Brussels Sprouts Christmas Giveaway

Sprouts smNot everyone enjoys Brussels Sprouts. So here are some counterfeit Sprouts to fill up your plate.

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(I take no responsibility for you having to eat them though!)

I’ve also added a couple of delicious recipes;

Sprouts with Bacon and Blue Cheese

and  a stir fry recipe with Chestnuts, ginger and garlic

Have a lovely Christmas.

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The Bivouac – Falafel Burger

The Bivouac - Falafel Burger smWe recently stayed at The Bivouac a fantastic retreat in North Yorkshire. We stayed in one of the 7-berth woodland shacks. No electricity and the only heat was from a wood-burning stove in our one-room shack.

Fantastic weekend.

Our first day we spent kicking back and relaxing – to the point where we even visited the on-site cafe for a splendid lunch.

I tried the vegetarian Falafel Burger with Red Pepper Marmalade

 

Red Pepper Marmalade

Ingredients

150ml 1 cup bell pepper, finely diced (no stem and seeds)

120ml /1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

120ml / 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon dried chili flakes

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a pan on medium/high heat.

Once it starts boiling, bring the heat down to low – stirring regularly.

Cook for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates and becomes a thick syrup.

 


Fish Finger open sandwich with pea mayo

Staying down in Dorset means we can stop off at the delightful village of Wimborne. We nipped into No.9 on the Green for a light lunch; where I discovered the pleasure of Pea mayonnaise!

Coupled with the fish fingers this sandwich offered a pleasant variation on fish, chips and mushy peas.

As far as I can figure out this might be the recipe for delicious …

Pea Mayonnaise

Makes a pleasant accompaniment to any fish based dish.

Ingredients
150g (1 cup) – Frozen peas
120ml (1/2 cup) – Sour cream
120ml (1/2 cup) – Mayonnaise

Variations – add any or all of these options
– Add garlic
– Add a couple of tablespoons of chopped mint
– or how about a couple of tablespoons of chopped chives No9 on the green - fish finger sandwich sm


The Moorings – Hot Chocolate

The Moorings - Hot chocolate smHot Chocolate is such a comforting and dreamy experience (apart from when you’ve lost your hat, of course!)

Just the thought of it  conjures up images of snuggled up in dressing gowns clutching the hot mug between your hands and sipping carefully at the steaming chocolate.

Yummy!

Quite often we reach for the instant packet of hot chocolate; great for speed and convenience, but not so great on the sugar. Commercially bought Hot Chocolate is always way too seer for my liking.

Why not make your own hot chocolate?

The only ingredient which isn’t probably already in your store cupboard is the vanilla pod.

Okay, so we’ve got a vanilla pod. Here goes a smooth and creamy Hot Chocolate recipe that hits all the right notes.

 

Hot Chocolate Recipe

 

coffeeIngredients

1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out

1 litre/1¾ pints milk

150g/5½oz plain chocolate,  in small pieces

sugar, to taste

freshly grated nutmeg, for dusting

 

To Prepare

  1. Heat the vanilla pod, seeds and milk in a saucepan until boiling.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate pieces, stirring until the chocolate melts.
  3. Whisk until frothy on top and add sugar, to taste.
  4. Serve with a dusting of nutmeg.

 

Variations

– Add a cinnamon stick in at step one to give it a little extra twist.