Planning your weeks food – Honey mustard sausages

Right on the way back to Leeds from a short but food heavy trip to Exeter! A fee thoughts on the week…

The problem you have when buying veg, fruit and meat boxes is eating it all up, especially when there’s just two of you. I like the first day when you have any number of meals to make but quickly it becomes a race to save your rapidly wilting spinach. Unfortunately it mainly involves planning (“boring!” I hear you cry). But this could be an opportunity! It makes you cook (when you can’t be bothered), try new ideas and go off-recipe. That’s why tonight I have to do something with a whole chicken knowing full well we’re eating out tomorrow. Here’s my approach, let’s see how I get on!

ONE. What’s going out of date first?
TWO. What meals can you make with the least fresh items?
THREE. What can you make and then freeze for later?

The best meal this week has been a really simple one –


ONE The great quality butchers sausages from the market were covered with a mix of whole grain mustard and honey and seasoned well. TWO These need to be cooked at 180 for about 30 mins, basting with the glaze every 5 minutes or so. THREE Depends on the veg you have to hand, I boiled swede, potato and carrots for 25 mins. When done I mashed and beat with butter and seasoned well FOUR Chopped a savoy cabbage roughly and in a frying pan with a lid, I left half cm water in the pan and 2 tablespoons of butter and stirred occasionally on a medium heat for 10-12 mins.

Really simple, old fashioned dish but a way to use up plenty of veg and the sweet, sticky glaze really hit the spot. I also made up a simple red onion relish by chopping an onion thinly, sweating down slowly with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and water until soft and sticky.


Baked mushrooms with ham and goats cheese


Here we go, blogging on the bus!

Nice and simple baked mushrooms, plenty more variations on this I should imagine

YOU NEED: Large flat mushrooms, garlic, olive oil, ham, goats cheese (herbs would make a good addition)

METHOD: ONE Pre heat oven to 180 fan TWO In a dish place your mushrooms ‘gills’ up and toss on your finely chopped garlic and drizzle with olive oil THREE roughly add the ham then spot with goats cheese and season FOUR Bake for 12-15 mins

I served with a salad of rocket, spinach and watercress with a lemon and olive oil dressing and a thick piece of toast. Adding herbs a spot of butter or a drizzle of honey would also be a good addition.

Oops missed my stop!

Blog Manifesto – Steak sandwiches


Right, I’ve had ideas left right and centre about a food blog but we don’t have time to spend hours upon hours reading rambling blog posts do we? Here’s what I’m going to do

ONE. I’m going to keep this simple and easy to follow.

TWO. After that I can finally get round to writing down the recipes I try¬†somewhere, I’ve lost count of the number of things I try once and never again because I never made a note.

THREE. Lastly I hope it’ll be a way to interact with other home cooks and learn a lot more out the way

..Oh yeah and eat great food!

SO before I forget about my tea last night

NAME: Steak sandwich and sweet potato chips

INGREDIENTS: Sirloin steak, Caramelised onion chutney (or fry some onions), Wholegrain mustard, Mixed leaves (Rocket, watercress, spinach), Mayonaise, Ciabatta, Sweet potatoes, Olive oil, Balsamic vinegar

GOOD FOR: Friday night at home, making a steak go a bit further

METHOD: ONE Preheat oven to 180 (fan) TWO Peel your sweet potatoes and cut into batons about 1.5 cm thick THREE Toss the sweet potatoes in a table spoon of olive oil, salt, pepper and splash of balsamic vinegar (if to hand) and bang them in the oven FOUR Come back 25 minutes later and pre heat a pan on a high heat (grill pan if you have it) FIVE drizzle some olive oil on to your steak and season generously with salt and pepper SIX Slap your steak in the pan, turn down the heat slightly and cook on each side for 2 1/2 mins SEVEN Leave your steak to rest for 5 mins and assemble your sandwich fillings how you like EIGHT Slice up your steak, fill your sandwiches with the steak, pouring over the left over juices

Perfect served in front of the telly. Not the ultimate steak sandwich but something I managed to throw together and make a steak go further. Any questions, give me a shout.