Bleeding Ribs Spicy Sausage Rolls Halloween Dinner

It’s time for another gruesome Halloween dinner and this time it’s bleeding ribs spicy sausage rolls.

I decided to make sausage rolls with a gory twist. Use the pastry to look like ribs and fill the roll with peppers, chillies and tomatoes for a tasty Halloween dinner or it could even be a nice snack if it was cut up. If you don’t like chilli you can use tomato ketchup instead. It works very well.

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For the chilli sauce which looks like a good blood in the pastry, I used the Knorr flavour pot mixed chillies. I emptied the pot into a cup and added a little oil to loosen it up and gave it a good stir.

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Makes 2 sausage for 4-6 people

Ingredients

- 1 pack of puff pastry ready rolled. (I used Sainsbury’s own brand 375g)
- 1 Knorr flavour pot mixed chillies
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- 1 red onion chopped finely
- 10 baby tomatoes cut up
- 1 red pepper
- 1 red chilli cut up
- 6 of your favourite sausages
- 1 egg

Method

- Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
- Unroll the pastry and cut into two piece (it will be slightly rectangular cut to make two rough squares).
- Mark into the three and cut the outer thirds diagonally. See picture below.
- Pop the flavour pot into a cup and add the oil and mix well until it s easily spreadable.
- Spread over the pastry to cover it all.
- Add the sausage meat to the centre third (three sausages to each piece of puff pastry)
- Cover with the tomatoes, pepper and red onion.
- Fold over the outer thirds of pastry picking up every other piece and folding it over.- Cut off the extra pieces and pop them over the top gory side up.
- Brush the sausage roll with the egg and pop into the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.

Serve straight away and enjoy.

For the pastry I used 1 pack of ready rolled puff pastry. Cut it in half for 2 rolls. For each of the rolls I lightly scored the pastry into three and cut diagonal lines into the 2 exterior pieces.

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I then smeared over the chilli sauce to cover it all. It is a very messy job!

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I wrapped around the pastry on to the sauce meet and other fillings missing 1 arm each time and then cut them off. I cut every other pastry ‘rib’ off so the sausages would be exposed and make it more gory. I then laid the cut off pieces on top to give some more goriness to the outside.

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Here is the sausage roll ready for the oven.

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It was delicious!

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With the other half of the puff pastry I did exactly the same again but didn’t cut off the extra ribs to give it more of a mummified look. I think it looked lovely and a bit spooky.

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#UnileverHalloween

My Favourite Chocolates for Chocolate Week

I love chocolates and I’ve done a mini round up of my favourite chocolates I’ve tried for chocolate week.

First up are the salted caramels from Whittard. The caramel and salt filling is so runny and sticky but really strong. You only need one to enjoy!
The chocolate is dark and rich and these are really luxurious.

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The Lindt truffle collection is a lovely addition especially with a mug of hot chocolate to dip them into. I really liked the dark and white chocolates ones the best. They were the softest and so squidgy. They had a very chocolatey taste and it was nice to try something without loads of extra flavours.

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My third choice for my favourite chocolates for chocolate week are the almond and pecan pralines from Whittard.
I love the little cups they are in and the crunchy topping which tickles your tongue.

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I’ve loved chocolate week and luckily chocolate for life and not just for a week so I’m sure there will be more chocolate posts coming soon. x

Graveyard Pie – Halloween Challenge

With Halloween only a few days away dinners are getting spooky!
Here is my first Halloween dinner idea – graveyard pie!

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A yummy take on a cottage pie with lots of mince beef ( they look very good as brains for Halloween) and a crispy potato gravestones on top for decoration. It tastes lovely and was very easy to make.

To make the sauce for the pie I used 2 beef cubes from Knorr and 1 flavour pot full of garden herbs. They really pack a punch of flavour and made the sauce delicious. For veg I used carrots, onions and parsnips. I served it with some fresh boiled peas on the side.

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The pie with it’s mash potato topping ready for the oven to brown and crisp on the top.

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The gravestone potatoes on a baking tray drizzled with oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper and thyme.

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Serves 6

Ingredients
4 baking potatoes
500g mince beef
2 carrots
2 parsnips
2 onions
2 beef cubes from knorr
1 flavour pot garden herbs from knorr
Glug of red wine (optional)
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (2 if you want a stronger taste)
salt and pepper
thyme

6 small potatoes for the gravestones

Method

- Peel the potatoes and cut up into small chunks. Pop them in a pan of cold water and bring to the oil to cook until soft.
Meanwhile:
- Cut up the onions and allow to soften in a pan with a little oil.
- Add the beef until brown and then add the carrots and parsnips and leave them to soften on a low heat stirring regularly. - When everything is soft add the beef cubes, flavour pot and 500ml of water.
- Add a glug of wine and salt and pepper to taste.
- Allow to cook on a low heat until the potatoes are ready.

