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Night in, Goulash!

 COLD DAY DINNER DATE

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Berlin was a trip full of amazing food, but my favourite meal was at the fantasticly rustic
Max & Moritz in the Student District.
(sort of wedged between some trendy bars and Turkish kebab shops was this beautiful little restaurant)

Dinner there was incredible, I had some life changing Goulash and Crispy dumplings
(I never thought I’d call Goulash “life changing”)

 and with an awesome 3 piece folk band rocking up half way through it was a night to remember!
Or not, after consuming 3 bottles of red wine….

So here is my take on the rich comfort food of Central Europe, eaten and enjoyed with a glass of red wine for a lazy late afternoon feast!

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I N G R E D I E N T S

Diced Beef
Red Onion
Garlic
Chorizo
Beef Stock
Tinned Tomatoes
Paprika
Salt & Pepper

Selection of Veggies:
Celery
Carrots
Courgettes
Cherry Tomatoes
(but basically anything else in your fridge)

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Dice all the ingredients up and chuck them in a crock pot with a little oil
brown the meat slightly, and add in the salt, pepper, paprika and let it cook together for a few minutes.

then its a simple as chucking in the tomatoes and your stock,
putting the lid on, and transfer to the oven on a medium heat for an hour or two.

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(the longer you leave it the more tender the meat will be and the more delicious your goulash)

To go with the Goulash, it is traditionally noodle dumplings,
but in my version – amazing smashed & roasted baby potatoes in a crispy garlic coating

Simple
Bring Baby potatoes to the boil with a little salt
and when they are semi-soft drain and squash them!

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sprinkle them in oil, a little flour and garlic salt
& roast until crispy!

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Leave the lid of the goulash for the last 10 minutes to give it a nice colour on the top and serve with glass Red wine.

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ENJOY

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American Pancakes

VALENTINES WEEK & FIRST BREAKFAST IN THE NEW HOME

There was really only one choice!
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To Make the Fluffiest American Pancakes
(For 2)

Get a mixing bowl / mixing jug out and add:
150g Plain Flour
2 heaped Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Teaspoons of Sugar (caster or soft brown)
250ml Milk (I used skimmed)
1 Egg
20g (around a tablespoon) of Melted butter
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(Thanks Cath Kidston for my beautiful measuring jug)

and whisk.. I have no whisk currently – moving in nightmare! forks, spoons or whatever you can get you hands on, I’m learning that improvisation is key!

Leave it for a minute to rest while you make the coffee and set the table
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two tablespoons of the batter into a hot pan (a little oil or butter)
and then wait till the bubbles start to come through from the bottom to the top

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AND FLIP

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Repeat, and then serve with lashings of maple syrup & strawberries on top!
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SO SIMPLE!
ENJOY

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A FRESH START

I’m back!

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After 4 long months of complete blogging darkness I am finally back
&I think I have some explaining to do!

First of all an apology to you my lovely readers!
&Then a big Thank You!
I have had lots of lovely new subscribers over the last few quiet months
so that’s bloody lovely – nice to meet you all!

but between getting a new job in London, & travelling around Europe for a bit

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and moving in a new home

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I have been a crazy busy lady
& something had to give,

…so sadly Sausage Tarts &Marmalade Rolls has been in hibernation!

But I’m back now, and I hope all is forgiven!
I have been cooking more than ever
and looking forward to sharing some new recipes with you,
as well as a new home, and new projects!

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Decadent Monday Night in.

Super Simple treat

This miserable weather is such a fantastic excuse for hot chocolate and movie night!

CINNAMON & BOURNVILLE HOT CHOCOLATE

COMPLETE WITH DARK CHOCOLATE PRETZELS.

INGREDIENTS.

Salted Pretzels

Melted Dark Chocolate!

THATS ALL.

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put in the fridge for 5 minutes!

AND LICK THE BOWL.

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FOR THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD

1 Large Cardburys Bournville Dark Chocolate
(or whatever you like really)

1 Litre of Milk (Semi Skinned)

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 teaspoon of Vanilla

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Simmer the milk and Cinnamon for around 5-10 minutes, and then add in the dark chocolate:

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Separately,
Mix a little sugar & ground cinnamon together

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pour the hot chocolate into suitable china wear and take the chocolate covered pretzels
out of the fridge.

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Add Whipped Cream & Sprinkle on the Sugar Cinnamon Mix
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REALLY REALLY BAD FOR YOU

SO ENJOY

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Caramelised Cherry Tomato, Brie & Parma Ham

The weather has officially turned to Autumn!

