Breakfast snails

Cashew -raisins snails

Cashew -raisins snails

Ingredients:

  • 1 pre-rolled puff pastry
  • 50g dry raisins
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 200g cashew butter (or smooth peanut butter)
  • Vegetable oil for the baking tray

 

Cashew -raisins snails ingredients

Cashew -raisins snails ingredients

Method:

Preheat the oven at 180°C.

Measure 50ml water and dilute the 2 teaspoons of sugar in it. Now add the raisin and soak for 1 hour, then drain and pat dry. Set aside.

If the butter you are using is slightly hard place it in the oven for a few minutes to soften then, kneed with the back of a spoon or a spatula to make as creamier and as spreadable as soft butter.

Unroll the puff pastry on a flat surface but, keep it on its baking paper.  Spread on it
the soften cashew butter then sprinkle on top the now drained raisins and roll the pastry length ways. (follow the sequence in pictures below)

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Now, using a very sharp knife, cut the pastry every 1.5 cm then squash each of them with the palm of the hand and place them on a lightly oiled baking tray.

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Cashew -raisins snails

Cashew -raisins snails

Place in the oven to bake for 12 minutes at 180°C.

Leave to coll for few minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

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Breakfast and elevenses

Making cranberry & mint jam

Making cranberry & mint jam

The mid-morning is usually when I reach out for  a chocolate bar. So, whenever possible, I pack with my lunch pack a some crackers and jam or a yogurt to help me restart after 10-11am.

mid morning snack Cranberry jam and cracker

mid morning snack Cranberry jam and cracker

If you’ve got left over fruits, make a quick jam, that way you won’t waste them. Sever on a [piece of toast my cranberry jam and crackers make a great snack!

Rye bread and peanut butter

Rye bread and peanut butter

A great snack would be toasted Rye bread with peanut butter served with ginger & lime tea.

Other fantastic idea for snack would simply be, fresh fruits, raw not, or boiled peanuts.

 

The best breakfast for me is porridge! It keeps you filled up for longer…

Morning porridge for 1

  • 4 table spoons porridge mix (I make my own mix out of dray raisins, chopped peanuts, pumpkin seeds
  • 100ml soy milk
  • 1 kiwi
My porridge mix

My porridge mix

Method:

Mix the milk and the porridge stir and place in the microwave for 2 minutes. Take the bowl out, stir and place it back in the microwave for a further 1 minute.

Finish it by topping with peeled and chopped porridge. The fruit will provide just the right amount of sweetness needed.

Serve as suggested.

HJ's preferred BF

Enjoy!

 

Check out the next post t see my morning breakfast ‘Snails’. x

Hello February!

Nutty Pain aux raisins

Nutty Pain aux raisins

January is well and truly over and so are for most of us the good resolutions for 2016!

Did you managed to give up chocolate, wine, meat or dairy for 99% of the time? How about 50% of the time or even 25% of the time during January? Build up on that!

You have probably discovered like me that you are not addicted to coffee, but just like it. You have discovered that eating meat and dairy free meal is an eye opener… how about those new exercises?

What are you going to do to build up on? What you have learnt? For me, I will be building up on my racket sports and have just signed up for a 6 week tennis course. I will consume less coffee and buy less chocolate bars.

To help you build up on the January resolution to eat less meat and dairies, I will be posting for you here few ideas for snacks that are meat & dairy free, suitable for vegan and also breakfast ideas.

Porridge and fruits

Porridge and fruits

For February, you can decide to replace at least one meal/snack a day with a healthy option or even sugar and dairy free… I have decided to make 2016 my healthiest year yet and continuing with my daily 30 minutes Pilates… How about you?

Since this webpage is all about being on budget, all the suggestions will be as cheap as I can find or make it.

Thank you for checking in…

Please do post your comments below.

Happy New year for the last time. x

Happy 2016!!!

Start fresh & reset!

Start fresh & reset!

Happy New Year!

Thank you for all your follows and support during 2015… Hope I won’t let you down in 2016.

