g sachets of yeast
50g sugar (plus more for coating the doughnuts in)
40g softened unsalted butter
2 eggs
150ml warm milk
130ml water

For your filling you can choose whatever you'd like. From jam and custard to chocolate spread and apple sauce the world is your Oyster. We went for Sainsbury's Organic Strawberry Conserve. It had the perfect amount of sweetness with little chunks of Strawberry running through it...scrummy!


Method:

Put all the ingredients in a bowl (holding back a bit of water) and mix until the dough comes together. Slowly add the remaining water and knead on a clean floured surface for 10 minutes until you have a soft elastic doughy ball. Place into a clean bowl, cover and let it prove for an hour or until double in size.

Knock the dough back gently on a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Divide into 12 equal balls and place on a lined baking tray (leaving an inch or so gap between each ball). Cover and let it prove for another hour or until doubled in size.

Pre-heat your oil in a deep fat dryer to 180c/350f. Gently lower a doughnut or two in at a time and cook 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Carefully remove from the oil and roll on some kitchen towel to remove excess oil. Then roll in your sugar to coat the outside of each doughnut. Allow doughnuts to cool.

To fill your doughnuts use a small knife to poke a hole into the centre, wiggling it around to make a decent sized hole. Pipe your filling into the centre and enjoy!



Safety advice: It's best to use a deep fat fryer but we do not have one. Instead we used a deep saucepan and used a cooking thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. It's best to take precautions and read up what to do in case of a fire. You can read about it all here.



17 October 2014

Moving

Sorry that it has been quiet around here this past week or so. The reason is because we've moved house! 

My parents have been wanting to move for ages and finally bit the bullet. We've moved to a village on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, about 50 miles from our old house! It's the best of both worlds as it's lovely and quiet but the big shops are only a 10 minute drive away (probably not great for my bank balance).

As we come from London it's going to take a while to get used to this country lifestyle. I'm looking forward to lots of walks in the fields near by, stopping off at the local pub and best of all lighting the open fire on a chilly evening.

I'll be back soon with a few new recipes and some adventures discovering our new area.

To new beginnings!





3 October 2014

Eating Organically


September was Organic month and to help raise awareness of the selection of organic products we have at hand, Sainsbury's sent me some ingredients from their SO Organic range to rustle up some delicious delights.


When you think of organic food, fruits and vegetables are the first thing to spring to mind. I was genuinely surprised to find out how you can now buy organically for the majority of your weekly shop. From wines and pasta to meats and jams you really can eat purely organic food. One thing that I love about cooking is that you know exactly what goes into what you eat. Eating organically and cooking for yourself takes it that much further as you know that nothing untoward has gone into your food.







The first meal I made was a delicious organic Chicken & Mushroom Risotto. It's perfect to make on a chilly Autumnal evening as it is so comforting. It was absolutely divine! The creamy rice was plump and full of yummy flavours from the vegetable stock. That paired with the chicken and luxurious Porcini mushrooms made the perfect Autumnal dinner. It's difficult to describe how it tastes exactly, but it definitely reminded me of a winter Paella. Scrumptious!

You can find the recipe I used here. All I did differently was cook up some diced chicken breast and cooked it through before frying up the vegetables. 

Do you eat organically? Let me know & remember to check back soon for some more organic dishes.

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Disclaimer: Sainsburys kindly sent me some food items and vouchers to make a few dishes to share with you all! As always all opinions are my own and honest.

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