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 cocoa to spaghetti bolognaise

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...

3 Guilt-Free Fruity desserts

Us Brits love a dessert, and there’s nothing better than something light and cheery with a bit of zing after a heavy meal. These three classic options below are uplifting and not too bad on the waistline, whilst they all make for a terrify summer dessert. Sorbet One that’s designed to cleanse the pallet. Sorbets can pack really natural fruity flavours, and they’re very light and easy to enjoy. Jelly Who can say no to a bit of jelly with real fruit bits after a heavy meal? Not us. You can buy sugar free jelly and include orange segments and cherries, and it’s essentially a healthier option than trifle. Lemon meringue Meringue isn’t as bad for you as some may think, and it’s a again another light treat that bursting...

3 Easy yet Impressive Desserts

You don’t always have to buy expensive ingredients or spend hours in the kitchen to make a tasty dessert for your dinner guests. We’re going to talk you through three quick and easy puddings that never fail to impress. Sticky Toffee Pudding Most people know how to knock up a sponge mixture, and you only need to make some slight adjustments to make a sticky toffee pudding. Along with sifted flour, add dark brown sugar, vegetable suet, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, egg and golden syrup. Then you bake. Easy. Apple pie This another favourite, and you only need flour, cooking apples, flour butter, honey and egg to make this traditional dish. For extra flavour, we recommend you add a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of mixed spice. Quick Lemon...

Haggis on a Highlands Holiday

There’s a lot more to the Highlands than just mountains and lakes, and one dish many people try whilst they’re on a Scottish holiday is haggis. It’s a dish that divides opinion, mainly because it includes sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs). Obviously there are oats, onions and spices too, and even though it doesn’t seem very natural to eat part of an animal’s heart, you’ll completely forget it when you have a taste. Many top restaurants have haggis on their dinner menu, and it’s a dish that goes back thousands of years and it’s been perfected over time. It has been incorporated into other dishes from around the globe too, such as nachos, pasties, pies, lasagna and burgers. And if you have a fear of haggis, we invite you...