Wednesday, 30 December 2015

A Delightful Afternoon Tea.

Reminicing about yesterdays delightful afternoon tea at Judges Country House, Kirklevington.  This was an extra special visit to celebrate my daughters and my birthday, which falls on the same day in September.  Upon arrival at the stunning country house, surrounded by lush greenery, we were whisked into the Great Hall, where afternoon tea is served.  From the moment we stepped into Judges, we were greeted with kindness and exceptional service.  The smartly dressed staff offered impecable service, making us feel at ease and relaxed.  Whilst admiring the surroundings my attention was turned to the beautiful christmas carols, sung by Judy Garland, evoking a timeless, nostalgic vibe.... very appropriate for our beautiful setting.

The afternoon tea itself was from a choice of three, guests are able to choose from these three options: ours was the traditional tea.  There was a selection of freshly made sandwiches which ranged from: smoked salmon, cucumber, roast beef, egg mayonaise and cheese savory.  These were complemented by a fine selection of homemade cakes: chocolate brownie, lemon meringue, carrot cake and raspberry mousse.  Finally, a choice of scone.... fruit or plain.  We opted for both.  This was presented with thick clotted cream and a home-made strawberry jam.

I have to say that this was the most perfect way to spend a delightful christmas afternoon with my daughter.



















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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Skinny Fries with Roasted Garlic Aioli.

The other day I was kinda hungry, not the ravenous type of hunger where it has you opening all the cupboard doors, in the hope that something delicious will miraculously jump out and spontaneously pop into your mouth. No, it was more like the hunger where you want to kick back and slowly munch your way through something addictive and delicious. 

Now, I don't want to claim responsibility for the fact that you will totally just keep on popping one after the other into your mouth..... Yes, they are that addictive.... but also, if you make the garlic aioli, not only will you transmit garlic for a couple of hours.... You will go back for more... I promise ;-) 

Ingredients:

5-6 cloves of garlic.
7-8 tablespoons of light mayonnaise.
5-6 large potatoes, I just used standard white potatoes.
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Take a generous amount of tin foil and scrumple and shape it until it resembles a small bowl.  Place inside the garlic cloves and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.  Close the edges of the foil around the garlic cloves, covering them.

Place them on a small baking try in the top of the oven for 40 minutes to cook through.


Next, peel and very finely chop the potatoes into thin strips and put them into a bowl.


Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and with your clean hands, turn them over in the bowl, so that all the potato strips get a generous coating of oil.


Once the potato has been evenly coated in the olive oil, on a baking tray, lay them in an even layer.  You, may need to bake two batches, depending on how much potato you have.  This is no bad thing... Double the joy ;-). 


Place the baking tray with the potato into the oven, and allow to bake for 20 mins.  After this time, take them out of the oven and turn them over and move them about a bit.  Add the tray back to the oven for a further 20 mins.

What you should find is that some of the fries will be crunchy and crispy, whilst some will be soft and brown.... A killer combo!

 
To make the Garlic Aioli is really quite simple.  Take 7-8 tablespoons of the mayonnaise of your choice and put into a bowl.  When you take the potatoes from the oven, also remove the foil which contains the garlic cloves.  

Allow the garlic to cool slightly and gently squeeze the soft, squidgy garlic centre into the Mayo.  With a spoon stir the soft garlic into the Mayo.  A la Aioli is complete.  My personal challenge to you, is that you don't devour it all in one go .... Like someone I know..... Who me? Never..... Lol ;-)


Look, you can totally see where I have been swiping some extra tastes.....


Also, I couldn't wait to try the skinny fries.... Delicious with a sprinkling of crunchy salt.


Enjoy to your hearts content...



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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Strawberry Greek Yoghurt Popsicles.


Well, we are three weeks into the school summer holidays and I hope everyone is having fun!  We have been busy, visiting London, Oxford and Legoland with the kids. A great time has been had by all and new memories have been made :-)

I don't know about anyone else, but I tend to find it difficult to feed the kids healthy snacks whilst they are at home all day.  There's only so many bowls of fruit, unsalted peanuts and carrots they will eat, before they start pulling faces and saying, "Oh, not again!"  So, in a flash of inspiration I thought I would try to make something healthy and exciting ;-). Cue..... Strawberry Greek Yoghurt Popsicles.... Anything to grab their attention!

Ingredients:

Punnet of Strawberries.
Carton of 0% fat free Greek Yoghurt.




Method:

Chop fresh strawberries into chunks.
In a bowl, pour in the yoghurt, then add a teaspoon of caster sugar and stir well.
With a small spoon, carefully place spoonfuls of the yoghurt mix into a Popsicle mould.  Layer the spoonfuls with the strawberry chunks.


I have actually lost the tops of the Popsicle mould, so I have used some leftover plastic spoons.... Anything works, really ;-)

Place the unfrozen Popsicles in the freezer for a few hours to set and then carefully ease them out of the moulds.


Hopefully, these will help with the healthy choices I am trying to get the kids to make.



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