Sugar Cookies, Tolkien Style

Yep, I think these are amazing.

I love good old Tolkien. I’m sure i saw this on Pinterest once and thought they could be easily made with the family sugar cookie recipe! They went down very well, although I was told by my partner that he imagined the door a darker shade of green…no complaints on the taste however!

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If you are not that much of a fan of the books/films, this is still a pretty yummy sugar cookie recipe and you can use any cookie cutter and decorate however you want!

Ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Step by step:

Step One: Preheat the oven to the 190 degrees. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper

Step Two: Cream the butter and sugar together. It should be light and fluffy!

Step Three: Beat in the vanilla and egg, little by little until all combined

Step Four: Stir in flour until its looking like a dough

Step Five: Roll the dough out onto a slightly floured surface. It should be about 1 cm thick. Using any biscuit cutters you fancy cut out your shapes! 

Step Six: Bake for about 8 – 10 minutes. Let them harden a little before you finally cool them on a wire rack

Step Seven: Decorate however you fancy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon and Mint Turkey Meatballs

Lemon & Mint Turkey Meatballs. Yum.

These are so fresh, so tasty and so good for you!

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I love fresh mint, but before this recipe I couldn’t imagine having it on anything other than a good bit of lamb. This does actually work really well with the lemon and turkey and it’s my new ultimate meatball recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 500g fresh lean turkey mince
  • 1 small red onion, very finely chopped
  • grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint 
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten

Steps:

Step One: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, making sure the mint and lemon are spread evenly throughout the turkey mince.

Step Two: Divide into small meatballs. I made about 20 with this amount of meat, but it’s up to you how big you like them! Cover and chill for a couple of hours because they are more likely to hold their shape.

Step Three: Cook! Cook in a frying pan with a little bit of oil (I use my trusted 1 cal spray!) and make sure you turn every couple of minutes. Cooked till piping hot and not pink in the middle.

These are so nice! You could quite easily turn these into some nice burgers as well! 

Coconut crusted chicken!

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This is my new fave! Served it with pineapple salsa (it’s on a previous post) and sweet potato chips!

3 simple steps to these amazing chicken strips. First dip in a mix of flour and chilli powder…then in egg…then in desiccated coconut! Cook for 25 minutes at 200 degrees.

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It works so well with the salsa and the leftovers can be stored in the fridge and put in a tortilla for an easy lunch the next day.
I have to say the chilli powder in the flour really made the difference and gave it the extra something!

Enjoy!

Beans!

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These were always a side whenever we had a family BBQ and we always made them on Bonfire Night. Now I’ve moved out I have them much more regularly – definitely a comfort food!

Ingredients:

  • two apples
  • two red onions
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 tins of baked beans
  • curry powder (how much is up to you!)
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar

Step by step:
Not too many steps, this is pretty simple. Dice up the apple, onion and celery into little cubes. Cook on a slow heat with a little oil. Add 2 tbsp of sugar and stir until everything is soft and the onions almost caramelized.  Add the two tins of baked beans and stir. Now add the curry powder. The amount is purely up to your taste, I normally do 2 tbsp. Mix in and cook until combined and deep brown in colour. Yum!
Perfect as a side or as something different on top of a baked potato!

Easy and delicious BBQ pulled pork!

I have become slightly addicted to pulled pork and its seems to be everywhere at the moment. I love serving it in fluffy white rolls with loads of BBQ sauce.

I’ve had a few attempts at home and this has to be one of the tastiest and easiest recipes ever!

Ingredients:

  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 red onions
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder and smoke paprika
  • 140 g tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 – 2 kg pork shoulder, leave it tied and the rind should still be attached

Steps: 

  • Heat oven to 140C (160 fan)
  • Get a large roasting tin and scatter in the roughly chopped onion and bay leaves
  • Mix the mustard powder, paprika and a pinch of salt together and rub all over the pork – making sure to get in to all the nooks and crannies. Place on top of the onions in the roasting tin. Add 250 ml of water to the onions in the bottom on the roasting tin, but don’t let the water take off the rub!
  • Cover with foil and bake for four hours
  • In a bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients – you should have a BBQ looking sauce
  • Get the pork roasting tin out of the oven. Cover with two thirds of the BBQ sauce
  • Change you oven to the grill setting, put the pork back in for 10 minutes until sauce bubbling and meat slightly charred
  • pulled apart with a fork, place on buns and spoon on the rest of the BBQ sauce. Utterly delicious!

Alternatively you could always do it properly and finish off the pork not in a grill but on top of a BBQ. Tasty!

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Tasty Mango Salsa!

I love condiments but they’re normally full of sugar and rubbish so I have started making fresh salsas as a nice extra to a meal.

I’ve already put up a lovely pineapple salsa and this mango one is definitely worth a try!

I love this because it’s so tasty, fresh and clean!

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, in chunks (or a tin of mango chunks if you prefer, just make sure it’s in juice and not syrup)
  • 1 small red onion, 
  • 1 red chili
  • fresh coriander, mint leaves or both!
  • 1 lime juice

No steps, just chop mix and serve! 

Enjoy!