My friend Sarah is awesome. I’ve known her since I was 11, when we were united through a shared love of Friends and Oasis and although we rarely see each other, she’s one of the people I’d really miss if I ever did the unthinkable and quit Facebook. Amazingly, she seems to be one of only a small bunch of girls from our school who is a dyed-in-the-wool Leftie, although not really that amazingly since we went to a particularly snotty all-girls grammar school, populated mostly by girls from upper-middle-class-pull-the-ladder-up-behind-you types. Also, not all that amazingly because Sarah was raised by her Mum, Pat, who is about as awesome and righteous as it gets and so she was bound to turn out pretty bloody brilliant.
Since the news broke that the Tories would be dictating to us all again for the next 5 years, it’s become apparent that there are several brands who are big donors to the Conservative party and now loads of people have decided to boycott those brands, one of which being Soreen, as revealed in an article in The Mirror a couple of months ago.
Anyway, being the super amazing lady that she is, Mummy Pat has decided that she won’t be buying oppressive patriarchal malt loaf anymore and has allowed me to share her recipe for homemade malt loaf which, as a bonus, won’t try to strip you of your human rights. Here’s the recipe:
Mummy Pat’s Amazing Tory-Free Malt Loaf
Recipe Type: Baking
Author: Pat Wayman
Serves: Depends how thick you cut it!
1 MUG ALL BRAN
1 MUG SULTANAS
1 MUG SUGAR
1 MUG MILK
1 TEASPOON MIXED SPICE
Add all of the ingredients to a LARGE bowl as the mixture swells
Leave overnight, covered with a plate or tea towel
When ready to cook, place mixture in a lined loaf tin
Cook in the centre of an oven, preheated to gas mark 3/140 Fan Oven/160 Conventional Oven for around 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when poked into the middle
Leave to cool and enjoy with lashings and lashings of butter
Eat and enjoy, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be contributing to the Tory coffers! Thanks Pat!
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:
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.
One 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
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Jayne Crammond
This chili is one of my favourite dinners of all time.
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
Place the olive oil in a saucepan and heat
Add the mince and chopped onion to the pan and cook until browned
Add the peppers and cook until softened
Add the chopped tomatoes and pinto beans and mix well
Add the chili powder, garlic powder and jalapenos and mix well
Allow everything to simmer on a very low heat for at least an hour
Add the tomato paste to thicken until desired consistency is achieved
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!
I start my new job tomorrow so I wanted to do something nice with Sausage today, but while we were getting ready to go out, the sky went black and didn’t fill me with much of a desire to go out and get tiddled on, so I suggested we do some baking instead. The trouble is, I’m trying to lose weight, so I had to find something vaguely healthy for us to make. My friend Kerry (And Then All I Thought About Was You) mentioned that the Slimming World banana cake recipe was nice and low-fat, so I found it online and decided to experiment by adding a few things. It also uses sweetener rather than sugar which, as a diabetic, makes it perfect for me. Here’s the recipe:
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.