Don’t forget about my FREE book today!

Hi folks,

Just a reminder that I have a brand new book on free promotion for the next 2 days. Any downloads and reviews much appreciated 🙂

This is a smoothie recipe book; who doesn’t love a delicious, nutritious fruit packed smoothie!?! It contains 57 recipes including green smoothies and also a free gift of a downloadable pdf containing 25 more smoothies to help you build muscle and lose fat. Enjoy 🙂

Links:

US: Simply Great Smoothies!

UK: Simply Great Smoothies!

Simply Great Smoothies!

 

 

 

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Another free book :)

Hi folks,

I have a brand new book on free promotion on Wed 26th – Thurs 27th. Any downloads and reviews much appreciated 🙂

This is a smoothie recipe book; who doesn’t love a delicious, nutritious fruit packed smoothie!?! It contains 57 recipes including green smoothies and also a free gift of a downloadable pdf containing 25 more smoothies to help you build muscle and lose fat. Enjoy 🙂

Links:

US: Simply Great Smoothies!

UK: Simply Great Smoothies!

Simply Great Smoothies!

Everyone loves a pie!

Hi folks,

For a change from the usual big slab of meat for Sunday lunch I decided to make a pie. The next quandary was 1 big pie or individual pies and the family decided that they wanted individual pies – I am sure this is to spite me as they know it involves a lot more work!

Saturday afternoon was spent slow cooking the pie filling (beef, mushroom, carrot and onion) over 4-5 hours until the meat was melt in the mouth.

This morning I made a batch of crumbly short crust pastry which I placed in the fridge for an hour before assembling the pies:

Pies - in the making!

The mushrooms were actually a last-minute addition for me and my wife so to distinguish the pies with the added dreaded fungus I added a little moniker!

Pies- ready for the oven

After 30 minutes in a moderate oven the delicious pastry pockets were ready; cue everyone scrambling for the roast potatoes which is obviously the best part of a Sunday lunch!

Pies - baked to perfection :)

What did you do for Sunday lunch and do you too love the PIE??

Kids love the kitchen too!

Last weekend we had a lazy weekend at home and the kids wanted to make something in the kitchen. Cue recipe books flying around the room. There was eventually a toss-up between home-made fudge and peppermint creams.

After much debate arguing the pros and cons of both they decided on the peppermint creams (obviously covered in chocolate).

It was a simple recipe – the hardest thing is waiting for them to dry before dipping in chocolate and then waiting AGAIN for the chocolate to set.

Here is the result of their endeavours (by the way they were delicious – well done kids 🙂

Peppermint creams

 

Spicy Pittas

Hi folks,

Do you like pitta breads? I baked some up last week but pimped them by adding 1tsp of cumin and smoked paprika, and 1/2tsp turmeric and they were absolutely delicious 🙂

pitta

 

This is why I love to bake my own as you can have stuff that you will never find in the shops.

How have you pimped your breads, I would love to know?

 

Happy Christmas everybody

Hi folks,

Just thought I’d write a quick post to wish you all a Happy Christmas. I hope you all have a good one.

Now I want to share with you a recipe that has a lot of the traditional Christmas spices and is quite quick and simple to do. It is for a traditional German treat called Pfeffernusse and is quite delicious.

Pfeffernusse recipe
Makes 12
Ingredients

  • 200g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground mace
  • A pinch of salt
  • 225g honey
  • 30g butter, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 2 eggs

For finishing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • A little plum jam
  • About 150g dark chocolate

Method

1.In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
2.Melt the honey and butter together in a saucepan then leave to cool until lukewarm.
3.Whisk the eggs into the cooled honey and butter, then add this to the flour mix and beat together with a wooden spoon. Cover and refrigerate for an hour, to firm up. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3.
4.Lightly grease a baking tray with butter. Take dessert spoonfuls of the mix, roll into balls using floured hands, and place on the baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
5.Whisk together the icing sugar and water. Melt the chocolate gently in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Dip half the pfeffernusse in the icing, and put them back on the rack. When the icing has set, dip again. Cut the tops off the other half, scoop out a little of the inside, and dab in a little plum jam. Replace the tops, and dip in the chocolate. Return to the wire rack.
6.Remove the pfeffernusse to a silicone mat or baking parchment before they set completely, to stop them sticking to the rack. Prepare them on Christmas Eve and eat within two days.

I hope you enjoy these festive treats. Next issue I will give you a recipe for a nice Christmas loaf packed full of fruit, a nice alternative to Christmas cake. Eat it warm with lashings of butter on a cold winter morning – heaven!

Well, that’s it for now so until next time…