Toffee Apple Puddle Pudding

Toffee Apple Puddle Pudding – A magic dish of light fluffy sponge hiding a layer of caramel apples encased in a gooey toffee sauce that bakes right there in the dish!

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Do you know about Puddle Puddings? The magic, that is Puddle Puddings? They’re amazing (I’m easily impressed ok). You make a cake batter, pour over a watery concoction that doesn’t look like anything, shove it in the oven, then when you take it out there’s a lovely sponge topping and a gooey sauce underneath. A. Maz. Ing.

I’ve made a chocolate puddle pudding for a while now, but came across the idea for a toffee apple one only recently. We have a teeny tiny apple tree in our garden, it was planted at the start of this year. Well it only went and produced 13 apples this autumn. Go little tree! So I was looking for what I could make with the apples, after I’d obviously made a crumble. I found a couple of different recipes for apple puddings and combined them to make this one.

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Ingredients (Serves 8)

Apples:

3 large apples (or 5 small if you can be bothered to peel them)
30g (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
30g (2 tbsp) brown sugar

Cake Batter:

275g (2 heaped cups) self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
140g (¾ cup) caster sugar
pinch of salt
100g (1 stick) butter, melted
250ml (1 cup) milk
2 large (3 medium) eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Sauce:

160g (1 cup) dark brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
300ml (1¼ cups) boiling water

Notes:

  • Don’t be put off by a reasonably long list of ingredients. This is super simple to make.
  • I used bramley apples because I prefer the tartness of the apple alongside the sweetness of the toffee sauce. But use whatever you like/have to hand.
  • Type of sugar isn’t drastically important here – you could use granulated for the cake batter – but do use dark brown sugar for the sauce. You’ll get a richer toffee sauce.
  • The conversion to cups is slightly rounded, but should produce the same results.

1. Peel, core and dice the apples. Then add them to a pan with the butter and sugar. Over a medium-low heat gently cook the apples until they are slightly softened (my kids don’t like remotely hard fruit in their puddings so I have to cook mine until it’s practically puree, but you be the judge of when your apples are cooked to your liking).

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I cooked the whole pudding in my shallow cast iron pan because it can go from hob to oven, is big enough, and looks nice for the photos. If you don’t have a dish that is big enough and can go from hob to oven, just cook the apples in a pan, then transfer them to a 2 litre ovenproof dish (like a casserole dish) before adding the batter on top.

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2. Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan) / 300°F.

3. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt.

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4. Melt the butter, then add the milk, eggs and vanilla.

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This mixture can go a bit goopy as the butter solidifies a bit when you add the cold milk, but don’t worry, it’ll be just fine.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir well to form a batter.

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Pour this evenly over the apples.

6. Mix together the dark brown sugar, syrup and boiling water.

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Then carefully pour this all over the batter. It’ll look strange, but go with it.

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7. Pop this (carefully) into your preheated oven and cook for around 45 minutes. The middle should be cooked and a skewer inserted will come out free of batter.

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Serve with your choice of side – I like either ice-cream or custard – making sure you get a good scoop of toffee sauce from underneath with every spoonful.

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If you’ve never made a puddle pudding before, the point at which you pour a watery sauce over the cake batter can seem fairly strange. But stick with it, have faith, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Happy cooking!

If this still seems like too much work why not try my Banana Microwave Pudding which really is ridiculously quick and simple.

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Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower Cheese – Florets of cauliflower smothered in a thick cheese sauce, topped with melted golden cheddar, this is the ultimate side dish, or a meal in itself!

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Cauliflower has become a bit of a super-food in recent times. It’s the go-to vegetable for many a health conscious type. Cauliflower rice, roasted cauliflower etc. If you’re trying to reduce your carbs and be a bit healthier, it’s the veg for you. This recipe then, probably isn’t. This takes a healthy vegetable and covers it in a thick cheese sauce. And then smothers it in some more cheese. Healthy? Probably not. Delicious? Hell yeah!

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I’ve been making this particular cauliflower cheese for many years now. The original recipe came from Delicious magazine. It’s not as straight forward a cheese sauce as my macaroni cheese, but it’s worth the extra effort (which is still fairly minimal – I’m not keen on effort).