YAY,
I’ve been wearing my favorite jumpers and boots,
and I’m counting down the days until that amazing spiced pumpkin coffee is back in Starbucks.

…the carb cravings have kick in massively!

SO here is something new from

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to warm you up on a lovely sunny, cold September lunch time!

H O W  T O

For the Sticky Sweet Caramelised Red Onion & Cherry Tomatoes with a hint of Chilli

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REALLY SIMPLY,
just reduce all of those ingredients with a sprinkle of
sugar
salt & pepper
a little balsamic

MY OREGANO PATRY

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For this tart I used Delia’s really simple short crust recipe,
which is so simple with 110g of Plain Flour & 50g of Butter & a dash of cold water.
BUT Boring Pastry NO MORE, I added a s**t load of cracked black pepper to the mix with some dried Oregano.

My favorite Tart base yet!

Then filled this lovely base with the Cherry Tomato & Onion Mixture first, then some Gooey beautiful Brie

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Then Some Parma Ham, which is quite salty – so don’t add to much salt anywhere else!

Pour over a Mixture of 1 Egg & Milk

& chuck in the oven for 15minutes
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PERFECT

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These were really enjoyed after a day out in the cold, with a glass of Red!

WHAT ARE YOU HAVING FOR LUNCH?

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Comfort Carbonara

Today was a day for comfort food!

After 5 x 14hour working days and battling a summer cold
it was time to regain some appetite and have a cosy meal at home with a glass of wine!

My favourite kind of comfort food is pasta!
nothing is better than a big bowl of CARBS when your feeling like a much deserved treat!

Creamy Prawn Carbonara

served with Chilli, Garlic Butter & Sourdough Bread
& Fresh Mixed Salad

To fill these beautiful vintage coloured glass dishes

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First of All
Put the kettle on for your Spaghetti &Put the oven on to warm your bread.

For the Chilli Garlic Butter
(which is so more-ish! – so beware of the GARLIC breath)

CHOPPED GARLIC
MINCED CHILLI
SALT
BLACK PEPPER
PARSLEY
BUTTER

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For your Carbanara Pasta:

You’ll need
ONION
GARLIC
SALT, BLACK PEPPER
BACON
MUSHROOMS

SINGLE CREAM
CHEDDAR CHEESE
PRAWNS

so simple

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add the first 4 ingredients with a little olive oil
when the onions are soft and the bacon is a little crispy

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add the cream, & cheese -until the cheese is melted
then add the prawns

I absolutely love this dish, it’s a good one to impressed with minimal effort too!
PERFECT.

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Then add in your cooked spaghetti, mix altogether with some parsley
&DONE!

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Enjoyed with a bottle of white wine, in front of a movie!

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Russian Dumplings.

My apologies for my tardy blog post this week!

BUT
I was holding our to review this amazing event I was invited to last night for you all.

The lovely Matt from http://www.bridgeandbeacon.com asked me to come along and take on some Russian inspired food for them

I’m mean
HOW CAN I RESIST?

So after throwing on my red lipstick I headed over to Troxy

After entering from a secret entrance
&being led by some beautiful women with husky Russian accents

I knew I was in for a treat!

we walked through to an amazing ball held by the “Russian Embassador”,

HERE HE IS:

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sponsored by Compare the Market and in honor of their new advert
and introducing Miaya as a secret agent

HERE SHE IS:

so after gauping at Liz Hurley, who hosted the event
(and looked incredible)

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Liz Hurley for Compare The Market Photograph by John Wright
Future Cinema took over the reigns with an amazing live cinema screening of Mission Impossible!
Whilst I drank mountains of champagne – de-light-ful.

I chowed down on some amazing suckling pig, Russian Dumplings & Sauerkraut
which was so so good, really savory, melt in the mouth dumplings.

I love the word Dumplings.

& then a bang on trend man-eat of Chicken Schnitzel Burger!

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Followed by an interim of chatting with some beautiful people
more Champagne & Tom Cruise

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Then Finally,
Some beautiful apple & cinnamon Strudel with Vanilla Whipped Cream!

I got to spend my evening with some lovely people, including Erica, check out her blog
& The icing on the cake – these bad boys:

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which I haven’t taken off since.

I’ll definitely be trying some new Russian inspired recipes this week!

Goulash is back on the menu!

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