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Ghoulish Eyeball Pasta With Blood Red Sauce

We don't make a huge deal of Halloween here but I do allow the kids to go Trick or Treating to a few neighbours houses. We'll also be tucking into this ghoulish eyeball pasta with blood red meatball sauce on Saturday evening whilst we watch the rugby. It's super easy to make, especially if you use ready made meatballs (I'm all for time saving) and if you can't find spinach tagliatelle just use plain pasta and stir in some pesto sauce to make it green.

The spider is optional!

GHOULISH EYEBALL PASTA WITH BLOOD RED SAUCE| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 35 Minutes |
Ingredients:1 Onion, chopped1 Garlic Clove, chopped4 rashers of Bacon, chopped20 ready made meatballsJar of PassataPinch of SugarMini Mozzarella (about 20)A few Basil leaves1 TBSP Tomato KetchupGreen Spinach Tagliatelle to serve Instructions:Step 1: Bring a pan of water to the boil ready for the pasta.Step 2: In another pan fry the onion, garlic and bacon for 5 minu…

Halloween Gingerbread Men

This is a great Halloween project for the kids to do this half term. I made up my usual gingerbread dough recipe then spread the cooled, cooked gingerbread men with buttercream (you can make it yourself or buy it ready made in a tub) - this helps the icing stick. The kids then rolled out some ready to roll icing (Renshaws) and used a knife and gingerbread cutters to cut out the shapes they wanted. We made ghosts, zombies, witches and mummies....and they tasted yummy!

Be as creative as you dare!

HALLOWEEN GINGERBREAD MEN| Serves: 20 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 12 Minutes | Total Time: 22 Minutes |
Ingredients:350g Plain Flour1 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda2 TSP Ground Ginger1 TSP Ground Cinnamon125g Butter175g Light Soft Brown Sugar1 Egg4 TBSP Golden SyrupReady to Roll coloured icingReady made buttercream in a tub (or make up your own)Instructions:Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c and line two baking trays with baking paper.Step 2: Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and…

Yoghurt and Lemon Curd Fool

I've got another quick and easy dessert for you today - Yoghurt and Lemon Curd Fool! There is so much flavour in these little things and no culinary skills required in the making, unless you want to make your own lemon curd (I have my Mum).

I was recently sent a Hansells yoghurt maker to test out and I managed to make 1 litre of creamy natural yoghurt on my first attempt - it was ridiculously easy! There is only so much yoghurt you can dollop on your Muesli though so I decided to try and incorporate some into a super quick but tasty dessert. Natural yoghurt is quite tangy so pairing it with a buttery sweet lemon curd worked really well. The blackberries I grabbed from my garden but any berry would do - raspberries would be nice.

For a bit of added crunch I sprinkled on some crushed ginger nut biscuits but if you had the time, some homemade shortbread would turn this simple dessert into something special.

The fools can be made up to two days ahead and kept in the fridge until need…

Chicken Tikka Masala in theTefal Cook4Me

I love my slow cooker (REALLY love) so I met the Tefal Cook4Me with rather a lot of scepticism. It claimed to make delicious curries, chilli's and casseroles in 10 minutes and steam vegetables to perfection in ultra quick time. I honestly thought I'd be disappointed with the results - just another gadget to be consigned to the back of the cupboard. How wrong was I!

The Tefal Cook4Me comes with 50 pre programmed recipes all ready in less than 15 minutes and guides you step by step to cook meals for up to 6 people (you have the option of 3 portion sizes). It has 5 cook settings - pressure cook (I've always been scared of pressure cookers and I still have the one my late grandmother bought me in its packaging), steam, brown, simmer and reheat.

I thought I'd start with something pretty easy - a Chicken Tikka Masala. The recipe book that accompanies the Cook4Me lists the ingredients needed (or you can just refer to the digital screen), with amounts dependant on how many yo…

Meal Plan 19th October - 25th October 2015

I can't believe half term is nearly here. I'm trying to organise a few day trips but mostly we'll have a quiet one. Plenty of baking, cooking, walks on the beach and perhaps a visit to RHS Rosemoor for their Halloween activities. Oh and there is a certain little boys 6th birthday to organise too.....

Here is the plan for the week. What are you having?

Monday 19th October
Pancetta and Broccoli Linguine

Tuesday 20th October
Pea and Pancetta Risotto  - based on this recipe

Wednesday 21st October
Frittata and Sweet Potato Chips

Thursday 22nd October
Gammon Steaks with Pineapple, Rice and Peas

Friday 23rd October
Panini's (Tuna Melt)

Saturday 24th October
Macaroni Cheese and Garlic Bread

Sunday 25th October
Roast Chicken with all the trimmings

Giveaway: The Art of Conversation (Food)

The Art of Conversation (Food) is an award winning game which makes a great present for food lovers or a brilliant addition to any Christmas dinner table. Fun cards with questions like "what is the most embarrassing item in your pantry" get people talking and laughing whatever their age. The Art of Conversation (Food) is available from all good bookshops and online retailers for £9.98.