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower
500ml (1 pint) of milk
2 cloves
1 small onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
75g butter
50g plain flour
200g cheddar cheese, grated

1. Break your cauliflower up into florets of similar size (not too big).

Cauliflower Cheese - Florets of cauliflower smothered in a thick cheese sauce, topped with melted golden cheddar, this is the ultimate side dish, or a meal in itself! | thehecticcook.com2. Place the florets in a microwaveable dish, add a couple tablespoons of water, and cook on full power for 8-10 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked through. It needs to be pretty much cooked since although you’ll be putting it in the oven later, I find it doesn’t really cook the cauliflower much more.

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If you don’t want to microwave it just pop the cauliflower in a pan of boiling water and cook until done (similar time).

3. Drain and leave the cauliflower uncovered to dry whilst you make the cheese sauce – this is important because you don’t want soggy cauliflower watering down your sauce.

4. In a small saucepan add the milk, cloves, onion and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat for a couple of minutes, then take the pan off the heat, cover it and leave the milk to infuse for about 10 minutes.

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5. Preheat your oven to 170°C (fan) / 325°F.

6. In a separate pan, over a medium low heat, melt the butter.

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7. Add the flour and stir through. Cook for a few minutes (to cook the flour).

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8. Strain the hot infused milk (through a sieve) into the butter/flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

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Over a low heat, stir the sauce with a wooden spoon until the sauce thickens. This won’t take long because the milk was hot when added.

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9. Season with a little white pepper.

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10. Add the grated cheese, leaving a little to top the dish. Stir through until fully melted.

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11. Place the cauliflower in an ovenproof dish (I usually just use the dish I microwaved it in, but I was going for pretty pictures here so changed dishes). Pour over the cheese sauce so that every floret is covered, then top with the remaining grated cheese.

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12. Place on a tray in the oven (there’s a good chance it will bubble over the edge so the tray will save you cleaning your oven) and cook for 25-30 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and the melted cheese is lovely and golden.

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13. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for a few minutes to let it all come together. Then serve.

This cauliflower cheese is gorgeous served with roast gammon, or roast lamb. It’s equally good served with sausages for a simple meal. Or just serve it as the main dish. It’s that good. Whatever you do, give it a go and let me know what you think 🙂

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Happy cooking!

Classic Chocolate Tiffin

Classic Chocolate Tiffin – Crushed biscuit, sultanas and marshmallows mixed with a gooey buttery chocolate mixture, then smothered in milk and white chocolate. Absolutely gorgeous!

I love traybakes. Especially ones that require no baking. Simplicity. Always good. If I have to throw together a quick cake for something, I’ll usually make my Mars Bar Slice – in fact that’s exactly what I had to do for a Halloween party the other day when my Oreo Truffle Ghosts were looking a bit pathetic. But I chucked together some Mars Bar Slice as well, and dressed it up as a Mummy (of the Egyptian kind) to claim a Halloween theme.

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Tiffin is another super simple traybake that can be thrown together at the drop of a hat. If, like me, you have memories of tiffin from your childhood – biscuity, chocolatey, basically yummy – then hopefully this recipe will make you happy. It’s fairly classic tiffin. I have thrown some marshmallows in, which technically aren’t in the original, but seriously, who’s going to grumble at marshmallows?? However this is classic tiffin in that it doesn’t use melted chocolate like a fridge cake. The chocolate taste is purely from cocoa. So use decent cocoa.

Classic Chocolate Tiffin - Crushed biscuit, sultanas and marshmallows mixed with a gooey chocolatey syrup mixture, then smothered in milk and white chocolate. Absolutely gorgeous! | thehecticcook.com

Ingredients

300g digestive biscuits
175g unsalted butter
50g sugar (caster or granulated)
100g (5tbsp) golden syrup
75g cocoa
75g sultanas
40g mini marshmallows
300g milk chocolate
100g white chocolate (optional, if that’s possible)

Note: I use supermarket chocolate for my tiffin as, despite being an ardent Cadbury’s fan, I feel it has too strong a taste to top this traybake. It detracts from the actual tiffin. Obviously this is down to personal taste, but thought I’d mention it 🙂

1. Start by preparing your tin. I used a 9×9″ tin which produced a nice thick tiffin (I’m not in to weedy thin tiffin). Double layer it with clingfilm. I do this for a bit of extra strength, and also because my clingfilm wasn’t quite wide enough, so I laid the first piece horizontal, then the 2nd piece vertical in order to cover the tin completely. This will make removing your tiffin later really easy.

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2. Next, place the digestives in a large bowl or plastic bag, and bash them into small pieces.

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I used the end of my rolling pin to bash them down, which works really well.