SO! You’ve enjoyed the great fancy and fatty foods during the festive period, the jegging is a bit tighter at the waist as is the purse… No worries let’s try and be practical and smart with our eating habits for a bit.

For one month only, we are going to be kind to our body.

Forget the Costa, the Starbucks and the likes…. You will save a bunch. Instead, opt for homemade brews that can be prepared in advance for your day at the office.

Have you ever tried homemade ginger and lemon tea? You can do it yourself or buy it

Mint tea brewing in the strainer

Mint tea brewing in the strainer

ready made. It goes without saying that fresh is better and much more flavoursome. Buy the ginger, grate it, take half a lemon grate the zest. Place both in a tea strainer and pour over it a cup of boiling water. Leave the strainer in the cup for 2 minutes then drain before adding the lemon juice and drink.

If you don’t like lemon and ginger go, for the mint tea. Do you know mint tea is great to fight bloating? Lemon is great for cleansing and ginger I great for a good digestion?

To make the tea either buy a bunch of mint in the supermarket or go for the teabags.

If using fresh mint, simply pick out 3-4 leaves of mint rub them together to bruise them, place in the tea strainer and pour water over it.

You can pre-prepare both infusions in advance and just reheat a cup full when needed.

For the mint tea for example, bruise a whole bunch, pour 1.5l of water and bring to boil. Strain, leave to cool and place in the fridge. When you are ready, pour a cupful and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave. Voila!

Both can be consumed hot or cold. With or without sugar and if you are looking to fit better in those jegging, I do recommend that you either reduce the sugar or remove it completely and replace with lemon.

HJ porridge mix

HJ porridge mix

Another great way to eat smart will be to have porridge for breakfast. Porridge keeps you fuller for longer so, if having porridge for breakfast you will feel full until lunch time. Again, rather than using sugar here, opt for fruits to bring in all the sugar needed…

I prepare my on porridge mix by adding few extra to make it interesting…

The porridge flake costs 39p in Lidl and I add in chopped roast peanuts from Lidl cost 49p mix seeds, dry raisins or any dry fruits, seeds and anything else I’d like.

1 pack of 250 can become 500 just by adding the extra. In the morning, I measure 4 table spoons of porridge add 100ml (whole) milk or soya milk, place in the microwave for 2 minutes, stir and place back for 1 minutes and enjoy!

For the mid-morning snacks, I opt for a banana, pear, raw nut or crackers…. I feel that often when I want a snack it is not that I am hungry, it is just that I want to chew on something…. 1 cracker or two is enough to distract me until meal time. Water is also a great distraction from chocolate cravings.

My breakfast - dairy free no added sugar

My breakfast – dairy free no added sugar

As far as New Year resolutions go, I decided to go coffee free in January, will also eat more meat and dairy free meals. This to cleanse, reset and get ready for the rest of the year. For more information about doing a meat and dairy free week/month, google Veganuary for ideas or see the vegan dishes available on this blog. I will post some of my meat and dairy free recipes in the next post. They are from my vegan blog… been running since 2013…

Shinny tennis set

Shinny tennis set

Exercise: I am also taking up rackets sports to get fit… I found a set of 2 tennis rackets & balls for £9.99… will be taking lessons in Dulwich at £5.00 per session that is the cheapest I could find.

I am also taking badminton for recreation. A meetup group in Pimlico offers the session at £6.00.

The set of two badminton rackets and shuttlecocks (the balls) cost £9.99.

My badminton set

My badminton set

Last but not least squash! I’ve always wanted to do squash. The single racket cost £9.99, the set of 3 ball cost £4.99 and the lesson cost less than £5 in Stockwell.

But if you cannot do and don’t like racket sports, take on walking! To go shopping 2 bus stops away, walk it on the way and jump on the bus on your way back as you are carrying loads. Join Park run for free. You can do mini 5Ks marathon or walks weekly.

Squash racket & balls

Squash racket & balls

I have also decided not to buy chocolate bars this year and only eat some when offered to me 😉 Let’s see if I can complete January first… ha ha ha!

The above are of course few of my recommendations for January and are mutually exclusive so, pick one or two things from the list and stick to it at least until end January.

