“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Friday, 28 October 2011
Gloomy evenings and chilly nights are fast approaching, but there are still plenty of opportunities to have fun with the family . . . beginning with Halloween and Bonfire Night.
With today’s hectic lifestyles it can be difficult to plan for special occasions, which is why Canned Food UK has created some quick and easy recipes that will help to bring your guests’ tastebuds to life. In preparation, it’s a good idea to stock up on store cupboard essentials. Whether you’re making some light snacks or hearty meals, canned food is nutritious and convenient to use.
After an evening of Halloween trick or treating or watching fireworks, warm up chilly bones with some fiery food. Canned Food UK’s American Style Beans with Cornmeal Dumplings provides a hearty, healthy meal that you can rustle up in a hurry. It is packed with canned tomatoes and red kidney beans – providing plenty of nutrients for your little monsters.
Apple bobbing might be the kids’ idea of fun, but adults will take more enjoyment from a scrumptious dessert. Try a delicious Apple Pancakes with Toffee and Custard to top off the evening.
For some winter warmers that can be enjoyed outdoors, Canned Food UK’s Filled Sweet Potatoes are easy to make and sweet potatoes count towards your 5-A-DAY. Bursting with flavour, these dishes are sure to bring excitement to Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Canned Food UK’s free u.can cook iPhone app has plenty of affordable and nutritional recipes that only need a few minutes’ preparation. Available through the iTunes App Store, it features more than 90 delicious recipes and a selection of step-by-step video demonstrations by celebrity chef James Martin. Canned Food UK’s website www.cannedfood.co.uk also features recipe demonstrations from James Martin, plus top tips from nutritionist Amanda Hamilton.
Toffee Apple Cake
Makes: 8-10 slices
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
385g can apple slices, drained, roughly chop half of the apple
397g can caramel (found at the supermarket in the canned milk section)
150g butter, softened
150g caster sugar
3 medium eggs, beaten
175g self-raising flour, sieved
Crème fraîche to serve
Preheat oven to fan 160°C, conventional 180°C, gas 4.
Grease and line the base of a 22-23cm cake tin with baking parchment.
Using an electric whisk, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Gradually add the beaten eggs, with a little of the flour after each addition.
Gently fold in the remaining flour until all the ingredients are combined.Add chopped apple and gently swirl in ¾ can caramel – do not over-mix.
Pour the mixture into the tin; arrange the remaining apple slices over the top of the cake, cutting any thick slices lengthways.
Spoon the remaining caramel over the top of the cake, then bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until firm and golden brown.
Spicy Sausage Casserole
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 - 45 minutes
420g red kidney beans in chilli sauce
200g can chopped tomatoes
300g can sliced carrots, drained
6 (400g) sausages, chilli if available
100g chorizo, peeled and thickly sliced
1 red onion, chopped
150g butternut squash, cut into large cubes
1-2tsp smoked paprika, optional
1 Tbsp olive oil
Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
Add the sausages and fry for five minutes, browning evenly, then remove them from the pan and leave to cool slightly.
Add the onion to the pan and fry for five minutes or until just soft.
Add chorizo and squash, fry for two minutes, and add the paprika, carrots, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and stock.
Cut each sausage into four or five pieces, return to the pan, bring to the simmer and cook for 30 minutes or until the squash is cooked.
Best served with mashed or baked potatoes. To make this dish even quicker to make, try adding canned onions instead of fresh – they are already prepared, ready for you to use.