Farmersgirl Kitchen http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk Cook, Eat, Enjoy! Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:10:41 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 100427640 Cider, Apple and Sausage Casserole and a tribute to Coriander Queen http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/04/cider-apple-and-sausage-casserole/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/04/cider-apple-and-sausage-casserole/#comments Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:00:38 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8910 Spring may have arrived, but there are a still a few colder days before the warmth of summer arrives and on those cooler days this Cider, Apple and Sausage Casserole

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Spring may have arrived, but there are a still a few colder days before the warmth of summer arrives and on those cooler days this Cider, Apple and Sausage Casserole would be the ideal one-pot to serve to your family or friends. 

One pot Cider Apple and Sausage Casserole

I made this Cider, Apple and Sausage Casserole as a tribute to fellow blogger Isabella King of Coriander Queen.  I can’t remember when I first visited Coriander Queen, Isabella’s delightful food blog, but she was one of the core of regular UK bloggers who posted delicious recipes and who I got to know through social media. 

The food blogging community is a close-knit one, there is a real sense of camaraderie.  We celebrate each other’s successes, commiserate when things go wrong and share our knowledge to help each other out.     I had been aware that Izzie had had cancer and it was a pleasure to see her beautiful wedding photographs posted online, after successful treatment.  There was a ripple of shock and disbelief through our community when we heard the news that cancer had returned and Izzie had passed away at only 29 years old. This was followed by real sadness and a feeling that we wanted, in some small way, to celebrate our connection with Izzie. 

I hope that you will visit Coriander Queen to share Izzie’s passion for good food, enjoy her beautiful photographs and celebrate the indelible imprint she has left in the world of food blogging. 

RIP Isabella, Coriander Queen 

Cider, Apple and Sausage Casserole
Serves 4
A rich and warming one-pot casserole with a hint of apple sweetness.
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Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 225g Pork Sausages (Or about 2-3 sausages per person)
  2. 100g of Carrots,
  3. 100g Onions
  4. 100g Cooking Apples
  5. 1 tbsp Plain Flour
  6. 1 teaspoon chopped Fresh Sage (you can substitute dried sage)
  7. 300ml Apple Cider
  8. Vegetable Oil
  9. 200g new potatoes
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180'C. Roughly chop and peel your onions and carrots, cut the new potatoes in half or quarters depending on how big they are, and core and slice your apples.
  2. Place a large oven-proof pan (one that has a lid) over a medium heat, and fry the sausages in a little vegetable oil until they brown on each side.
  3. Remove the browned sausages and place onto a plate.
  4. In the pan fry the apples, onions, carrots and new potatoes over a medium heat until slightly softened.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook a couple of mins until the apples and vegetables are lightly browned. Put sausages back into the pan and stir in the sage, along with a good grind of black pepper. Pour in the cider, stir and cover.
  6. Place in the oven for 45 mins.
Notes
  1. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the juices.
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Isabella served her Cider Apple and Sausage Casserole with mashed potatoes, but I decided I wanted a one-pot casserole, so added new potatoes in with the sausages, carrots, apples and cider.  They took on the delicious flavours of the sauce and that’s one less pot to wash up! 

 

A warm and comforting Cider, Apple and Sausage Casserole adapted from and in tribute to Isabella King, Coriander Queen

My tribute to Coriander Queen is part of a group tribute,  please visit them all!

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Cider, Apple and Sausage Casserole



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How to make Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/04/butternut-squash-meat-free-loaf/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/04/butternut-squash-meat-free-loaf/#comments Sun, 09 Apr 2017 19:45:12 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8884 Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf is a great alternative to meatloaf, packed with beans, quinoa, vegetables and cheese, it also freezes well so this recipe makes enough for two loaves.  Since

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Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf is a great alternative to meatloaf, packed with beans, quinoa, vegetables and cheese, it also freezes well so this recipe makes enough for two loaves.  Since January we’ve been having at least one and sometimes two meat-free meals each week and this is one of the most versatile meat-free recipes I have created. 

Roasted Butternut Squash

The base of the Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf is, of course, the butternut squash! By far the easiest way to cook butternut squash is to roast it.  All you need to do is split the squash in two, brush with oil and bake in the oven at 180C for 30-50 minutes depending on the size of your butternut squash. 

Butternut Squash Meat Free Loaf Ingredients

Leeks sauteed in butter or good olive oil,  add great flavour and fava beans add texture to an otherwise fairly soft mixture.  If you don’t have fava beans, or don’t fancy soaking and cooking your beans, you can use canned kidney or cannellini beans. 

Grated Cheese adds great flavour to the Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf

Then you add grated cheese,  there’s nothing quite like the creamy, salty taste of good mature cheddar.

