Turkey & Chick Pea Casserole

Hello there,

I’ve been playing about with the ingredients in the cupboards this week & I’ve found a winning & tasty combo.

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Here’s what you’ll need ……

◾  2 turkey steaks, diced into small pieces & any fat removed.

◾ 1 tin of peeled plum tomatoes.

◾ 1 tin of Mexican bean mix.

◾ 1 small tin of marrowfat peas.

◾ 1 small tin of chick peas.

◾  Chilli powder, garlic flakes, mixed herbs, salt & pepper to flavour.

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I also added a chicken stock cube & also a little squeeze of tomato puree to help thicken the sauce up.

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Put everything into your dish & cook for 30 minutes at 180 degrees.

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20 minutes in give it a stir & remove the lid for last 10 minutes.

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Serve it up with whatever takes your fancy, tonight we opted for brown rice.

Sit back and enjoy! 👌

~MaRiA~ xO

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Spanish Chicken Bake

Hello there,

Given the blustery wet night that’s in it tonights din dins needed to warm us to our cockles, so we broke out the herbs and spices and put together a delicious Spanish Chicken Bake.

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Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need:

~  8 chicken legs or thighs.
~  500g quartered baby potatoes.
~  2 medium quartered red onions.
~  1 punnet of cherry tomatoes.
~  8 whole garlic cloves.
~  75g of chorizo.
~  1 red or green pepper cut unto strips.
~  1/2 tsp smoked paprika.
~  1/2 tsp oregano.
~  100g Brie.
~  Sea salt to flavour.
~  Black pepper to flavour.

This will feed 4 people at a cost of £1.65 per person!

METHOD

~  Preheat oven to 200 degrees whilst you prep the ingredients.

~  Chop up your onions, potatoes, garlic and tomatoes then put into a roasting tin with some salt and pepper for flavour. Roast for 20 minutes.

~  While veg is roasting cut up the chorizo and score the chicken seasoning it with oregano and smoked paprika.

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~  Take the veg out of the oven and mix it about basting it all with the juices.

~  Add the chorizo and brie on top of the veg then the chicken on top of chorizo and put back into the oven for 20mins.

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~  Take out and baste again adding the peppers, turn up to 220 degrees and roast for a final 20minutes.

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I served mine with a mix of quinoa and rice on the side aswell which I cooked with a chicken stock cube for flavour.

Serve it up and sit back and enjoy.

~LoVe & HuGs~

*Maria*

Savoury Swirls

Hey there,

Here’s a super quick & easy recipe for my savoury swirls.  I made it last week & it fed five.
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My main ingredients were chorizo, chicken & applewood smoked cheese.  Then I used tomato purée with basil, oregano, salt & pepper as the base.

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Unroll the pastry, mix the herbs in with the purée, (I’d use half the tube or less, mixed with some water so it’s not so rich.)  Spoon it out so all the pastry is covered.

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I love chorizo so I used lots & layered it over the sauce.

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Next I cut the chicken up & scattered it on top of the chorizo.

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I love Applewood cheese, as of a month ago when I was introduced to it by my good pal Linda.  Sprinkle a decent amount of this grated goodness over the chicken to complete the mix.

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Now comes the fun bit so get ready to get a little bit messy.  Roll the pastry back up, it doesn’t matter if some of the ingredients fall out because we can sprinkle them over the top.

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Sharp knife at the ready & cut the roll into an inch or so wide slices.  Pop in the ovan at 190° for 25mins.  I think cooking it at a lower temp for a longer time is best to ensure the pastry is cooked through.

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Et voila! “Marias Savoury Swirls” 🙂
They really are so tasty & filling.  Good to eat hot or cold.  Plus there’s so many different recipes you can try to suit all palettes.  From veggie to meat eaters, not forgetting the desert option.

If you try it out I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

~LoVe & HuGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

LasagnYAY!!!!

Well hello there,

I swear I’m not making these up . .
But today is Lasagne Day, so naturally that’s what I had for dinner.
I’m reeeally hoping “Hug a kitten Day”, Or “Adopt A Puppy Day” will be making an appearance soon but until then a tasty cheesy Lasagne will most definitely do.
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I’m lazying on the couch now in a post pasta haze. I’m really enjoying having my meals decided for me by the aul Kooky Kalender. It’s become my magic 8 ball. 🙂

AnyhOo I hope you enjoy whatever you have for dins tonight guys & girls!

