Pour the glaze over the still warm cake. When cool, slice and eat it

Cinnamon Roll Cake

My Wife and the kids like cinnamon rolls.  I wanted to make my own but I’m not any good at dough nor getting cinnamon sugar/paste to stick to it before wrapping it up, so I looked up other options for making cinnamon rolls.  There were lots of recipes, but all seemed convoluted, so I experimented a bit and came with my own. This has all the ingredients of cinnamon rolls but is more of a cake.  It’s easy to make, just three main stages and can be eaten warm or stored in an air tight container for a few days.  It’s a great option for school cake sales or for taking to work for no reason other than cake is good 🙂 Ingredients Main Cake 360g plain flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 200g caster sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 375ml semi skimmed milk 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 120g unsalted […]

Finished Turkey Curry Pasties

Turkey Curry Pasties 1

So, my first self written post on the Wife’s blog.  I’m pretty sure you won’t want to read about servers or networks (the day job), nor will you probably want to see my modelling (although I don’t promise not to write about that) so all that leaves me really is the only other thing I’m good at; cooking and/or baking.  So here goes. Tradition in our house on Boxing Day is that the left over turkey is diced, mixed with onions, leeks, spices and cream and cooked as a pie. This weekend Gloucester had a late kick off and the youngest asked for pie as pasties to take with us as a hot snack.  I may be biased but it seemed to work.  If you fancy making your own, here’s how…     Ingredients: 1oz butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, diced 2 leeks, sliced 500g diced cooked […]

Cricket World Cup Recipes – India 3

This is the second part of our cricket recipes post. The first one was African Babotie. Chicken Jalfrezi – An Indian Curry   This recipe requires some preparation work.  Ideally, you should make and marinade the chicken for 24 hours, but if you don’t want to wait that long, then at least 2 to 3 hours.   Part 1 – Marinade   Ingredients:   500g chicken breast 5 cloves of garlic 2inch piece of root ginger 1 teaspoon of Tumeric 2 teaspoons of Garam Masala ½ teaspoon of salt.   Method  

Cricket World Cup Recipes – Africa 3

Do you like Cricket? I’m not so keen but Blokey likes it rather a bit. So he’s been in the kitchen and has been cooking food inspired by countries involved in the Cricket world cup = India and Africa. India spicy curry, and Africa gives us a lovely comfort food dish. The curry might knock you for six though, so be careful! Babotie – A South African Curried Mince Dish   Ingredients:   1kg Mince Beef 2 medium onions (or 3 small in this case) 3 eating apples 500ml milk 2 slices white bread 4 large eggs 2 tablespoons of Mango Chutney 1 tablespoon of curry powder (or more to your taste) 2 tablespoons of Tomato Puree 4 tablespoons of sultanas 2 bay leaves   Method   Put 300ml of milk into a jug.   Add in the 4 eggs and lightly beat.  Put the remaining 200ml of milk in a […]

Bank holiday weekend as a #MorrisonsMum 8

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get sent some Morrisons shopping vouchers and asked for my opinions on Morrisons prices, quality and the experience as a whole. Morrisons were extremely generous and sent hundreds of blogging parents shopping vouchers, so we could all give them a go, and look out for the “I’m Cheaper” logos. To be honest we normally shop elsewhere, but with a new store open in Gloucester this was the perfect excuse to go to M instead.

Thoughtful Valentine’s gift 6

I am not keen on overly commercial, over priced cards, or flowers. Instead I am making Blokey a gift. Its no secret that I can’t cook, in fact I go to basic cookery lessons. So I am making chocolates. I have some super strong Co-op fairtrade 85% cocoa dark chocolate, and some Cadbury DM fruit and nut. They are like the opposites, the Co-op being a coniseurs type, where you feel sick if you eat too much as its so rich. The DM is like comfort, its not too posh, not to cheap and its easy to eat all of it. I figure a mixture of these makes perfection. Like sweetness and bitterness, too posh versus normal.

Homemade Christmas Gift – Tea for Two

If you want a cheap but thoughtful Christmas present then I’ve an idea for you. We made homemade biscuits from one of the millions of recipes easily found online and displayed them in a cute way. Firstly we make biscuit dough and roll it out to about half a centimeter thick and cut it into various sizes of stars using cutters. When these have cooked and cooled slightly arrange them biggest at the bottom, sticking the stars together with icing as you go.

Volcano Cake by Jen 3

Kids bored? Want to bake something easy, but still messy and fun? Well here is the cake my son made this weekend. Step one make normal cake mixture, we went with chocy as it looks like mud. You want the cake raised and cracked on top, like double chocy muffins in shops. While the cake is cooling mix up some icing sugar and water. Split in to two little cups or bowls and add yellow colouring to one, red colouring and vanilla flavouring into the to other.

Spicy Scotch Eggs

As the owners of chickens sometimes we have more eggs than we can use. Yummy finished item…. When cooking dinner we boiled six eggs and left to cool. When kids were asleep we went back to the kitchen to get cooking. Pop the oven on at 190 centigrade to warm up as you prepare. Firstly you wrap your freshly peeled eggs in sausage meat and this makes giant meatballs. Roll these balls into flour, this will give the meatball a gripy surface. You need to dip and roll the meatball in a single beaten egg. We added chilli seeds to this to give it hidden flavour. Then immediately dump it in a bowl of breadcrumbs. Coat as fast as you can as will only stick to the wet egg. We made breadcrumbs by throwing a few slices of Hovis seedy loaf into a food processer. Lovely perfect crumbs with seeds […]

Christmas cake minus booze 2

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a little unusual. I am allergic to alcohol. I can’t consume it without being ill and large amounts or spirits could kill me. Excuse the image quality. My partner is going to make me a cake, will look and smell like Christmas but won’t hurt me. He can be so sweet sometimes. He has Googled a recipe then bought ingredients, we were going to buy a cake but the labels on shop crimbo cakes aren’t helpful. The non alcoholic wine was “just because”. He said hang on and ran back a few aisles and tried to sneak it into trolley. I know if alcohol is added during cooking I’ll feel ok, if fruit was soaked in booze as is traditional I will be rather unwell. If the booze is a flavouring such as in a cream filling, or in icing I would also be unwell. […]