And if you wish to lose weight, weigh yourself every 2 days or so and readjust your food intake… little often with a spot of exercise.

Before you weigh yourself, try to wee and do number 2. That always helps J

Do not no hesitate to send me your questions or if you need further details about the Tennis/badminton/ squash lessons.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

PS: I am not a nutritionist, all the above are from experience.

#ChristmasScraps – The cheese board 3

HJ's Filo quiche

HJ’s Filo quiche

Filo quiche

(Also using left overs roast vegetables & bacon)

Ingredients:

Serves 6

  • 250g roast vegetables – Leftover
  • 3 slices of bacon – Leftover
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 100ml double cream – leftover
  • 150g mix cheeses – leftover
  • 100g cucumber
  • 100g leek
  • Garlic granules
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 sheets of filo pastry – (£1.39 for 12 sheets)
  • 25cm tart dish
  • 10g butter
  • Green salad to serve with.

Total spend: £1.39p

Method:

 Preheat the oven at 180°C

Cut the leek in half and separate the leaves. If the leaves are too large, cut them in half, length ways so they look like strips. Cut the cucumber in strips using a mandolin or potato peeler. Cut the bacon in strips too, grate the cheeses, chop the tomatoes and slice the onion as in the picture above.

In a bowl, add the grated cheese, the cream and 100ml water. Also add salt and black

Quiche filling 1

Quiche filling 1

pepper, garlic, mix, taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.

Butter the bottom and sides of the tart dish and layer in the filo sheet crossing each leaf: the sheet are rectangular so if you lay a sheet one way, lay the next one across it as if creating a star or the British flag.

Once that is done, stretch out at the bottom of the dish, the

Quiche filling 2

Quiche filling 2

leek and cucumber strips, spread the roast vegetables, the

bacon and then the tomato. Pour over it the cheese and cream mix, then the onion slices. Give it a slight shake then fold inward to the ends of the filo sheets. Brush butter over the filo ends before placing the quiche in the middle tray of the oven.

Bake for 50 minutes at 180°C.

Quiche filling 3

Quiche filling 3

Quiche filling 4

Quiche filling 4

Cooked quiche 1

Cooked quiche 1

Cooked quiche 2

Cooked quiche 2

Quiche serving suggestion

Quiche serving suggestion

Leave to cool down a bit before serving. I served mine with a spinach and cherry tomato salad.

To see the whole leftover series, type #XmasScraps #ChristmasScraps in the search box. You will also find ides for using leftover Christmas pudding, Turkey etc… Don’t forget to post your comments!

Happy Christmas.

#ChristmasScraps – Leftover turkey 1

With turkey, like chicken, you can do anything you want, you can strip the meat from the bones and make a sandwich wrap, make it crispy and add it to a salad, or top a noodle soup, why not? With my leftover roast turkey, I made a vegetable stir fry, a coconut milk stew and a brioche sandwich… All quick and easy to make… See the first recipe below.

Turkey & Orange stir

Turkey & Orange stir

Turkey & orange stir fry

For 4

Ingredients:

  • 400g roast turkey – Leftover
  • 1 red pepper – 20p
  • 1 orange – leftovers
  • Thyme
  • 3 spring onions -10p
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms – £1
  • Dry garlic
  • Chili flakes
  • Black & green olives – leftovers
  • Butter

Total spent: £1.30

Prep:

Remove the meat off the bone and cut as big or small as you wish.

Pulled meat - Turkey leg

Pulled meat – Turkey leg

Rinse and cut the mushrooms as your mood dictates. Keep separate. Slice the red pepper, remove the seeds and cut as you wish. Do the same for the spring onion.

Cut 4 large peels of orange and 3-4 slices of the peeled orange.

Measure a handful of black and green olive and rinse the vinegar off them.

The idea of this dish came out of a Cuban menu I made earlier this year. The final taste will have a very slight bitterness with a hint of orange.

Method:

Heat a large enough pan with 30g of butter, in it, fry the orange peels for 2 minutes, then add thyme and the turkey. Dry fry until the turkey starts to brown. This should take 4-5 minutes for all the pieces to start being crispy.

