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Thursday, 30 October 2014

My favourite recipes that are perfect for an Autumn day

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I've been asked to work with Forest Holidays on their 30 Days of Autumn project. They've teamed up with ten of their favourite bloggers from all over the UK to give you lots of fun ideas about what you can get up to this autumn. They’ve kick started the list with a few of their own suggestions.  

Here are my favourite recipes that are perfect for an Autumn day: 

Quick and Easy Oven Baked Risotto, very comforting meal without having to slave over a hob stirring for 20 minutes. 

Wholemeal Herb and Onion Focaccia, perfect accompaniment for soups or stews as well as a fab snack when on an Autumn walk.

Quick and Easy Root Vegetable and Lentil Curry

I whipped this up for a hearty late lunch the other day and it went down very well indeed.  Packed with vegetables and with gently spiciness, it was perfect comfort food for a chilly autumn day.

1 Tblsp oil
1 Tblsp curry paste, I used mild
2 cloves garlic, crushed
500g butternut squash or sweet potato, cut into 1 inch chunks
400g can chopped tomatoes
400g can brown lentils, drained and rinsed
2 or 3 cubes of frozen spinach, defrosted
2 generous handfuls of frozen peas
fresh coriander, to serve

Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add curry paste and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes until the curry paste is fragrant. Stir in the butternut squash and/or sweet potato and tin of chopped tomatoes.  Using the can of chopped tomatoes as a measure, add half a can of water to the saucepan.  Stir to combine everything then cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the butternut squash and/or sweet potato are almost soft.  Add the drained and rinsed lentils, defrosted spinach and frozen peas then cook for a further 5 minutes.  Spoon into bowls, sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve accompanied by Naan bread.

And for pudding why not whip up some Chocolate Pots, you could adjust the flavour of the chocolate to suit your mood or the occasion.

*I was compensated by Forest Holidays for writing this post*

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

What's your Perfect Night In?

What's your ideal menu for a Perfect Night In?
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Now that Autumn is upon us and the nights are drawing in earlier it makes me want to be warm and cosy at home rather than out and about in the great British weather.  As a family we enjoy spending one night a week, usually Saturday night, watching a movie or favourite TV programme together.  My 3 girls really like to watch Strictly Come Dancing so dinner that night is deliberately chosen so it's quick to prepare and we can eat it whilst sitting on the sofa. 

Our favourite television night dinners are Homemade Pizza, Calzone, Burgers (either vegetarian or beef), Homemade Fish and Chips or Spicy Vegetable Parcels.

My perfect night in would involve a takeaway with a decadent dessert, no cooking or washing dishes, the kids not bickering over anything and me being able to eat dinner whilst it's hot instead of having to tend to a newborn who seems to need feeding right on dinnertime. 

Sainsbury's are asking everyone to think about their Perfect Night in and tell them about it.  There's a fab prize draw with a great prize of a 40" HDTV, £250 of Sainsbury's vouchers, and 10 DVDs all you have to do is tell Sainsbury's what your perfect night in involves. 

To help inspire you and give you ideas for keeping you and your family entertained at home, Sainsbury's have created some fun and easy activities for the family to get involved in. Check out their crafty garden ideas and other guides.

What's your Perfect Night In?

*I was compensated by Sainsbury's for promoting this prize draw*