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I’m not a fan of large lumps of biscuit in my tiffin, so I crushed them pretty small, but this is totally up to you.

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3. Next, place the butter, sugar, syrup and cocoa in a small pan over a low heat.

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Let the mixture melt slowly, stirring often until everything is fully melted – the sugar will dissolve, just be patient.

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4. Add the chocolatey mixture to your bowl of crushed biscuit and stir really well until the biscuit is fully covered in mixture.

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5. Add the sultanas and marshmallows, and again stir really well.

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Classic Chocolate Tiffin - Crushed biscuit, sultanas and marshmallows mixed with a gooey chocolatey syrup mixture, then smothered in milk and white chocolate. Absolutely gorgeous! | thehecticcook.com

6. Pour this into your prepared tin and press down well. This will ensure it sticks together nicely. A metal spoon is best for this as the mixture won’t stick to it too much.

Classic Chocolate Tiffin - Crushed biscuit, sultanas and marshmallows mixed with a gooey chocolatey syrup mixture, then smothered in milk and white chocolate. Absolutely gorgeous! | thehecticcook.com

Pop this in the fridge for at least an hour to come together.

7. Melt your milk chocolate and white chocolate (if using) either in the microwave – in 15-20 second bursts, stirring in between to avoid it burning – or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Pour the milk chocolate over the tiffin and spread evenly to the edges, covering every inch. Then drizzle the white chocolate on top.

Classic Chocolate Tiffin - Crushed biscuit, sultanas and marshmallows mixed with a gooey chocolatey syrup mixture, then smothered in milk and white chocolate. Absolutely gorgeous! | thehecticcook.com

Classic Chocolate Tiffin - Crushed biscuit, sultanas and marshmallows mixed with a gooey chocolatey syrup mixture, then smothered in milk and white chocolate. Absolutely gorgeous! | thehecticcook.com

I then used a skewer to swirl the white chocolate into a pretty pattern. Because I was taking photos of my tiffin for the blog, I’ve gone all pretty with the white chocolate because it looks nice. You don’t have to do this, and your tiffin will be just as tasty with only a milk chocolate topping. It’s totally up to you.

8. Pop your tray back into the fridge until the chocolate has solidified – at least an hour. Remove from the fridge and, using the clingfilm, take the tiffin out of the tin. Remove the clingfilm and slice your tiffin into square.

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Obviously you can add whatever you like to your tiffin. If you don’t like marshmallows, don’t add them. Crush up some Maltesers and add them in. Chopped up Mars Bar, Smarties, whatever your favourite chocolate is, can all be added. Just don’t go too overboard or your tiffin won’t hold together.

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This doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge once made. Indeed it actually tastes better at room temperature. Super simple and super tasty. Tiffin is a classic and rightly so.

Happy cooking!

Why not try one of these other traybakes? Flapjack, Nutella Magic Bars and Mint Chocolate Brownie Slice 🙂

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Smoked Haddock Kedgeree

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree – Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too.

So this is Method 2! It’s only taken me about 20 months to get round to writing it. If you’ve actually bothered to read Method 1 (with it’s fairly ropey photos), apologies for the wait. It honestly wasn’t intentional, I wasn’t purposely keeping you on the edge of your seat (because you were, weren’t you?). I have 2 different recipes for making kedgeree, however this 2nd way is actually how I tend to make it. It results in a wetter rice dish because the rice is cooked in stock (a bit like a risotto). It’s super simple though and on the table in about 45 minutes (probably less for other folk, but I have a tendency to get distracted so every single recipe I’ve ever made always takes far longer than the recommended timeframe).

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What I would say though in Method 1’s favour, is that if you struggle to cook rice effectively every time, check it out purely for my guide to cooking basmati rice.  It’s my tried and tested method (found originally in an Indian recipe book). It consistently produces fluffy cooked rice – my lovely friend Sarah, who had apparently struggled making rice in the past (and she’s a really good cook) now swears by it.

This recipe for kedgeree comes from a book my Mum gave me many years ago:

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Pure awesomeness in paper format right there. I think she’d had it a fair few years too.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

300-400g smoked haddock fillet
20g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp curry powder
175g long grain rice
1 pint of veg or fish stock (use one stock cube)
salt to taste

Notes:

• This is a fairly substantial portion for 2 people, but the Husband likes his kedgeree, so we get through it. It does reheat really well though if you do find you have leftovers. You can also double it really easily (literally just double everything) if you need to.

