Don’t forget to save you veg peeling




Veggie peeling are a great source of goodness for stocks which are otherwise throw away (in the kerbside bins or even   in the composter).

What i have found to be great is to save them all up in boxes or bag place them in the freezer until you have collect enought for batch cooking of stock.

The above picture also shows Chicken bones left over from Roast dinners also an additional great source of goodness.

To find out how have a look at my blog post i made back in Nov of 2012 Basic Chicken stock .


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.

Macaroni cheese

As i can nolonger have dairy cheese and wheat pasta i thought my days of enjoying Macaronie cheese was over but i didn’t need to fear for long as i have found a local supermarket has started selling dairy free ‘cheese’ in the form of soya mild (it not to bad ) . the next test was to find out want i can and can’t do with this ‘cheese’.

I found that it work well melted on jacket potato and on cheese and even just in a plan sand witch.

As it is the season for Flu and Cold , and i have surcomed to a nasty bout of a heavy cold (2 out of 4 already have it, we me takes the total sofar up to 3 and hubbies not feeling to good either  )i was in need of a good old comfort food.

I was thinking a good old home made soup but i didn’t have the energy to chop the veg so the next best thing is simple Mac & Cheese.

Using left over pasta from yesterday i made up a ‘Cheese sauce’ with dairy free spread, coconut milk, and potato starch and 1/4 of a packet of soya mild (from tesco)

I used potato as i didn’t want an extra taste to the sauce, my taste bud are out of whack with this cold.

Here is what i did to serve 1 person

(approx 50grams)1/4 packet of finally chopped soya mild about (if you can’t do soya, any dairy cheese alternative which can melt from bottom heat would also work)

about a tablespoon of spread

3 tablespoons of potato starch

and about 500ml of coconut milk

add the spread to a saucepan and heat but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn, once all the spread has become a liquid (but without burning) add 3 tablespoon of potato starch (you can uses less , but I like a thicker sauces), once a dough has formed I add the milk slowly and whisk the spread and spread with the milk until combined. Now add the ‘cheese’ and occasionally stirring so it doesn’t stick, at this point I start cooking (if you havn’t got any leftovers )the pasta according to the packet, Once the cheese sauce is gooey you can add it on top of cooked drained pasta. I like to season with peppers (because i love it!).

You can go one step farther and chuck the pasta and cheese sauce in to an oven so it bakes but i wanted the food quicker cos i have a bad cold and am a crabbit lazy rabbit today.!

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.








pasta sauce ~cheat version

Okay this is my Cheat version for pasta/tomato sauce,

feeds 4-6 people

4 x 400g tins of chopped tomato (you can uses plum tomato and just chop them up before you add them to the mixture )

1 x 600g of bolonage sauce in a jar

1 tablespoon of tomato pure

sprinkling of dried herbs

400g (about 400ml) of water to fill and rinse the jar and tins out and add to the mix

add all the ingredients to a saucepan then add the water to the tin’s and jar in turn then add the resulting water to the saucepan and gentle heat until it starts to bubbles, remember to stir occasional to prevent the mixture burning at the bottom of the saucepan

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.