Two loaf tins of Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf

Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf
Serves 8
A meat free loaf packed with flavour from butternut squash, leeks and beans, make two loaves and freeze one for another day.
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Prep Time
50 min
Total Time
2 hr 50 min
Prep Time
50 min
Total Time
2 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large butternut squash
  2. 1 tbsp oil
  3. 100g whole fava beans, soaked overnight
  4. 25 g butter or oil
  5. 2 medium leeks, finely sliced
  6. 50 g quinoa, cooked according to pack instructions
  7. 2 eggs, beaten
  8. 200 g cheese, grated
  9. 50 g chopped salted nuts
  10. Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place the two halves in a roasting tin and brush with olive oil.
  3. Cook the fava beans according to the packet instructions until soft but not disintegrating.
  4. Put the butter or oil in a saute pan and heat gently, then add the sliced leeks and cook gently for about 10 minutes until they are meltingly soft but not coloured. If your pan has a lid this will help the leeks to cook down.
  5. Take the butternut squash out of the oven and leave to cool for about 10-15 minutes. Scoop out the flesh and mash with a fork.
  6. Put the mashed butternut squash into a bowl with the cooked fava beans, quinoa, leeks, cheese, salted nuts, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  7. Add the eggs and mix them through the loaf mixture.
  8. Line two loaf tins (20 cm x 13 cm x 9 cm) with parchment paper and share the mixture between the two tins.
  9. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 170C for 40 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 10 -15 minutes until the loaf is firm and springy.
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
  11. Turn out and serve either with gravy or a tomato sauce just as you would with a meatloaf.
Notes
  1. I use the parchment loaf tin liners you would usually use for baking, they work really well as they are shaped.
  2. If you don't want to soak and cook your own beans you can use canned kidney or cannellini beans.
  3. This loaf freezes well, once cooled, wrap in baking parchment and foil and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, simply thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the wrapping.
  4. You can also serve the loaf cold with baked potatoes and salad or use it as a sandwich filling.
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Baked Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf

When I first made this loaf, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t hold together better however, this is pretty much the same with a meat based meatloaf which tends to crumble a little too. We enjoy the texture and bite of the fava beans, but if you want the Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf to be a finer texture then I would suggest that you mash the fava beans before mixing into the other ingredients. 

Enjoy this delicious Butternut Squash Meat-Free Loaf hot or cold with salad or baked potatoes. Add a tomato sauce or serve traditionally with gravy.

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Here are some alternative meat-free loaves that you might also like:

Savoury Nut Loaf - Meat free

 

 

 

Savoury Nut Loaf – Farmersgirl Kitchen 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheese and Lentil Loaf - Thinly Spreak

 

 

Cheese and Lentil Loaf – Thinly Spread

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lentil and Brazil Nut Loaf - Tin & Thyme

 

Lentil and Brazil Nut Roast – Tin & Thyme

 

 

 

 

I’m adding this recipe to Meat-Free Mondays hosted by Jacqueline at Tinned Tomatoes

Enjoy a slice of Butternut Squash

 

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Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/easy-cheesy-vegetable-lattice-pie/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/easy-cheesy-vegetable-lattice-pie/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:16:55 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8835 When I posted a picture of this Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie on Instagram it got such a positive reaction that I agreed to write up the recipe.  The Easy

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When I posted a picture of this Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie on Instagram it got such a positive reaction that I agreed to write up the recipe.  The Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie is impressive enough for Sunday lunch and simple enough for a weeknight supper.   

Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie Filling

The sauce for the Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie, is a simple cheese and leek sauce as its base, with added carrots and spinach it boosts the vegetable count, always a bonus when you are aiming for 5-a-day or 10-a-day. 

Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie
Serves 4
A creamy, cheesy vegetable filling with a crisp puff pastry lattice topping, Easy to make and impressive to serve.
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Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large leek, cleaned and finely chopped
  2. 1 large carrot, cut into fine julienne strips
  3. 25 g butter
  4. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  5. 1/4 pint milk or vegetable stock
  6. 1/4 tsp dried sage
  7. 1/4 tsp garlic granules
  8. 1 tbsp cream cheese
  9. 250 g spinach
  10. 150 g grated mozzarella or mature cheddar
  11. 1 x 320 g puff pastry sheet
  12. 1 egg (beaten)
  13. 1 tbsp of sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan, add the leek and carrot and cook on a low heat for about 8 minutes with the lid on, stir occasionally. You want the leek and carrots to soften but not colour.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium and add the flour, cook the flour for about five minutes,stirring.
  3. Slowly add the milk or stock, stirring all the time, to make a thick sauce, bring to a bubbling simmer and cook for about 3-4 minutes..
  4. Add the cream cheese, spinach, garlic granules and the spinach, replace the lid and let the spinach steam, once it has reduced stir it into the sauce. The moisture from the spinach will help to make the sauce slightly thinner.
  5. Take off the heat and add the grated cheese, stir through the sauce and set aside to cool.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 200C
  7. Butter your pie dish (mine is 27 cm) and fill evenly with the sauce.
  8. Cut the pastry sheet into 1.5 cm strips across the short edge.
  9. Brush the edge of the pie dish with beaten egg and stretch two strips to fit round the edge of the pie dish, then brush the top of the pastry strip with beaten egg.
  10. Attach the pastry strips to one edge of the pie, then add more strips at a 90 degree angle, then cross them over and under each other to make the lattice. If the pastry breaks or you have to join two pieces together you can cover the joins with circles of pastry cut with the end of an icing (frosting) nozzle or other small cutter.
  11. Brush the lattice with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  12. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
Notes
  1. Serve with potatoes and a green vegetable or with a side salad.
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Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie

It’s important to let the pie filling cool before adding the pastry or it will sag with the heat.  Using a wide pie plate means that the filling heats up quickly again and provides the opportunity for lots of crisp pastry, which is what pie is all about.

Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie

Don’t be put off making the lattice topping, it’s really not difficult to do and you can mend any breaks by pressing the pastry strips together and covering with a little disc of pastry, I cut these with the end of an icing/frosting nozzle.  But if you have other small pastry cutters you could use those.  The sesame seeds also help to make it look a little special, but if you don’t have any don’t worry, it will still taste as good. 