• I tend to use long grain rice because it holds together better, but you can use basmati if you’d prefer.

1. Place the haddock in a pan (a deep frying pan is good here so you can cook it in one layer), cover with water, add the lid and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for around 8-10 minutes until cooked through (I had to use frozen fish so cooked it for about 12 minutes).

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2. Once cooked, remove the fish from the water with a slotted spoon, and if necessary remove the skin.

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3. Flake the fish in a bowl and set aside.

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4. Meanwhile, in a medium pan, place the butter and oil over a medium heat and let the butter melt before adding the onion.

5. Cook until the onion is translucent and soft, about 10 minutes. Then add the curry powder – I use mild or medium depending on whether I’m feeding the kids or not. Use whatever suits your taste. Cook for another minute.

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6. Add the rice and thoroughly coat in the curry mixture.

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree - Flakes of smoked haddock in flavourful curried rice, this traditional breakfast dish is perfect for lunch and dinner too. | thehecticcook.com

7. Add all of the stock to the pan, stir and cover. Simmer until the rice is pretty much cooked and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir it a good few times throughout as it will want to stick to the bottom of the pan. If it looks like it’s starting to dry out a bit, add a splash of water and stir.

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8. Once the rice is practically cooked (it will still have the merest of ‘bite’ left in it) remove it from the heat, stir through the flaked fish, pop the lid back on and leave it to rest for about 5 minutes.

9. Stir and serve.

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This dish is also pretty healthy. When I’ve been following Slimming World it’s been a really easy dish to make work (remove the oil/butter and use spray oil). There is absolutely nothing complicated in it. Leaving the pan to rest at the end is important though. We love this dish in the HC house, especially the Husband. Hopefully an easy midweek supper to add to your repertoire 🙂

Happy cooking!

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Triple Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

These super chocolatey, fudgy brownies are filled with milk and white chocolate chunks. Super easy to make, they’ll become a baking favourite.

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I’m a bit confused. It doesn’t take much. Bear with me on this one. Can I call these ‘triple’ chocolate fudge brownies? It’s the brownie bit that’s confusing me.  These brownies contain 2 different types of chocolate chunks, plus the chocolate of the brownie. Hence why I’ve gone for the word ‘triple’. But is that latter chocolate already a given? Because brownie is already chocolate? Am I misleading people by calling these Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies? Should they just be ‘double’? Confusion reigns.

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No matter though, these are pretty god damn chocolatey brownies. It’s a really straight-forward recipe, no need even to melt chocolate. The chocolatey-ness of the brownie comes purely from the cocoa. So don’t skimp on the cocoa. Use good stuff. I do tend to use Cadbury Bournville Cocoa because I know it’s good, although I’ve just bought Asda’s own, so I’ll let you know how that pans out. But whatever you do, don’t use drinking chocolate or the like. This needs the chocolate hit you’ll only get from good quality cocoa.

Ingredients (makes 9 large squares)

350g (2 cups) sugar*
75g (3/4 cup) cocoa powder
50g (1/3 cup) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, beaten
220g (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
100g (1 cup) white chocolate, chopped into chunks
100g (1 cup) milk chocolate, chopped into chunks

Note:

* I tend to use mostly granulated sugar in my recipes now. I haven’t been able to find any difference compared to caster sugar here, and I recently discovered it’s a third of the price!

1. Preheat your oven to 170°C (fan) / 325°F. Line and grease an 8″ square baking tin, or a tin of similar volume (I tend to use greaseproof paper and groundnut oil, but vegetable oil or butter will do fine).

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2. In a large mixing bowl stir together the sugar, cocoa, flour and baking powder.

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3. Add the eggs, melted butter and vanilla, and mix well until thoroughly combined.

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4. Add the chopped chocolate chunks and mix well.

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Note:

I actually ended up using this white chocolate with cookie in it:

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This is purely because it’s what Asda substituted my bar of white chocolate for. I think I’d stick to straightforward white chocolate in the future though as the little bits of cookie, once baked, are rather hard (my poorly tooth will testify to that – probably the Universe’s punishment for sneaking brownie). You can obviously add any chocolate as your chocolate chunks, but the mix of white and milk, I think, is a winning combo as they offset the rich chocolatey-ness of the brownie perfectly.

5. Pour your brownie mix into the prepare tin and level.

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6. Bake in your preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes. Remove and leave to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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If when you go to cut your brownies up you find them a bit too gooey in the middle, just chuck them in the fridge and let them firm up. They’ll then be lovely and fudgy which is no bad thing in a brownie. Just store them in the fridge.

