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Happy New Year!!

1 Jan

Happy New Year Everyone! We had a delightful snowy New Year’s Eve!  I love snow; we made a snowman whilst sipping champagne  and ringing in 2010 last night. It’s a chilly, icey day outside, the shepard’s pie is in the oven and the blueberry muffins are just out. I recently bought a book of muffin recipes as I am trying to find the ultimate muffin recipe. It can be so hard to get that lovely moist texture. I’m hoping this batch turn out, I can promise that they smell amazing and I am dying to try one!

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The Shepard’s pie (another gem from the Avoca Cookbook) turned out heavenly, the perfect dinner to tuck into on a chilly January night. Since I first made this pie a few years ago I haven’t strayed from this recipe. It’s simply too good to even contemplate making a different one. I guarantee you will fall head over heals in love with it, just as I did!

In a large pan, heat some vegetable oil and gently saute one diced onion until soft and lightly coloured. Add the mince (1lb) a little at a time and cook until browned. Dilute a dessert spoon of bovril in some hot water and add to the mince mixture and stir well. Then add 3 tablespoons of worchester sauce, 1 teaspoon of tomato puree, 3 diced carrots, s sprigs of thyme and 400ml of chicken stock (I use the knorr stockpots as I find those cubes too salty). Season with salt and pepper. Simmer on a low heat for 50 minutes.

When this has been cooking for approx. 30 minutes put your peeled, chopped potatoes (5 or 6 depending on size) on to boil. Drain well and mash with. I always mash with salt, pepper, butter and milk, though you can use cream or an egg yolk if you wish.

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Place the meat mixture into a casserole dish and top with the mashed potato. I’m quite pedantic about this part, I hate to see the meat and potato mix – I use a dessert spoon and add the potato one spoon at a time starting at one side of the dish and work my way round until it is full. You can then run a fork over the top for decoration or smooth it out. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the mash is nicely browned. I generally serve this with peas.

Be warned, this is seriously tasty, so good that we nearly scoffed the entire dish between the two of us!!

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M is for Mini Muffins

27 Aug

Blueberry mini muffins, to be exact. They are my favourite flavour of muffin and when given the choice of chocolate or blueberry, this juicy little berry will win me over every time! Aswell as being exceedingly tasty and lushous, research has shown that the blueberry is very rich in anti oxidants and so is great for you immune system. See here for the other great benfits.

The muffins themselves turned out well but were not as moist as I had hoped. It’s so easy to over mix the batter and leaving yourself with dry buns rather than succulent muffins.

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