It looks impressive, but this Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie couldn't be simpler to make

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If you liked my Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie, you might like these vegetarian pie recipes from top UK bloggers: 

Cheesy, Spinach, Mushroom and Potato Crust Pie by Foodie Quine

Sweet Potato and Chestnut Pie by Thinly Spread

Vegan Picnic Pies with Crisp Hot Water Crust Pastry by Thinly Spread

Not Quite a Cornish Pasty by Tin & Thyme

Green Vegetable Galette with Flaky Pastry by Tin & Thyme 

 

 

Easy Cheesy Vegetable Lattice Pie

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How to make Hot Cross Bun Waffles – Easter starts here! http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/how-to-make-hot-cross-bun-waffles/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/how-to-make-hot-cross-bun-waffles/#comments Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:44:49 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8836 Easter is just around the corner and that means Hot Cross Buns! I love the flavours of Hot Cross Buns but also like to mix things up a bit, so

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Easter is just around the corner and that means Hot Cross Buns! I love the flavours of Hot Cross Buns but also like to mix things up a bit, so when SAGE offered me the chance to try out their Sage by Heston Blumenthal No-Mess Waffle maker, I set myself a challenge to make Hot Cross Bun Waffles

Enjoy an Easter Breakfast of Hot Cross Bun Waffles

Hot Cross Bun Waffles

As you can see above, Hot Cross Bun Waffles come with their own built-in cross, which I enhanced slightly with er…a bit of chocolate syrup, you know the kind you put on ice cream.  What better to fill those gaps between the waffle quarters than some sweet chocolate syrup? You could use any sweet sauce you like or simply drizzle with melted butter.  If you really want a white cross then I would suggest melted white chocolate would do the trick, or check out my Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake recipe where I show you how to create a cross using a dusting of cocoa powder or icing sugar. 

Hot Cross Bun Waffles ingredients

Making waffles is really simple, the ingredients are similar to those you would use for muffins and the method is pretty similar too i.e. add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  The difference is that there is more liquid making more of a pancake-type batter consistency.   I added the spices and citrus flavours of Hot Cross Buns to a classic waffle batter and created  Hot Cross Bun Waffles

There really is No Mess with the Sage No Mess Waffle

The Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle has the following great features:

  • Power/Darkness Control – so you can customise your waffle colour from dark to light
  • Die-cast aluminium cooking plate
  • PFOA-free non-stick
  • An integrated moat – as you can see from the photo above, judging exactly the right amount of batter is not always easy, but it overflows into the moat and comes off cleanly. No mess, no waste.
  • Stainless Steel housing which looks smart and is easy to clean
  • Locking latch for storage
  • Power light to show that the unit is on
  • Ready light to let you know when the unit has reached cooking temperature

The Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle RRP £99.95  and you’ll find full tech specification, downloadable instruction book and helpful videos by visiting the Sage website.

Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle

Hot Cross Bun Waffles
Yields 8
Hot crisp waffles straight off the waffle iron, with all the flavours of Hot Cross Buns - ideal for Easter breakfast.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 295 g self raising flour
  2. 55 g caster (superfine) sugar
  3. zest of half a lemon
  4. zest of half an orange
  5. 1 tsp mixed spice
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 50 g raisins roughly chopped
  8. 125 g butter, melted and cooled slightly
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 3 eggs
  11. 430 ml milk
Instructions
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, add the chopped raisins.
  2. Whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla together in another bowl.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture and the melted butter and lightly whisk the ingredients until combined. Do not over mix, it should still be slightly lumpy.
  4. Let the batter rest while pre-heating the waffle maker.
  5. Turn the POWER/DARKNESS control dial to your desired setting, I used setting 5. Wait until the READY light illuminates.,
  6. Pour approximately 125 ml (I found a 1/2 cup measure was about right) of batter evenly onto the centre of the waffle plate and close the lid.
  7. At the end of the cooking cycle, open the lid and carefully remove your waffle.
  8. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  9. Make a cross in the waffle indentations using melted chocolate or chocolate syrup and add the toppings of your choice.
Notes
  1. Use only non-stick friendly spatulas to help remove your waffle.
  2. Make sure you dip right down to get some raisins in each waffle.
  3. For consistent results, put the next batch of batter in immediately after removing the cooked waffle.
Adapted from Sage by Heston Blumenthal - Classic Waffle Recipe
Adapted from Sage by Heston Blumenthal - Classic Waffle Recipe
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How to make Hot Cross Bun Waffles all the flavours of Hot Cross Bun in a waffle

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I’m adding the Hot Cross Bun Waffles for Recipe of the Week Linky over at A Mummy Too, check out Emily’s great recipes and those added to the Linky too.