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How simple was that? And the result is a gorgeously fudgy and chocolatey brownie, filled with chunks of milk and white chocolate, with that lovely crisp top you expect of a good brownie.

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Happy cooking!

If you like a good traybake why not give my Mars Bar Slice or Chewy Flapjack a go? Both really simple but deliciously good!

Mars Bar slice - really simple, incredibly tasty treat made from Mars Bars and rice cereal | thehecticcook.com

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Zoodles

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Zoodles – So full of flavour, this creamy chicken dish is quick to make and a great low carb option.

I’m not a photographer. My photographic abilities are fairly limited. I’ve learnt a little since I started this blog, but thankfully the Husband bought a decent camera which manages to make most of my clueless photographic attempts look half decent. I have learnt something about light though. Like how artificial (kitchen) light makes everything look a bit yellow. To take decent pics of food, you really need natural light. But this is where I often come unstuck. Having (lots of) kids means that taking photos of food can be pretty impossible. They just want to get involved. Which never ends well. So I have to take pictures when they’re not around. Thankfully this is about to get easier as the girls enter full-time education (whoop whoop), but up to now I’ve had to fit this in around small windows of time, including bedtime.

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This meal fell into the ‘pictures-taken-once-kids-in-bed’ category. It was after 7pm, the light was fading fast but I was damned if I was taking yellowy-artificially-lit photos (again). So I ended up taking these in my back garden. Yup, I was one of those weirdo neighbour types, taking pictures of food on the garden table. We’re new to the neighbourhood, so I can only guess what they’ve already made of us.

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This is a dish that deserves good photography though. I came across it originally on a blog called Cafe Delights – I have changed the original slightly to suit the ingredients I had. The flavours are fantastic. No seriously, I’m not exaggerating. For what this dish lacks in carbs, it makes up in delicious creamy cheesy tomatoey sauce. I’ve attempted to eat relatively ‘low carb’, on and off, for a while. I know I feel better for reducing my pasta/rice/potato intake, I just find it hard to follow through with the good intention. However, this dish has become a staple in the HC household for the Husband and I – yup, he eats it without grumble, without carbs! You could cook it with pasta or rice if you want, leave out the ‘zoodles’ (courgette noodles – should they be coodles over here in Blighty? Or Couroodles??). The sauce is the star of this show. Either way, give this a go, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

2 larges courgettes (zucchini), spiralised*
2 chicken breasts, diced
1 tsp oil
40g sun-dried tomatoes (about 4), chopped*
1 tsp oil from the tomatoes
mushrooms, sliced (optional)
2 tsp garlic paste / 2 garlic cloves, crushed
50g soft (cream) cheese
20g parmesan, grated
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1 heaped tsp fresh (or frozen) chopped basil

Notes:

* I bought a fancy-schmancy spiraliser and surprisingly, I do actually use it. However, if you don’t fancy splashing the cash you can get hand-held ones, or even buy ready-made Courgetti Noodles (Zoodles) from some supermarkets.
* I find a jar of sun-dried tomatoes will keep for ages (several months) in the fridge.

1. Spiralise your courgettes.

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2. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a wok or large frying pan. Add the chicken, sprinkle with a little salt and cook until pretty much cooked through (about 10 minutes).

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3. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, their oil, mushrooms (if using) and garlic to the pan, and cook through for a couple of minutes.

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4. Turn the heat down slightly and add the cream cheese. Stir through, adding a couple of splashes of water to loosen the sauce. Add the parmesan, chilli flakes and basil, and stir through.

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5. Add the courgette noodles, stir through, then pop the lid on and gently cook for around 5 minutes to soften the courgette.

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6. Serve straight away.

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Do you see what I mean about the difference in photos? The ‘action shots’ were all taken indoors whilst cooking (obviously). Hopefully though my photos won’t put you off trying this recipe. It really is fab and super flavourful.

Happy cooking!

If you fancy making some other healthier dinners why not try my Pork Chow Mein or Healthy Crustless Quiche.

Pork Chow Mein - Gorgeous flavours make this healthy pork dish a dinner favourite | thehecticcook.com
  Healthy Crustless Quiche - A delicious quiche style dish without the crust and thus the calories, but all the taste! | thehecticcook.com

 

Chewy Flapjack

Chewy Flapjacks – These are possibly the best flapjacks you’ll ever find – chewy, buttery, syrupy and delicious!

