Glorious recipes

I think we all try and eat healthy, but convenience and budget can play a huge part in determining what ends up on our plate at the end of the day.

With ‘Julie and Julia’ being the last film I watched before making the move to London, I’d considered doing my own mini challenge to cook Julia Child’s condensed thirty recipe version of Mastering The Art of French Cooking, for about 30 seconds when I turned to page 44 ‘Pate De Canard En Croute’ knowing that was maybe beyond my capabilities.

Finding the balance between nutritional, easy to cook and staying within my minuscule budget is one I think will be a new challenge in itself.

A favourite from my university diet that will be still a regular treat is a Glorious Soup. Being relative new to the fresh soup and sauce market, I expect Glorious Foods will become a household name in no time. With its mix of exotic ingredients and heart-warming recipes from across the globe, its bold flavours and beautifully designed packaging make both its meal and skinny soups a prime shelf contender in more and more supermarkets.

Personal favourite… check the new sauces too

Another fun feature on Glorious Food.co.uk is its Recipe Wall, having spend hours on Pinterest searching and re-pinning gorgeous looking dishes, this wall brings tried and tested recipes from Glorious’ fans. Goat’s cheese, sweet potato and spinach mini pies are already being added to my weekly food plan.

I’m hoping to make the sharing of recipes a permanent fixture on my blog, but I think I’ll see how tonight’s mix of Mediterranean cous cous and mozzarella in a hollowed out red pepper goes first. I am hoping it’s at least edible.

Another resource that I regularly use for new dishes is BBC Good Food so I hope my boyfriend is ready for my take on some of its ‘Cheap and healthy recipes’ Lemon spaghetti with tuna and broccoli here we come…

Until next time!

Thanks @GloriousFood for our magnets, see we really are big fans!

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9 top tips when visiting Budapest… have you got a tenth?

  1. The pink-capped bottled water is the still one
  2. It’s a must to get funnel cakes* everyday
  3. You’ve got to visit the Szechenyi Baths*
  4. Expect unexpected thunderstorms (that may follow glorious days)
  5. Bus tours are two days of hop on hop off fun*
  6. Get yourself to the Ruin pubs*
  7.  The views at the top of the Buda hill are breath taking of the River Danube
  8.  You have to taste the Goulash*
  9. There is some hidden gems so always follow the local’s advice*

The pressure of having a tenth piece of advice I’ll leave to you…. please comment with your favourite moment or great find in Budapest.

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Super Sunday Edition #5

Being told its ‘Super Sunday’, due to the non-stop sports being shown throughout the day has lead me to decide, maybe the best place for me is in the kitchen.

Mumma Higgins Cake Stand

Having raided my Mum’s cookery book, in search for her secret brownie recipe! My only bargaining tool was a strategic trade with ingredients to my Yorkshire pudding mixture (Oh how I love Mum’s fascination with me living in the North) so here it is American Chocolaty Goodness … I’m sure she won’t mind!

And it’s all in the spirit of the Super Bowl, of course.

Mumma’s Homemade Brownie Recipe

This is so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t made millions instead of Betty Crocker…

  • 175g Melted Butter
  • 175g Brown Sugar
  • 75g Cocoa Powder
  • 75g Self-raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs

Sneaky bar of white chocolate, half to eat half for chunks

All in together beat until all combined and smooth looking, bake for 20mins in the oven at 180c

No need for baking paper a touch of butter on your tray will do the trick.

Chill to room temperature and cut to biteable portions.

With all this baking I think a pizza order is on the cards, well that is the best way to enjoy living the American Dream.

Next Year’s Christmas Turkey with a twist! Actually… With bells on!

This year I was given the huge responsibility of preparing and cooking Christmas dinner; even with an Eve night’s hangover it was I have to say a success! I wanted to share this recipe… I think apt for my first recipe post about my cooking!

Whilst gathering ideas about how to make this year Christmas dinner truly special I trolled through cookery sites, watch endless at home with… and asked the advise of chef friends, I came across this recipe….

So Thank You, Jamie’s Christmas with bells on!

Christmas Turkey Wellington

  •  One Turkey Beast (with there only being four of us for Christmas, it’s a perfect way to avoid preparing whole turkey with hours of cooking)
  • Pot of cranberry jam
  • 600g of mushrooms
  • 6 rashes of smoked streaky bacon
  • 6cm of chorizo
  • 2 packets of ready rolled puff pastry
  • Fresh thyme and rosemary

With the preparation all done Christmas Eve, this relieves the stress of cooking on the day and gives way more time to enjoy all of Santa’s deliveries.

Christmas Eve mid-morning

Stage One

Place turkey on a baking tray cut incision to create a pocket, in which to stuff the turkey with cranberry sauce. Rub fresh rosemary over breast, and pull fold together and secure with cocktail sticks.

Cook for 70 mins at 180c

Stage Two

Crop 600g of mushrooms and fry in the pan with the remaining bacon fat, cook until soft with a nob of butter.

Roughly cut 6 rashes of bacon and the chorizo fry with olive oil, as beginning to brown throw in a handful of fresh thyme, toss until crispy.

Blend mushroom into paste and leave with bacon to chill.

Christmas Eve afternoon

Stage Three

When all the ingredients are cold, it’s time for pastry.

Unfold the packet pastry (Don’t make my mistake it doesn’t need rolling!) plenty of flour place the turkey breast on half the mushroom paste to form a bed.

Cover the remaining paste and sprinkle with bacon bits.

Use the second pastry packet to wrap the wellington together folding the pastry under the bird.

Brush egg yolk wash over the top and place in fridge till the morning…

IT’SSS CHRISTMAS

All your centrepiece needs is 70mins in the oven at 180c…. Done!

There's my bird!

Cranberry Ooozing Centre

I hope Christmas was fully packed and after this meal your tummy will be too!