Pear and Peach Crumble

The first time I ever made a crumble was at high school (not too long ago 😃). I remember, me and my friend scoffed the lot! It was THAT good! Since then it’s always been a trusted dessert that I have made for family and friends, knowing it will be a winner. I’ve done apple crumbles many times which are fabulous but I love the idea of pear and peach for a change but you can easily use apples or any fruit you desire.

It’s gorgeous with custard or cream but my personal favourite is crumble warm from the oven served with ice cream………..dreamy! Utter indulgence!

Pear and Peach Crumble

Pear and Peach Crumble Served with Caramel Ice Cream

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 Tins Pear Halves in Juice, drained and halved again 
  • 1 Tin Peaches in Juice, drained
  • 300g Self RaIsing Flour, sieved 
  • 150g Butter, diced 
  • 180g Brown Sugar
  • 2tbsp Honey 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180degrees.

In a 18cm square non-stick baking tray, place all the fruit in the bottom and add the honey and mix well, coating all the fruit.

Rub the butter and flour together using your thumbs and fingers. To ensure it is well combined and an even crumb is made, a good tip is to shake the bowl and the larger lumps of butter will come to the top of the bowl so you know to keep incorporating those into the crumb.

When it is all combined and crumb is formed, add the sugar and mix through.

Put the crumble mix on top of the fruit mix and spread evenly, shake the baking tray whilst on a flat surface to ensure it is evenly distributed. Place in the oven and bake for 30-40mins or until cooked through.

Remove from the oven and serve. I love how the honey and fruit juices bubble up the sides of the baking tray and create a gorgeous, fruity caramel. It’s lovely and sticky. Makes the dish look really homemade and inviting. Enjoy!

Fresh From the Oven......Cream, Custard or Ice Cream

Fresh From the Oven……Would You Like Cream, Custard or Ice Cream? 😃

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Sublime Sunday Feast

I’ve just enjoyed the perfect Sunday afternoon; family, a food feast and fun!

Sunday Dinner

We have enjoyed a roast chicken with lemon and herbs, cous-cous with cumin and chilli and vegetables, potatoes with rosemary, baked tomatoes, broccoli (you have to have your greens!), corn on the cobs with butter and a green salad with cucumber, onion, olives and cheese. 😃

If that wasn’t enough, we had a toffee and pecan roulade with strawberries and cream ice cream. Awesome!!

Wish I could live like this everyday!!

Hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend. 💋

Cafè Culture – Costa Coffee

The smell of freshly made coffee…….sensational!! I love visiting local cafès and sampling tasty treats including cakes and bakes, a warm baguette and a panini. Me and a friend visited the local Costa Coffee, it didn’t disappoint.

Cappuccino

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I had a medium cappuccino and a warm, toasted chicken, roasted red pepper and rocket panini……I would highly recommend it. Let’s just say; I’ll be going again! 😃☕

Pasta and Meat Sauce

There’s nothing more comforting to me than a big bowl of pasta after a long day. Lovely served hot with garlic bread or delicious with a simple side salad.

I’m not professing this dish matches how the Italians make it, but it’s great as a quick supper. This is one of my favourite Italian dishes due to its simplicity and comfort factor. There is no comparison but it reminds me of some fabulous pasta and meat sauce I ate whilst I was in Italy last summer, sublime. This is my attempt at recreating that…….trying to anyway!! 😃

Pasta and Meat Sauce

Pasta and Meat Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients

500g Good Quality Beef Mince

1 Onion, peeled and chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

2 Tins Chopped Tomatoes

Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped

300g Tagliatelle

Method

Heat a large, heavy based frying pan. Add some oil and fry the onion for a few minutes. Add the garlic and meat and cook until the meat is slightly coloured. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 20mins. Season generously with salt and black pepper.

Meat Sauce Simmering

Meat Sauce Simmering

Cook the pasta in boiling, salty water.

When the pasta is cooked add the basil leaves to the meat sauce and stir through. Serve the pasta and meat sauce and top with grated Parmesan. Buon appetito! 😃

Spicy Apple Fruit Cake with Seeds

This cake is moist, tasty and very healthy, no honestly. It has little sugar or butter but lots of fruit and seeds…….any excuse for a slab of cake.

It stores well in an airtight container for up to a week, if you can resist it for that long.

I made it for my mum and she loved it, so I have to share it with you.

Spicy Apple Fruit Cake with Seeds

Spicy Apple Fruit Cake with Seeds

Makes 8-10 Slices

Ingredients

  • 2 Apples, peeled, cored fined iced 
  • 1 cup Dried Fruit Mix, including raisins, currants, lemon and orange peel
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar 
  • 1 cup Strong Tea, freshly brewed
  • 75g Butter 
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger 
  • 1tsp Ground Cinnamon 
  • 1tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1 and a half cups Self Raising Flour 
  • Half a cup Oat Bran 
  • 1tbsp Sunflower Seeds
  • 1tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

Method

Preheat the oven to 170degrees. Grease a 18cm round spring form tin.

In a saucepan over a medium heat, cook the apples and tea. Simmer gently for 5mins until the apples have softened but not lost their shape. Add the dried fruit, sugar and butter. Mix well, ensuring the butter and sugar have melted fully.

In a bowl, mix the flour, oat bran and spices. Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool slightly and then add to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly and add to the baking tin. Top with the seeds and bake for 30mins.

Cool in the tin and then remove from the tin and serve with a nice cup of tea. 😃

I ❤ Nandos!

Avocado and Green Bean Salad with Peri-Peri Chicken

Avocado and Green Bean Salad with Peri-Peri Chicken

Had a great shopping day at the weekend and refuelled at Nandos! Yummy! I ordered the Avocado and Green Bean Salad with Medium Chicken. I usually order the cous-cous salad but they do this instead now…….gorgeous.

It was a mixture of salad leaves, avocado, green beans (with a little bite), caramelised red onion, seeds (including pumpkin seeds) and of course Peri-Peri chicken!

It was tasty and felt healthy too so I will be recreating this at home. I think peas would be a good addition as well or instead of green beans, as they go well with avocado.

Seriously, it was that good.....😃

Seriously, it was that good…..😃

Peri-peri chicken anyone??!!

Missed a bit..... 😃

Missed a bit….. 😃