I have such a special treat for you today. Have you ever wanted a dessert but didn’t want to go to much effort? How about a dessert that from prep to table takes 10 minutes! I was given a fantastic present from my sister-in-law, a magazine called Feel Good Food. I am not much of a magazine person, even food magazines because they tend to just be full of advertisements with only one or two recipes. But this magazine has 101 recipes and ideas in every issue! And in my last magazine I came across this recipe that I am so excited to share. It was not only very simple but also so moist and lemony that my family was disappointed I only made one which meant they had to share. If you are like us and love lemons then this is a must try.
Well this past weekend my husband and I have been trying to finalize the changes that are going to be happening with the blog. There is a huge redesign that will be happening and I am so excited about it, I will hopefully be releasing it later this week. Aligning with my vision of helping people keep their budget down with homecooked meals I am going to be talking a lot more about baby-led weaning and will be featuring more toddler/baby meals that are also tasty for the whole family. So exciting!
Until then I wanted to share with you a childhood favourite dish that everyone in my family loves. It is perfect for my daughter because the beef is so tender she can easily eat it. I love easy meals to throw in the crockpot, it makes evenings so much simpler. And these days with Morgan walking and getting into even more mischief it is needed more then ever. Sadly the crockpot died a tragic death so I had to adapt this recipe last minute. If you want an even simpler meal just throw all the ingredients into a crockpot and cook on low all day.
All Day Stew
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
200g (7 oz) green beans
500g (17 oz) new potato
500g (1 lb) beef, stew meat
400g tin of cream of mushroom soup
Well it is that time of year again, kids are going back to school. This SundaySupper we are focussing on easy 30 minute meals for these busy times. Now Morgan might be too young for the school part but I can relate for the need for quick and easy meals so I was excited to participate. Even more reason for excitement was because the main ingredient for this recipe came from my own garden. Both my husband and I have a love affair for Mexican food so moving back to the UK meant that we had to find creative ways to still enjoy those wonderful flavours. Chris’ favourite salsa has always been green salsa (tomatillo salsa) however you can’t get tomatillos in the store here, nor can you buy the salsa ready made. So I set about the task of trying to find out if I could grow it here. I planted four tomatillo plants in the back of my green house, half heartedly expecting it to not survive because of its need for hot weather. Much to my surprise it not only survived but it thrived. I now have 4 out of control bushes that I am having to prune back and we are loving it. So this was my first recipe with part of my harvest and I can say that it did me proud. I found this recipe from Simply Recipes and only slightly adapted it to meet my cooking and timing needs. It was honestly the easiest recipe to make, and would be even easier if you wanted to just skip making your own salsa and just buy green salsa from the store.
Tomatillo Chicken Stew
675g (1 1/2 lbs) tomatillos
1-2 jalapeño chile peppers, chopped (seeds removed if you don’t want it hot)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 handful of chopped coriander (cilantro)
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp lime (or lemon) juice
Pinch of sugar Stew
1 Kilo (2 lbs) boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, trimmed of excess fat, cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and pepper
2 yellow onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
375mL (1 1/2 c.) chicken stock
500mL (2 c.) tomatillo sauce
1 tsp dry oregano or 1 Tbsp fresh, chopped
1/4 c. packed chopped coriander (cilantro)
Recipe from Simply Recipes
*If you can’t find tomatillos where you are you can just substitue jarred green salsa
This year was my first year with a large enough garden to have a lot of fun with. At first everything seemed to be going so well and then the weather took a turn for the worse. My hopes of having a large garden seemed to becoming more of a fantasy then a reality. But if there is anything that I can say I have learned this year about gardens it’s to not assume you know what is going to happen before it happens. Summer came late to the UK which meant my garden bloomed late but when it did I was surprised by the over abundance of some of my plants, especially with my tomatoes. There is nothing like the taste of a tomato freshly picked from the vine, especially when it’s from your own plant. I love just eating them fresh, as does my daughter. Right now her little food obsession is fresh peas and tomatoes. Every time we go out into the garden so walks over to the greenhouse and points to the tomatoes. It is a treat that I am so proud I can offer her from my own garden. I have learned so much from this years gardening and I am excited to continue growing as a gardener.
So to highlight my delicious home grown tomatoes I decided to treat us to a nice light dinner of Chicken Florentine, one of my favourites. What is your favourite way to enjoy prepare fresh, homegrown tomatoes?
160g dried pasta of your choice
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt And Pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
60mL (1/4 c.) dry white wine
60mL (1/4 c.) low-sodium broth
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
75g (1/2 c.) cherry tomatoes, halved
Shavings of Parmesan cheese
When we moved into our house around this time last year we discovered that the property had a plum tree. I was so excited and I think the tree was just as excited as I was because this year it has gone crazy with fruit. We have had to try to prop up the branches so that they don’t snap under the weight of the fruit but I realized I needed to come up with some good recipes for all of the fruit. When I asked my husband what dish he wanted me to try first he asked for a pie. I have to confess I have never heard of a plum pie outside of nursery rhymes so it seemed like an interesting challenge to take on. Very stubbornly I didn’t find a recipe that I really liked so I decided to play around with a few different recipes to suit my own taste. I knew it was a bit of a gamble since I had never done anything like this before but as you might have gathered I like the challenge. Plum pie is a very runny pie and I didn’t successfully overcome this issue, however it was one of the best pies I have eaten in a long time! The plum filling was slightly tart with a sweet crust and the addition of the cream I used to serve with it was just perfect.