I have one Art of Conversation game to giveaway to a Jam and Clotted Cream reader. To enter all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. UK entrants only please.

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Honey and White Chocolate Traybake

These were meant to be blondies but weren't quite the right texture - definitely more traybake than blondie! Nevertheless, they turned out moist and moreish and were quickly gobbled up by the kids.

I tried out Marriages Golden Wholemeal flour which gave the traybake a subtle nuttiness, a nice contrast to the sweet chocolate. Next time I may try drizzling melted white chocolate over the cooked traybake instead of putting chunks into the unbaked batter (a couple of pieces had burnt slightly) ...blueberries would be a good addition too. Options are endless and its a lovely basic recipe that you can play with.

Have a lovely weekend.

HONEY AND WHITE CHOCOLATE TRAYBAKE| Serves: 16 squares | Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 25 Minutes |
Ingredients:150g Butter150g Set Honey150g Golden Syrup1 TSP Vanilla Extract2 Eggs200g Plain Flour - I used Marriages Golden Wholemeal2 TSP Baking Powder75 White Chocolate ChunksInstructions:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 190c (170 fa…

Aged Havarti Cheese, Prosciutto and Rocket Pizza

Castello have recently launched a new cheese onto the UK market. Aged Havarti is based on an authentic Danish recipe dating back to 1952 and is matured for 12 months. Added cultures give the cheese a lovely crumbly texture and salt crystals (which I could definitely taste) provide a unique contrasting flavour. Stronger than the average cheddar - probably on a par with extra mature cheddar in terms of strength - Aged Havarti is now available in the UK at Waitrose.

Castello kindly sent me some Aged Havarti to sample and I decided to try it out on a pizza. The cheese melted really well and complemented the salty prosciutto perfectly. It's a lovely punchy cheese and one I will be using a lot more of in the future (it's also great eaten in chunks with toasted fennel seeds!).

Note that I make the pizza dough in my breadmaker and the quantities I give are for 3 medium pizza's.

AGED HAVARTI CHEESE, PROSCUITTO AND ROCKET PIZZA| Serves: makes 3 pizza's | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | C…

Spiced Lamb Curry

Today marks the start of National Curry Week which runs from the 12th -18th October 2015. To celebrate, I've created this delicious curry using diced shoulder of Welsh Lamb with heaps of fragrant Indian spices.

A mild chicken korma is usually the preference in these parts as I know it's something the kids will eat it! It was therefore quite refreshing to try something a bit different with the spices notched up a peg or two. It's spicy but not hot  - I just served some natural yogurt alongside for the kids. If you do like your curry a little bit hotter though just add another red chili to the equation.

SPICED LAMB CURRY| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 90 Minutes | Total Time: 1 hr 45 Minutes |
Ingredients:1kg Diced Shoulder of Lamb2 Onions, chopped25g Fresh ginger, peeled4 Garlic Cloves, peeled1 Red Chili, deseeded2 TBSP Ground Cumin2 TBSP Ground Coriander1 TBSP Turmeric1 400g Tin of Tomatoes150ml Beef Stock3 TBSP HoneyInstructions: Step 1: Preheat the oven t…

Meal Plan 12th - 18th October

It's been a busy week in the kitchen, with plenty of recipe development as well as some Christmassy product reviews -  I'm loving being on Maternity Leave (and at the same time dreading returning to work)!

This week I've decided to develop and test out some super speedy 'microwave' meals which you will see featured over the coming months. There are also some special Halloween inspired posts in development - but more about those next week!

Monday 12th October
Macaroni Cheese with Salad

Tuesday 13th October
Microwave Tomato and Mozzarella Risotto

Wednesday 14th October
Glazed Gammon with Pineapple, Chips and Peas

Thursday 15th October
Microwave Jambalaya

Friday 16th October
Tuna Melt Panini's, Coleslaw, Crisps and Salad

Saturday 17th October
Chilli Con Carne

Sunday 18th October
Chilli Pasta Bake with Salad

Caramel Amaretti Cheesecake Cups

Happy Friday everyone - it's come around quick! If you're on the look out for a super easy dessert recipe to make this weekend then look no further. These Caramel Amaretti Cheesecake Cups are so simple (even my husband could manage it) but taste absolutely amazing. If you aren't keen on almond flavours then swap the amaretti for chocolate digestive biscuits instead. I've also cheated and used caramel from a tin, but if you had the time then why not have a go at making your own?

The ingredients I give below make 4 teacup size cheesecakes - just double the recipe if you're serving a crowd.

I'll be back on Sunday with my weekly meal plan. Have a good weekend whatever you're cooking.