Looking for more waffle inspiration?  Here are some great recipes from top UK food bloggers:

Parmesan & Paprika Potato Waffles by Kavey Eats  

Orange & Thyme Waffles with Blueberry Compote by Recipes from a Pantry

Haggis Waffles by Foodie Quine

Marmite Waffles by Kavey Eats

Apple, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup Waffles by Foodie Quine

Sprialized Sweet Potato Latkes in the Waffle maker by Family Friends Food

Potato Rosti Waffles by Fab Food 4 All

Alternatives to Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Balls (vegan and gluten free) by Veggie Desserts

Hot Cross Bun Mug Cake by Farmersgirl Kitchen 

Alternative Hot Cross Buns

 Kavey’s Hot Multi-cultural Buns by Kavey Eats

Coconut and Mango Hot Cross Buns by Recipes from a Pantry

Hot Magen David Buns by Family Friends Food

Hot Cross Bun Puddings

Hot Cross Bun Pudding (a la mode) by United Cakedom 

 Slow Cooker Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding by Munchies & Munchkins

  Hot Cross Bun flavoured waffles, ideal for Easter breakfasts

 Disclaimer: I received the Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle maker to review and create a recipe.  I was not paid and all opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

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Souper-fuel your lunchtime with the Baxters Souper Swap Challenge http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/baxters-souper-swap-challenge/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/baxters-souper-swap-challenge/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:42:38 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8820 *Sponsored* What do you usually eat for lunch?   A third of people admit to eating the same lunch every day and that usually means a sandwich!  I am taking

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What do you usually eat for lunch?   A third of people admit to eating the same lunch every day and that usually means a sandwich!  I am taking part in the Baxters Souper Swap Challenge, and over the next two working weeks, I’ll be swapping my usual lunch for a delicious can of Baxters Soup.  

The sandwich is popular because it is seen to be convenient but a can of Baxters Soup can be just as convenient. If you work at home you can easily heat up a can of soup either on your stove or in the microwave.  If you work in an office, then most offices have a microwave and some actually have a proper kitchen.  If you work somewhere without facilities to heat up soup what then?  Well, I would recommend that you get a wide necked vacuum flask, then heat the soup at home and store in the flask until you can enjoy it for your Baxters Souper Swap Challenge lunch!

Swap your Sandwich for some delicious Baxters Soup in the Baxters Souper Swap Challenge

Up to 3 of your 5-a-day 

I was really excited to see just how many vegetables are packed into a can of Baxters Soup,  all the soups have at least one of your 5-a-day, many have two, or even three portions of vegetables.  My lunch in the picture above would provide a complete 5-a-day in one meal and if you are aiming for 10-a-day then the Baxters Souper Swap Challenge is ideal to pack in more veg portions. 

Low Calorie and Low Fat

I always read the labels on cans to see exactly what I am going to be eating and, not only are Baxters Soups packed full of vegetables with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, they are also low in calories. The Baxters Hearty Tomato, Chorizo & Mixed Bean Soup contains on 228 kcal per can with 4.4 g of fat and some of the other varieties are even lower in calories.  They may be low in calories but I find that a bowl of soup fills you up much more than a sandwich.

Save money

 A sandwich bought from a chain sandwich shop will  genearlly cost between £2.00 – £3.00

A can of Baxters Hearty Soup costs £1.10 (see below for an even better deal)

Over the two weeks of the Souper Swap Challenge, you could save £9.00

 

Swap your sandwich for a can of Baxters Hearty Soup in the Souper Swap Challenge

If you want to join the Baxters Souper Swap Challenge you can buy a Baxters Souper Swap Soup Box containing 10 cans (enough for two working weeks) for £10 with FREE delivery by quoting SOUPERSWAP at the checkout. 

There are three different  Baxters Soup Swap Challenge Boxes to choose from:

The Souper Swap Challenge Vegetarian Box containing: 

  • Vegetarian Garden Pea & Mint Soup
  • Vegetarian Carrot & Coriander Soup
  • Vegetarian Spicy Parsnip Soup
  • Vegetarian Country Garden Soup
  • Vegetarian Mediterranean Soup
  • Vegetarian Carrot & Butterbean Soup
  • Vegetarian Minestrone with Wholewheat Pasta Soup
  • Vegetarian Lentil & Vegetable Soup
  • Vegetarian Spicy Tomato, Rice & Sweetcorn Soup
  • Vegetarian Green Lentil & Tomato Soup

The Souper Swap Challenge Hearty Box containing: 

  • Hearty Chicken & Country Vegetable Soup
  • Hearty Smoked Bacon & Three Bean Soup
  • Hearty Country Vegetable Soup
  • Hearty Tomato, Chorizo & Mixed Bean Soup
  • Hearty Spiced Red Lentil & Smoked Bacon Soup
  • Hearty Beef, Vegetable & Bean Soup
  • Hearty Chicken & Sweetcorn Chowder Soup
  • Hearty Chicken, Pepper & Black Eyed Bean Soup
  • Hearty Tuscan Style Bean, Bacon & Pecorino Soup
  • Hearty Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, Chilli & Lime Soup

The Souper Swap Challenge Ultimate Box containing: 

  • Hearty Tuscan Style Bean, Bacon  & Pecorino Soup
  • Hearty Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato Chilli & Lime Soup
  • Hearty Tomato, Chorizo & Mixed Bean Soup
  • Hearty Beef, Bean & Vegetable Soup
  • Hearty Chicken & Country Vegetable Soup
  • Hearty Chicken, Pepper & Blackeye Bean Soup
  • Vegetarian Green Lentil & Tomato Soup
  • Vegetarian Mediterranean Tomato Soup
  • Vegetarian Carrot & Butterbean Soup
  • Vegetarian Spicy Tomato Rice & Sweetcorn Soup 

At Baxters Kitchen, you will also find Super Swap Top Tips, a quiz and a competition to WIN your lunch for two weeks.  

