Tips on How to Save Money on your Wedding Marquee Hire in the UK

When you are holding your wedding in the UK, you have a lot of expenses to cater for. This is because there are a lot of costs that you have to incur in order for your wedding to be a success. So, when you are looking for a marquee hire, you need to look for ways that you can save some money in the process. To assist you in the process, here are some tips on how to save on wedding marquee hire. Perform thorough shopping It is important that you get estimates from five to seven marquee hire suppliers to find out the one offering the best deal in terms of prices. Do comparisons of similar ones because they differ in size, quality and many other factors. Make sure...

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches – You can’t go wrong

Ham and cheese sandwiches are so versatile. You can whip up a hot ham and melted cheese sandwich with toasted bread, soft bread, pita bread or a ciabatta to name a few. There are so many different cheeses you can use too, whether that’s mature cheddar, brie, blue cheese or Red Leicester to name a few. Then there’s the ham, you can choose unsmoked, smoked or ham hock, whilst the salad could include lettuce, pickles, chili, spring onion or pretty much anything you fancy. Then there’s the making of the sandwich, you can melt it in the microwave, heat up the bread and ham and then put the cheese on. You can then melt the cheese and spoon it into the sandwich. There’s so much you can do and that’s...

Sweet Potato Hash Browns – A healthier alternative

There are lots of things you can do with sweet potato, you can mash it, make chips, bake it or even create a sweeter version of hash browns. This is actually a healthier option than deep fried hash browns, and all you need to do is blend flour with chopped onions and sweet potato, pressing the mix down into small patties. Once you’ve made the patties, place them in an oiled pan on a medium heat. These will only take 5 minutes on each side to fry, and you should be looking for a golden brown colour and ever so crispy texture. Serving these with a poached egg over the top is a healthy breakfast option for weekends, and it’ll certainly impress your friends and loved ones. Give them a...

Homemade Chicken Tikka Kebabs

I created my own simple version of this recipe the other day after watching a cooking programme, and it went down a storm. I cheated really. I bought chicken tikka paste out of the jar, and my meat came from the supermarket, not your local butchers. Once I’d cooked the chicken breast and cut it up into bite size pieces, I added onions and peppers to the hob, followed by the tikka paste. Once cooked, I placed it in naan bread and created a wrap, adding a bit of fresh salad first. Then I dashed a bit of sour cream and lemon juice on the top and that’s it. My family was quite impressed, so I’ll probably be making this one again pretty soon. Maybe next time I’ll step it...

Adding chocolate to an Indian curry

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This may sound a little disgusting or potentially quite disturbing, but there are actually a number of curry recipes that include chocolate. Well, originally it would have ‘bean’ cocoa. Sorry about the pun. Cocoa beans make chocolate, and they are mainly used in curries as a sauce enhancement, helping to turn the sauce into a silky smooth substance with a vibrant, attractive colour. I’ve always found it to deepen the flavours somewhat too, especially if I use 90-100% dark chocolate. Depending on the region of the cocoa beans used in the chocolate bar, the flavour can be quite powerful, so I recommend you only ever gate a tablespoons worth, otherwise the chocolate can dominate too much and ruin the flavours of the spices. Fans of Mole Chilli will be able...

Adding cocoa to spaghetti bolognaise

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100% cocoa is often mistaken for chocolate, but that’s really not the case. Cocoa, also known as Cacao, is a fruit, and there’s a lot of work involved before it becomes chocolate. From the fruit you get cocoa mass, cocoa butter and the nibs (the outer shell of the bean). These make 100% cocoa, and you should try using it as an enhancer for your favourite meals. Spaghetti bolognaise is a dish most people have mastered, and by adding a touch of cocoa the mix, you can heighten the flavours of the meat, and take your dish to the next level. We’ve used cocoa in ours for over a decade, and many people ask for our recipe. We tend to buy a bar 100% dark chocolate, and grate it into...

Cheese on toast with a Mexican twist

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Cheese on toast is the ultimate breakfast, well the second ultimate breakfast after an English fry up. We like our a little hotter than most, and we’ve come up with some helpful tips to make cheese on toast with a Mexican twist. You’ll need crushed chili flakes, jalapenos, mature cheddar cheese and two slices of bread. Toast the bread first, and then cover it in grated mature cheddar cheese. Place it under the grill and as it begins to melt add your chili flakes and jalapenos. They’ll then begin to sink into the cheese, giving it the spicy kick. As the peppers cook through and soften, the cheese will begin to turn golden, and that’s when it’s time to take it out. Serve with a drizzle of tobacco and viola.