CARAMEL AMARETTI CHEESECAKE CUPS| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: - | Total Time: - |
Ingredients:100g Amaretti Biscuits, roughly broken2 x 180g tubs of Cream Cheese (full fat)50g Caster Sugar1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract6 TBSP Caramel (I used tinned)Flaked Almonds, toaste…

Giveaway: Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine

It's no secret that I enjoy a glass of wine, as does my husband  (just don't tell his mates!).  Living in rural Cornwall though means that if we want to eat out, one of us has to drive - unless we want to pay a £30 taxi fare. A couple of our favourite local restaurants are 'bring your own' and on a recent meal out I took along  a bottle of Eisberg alcohol free Sauvugnon Blanc. It was a really good substitute for the real thing and made me feel like I wasn't missing out too much.

Eisberg have kindly given one Jam and Clotted Cream reader the chance of winning all four bottles in the Eisberg range. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. UK entrants only please.

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Chicken Pestorella Burger (Marley Spoon Review)

Recipe box delivery service Marley Spoon are launching a new family meal box service in November. The plan is specifically tailored to British families offering fast, easy and healthy recipes, delivered with the exact ingredients needed to cook them at home. Every week five new recipes are available to choose from with recipes such as this tasty Chicken Pestorella Burger (recipe below), meatballs, pork chops, chilli, tagines.... with lots of tasty veggie options too.

Marley Spoon kindly sent me a box to try out myself. The box arrived promptly with all of the non perishable ingredients grouped into large brown bags - a separate bag for each recipe and the fridge ingredients in a refrigerated pack. Most of the packaging could be recycled and all of the ingredients were in a good condition upon arrival. Recipe sheets were also included and I noticed they even have a hotline to phone for any recipe box related culinary emergency!

I tried one of the recipes for lunch today to see if it t…

Sherry Braised Pork Cheeks

I'd never cooked or eaten pig cheeks before, so when Greys Fine Foods emailed me and asked if I'd like to try creating a dish with their Spanish Pig Cheeks and a bottle of Fino en Rama Sherry I immediately accepted the challenge.

After a bit of internet research I decided to braise the pig cheeks in sherry and beef stock adding the smoky spices of smoked paprika and cumin to the mix. The pig cheeks turned out meltingly tender and the Sherry sauce was a lovely flavour - a very pleasant surprise. I served the pork with mashed potato, which was perfect for soaking up the lovely juices.

SHERRY BRAISED PORK CHEEKS| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 2 Hours | Total Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes |
Ingredients:1 Onion, chopped600g Pig Cheeks, cut in half1 TBSP Seasoned Flour3 Garlic Cloves, chopped1 TSP Cumin1 1/2 TSP Smoked Paprika150ml Sherry500ml Beef StockParsley and Flaked Almonds to serveInstructions:Step 1: In a large pan heat a glug of oil and gently cook the onion unt…

Apple, Caramel and Walnut Crumble

We've had two glorious weeks of sun here on the North Cornish coast but today it's turned decidedly Autumnal - I don't mind, I love Autumn. After a night of heavy rain and strong winds I woke to find loads of my Bramley apples had fallen off the tree, so out I trotted in my dressing gown to rescue them before the wildlife started helping themselves.

Caramel is used instead of sugar in this crumble recipe and I think it gives it a wonderful flavour along with the nuttiness of the walnuts. Despite living in Cornwall where clotted cream is king, I'm a custard with crumble kind of girl! But either is fine, whichever you prefer.

APPLE, CARAMEL AND WALNUT CRUMBLE| Serves: 6 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Total Time: 40 Minutes |
Ingredients:6 large Bramley Apples6 heaped TBSP Caramel (I used tinned caramel)200g Plain Flour100g Butter30g Walnuts, choppedInstructions:Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200c (180 fan).Step 2: Peel, core and chop the apples then pop t…

Meal Plan 5th - 11 October 2015

 Here's whats cooking this week!

Monday 5th October
Tuna Melt Panini's with salad

Tuesday 6th October
Macaroni Cheese with Bacon

Wednesday 7th October
Chicken Pesto Burgers

Thursday 8th October
Pork Chops, Potatoes and Veg

Friday 9th October
Homemade Pizza

Saturday 10th October
Ribeye Steaks, Chips and Peas

Sunday 11th October
Roast Chicken

Spiced Lamb with Saffron Spinach Rice

Throughout October Waitrose are celebrating Britains warmest dishes and asking people to share their favourite #AutumnWarmers recipes. To help kick off the campaign, Waitrose asked me to cook one of my favourite Autumnal recipes with a local Cornish twist.

This harissa spiced lamb and saffron rice dish is delicate yet hearty and is perfect for the chilly evenings that are now upon us. Saffron is most famously used in these parts for Cornish Saffron Buns, but it also adds a lovely depth of flavour to rice. I added spinach and peas to the rice to give it a nice colour but courgettes and peppers would also work.

To be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes, all you need to do is share your own Autumnal recipe on Twitter or Instagram using the #AutumnWarmers hashtag and include @Waitrose handle. Good luck!

SPICED LAMB WITH SAFFRON SPINACH RICE| Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes | Total Time: 35 Minutes |
Ingredients:4 Lamb Chops2 TBSP Harissa Pasta250g Bas…