Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Recipe Round-up

Every Tuesday I want to post about the recipes I’ve tried during the previous week.  I would love it if you could leave a comment pointing me in the right direction of more tasty treats – I’m always on the look out for lovely things to make to keep our meal plans interesting!

This week will be a selection of things I’ve made over the past couple of months, I must remember to keep the camera handy as I’m cooking.

First up is Cheese Pinwheel Rolls from The Hungry Mouse.  I made up some pizza dough in the breadmaker and the kids and I had great fun turning the dough into ‘cheese worms’ by covering the rolled out dough in all sorts of cheese (amazing what perfectly good little bits you find at the back of the fridge!) and then rolling them up.  Daisy wasn’t impressed that we had to then slice up the cheese worm (‘Mummy you are deading my best friend!!’), but soon changed her mind once the rolls were out of the oven & she’d had a bite!  We ate them with home made lentil & bacon soup for a really cheap but amazing dinner.  They were eaten before I had a chance to take a picture!

Next is the gorgeous Baked Apple Donuts from Home Cooking Rocks!.  I made these one night when Tim was out with friends, the kids were fast asleep and I ended up eating 4 before anyone else even saw them!  Very addictive, it’s impossible to eat just one, especially when they are still warm from the oven.  The recipe was easy-peasy and the mixture was made and in the oven within minutes.

Not the best picture but it was night time :)

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Making me hungry just writing this…

This next one sounded a bit too good to be true, but I just had to give it a go to find out, Microwave Potato Chips from Food Gal.  That’s right, crisps from the microwave.  The ingredients are simple – potatoes, olive oil, salt.  The cooking was a bit of a faff, especially as I couldn’t make loads at once.  Lots of checking & turning!  But the end result was so worth it!  I don’t really like crisps generally, but these were just amazing.  Not something I’d attempt to make for the whole family unless I had a lot of time to kill, but I’ve made them a couple of times as a sneaky late-night snack since.  Just as good every time.

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I hope you go ahead and try something I’ve featured here, if you do please let me know!  Tonight’s dinner is an easy one, as requested by the kids (who keep seeing the advert on tv!) – Puff pastry pizza & salad.  Trusty breadmaker might make some garlic bread to go with it yum yum…

Next week I’ll be a bit more organised!

Jen xx

It’s been a while…

I admit I’m not exactly good at keeping my blog up to date, although I like to think I’ve had a good excuse lately.  I’ve been making something a bit special:


This little monkey is currently known as ‘little blob’ & is due to make an appearance around the 2nd April 2011.  This is one thing I’ve made that wont be going in my shop ;)   So I spent all Summer being sick 24/7, which meant I just couldn’t get on and make pretty things (I don’t think they would be as pretty, or sell very well, covered in vomit…)  Now I’m feeling so much better, except the tiredness.  Why did no one remind me of the tiredness?!  Dylan started school in September, and I now seem to spend my life walking back and forth dropping him off & picking him up.  To go from practically no exercise to walking at least 4 miles a day has been a bit of a shock to the system!

I have been cooking like mad since I got over the morning sickness though and intend to share some recipes on here from now on.  My breadmaker & I are best friends once again, and it’s been churning out all sorts of amazing things.  Even better since I bought one of these from Lakeland, to bake proper baguettes:

I also treated myself to a new loaf tin, and some of those loaf tin liners – so much easier, and much less hassle to wash the tin after!  So far I’ve used it to make a Weetabix cake, and an Apple, raisin & cinnamon cake mmmmm…

Sales are going well on my Folksy shop, mainly due to the huge success of the recently launched Craft Carousel.  If you are a fellow Folksy seller please go and check it out, it’s a great way to get your Christmas shopping started & have some free advertising at the same time!  With almost 140 sales in under 2 weeks it is definitely proving to be a massive hit.  Thanks have to go to Maryann from One Stop Pamper Shop and Sarah from Silver Birch Crafts for all their hard work setting it up and ensuring everything is swapped over asap!

I need to get a move on and make more stock in the lead up to Christmas – I did promise myself I’d start much earlier in the year, but it always seemed so far away before!  My poor shop is looking a little bare and neglected at the moment :(

If there is something in there that you would prefer in a different size/colour/fabric etc then please just let me know as I will happily do what you want as a custom order.  You can email me at jentwinkle412 AT gmail DOT com, or send me a message via Folksy.

Jen xx