Choose a Vegetarian can of Baxters soup in the Souper Swap Challenge

 

I have a great fondness for Baxters Soup. it was my preferred canned soup from childhood.  Baxters Royal Game, now branded as an Iconic Classic,  was my favourite soup then, and probably still i now, there is nothing really quite like it.  However, variety is the spice of life and, as someone who gets very easily bored, I love having a choice from the wide range of modern soups that Baxters now produce. Find out more about the Baxters Souper Swap Challenge

Join me on my Souper Swap Challenge on Instagram and Twitter @farmersgirlcook 

Enjoy a hearty working lunch with the Baxters Souper Swap Challenge

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Mother’s Day in the UK falls on Sunday 26th March, so it’s time to get your thinking caps on and come up with a gift your Mum will love. My Mother’s Day Gift Guide provides gift ideas for all Mums, but is particularly aimed at Mums who like good food and cooking.

Edge of Belgravia Onyx Ceramic Knife Collection

Edge of Belgravia Ceramic Knife Collection

Every keen cook needs a set of good knives and the award-winning Ceramic collection from Edge of Belgravia combines bold design and the outstanding sharpness of ceramic blades without the need for sharpening.

The high-tech zirconium oxide blades are second to diamond in hardness, keeping these blades sharp for years whereas a cheap steel knife may be dull after only a month of use.  The lightweight and comfortable handle makes them easy to use.

The set comprises a 15 cm Chef’s knife for chopping, dicing, mincing or slicing; a 15 cm Ceramic Slicer engineered for slicing roasted meat and cutting fish; a 12.5 cm Santoku blade which cuts cleanly through vegetables and is highly suited to preparing sushi; a 10 cm Utility knife ideal for food items that are too small for a Chef’s knife and too large for a paring knife and a paring knife with a 10cm blade, tapering to a pointed tip, ideal for peeling, chopping and mincing small food items.

The Edge of Belgravia Ceramic Onyx Collection costs £299.90

If that is a little bit out of your price range, then don’t worry there are other less expensive gifts in my Mother’s Day Gift Guide that your Mum will enjoy.

Quality tea means quality time this Mother’s Day

English Tea Shop Premium Collection

The English Tea Shop Premium Collection contains 30 individually wrapped pyramid tea bags and features a diverse range from true classics to the more unusual.  The range includes:

White Tea Blueberry & Elderflower, Lemongrass, Ginger & Citrus, Harrington Premium Single Origin Black Tea, Super Berries, Chocolate, Rooibos & Vanilla and Oolong Tea.  

English Tea Shop is steeped in tradition by using the finest quality tea leaves and age-old practices to bring a superb tea from the heart of Sri Lanka. Working with the finest organic and Fairtrade farmers, English Tea Shop is able to create unique blends of quality tea.  Each unique flavour carries with it the love and care English Tea Shop puts into its sustainable and ethical values, not only is the tea good for you but it’s good for the world.

It’s a very pretty tin with some really delicious teas, it would be lovely as a gift for a tea lover, especially if you accompanied it with a nice cake!  The English Tea Shop Premium Tea Collection is available from Amazon with an RRP of £17.00.

Gin and Truffles

As I said earlier, chocolate and flowers are popular choices as Mother’s Day gifts, but how about GIN and chocolate? Now there’s a gift that will be well received.  This lovely Gin & Truffle Gift Set contains a miniature of Sipsmith London Gin and a box of Charbonnel et Walker Sipsmith Gin Truffles.  If you haven’t tried gin and chocolate you don’t know what you are missing. A couple of years ago I went on a gin and chocolate tasting and it was a revelation.  Charbonnel et Walker are a premium chocolate brand providing the perfect partnership with Sipsmith for these luxurious truffles.  

Gin and Truffles for Mother's Day

 

Founded in 2009, Sipsmith London set up the first traditional copper distillery since 1820. Their mission was simple: to bring London Dry Gin of truly uncompromising quality and character, back to the city where it first earned its name. Every bottle of Sipsmith London Gin is hand-crafted in genuinely small batches. Every drop of every batch is lovingly laboured over by hand, by dedicated Distillers. No regimented timings, no automatic cuts, just a craftsman’s flair and a passion for gin well made. 

Classic Antipasti Gift Box

Treat your Mum to a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle with a classic Antipasti box from Diforti, an authentic Italian e-commerce brand which offers gourmet Italian food-boxes and products.  The high-quality ingredients are carefully packaged in a special box and come with Diforti’s tips on how to best serve your fresh Antipasti. 

Diforti Italian Anti Pasti - Mother's Day Gfft Guide

The Classic Antipasti Box contains:  100g Whole Green Nocellara del belice olives; 130g Sicilian semi-dried cherry tomatoes; 110g Sweet Red Pepper stuffed with Cheese; 150/200g Truffle Pecorino; 150/200g Wild Boar Salami; 100g Spanish Salted Marcona Almonds; 250g Italian Breadsticks Rustici.  The quality of the products is excellent and arrives in a gift box with the perishable items carefully packaged with an ice pack in an insulated bag.   The Classic Antipasti Box costs £21.00 and includes free p&p.

Cook Books

Cookbooks make great gifts for Mums, and Dads, who love to cook.  There’s always something new to learn and it’s inspiring to read and try new recipes and I have included three quite different cookbooks in this Mother’s Day Gift Guide. 

