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Lion Eggs and Crumbs Food Baked Eggs Recipe

We’re a huge fan of eggs in the MTW house; we often making quick and easy meals on busy days with eggs as they’re a great source of protein and are super versatile. Sausage’s favourite is boiled eggs, which she’ll have with soldiers, while Husband and BB are partial to scrambled. My favourite way to eat eggs is as eggy bread, but with a grown up twist of having a couple of slices of black pudding on the side! Not to everybody’s taste, but super tasty to me!

Lion Eggs have teamed up with vlogging sisters Crumbs Food to come up with a brilliant recipe for baked eggs, and you can watch it right here:

All you need:
cherry tomatoes
red pepper
basil
olive oil
black pepper
parmesan
garlic
2 eggs

A handy tip is to cut the red pepper nice and small so that you’re kids will eat it! Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy and are a natural source of many nutrients including high quality protein, vitamins and minerals. They’re also super quick to prepare meals with!

“This is the kind of thing you can really rustle up quickly. Just takes a few minutes to prepare. So it’s perfect for those nights when your busy and on the go…They keep you fuller for longer. It’s one of those things you can eat at lunch and you don’t need to stack before dinner time” Crumbs Food

For further information and lots of exciting recipes head over to http://www.eggrecipes.co.uk – the spinach, feta and pine nut omelette also looks like a good one to try.

What I’m Doing Now – A Meme

God, I love a meme, especially when it means I get to talk about myself, so when Sally from Who’s the Mummy (aka. The Ubiquitous One) asked if anyone would like to be tagged in this one, I was that annoying kid at the front of the class with one hand in the air (and a buttcheek lifted off of the seat so as to make the aforementioned hand just that little bit higher than everyone elses) yelling “Me, Miss, ME ME!”. So, here we go:

Currently I am:

Reading: Reading? What’s that? My beloved Kindle has been sorely neglected since BB came along and the only chance I get to read is when I take Sausage to her weekly musical theatre class. And then it depends on whether I’ve actually remembered to charge my Kindle. When I do get a chance, I’m still wading through Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

Listening to: A lot of dance music. I think it’s a summer thing; I dream of laying on some Balearic beach somewhere while Tiesto DJs in the background. Oh, and BB (or ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’) seems to love MTV Dance, so I don’t get a lot of choice.

Laughing at: The current series of Louis CK’s TV show, Louis. He’s probably my all-time favourite comedian and after seeing him at The O2 a year or so ago, I still find him “HILARIOUS” (That’s actually a Louis joke…) NSFW

Swooning over: Is it cheesy if I say ‘My Husband’? It is? Well, tough, it’s true. We’ve been married for 8 years this August and I’m just as in love with him now as I was back then – he still gives me proper butterflies when I glance at him.

Planning: SUMMER! We’ve got a chart on the wall counting down to the summer holidays and I simply cannot wait until we get Sausage to ourselves for almost 7 weeks.

Eating lots of: Bacon (Yes, that faint groaning sound you’ve been hearing whilst reading this is the active narrowing of my arteries). Husband bought 5lb from an online butcher before I realised we didn’t have room for it in the freezer, so we’ve been working our way through it for the last week. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

Feeling: Snotty. Sausage has tonsilitis and every time she gets it, I end up with some weird coldy-virus thing, too. It’s cool though, I’m having my first night out since Burrito Baby was born tonight so burgers and beer are BOUND to help.

Discovering: whether or not we’re cut out for home educating. We’re not very happy with Sausage’s current teacher and we’re genuinely wondering if she’d be better off being homeschooled for a while.

Looking at: Reddit. It’s genuinely one of my favourite places on the whole internet. What’s not to love about a place where you can read just about any topic you can think of, whilst simultaneously looking at pictures of squirrels stealing Cheetos?

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Wearing: A pair of chino shorts and a black and white stripy vest. It was my 30th birthday last week and I got some money to spend on clothes, hence my uncharacteristic smartness.

Cooking: See the aforementioned bacon…we’re currently looking for bacon related recipes as we’ve actually achieved the impossible and ended up sick of bacon sandwiches. I KNOW.

Wondering: How to have my hair cut when I go to the hairdressers tomorrow. Should I go for my tried-and-tested long layers, or mix things up a bit (for ‘mix things up a bit’ read: cling desperately to my 20’s with wild and inappropriate hairstyles that I won’t be able to replicate myself once I leave the salon)

Trying Out: Loom bands. I may be a little bit hooked. Ha! Hooked! Geddit?!

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I’ll get my coat.

Now, because this is a wonderfully memetastic post, I get to tag three other bloggers:

Annie at Minisaurus

Vicky at A Cupcake Mum

Donna at Mummy Central

An Egg-cellent Meal Idea!

lion-eggIn an effort to get her out more and increase her confidence, Husband and I have started taking Sausage to a Musical Theatre class once a week. It’s the ideal extra-curricular activity for her as it encorporates singing, dancing, acting and role-play; all the things that she loves. The only trouble is, the class is 15 minutes away by car and starts at 5pm, so by the time we get her home from school at 3.40pm, it can be a bit of a rush, which means that dinner often has to wait until we get home, and that means giving her something fairly quick to prepare so that she’s not going to bed on a full stomach.

