How to Bake: Chocolate Chip and Banana Muffins

I don’t have to try hard to persuade you to make these muffins as I know you will love this recipe. They recieved more than a 5* review when my banana hating sister ate an entire batch in a day!

An added plus is they provide a delicious way to use up any leftover bananas which have turned slightly or fully brown.

I’ve tried the recipe with both sorts of ripe bananas and it works just as well. The only difference with a fully brown/overly ripe banana is a stronger banana taste and a slightly more “heavy” muffin but I would still recommend either way.

Both batches were lapped up by my family so 5* all round!

If you do try this recipe, let me know in the comments what you think. And don’t forget to take a snap and send it to me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter! I love to see your attempts!

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How to Cook: Lamb Jalfrazi

I’ve always wanted to make a curry from scratch.

Instead convenience has gotten the better of me and I’ve found myself reaching for the shop bought jar alternative.

As we headed for an Easter weekend of isolation, I thought it best to change this habit and try my hand at a lamb curry using the leftover lamb from the Sunday roast.

Curry is a great dish to make with any leftover meat or vegetables that may be lying around your kichen as it’s fuss free – just blend, chop, sautee and spice your way to perfection! 

My first attempt at curry didn’t go too badly. It was more tomato-y than I would have hoped for however if you fancy something different I’d definitely recommend.

If I were to do it again, I would have added more spice (I love a spicy curry) and made sure I definitely had garam masala in my cupboard!

Let me know in the comments what you think! And don’t forget to take a snap and send it to me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

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How to Cook: Beetroot Quinoa

Quinoa is fast becoming a popular grain, and is being used widely in home and restaurant cooking.

I started experimenting with it last summer and it has since become a staple in my spring and summer lunch menu.

The first recipe I ever tried and tested was this very simple beetroot dish which I take to work for lunch. I usually pair it with fish cakes, grilled chicken or eat it in a wrap. It’s simple flavours make it a versatile side or main dish and is great for on the go and batch cooking.

It is a very simple recipe which only requires as its essential tools a mixing bowl and a spoon. (Wohoo!)

It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. All that is required is that you defrost in the fridge 24 hours before serving (just to be on the safe side).

Let me know in the comments what you think! And don’t forget to take a snap and send it to me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

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How to Cook: Pea, Barley and Green Lentil Stew

There hasn’t been any posts from me for a while, between work, life and now Covid-19 I’ve had little time to myself. I’m learning to juggle (promise)… so that’s a plus.

Anyway, I’m still cooking and have invented this little gem which I eat for lunch at work. I simply defrost and reheat in the micorwace for 2.5 minutes and viola, a nutritional, filling bowl of hearty goodness!

I’m not quite sure what to call it though… although I use a pea and barley broth mix, it’s more like an alternative risotto than a soup or stew. However, whatever you (or I) decide to call it, I can safely say it takes absolutely fabulous!

Only taking 20 minutes to bulk cook four meals, you’ll be mad not to give it a try.

Let me know in the comments what you think! And don’t forget to take a snap and send it to me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

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How to Cook: Moroccan Cous Cous

I have recently become obsessed with cous cous – it’s easy, ready in 5 minutes, and requires minimal clean up. Not only that but it’s a filling and healthy lunch that will see you through to dinner.

What’s even better it is so versatile that you can interchange flavours so that you will never get bored.

I like to add a variety of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and meats to create a well-balanced meal which is ready for me to defrost and eat when needed.

If you like this simple dish, then I have many a cous cous creation for you to try so check back soon for more and let me know how it goes.

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Kitchen know-how: create 540 meals with £100

For those of you who may have had a peek at my blog before reading this article, or potentially follow it, you will have seen that I am a great advocate of saving money where possible. I am in love with the frugal lifestyle because in my opinion you don’t need to spend thousands to gain great quality dishes in the kitchen – all you need is a little inspiration and a lot of know-how.

Over my years as a thrifty student, I have managed to gain many skills and assets that have helped me spend pennies on things that would normally eat away at my budget. I’ve fed myself and one other for as little as 19p per meal and with this know-how I’ve managed to save thousands!

It is these hints, tips, and recipes I dedicate my blog too because if I can do it there’s no reason why you can’t too!

Now, I am aware many families incur many expenses that I (as a student) haven’t encountered yet – mainly those orientated around children and the like. But that doesn’t mean that some of these tips won’t bee useful; the majority are transferable and will still allow you a few spare pennies!

1. Shop local (for bits and bobs only)

Everyone knows that shopping local doesn’t work on a tight budget especially for your weekly shops. However, forgotten an integral fruit or vegetable for your dinner tonight? Then head down to your local fruit and vegetable store (and I’m not talking about Spar!) I’m talking about the authentic, fresh from the stem, food goodness! You’ll find that fruit and vegetables are a lot cheaper (and triple the size) than nipping to Tesco. And plus, you’re helping a local business in the process too – it’s a win/win!

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How to Cook: Lentil Bolognese

This simple Lentil Bolognese recipe has fast become my favourite to cook and eat. It’s light, flavoursome, and just simply delicious. I could eat barrels of the stuff if I allowed myself!

It only takes 20 minutes to prepare and cook so it’s perfect for that mid-week slump. And tastes delicious even when it comes straight from the freezer!

I would highly recommend adding the spaghetti with about 1/4 cup of the spaghetti water to the dish for the remaining 5 minutes because it is that which will help give the flavour that extra boost.

Trust me you’re going to become obsessed with this one.

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How to Cook: Gumbo

This simple 5-step Gumbo recipe was inspired by: Cotter Crunch and it has fast become one of my favourite go to dinners/lunches. It’s blend of spice enriched tomato base paired with a tonne of vegetables makes it as satisfying as it is delightful. It has the ability to transport you to a thousand different places with each spoonful, and the paprika really gives it the kick every dish needs.

If you’re looking for an easy re-heatable lunch – or just fancy something different for you dinner – then this is a must try! Plus it makes approximately 8 servings so what are you waiting for?!

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How to Cook: Bacon and Mushroom Tagliatelle

If you’ve been following my social media platforms at the minute you will know I can’t shut up talking about this absolutely delightful dish. Bacon and Mushroom Tagliatelle was a staple in our house until Schwartz discontinued the packet mix and mum had no herbs to whip it up herself. The dish had almost gone extinct from memory until at Easter I decided to take it upon myself to do an exact recreation. And by exact, I mean perfect!

Armed with a tin of tomatoes, tomato puree, and a variety of herbs, I set to work. The end result was mind-blowing, it was like that scene in Ratatouille where the food critic had full-on food nostalgia!

Now I know what you’re thinking, “come on Anna, it’s hardly a notable achievement is it?” Well, here is where you are oh so very wrong. Yes, herbs may be down there on your list of experimental condiments but I tell you this one slip of the hand with some Rosemary or Thyme and the dish has gone rogue without any hope of returning.

Equally if you’re new to the practice of herbs, spices, and all things home-cooking then this dish is a great starting point to build your kitchen confidence! So shake away my dear followers – SHAKE AWAY!

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How to Cook: Stir Fry

I love making stir fry for many reasons; it’s quick, easy, versatile, and allows me to eat my 5 a day in one delicious helping! There are so many combinations of sauces, vegetables, and seasonings to try that if I did a recipe for each one it’ll never end! So wy not take this as a base and then chop, change, and experiment your way through some more flavours? Trust me, you will never get bored of this 20 minute dish.

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