Vegan in 15 Plant Based Recipes by Kate Ford

Vegan in 15 is full of delicious plant-based recipes you can cook in 15 minutes or less.  I’m not vegan, I’m not even vegetarian, but I do love plant-based recipes and these are brilliant if you need to get a meal on the table quickly.

Kate Ford is a renowned green food blogger at The Veg Space, she has packed Vegan in 15 full of tips and advice, shopping lists and meal planners as well as recipes which are full of flavour.  If your Mum is interested in a vegan lifestyle or would enjoy trying something different, then this is a great little book to get started. 

Here are a few of the recipes I have marked down to make: Thai Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup; Speedy Spinach Falafel with Carrot and Apple Salad (see photo of salad); Speedy Bean Burger with Gherkins and Mustard Mayo; Pea Pate with Pea Shoots on Sourdough Toast; Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff and Amaretto Sozzled Figs with Candied Walnut Crunch.

Vegan in 15 by Kate Ford, Published by Short Books, RRP: £8.99 

The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen by Emma Hatcher

Not everyone has a choice in what foods they can or can’t eat.  I’m fortunate that I don’t have any allergies or intolerances to food, but I know many people who do. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common complaint which currently affects 1 in 7 individuals on a daily basis, so anything that helps to manage that is welcome.  Research over the last two decades has shown hat FODMAP sugars are known to cause IBS type symptoms.

The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen by Emma Hatcher of She Can’t Eat What? has come up with 100 easy, delicious recipes for a healthy gut & and happy life. Emma tells her own story and then provides a straightforward guide to FODMAPS and foods that are high, medium and low in these sugars, including a storecupboard guide and ways to add flavour without garlic or onion and some basic how to’s for making nut milk, stock and grains like buckwheat.

Recipes include: 

Buckwheat Crepes with Smoked Salmon & Goats’ Cheese Smash; Roasted Red Pepper & Greek Basil Soup; Three -Tin Tomato, Turmeric & Coconut Dahl; Sticky Salmon Topped Soba Noodles; Parchment Baked Chicken with Coriander & Lime Veg; Banana & Hazelnut Muffins; Buckwheat Risotto with Macadamia Cream; Bacon & Spinach Quiche; Hazelnut & Pecan Chocolate Spread and Salted Peanut Butter Ice cream.

As you can see these are not recipes only for someone on a restricted diet, they are delicious, exciting and innovative recipes that anyone can enjoy.  I know I’ll be making many of these.

The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen by Emma Hatcher, published by Yellow Kite Books, RRP £20

The Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking - Mother's Day Gift Guide

My final cookbook in this Mother’s Day Gift Guide is The Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking by Joy E. Stocke & Angie Brenner.

The Tree of Life is one of the cookbooks which not only provides recipes, it also allows us a glimpse of the history, culture and art of the peoples of Turkey. Based on the travel memoir Anatolian Days and Nights, it is a beautifully produced book with delightful illustrations, clearly written recipes and some absolutely stunning photographs by Jason Varney. 

Each chapter starts with an essay about the type of food to follow and each recipe has a paragraph of introduction that conjures up the sights, sounds and flavours of the recipe to follow.  The chapters are liberally sprinkled with information about the different areas of Turkey, the occasional quote and some ‘how to’ instructions.  It’s been a while since I’ve had a book that tells a story as well as a recipe, if you’ve read any of Nigel Slater’s books then you will understand what I mean.

Here are a few of the recipes that caught my eye: Quick Saltwater and Lemon Pickles; Classic Lamb Kofte; Cheese Filled Bread Boat (peinirli); Dilled Yogurt Soup with Chickpeas & Rice; Tomato and Walnut Salad with Pomegranate Molasses; Tender Green Lentils with Orzo and Caramelised Onions; Melted Leeks in Creamy Tomato Sauce; Marinated Shrimp with Orange Zest and Nigella Seeds; Cypriot Style Lamb Shanks; Carrots with whipped Feta and preserved Lemon and Orange Yogurt Kahve Cake.

Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking by Joy E. Stocke & Angie Brenner, published Burgess Lea Press, RRP £20.

I am delighted to say that I have two copies of Tree of Life to GIVEAWAY.  Entrants must be resident in the UK and be over 18, simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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How to make Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/wholemeal-irish-soda-bread/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/wholemeal-irish-soda-bread/#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:33:53 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8751 Have you ever made Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread?  It’s a really quick and easy type of bread to make, although it doesn’t keep very well, so is best eaten up

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Have you ever made Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread?  It’s a really quick and easy type of bread to make, although it doesn’t keep very well, so is best eaten up shortly after it is baked.  It’s ideal to eat with soup, stews (Irish or otherwise) or with a cheese board.  If you do have some left over, it also makes brilliant toast!

Quick and Easy IWholemeal Irish Soda Bread

 

Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread is very similar to a scone mixture, this version is made with wholemeal spelt flour and ancient grain that is easier to digest and makes delicious bread, scones and cakes.   There is a little black treacle (molasses) in the mix and some rolled oats, these are more traditional for Irish Brown Bread but work equally well in this loaf.  

Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread in the Optimum HealthyFry
Serves 4
A quick and easy wholemeal Irish Soda Bread that's ideal when you want bread in a hurry!
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Total Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 200 g wholemeal spelt flour
  2. 2 tbsp rolled oats
  3. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 25 g butter
  6. 100 g natural yogurt
  7. 1 tsp black treacle (molasses)
  8. a little milk
Instructions
  1. Place flour, rolled oats, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingers until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
  3. Pre-heat the Optimum HealthyFry
  4. Add the yogurt and treacle and mix into the flour with a knife or spatula, add a little milk at a time until you have a firm dough, do not over mix.
  5. Form into a round and cut a deep cross in the round
  6. Grease the Optimum HealthyFry cake tin, then add a little flour and shake it around the tin.
  7. Place the dough in the cake tin and place in the Optimum HealthyFry.
  8. Set the heat to 180C and the time to 20 minutes.
  9. When baked remove from the Optimum HealthyFry and place on a cooling tray.
  10. Serve slightly warm or cold with soup, stews, cheese or whatever you would normally pair with wholemeal bread.
If baking in the oven
  1. Before making the Irish Soda Bread, pre-heat your oven to 180C, bake as per the recipe.
  2. It's easy to double up the ingredients if you want to make more, but you will have to increase the baking time to around 35 minutes.
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 Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread baked in the Optimum HealthyFry

The difference with this recipe is that I baked my Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread in my Froothie Optimum HealthyFry!  There’s hardly any time for pre-heating, just 3 minutes,  and the soda bread baked perfectly with a crisp and crunchy top and soft inside.  I’ve found that the Optimum HealthyFry works really well as a mini-oven as well as frying with little or no oil.  

Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer

Read my review of the Optimum HealthyFry Giveaway to find out more about just how versatile this nifty piece of kitchen kit can be!  The Optimum HealthyFry Air Fryer is currently on SALE for £129 (Save £70) and as I’m a Froothie Ambassador and during #Jumpstart17  you get free delivery in the UK!  Just you use my ambassador link to order your HealthyFry Air Fryer and simply type “3116” and “free ambassador delivery” in the comment section of the order. Delivery will be credited back to your card.

How to make Irish Soda Bread

You can, of course, bake the Soda Bread in the oven and instructions are included on the recipe card. 

For some variations on Soda Bread, here are some great recipes from Top UK Bloggers:

Wholemeal Cheddar and Apple Chutney Soda Bread with Cider

 

Wholemeal Cheddar and Chutney Soda Bread with Cider from Fab Food 4 All

 

 

 

Cinnamon Carrot Soda Bread

 

Cinnamon Carrot Soda Bread from Veggie Desserts

 

 

 

 

Soda Bread Rplls

 

Soda Bread Rolls from Knead Whine

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Soda Bread

 

Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Soda Bread from Fab Food 4 All

 

 

 

 

How are you planning to celebrate St Patrick’s Day?  Why not try making some Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread, it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s just so delicious, you will want to make it again and again. 

Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread

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Fennel and Orange Salad with or without Hot Smoked Salmon http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/fennel-and-orange-salad/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/03/fennel-and-orange-salad/#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:26:35 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8609 Fennel and Orange Salad is an ideal winter salad, fennel gives a fabulous crunch and slight aniseed flavour and blood oranges and pink grapefruit are in season and totally delicious

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Fennel and Orange Salad is an ideal winter salad, fennel gives a fabulous crunch and slight aniseed flavour and blood oranges and pink grapefruit are in season and totally delicious just now.  I threw in an orange pepper and topped it with some beautiful flakes of hot smoked salmon.

We were fortunate to win a Burns Supper hamper from Fresh Food Express, it contained all the ingredients for a Burns Supper and a lot more!  Included in the vegetable box was a bulb of Florence Fennel, an orange bell pepper,  a pink grapefruit and two blood oranges, the produce was beautifully fresh and ideal for a  Fennel and Orange Salad.  Also in the hamper was a pack of hot smoked salmon which is like a salmon fillet but cooked in hot smoke rather than the classic cold smoked salmon that is translucent and cut thinly. 

 

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Fennel and Orange Salad

Serves 4 as a side salad or 3 as a main course

 1 bulb Florence fennel, finely sliced

1 pink grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments

2 blood oranges, peeled and cut into segments

1 orange pepper, finely sliced

2 fillets of hot smoked salmon (optional)

2 tbsp lime infused rapeseed oil

1 tbsp  juice saved from the citrus fruit

1 tsp honey

¼ tsp salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Layer the vegetables into a serving bowl, top with the citrus fruit segments and hot smoked salmon, if using, add a few fennel fronds to garnish.

Make the dressing by mixing together the flavoured oil (if you don’t have any then you could grate a little fresh ginger into the dressing, but it’s fine without) and shake in a lidded container or whisk to combine.

Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.

 

Fennel and Orange Salad is the perfect winter salad This salad is ideal if you are trying to up your fruit and veg intake.  I’m on a bit of a mission to aim for 10-a-day after the news that 5-a-day may not be enough.  I certainly haven’t felt hungry this week and have managed between 8-10 fruit and vegetables every day.  I am realising that I’m going to have to get some more inspiration if I’m going to keep this up and fortunately there is plenty out there including this great round up of fruit and vegetable recipes over at the Froothie blog

More citrus salad recipes from Top UK Bloggers:

Honey, pomelo, pomegranate and fennel saladJen’s Food

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My Last Slow Cooked Challenge Round-Up Feb 17 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/02/my-last-slow-cooked-challenge-round-up-feb-17/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/02/my-last-slow-cooked-challenge-round-up-feb-17/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:07:00 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8727 Do not fear dear readers, although this is MY last Slow Cooked Challenge Round-Up, the Slow Cooked Challenge lives on!  My co-host Lucy of Baking Queen 74 will be taking

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Do not fear dear readers, although this is MY last Slow Cooked Challenge Round-Up, the Slow Cooked Challenge lives on!  My co-host Lucy of Baking Queen 74 will be taking full control of the reins of the Slow Cooked Challenge so please continue to add all your delicious slowly cooked recipes to the linky, I know that I will!

