Slow cooker mince and tatties

Very simple recipe , slowly fry onion (or shallots in this case) in a frying pan . Add the mince to brown . Throw everything in the slow cooker (including the liquid). Also seasoned the mince and onion combo with mixed herb ,pepper and a about half a teaspoon on mild chilly powder


Next I chopped /diced Carrots and Celery


Added them to the pot including 3 tins of chopped tomatoes and 3 tin full of water.


Simmer for about 2 -3 hours on the high setting

Then I add the magic ingredients of 2 tbsp of cornflour to help create a sauce for the mince. On adding the cornflour i find you need to turn the slowcooker to low so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.




Meal planning~ Where to start (pt1)

On my ever quest for new exciting recipes that i can uses and to make it easy for me to make them in batch and freeze them.

The last two month i have been attempting to meal plan for the whole month.

Meal planning is when you organises the food you are going to eat in Advance

The first step for me was to organise the recipes i have into sections , Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners plus suitable headings. I have all my recipes organised in a lever arched folder and ‘polypockets’ at the back for small books that get lost on the book shelve and also some regular used magazines.


Happy Hanukkah

Okay being girl from a small Village in South Wales, ‘Other’ religions weren’t really talked about not because there is racism in the village just because it wasn’t really known. So in turn I knew very little to nothing of other regions and there customs (apart from RE studies at school which doesn’t really mention foods).

So on my ever increasing quest to find new food I found a post about making Latkas (Jewish potato cakes) the post i found was full of Glutenus foods which are out of the question for me to eat, so i search again and found the post here which I mentions a couple of days ago

I decided to give it a go I had my casserole already cooking and nearly done in my slow-cooker , So I though a nice compliment would be Latka’s

I did a batch in the frying pan which was for Hubby , T and R and my batch I did in the oven with a little bit of oil(I don’t really do fried food any more because of the cross-contamination the frying pan holds for me).

Latka'sHere is the batch that was Oven bake (I was too late for the other as they were eaten within second of me placing them on the dinner table lol).

Unfortunately I wasn’t paying enough attention to the oven so they burnt on the edges but still very enjoyable and will defiantly make them again.

Pasta , tomato and sausage

Recently i have discovered that some smoked sausages are suitable for me to eat so i went out and got a packet so i could try here is the dish is used them in

100g per person Gluten free pasta (I have been using ‘free from’ pasta from asda)

(1/4 per person) Pork Smoked sausage  (I have used Mathisson’s Original Smoked pork sausage). Any cooked sausage could also be used as a replacement

my cheat pasta sauce (which can be found here)

Cook the pasta as instructed on the packet, Slice up the Sausage in to as small as possible rounds, now add all the ingredients in to a mixing bowl. Mix it all up as much as possible and serve up in to serving bowl.








Chicken & Dumplin soup Gluten/ Dairy free

Over at Money saving mom, they posted a guest post from The Willing cook of Chicken & Dumplin Soup , I had to try it but with my twists

Gluten & Dairy Free Crockpot Chicken & Dumpling Soup

Soup Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cup frozen veg (my combination was carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower)
  • 8 portion of chicken
  • salt & pepper
  • 10 cups chicken broth (using my chicken stock cubes)
  • 10 small potato , peeled and washed and chopped (optional, i added this just to pad out the dish as it didn’t look enought for my greedy family)

Am yet to add the Dumplins but I have another recipe for dumplins which can be found here.

I used the same instructions from Money saving mom’s blog and just swapped in my substitutions.


Chickpeas are great food source for gluten intolorence, especially if you can eat all the ingredience in hummus,

What I uses is
400g tin chickpeas drained & washed
1 tbsp Sesame seed oil ( it’s recommend to uses tahini, but I havn‘t found a place to get it)
1tsp Garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp Olive oil

What I do
I uses a food processor, place the chickpeas and lemon juice in, now add the other ingredience slowly as food processor work to grind them all up in to a spread. If it is getting to dry, try adding more oil to the mix.

I store my hummus in a, labled washed and clean marg tub in the fridge.

Jacket potato

Jacket potato in the microwave

Wash, remove bad bits from you potato (soaking the potato for a few min if the earth won’t come off)

Stab the potato a few times on each side and place microwave for 8 min

Becarefull the potato will be roasting when they come out of the microwave , cut the potato with two cut (only half way) creating quarters and serve with you topping of choice.

According to the Guardian on-line you can cook the jacket potato in the oven like this