Best ever Bolognese

BologneseHere’s my take on the family favourite. Cooking is one of my passions, and I really love to chop and change recipes to make them more exciting. So, wooden spoon and sharp knives at the ready!

Ingredients:

  • 500g lean mince (preferably less than 5% fat)
  • 200g dry spaghetti (plus enough boiling water to cover)
  • 8 mushrooms
  • A few bay leaves to garnish
  • Some parmesan to garnish
  • A handful of baby plum tomatoes
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1-2 sprays of Frylight (1 calorie cooking spray)
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worchester sauce
  • 1/2 tsp creole spices mix
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic butter
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp passata
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno relish
  • Salt and pepper to season

Method:

  1. Chop up the vegetables and squish the garlic with the side of a knife (releases flavour better than when chopped)
  2. Spray a pan over medium heat with the frylight
  3. Add the pasta to a pot, pour over boiling water and cook on a medium heat
  4. Add the veg (not the large tomato) to the pan and fry off until lightly golden
  5. Add 1tsp oregano, basil and 1/2tsp paprika, creole spice mix to the veg
  6. Crumble the mince into the pan and cook until brown
  7. Season the mixture
  8. Add the balsamic vinegar, oyster sauce, Worchester sauce, olive oil, cottage cheese, and garlic butter, cook for two minutes
  9. Pour in the passata, ketchup, jalapeno relish and the remaining oregano and basil.
  10. Once everything is combined, take the meat mixture off the heat and drain the pasta
  11. Divide the pasta into two bowls, then divide the meat mixture into two servings
  12. Sprinkle some parmesan over the bolognese, and garnish with a bay leaf
  13. Enjoy the best bolognese you will ever have 😉

DSCN3599Well there you have it! A sweet and slightly spicy Bolognese that’s bursting with flavour. I’d love to hear your modern take on recipes. Let me how you like to make it in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter 😀

-Lucy

Best ever brownies!

One of my favourite desserts to whip up when I need to get my chocolatey fix, these brownies are simple to make yet taste so good. I hope you enjoy my recipe and add your own little touches 🙂

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  • 50g Cocoa powder
  • 100g Plain flour (I used spelt, but it doesn’t matter)
  • 100g butter / baking fat
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 50g sugar
  • 1/2 can of condensed milk (180g or so)
  • 100g chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence / grated vanilla

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC fan / 190oC regular
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy
  3. Add in the egg yolks and mix
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form
  5. Add the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda to the butter mixture
  6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, then add to the butter mixture along with the condensed milk
  7. Stir to combine
  8. Finally, slowly fold in the whisked egg whites into the butter mixture until it is combined
  9. Pour into an oiled deep tray and cook in the oven for 35 minutes

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When they are cooked, prick with a fork to see if they need a few more minutes. If not, cut into slices and place on a plate. Dust with some icing sugar or cocoa powder for a nice finish.

Enjoy the brownies! I hope you liked this recipe. Please let me know how your brownies turned out in the comments below or on facebook and twitter 🙂 x

Best ever omelette sandwich

This recipe can double as a hearty breakfast AND a lazy lunch!

A great way to use up leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2 shallots

  • 2 handfuls of sweet peppers of your own preference

  • 2 handfuls of cooked, diced potato

  • 2 handfuls meat of your choice (I used leftover Christmas ham)

  • 2 handfuls mushrooms (I used buttons)

  • 3 large eggs

  • 100mls milk

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp basil

  • a swig of vinegar (I used Apple & Lingonberry from IKEA)

  • a small bit of cooking oil (I used ‘1 calorie olive oil spray’)

  • seasoning

  • 2 slices of bread

  • a little butter

Method:

  1. Fry off the diced shallots and mushrooms in a little oil over a medium heat in a frying pan. Add the potato and cook until lightly crispy. Add the sliced or crushed garlic
  2. Sprinkle the herbs, spices and seasoning over the pan mixture. Then, add the meat and cook until piping hot.             NOTE:                                                                                                                                                                               If you are going to cook the peppers, add them to the pan now. I added them to the sandwich later on, I love that fresh juicy crunch
  3. Crack the 3 eggs into a jug and whisk with the milk.
  4.  Pour the egg mixture onto the frying pan.
  5. Once the egg is set, fold the omelette onto itself. Cut slices as you wish and transfer to a plate.
  6. Butter 2 slices of bread. If you want a real luxurious treat, use an artisan bread like tiger loaf or ciabatta. Plain white pan bread works just fine as well. Using an egg lifter, lift the omelette onto the bread and sprinkle over the peppers if you did not cook them. close the sandwich and slice it however you like. Hope your sandwich is delicious 😀d3cc5a_a5171ed09c8e45a682e3128ff9bf818ad3cc5a_42ba7ee54037408bb55f2f12d427be28d3cc5a_a66a2f33a9c644fd84697d91fdb2fb6cd3cc5a_5223c3faad4b41a5811d8402df91d882d3cc5a_c8a461118c994e088fae415695c5354bd3cc5a_5e320e68441a4f64a9c401956913780c