Over the summer we went camping. Yup, all 6 of us. In a very large tent. It was great. Really. I actually thoroughly enjoy camping – when Hannah isn’t getting confused in the middle of the night and weeing on her brother. Reason I’m telling you this (apart from the fact I’m a blogger and oversharing is my thing) is that we went to a pub for a drink whilst on said camping trip, and thought we’d get the kids a wee snack. They were selling homemade flapjack (bit random for a pub, I know) and it was awesome. Like, really good. I love flapjack anyway, but this made me want to get home and try to recreate it asap. It took me two attempts, but I think I may well have cracked it. Seriously, I’m dead chuffed with this. It’s so bloody good. And I’m British, so not comfortable blowing my own trumpet. But this stuff rocks.

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Ingredients 

360g (4 cups) porridge oats
300g (approx. 1.5 cups) unsalted butter
200g (3/4 cups) golden syrup
150g (1 cup) soft light brown sugar
120g (1 cup) sultanas
1/2 tsp salt

1. Preheat your oven to 170°C (fan)/325°F.

2. Butter/oil your baking pan really well (no need to line, just grease it really well).

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3. Melt the butter, syrup and sugar together in a small pan on the hob over a low heat. You don’t want this to boil so go slow. Remove from the heat once everything has fully melted.

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Chewy Flapjacks - These are possibly the best flapjacks you will ever find. Chewy, buttery, syrupy, delicious! | thehecticcook.com

4. In a large bowl (and I stress the word large as I have a tendency to start with too small a bowl) measure out the oats, salt and sultanas. Mix well.

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5. Add the melted butter mixture to the oats and stir until thoroughly mixed, and all the dry mixture is coated in the buttery mix.

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6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and pat down really well with a metal spoon (it’ll stick like crazy to a wooden spoon). The more you pat it down, the better it will hold together and the chewier a flapjack you’ll get.

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7. Bake in your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until nicely golden. The edges will brown quicker – you want a nice colour on the whole tray but take it out before the edges start to turn black. The longer you cook it, the chewier it will be.

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8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting the flapjack into squares, in the pan. The flapjack will be a bit crumbly to cut at this point, especially with the sultanas making it a bit difficult to slice through, but press the crumbly bits down and leave to cool completely before removing the flapjack squares from the pan. It will come together as it cools, hence the importance of leaving it to cool before removing from the pan.

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If you like a flapjack that holds together well, has a lovely chewiness to it, and that is buttery and syrupy, this could well be the flapjack for you. I originally made them in an 8×8″ pan. They were lovely and thick, but not very easy to cut in half for the kids (this was important as I’d calculated the calorie content of each square and it was fairly horrific – I’m not telling you it as I don’t want to scare you). So I made them again in my 13×7″ traybake pan, they came out lovely, and I felt less guilty about feeding them to the kids. If you have a pan that’s similar in size (by area) to a 13×7″ I’d bake the flapjack in that (9×9″ would work well). If you don’t care about the calorie content of each square and want your flapjack a bit thicker, use an 8×8″ pan and cook it for a little longer.

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Happy cooking!

 

If you’re looking for some more traybake ideas then check out my Mint Chocolate Brownie Slice, Mars Bar Slice and Nutella Magic Bars.

Chocolate Mint Brownie Slice - Rich chocolate brownie topped with a delicious mint layer, topped with more chocolate = heaven | thehecticcook.comMars Bar slice - really simple, incredibly tasty treat made from Mars Bars and rice cereal | thehecticcook.comNutella Magic Bars - A biscuit base topped with Nutella and chocolate morsels, encased in a gooey caramel, these Nutella Magic Bars are sublime! | thehecticcook.com
 

Quick & Easy Tuna Pasta Bake

Quick and Simple Tuna Pasta Bake – A really simple creamy tomato pasta dish that is quick to make and will be loved by the whole family.

I realise this isn’t my first recipe for Tuna Pasta Bake. If I’m going to be completely honest though, this version is just as good as my other recipe, Not Just Another Tuna Pasta Bake (I was breaking the mould with that title 😛 ) and is quicker to make. I do love the other version, the cheese sauce made separately adds a gorgeous cheesy creaminess to the dish. But this version is more my go-to. It ticks every box – quick, simple and everyone eats it. And I mean ‘everyone eats it’. We sit down as a family of 6 to this for dinner, and I get 6 clean plates back. Pretty much the Holy Grail of dinners.