- Preheat the oven to 160°C (150°C fan)

- Cut a little but off the bottom of the potatoes so they can stand up and then cut them into slices (see the photo above).
- Place on a baking tray and drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme.

- When the potatoes are soft drain and pop them back into the pan.
- Add a little blob of butter and a splash of milk and mash the potato.

- In an oven proof dish pour in the beef and vegetables. Add 200ml of water and stir in. Adding the extra water will help insure there will be some gravy/sauce when you serve it.
- Add the mash potato on top and pop into the oven 30-45 minutes.
- Add the potato gravestones in to the oven at the same time.
- The dinner is ready when the gravestones are done and the potato has started to brown and crisp on the top.

Serve and enjoy

The potato gravestones looked fabulous and it was a great spooky meal. I hope you like my brains and gravestones pie.

#UnileverHalloween

Moose Maple Butter with Cinnamon and Vanilla Pancakes

I love maple syrup! I love sugary goodness and maple syrup that wonderfully distinctive taste that makes pancakes and French Toast a far more decadent affair. When I heard about Maple Butter of course I was very intrigued and knew I had to try it.

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 Moose Maple Butter looks like a richer colour butter but when you take off the lid the smell of maple syrup is strong and sweet. It’s the sort of happy smell that makes you relax and smile.

 I decided to try an idea of cinnamon and vanilla pancakes with the maple butter and they worked incredibly well! I loved putting a blob on butter on the pancakes and letting it melt. I dusted the pancakes with extra cinnamon and they went down a treat. I also added a little fresh banana too and the maple butter worked very well with that.

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 Ingredients;

- 120g of plain flour
- tiny pinch of salt
- 2 medium eggs
- 500ml pint of milk
- half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- quarter of a teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Moose Maple Butter

Method

- Sieve the flour, salt and cinnamon in to a bowl

- Add the egg, vanilla and milk and whisk it up until smooth.

- It will appear a little runnier than you would have expected but leave it for 5 minutes before using and it will thicken up enough to make some blooming good pancakes.

- Heat up a non stick pan and add a small blob of butter when the pan is hot. Add the mix to the size and shape you want. I made 3 small ones instead of 1 large one as I like a stack.

-The first side of the pancake will be cooked when it can move freely on the non stick pan, flip the pancake over either by tossing it or by using a spatula.

- When both sides are golden brown, take the pan off the heat and serve the pancakes straight away.

- Dust with a little more cinnamon and add a good blob of Moose Maple Butter and allow to melt in.

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If you love Maple Syrup check out Moose Maple Butter. It is delicious. It’s available in a few shops in London but will be everywhere before long I’m sure. Check out more information on Moose Maple Butter check out their website www.moosemaple.co.uk

Plus it goes without saying this maple butter doesn’t contain any moose!

Thank you Moose Maple Butter for giving me the opportunity to try your butter. Recipe and review are my own.

Lindt Salted Caramel Bars – Chocolate Week

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Chocolate week is still going and there is a chance to enjoy and try new things. I had never had salted caramel before and this week I got to try it for the first time. I am converted! It is weird after having regular sweet chocolate to try something which does have a strong taste of salt. I didn’t think chocolate and salt would work well together but they really do. Those chocolate makers are on to a winner with this flavour.

I really liked how gooey the caramel was. The chocolate shell was thin so there was a lot of caramel inside which made me happy. It also makes me happy that these 100g bars are only about £1.99! Good chocolate and good price.

If you haven’t tried salted caramel chocolate give it a go I’m sure you might like it x

Strawberry White Hot Chocolate from Whittard

After the cold chocolate ice cream of yesterday comes a hot chocolate to warm up with.

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I’ve got my amazing hot chocolate gift set from Whittard to explore and today I’m trying the white hot chocolate which has a strawberry flavour. I also love marshmallows in hot chocolate and they certainly made this strawberry hot chocolate into more of a pudding.

The strawberry white hot chocolate is like a hot strawberry milkshake and is incredibly sweet. What was so weird after drinking regular hot chocolate for so long was drinking hot white milk. My brain kept thinking I’d forgotten to put the powder in.