I’ve decided to call it a day as I simply don’t have the time to promote the challenge and to do it full justice anymore.  I would have been sad to see the Slow Cooked Challenge disappear completely, so I’m really happy that Lucy is going to carry on, and she has full licence to make it her own and run it in whatever way works for her and for you.

Anyway enough about all that, here are the fabulous recipes that our slow cooking friends have created during February:

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  1. Creative as ever Lucy, Baking Queen 74 has made a Slow Cooker Whole Spiced Cauliflower, a delicious vegetarian alternative that can be served as a light meal or a side dish.
  2. My faithful slow cooking friend, Dominic at Belleau Kitchen cooked up a classic Lamb Stew in his Slow Cooker and it looks so inviting. 
  3. The entry in Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary is also a Slow Cooker Lamb but this time it’s a Lamb Chilli with Pastilla Peppers and it looks so tasty with its avocado, blue corn chip and grated cheese accompaniments.
  4. Another vegetarian dish now, this time from Helen at Roast Chicken and a Country Walk.  This hearty recipe is a Green Lentil and Vegetable Cottage Pie, which looks quite delicious.
  5. How original are those little hearts cut from red peppers?  Shaheen at From Allotment to Kitchen (A2K) is the romantic cook who made this Red Pepper Chilli Hearts and Black Beans with Valentines Day in mind. 
  6. Goat meat is rather topical at the moment, I was watching something about it on telly just the other night and thinking I should see if I could source some.  Deon at Food Jam is ahead of the game with this Slow Cooked Goat and Fennel Stew, a great combination of flavours. 

Many, many thanks to everyone who linked up in February and also to everyone who has ever linked up to the Slow Cooker Challenge and the Slow Cooked Challenge since I started it in January 2013  It’s a great resource for slow cooked food and you can find all the Round-Ups on the Slow Cooked Challenge Page.

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Please do remember to add your recipes to the Slow Cooked Challenge over at Baking Queen 74 and happy slow cooking!

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Quick and Easy Blood Orange Mini Cheesecakes http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/02/blood-orange-mini-cheesecakes/ http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/2017/02/blood-orange-mini-cheesecakes/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:39:01 +0000 http://farmersgirlkitchen.co.uk/?p=8619 Quick and Easy Blood Orange Mini Cheesecakes are a brilliant dessert made with very little effort. There’s a buttery crisp biscuit base, light and creamy cheesecake and blood orange topping, all

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Quick and Easy Blood Orange Mini Cheesecakes are a brilliant dessert made with very little effort. There’s a buttery crisp biscuit base, light and creamy cheesecake and blood orange topping, all contained in a little glass ramekin. 

Have you heard of blood oranges?

The blood orange is a variety of  orange with crimson coloured flesh.  Apparently the dark coloured flesh develops with low night time temperatures and is high in antioxidant pigments.  The flesh and juice is sweet and delicious.  However, they are only available in the early months of the year, so if you want to make the Quick and Easy Blood Orange Mini Cheesecakes, you can substitute plain old ‘orange’ oranges.

Zesting the blood orange

I was was very impressed by the Deiss Zester and Cheese Grater, it’s super sharp and makes short work of grating orange and lemon zest, garlic and hard cheese. 

Quick and Easy Blood Orange Mini Cheesecakes
Serves 6
Buttery biscuit crumb base covered with a sweet creamy cheesecake and topped with sweet and tangy blood oranges
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Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 digestive biscuits
  2. 60 g butter
  3. 450 g Skyr or thick Greek yogurt
  4. 50 g honey
  5. grated zest of 1 orange
  6. Segments from two blood oranges
  7. 50 g sugar
  8. 6 small ramekins
Instructions
  1. Place the biscuits in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin
  2. Melt the butter and mix with the crushed biscuits
  3. Divide the biscuit mixture between the ramekins and press down with a teaspoon
  4. Mix the skyr or Greek yogurt with the honey and orange zest
  5. Divide the mixture between the ramekins, then chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  6. Meanwhile peel the blood oranges and cut out the segments and place in a bowl, catch any juice from the oranges and place in a small saucepan, add the sugar and heat gently until melted.
  7. Bring the sugar syrup to a boil and boil for 4 minutes until syrupy, take off the heat add the orange segments, set aside to cool.
  8. To serve, remove the ramekins from the fridge and add 2-3 orange segments and a teaspoon of juice on top of the cheesecake.
Notes
  1. If you can't get blood oranges, use other sweet oranges, all that will be missing is the glowing red colour!
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How to make Blood Orange Mini Cheesecakes

 

Here are some great Blood Orange recipes from top UK bloggers:

Kale and Blood Orange Cake – Veggie Desserts

Blood Orange Salad with Avocado, Radish and Dill – Family Friends Food

Pan Fried Hake with Sauce Maltaise & Purple Sprouting Broccoli – Natural Kitchen Adventures

Blood Orange Squash – Tin & Thyme

What is your favourite quick and easy dessert? 

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