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But before we get to the nitty-gritty (i.e. the recipe) I need to over-share a bit. This happened today:

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Yup, the girls started school!!! This may very well be the most exciting day of my (somewhat unexciting) life! I’m a tad happy about this.

Quick & Easy Tuna Pasta Bake

Ingredients (Serves 4 adults)

400-450g pasta
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp garlic paste (or 2 cloves of garlic, crushed)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp fresh basil (or 1 tsp of dried basil)
1/2 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
3 tins of tuna chunks, drained
1 small tin of sweetcorn (or frozen sweetcorn)
100g soft (cream) cheese
100g cheddar cheese, grated

Notes:

• I used 450g to serve 2 adults and 4 kids, but we eat a lot! Use what you think you’ll need.
• I add some chilli flakes as it adds an extra warmth to the dish, but it’ll be absolutely fine to skip this ingredient. 
• I love the frozen fresh basil you can buy from Waitrose (see pic below) and use it in practically every Italian dish. I’ve not found similar anywhere else. If you don’t have fresh basil, dried is fine, just ensure it’s in-date as out-of-date basil has no flavour at all.

1. Boil a large pan of salted water and get your pasta on to cook – different shapes cook at different rates, just check it (i.e. taste it) to find out when it’s done. Once it has cooked, before you drain it, add your sweetcorn in (this is really if you’re using frozen sweetcorn, to defrost it, but it’ll make no difference if you’re using tinned)

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Drain the pasta and return to the pan.

2. Whilst the pasta is cooking, in a separate pan gently warm the oil and add the garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes but be careful not to let it burn.

3. Add the tomatoes, salt, basil and chilli (if using), then the tuna. Stir and let cook gently for a few minutes. This isn’t cordon bleu cooking (and nothing is cooking from raw in the sauce), so timing is fairly flexible.

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4. Add the soft cheese and slowly let it melt into the sauce whilst stirring. At this point, preheat your grill to medium.

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5. Add your sauce to the cooked pasta (in the big pan is a good idea), mix it all together then pour the lot into a large dish. Top with cheese and pop under the preheated grill until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

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Once you’ve removed this from the grill, serve it straight away. I’m sure it would reheat, but I’ve never had any left to test that theory.

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This is apparently so tasty that Alice was eating it off the floor whilst uttering the words “…pasta on the floor is so yummy…’. Erm, ok. Lovely child. Seriously though, if you were paying me money for this recipe (which considering its simplicity is, let’s face it, unlikely) I’d be tempted to offer money back guarantees if your family doesn’t like it. So let me know either way 😀

Happy cooking!

If you like this recipe you might also like my Sausage Meatball Spaghetti and Cheats Tuna Pie.

Sausage Meatball Spaghetti - Super simple midweek dinner that the whole family will enjoy | thehecticcook.com Cheats Tuna Pie - a really simple dish that goes down well with the kids | thehecticcook.com

Homemade Crispy Chicken Nuggets (Updated)

Homemade Crispy Chicken Nuggets are so simple to make, quick to get on the table, and loved by kids. A great alternative to the bought variety.

This is a redo of one of my earliest posts – Crispy Chicken Nuggets. My photography skills have improved (fractionally – well I’ve at least transitioned from grainy pics on my phone to a proper camera) and hopefully my blogging efforts have too.

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As a busy mum, I think convenience food is essential. I always have some fish fingers and turkey dinosaurs, or some such fare in my freezer. This blog may be about home cooked food, but I’m human, and sometimes often even simple cooking is beyond me and I just can’t be bothered.

For days when I can be bothered, these chicken nuggets are super simple and go down extremely well with the kiddos. I always have Rice Krispies in the cupboard (or more likely Crispy Rice, or Rice Crackles, or whatever name the supermarket have called their own brand). They’re a useful cupboard staple, for breakfast as well as cooking (*cough* Mars Bar slice). There are a few simple dishes that I know the kids will eat, like Cheats Tuna Pie and Spaghetti Carbonara. These nuggets fall into that category.


Ingredients

80g (3 cups) Rice Krispies cereal
15g (2 tbsp) parmesan, grated
salt & pepper
80g (2 heaped tbsp) mayonnaise
4 chicken breasts, cubed

1.  I used my mini-blender to blitz the cereal to crumbs. If you don’t have anything like that, just pour the cereal into a bag and bash it with the likes of a rolling pin. Vent some anger. Make the cereal suffer.

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2. Add the parmesan and season really well.