We want her to eat healthily and avoid junk food, so we’ve turned to our friend The Egg on more than one occasion to make sure she’s getting something which is nutritionally valuable. She’s a real fan of boiled eggs, and I’ve finally managed to perfect my boiling technique, which isn’t as easy as it might sound if you want a really perfect egg! Here’s how I make mine:

  • Bring a medium-sized pan of water to the boil
  • Place your egg (medium to large and stored at room temperature) gently into the water using a ladle or slotted spoon to avoid cracking
  • Allow to rapidly boil for exactly one minute
  • After the minute is up, take the pan off of the heat and place a lid or plate on top
  • Leave the egg in the pan (off the heat) for exactly 6 minutes
  • Remove the egg from the water and you should have the perfect dippy egg!
  • Serve with bread soliders, or asparagus for a healthy, grown up touch

Always use eggs bearing the Lion mark, which guarantees that they have been produced to the highest standards of food safety.  All Lion Quality eggs come from British hens vaccinated against salmonella, are fully traceable and have a ‘best before’ date on the shell as a guarantee of freshness.

elebrity chef Dean Edwards’ has created a collection of eight main meals that include new tortilla, scrambled, poached and boiled egg recipes, ranging from an English Breakfast Tortilla 
to the more exotic Fragrant Indonesian Fried Rice 

and Fiery Egg & Spinach Curry

More recipes and tips are available at http://www.eggrecipes.co.uk and on the Egg recipes YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/eggrecipes/videos

Lori’s Authentic Southern Chili

chiliOne of the good things about following a low GI diet is that, much to my delight, unprocessed meat is all zero on the Glycemic Index, which means that I can pretty much fill my boots up without worrying about my blood sugar. Obviously, there are two caveats to that – firstly, I still have to be careful about what I eat the meat with, and secondly I like to ensure that the meat I’m eating is of a high quality. Husband and I don’t buy our meat from the supermarket, where it’s usually from questionable sources and pumped full of water, opting instead for Country Valley Online Butchers, which sources its’ products from high-quality British farms.

One of my favourite dinners of all time is the chili recipe that my mother-in-law Lori gave me; Lori’s from Arkansas, so her chili is not like any other I’ve ever eaten and is probably the most authentic chili that I’ve ever had. She’s kindly given me permission to share the recipe with you here, so that more people can enjoy her fabulous creation!

Lori's Authentic Southern Chili
 
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This chili is one of my favourite dinners of all time.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2lb lean beef mince
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 2 tbsps chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chopped jalapenos
  • tomato paste, to thicken
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place the olive oil in a saucepan and heat
  2. Add the mince and chopped onion to the pan and cook until browned
  3. Add the peppers and cook until softened
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and pinto beans and mix well
  5. Add the chili powder, garlic powder and jalapenos and mix well
  6. Allow everything to simmer on a very low heat for at least an hour
  7. Add the tomato paste to thicken until desired consistency is achieved
  8. Serve with brown rice or side dish of choice
Nutrition Information
Calories: 237 Fat: 12g Carbohydrates: 10g Sugar: 3g Protein: 22g

I checked the Glycemic Index of everything in the recipe and it all comes in under 45, which is considered to be low GI, which means this is the perfect low GI meal. Obviously, the fat content of minced beef can be on the high side, but if you choose the leanest beef mince, it should bring down the fat content. We’d usually eat this with cornbread, but as cornmeal has a GI of 68, we’ve replaced it with brown rice, which comes it at 55.

If you do happen to use this recipe, come back and let me know; I’d love to know what you thought of my fave dinner!

Cooking Tips for the Disorganised Mother

Listen, it’s no secret that I’m not exactly a domestic goddess. I like to cook at times, but I don’t have a huge amount of skill in that area, nor do I have the patience for constant chores (don’t pity my Husband too much, will you?!). However, I am the master of the cookery bodge and I thought I’d share some of my awesome cookery tips for all of you other disorganised mummies out there, to get you out of those tricky cooking mishaps.

1. Cheesestrings are still cheese.

In true slummy fashion, a while back I was using one of those sachet mixes to make a pasta bake. I hadn’t realised that the recipe called for grated cheese to be sprinkled on the top of it before baking and the only cheese I had in the fridge were some of Sausage’s Cheese Strings.

Et voila! Pasta a la Cheese String! It may not look amazing, but it tasted great…honestly!