As always, thanks a mill for stopping by.

~LoVe & HuGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

National Milk Chocolate Day

Hey there,

I think I’ve found my new favourite holiday.  Today is National Milk Chocolate Day!  Yup, you heard me, we are fully EXPECTED to be stuffing our faces full of milky chocolate treats today.
In fact I’d go as far as to say you’d be doing your country a disservice by not eating your part of the chocolate.

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I was food shopping earlier when I seen these Wispa hot chocolate drinks, I grabbed 4 to bring into work tomorrow to celebrate this great day with my 3 work pals.

What’ll you be having?
Chocolate cake? Rice krispie buns? Chocolate fruit fondu?

Remember guys & girls it’s expected of us to eat milk chocolate today so do your bit with a guilt free conscience!!

Comment below & let me know what went for!

~LoVe & Chocolaty HuGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

Daytrip To Dublin On A Budget

HellO there!

On Wednesday I took the Enterprise from Belfast to Dublin to meet up with my boyfriend who lives in Southern Ireland so we could spend the day together.  I’ll state the obvious here by saying that Dublin is expensive & the fact we were spending 8 hours there could get costly.  I prebooked my train ticket online for £17.50 return from Bangor to Dublin. (book 72hrs pre day of travel to take advantage of their webfare.)

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Next up was getting us some cheap food & drinks, I went on Groupon & got us a voucher for 2 burgers & 2 sides costing €20 in a restaurant called BoBos.  There was no escaping the OTT cow theme, it kind of felt like the murals were watching us eat there relatives.

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Then the bar/club 4 Dame Lane had an offer, €10 for 3 cocktail, so I bought us 2 of these.  I recommend their Long Island Ice Tea, June Bug & Lynchburg Lemonade.  All very tasty.

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We spent the day wandering about the city checking out museums & popping into shops.

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Temple Bar is super expensivd but a lovely wee spot to dander about nonetheless.  I love it’s cobble stone streets & quirky colourful shops. The bottom left photo made me laugh, selling written on stones for €1!!

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Ross loves science so I brought him to the Science Gallery on Pearse Street,  but it was grim.  Nothing sciencey about it.  We stayed all of 5 minutes, it was more like an Urban Outfitters with a huge gift shop & a giant café with very very little space actually dedicated to science displays.  Avoid!!!!

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Next we cut through Trinity College & went into the National Library on Kildare Street.  There was a display on Irelands input in WW1.

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There was an exhibition on William Butler Yeats, with hand written poems, letters & the books he owned.

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Next door was the The Archeology & History Museum. Again if you get the chance check it out.  It features gold artefacts from western Europe, metalwork from the Celtic Iron Age & objects from Medieval & prehistoric Ireland, not to mention the Egyptian section.
The day flew in & sure enough it was soon time for me to get the train back home.  It was a good wee day & cost next to nothing seeing as we’d already our vouchers paid for in advance.  Most of these Groupon deals are valid for a few months so maybe a good idea to purchase them when you’ve a bit of extra cash then keep them till the end of the month when you want to do something but can’t afford it, so you’ve still something to look forward to.  Win win!

Are you a Groupon fan? What have you bought?

Thanks so much for stopping by to read my rambles.  I Hope you all have a safe & fun weekend & I’ll see you back here on Monday.

~LoVe & huGs ~

* MaRiA *
xO

Ebays A Dangerous Thing!

HellO there!

Here’s a question for you all.
Sweet or savoury?
I *LoVe* all things sweet & chocolatey.  My current squeeze is Haribos Rhubarb & Custard. 

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For a while there I was in the sweet shop 2 or 3 days a week forking over all my change in exchange for these colourful mouthfuls of heaven & the equally moreish coconut mushrooms.  But I’m happy to say I’ve been clean a few weeks now. 
That was until tonight when I was browsing around on Ebay & seen that £7.95 buys me my very own 1kg box.  I’ll be as happy as a kid in a sweetshop, except the sweetshop will be in my kitchen! 
I do realise this could be a big mistake but being a 33 year old adult means I can make these decisions & as such I’ve decided to buy giant boxes of sweets.  And coconut mushrooms have been book marked for my next buy.
Comment below with your favourite sweetie!

Cheers for stopping by folks.

*Rhubarby LoVe & Custardy huGs*

~MaRiA~

xO