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Broccoli, pasta (any type), small carton of crème fraiche, blue cheese (or cheddar/ parmesan if your kids won’t eat blue cheese), Streaky bacon (or normal bacon or ham)
Cook your pasta. Chuck in some broccoli florets for the last 4-5 minutes of cooking. Meanwhile grill or fry the bacon until crispy. Once cooked, drain off the water and stir in a small handful of the cheese. Spoon in the crème fraiche and mix. Finally sprinkle over the bacon or ham and season with pepper.
Boil some broccoli and separately fry chicken with onions, peppers, mushrooms and whatever you like.
In a dish layer the broccoli then the chicken mixture.
Mix in a separate bowl a can of chicken soup, curry powder and a bit of mayonnaise. Add this on top of your broccoli and chicken layers. Then add crunched crackers or plain crushed crisps to add a crunch. Then sprinkle cheese on top. Put in the oven/ grill to melt the cheese. Umm! Serve with extra veg and jacket potatoes.
5 large potatoes, peeled and diced into 2 . 5cm/1 inch squares, 2 free range eggs, 200g fresh spinach, 1onion, finely chopped, 1carrot, halved and finely chopped, 600ml cream, 200g cheddar cheese, 1lemon, juice of, 1teaspoon English mustard, 100g flat leaf parsley, finely chopped, 500g haddock or 500 g cod fish fillets, skin removed pin boned and sliced into chunks
Put mince, finely chopped onions, herbs and spices/chilli, some mustard powder and a little tomato paste in a bowl with breadcrumbs (this bulks it up apparently!) mix, make into balls, brown in a frying pan.
I never add oil, then add to a casserole type dish over the top I put homemade tomato sauce, (made from garlic, tomatoes, tinned tomatoes, more spices, dried chilli, and some real chillies if you like spicy). Make enough to cover the balls. put in oven for around 40 mins. Delicious with either spaghetti, pasta, or mashed potatoes
1 small onion, 2 tablespoons pine nuts, 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced into thin strips, 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, drained, 1 cup chicken stock, 1 cup sour cream, grated parmesan cheese, basil
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onions and pine nuts for about 5 mins. Add the strips of chicken and sauté for a further five minutes, add the sun dried tomatoes a cook for 1 min.
Pour the chicken stock into the frying pan and bring to the boil. Stir in the sour cream and parmesan cheese. Toss the pasta with the sauce and stir in the basil.
1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
½ cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water with food colouring added
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional but it makes the play dough smell nice!)
Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan, and stir over a medium heat until the dough forms into a ball. Allow to cool, and then knead until smooth.
Store in an airtight container (a Ziploc bag with the air pressed out is good).
Going-away present idea
Small bags of pre-made play dough also make a good “going-away” present for a toddler’s birthday party – make up some large batches in different colours and divide it up.
NB: We have been advised that homemade play dough is a potential danger to household pets and must be kept safely out of their reach at all times.