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The white hot chocolate really did bring the colour of the marshmallows out.

whittard white hot chocolate 2If you love very sweet drinks this is for you. I really liked how strong the taste of strawberry was how easy it was to make and produce tasty results. Very happy to enjoy and certainly brought some fun and colour to a very grey and rainy day.

Check out the wonderful collection of hot chocolate at Whittard

www.whittard.co.uk/strawberry-white-hot-chocolate

Thank you Whittard for the hot chocolates to review. All opinions are my own.

Chocolate Week – Ben and Jerry’s Nutella Inspired Ice Cream

It’s chocolate week and this is a happy time if you are like me and love your chocolate!

I’ve been trying lots of new chocolate themed goodies for chocolate week and I will be sharing these over the next few days.

First up the brand new Ben and Jerry’s Nutella inspired ice cream.

Yes you read right – nutella inspired! It really does taste like nutella. It’s like a smooth chocolate ice cream with a ripple of nutella throughout.

Ben and Jerry's all or nut-tingIf you like nutella, hazelnuts, chocolate and ice cream you absolutely have to try this. It is so delicious and I’m convinced that the nuts in it make it healthy. Dream on!

The ice cream is so smooth and the chunks are a good size and have a good gooey and chewy bite to them. It is a satisfying ice cream to eat and is now a favourite of mine.

Happy chocolate week x

Whittard Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows – What a treat

I love autumn and winter and to me it always means hot chocolate on cold dark nights.

This autumn so far I’ve been enjoying a few varieties of hot chocolate and this week it’s the lovely Ecuardorian hot chocolate from Whittard’s hot chocolate collection. www.whittard.co.uk/hot-chocolate these would make wonderful Christmas gifts.

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I tried the brilliantly dark and thick Ecuadorian hot chocolate from Whittard and it was so tasty. It tasted stunning and more like melted chocolate with a bit of milk more than regular hot chocolate. I am not sharing this hot chocolate anymore. It’s all mine! evil laugh! But seriously yes it’s mine and I’m going to drink it all.

This hot chocolate is so much darker than normal and thick too.
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Something I had never tried before is marshmallows in hot chocolate. Why has no one shouted from the roof tops about how good these are combined? Wow marshmallows go so gooey and hot and just wow. LOVE IT.

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I think it’s time for another hot chocolate right now!

If you haven’t had marshmallows in hot chocolate before go and do it now.

*I was generously given Whittard hot chocolate to try and all opinions are my own*

Old Frizzle friends with benefits

My favourite place to go for a drink in Wimbledon is the Old Frizzle and a few weeks ago they had an event to become a friends with benefits. Sign up and get special offers to enjoy plus a free drink for signing up. I of course had to go!

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What was so exciting is when I signed up I was given the friends with benefits card and then I was upgraded to a gold card! This comes out of me being a very regular customer.

The card gives me a discount on everything! It only took me 2 days to use it when I went out for cocktails with friends.

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The cocktail artists at the frizzle are amazing. I love that I am so well known in there now I am offered new cocktails to try. This gorgeous one above was an experiment a cocktail superstar maker wanted to try on me. It was gorgeous. Full of stunning blueberries and so sweet but also sharp with lime juice. I drank it far too quickly and enjoyed it a lot. The Frizzle has a huge selection of cocktails, I have tried all but one and that is soon to be corrected. If you want a treat visit the Frizzle. x

Organic Banana Milkshake

It’s the last day of Organic September and to celebrate a wonderful month I’ve got one last organic and quick recipe to share. It’s banana milkshake time!

Before I ever made milkshakes I always thought it would be too hard but it really is easy as easy as 1,2,3. It only has 3 ingredients in and take minutes to make and seconds to enjoy.

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I used organic milk and honey and Fairtrade bananas for this recipe. All from Sainsbruy’s.

Ingredients
- bananas (roughly 2 bananas per person)
- glug of milk
- squeeze of honey

Method
- In a blender mix the bananas until they make a thick paste.
- Add one glug of milk at a time until you get a thick mix.
- It’s a nice recipe as you can make it as thick or smooth as you like with more or less milk.
(- Ripe bananas with brown spots are a lot more squish and I’ve found I don’t need as much milk with them or as much honey. It’s a good way to use bananas if you have a surplus.)
- Add a squeeze of honey to taste.

Serve straight away and enjoy.
As you are using fresh bananas the milkshake will start to go brown after a while.

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