Finally I’ve got around to posting my slow cooker Ragu recipe. I love a rich, tomatoey, Italian style Ragu, served with tagliatelle, fresh basil and a good helping of parmesan – you just can’t beat it!
Its official; I LOVE my slow cooker and slow cooker meals!
Slow cooker week
Its week 2 of my 6 week reboot, and this week my challenge was to 1) buy a slow cooker, and 2) use it for a whole week. The idea being that I would be super prepared and that tea would be ready and waiting each night.
Todays guest blog post
Week one of six
Week one of my six week reboot has officially been completed! The good news is that I’m still functioning and appear to be unscathed. My challenge for the last week was to get to grips with the Bullet Journal and to start using it on a regular basis. The idea was to try and bring some kind of order and calm to my busy life.
Properfoodie’s proper life changes
A post with a different angle…
This post goes a little off topic from my usual recipe content, but I feel it’s time to get more ‘with it’ in terms of my work-life-blog balance. So for the next 6 weeks I’m going to start a new mini blog series, which will follow my 6-week reboot journey of attempting to get back on track with living well and being more organised. I will be doing this with my friend Katya from Katyas cake hole, who will also be following her own 6 week reboot plan.
Pancake Day is nearly here and I can’t tell you how highly delighted I am about that fact. I’ve always got way too excited about Pancake Day; we don’t even get a holiday out of it. But I just can’t help get over-the-top, giddy about the mixing together of some eggs, flour and milk. Put on a bit of pancake-making-music from Matilda (AKA ‘Send me on my way’ by Rusted Root) and you’ll have me leaping around the kitchen, spatula in one hand, pan in the other; and with a wiggle of the hips, the scene is set for a full blown, larger-than-life, happy celebration of the good old pancake.
Guest blog post from Katya’s Cake Hole on her favourite Manchester restaurants
My name is Katya and I’m author of Katya’s Cake Hole.
The blog title is a bit of a give away but if you haven’t guessed yet, I’m a food blogger. Debbie has kindly invited me to guest blog on ProperFoodie about my favourite five restaurants. My boyfriend Jamie and I have done an awful lot of eating in and around Manchester in the last year, so I’m in a good position to give you the low down.
So here we go:
A really easy dauphinoise, which is more than just a side dish. This haddock dauphinoise with Cypriot potatoes is so scrummy that I nearly ate the whole bake to myself. Its full of lovely chunky fish, creamy potatoes and is dotted with lardons of pancetta and circles of roasted leeks. This is certainly a great dish to come home to, any night of the week.
Imagine light, crumbly chocolate brownies, dotted with hazelnuts and white chocolate chucks, then finished off with zig zags of melted chocolate. Then imagine surprising that special someone with these incredibly tasty squares of chocolate goodness, made just for them, by you, with your own amazing baking skills! Or don’t just imagine it: make it, bake it, love it, eat it, gift it and never go back to shop bought brownies ever again!!
Chicken skewers with a fiery rocket, lime, and baby corn salad. Its another show stopping platter!! I just love serving up mine and Ben’s tea like this. Everything piled on to one board ready for us to devour.
Detox broth: to reset and rejuvenate.
So it’s still January, and I’m still desperately clinging on to that New Year’s resolution, whilst fighting off the need to eat stodgy food until I burst. Like me, if you need a little extra help and maybe feel like a quick reset is in order, then this detox broth might be just up your street.
Cooking with Bettys! And who doesn’t want to cook with Bettys at their very own Bettys Cookery School?
Their well known tea rooms, which very often have long queues outside the doors, need no real introduction. However, Bettys cookery school is another matter and an email from them at the end of December has lead to a great start to my New Year!
I’m kicking off 2017 with a warming, mulligatawny soup.
This bowl of deliciousness, with its slight tingle of spice and its lingering sweet aniseed flavour, is a delight to come home to on a cold January night. PJs on, curtains drawn, heating on full blast and a pan of mulligatawny goodness on the stove – all that’s left to do is savour every drop and then hibernate until spring.
Have a magical Christmas with Bettys of Harrogate.
So….baking! It can be fun and theres nothing quite like impressing family and friends with homemade desserts.
However, even as a food blogger I don’t always have time to make my own puddings. Its nice to know that when life gets busy, theres always somewhere we can turn for that little helping hand. This Christmas I’ve been privileged enough to receive a very special box full of home baked goodies from Bettys in Harrogate.
Its gingerbread time!
The Christmas cake is made, the chutney and cranberries have been jarred, the tree is up and the festive tunes are on. So now, on the 17th of December, the only thing left to do is to make up some crumbly, gingery and very festive biscuits. These biscuits contain one of my favourite, go-to-dessert ingredients: cardamom! Checkout my Homemade ice cream and my Dairy free panna cotta posts for more cardamom inspiration.
A deliciously sweet fig chutney,
which is perfect for slapping on your cheese and biscuits this Christmas. Not only is this recipe my go to chutney at Christmas but it’s also one of my favourite homemade gifts to give out to friends and family. This year, whilst filling the kitchen with the alluring smells of caramelised onions and poached figs, I have made my chutney-producing-life a little easier with the use of…..rubber gloves!!
Allotment from scratch.
Very excited to announce that: we have an allotment!! We have just been allowed access to a bit of field that we can now call our allotment. The plot is part of a brand new site and so we are literally starting from scratch.