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3. Chop the chicken breast into bite sized pieces.

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4. Put the mayonnaise into a dish and then add all the chicken pieces.

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5. Add the chicken in batches, coating it in the cereal mix. I use a spoon to save getting too messy. Pat the chicken nuggets to ensure the coating sticks.

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Place the nuggets, nicely spaced, on greaseproof paper on a baking tray.

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Note: At this point you can freeze your nuggets. Just pop them into the freezer, on the greaseproof paper, nicely spaced – no need to cover. Once frozen (a couple of hours) you can place them in a freezer bag and put them back in the freezer until you need them at a later date. Just cook for about 10-15 minutes longer than the unfrozen nuggets.

6. Place the nuggets in your preheated oven, 190°C (fan) / 375°F, and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and cooked through.

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Serve with your choice of side. We’re a big fan of those potato star thingy’s you get from Asda. And a big splodge of ketchup. Obvs.

I find that the Husband and I will eat these too, they’re not just for kids. So one family meal, done, nice and easy.  I may not be winning Parent of the Year any time soon, but producing a meal that the kids will eat, that isn’t processed, makes me a Winner. Yeah 😜

Happy cooking!

Teriyaki Chicken Noodles

Teriyaki chicken noodles are a delicious mix of salt and sweet, simple to make and healthy to boot.

It’s the summer holidays. Yay. I do actually (mostly) mean that. Regardless of the fact that I have seven weeks with my four children. Twenty-four/seven. No breaks. No get outs. No ‘me-time’. Because I also don’t have the school run. Halle-bloody-lujah. We can sit in our pyjamas till lunchtime and it doesn’t matter (and believe me when I tell you that we’ve most definitely done this – a lot). I can roll over in bed at 7am and not worry. The kids can watch as much YouTube crap till their eyes bleed and I finally crawl out of bed to give them breakfast. Oh yes, the holidays rock.

It also means I’m back to enjoying cooking again. There was a time back there, that last summer term when it all gets stupidly manic and you’re trying to recall whether you’ve remembered to put pants on that day, let alone whether you’re missing some vital end-of-term event, that cooking became an afterthought. There certainly wasn’t any enjoyment in cooking, it was just a case of necessity. Or not, as I threw more fish fingers at the Kinder and ordered the Husband and I another curry.

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I’m also back on Pinterest with a vengeance. Bloody love it. So guess where this recipe came from? It’s actually another Damn Delicious recipe that I’ve changed slightly to suit us. I just reduced the sugar slightly and simplified the cooking method. It’s a really nice recipe and I’ve been making it quite a lot. I even took the plunge and played the Dinner Lottery i.e. fed it to the kids. Henry ate it all, Alice ate the noodles, Hannah and Lucy ate the chicken and carrots. Comme si, comme sa.


Ingredients (Serves 4 adults)

1-2 carrots, cut into batons
small head of broccoli, cut into small florets
1 small courgette, cut into batons
mushrooms, sliced (use however many you fancy)
4 chicken breasts (about 550g), diced
250g dried egg noodles
1 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp water
100ml soy sauce
200ml water
4 tbsp honey
3 cloves garlic (or 3 tsp of garlic paste)
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tbsp oil

1. I pre-cooked the carrots and broccoli in the microwave to soften them slightly as the kids will only eat them like this. I gave the dish about 3 minutes on full power. If you don’t mind your veg crunchy you can skip this step.

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2. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions (i.e. bring to boil then simmer for about 4-5 minutes until soft) then sieve and set aside.

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3. In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch and water, then set aside for a moment.

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4. In a small pan add the soy sauce, water, honey, garlic and ginger. Whisk together whilst bringing the mixture to a simmer.

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5. Once the pan is simmering add the cornstarch mixture (give it a quick stir before adding as the cornstarch tends to solidify at the bottom of the bowl). Simmer gently until the sauce has thickened slightly (a couple of minutes). It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Turn off the heat and set this aside.

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6. In a wok (or large frying pan) add the oil and warm over a medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through.

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7. Once the chicken is cooked through, pour off any water before adding the veg – any water from the chicken will thin the sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes or so, until the mushrooms and courgette have softened slightly.

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8. Add the noodles and the sauce to the wok, stir through and serve.

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This dish has the extra step of making the sauce separately before adding it to the wok, but it’s honestly worth it and really doesn’t take that long. It’s fairly quick, really simple, and bloody tasty. It’s fast becoming a HC Household favourite.

Happy cooking!