Add the mushrooms with chili flakes, dry garlic, salt and stir fry for 5 minutes allowing the water that came out of the mushrooms to dry out again. Now add the spring onion, pepper, olives, and orange slices. Toss stir continuously until the pepper softens.

It should take 5 minutes. Aside from the mushrooms, the red pepper is the only element in this dish that would take long to soften. Once

the hardest vegetable is soft, then the dish is ready.

Turkey and Orange Stir with Duchesse

Turkey and Orange Stir with Duchesse

Remember to remove most of the orange slices and peels to avoid the dish being more bitter than necessary.

Once it is done, remove from heat and allow to seat few minutes before serving

Turkey and Orange Stir with Dauphines

Turkey and Orange Stir with Dauphines

I served mine with some Pommes Duchesse (piped mash potato) and Pommes Dauphines (deep fried).

More leftovers Turkey ideas here and here.

#ChristmasScraps – Leftover potato mash 

Waste not!

Imagine, you’ve had that big Christmas lunch and don’t know how to refurb or recycle that pile of potato mash is left over the next day. Fear not! Try these two fantastic potato mash make overs…

First, it is the Pommes Duchesses. If you’ve got a proper piping bag they can be really fancy and cute. Duchesses are piped and baked. Then you’ve got the Pommes Dauphines. These ones are deep fried dough balls. Both really tasty…

In the spirit of not wasting, you can also use your potato  peels to make some great homemade crisps… read on and don’t forget to post a comment!

Pommes Duchesse

(can be used in place of chips)

Pommes Duchesse

Pommes Duchesse

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 500g mashed potato
  • 10ml water
  • 30g butter
  • Paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g self-rising flour

Total spend: £0

Method:

For the Pommes Duchesse, heat the oven at 180°C.

Heat water and butter until the butter has melted. Add the sieved flour and mix quickly with a spatula.

The pan should still be on heat, now add Crack both eggs (whole) and add to the mixture. Mix very quickly before the eggs starts to heat up. Once the mix looks like a batter, remove from heat and add the mash potato with salt and paprika before stirring everything together until obtaining a smooth batter.

Duchesse batter 1

Duchesse batter 1

Duchesse batter 2

Duchesse batter 2

Duchesse batter 3

Duchesse batter 3

Duchesse batter cooked

Duchesse batter cooked

If you’ve got a piping bag, use it to pipe the duchess on a baking tray. Otherwise, just use a freezer bag and cut one of the corner with a pair of scissors before using it as a piping bag.

Place the tray in the oven for 30 minutes at 180°C.

Duchesse serving suggestion

Duchesse serving suggestion

Enjoy.

Pommes Dauphine

To do my Pomme Dauphines, I used the same batter. Instead of piping I made dough balls that I deep fry for 3 minutes in a chip pan. Pommes Dauphine can be made without the eggs, they are the easiest version of the Pomme Duchesse.

Pommes Dauphine 1

Pommes Dauphine 1

Pommes Dauphines

Pommes Dauphines 2

Pommes Dauphines serving suggestion

Pommes Dauphines serving suggestion

Potato skins crisps

As for turning the potato skins into chips. If you intend to use the potato skins in this way, wash the potato before peeling them.

Rinse the peels to remove the extra starch, then spread them on tissue paper to absorb the extra water and dry them.

Potato skin 1

Potato skin 1

In the mean tine, heat the oil in the chip pan, then fry them until brown. Remove oil and sprinkle with cracked pepper and sea salt.

Serve a part of the starter with a dip… I served mine with a carrot & sunflower seed butter.

Potato skin 2

Potato skin 2

Did you know, potato skins are really good for you? Apparently 20% of the potato’s nutritional value is found on in the skin.

Potato skin 3

Potato skin 3

Now your turn to try! Let me know which one you will be trying!

 

Next, What will you be doing with that Turkey meat? I am proposing a coconut milk stew, orange vegetables stir and brioche bun sandwich. See ya!