Cheese String Pasta Bake2. Bacon and Eggs Made Easy

Boiling eggs can be a pain in the arse, as is washing a grill pan after cooking bacon, so this method of cooking cuts down on the greasy dishes and timing issues. Grab a silicone muffin case, lay a rasher of streaky bacon around the sides of the case, crack an egg inside, place on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 180c. Easiest bacon and eggs ever, and it looks fairly impressive too! Serve with a toasted English muffin.

Baked Bacon and Eggs

3. Cocktail Sauce

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4. Garlic Bread

If you’re having a meal that would go lovely with a bit of garlic bread, but don’t actually have any, you’ve probably got all the bits to make it yourself (I don’t know about you, but I can usually muster up a couple of garlic cloves or even garlic powder or paste from my cupboards). Grab some normal sliced bread, toast one side, take a tablespoon of margarine or butter and mix some minced garlic or garlic powder to it, them spread the mixture on the un-toasted side and stick it back under the grill. Just as nice as shop bought garlic bread and a fraction of the cost.

5. Toastie with no Toastie Maker?

So, you’re craving a toasted cheese sandwich, but don’t own a toasted sandwich maker? You know who makes awesome toasted cheese sandwiches?

George Foreman Grill

George Foreman does.

Seriously. I know Mr. Foreman probably didn’t intend for his ‘fat reducing’ grill to be used for melting cheese between buttered bread, but we use ours to make toasties ALL the time and it does a brilliant job.

Cinco de Mayo with a Healthy Twist!

Last week, I got an email from the delightful ladies at BritMums, who had partnered up with Discovery Foods to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, asking if we’d like to try some of their range. For those who aren’t familiar, Cinco de Mayo literally means ‘5th of May’ and is, according to Wikipedia (oh, font of all knowledge…) ” a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride”

We’re huge fans of Mexican food in the Mum’s the Word household and we make fajitas quite regularly, but we’re on a health kick lately so I thought we’d try them with turkey. Lean turkey can contain less than 3% fat, which makes it healthier than chicken. We also added a couple of handfuls of chopped mushrooms which gives extra nutrition and bulks the mixture out, which means you effectively need less meat. We used a yellow and an orange pepper as they’re our favorites and they add an element of sweetness to the flavour combination.

Accompanying our fajitas was Discovery’s Soured Cream topping which really helped to cool things down for Sausage, who’s pretty good but not able to take a whole lotta heat, and some shredded lettuce. The perfect fajita!

The Discovery Fajita seasoning gave a lovely smokey flavour with a hint of heat and actually worked really well with turkey. We’re thrilled with the result of our experiment and happy to know that we can continue to enjoy a favourite meal but with a healthy twist. We’ve also been sent the Cajun Season and Sauce to try and I’m really looking forward to giving this a go. We may even use turkey again, so that we can enjoy it without diet guilt!

Coughs, Colds and Easter Cupcakes

As I had a few days holiday owing to me, I decided to use them while Sausage was on her Easter break from nursery and because of my shift pattern, it’s worked out that I have a total of 17 days off. Which would have been great and we had a ton of plans, but Sausage and I have both had a horrible cough and cold since about 24 hours after our holiday started.

We’re both starting to feel a bit better now so yesterday we decided to get on with the Easter cupcakes that we’ve been planning for weeks (seriously, I bought the daisy fondant cutters weeks ago in anticipation of a fortnight of craft!). Anyway, here’s a few pictures of our creations. You can find the full recipe and method over at Flying Start Parenting. The icing just wouldn’t go green enough, but I was still pleased with the overall effect!

Slow Cooker Challenge – A Recipe Linky

Being a grown-up at Christmas is tough. People ask you what you want and you have to trawl through your tinsel-addled brain to think of something that’s not too expensive or that you haven’t already gone out and bought for yourself. This year, my aunt must have had her genius hat on, because she bought Husband and I a slow cooker, which is something I’ve wanted for yonks but just haven’t got around to buying yet.

Ooh, ahh, shiny slow-cookery goodness. (That reminds me, I must clean my hob…)

But, herein lies the rub; I have no frigging idea of what to cook in a slow cooker. I’ll probably try my Lamb Stew in it at some point, but I have it on good authority that there’s whole world of slow-cooked goodness that can be executed in one of these babies and I want to broaden our culinary horizons. Sure, I can look recipes up on the ‘net, but I want tried-and-tested, home cooked concoctions so I thought I’d turn to my readers.

I’ve hooked this post up with a little linky, so if you want to blog a recipe and link up, that would be super awesome, or if you don’t blog you can leave a comment below. There’s no prize, no weekly entry, just a one-off, good ol’ fashioned recipe swap to help me and my family take full advantage of our new kitchen gadget. I’ll be blogging my own attempts at your recipes and giving lots of link-love, so get involved and I’ll make sure you get all the credit! It’s a nice, chilled out, food related chance to blog – who doesn’t love that at Christmas?

I hope everyone is prepared, relaxed and looking forward to a great Christmas. Lots of love to you all from me, Husband, Sausage, Chuck and Happy.

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